Jules TroyerAugust 23, 2016
Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life
Ph.D. Educational Psychology with a focus in Learning and Instruction
B.A. Fine Arts
Dr. Troyer grew up internationally, as the daughter of an Air Force Lt. Colonel, and was blessed to have an international education for her primary years. She continued her learning by completing undergraduate work at the University of Oregon pursuing studies in art, comparative religion, and quantum physics; earning a B.A. in Fine Arts. Jules’ love of learning prompted her to continue her higher education at Northern Arizona University where she earned a Masters in Counseling with Distinction and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology with Distinction. She created a new instrument to measure level of consciousness that has been translated into many different languages and is currently being used as an assessment tool to help in a variety of diagnostic applications in education and counseling.
Dr. Troyer has published numerous books, chapters, and peer-reviewed journal articles on learning, problem solving, and how level of consciousness can augment intelligence and influence student achievement both inside and outside the classroom. Her fifteen years of working as a psychology and education professor in a number of universities has provided a foundation for a true appreciation of the pedagogy at VVS. The experiential learning component of VVS, coupled with the community spirit, and dedication to service fits directly with the mission Jules believes is the key to maximizing the learning potential of diverse students.
Jules passion for understanding the individual learner, respect for the power of a cohesive community in maximizing educational experiences, and background in psychology and counseling create a unique perspective for how she approaches her administrative role at VVS. She is dedicated to creating effective programs to help nurture the holistic development of students outside the classroom to complement the rigorous VVS curriculum.
Her interests include martial arts, yoga, gardening, and slam poetry. She continues to conduct research on how to improve education, learning, and problem solving, consciousness, and sits on the International Clinical Psychology Board, the International Educational Psychology Board, and is a contributing member of the American Psychology Association, The American Psychological Association, plus many other professional associations.