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Dr. Rod Jonas

Dean of Liffrig Family School of Education and Behavioral Sciences


Dr. Rod Jonas came to the University of Mary in 1989 and became Chair of the Department of Education in 2005. In 2009, President Monsignor James Shea selected him as the first Dean of the Liffrig Family School of Education and Behavioral Sciences.  Dr. Jonas holds the rank of Professor and, in addition to his administrative role, teaches graduate courses that focus on Organizational Behavior and School Leadership in the EdD and MEd graduate programs.

About the School

The Liffrig Family School of Education and Behavioral Sciences offers undergraduate programs in education, criminal justice, social work and psychology and master’s degree graduate programs in education and counseling.  The school also offers an EdD doctorate program in K-12 and higher education educational leadership. The mission of the school is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with a strong philosophy-based academic foundation based on Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values.

University of Mary Regent’s Award for Teaching Faculty (2006)

Jonas, Rodney and Copas, Aimee (2018). An analysis of factors that produce a positive school climate as perceived by k-12 teachers in North Dakota’s public and private schools. University of Mary, Bismarck, ND

Malaviya, A., Vij, A., Kumar, S., Kaushik, P., and Jonas, R. (2011). Characteristics of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients from New Delhi, India and Bismarck, North Dakota, USA – a comparative study.  Submitted (Clinical Rheumatology)

Jonas, R. A. (2009).  Effect of the assessment movement in education on teacher’s perceptions of school climate in elementary and secondary schools in the Bismarck public school district. University of Mary, Bismarck, ND

North Dakota Association of Elementary School Principals (NDAESP) Mid-Winter Conference (2020) “Keys to Effective Leadership” Bismarck, ND

North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders Summer Conference (2020) “Leadership Behaviors that will make your Teachers Quit” Bismarck, ND

AdvancED North Dakota Fall Conference (2019) “Transformational Leadership – The Key to Innovative Change” Bismarck, ND

2019 Governor's Summit on Innovative Education (2019) “Preparing new teachers, whose job is it?” Jamestown, ND

AdvancED North Dakota Fall Conference (2018) “An Analysis of Factors that Produce a Positive School Climate as Perceived by K-12 Teachers in North Dakota’s Schools”  Bismarck, ND