Dr. Jones eamed her Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with a cognate in Reading Education (1991) and her Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree from Texas A&M University (1988). Her Bachelor of Sciencein Elementary Education is from Texas Woman’s Universtiy (1974). A native of Dallas,Texas, Dr. Jones devoted fourteen years of her educational expertise at the state, national, and international levela as an Associate Professor of Uteracy Education in the College of Education and Associate Dean of the Graduate Schoolat the University of Kentucky. She then served seven years as Professor and Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Longwood University in Fanmville, VA.
In the area of professional dissemination, she is the co-author of a field experience textbook, Preparing Student Teachers for Pluralistic Classrooms, published by Allyn and Bacon along with more than 30-refereed articles, book chapters, and edited conference proceedings/monographs in her research area of is equity pedagogy with a centralfocus on culturally responsive instruction and culturally competent teaching practices as these relate to nteracy education. A fonmer elementary school teacher, she is a widely published scholar in these areas and is an expert in teacher education and multicultural education.
From 1998-2001, Dr. Jones served as editor of the Action in Teacher Education Journal and has raised more than two million dollars in federal and state funding for multi-year grants, projects, and initiatives in literacy education. She has also served on several national and/or slate advisory boards that include the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, executive board member of the American Council of Fellows for the American Councilon Education, The Association of Teacher Educators, the executive board of the Virginia Network, and the Commonwealth of Virginia Civil Rights Memorial Board. She presently functions as the Chair of the American Educational Research Conference,Special Interest Group for the Critical Examination of Race, Ethnicity, Class and Gender in Education after serving three years as program chair for this group.
Dr. Jones has been honored with the 2006 Outstanding Alumni Award from Texas A&M for her career scholarship, teaching and service. Other awards and honors include the University of Kentucky, Teacher Who Made a Difference (2003,2004), University of Kentucky,Torch of Excellence Award (2004), American Council on Education Fellow (2002·2003), the Kentucky Reading Association, Literacy Researcher Award (2001), the University of Kentucky, College of Education, Exceptional Achievement Award for Teaching and Advising, (2000), and the Association of Teacher Educators, President’s Award,1998.
She celebrated 38 years of marriage to Mr. Stephen C. Jones in March,2012; they have two adult daughters who live in Louisville, KY and Houston, TX along with three grandsons ages 16, 13, and three years old.