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David Jones

David Jones, criminal justice professor, was the recipient of the Edward M. Penson Distinguished Teaching Award at the 2013 Opening Day ceremonies at UW Oshkosh.

Edward M. Penson Distinguished Teaching Award recipients are selected based on their teaching excellence, service, professional commitment and scholarly growth. A committee of faculty, students and staff determines who will receive the honor.

For more than 30 years, David Jones has been a valued member of the Criminal Justice department at UW Oshkosh where he serves as department chair. He has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in a total of 19 different subjects. As an advocate for a liberal arts education, Jones challenges his students through encouraging and assigning writing. As a scholar of constitutional law, Jones has been involved with more than 30 publications and more than 40 papers at scholarly conferences frequently incorporating his findings into his teachings. During his years at UW Oshkosh, he has served on many committees, most notably on several that focus on student needs including the Liberal Education Reform Team, the University Studies Committee, the Student Academic Committee and as a long-time adviser of the Student Criminal Justice Association.

Jones earned his bachelor’s degree in government from Carleton College, his master’s degree in political science from Duke University and his doctorate in political science from the University of Kansas.

To read more about the Opening Day award recipients, visit UW Oshkosh Today.