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Chenelle Jones, PhD

Assistant Dean, Community Engagement & Program Chair, Public Safety Programs

chenelle.jones@franklin.edu

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Dr. Jones is the Assistant Dean of Community Engagement, and Chair of the Public Safety Programs at Franklin University. She also oversees the Center for Public Safety and Cybersecurity Education (CPSCE), and the Global Center for Healthcare Education (GCHE) at Franklin University. Dr. Jones received her Ph.D. in the Administration of Justice from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. Her research interests include race and crime, policing, and juvenile delinquency. She is particularly interested in issues of police/community relations, disproportionate minority contact (DMC), mass incarceration, and the intersection of race and gender in the criminal justice system.

Dr. Jones currently serves as the National Director of Research for the Teen and Police Service (TAPS) Academy, a federally funded program designed to reduce social distance between police officers and youth. As the Director, she is responsible for establishing the research agenda, analyzing data, and serving as a consultant for best practices in improving relations between teens and the police. She has written numerous articles and book chapters on public perceptions of the police, race, and the administration of justice. She is also the co-editor of A Critical Analysis of Race and the Administration of Justice.

Dr. Jones is a highly sought-after speaker, and has conducted several presentations, keynotes, and media appearances on issues of race, police/community relations, and disproportionate minority contact. She is a reviewer for the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), and several academic journals including the Journal of Juvenile Justice, the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, and Race and Justice. She is a crime analyst for TV One’s hit show “For My Man.” She was appointed by Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther to serve on the Columbus Community Safety Advisory Commission. She is a member of the Juvenile Detention Facility Assessment Team for Franklin County. She is an ambassador for the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services’ Change Starts Here campaign. She is featured in “An Unfinished Documentary…Change Starts with You” which highlights law enforcement and community-wide efforts to improve police/community relations. Dr. Jones founded Come Together Columbus, which is a loose collective of organizations and individuals committed to racial justice, community empowerment, and police reform in Columbus, Ohio.

Dr. Jones is the recipient of numerous awards including Franklin University’s Dean’s Award Recognizing Excellence, the Central Ohio Social Justice Award for Education Advocacy in Higher Education, Columbus Business First’s 40 Under 40 Award, Columbus CEO's Future 50 Award, the Conley Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Sankofa Award for Education, and the Visionary Award by Columbus City Council and the Create Columbus Commission. Dr. Jones is the 2018 recipient of the Emerald Literati Award for Most Outstanding Author Contribution for her book chapter The New Jane Crow: Mass Incarceration and the Denied Maternity of Black Women. She serves on the Board of the Grant Foundation for Grant Medical Center, the Columbus Impact and Inclusion Advisory Board for Columbus Young Professionals, and the Advisory Board for the Black Legacy Advancement Coalition (BLAC), which is a national policy think tank organization established to advance and defend African American interests for life and legacy. Dr. Jones is also a member of several community and professional organizations including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the Create Columbus Commission, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the American Society of Criminology, the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, and the Racial Democracy and Criminal Justice Network.

Education

2012
Texas Southern University (Houston, Texas)
Doctor of Philosophy, Administration of Justice
2009
University of Dayton (Dayton, Ohio)
Master of Science in Education, Human Services
2006
Wittenberg University (Springfield, Ohio)
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Work Experience

2020 - Present
Franklin University, Assistant Dean, Community Engagement & Program Chair, Public Safety Programs
2019 - 2020
Franklin University, Assistant Dean, Community Engagement
2019 - 2020
Franklin University, Chair, Public Services Division, Community Engagement
2019 - 2020
Franklin University, Chair, Social & Behavioral Sciences Division, Community Engagement
2018 - 2019
Franklin University, Program Chair, Criminal Justice & Public Safety
2017 - 2019
Franklin University, Lead Faculty, Criminal Justice Administration

