Kenneth R. Jones

Kenneth R. Jones

Portrait of Dr. Kenneth Jones

Kenneth R. Jones

Extension Professor

Extension Specialist
711 Garrigus Building 325 Cooper Drive Lexington, KY 40546

Last Revised: Sep 22nd, 2023

Professional Biography

Professional Profile

Get to Know Dr. Kenneth Jones, Ph.D. (September 2023)

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:

Contact me for assistance with:

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


Areas of Interest

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

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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

Contact Information

Dr. Wes Harrison, Ph.D.
Department Chair

500 W.P. Garrigus Building Lexington, KY 40546-0215

(859) 562-2788