During her 25 year career, Dr. Kristen Jones has held leadership roles in three different community colleges including a mid-sized college in Oregon, a rural institution in Montana, and an urban college that is part of a three-college District in Seattle, Washington.
Dr. Jones has served in her current role as the Vice President of Instruction at North Seattle College since April 2014, where she has provided participatory leadership to improve processes and address campus issues. Through her collaborative approach with deans and faculty, she established a ten-year Instructional Master Plan; developed a faculty-led Instructional Program Review process; and institutionalized a Strategic Enrollment Management Action Plan. In partnership with the Vice President of Student Services, she facilitated a professional development program for Instruction and Student Services leadership that resulted in a comprehensive accreditation visit commendation. Her co-chairing of an 18-month faculty negotiation resulted in a successful contract. She also led a successful Capitol Planning project proposal for remodel of the Library Building. Under her leadership as VPI, 22 new tenure-track faculty have been hired.
While at North, Dr. Jones also managed a $2 million reduction in the instructional budget through division reorganization, program closure, and personnel reduction. She also provided campus crisis management in the aftermath of a tragic accident that killed six international students. In collaboration with her counterparts at the Seattle College’s District, Dr. Jones also developed a District Academic Program Viability procedure which provides a transparent process for determining the health of instructional programs across the District.
Dr. Jones served for four years in her previous position as the Vice President for Instruction and Student Services at Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC) in Kalispell, Montana. While at FVCC, she restructured the Vice President’s office to include two new division directors that support full-time faculty and supervise adjunct faculty. Her advocacy for faculty included creating a system for establishing faculty rank, the securing of dedicated faculty gathering space, a clarified tenure process, and the hiring of 16 tenure-track faculty.
At FVCC, Dr. Jones oversaw a redesign of the developmental math program aimed at increasing student success, including the construction of a Foundational Math Lab and the hiring of additional tenure-track math faculty. She also led the creation of a new Agriculture program including securing funding for a tenure-track faculty, a greenhouse, farm and instructional space. She also implemented three Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCT) grants focused on manufacturing and healthcare. Dr. Jones also facilitated the creation of a new Licensed Practical Nursing program at Blackfeet Community College as part of a grant focused on Strengthening the Indigenous Nursing and Emergency Workforce (SINEW).
Prior to working at FVCC, Dr. Jones started her career as classified staff at Linn-Benton Community College (LBCC) in Oregon as the Coordinator of the Student Assessment Center. She advanced through several positions at LBCC in both Student Services and Instruction including faculty counselor, Cooperative Work Experience/Service Learning Coordinator, Career Center director, and finally dean of Academic Development, Communication Arts, and Mathematics. Some of her accomplishments while at LBCC include integrating several diverse departments into one academic division after a college-wide reorganization shifted instruction from eight instructional divisions to four. During her time as dean, she provided leadership for college-wide student success initiatives including coordinating a team of faculty and managers to implement a new student orientation, and chairing the First-Year Experience Committee. She chaired a team charged with designing a $3 million remodel of the Library and Learning Center.
Dr. Jones has a Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership and a Masters in Counseling from Oregon State University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Oregon.
Last Updated March 9, 2018