Mount Aloysius Names Dr. Michael B. Jones Library Director

Posted on: April 3, 2014

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Dr. Michael JonesCresson, Pa. – Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley has announced that Dr. Michael B. Jones has accepted the position as Director of the Library at the Mercy sponsored arts and sciences college. Dr. Michael Jones currently serves Mount Aloysius College as associate professor of political science in the Justice, Law & Society Department, and as program coordinator of the Freshman Seminar and Senior Capstone programs.

Mount Aloysius College President Foley noted that Dr. Michael Jones is an extremely active member of the College’s faculty who readily accepts and excels at new assignments. “Dr. Michael Jones’ work ethic, intellect and accessibility continue to be valued and recognized by students, faculty colleagues and staff at Mount Aloysius College. In addition to being an excellent educator, he is an able administrator and project manager. He brings a rare combination of experience, intellectual curiosity, an understanding of the value of education and personal warmth that assures us of his success in this new role of Mount Aloysius College Librarian. The entire community can now benefit from his vision, his drive and his skills as a manager and educator.”

Dr. Michael Jones is a native of New Orleans, LA. He earned his bachelor of liberal arts degree summa cum laude from Loyola University, New Orleans, LA. Dr. Jones received his master of arts with a specialization in political theory and American political thought from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst Mass. His doctor of philosophy degree was also earned the University of Massachusetts. His doctoral dissertation topic was Religious Fundamentalism and Politics: A case study of the Southern Baptist Convention. The work was entitled, “The Priesthood of the Believer in the Public Square: Religious Fundamentalism, Politics, and the Southern Baptist Convention.” Dr. Jones’ comprehensive examination focused on American Government and American Political Thought; History of Political Thought; Contemporary Political Thought.

A prolific author and presenter, Dr. Jones’ has written and presented on a number of diverse topics. His articles have been published in such prestigious periodicals as The Review Journal of Political Philosophy, and The Journal for the Conference on Mercy Higher Education. He has presented at the Midwestern Political Science Meeting, Chicago, IL. 2004, and The Southern Political Science Association Meeting, in New Orleans, LA. 2011).

Dr. Jones began his teaching career at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He served as a visiting professor at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts before being named assistant professor at Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington. He came to Mount Aloysius College in 2008.

Dr. Jones is a member of the Academic Advisory Board for Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism Publications at McGraw Hill Publishing Company. He is also a member of the American Political Science Association and Southern Political Science Association.

He will assume his new role as Librarian at Mount Aloysius College at the conclusion of the 2014 spring semester.

The Mount Aloysius College Library is the campus hub for technology and study. With a Buhl Electronic Classroom and more than 80,000 print and nonprint titles, the Library is an impressive, 31,000-square-foot facility with ample seating space, four group-study rooms, a reading lounge, Learning Commons, a law library and classroom, an unparalleled 18,000-volume Ecumenical Collection donated by Pastor Gerald Myers, and ample room for expansion. This facility is completely automated, with an online catalog and access to remote libraries and the Internet through the more than 30 workstations. The Library also houses the Information Technology Center, 15 multimedia workstations and the latest educational software.

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