James Stone is a native of Washington, DC. A former retail manager who left that career to teach secondary marketing education, Dr. Stone has maintained an active program of research over the past twenty years. He has raised more than $25 million in external grants focusing primarily on the role of schools in linking youth and adults to the workplace. Dr. Stone directed or codirected eight studies at the National Center for Research in Vocational Education at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the lead researcher on the Math in CTE study regarding the contextualization of math in occupational curricula.
Dr. Stone was part of the University of Minnesota team that developed the successful bid for the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education. He served as the deputy director of the center from 1999 to 2002 and then director from August 2002 to October 2007. Since then, the center has been housed at the University of Louisville, and he continues to serve as its director there.
Dr. Stone has authored or coauthored more than ninety reports, journal articles, and books, and presented more than 350 papers. In addition, twelve of his studies have received awards for outstanding research. Previously, Dr. Stone served on the editorial board of the Journal of Vocational Education Research and also as its editor. During the 1990s Dr. Stone served as executive director for a regional heritage and arts center.
Beyond the traditional forms of disseminating research results, Dr. Stone has worked directly with schools and school systems to support efforts to improve occupationally oriented education. He worked for more than five years with Oakland (CA) Public Schools, helping to implement a community-based, school-to-work plan that included career academy development and school-based enterprises. Most recently, Dr. Stone has begun work with school districts and states interested in implementing the Math in CTE approach to curriculum integration.
Dr. Stone earned his BS and EdD degrees at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a master’s in school administration at George Mason University. He has held faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the University of Minnesota. Currently, Dr. Stone is a Distinguished University Professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville.