Esther L. Jones was named associate provost and the inaugural dean of the faculty at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. She joined the faculty at the university in 2009 and held the E. Franklin Frazier Chair of African American Literature.
In accepting her new role, Dr. Jones stated “I believe that Clark is poised for breakthrough in a number of areas that this position can support and facilitate. I’m thrilled to be able to enact a vision and develop models and strategies to further support the high quality of work performed by our faculty; I believe they are the university’s most valuable asset.”
Dr. Jones was the inaugural director of the Africana studies program at Clark University. She is also affiliated with the women’s and gender studies program and comparative race and ethnic studies concentration. Dr. Jones is the author of Medicine and Ethics in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
Dr. Jones is a graduate of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. She earned a master’s degree and a doctorate from Ohio State University.