Jones New History Department Chair

May 28, 2014

Faculty News

 

Dr. Jonathan Jones

Dr. Jonathan Jones

Dr. Jonathan Jones has been named chair of the History Department, following the retirement of Mr. Doug Perkins in May.

“Dr. Jones has the credentials, the experience, and the temperament to serve superbly as chair of our History Department,” Headmaster Ellis Haguewood said. “I am pleased that he accepted our invitation to provide leadership for our history curriculum and our excellent history teachers.”

Jones has been a member of the faculty since January of 2012, when he took over the European and American history classes of Dr. Bob Winfrey, whose medical problems prevented his continuing to teach. He currently teaches United States and European History as well as AP Art History.

“I am deeply honored to be named the new chairman of our department and grateful for the trust the MUS administration and faculty have placed in me,” Jones said. “Teaching and serving the community are two great joys in my life, and MUS has made it possible for me to engage in both of these pursuits on a daily basis.”

After graduating from the Baylor School in Chattanooga, Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in history at Millsaps College and a Ph.D. in American history at the University of Memphis. He served as an instructor in U.S. history and world civilizations there during and after completion of his doctoral program. Before coming to MUS he was a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of Memphis, teaching online classes in U.S. history and in family caregiving. He also earned a graduate certificate from the University of Florida in geriatric care management.

During a nine-year hiatus from teaching, he held positions in the field of in-home services and healthcare for seniors and the disabled, primarily in sales or sales management positions. Before returning to the classroom, Jones was director of Meals on Wheels for MIFA.

He has served on the board of directors for Alzheimer’s Day Services of Memphis and for the Professional Network on Aging. He is also a deacon at Idlewild Presbyterian Church, where he has taught Sunday school.

Jones and his wife, JoAnn, a self-employed professional organizer, have two boys at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School, where Paul is in fifth grade, and Andrew is in third grade.

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