M. Colleen Jones, D.B.A.
Colleen Jones is an educator, entrepreneur and consultant, specializing in leadership, organizational behavior and development, learning organizations and managerial and executive training. She also serves as President of the Melvin W. Jones Foundation.
Dr. Jones earned the Doctorate of Business Administration degree in Organizational Behavior from The George Washington University School of Business and Public Management (Department of Management Science). She also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Iowa in Accounting and Quanti¬tative Analysis; and a Master of Business Administration degree in Manage¬ment and Finance from The University of Southern California.
Dr. Jones received an American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women to underwrite her doctoral research project titled, "Learning to Lead: A Study of the Developmental Paths of African-American Women College Presidents." That dissertation was recognized by the Academy of Management's Women in Management Division with the Best Dissertation Award Runner-Up Certificate.
Dr. Jones is a n Associate Professor of Practice in Management at The University of Nebraska - Lincoln. From 2004 to 2009, she served as the Assistant to the Chancellor for Organizational Development, and maintained a part-time academic appointment. In 2009, she returned to full-time teaching in the College of Business. From 1991-1996, she was a member of the faculty of the Suffolk University (Boston, MA) Frank Sawyer School of Management as an Assistant Professor of Management. She has teaching experiences in courses dealing with leadership, organizational behavior and development, organizational theory, group dynamics and management communications. Dr. Jones has ten years of experience in management and higher education administration (which includes being Assistant to the President of Tennessee State University, and the Director of Special Support Services and TRIO Coordinator at The University of Iowa); and college level teaching in business administration, and the behavioral sciences at The University of Tennessee – Knoxville; The George Washington University and Suffolk University; in addition to the University of Nebraska.
Dr. Jones is a certified administrator and consultant for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) which she utilizes in her teaching, research and consulting activities. Her research interests include: 1)leadership development; 2)access and advancement of women and people of color in executive positions; 3)cognitive style assessment; 4) creating environments to enhance learning; 5)workplace spirit and spirituality; 6)stress management; and 7)organizational communication issues (e.g., networking, conflict resolution). She has contributed to three books; developed an instructional CD-ROM for leadership development; and has articles appearing in the Journal of Management Education and Management Learning.
A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Dr. Jones resides in Lincoln, NE. She is the co-owner of Kenny's Dry Cleaners in Lincoln, NE. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society (from 1997-2000); and is the Chair of the Research Committee and First Vice President of the Board for the National African-American Women's Leadership Institute. In 2001, Dr. Jones was recognized by the Lincoln YWCA in its annual Tribute to Women for her accomplishments in education. She was a recipient of the 1999 and 2004 College of Business Administration Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Jones has served as a member of the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden Board of Directors; currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Leadership Lincoln; Friendship Home; the Nebraska Art Association and the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra. Since 1969, she has been a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is a former member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Management Education. In January, 2006, Dr. Jones received the State of Nebraska Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Education, Community Service and Leadership. Dr. Jones' professional accomplishments and community service activities are noted in the 3rd Edition of Who's Who Among Black Americans, as well as in Who's Who of Women Executives.
Dr. Jones loves to travel, and has journeyed throughout the United States and into the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe and Africa. An avid music lover, she listens to classic and contemporary R&B, jazz, blues and gospel and has an extensive collection of each. Colleen collects African wood carvings, Asian silk panels and porcelain, Erte plates, and the sculpture and paintings of a variety of African-American artists. She loves football and basketball and plays golf (more as an amusement than as sport). Her heart is filled by her very extensive family of kin and friends; her foster-son and his family; and the many students with whom she shares so many fulfilling moments of learning and growth.