David E. Jones, Director
A leading student affairs scholar-practitioner previously recognized by the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) with the Doris Ching Award for Excellence as a Student Affairs Professional, Dr. David E. Jones is the Director of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. In this role, Dr. Jones leads a team of professional and student staff to provide services, resources and programs for the student community, with a particular focus on the black student population. As the Director, his goal is to help improve the college experience for historically underrepresented students by providing accessible and equitable out of the classroom opportunities that develop their leadership and academic skills.
Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Windsor, Connecticut, Dr. Jones holds a doctorate of education in organizational leadership from Northeastern University, a master of education in college student affairs from the University of South Florida, a bachelor of science in communications from Eastern Connecticut State University and is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. 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 maintains an active agenda with the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators by regularly presenting at regional and national conferences, serving on the NASPA Region II Advisory Board, African American Male Summit leadership team, and a past faculty member for the NUFP Dungy Leadership Institute.
David has been recognized with several regional and national awards for his work, which centers on social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion, with an interest on the intersection of identity and leadership in higher education. He has delivered more than 85 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, a faculty intern for the Social Justice Training Institute and has appeared on the Higher Ed Live Network Student Affairs Live show.
Feel free to stop by the Paul Robeson Cultural Center on Busch Campus to connect with David. You can reach him at 848-445-3545 or by email at David.Jones@echo.rutgers.edu.