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Kenya C. Jones,       MSW, PhD

Educator, Mentor, & Researcher


Aug 2008Dec 2013


Morgan State University

Dissertation Title: The Relationship Between Ideal Mentoring and Selected Characteristics of African American  Social Work Doctoral Students.  Defended August 6, 2013.

Aug 2005May 2007


Howard University

Social Work, Macro Track: Criminal Justice concentration

Teaching Philosophy

Eclecticism is the philosophical approach which guides my pedagogy. Eclectic, defined as, selecting what appears to be best in various doctrines, methods, or styles (Merriam-Webster, 2015). My pedagogy is a combination of constructivist, progressivism, and the critical thinking paradigm. During my doctoral coursework, I had the splendid experience of taking a Social Work Pedagogy and Education course, which further prepared my classroom expertise, standards and competencies which are necessary to provide exceptional social work education.

Recognizing that teaching and learning is a dually dynamic process that engages each member of the classroom working together; I strive to create an environment where students are encouraged, feel empowered to express themselves, and are engaged in the process of learning. I yearn to expand students’ interest beyond course requirements and the goal of attaining a grade. I want students to learn because they are vested in their education; feel valued and trust that their thoughts and experiences are relevant to the course content. My objectives as an instructor are: (1) create a safe learning environment that will foster constructive scholarship; (2) combine theory and application to spark student enthusiasm for knowledge; and (3) enhance critical thinking beyond the classroom

Teaching Experience

Clark Atlanta University

Atlanta, United States                                                                                                 Aug 2013 - Present

Tenure Track - Assistant Professor

  • CSSW 500 A: Autonomous Social Work Practice I. 3 credits

This course is framed in a generalist perspective, the course examines social work practice as both a method and process for intervention with micro systems (individuals, families) and beginning with small groups (mezzo systems). 

  • CSSW 500 B: Autonomous Social Work Practice II. 3 credits

The course builds upon CSSW 500 A with a focus on generalist social work practice with groups, while this second practice course expands that content and places emphasis on organizations and communities. Primary attention is given to assessment and intervention with groups, organizations and communities (mezzo and macro systems).

  • CSSW 501 A: Concurrent Field Practicum I. 3 credits

Practicum I provides students with a supervised field experience in an agency setting using generalist social work skills appropriate at the graduate level.  The practicum focuses on skill development, the nature of social systems, and the integration of social work theory and practice. 

  • CSSW 501B: Concurrent Field Practicum II. 3 credits

Concurrent Field Practicum II is a continuation of CSSW 501 – Concurrent Practicum I. The practicum experience focuses on skill development, application of ethics to practice and the integration and application of social work theory and practice.

  • CSSW 503: Advanced Direct Social Work Practice. 3 credits

Building upon 500-level Autonomous Social Work Practice courses, it extends the matrix roles and subsequent skills learned in autonomous practice to more complex individualized practice with client systems considering the multiple variables that affect their lives.  Attention is given to the bio-psychosocial integrity of the client and to ethical issues. 

  • CSSW 504B: Advanced Direct Social Work Practice: Focus on Health/Mental Health. 3 credits

This advanced direct practice focus course provides depth, specificity and knowledge about advanced skills in assessment and intervention. Attention is given to client systems that experience or are at-risk of experiencing problems in social functioning due to their health and mental health. 

  • CSSW 506: Program Organization and Development for Social Work Direct Practice 

This course builds on the ecological systems perspective that views program organization and development as an arena for social change. Although rationale planning is emphasized, the course illuminates how values, needs and resources influence program design and decision-making.  As a major practice strategy used in community development, this course offers a contingency framework that teaches students about the choices, decisions and situations for planning new or adapting programs within the context of diverse communities.  

  • CSSW 590: Research Methods 4 credits 

This course provides instruction, feedback, and support to develop and complete the student’s thesis or conceptual paper. The course will also provide instruction in the computation, interpretation, and application of analytical procedures that can be used in social work research and evaluation.  The ultimate goal of the course is to provide students with the teaching and learning experience that will allow them to apply research techniques and statistical procedures that will enable them to successfully conduct research, report findings, and to complete their thesis/conceptual paper.

  • CSSW 603: African-American Families. 3 credits

This advanced course examines historical and contemporary forces impinging upon African-American families and the resultant survival strategies of these families. The Afrocentric perspective is used in discussing African-American families. 

