SHELLY M. JONES, Ph.D. is a Professor of Mathematics Education, at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT. She received degrees from Spelman College, the University of Bridgeport, and Illinois State University.She teaches undergraduate mathematics content and methods courses for pre-service teachers as well as graduate level mathematics content, curriculum and STEM courses for in-service teachers. Before joining the CCSU faculty, Dr. Jones was a middle school Mathematics Teacher and a Mathematics Supervisor in K-12 education. She provides mathematics professional development locally, nationally and internationally. She has been an educator for 28 years.
Dr. Jones serves her community by working with various professional and community organizations. On a national level, she is the Position Papers Editor of NCSM: Leadership in Mathematics Education, a member of NCTM and the President-Elect for the Benjamin Banneker Association. Locally she is a member of CCLM (Connecticut Council of Leaders of Mathematics), ATOMIC (Associated Teachers of Mathematics in Connecticut), and AMTEC (Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators in Connecticut). Dr. Jones is proud to have coordinated Campy-on-Campus, a one-day STEM conference for middle schoolers, for the past 12 years on her university campus. Campy is held annually at a variety of locations around the state of CT. The Connecticut Association of Mathematically Precocious Youth (CAMPY) is an organization founded in 1998 for the purpose of helping to meet the needs of mathematically precocious students in Connecticut.
A focus of Dr. Jones’ current work is on culturally relevant pedagogy in mathematics. You can view several of her talks including her CCSU TEDxTalk on YouTube, live radio interviews on Tom Ficklin Radio and All About STEM Radioand a television interview on Our Lives News 12 in Connecticut (January, 2017). She is a contributing author of the book entitled, The Brilliance of Black Children in Mathematics: Beyond the Numbers and Toward a New Discourse and the author of Women Who Count: Honoring African American Women Mathematicians, a children’s activity book.
Dr. Jones has been recognized for doing the work she loves. She and Dr. Robert Berry, Past-President of NCTM, will interview Hidden Figure, Dr. Christine Darden, during NCTM’s 100 Days of Professional Learning in October 2020. During Black History Month in 2019 Dr. Jones was featured on the website www.mathematicallygiftedandblack.com, she was awarded ATOMIC’s Mari Muri Award and named a finalist for the 2019 Petit Family Foundation Women in Science Leadership Award from the Connecticut Science Center. She was also in the Inaugural Class of theWomen of Color Awards at CCSU’s Ruthe Boyea Women’s Center. Dr. Jones is scheduled as an invited speaker at NCTM’s Centennial Meeting and Exposition in April. Her talk is entitled, Sankofa: Looking Back to Honor 100 years of Black Mathematicians, Moving Forward in the 21st Century. She has given dozens of talks around the topic of culturally relevant teaching in mathematics and she has articles in the NewEngland Mathematics Journaland the Northeastern Educational Research Association(NERA) Conference Proceedings http://digitalcommons.uconn.edu/nera-2015/12.