Shonda R. Jones

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

Jones has worked in theological education for 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. Jones’ 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. Jones 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.

Education

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 Learning in Intentional Communities
  • Korea: Conflicts, Reconciliation, and Peacemaking

Books

  • In Thy Service: A Handbook for Student Services Professionals in Theological Education (Working Title), co-edited. Forthcoming.

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,” Idealist.org – 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

Select Grants, Honor, and Awards

  • Cultivating Brave Space for Scholars of Color Grant, Fund for Theological Exploration (FTE), 2016, 2017 – $20,000
  • Modern-Day Saints: Christian Leaders Who Are Changing the World in Our Communities, Churches, Seminaries and Country, Huffington Post, 2017
  • Sustainability Grant: Economic Challenges Facing Future Ministers, Lilly Endowment, 2016 – $125,000
  • (Contributor) Early Career Pastoral Leadership Development Initiative, 2013, Lilly Endowment, Inc. – $500,000
  • Most Outstanding Doctoral Student, School of Education, University of Alabama, 2014
  • (Contributor) Theological School Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Future Ministers, 2013, Lilly Endowment, Inc. – $250,000
  • (Co-Author) Theological Program for High School Youth; Planning Grant for Theological Programs in Vocations, 2002, Lilly Endowment, Inc. – $1.8 Million
  • Excellence Through Leadership (ETL), 2010-2011, Emory University
  • Selected by Emory University’s President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) as the participant in the HERS Wellesley Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration, 2008-2009
  • Award of Excellence, University and College Designers Association, Recruitment Series for Candler School of Theology, 2006
  • Association for Theological Schools (ATS) Women in Leadership Award, 2000

Professional Affiliations

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

Contact

Email: jonessr@nullwfu.edu

Phone: 336.758.3748

Office: Wingate 108

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