Shonda R. Jones

Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Services, and Assistant Teaching Professor in Intercultural Theological Education

Born and raised in Dallas, TX, Shonda has worked in theological education for nearly 20 years and has served in multiple leadership roles. As a visionary higher education administrator, she has an established track record of providing strategic leadership at academic institutions, establishing best practices in recruitment and admissions, promoting diversity and inclusion, engaging student learning through teaching and co-curricular programming, and grant writing leading to substantial funds. Her dissertation, Graduate Theology School Choice: An Examination of Racial/Ethnic Minority Master of Divinity Students, looked closely at how the school choice process unfolded for racial/ethnic students enrolled in an MDiv program by listening to the individual narratives of these students and their habitus. Shonda’s scholarly interests include the intersection of theological school choice and race, and her focus broadly examines intercultural practices that promote communal thriving with and among faith leaders and faith communities. She teaches in the area of intercultural competency for ministry. Shonda is a ordained elder in The United Methodist Church (North Texas Annual Conference), certified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), and trainer for intercultural communication.


BA, Texas Christian; MDiv, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian; EdD, University of Alabama

Religious Affiliation

Ordained Elder, United Methodist Church

Courses Taught

  • Race and Reconciliation
  • Intercultural Communication for Ministry
  • Multicultural Theological Education

Select Sermons, Lectures, and Presentations

  • “Embracing Multiplicity: Harnessing the Power of Difference Within Our Student Communities.” Association of Theological Schools (ATS) SPAN Conference, Plenary Speaker, 2017.
  • “Benchmarking: Building and Motivating a Theological Education Recruitment and Student Services Team,” Association of Theological Schools (ATS) SPAN Conference, 2012.
  • “The Dawning of a New (Technological) Day: Innovations in Interactive Media/Communications for Recruiting Theology Students,” Association of Theological Schools (ATS) conference, 2007-2010.
  • “Using Social Media in Theological Education Recruitment,” ATS Presidents Conference, 2009.
  • Hearing God’s Call: a collection of essays from people in ordained ministry, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, 2009.
  • Contextual Education II Instructor – Candler School of Theology, Emory University (2007-2010) • “AIDS and the African American Community,” presentation to AIDS Arms, Dallas, TX
  • “Mentoring the Next Generation of Women,” Women in Theology & Ministry Program, Candler School of Theology
  • “Preparing Applications for Graduate and Professional Schools,” – Action without Borders, Nonprofit Career Fair
  • “Why Graduate Theological Education,” Harvard Divinity School, Diversity & Explorations Program
  • “What’s the funk of the Soul? – Isaiah 59 ” Young Adult Sabbath Retreat, Division on Ministry With Young People, The General Board of Discipleship, The United Methodist Church

Professional Affiliations

  • Student Personnel Administrators Network (SPAN)
  • Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), certified administrator



Phone: 336.758.3748

Office: Wingate 108

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