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Willis Jones, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation
136B Taylor Education Building
(859) 257-1607

Dr. Jones is an assistant professor of higher education at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Jones has a BA from the University of North Texas, a master’s in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arkansas, and a PhD in Higher Education Policy and Leadership from Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Jones’ primary area of research is related to the study of intercollegiate athletics. His research uses econometrics to examine whether external actors and resource providers are influenced by the presence, successes, and/or failures of high-profile college athletics. Dr. Jones also examines the consequences of the social structures created by intercollegiate athletics on the educational experiences of student-athletes.

Dr. Jones has also published on the topics of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, college rankings, college student interactional diversity, retention, and faculty governance. An interest in the nature of how institutional policy decisions, organizational processes, and social structures shape the experiences and behaviors of internal and external college/university constituencies undergird each of these areas of Dr. Jones’ research agenda.

Dr. Jones teaches courses in diversity in higher education (EPE 798), economics of higher education (EPE 678), organization and administration of higher education (EPE 676), and Intercollegiate athletics policy and governance (EPE 798).

Vita – (PDF)

Research categories: Higher Education, Policy, Athletics, Statistics, Diversity in Education