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Johnny M. Jones

Johnny Jones

Assistant Professor
Phone: 254-710-1894

"Relationships are at the root of social work practice. I would go further to say that everything we do of consequence as social workers, social work scholars, and at least in my case, as a Christian, is hinged on relationship. I strive to create relationships in my various roles as social work educator, researcher, colleague, and member of society that are mutually beneficial, respectful of individual differences and preferences, and that seek positive impact on society as a whole."

"Scholarship (i.e. teaching, researching, and community engagement/service) in the context of this Baptist Institution is exciting as it opens up many new possibilities for being in meaningful relationships that seek social justice founded on a Christ-like world."


Ph.D., Florida State University
M.S.W., The Carver School of Church Social Work, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
A.B., Georgia State University

Selected Publications

  • Jones, J. M. (2006). Understanding environmental influence on human service organizations: A study of the influence of managed care on child caring institutions. Administration in Social Work, 30(4), 63-90.
  • Jones, J. M. & Crook, W. P. (2001). Briar Patch Revisited: one homeless family's experience with the social policy system. Journal of Family Social Work, 6(3), pp. 35-51.
  • Jones, J. M., Crook, W. P., & Webb, J. R. (2007) Collaboration for the provision of services: A review of the literature. Journal of Community Practice, 15(4), pp. 41-71.
  • McNutt, J. G. & Jones, J. M. (2004). Faith based organizations and social policy: Internet research resources for scholars and practitioners. Social Policy Journal, 3(3), 89-92.
  • Raymond, F. B. & Jones, J. M. (2006). Administration in Probation and Parole. In, A. R. Roberts & D. W. Springer (Eds.), Social Work in Juvenile and Criminal Justice Settings. pp. 300-316. Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas, Publisher.
  • Sherr, M. E., & Jones, J. M. (2007). Considering Family and Significant Others in the Faculty Recruitment Process: A Study of Social Work Recruiting Practices. Advances in Social Work, 8(2), pp. 38-50.

Research Interests

  • Public Child Welfare
  • Child Welfare in the Context of Church and Church Agencies
  • Organization and Administration of Human Services
  • Program Evaluation
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Role of Relationship in Research


Dr. Jones joined the Baylor School of Social Work in August, 2010. Before coming to Baylor, he was on the faculty of the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina and Director of The Center for Child & Family Studies, a research and training center within the College. Prior to completing his doctoral studies, Dr. Jones was South Area Director of Ministries for Georgia Baptist Children's Home. Dr. Jones is married to Stacy Black Jones who is a social worker, native of Waco, and Baylor alumna.