Professor of Information and Communication Sciences
Dr. Steve Jones joined the Center for Information and Communication Sciences faculty in August of 1998.
He came to Ball State University from completing his doctoral studies at Bowling Green State University, where he served the dean of Continuing Education, developing a distance-learning program for the College of Technology’s undergraduate technology education program. Dr. Jones was instrumental in bringing the new program on board because of his technical background and extensive research in the distance-learning field.
Prior to coming to higher education, Dr. Jones spent over 16 years in the communication technology industry. He owned his own teleconnect, providing high-end commercial voice and data networks to a broad range of end users. Dr. Jones provided all the engineering and technical support for his organization, which grew to over 20 employees and two and a $2.5 million annual revenue. Selling his portion of the organization in December of 1994, Dr. Jones worked for Panasonic Communications and Systems Company as a district sales manager, providing application engineering and product support to distributors in a five state area.
Since coming to Ball State, Dr. Jones has been engaged in development efforts to provide up-to-date research opportunities outside of the classroom on areas associated with broadband delivery systems, unified communications, healthcare information technologies. He has appeared as a presenter at national and regional development gatherings.
He has been the co-director of the Center’s Applied Research Institute, director of the Australia Centre, and actively involved in the university’s community. In his current role as the director of the graduate program, he is charged with external funding development, student career placement, pursuit of new curriculum ideas, graduate student recruiting, and the out-of-classroom learning experience of the Student Social Learning Program.