James Gregory Jones

Graduation Year: 
1987

James Gregory Jones (’87, ’91 M.S.), 53, a professor of learning technologies and associate dean in the College of Information who had worked at UNT since 2002, died March 30 in Denton. His research focused on emerging technologies for improving teaching and learning, including visualization systems, learning analytics, distributed learning and virtual environments. He also was a dedicated mentor, advising numerous students and chairing 14 doctoral dissertations to completion.

He was a co-creator of the Electronic Emissary, one of the first K-12 student-mentor matching services in the U.S., and was a former president of TAPR, a nonprofit research and development organization focused on packet- and wireless-related technologies for radio amateurs. He had an FCC advanced amateur radio license.

As a student at UNT he studied computer science, computer education and research statistics. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin in 2001 and studied at the UoSAT Spacecraft Engineering Research Unit at the University of Surrey in England. He also did postgraduate work at the National Institute for Multimedia in Education. Outside of work, he was a dedicated family man, geek and Disney lover. He was passionate about cats, the outdoors, cycling, astronomy, weather, airplanes, science fiction movies, music and video games. Memorials may be made to the Department of Learning Technologies.

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I corresponded with Dr. Jones on a few occasions while pursuing my doctoral degree and afterwards, while inquiring about higher ed teaching opportunities. We only communicated through email, but each time I reached out to him he responded quickly and with a wealth of information. He also directed me to others who could assist me, after he was promoted to associate dean. I could tell from his communication that being promoted to associate dean was something he was very proud and happy about.
I never met Dr. Jones, but in the time in which we communicated I could tell he was a great person. I just learned about his passing today, as I was drafting an email to him. My condolences to his family and coworkers. Based on what I have read about his accomplishments and commitment to his students and work, I know his passing has impacted the University of North Texas greatly.

Sincerely,
Dr. Nixon

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