Academic Affairs

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Office of Dean of Faculty

Esther Jones
Associate Provost; Dean of Faculty

As Associate Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Esther Jones provides administrative support for the Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and STEM departments as well as oversees faculty mentoring and professional development. Reporting to the Provost, Jones serves as an ex-officio member to key faculty governance committees and convenes the Department Chairs’ meetings.

Jones joined Clark in 2009 from Emory University, where she was the inaugural Race and Difference Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow from 2008-2009, and a Visiting Assistant Professor from 2006-2008 in the departments of Women’s & Gender Studies and English. Prior to her time at Emory, she earned her doctorate in English from The Ohio State University in 2006, and a Master of Arts in African American and African Studies in 2001. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Music from Fisk University in 1998, where she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa society her senior year.

Jones serves the profession extensively outside of Clark in organizations that promote excellence both prior to and immediately following students’ four-year-college experience: the Advanced Placement program organized by Educational Testing Services and the national organization of The Phi Beta Kappa Society. Jones has served in a senior leadership role with the Advanced Placement Literature Exam as a Question Leader since 2016, leading the assessment of high school students’ performance in college-level literature classes taken during high school. In her role as President of Clark’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, she was elected as a Senator at the national organization’s 2015 Triennial Council. She joined the Executive Committee of the national office of the Society in 2018, working with the Secretary/CEO Frederick Lawrence and executive officers to provide strategic vision, planning, and direction for the major initiatives of the organization in its mission to serve as an advocate for the liberal arts and sciences.

Jones’s research interests are in the broad field of medical humanities, specifically the field of literature and medicine. In the area of race, medicine, and the humanities, she studies bioethics and has published on the practice and politics of inequity in health care delivery systems, the history of alternative health practices and religion, and structural competency in healthcare systems as explored through a range of literary genres, including science fiction as well as mimetic fiction. She is the author of Medicine and Ethics in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction (Palgrave MacMillan 2015), and is the editor-in-chief of a major reference work titled “The Palgrave Handbook of Global Critical Health Humanities, Race & Ethnicity” (forthcoming, Springer Nature 2020).


Location and Contact Info


Clark University
Geography Building, Room 210
950 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610-1477
Phone: (508) 793-7377
Email: esjones@clarku.edu