Jason’s career in education includes teaching in the areas of early childhood, elementary, secondary English, and teacher/leader professional development. His work in designing effective learning experiences has led to professional growth in communications, curriculum design, website and application design, directing video production, and advocacy. In the current role of Director of E-Learning, Technology and Communications, Jason leads a talented and multifaceted team in the development of undergraduate and graduate courses, digital content, and software applications that creatively enhance teaching and learning at the University of Florida and beyond. The online graduate master’s programs have been ranked #1 or #2 in the nation for the last five years.
In addition to his passion for teaching and learning, Jason has been creating art as long as he can remember. His creative output is usually actualized as poetry, creative non-fiction, visual art, music or a hybrid form. Jason’s writing can be found online and in print, thanks to Epigraph, Cruel Garters, Bridge Eight, Draft Journal, Five Quarterly, Convergence, The Brooklyn Voice, and many others. A multidisciplinary work (composed for eight musicians and readers) was performed at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville (MoCA-Jax) in 2010. His paintings have been shown in several galleries, and he has provided artwork for Sir Kidd Jordan’s album, Palm of Soul (Aum Fidelity, 2006). He has been interviewed about his visual artwork by Draft Journal (2013). He has performed his music at the University of Florida (Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival), University of North Florida, University of Georgia, University of South Carolina, Suwannee Music Festival, and numerous other venues since 1998.
Jason lives near Jacksonville with his inspiration and creative collaborator, Anna Maria Rossano-Arnold, and their daughter, Kendyl Leigh. When not at home, he can usually be found roaming bookstores, libraries, and museums.