Dr. Jones received an undergraduate degree in English Literature from Furman University. After graduation he taught English as a Second Language at the prestigious SriThammarat Suksa School in Nakhon Sri Thammarat, Thailand, a small town on the Malay Peninsula, for two years. He returned to the US and taught 7th grade language arts and high school social studies before moving to Washington DC to be underemployed with Gannett publishing. Dr. Jones received his master's and doctoral degrees in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. He spent five years on faculty at Northern Illinois University, and three years at the University of Memphis where he earned tenure and promotion to Associate Professor. In 2001 he returned home to South Carolina to develop a Master's program in Instructional Technology at Winthrop University. He was named the inaugural Bank of America Professor of Education at Winthrop University in 2006. In 2009 he became the Director of Graduate Studies for the Richard W. Riley College of Education at Winthrop University. He has been an invited speaker at international meetings in Ireland, The Philippines and Ukraine. Dr. Jones has published more than sixty papers and book chapters in various professional journals and books and has made over one hundred presentations at national and international meetings. He has worked as an educational consultant and grant evaluator for school districts and universities in South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Illinois. He has designed and developed training for multinational companies such as Hewlett Packard, IBM, Apple Computer, Sears, and Motorola. Dr. Jones' research interests include the diffusion and adoption of innovations, emerging technologies and their impact on learning, internet-based learning, social networking and instructional strategies for face-to-face and online classes. His most recent work has focused on one to one computing in schools, equity and access to learning technologies, and open educational resources. Dr. Jones is an exercise enthusiast who enjoys hiking and running. Other hobbies include reading, writing, playing guitar and travel. Dr. Jones is married to Mary O'Grady-Jones, a fifth grade Gifted and Talented teacher in Rock Hill, SC.