Dr. Richard Jones, professor of social and cultural sciences at Marquette University, recently received the university’s highest teaching honor, the Robert and Mary Gettel Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence.
Jones was nominated by his colleagues and former students who described him as a “workhorse” and a “dream,” and highlighted his straightforward and relatable approach in the classroom. “Professor Jones embodied everything I now believe college should be,” a former student said.
Jones has taught 15 different undergraduate courses during his 25-year career at Marquette, including: crime and punishment, the experience of incarceration, social problems, principles of sociology, and sport in society. He has positively impacted first-generation and minority students through his contributions to the Educational Opportunity Program, the McNair Scholars and the Freshman Frontier Program. Jones currently serves as the Faculty Athletics Representative based on his work with Marquette’s student-athletes.
Jones earned his bachelor’s degree from Mankato State University and his Ph.D. from Iowa State University.
“I wouldn’t enjoy my profession as much without the balance between teaching and research,” Jones said. “My teaching is improved tremendously by the research that I am engaged in, and I feel that students become more engaged in the material when the professor is excited by the work they are doing.”
Teaching Excellence Awards are the highest teaching honor bestowed upon Marquette University faculty members. Recipients are nominated by their colleagues and students for demonstrating excellence as teacher-scholars.