Kenneth R. Jones

Kenneth R. Jones

Extension Professor
Phone (859) 257-7193

711 Garrigus Building

Curriculum Vitae
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Professional Profile

Dr. Kenneth Jones joined the faculty of the University of Kentucky in the Department of Community and Leadership Development in January 2005. At the time, he also had a joint appointment in the state 4-H office as an Extension specialist, where his work included providing resources for 4-H agents and other youth development professionals through trainings and publications. A former county Extension agent, his research employs quantitative and qualitative methods that aim to address specific issues affecting youth-serving practitioners and other community-based organizations. His research interests include assessing youth-adult relationships within community contexts, positive youth development, mentoring and program development within community settings.

Dr. Jones also serves as the Director of Program and Staff Development for the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. He provides statewide direction for: program development and evaluation; training of county-based and state-level Cooperative Extension professionals, and; leading efforts in preparing reports for Extension stakeholders at the local, state and national levels. Learn more about the Program and Staff Development unit by visiting their website here.

Contact me for assistance with:

  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Staff Development
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Youth Engagement
  • Youth-Adult Relationships/Partnerships

External Sites:

Youth Engagement Assessment Tool
Program and Staff Development – UK Cooperative Extension
Better Kid Care
National Association of Extension Program & Staff Development Professionals


Ph.D. | Agricultural and Extension Education, The Pennsylvania State University, 2004

M.S. | Agricultural and Extension Education, The Pennsylvania State University, 1997

B.S. | Agricultural Education, North Carolina A & T State University

Areas of Interest

Extension Education, Job Embeddedness/Staff Development, Life Skills Development, Urban Extension Programming, Youth Civic Engagement, Youth-Adult Relationships/Partnerships