Jeff Jones named Professor of the Year at Potomac State

Jeff Jones
Assistant Professor Jeff Jones (second from right) was recognized with the Outstanding Professor of the Year Award at Potomac State College of West Virginia University. English Professor Tom Sydow (second from left) made the presentation. Also present were Campus President Leonard Colelli (right) and Professor Phil Douthitt, who also serves as the College’s interim academic dean.

Assistant Professor of Forestry Jeff Jones was recently named ‘Professor of the Year’ for 2014 at Potomac State College of West Virginia University (WVU). Jones also currently serves as the interim coordinator for the Ag/Forestry Unit at the College.

The following is an excerpt from a nomination letter: “Jeff is identified by his students as approachable and friendly while demanding the most from them. He received an excellent classroom evaluation by his division chair and very positive evaluations from his students. Typical comments on the student evaluation forms include ‘Great teacher and helped with coursework… always available outside of class… easy to understand…”’

Since 2002, Jones has served as an adjunct, visiting instructor and professor in the Forestry Department. He also served as a graduate research assistant at WVU where he earned his master’s degree in forestry. Jones earned two bachelor degrees as well, one in forestry with a concentration in forest resource management and the other in wildlife and fisheries management. He received his associate degree in forest resource management from Potomac State.

Other comments included, “Along with advising three student organizations, Jeff’s on-campus service is impeccable as he serves as chair of Faculty Assembly, is a member of the Faculty Executive Committee, Faculty Affairs Committee, and Outstanding Student Selection Committee. He also serves on other committees including the Honors Program Advisory Committee and the Instructional Resources Committee,” and continued with, “…at the Mineral County STEM Festival….I was fortunate to witness the interest of Allegany County school students at presentations he co-coordinated from Allegany County Focus on the Future Showcase. The students were encapsulated by the presentations given by our Ag/Forestry students. He is a great asset to Potomac State.”