Bio (Shelley Jones)

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Shelley Jones

Shelley Jones


Program Head, BAIS and International Year One


Interdisciplinary Studies


Shelley Jones is head of both the International Year One and the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies programs. Jones has more than 20 years of teaching experience from primary school through graduate studies in a range of international contexts including Tanzania, Uganda, Japan, the United Kingdom and Canada. Her research is focused in the areas of gender, education and empowerment for girls and women in East Africa, Mother Tongue pedagogy and resource development, multimodality, and literacy. She has published extensively in these areas and presented at many international conferences. Jones is also passionate about global citizenship and experiential international education.


Jones develops and oversees programs and courses, advises students, teaches, and works closely with associate faculty in the International Year One and Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies programs. Previously, Jones held professorial positions at Aga Khan University-Institute for Educational Development, East Africa (2013-2015), and the State University of New York, College at Postdam (2009-2013), where she taught and supervised students in the Master of Arts (Education) programs.


Jones holds a PhD in Language and Literacy Education (2008), a Master of Education (2003), a Bachelor of Education (1993) and a Bachelor of Arts (1992) from the University of British Columbia. Since 2003, she has received various research awards including from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development; the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council; and the International Development Research Centre.