Jason Jones, Ph.D.
Jason Jones, PhD currently serves as the Director of Inclusive Excellence and Applied Research at the University of Virginia’s (UVA) School of Engineering and Applied Science and leads a team of staff and students working toward positive organizational change focused on equity and inclusion. Data and assessment play a vital role in his work, and he has been working with faculty from across UVA on a multi-year research project dedicated to understanding how best to promote the academic success of engineering students from underrepresented backgrounds. He and his colleagues’s efforts have driven changes to academic policies, orientation, first-year advising, and a revamping of the Bridge Program.
He also manages the Center for Diversity in Engineering (CDE), a student-center dedicated to serving engineering students from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds. In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase of student utilization of the CDE, reaching over 10,000 student visits per year. For some, the CDE is known as the Center for Dogs in Engineering due to frequent canine visitors.
Throughout his career, Jason has taught classes on higher education, diversity, equity, & inclusion, masculinity, academic English writing, and liberal education. He currently teaches in the Engineering & Society Department both undergraduate and graduate classes on data and diversity, altruism/ applied ethics, and metacognition.
Previously, Jason has worked in UVA’s Contemplative Sciences Center, the Maxine Platzer Lynn’s Women’s Center, school administration, and IT. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Sewanee: the University of the South, master’s degrees from Vanderbilt Divinity School and the University of Virginia, and a PhD from UVA’s School of Education and Human Development. Prior to Virginia, Jason has lived in Tennessee, Michigan, Texas, and Missouri. He enjoys a life of nature, music, and books with his partner, Ellen, their two children, Hollis and Simon, and two dogs, Osa and Ziggy (pictured below).