Publications & Presentations

Jones, C. (2019). Municipal Identification Feasibility Study. www.drchenellejones.com/jones-heckman-consulting
Jones, C., Ortiz, M., & Barcza-Renner, K. (2019). Depression, perceived discrimination, and racial barrier awareness as predictors of offending for black women. Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, 18, pp. 1-18.
Jones, C. (2018). CORE Feasibility Study Final Report. www.franklin.edu/sites/default/files/fr/documents/cpsce-core-feasibility-0518.pdf
Jones, C. (2017, Mar. 31). Strengthening the Relationship Between the Police and Young Men. ICE Mentoring Program, Columbus, OH.
Jones, C. (2017, Jun. 30). Stop the Violence. Moderator for the Stop The Violence, Columbus, OH.
Jones, C. (2017, Jun. 30). Criminal Justice Reform. Ohio Young Black Democrats Convention, Columbus, OH.
Jones, C. (2017, Jun. 30). Unapologetically Driven. Cleveland,OH.
Jones, C. (2017, May. 31). The Importance of Sisterhood. Life Skills High School Teen SUmmit, Columbus, OH.
Jones, C. (2017, May. 31). Improving Police/Community Relations. My Brother's Keeper Summit, Columbus, OH.
Jones, C. (2017, Apr. 30). The Fierce Urgency of Now: How to Stop Analyzing and Start Galvanizing a Movement from Criminal Justice Reform. Black Caucus of the Young Democrats of America Progressive Leadership Summit, Cleveland,OH.
Jones, C. (2017, Apr. 30). Keep Standing. Ohio Department of Youth Services Employee Recognition Program, Orient,OH.
Jones, C. (2017, Apr. 30). The School-to-Prison Pipeline and the Criminalization of race. Worthington,OH.
Jones, C. (2017, Feb. 28). Win Anyway. STRIVE Mentoring Program, Columbus, OH.
Jones, C. (2017, Jan. 31). Kids and Cops: What to do when stopped by the police. Extraordinary Gentlemen's Academy, Columbus, OH.
Jones, C. (2017, Jul. 31). At the Intersection of Research and Practice: What Works Best in Prisoner Reentry and How We Can Support Restored Citizens. National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Jones, C. (2016, Feb. 28). A Qualitative Assessment of the Parent/Child Dynamic between Incarcerated Black Mothers and Their Children. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Denver,CO.
Jones, C. (2016, May. 31). Addressing the Needs of Domestic Abuse Survivors. Dayton,oh.
Jones, C. (2016). The New Jane Crow: Mass Incarceration and the Denied Maternity of Black Women. Emerald Group Publishing.
Jones, C. (2016, Feb. 28). The Power of Saying "I AM!". Academy of Urban Scholars Girl's Empowerment Day, Columbus, OH.
Jones, C. (2016, Feb. 28). Because they did,I Can. Franklin County Children Services, Columbus, OH.
Jones, C. (2016, Feb. 28). The Power of Civic Engagement. YWCA Leadership Luncheon Celebrating Black History, Columbus, OH.
Jones, C., & Seabrook, R. (2016, Jul. 31). Black Women Matter: Exhibiting Poise and Power in the Midst of Pain and Peril. National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice Annual Meeting, Dallas,TX.
Jones, C. (2016, Jun. 30). Social Change is Good. YWCA'S Leadership for Social Change Program, Columbus, OH.
Jones, C. (2016, Mar. 31). My Past Won't Paralyze My Purpose. Women's History Program, Marysville,OH.
Jones, C. (2016, Jul. 31). Our Lives, Our Police, Our Community: Solutions Forum. Inaugural Solutions Forum Coordinator and Moderator, Columbus, OH.
Jones, C., & Strayhorn, T. (2016, Nov. 30). Equipping Our Children For Excellence: Improving Outcomes for Youth at the Intersection of Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice. Franklin Country Children Services Professional Development Workshop, Columbus, OH.
Strayhorn, T., & Jones, C. (2016, Aug. 31). Bloom Where You're Planted. Ohio Reformatory for Women, Marysville,OH.
Jones, C. (2016, Nov. 30). Candidates Forum. Coordinator for Ohio Dominican University Candidates Forum, Columbus, OH.
Jones, C. (2016, Nov. 30). I Got You Covered. Empowerment Luncheon, Columbus, OH.
Jones, C. (2016, Apr. 30). Addressing School Discipline and Promoting Academic Success. Teaching Tolerance 4 Coordinator and Panelist, Columbus, OH.
Jones, C. (2016, Nov. 30). Community Conversations: Meet the Candidates Forum. Moderator for Central Ohio Youth Advocacy Program Candidates Forum, Columbus, OH.
Jones, C. (2016, Sep. 30). Black Lives Matter vs All Lives Matter. Incorporated A KAnversation party, Columbus, OH.
