Dr. David E. Jones is the Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Talent Management at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, where he leads an institutional diversity agenda to create an inclusive campus community for faculty, students and staff. Regularly invited by organizations to serve as a diversity consultant, strategist, speaker and trainer, Dr. Jones has served on the teaching faculty for the Equity Institute at the University of Southern California Race and Equity Center since 2018. 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 his position at William Paterson, his career includes serving in higher education leadership roles at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, City University of New York, University of Massachusetts Lowell, New York University and University of South Florida.
Dr. Jones has maintained an active leadership agenda with the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), presenting regularly at regional and national conferences and previously serving on the NASPA Region II Board as the Representative for the Professional Standards Division and Co-Chair for Strategic Initiatives. He currently serves NASPA as a leadership team member and faculty for the African American Male Summit and co-director and co-founder for the NASPA Ujima Institute. Previously, Dr. Jones has served on the NASPA Region II conference planning committee, faculty member for the NUFP Dungy Leadership Institute and an institutional external review team member with NASPA Advisory Services. Dr. Jones was previously a keynote speaker for the NASPA Region III Summer Symposium.
His work is highly regarded and as a result, he has been the recipient of several regional and national awards such as the NASPA Doris Ching Award for Excellence as a Student Affairs Professional, Social Justice Educator Award for ACPA’s Commission for Social Justice Educators, Mid-Level Professional Award for NASPA’s African American Knowledge Community and NASPA Region I’s Network for Educational Equity & Ethnic Diversity Award. He has delivered over 150 educational sessions, workshops or keynotes at conferences, colleges/universities, corporations and non-profit organizations, nationwide. Dr. Jones was a selected speaker for the NASPA SA Speaks Series and a faculty intern for the Social Justice Training Institute. Published in The Journal of College Student Development, Dr. Jones has appeared on the Big Ten Network and Higher Ed Live Network Student Affairs Live show.
Specialties: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Human Resource, Employment Equity, Strategic Planning, Multicultural Organizational Development, Teaching, Hiring Process, Technology/Social Media, Social Justice, Consulting, Training, External Reviews, Supervision, Leadership Development, Staff Evaluation, Fiscal Management, Faculty Development, Organizational Change, Implicit Bias, Microaggressions, Diversity Assessment, Access and Curriculum Development and Student Development
Connect with Dr. Jones on Twitter, @davidearljones.