Kathleen Jones, associate professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of associate professor emerita by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
The emeritus title may be conferred on retired professors, associate professors, and administrative officers who are specially recommended to the board by Virginia Tech President Tim Sands. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive an emeritus certificate from the university.
A member of the university community since 1991, Jones is a leading expert on the history of the child guidance movement in America and the history of youth suicide. Her research was supported by several grants and fellowships, including a National Humanities Center Fellowship and a National Library of Medicine Publication Grant.
Jones wrote a book, "Taming the Troublesome Child," published by Harvard University Press, as well as 14 articles and book chapters, 11 reference work entries, and 26 book reviews and essays.
Jones was also a pioneer in the use of digital history for teaching. She received several grants to support her innovative work in this area, including a National Endowment for the Humanities Exemplary Education Grant.
In the classroom, Jones developed and taught five undergraduate courses and five graduate courses. She also developed several online teaching modules and served as chair or as a member on more than 50 master’s degree or doctoral committees.
Her teaching skills were recognized with Virginia Tech’s XCaliber Award for Exemplary Work by a Team in Teaching with Technology, the e-Learning Design Honorable Mention from the e-Learning Laboratory at the University of Kansas, the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising, and the 2017 Alumni Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising.
Jones served as director of graduate studies in the Department of History for 10 years.
Jones received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware, a master’s degree from the University of Alberta, and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University.