Professor Sandra is the Professor of Employment Relations, and the Director of the Centre for Business Education Research in the School of Management.
Her teaching and research covers employment relations, leadership in higher education, strategic knowledge development, management education and pedagogy related to business education.
Prof. Jones has been awarded a national Citation by the Office for Learning and Teaching in 2006 for her "Effective Application of innovative, authentic, virtual situated learning environments (VSLE's) that enhance learning in diverse business cohorts through direct participation in experiential learning opportunities".
In 2009 Professor Jones was awarded the RMIT Vice Chancellors’ Distinguished Teaching Award for her “sustained commitment to learning and teaching, university-wide leadership, scholarship and success in teaching-related grants and citations."
Professor Jones has also been awarded the RMIT Learning and Teaching Excellence Award for Flexible Learning and Teaching Award (2007 the RMIT Business Research Supervision Excellence Award (2004) and the RMIT Business Teaching and Learning Excellence Award for Student-Centered Scholarship (2002). She also shared a team membership award for RMIT Business Teaching and Learning excellence in Student Centered Learning of with an MBA team in 2002.
In 2007 she was awarded an RMIT Fellowship from which she designed and implemented a systematic, integrated approach to the development of Learning Scholarship across the university.
In 2008 she was awarded an RMIT Senior Fellowship from which she developed a Resource Portfolio to assist staff to design and use Virtual Situated Learning Environments (VSLE) and on-line role-play that has been adopted as part of RMIT’s E-Learning Advancement Program (REAP).
Professor Jones established the College of Business Education Research Centre as the inaugural Director in 2013.
Professor Jones was the Deputy Head of School (Learning and Teaching) for over ten years. In this role she was responsible for leading the development and implementation of the School’s annual Learning and Teaching strategy and the design of systems to improve Program and Course delivery
Form 2007-2009 Professor Jones was the RMIT University Director of the Learning and Teaching Unit, responsible to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) for advise on the development and implementation of strategic leadership and policies for learning and teaching quality improvement.
Professor Jones has led a number of cross-university learning and teaching innovation projects that have contributed to RMIT Learning and Teaching innovations:
Prof. Jones has an international research profile in four strands of research in the Management discipline:
- Employment Relations in a global knowledge-based economy
- Knowledge Management in a global knowledge-based economy
- Management Education
- Educational Management and Leadership
Professor. Jones has over 70 publications in peer-reviewed papers in Journals, books, International Conferences, Plenaries, Seminars and Workshop and peer-reviewed artefacts. She is acknowledged by the Australian Research Council (ARC) College of Experts as a scholar of international renown. Her scholarly publications include vignettes and artefacts of her teaching practice as peer-reviewed learning objects.
Professor Jones has been invited as a Visiting Research Professor to universities in the UK, Canada and the USA where she has undertaken research into the changing nature of work and industrial relations.
In 2008 Sandra was appointment as the International Advisor on a UK HEA Special Interest Group on the Olympics
Research Grants and Research Funding
Professor Jones has won Category 1 external grant funding of over $1M from the Office for Learning and Teaching. The major focus of her grants have been for research into distributed leadership in higher education. The outcome of these projects is an integrated, holistic Self Enabling and Evaluating Reflection for Distributed Leadership (SEER_DL) framework (www.distributedleadership.com).
In addition, Professor Jones has been a project team member on several OLT Competitive and Priority Projects worth over $600,000that explored issues associated with Graduate Employability Skills and Attributes and Innovations in On-Line Role-Play.
Most recently Professor Jones was an external expert member on the Reference Group of an OLT funded project on the contribution of sessional staff to the Higher Education sector.
Professor Jones teaches across Post-graduate and Undergraduate Programs in the areas of Employment Relations, Knowledge Management, Negotiation and Mediation, Management and Leadership and Global Business. She teaches both onshore and offshore in Melbourne, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Professor Jones is an Adjunct Professor at IESEG, the Catholic University of France in Lille and Paris, where she teaches the International Management Program.
Professor. Jones has supervised four Doctoral students to completion and been an International Advisor and Examination Board member of an American Doctoral student (completed 2006)..
Sandra is a member of several professional bodies including:
- the Australian Human Resource Institute
- the Industrial Relations Society (Victoria) [I am a past Executive members of this Society]
- the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australia.
- Women on Boards
Professor Jones is an experienced practitioner and consultant where she works with industry to design and develop award and non-award programs and provide advise and research as part of her commitment to forging learning partnerships between the university and non-university sectors.
- Bolden, R.,Jones, S.,Davis, H.,Gentle, P. (2015). Developing and Sustaining Shared Leadership in Higher Education, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, United Kngdom
- Jones, S. (2014). Distributed leadership: A critical analysis In: Leadership, 10, 129 - 141
- Jones, S.,Harvey, M.,Lefoe, G. (2014). A conceptual approach for blended leadership for tertiary education institutions In: Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 36, 418 - 429
- Jones, S.,Harvey, M.,Lefoe, G.,Ryland, K. (2014). Synthesising theory and practice: Distributed leadership in higher education In: Educational Management, Administration and Leadership, 42, 603 - 619
- Jones, S. (2013). Beyond the teaching-research nexus: the Scholarship-Teaching-Action-Research (STAR) conceptual framework In: Higher Education Research and Development, 32, 381 - 391
- Ryan, J.,Jones, S. (2013). Placing progressive research pathways through programme curriculum In: Proceedings of the 36th HERDSA Annual International Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 1 - 4 July, 2013
- Jones, S.,Lefoe, G.,Harvey, M.,Ryland, K. (2012). Distributed leadership: A collaborative framework for academics, executives and professionals in higher education In: Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 34, 67 - 78
- Jones, S.,Rylan, K.,Harvey, M.,Lefoe, G.,Schneider, A.,Applebee, A. (2012). Lessons learnt: Identifying synergies in distributed leadership projects In: Australian Learning and Teaching Council Sydney, Australia
- Jones, S.,Harvey, M.,Lefoe, G.,Ryland, K. (2011). Distributed leadership: working together to ride the waves: the action self enabling reflectice tool (ASERT) In: Tertiary Education and Management Conference (TEMC 2011), Riding the Waves, Gold Coast, Australia, 14-17 August 2011
- Jones, S.,Applebee, A.,Harvey, M.,Lefoe, G. (2010). Scoping a distributed leadership matrix for higher education In: Proceedings of the 33rd HERDSA Annual International Conference - Research and Development in Higher Education: Reshaping Higher Education, Melbourne, Australia, 6-9 July 2010
- Evidence-Based Benchmarking Framework for a Distributed Leadership Approach to Capacity Building in Learning and Teaching. Funded by: Australian Learning & Teaching Council from (2011 to 2013)
- Lessons Learnt: Identifying Synergies in Distributed Leadership Projects (Leadership for Excellence). Funded by: Australian Learning & Teaching Council from (2009 to 2011)
- Developing multi-level leadership in the use of student feedback to enhance student learning and teaching practice. Funded by: The Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Grant pre-2014 from (2006 to 2009)
2 PhD Current Supervisions and 1 Masters by Research Current Supervisions3 PhD Completions and 1 Doctorate by Coursework Completions