Morgan State University: School of Social Work

Baltimore, United States                                                                                         Aug 2009 - May 2013

Adjunct Faculty 

  • 2013 - Urban Black Families and Clinical Practice
  • 2009 - 2011 - Generalist Social Work Practice
  • 2011 - 2012 - Neighborhood Advocacy & Development in Urban Communities
  • 2010 - 2011 - Social Welfare & Urban Economics (Policy I)

Issues in Social Work Pedagogy & Education Course

  • 2010

    Teaching Assistant

    • 2009 - Urban Black Families and Clinical Practice
    • 2009 - Social Welfare & Urban Economics ( Policy I & II)
    • 2010 - Chemical Dependency Clinical Assessment & Treatment

      Howard University: Preparing Future Faculty Institute

      Washington, United States                                                                                           June 2011


        • Jones, K. "Mentor Relationship Tools and Tips " Service Coordinators Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA - Oral Panel 2017
        • Warrener, C.; Jones, K. "Technology Infused into Teaching - Tips for Incorporation in Social Work Classes" Council on Social Work Education, Annual Conference, Atlanta GA - Panel Discussion/Presentation 2016
        • Jones, K. "Modeling By Mentors: Most Ideal Mentor Attributes & Selected Characteristics of African American Social Work Doctoral Students & Recent Graduates" National Association of Black Social Workers, NABSW, New Orleans, LA - Poster Session 2016
        • Warrener, C.; Jones, K. "Dating Abuse Perpetration and the Interaction of Race and Sense of Entitlement" (SSWR - Washington, DC - Pending Poster Session 2016
        • "Warrener, C.; Jones, K. "Variance by Race in Sense of Entitlement and Dating Abuse Perpetration" (CSWE - Denver, CO - Oct. 2015) Poster
        • Jin, S.; Warrener, C.; Jones, K.; Wright, D. ,"The Relationship Between Field Placement Evaluations and Job Experience of MSW Graduates" CSWE - Denver, CO - Oct. 2015) Poster 
        • Jones, K. "What Makes Mentoring Relationships So Important: The Results of A Study on African American Social Work Doctoral Students and Recent Graduates"(Black Doctoral Network, BDN, Atlanta, GA - Oct. 2015) Oral
        • Jones, K. "What to Look for In a Mentor? Key Identifiers in an Ideal Mentor Relationship." Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - New Connection, RWJF Annual Symposium, Princeton, NJ - June, 2015) Poster 
        • Jones, K. "Mentoring Attributes & Selected Characteristics of African American Social Work Doctoral Students"(Council on Social Work Education, CSWE - Annual Program Meeting, APM, Tampa, FL - Oct. 2014) Poster
        • Jones, K. "Developing and Promoting Social Work Student Writing Skills" (CSWE - APM, Tampa, FL - Oct. 2014) Electronic Poster 
        • Jones, K. "Improving Research and Writing Skills Among Social Work Students" (CSWE - APM, Tampa, FL - Oct. 2014) Poster 
        • Jones, K. "The Relationship Between Ideal Mentoring Characteristics and Selected Characteristics Among African American Social Work Doctoral Students"(NABSW - Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN - Apr. 2014) Poster
        • Jones, K. "Importance of Mentoring Relationships Among African American Social Work Doctoral Students"(NABSW - Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN - Apr. 2014) Oral
        • Jones, K. "The Extent to Which African American Social Work Doctoral Students Value Mentor Relationships: The Impact of Various Mentoring Types, Experiences & Perceptions"(Society for Social Work Research - SSWR Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX - Jan. 2014) Oral
        • Jones, K. "What African American Social Work Doctoral Students Value Most in Mentoring Relationships" (BDN Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA - Oct. 2013) Oral
        • Jones, K. "Opportunities for Successful Mentoring"(National Association of Black Social Workers - NABSW Conference, Jacksonville, FL - Apr. 2013) Oral
        • Littlefield, M.; Jones, K. "What is MINDS E-HEALTH?" (Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD - Feb. 2011) Oral
        • Jefferies, P.; Jones, K. "Fresh Start: Keys to a Successful Home Transition"(EBSFC, Washington, DC - Oct. 2007-Aug. 2008) Oral


        • Wilbon, R.; Jones, K. ; Rich, T. (2016). Mental Emotional Wellness Among African Americans in Urban Environments: What do We Know? How Can We Improve Outcomes? Social Work Practice with African Americans in Urban Environments. Springer Publishing
        • Jin, S.; Warrener, C.; Jones, K.; Alhassan, M. (2016) "An empirical assessment of writing and research proficiency in HBCU social work students. Journal of Human Behavior & Social Environment.
        • Jones, K.; Sims-Nyasuma, N. (2018-Book Chapter;Accepted). “Student Perspectives of Mentor Relationships: The Extent to Which Social Work Doctoral Students Are Impacted by Mentor Ideals & Types".  Mentoring at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs): Theory, Design, Practice, and Impact.
        • Warrener, C.; Jones, K. (2018 - Submitted). "Race and Sense of Entitlement in Dating Abuse Perpetration". Journal of Race and Social Problems.

