Susan D. Jones
Updated April 2013
Advocate for women. Agent of change.

I am an organized, innovative, strategic thinker who believes in the power of relationships.  Currently, I'm using those skills to lead the Faith-Based Service and Learning program at my alma mater, Judson College. 

As part of my job, I get to teach, mentor, and be friends with some of the best and brightest college students in the world.  I try to help them discern what it is they were put on the planet to do, then empower them to live out that calling.

I currently teach Women in Society, World Religions, and Poverty and Inequality.  I'm working on developing a handful of new classes that I'm very excited about, including a community development course based on consensus organizing. 

Over the past ten years, I've had the privilege of being part of groups that collaborated with refugee cooperatives in Thailand, schools in Tanzania, and churches in Ghana, Brazil, and Romania.  My current focus is on building partnerships that foster positive change in the rural Black Belt region of Alabama.

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Graduate Student

  • UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM
  • Aug 25, 2003 - May 28, 2005
  • I received a Master's degree in Public Health in International Health and Global Studies, with an emphasis on Health Behavior, in 2005. My classes focused primarily on the development, implementation, and evaluation of community health programs for women, children, and underserved populations.

Director of Faith-Based Service & Learning

  • JUDSON COLLEGE
  • Jul 1, 2007 - Current
  • As Director of Faith-Based Service and Learning, I help connect Judson students, faculty, and staff with the needs of Perry County and the world. I have created a course on Poverty and Inequality, coordinated multiple service projects, and performed the administrative duties needed to help the department grow and thrive.

Assistant Vice President for Student Services

  • JUDSON COLLEGE
  • Jul 1, 2009 - Current
  • In this role, I have kept Student Handbook policies up to date, overseen the student-run judicial process, served as the Student Government Association advisor, and helped ensure that each department within the Student Services division had the tools needed to perform their duties well.

Volunteer

  • SOWING SEEDS OF HOPE
  • Jan 20, 2001 - Aug 20, 2005
  • I first became involved with Sowing Seeds of Hope when I helped staff community health fairs as a college student. During graduate school, I took on various tasks as an unpaid assistant to the Health Care Coordinator.

Board of Directors

  • GLOBAL WOMEN
  • Mar 1, 2003 - Oct 3, 2005
  • In addition to serving on the Administrative Committee and Board of Directors, I coordinated health education projects for Global Women in Thailand, Myanmar, and Ghana. I managed the database, represented the organization at various events, wrote for and helped edit the newsletter, and was part of the team that planned and presented conferences.

Published article proposing a multi-level response to female genital mutilation

  • Jan 13, 2004
  • In a paper written for my introductory International Health class, I argued that strategies to eliminate female genital mutilation had been ineffective because they did not address the social and economic issues that reinforced the practice. With the help of my instructor, this became my first published article and the beginning of my role as his research assistant.

Graduate Student

  • INTERNATIONAL BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
  • Aug 15, 2005 - Sep 8, 2007
  • I spent two years living and studying in Prague, Czech Republic. My courses at International Baptist Theological Seminary (IBTS) included Applied Theology and Contextual Missiology. My thesis focused on African women's theology and how it could inform the Western response to HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Ministry Team Member

  • PROJECT HOPE
  • Sep 2, 2005 - Apr 27, 2007
  • I was heavily involved with Project Hope, a ministry to Roma women who had been trafficked into the Czech Republic from rural Bulgaria, during my two years of seminary. I was part of a care team that provided a ministry of presence to these women. Through this experience, I had the opportunity to be part of the planning committee that birthed the International Christian Alliance on Prostitution in early 2007.

Attended United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

  • Mar 8, 2007
  • I've been honored to represent the Women's Department of the Baptist World Alliance at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women four times.

Lectured at community health worker training in Myanmar

  • Jun 21, 2005
  • I had the honor of serving as a guest lecturer at two community health worker training sites in Yangon, the capital of Myanmar in 2003 and 2005. The women who teach and learn in these faith-based programs are one of the reasons that Myanmar is my favorite country.

Developed and taught undergraduate level Poverty and Inequality course

  • Jan 4, 2010
  • I was given the opportunity to develop and teach a course entitled Poverty and Inequality, which focuses on various definitions of, explanations for, and possible solutions to the problems that surround poverty and social inequality on local and global levels. This course is part of my regular teaching rotation.

Graduated from Judson College with honors, after serving as senior class president

  • Jun 29, 2002
  • At Judson College, I found a place where I could learn inside and outside the classroom. I studied Biology, Chemistry, and Religious Studies, while holding various leadership positions in campus organizations. During college, I made the friends that helped me discover who I really was for the first time.

Learned that Judson's service-learning program had received the Carnegie classification for community engagement

  • Dec 18, 2008
  • In 2008, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recognized Judson College for its engagement in, outreach to, and partnership in the community. As the director of Judson's service-learning program, the entity which coordinates efforts in these areas, I was thrilled that our small college was one of only three in the state of Alabama to obtain this honor.

Named chair of Judson College Strategic Planning Committee

  • Aug 20, 2012
  • As chair of the Judson's strategic planning committee, I oversee a committee of faculty, staff, and students charged with mapping resources, challenges, and opportunities facing the college as we plan for our 175th anniversary and beyond.