Jones, C. (2016, Oct. 31). Race, Trust, and Police Legitimacy. Iota Phi Theta Community Conversation on Police/Community Relations, Columbus, OH.
Jones, C. (2016, Sep. 30). Black Children Matter: The State of Disproportionate Minority Contact in School Discipline and Juvenile Justice. 32nd International Black Women's Congress Annual Meeting, Columbus, OH.
Jones, C. (2016, Nov. 30). My Gift is My Weapon. To Be Young, Gifted, and Black, Columbus, OH.
Jones, C. (2015, Feb. 28). African American Values. Columbus, OH.
Jones, C. (2015, Apr. 30). Kids Don't Like the Cops: An Exploratory Analysis of Social Distance between Teens and the Police. Columbus, OH.
Jones, C. (2015, Apr. 30). The Perks of Privilege: Moving from Awareness to Advocacy in an Intercultural Setting. Diversity Leadership Symposium, Columbus, OH.
Jones, C. (2015, Apr. 30). Teaching Tolerance Community Forum 2: Bridging the Racial Divide. Columbus, OH.
Jones, C. (2015, Jul. 31). The Cooler Bandits Movie Screening. Columbus, OH.
Jones, C., & Seabrook, R. (2015, Nov. 30). Denied Maternity: A Qualitative Analysis on The Parent/Child Dynamic among Incarcerated Black Women. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Washington D.C..
Jones, C. (2015, Nov. 30). Understanding the Justice System. Teaching Tolerance 3, Columbus, OH.
Jones, C. (2015, Jul. 31). The Power of Privilege: Moving from Awareness to Advocacy. Columbus, OH.
Jones, C., & Ortiz , M. (2015, Nov. 30). Depression, Perceived Discrimination, and Racial Barrier Awareness as Predictors of Offending for African American Women. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Washington D.C..
Jones, C., & Greene, H. (2015, Nov. 30). Kicked Out of Class, Kicked In a Cell: An Exploratory Analysis of School Discipline and Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC). American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Washington D.C..
Collier-Goubil, D., Williams, J., Jones, C., Battle, N., Adams, C., & Duran , R. (2015, Nov. 30). When the Smoke Clears: Keeping Activism in the Classroom, Scholar-Activists Speak. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Washington D.C..
Jones, C. (2014, Dec. 31). A Discussion on Race and Justice. Teaching Tolerance 2, Columbus, OH.
Jones, C., & Greene, H. (2014, Nov. 30). A Comparative Analysis of Race Discrimination, Racial Socialization & Offending Trends among African American College Students: A Test of the Theory of African American Offending. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
Jones, C., & Williams, J. (2014, Nov. 30). Pedagogy at the Intersection of Oppression. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
Jones, C. (2014, Nov. 30). The Zimmerman Verdict: A Critical Analysis of Print and Online News Media, Political Reaction, and Public Response in the Age of Social Networking. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
Jones, C. (2014, Nov. 30). Teaching Tolerance Community Forum 1. Columbus, OH.
Greene, H., Jones, C., Williams, J., & Burnett, R. (2014, Mar. 31). Mentoring African Americans in Criminal Justice. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Philadelphia,PA.
Seabrook, R., & Jones, C. (2014, Nov. 30). Prison, Motherhood, and the Welfare of the Child in the African American Community. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
Jones, C., & Greene, H. (2013, Nov. 30). Perceptions of Race Discrimination, Racially Based Stereotypes, and Racial Socialization as a Predictor of Crime Through Self Reports: A Test of the Theory of African American Offending. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
Jones, C. (2012, Nov. 30). Ab Exploratory Analysis of Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) in predominately Minority Populated Counties 4. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Chicago,IL.
Jones, C., Greene, H., & Penn, E. (2012, Nov. 30). An Evaluation of the Teen and Police Service (TAPS) Academy. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Chicago,IL.
Onwudiwe , I., & Jones, C. (2011, Dec. 31). Comparative Issues in Criminal Justice: An Assessment of Crime From A Global Perspective. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Washington D.C..

Professional Service

2017
Committee Member
Assessment Committee
2017
Committee Member
Diversity Committee
2017
Committee Member
Student Success Initiative