        Work experience

        Aug 2013Present

        Assistant Professor

        Clark Atlanta University
        • Lead of Practice sequence 
        • Teach practice concentration courses 
        • Active participant in University's Quality Enhancement Plan
        • Developed new BSW/MSW course with colleagues ( Drs. Warrener, Jin, and Alhassan) on research and scholarly writing
        • Served on curriculum committee for CSWE EPAS reaccreditation process 
        • Reviewed incoming MSW applications, conducted face to face interviews with BSW applicants 
        • Member of Academic and Graduate Council committees 

        Aug 2009Jul 2013

        PhD Department - Chair, Graduate Assistant

        Morgan State University : School of Social Work
        • Assist in preparation for departmental meetings, created agendas, presentations, lead student discussions, create student progress reports, and prepare semi-annual CSWE report for submission.  Assisted in preparation and implementation of research project at partnering community agency, WIN Family Services.
        • Assist in preparing documents for successful IRB submission. As part of a group that conducted a qualitative research study to evaluate agency services. Assist department chairperson and school in the creation and implementation of the new expanded website which reflects the transition from a department to the school of Social Work.
        • Assist in the annual coordination of new student orientations within the MSW and PhD departments. Created extensive literature review and analysis for chairperson book submission.
        May 2011Aug 2012

        Campus Safety First Project Coordinator

        Howard University
        • Designed and disseminated student evaluation surveys; while also conducting program evaluation; collect, input, analyze and interpret data via Survey Monkey, Excel, and SPSS.
        • Managed the day-to-day operations of the project, consisting of co-writing IRB and grant applications, develop the project's newsletter; train and educate students, staff, campus police, and members of the judicial board in responding to domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault; implemented a coordinated community response though managing, and engaging.
        • Met regularly with the Campus (Campus Police, Office of Special Student Services, Office of Student Activities, Residence Life, Athletics, Chapel, Office of the President, and Office of the Provost) , Community (D.C. Rape Crisis Center, Men Can Stop Rape, House of Ruth, Metropolitan Police, U.S. Department of Justice, Legal Aid, and Sigh lent Storm), and Student Advisory Boards on a regular basis in order to develop and maintain policies and protocols related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
        Apr 2009Sep 2009

        Research Assistant

        • Created PowerPoint slides and presentations from cross-tabulation statistical procedures that were created to illustrate variance in clients from entry, 30 days, and 90 days to review effective evaluation measures.
        • Created training manual for on-site staff at reservation and constructed a guide for Westat  staff in the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Group specifically regarding the SAMSHA program in Native American Communities.
        • Retrieved data collected from Indian reservations as part of a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMAHSA) funded initiative.
        Aug 2008May 2009

        Project Development Coordinator

        Morgan State University: Department of Continuing & Professional Studies
        • Participated in research studies that facilitated the development of new projects, grant proposals, and budgets. Engaged in project evaluations using both quantitative and qualitative measures.
        • Responsible for collecting and compiling data from online and traditional sources while performing detailed data analysis under the guidance of the Director; assisted the Center for Continuing and Professional Studies (CCPS) staff in their research and preparation of presentations.  Assisted in writing new and continuing grant application submissions.

        Test Center Administrator

        • Maintained working knowledge of Thomson Prometric policies/procedures, manage test center staff, resolved candidate issues, maintained confidentiality for clients, protected security of all software, monitored environmental conditions, operated computer equipment, and managed candidate misconduct.
        Aug 2006Sep 2008

        Social Worker

        Edgewood/Brookland Family Support Collaborative
        • Provided consultation and research services to non-profit and community based organizations within the Ward 5 area of Washington D.C.; as well as conducted literature searches and needs assessments while providing training and technical assistance for non-profit organizations in the areas of program development, program evaluation, and culturally-specific interventions.
        • Provided case management to families within the servicing area, by offering support through the location of resources and therapeutic counseling.


