Dr. Lisa Guion Jones, professor of Agricultural and Extension Education and Assistant Dean for Diversity, Outreach and Engagement, is a 2012 inductee into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame.
Jones was one of 12 hall of fame inductees during the annual meeting of the National Council for Continuing Education and Training in mid-October in Reno, Nev.
The International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame was created in 1996 to honor leaders in continuing education and adult learning and to serve as a record and inspiration for the next generation of continuing education leaders. Election to the hall acknowledges distinguished contributions to the field of adult and continuing education.
Jones is a highly recognized Cooperative Extension scholar-practitioner, noted for helping national and international extension educators acquire the skills needed to design, implement and evaluate educational programs that address the complex and changing needs of their learners. Through in-depth multi-day faculty development training sessions, consultancies and presentations at national and international conferences, Jones has influenced the programming practices of extension educators worldwide.
The Hall of Fame cited Jones for developing award-winning curricula that use a train-the-trainer approach to equip extension educators with essential program development and evaluation knowledge, skills and tools. She has received numerous state and national awards for her work in building the capacity of extension educators, including the Excellence in Evaluation Training Award from the American Evaluation Association’s Extension Education Topical Interest Group.
Jones has hosted and mentored international visiting extension faculty from Ghana and Cameroon, who have incorporated programming processes into their practice, and was program coordinator for the grant-funded Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellows Program, an international faculty exchange, training and mentorship initiative.
She also received the Visionary Leadership Award from the Xi Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, a professional development association of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, for her extension program development content expertise, visionary leadership, creativity and innovation. By invitation, she has presented enhanced program models, processes and tools to national audiences of extension program development and evaluation leaders who have adapted some of the resources for use in their states.
Jones has secured more than $2.3 million in external funding to support her work and has published more than 80 refereed journal articles, juried curricula, conference proceedings, abstracts and peer-reviewed publications as well as two book chapters. Other examples of her contributions to the field include leading several national extension programming initiatives, holding national office in extension associations and serving on national extension committees.