Professor Looks Back on Year of Accomplishment

Stephanie J. Jones was appointed editor-in-chief of a national education journal and was recognized for her work toward gender equity.


Stephanie Jones

For Texas Tech University’s Stephanie J. Jones, the Higher Education program coordinator in the College of Education, 2017 was a year full of accomplishments. Jones, who also is associate professor of Educational Psychology and Leadership, was named editor-in-chief of “Impacting Education: Journal on Transforming Professional Practice,” and in April, she was awarded the Texas Tech President’s Excellence in Gender Equity Award.

“Impacting Education” focuses on contributing to the improved preparation of education leadership from pre-kindergarten through graduate school. The journal’s content has strong implications for the management and policies at each of these levels.

Jones was selected for the position through a competitive application process and said she hopes to help the journal become a top publication in the field of education.

“My vision for the journal does not stray from its foundational scope and focus,” Jones said. “As a relatively new journal, I perceive it should stay true to its original focus and scope, with the exception that I can envision broadening its scope to include a focus on evidence of improved practice as this new knowledge is generated.”

In addition to being named editor-in-chief of the journal, Jones was awarded the President’s Excellence in Gender Equity Award by the President’s Gender Equity Council. This recognition is given to faculty and staff with outstanding vision, dedication and commitment to gender equity.

Jones was recognized for her research, which focuses, in part, on the culture and climate of colleges and universities and how this impacts women’s aspirations and opportunities for advancement. She said working in various career fields like engineering, information technology, college administration and college faculty has shown her evidence of inequity in this area.

“This award has probably been the most meaningful one I have received throughout my career,” Jones said. “To be recognized by Texas Tech for my work in this area has significant meaning and value to me, as I have been committed to this work throughout my career.”  

Scott Ridley, dean of the College of Education, said he is proud of all of Jones’ accomplishments.

“Stephanie is constantly making contributions to the College of Education, to Texas Tech and to the field of higher education research and practice,” Ridley said. “She is an extraordinary mentor, leader and representative of the college.”

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College of Education

The College of Education at Texas Tech University offers a full range of programs, including 9 doctoral degrees, 10 master's degrees, two bachelor's degrees and numerous specializations which can lead to careers in public or private education as teachers, professors, administrators, counselors and diagnosticians.

Programs in the college are housed in three departments.

The Department of Curriculum & Instruction offers advanced degrees that prepare leaders, researchers, and professors with the knowledge, skills, and practical application experience needed to analyze, construct, and evaluate curricula in ways that create optimal learning conditions for all learners. Language and literacy, bilingual education and STEM education are just a few of the specializations offered by C&I.

The Department of Educational Psychology & Leadership consists of a diverse group of academic programs that equip students with a comprehensive knowledge of learning, motivation, development, and educational foundations. The disciplines of counseling and school psychology are housed within the EP&L department as are programs to prepare future college administrators, primary and secondary school and district leaders, as well as practical and academic educational psychologists.

The Department of Teacher Education focuses solely on teacher preparation, ensuring that teacher candidates are ready for the classroom on day one. The Teacher Education Department is home to TechTeach, an innovative teacher preparation program that puts teacher candidates into public school classrooms for a full year and requires that students pass teacher certification tests prior to entering the classroom. Various paths to teaching careers, including fast-track distance programs statewide and alternative certification options, are also housed in this department.