Texas Tech University

Professor Looks Back on Year of Accomplishment

Hope Lenamon

February 7, 2018


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

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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