Shonda Jones to lead academic programs at the School of Professional Studies

Headshot of Professor Shonda JonesAfter 10 years with the School of Divinity, Dr. Shonda Jones has accepted a new role as executive director of academic programs at the School of Professional Studies, effective August 1. Dr. Jones will develop and oversee a compelling portfolio of flexible, affordable, and relevant academic programs for the new school. Her work will produce a collection of high-demand degree and non-degree offerings to meet the evolving needs of working professionals in the Charlotte community and beyond. 

“Dr. Jones’s proven track record for innovative program development and her vast knowledge of the higher education market make her an ideal choice to carve out new offerings in several key areas including Faith, Health, Inclusive Leadership, and Ethics.” Charles Iacovou, dean, School of Professional Studies and vice provost of Charlotte programs

Since joining the School of Divinity’s leadership team in 2011, Dr. Jones has served as the senior associate dean of strategic initiatives and integrative learning and assistant teaching professor of intercultural theological education. She is also the Principal Investigator for the Gilead COMPASS Initiative® Faith Coordinating Center, a role she will continue. Dr. Jones led the efforts to secure the $5 million grant that supports the work of the Center.

“Dr. Jones’s strategic leadership and innate ability to decipher what students, as well as her colleagues, need to foster strong relational ties and successful academic experiences will greatly benefit the School of Professional Studies. Having someone who speaks the language of theological education on the leadership team in Charlotte is an extraordinary value add as Wake Divinity explores innovative ways to reach learners in this emerging market.” Jonathan Lee Walton, dean, Wake Forest University School of Divinity

Dr. Jones is a much sought-after consultant for educational organizations, focusing on academic evaluation, intercultural practices, and equity and inclusion engagement. Before joining Wake Forest University in 2011, Dr. Jones led admissions and student services at Emory University Candler School of Theology and SMU’s Perkins School of Theology. 

“I am grateful for the opportunity to venture into this new role while also maintaining connections with the wider University and my colleagues at the School of Divinity. Wake Forest is a special place, and I’m looking forward to expanding the academic and geographic reach of offerings for adult learners,” said Dr. Jones.

“This is an exciting time for the University and a pivotal time in higher education. We must be able to respond not only to the current marketplace but anticipate what innovations and untapped opportunities exist before us.” Dr. Shonda Jones, executive director of academic programs at the School of Professional Studies

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