Stephen M. Tonks, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Educational Psychology


Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations (LEPF)

Research Interests

  • Reading engagement
  • The interplay of culture and motivation and ways to increase students’ motivation in the classroom
  • Effects of high-stakes testing on student motivation
  • Japanese culture and education


  • Ph.D. University of Maryland, Human Development and Educational Psychology
  • B.A. University of Michigan, Psychology and German

Recent Publications

  • Shernoff, D. J., Kelly, S., Tonks, S. M., Anderson, B., Cavanagh, R. F., Sinha, S., and Abdi, B. (2016). Student engagement as a function of environmental complexity in high school classrooms. Learning and Instruction, 43, 52-60.
  • Wigfield, A., Tonks. S., and Klauda, S. L. (2016). Expectancy-value theory. In K. R. Wentzel and David B. Miele (Eds.), Handbook of motivation at school (2nd Edition), (pp. 55-74). New York: Routledge.
  • Durik, A. M., and Tonks, S. M. (2015). Beyond success: The potential of imbuing memories with task value. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 4, 381-382.
  • Shernoff, D. J., Tonks, S. M., and Anderson, B. (2014). The impact of the learning environment on student engagement in high school classrooms. In D. J. Shernoff and J. Bempechat (Eds.), Engaging youth in schools: Evidence-based models to guide future innovations. NSSE Yearbook. New York: Teachers College Record.
  • Taboada, A., Tonks, S. M., Wigfield, A. and Guthrie, J. (2013). Effects of motivational and cognitive variables on reading comprehension. In D. E. Alvermann, N. J. Unrau, and R. B. Ruddell (Eds.), Theoretical models and processes of reading (6th Edition), (pp. 589-610). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
  • Tonks, S. M., and Taboada, A. (2011). Developing self-regulated readers through instruction for reading engagement. In B. J. Zimmerman and D. H. Schunk (Eds.), Handbook of self-regulation of learning and performance (pp. 173-186). New York: Routledge.

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