News Release: July 15, 2011
Christopher Jones was appointed associate vice provost for university honors on July 1. He is responsible for directing NIU's University Honors Program and chairs the University Scholarship Committee. Jones brings 15 years of faculty experience, including 10 years of administrative experience, to the position. He served as director of undergraduate studies, assistant chair, and chair of NIU's Department of Political Science.
During his five-year tenure as chair, the Political Science Department established a congressional internship program in Washington, D.C., gained a permanent department presence in NIU's highly regarded Oxford University study abroad program, launched a Pre-Law Society and an award-winning Model United Nations club, and secured NIU delegate slots at a prestigious undergraduate conference. In addition, the Department updated portions of its undergraduate curriculum; instituted a rigorous, multidimensional honors program; worked actively and creatively to market its program to prospective students; and instituted an undergraduate leadership development seminar for high achieving students.
As a faculty member, Jones has manifested a strong commitment to the University Honors Program. He has regularly taught Honors courses on an overload basis. These courses have ranged from freshmen cornerstone courses to upper-level seminars. He has also directed a number of honors capstones, coordinated the visits of multiple guest speakers, delivered special presentations on current topics, participated in University Honors programming, and served as a member of the University Honors Committee. In 2008 Jones received the University Honors Program's "Great Professor" Award. He is also a recipient of the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, NIU's longest-standing faculty honor.
Jones is a professor of political science. He is a Phi Beta Kappa, Honors graduate of Binghamton University in New York and earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from The Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Syracuse University. His research and teaching specialties are U.S. foreign policy and national security policy, with an emphasis on the domestic determinants of such policies. He has a particular interest in the role of bureaucratic organizations and politics within the U.S. defense and foreign policy process and has published extensively on these subjects. He is past president of the Foreign Policy Analysis Section of the International Studies Association.