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Patrice W. Glenn Jones

Despite an impending (August 2020) appointment as the Executive Director of Online Education and Programs at Alabama State University, Patrice W. Glenn Jones considers herself “forever a teacher”. The student-centered online assistant professor and virtual ecologies specialist is a Jacksonville, Florida native whose post-baccalaureate career began as an English teacher and radio-air personality in the Northeast Florida city. The second-generation educator glorifies her mother who worked as a teacher for forty years. “Being an educator is a legacy my mom extended to me,” she said, “but my fight to give voice to the ‘silenced’ is something I got from my dad.”

For the past fifteen years, Patrice has focused her career in higher education, holding both instructional and leadership positions. With an educational specialist degree in information science and learning technologies from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Patrice has contributed to the field of online teaching and learning through research, authorship, and contract service.  In addition to authoring curricula and online course content, the author’s research on Black student activism was recently (July 2020) highlighted by the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Institute. She also has publications in the Journal of Negro Education, Negro Educational Review, Thought and Action, Academic Advising Today, and other journals, as well as several book chapters and edited book projects. Patrice is also an editor and English subject-matter expert and holds a master’s degree in English from the University of North Florida.

Ultimately, in addition to advancing online education, Patrice’s passions lie with (a) standing against social injustice, (b) amplifying the shift from students as 'knowledge consumers' to 'knowledge producers,' and (c) exploring factors that impede or advance Black student achievement.  Patrice loves teaching and is an advocate of project- and problem-based, artifact producing learning that allows students to participate in the lesson planning process. Beyond her family, Patrice credits her drive and strength to the “far too many” Black people who lost their lives and freedoms to afford her the privilege to choose how she lives, and she chooses to help others. She also chooses to listen actively, learn all she can, and serve her community by being a conduit among a past of pain, present of promise, and fortified future for all marginalized groups, but certainly for Black Americans.