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The University of Texas at Tyler Education Professor Named ‘Advocate of the Year’ by State Council

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September 28, 2017

Media Contact:  Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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Dr. Jennifer Jones has been named 'Advocate of the Year' by the Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration.

Serving The University of Texas at Tyler since 2015, Jones is an assistant professor within the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. With 20 years of educational experience in both urban and rural districts, Jones served as a past public school educator, school superintendent, principal, counselor and special education teacher.

"Dr. Jones works with educators and community members to positively impact the welfare of students," said Dr. Wesley Hickey, professor and department chair. "She is a tireless advocate for educational attainment, and she supports leaders in developing the skills to increase the achievement of students. She's an incredible professional and an asset to both UT Tyler and TCPEA."

TCPEA officials will recognize her in a ceremony next month in Dallas.

Among achievements, Jones was instrumental in launching the first online journal hosted at The University of Texas at Tyler. 'Diversity, Social Justice & the Educational Leader' provides a platform for research and discussion regarding the best practices for educational leaders and teachers in increasing the academic achievement of linguistically and culturally diverse students.

Jones holds two master's degrees as well as an Ed.D. in educational administration. She currently serves as The University of Texas at Tyler's superintendent program coordinator.

One of the 14 campuses of the UT System, The University of Texas at Tyler features excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at The University of Texas at Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 10,000 high-ability students. The University of Texas at Tyler offers courses at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine as well as a location in Houston.


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