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Jon M. Aoki

Associate Professor

Office: N614A
713-221-8687
aokij@uhd.edu

Dr. Aoki's area of expertise is in science and health education. Currently, he is exploring literacy in science, health, physical, and food. In addition, Dr. Aoki continues to investigate dietary and physical activity habits in adults.


  • Doctor of Education​, University of Houston, 2003
  • Master of Art, California State University, Fresno, 1995
  • Bachelor of Art, California State University, Fresno, 1987​

NS 3312 (Life Science Studies)
NS 6311 (Selected Topics In Life Science)
BIOL 1301/1101 (General Biology I lecture/lab) 

Teaching Experience:

  • 2004/2005 Lecturer Life Sciences, UHD•2005-present Asst./Assoc. Professor of Science Education, UHD Professional Experience:
  • 2012 Texas Science Team Leader for the College and Career Readiness Initiative (CCRI) Cross-Disciplinary Literacy Leadership Team
  • 2010-2013 Science Consultant for the CCRI ELA Collaborative.
  • 2010-present Co-Supervisor of the UHD Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program
  • 2009-present American Society for Metals Material Science Camp
  • 2004-2008 Director UHD Houston START Teacher Institute and Director AP Summer Institute
  • 2006-2007 Co-coordinator Bioscience Inspiration and Opportunities for Students Program Minority K-12 Initiatives for Teachers and Students (MKITS) 

Professional Credentials

Lifetime Teaching Credential, Secondary Science Composite (grades 6-12) – State of Texas credential,

Single Subject Profession for Life Science – State of California

Certifications for Advanced Placement Biology, Pre-Advanced Placement Biology, Gifted and talented 

Grants

  • National Science Foundation.  The UHD Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. PI Designee: Jon Aoki. Amount: $889,010.  Duration: 12/15/2017-Present.  Award No: 0934913
  • National Science Foundation.  The UHD Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. PI: Larry Spears, Co-PIs: Akif Uzman , Anjoo Sikka, Bradley Hoge, Jon Aoki. Amount: $889,010.  Duration: 10/1/2009-9/30/2014.  Award No: 0934913
  • UHD Camp STEM Prep 2011. 2011. Texas Workforce Commission Summer Merit Program. PI: Mary Jo Parker, Co-PIs: Jon Aoki, Mian Jiang, Rachna Sadana, & Mitsue Nakamura. Amount: $100,000. Duration: one year. Award No: 2811WSW000.
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "Watershed Wonders:  Environmental Camp"; PI: Mary Jo Parker, Co-PIs: Bradley Hoge, Mian Jiang, Poonam Gulati, Jon Aoki. Amount: $99,887. Duration: 09/01/2013-08/30/2015.
  • Camp STEM Prep 2015. Texas Workforce Commission's Governors Summer Merit Program 2015. PI: Parker, Co-PIs: Sadana, Jiang, Aoki, Nakamura. Amount: $99,960. Duration: one year.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Aoki, J.M. (2017). Pre-Service Teachers' Concept of Healthy Eating and Physical Fitness. The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society, 7 (4), 85-103.
  • Aoki, J. M. (2008). The Construction of a Wooden Box Trap and Handling Bag Designed for Yellow-Bellied Marmots (Marmota flaviventris).  Wildlife Biology in Practice, 4(2), 88-93.
  • Aoki, J.M. (2008). Integrating E-Learning into an Introductory Non- Major Biology Course.  Texas Science Teacher, 37(2), 20-27. 
  • Aoki, J.M., Foster, A.S., & Ramsey, J.M.. (2005). Inquiry perceptions held by responding greater Houston-area science supervisors.  The Texas Science Teacher, 34 (2), 17-22.
  • Hoge, B., Aoki, J., and Beebe, R. (2015). The Challenges of Designing Degree Plans for Noyce Teaching Candidates: The Value of Curriculum Mapping. Journal of Modern Education, Volume 5 (9), 821-825.
  • Hoge, B., Aoki, J., and Beebe, R. (in press). It's Time for RBL: A New Paradigm for Research-Based Learning. Global Education Review.

Teaching Certifications

  • Lifetime Teaching Credential, Secondary Science Composite (grades 6-12) - State of Texas
  • Credential, Single Subject Professional for Life Science – State of California
  • Advanced Placement Biology
  • Pre-Advanced Placement Biology

Gifted and Talented Education 



Publications

Aoki, J.M. (In Press). Affective Domain Strategies as a Means to Implement Cross-Disciplinary Standards into a Science Course for Pre-Service Teachers. In M. Hougen and K. Hotchkiss (Eds.), Texas College and Career Readiness Standards: What Every Teacher Educator Needs to Know to Prepare English/Language Arts Teachers for the 21st Century.

Aoki, Jon (2012) "A Snapshot: Concepts of Healthy Eating and Fitness Held by K-8 Pre-Service Teachers," International Journal of Exercise Science: Conference Abstract Submissions: Vol. 6: Iss. 2, Article 28.

Aoki, Jon (2010) "C&I as a Tool to Elicit Change in Health," International Journal of Exercise Science: Conference Abstract Submissions: Vol. 6: Iss. 1, Article 7.

Aoki, J.M.  (2009). Brain based learning: what teachers can gain from brain-related research findings.  HUNCon: Building a Better Learning Community for Houston, First Annual Conference.  University of Houston-Downtown, Houston, TX.

Aoki, J.M. (2008). Integrating E-Learning into an Introductory Non- Major Biology Course.  Texas Science Teacher, 37(2), 20-27.  

Aoki, J. M. (2008). The Construction of a Wooden Box Trap and Handling Bag Designed for Yellow-Bellied Marmots (Marmota flaviventris).  Wildlife Biology in Practice, 4(2), 88-93.

Cameron, G.N., Bryant, Robinson, J., & Aoki, J. (1997). Effect of Habitat Fragmentation on Demographic and Genetic Structure of Natural Populations: A Metapopulation Analysis. Environmental Institute of Houston - 1997 Annual Report. ​​

Research Interest

Dietary and physical activity habits of university students; passion-based learning; discipline literacy; TBL; and small mammal ecology.

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Dr. Aoki is involved in the Texas Education Agency Proclamations. Also, he has served as an Associate Editor for The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society. Dr. Aoki performed in various capacities in the CCRI Partnership Initiative.


Last updated 7/29/2020 11:42 AM