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Jones to become provost at Western New England University

Dr. Linda E. Jones, vice president for Statutory Affairs and  head of the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, will become provost and vice president for academic affairs at Western New England University, Springfield, MA. Her appointment is effective July 1.

Jones, who is also a professor of materials science in the Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University, became head of the College of Ceramics four years ago, returning to AU after serving as director of the Picker Engineering Program at Smith College in Northampton, MA, from 2005 to 2010.

She had been a professor of materials science at Alfred University for 14 years before going to Smith College.

“Linda Jones is an accomplished educator, researcher and administrator,” said Doreen Edwards, dean of the Inamori School of Engineering. “Moreover, she has been a valued colleague and friend, and those of us who worked with her are going to miss her.”

Jones is recognized as a national expert in high-temperature corrosion and degradation of structural ceramic materials, including carbon-carbon composites and carbides. She received the John F. McMahon Award from Alfred University and delivered the annual McMahon Lecture in 2008; the award is presented annually to a materials scientist who is nationally recognized for advancing knowledge within the field.

She is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society – Nuclear and Environmental Division, and received the Griffin Lectureship from the American Carbon Society in recognition of her research work with carbon and carbon-composite materials. She also earned the Mrozowski Award from the American Carbon Society for best research paper. Jones was invited to deliver the opening keynote lecture at the International Carbon Societies meeting in 2006, and received an award for excellence in research and scholarship from the State University of New York Research Foundation in 2003.

Jones is equally recognized in the classroom. While at Alfred, Jones received the McMahon Excellence in Teaching Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a faculty member in the School of Engineering’s materials-based programs, and was a repeat winner of the Joseph Kruson Trust Fund Award for Excellence in Teaching several times during her 14 years spent in an AU classroom. She also received a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1999.

She is the author of several publications in her research field, and has more recently become a national spokesperson for the role of women in engineering; how to improve engineering education; and the value of programs in ceramic engineering.