An award-winning and leading scholar-practitioner in higher education, Dr. David E. Jones currently serves as the director of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and co-president/founder of the Harris Jones Consulting Group; a consultancy specializing in diversity and leadership training, speaking engagements and competency development for colleges/universities, corporations and non-profit organizations. Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Windsor, Connecticut, David holds a doctorate of education in organizational leadership and communication from Northeastern University, a master of education in college student affairs from the University of South Florida and a bachelor of science in communications from Eastern Connecticut State University. Prior to joining Rutgers, his career includes serving in various student affairs leadership roles in residence life, student conduct and multicultural affairs at the City University of New York, University of Massachusetts Lowell, New York University and University of South Florida.
Dr. Jones has been recognized with various awards for his work including the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Doris Michiko Ching Award for Excellence as a Student Affairs Professional, NASPA Region II Mid-Level Professional Award, NASPA Region I Network for Educational Equity & Ethnic Diversity Award, Social Justice Educator Award for American College Personnel Association’s Social Justice Educators Commission, NASPA Region II New Professional Award, NASPA African American Knowledge Community Mid-Level Professional Award, New York University’s Diversity Hallmark Award for the Department of Residential Education and Resident Director of the Year Award for the University of South Florida.
David’s work centers on diversity, equity and inclusion, with an interest on the intersection of identity and leadership in higher education. He has delivered more than 75 educational conference sessions, workshops or keynotes and is the co-author of an article published in The Journal of College Student Development that examined the role of race and racism in the experiences of black male resident assistants at predominately white universities. He was previously selected as a speaker for the NASPA SA Speaks Series and has appeared on the Higher Ed Live Network Student Affairs Live show.
Connect with David on twitter, @davidearljones.