Biographical statement

I am best described as human resource development leader who applies organizational development practice and organizational communication theory to deliver results for organizations. I have for many years worked to transform organizations to improve performance and productivity. With over 25 years of experience in leadership, management, and human resource development roles, I have deep knowledge in these fields.

As a college faculty, I’ve learned the importance of student engagement with the course topic and content. To facilitate this engagement, I seek to inspire and challenge students to apply the concepts covered in my courses. My goal is to bring to students a “real world” practitioner’s perspective supported by leading-edge research. Students can expect to apply theory to practice and identify new ways to use best-practice concepts. In my classes, students dialogue, work in teams, present, and sometimes debate concepts with the goal of learning ways to enable optimum organizational performance.


  • Doctor of Education, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 2001
  • Master of Arts, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 1991
  • Bachelor of Arts, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 1982

Courses taught

  • BUS-J 404 Business and Society
  • BUS-W 430 Organizations and Organizational Change
  • BUS-Z 302 Managing and Behavior in Organizations
  • BUS-Z 440 Personnel–Human Resource Management
  • BUS-Z 443 Training and Development
  • BUS-Z 445 Recruitment and Selection
  • BUS-Z 447 Leadership, Teamwork, and Diversity
  • BUCO W 516 Organizational Development and Change
  • BUCO J 506 Leadership and Ethics in the Business Environment

Research activities

  • Organizational Ethical Cultures and Practices
  • Leadership and Management Competencies Models, Application and Development
  • Romantic Relationships in the Workplace
  • Organizational Change Process Enablers and Dysfunctions
  • Teaching and Learning Strategies in Higher Education

Awards and memberships

  • Mosaic Faculty Fellow 2017-2018
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty 2016-2017
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty 2014-2015
  • Society of Human Resource Management
  • Academy of Management


  • Jones, K. J., Wills, K.V. & Berte, E. (2017). A Study of MBA Students’ Perceptions toward Business Leadership Pedagogy. Journal of the Academy of Business Education, 18.
  • Liu, C. A. andJones, K. J. (2016) Integrated Risk Management on Fuel Hedging Program: A Case Study on Southwest and China Eastern Airlines, Academy of Research Journal. Vol II 74-85.
  • Jones, K. J. andLiu, C. A. (2015). Ethical decision –making: a model demonstrating collectivism and individualism decision influences. Academy of Business Research Journal.  Vol III74-82.
  • Tomal, D. R., andJones, K. J. (2015). A Comparison of Core Competencies of Women and Men Leaders in the Manufacturing Industry.  The Coastal Business Journal,14(1), 13.
  • Berte, E., and Jones, K.J, (2014). The Field Trip as an Experiential Teaching Strategy to Promote Reflective Learning. Journal of the Academy of Business Education.
  • Mainiero, L and Jones, K. J. (2013) Sexual Harassment Versus Workplace Romance: Social Media Spillover and Textual Harassment in the Workplace. Academy of Management Perspectives
  • Borst, M. E., Jones, K. J. & Cohen, B (2012). Categorizing Transfer Students from the Two Year Perspective. In Advising Student Transfers: Strategies for today’s realities and tomorrow’s challenges. 2nd Edition. NACADA.
  • Clerkin, T, Jones, K.J. & Oakes, M. O (2012). A Study of Conflict In Top Management Decision-Making: The Impact of Contribution Motive. Coastal Business Journal
  • Mainiero, L & Jones, K. J. (2012) Workplace Romance 2.0: Developing a Communication Ethics Model to Address Potential Sexual Harassment from Inappropriate Social Media Contacts between Coworkers. Journal of Business Ethics.
  • Jones, K. J. (2002). The Mis-Education of the African American minister: considerations for changes in developing pastors. In James L. Conyers (Ed.), Black Cultures and Race Relations. Chicago, IL: Burnham Inc, Publishers.

Certifications and Training

  • Design Thinking for Innovation
  • Everything DiSC
  • EQ-I 2.0 / 360
  • Leadership/Organizational Architect
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
  • DDI Facilitation Skills Workship: Developing Extraordinary Facilitators
  • Zenger Miller Leadership 2000
  • BlessingWhite Helping Others Succeed
  • Blanchard Situational Leadership II
  • Strong Interest Inventory