        • Assisted in the development of "Browne Bomber Club" at Browne Junior High School, as an initiative to increase students' academic ranking by offering discounts and rewards from community in exchange for their academic performance and attendance.
        • Collaborated with clients such as groups involved in education and advocacy for at-risk youth, and customized training and consulting services to help clients manage change, improve operations, and become more efficient.
        Jan 2006May 2007

        Research Assistant

        Howard University
        • Assisted Dr. Charles Lewis, Jr., Associate Professor, in the planning, data collection, and data entry of a research project," Risk and Protective Factors among Adolescents in Montgomery County Public Housing."
        • Assisted in coordinating weekly intervention group sessions with youth. Administered and collected data sets completed by youth prior to and after sessions; developed facilitation for in class assignments, discussions, and monitored stipend allotments for participants of sessions.
          • Entered data-sets entered into SPSS.
            Sep 2006May 2007

            Program Coordinator Assistant

            Citizen Review Panel
            • Administered the intake of constituent cases involving federal agencies; conducted initial telephone interviews with new members, and assisted in the planning and implementation of membership events.
            • Assessed casework problems requiring action; and recommended appropriate recommendations to the Coordinator and Board president, conducted local and national child abuse and neglect issues.
            • Monitored and updated the Coordinator and Panel President on community issues, and served as a liaison with each of the entities involved in monthly panel discussions and board meetings.
            • Prepared weekly reports for the Coordinator, and Board President; assisted in the planning and implementation of the annual collective event; authored congratulatory and greeting letters, coordinated mass mailings, and provided guided tours of Howard University for board members, special guests, and visitors.

            Lloyd D. Smith Fellow: Marshall Heights Community Development Organization

            Deanwood History Committee
            • Assisted historian and anthropologist in collecting data for book on history of Deanwood, D.C.: Images of America, Washington D.C.: Deanwood. Researched neighborhoods, residents, located Archival data such as pictures, and past interviews from Library of Congress, Martin Luther King Library, Washington, D.C., funeral homes, and churches verifying information, dates, and located people for interviews.
            • Co-organized the Stream Valley Festival, at Marvin Gaye Park, Washington D.C. where vendors, sponsors, and residents were able to interact as well as historians, and committee were able to meet and conduct interviews with seniors from community.

            Research Assistant

            Healthy Families Thriving Communities
            • Collaborated with seven organizations in the Washington, DC area in case record analysis and data entry; assisted with development of SPSS database to assess evaluative measures. Organized files, and entered responses from case records into SPSS file created to synthesize information.
            • Prepared data for statistical procedures.

            British Politics Apprenticeship

            Green Party
            • Attended intense weekly skill training sessions in the areas of workshop and meeting facilitation, time/task management, public speaking, conflict resolution, media and public relations, cultural awareness, office dynamics, community asset mapping and, critical reflection.
            • Participated in leadership apprenticeship program designed to increase community organizational skills, teamwork, and cross cultural understanding while co-planning and implementing a team service projects.

            Honors & Awards

            • Goldseker Graduate Fellowship - Morgan State University : 2008-2012

            Provided through the School of Graduate Studies, is an investment in talented people with ideas to promote the city of Baltimore in new and creative ways.

            • Lloyd D. Smith Fellowship - Howard University : 2006 - 2007

            The LDS Fellowship was a collaborative leadership-training program of the Lloyd D. Smith Foundation and Marshall Heights Community Development Organization.

            Competencies & Skills

            • Dynamically dedicated Social Work Educator with over 5 years of experience, and a strong background education in Criminal Justice, and Social Work
            • Highly skilled in creating supportive mentoring relationships, developing high-levels of individual trust, and administering at-risk initiatives for youths
            • Proven ability to effectively handle multitask levels of administrative responsibility with minimal direction from superiors
            • Solid communication, interpersonal, analytical, organizational, and leadership skills
            • Quick learner with an ability to easily grasp individual and organizational development ideas, concepts, methods, and strategies
            • Strong qualities in problem solving, program planning/development, and community relations

                  Software Knowledge & Skills

                  • Microsoft Office
                  • Microsoft Power Point
                  • Prezi
                  • SPSS


                  Dr. Anthony Estreet, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W.

                  Assistant Professor, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD 

                  Dr. James Freeman, L.C.S.W., M.S.W.

                  Assistant Professor, Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, NC

                  Dr. Rhonda Wells-Wilbon, L.I.C.S.W.

                  Associate Professor, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD 

                  Dr. Darrin Wright, LMSW

                  Assistant Professor, Field Director, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA