Dr. Chenelle Jones


Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Ohio Dominican University



I love Columbus because…

I love Columbus because it is a progressive, innovative, and energetic city.  There is always something to do whether it’s visiting an art museum, taking a walk along the Scioto mile, shopping in Easton, eating in the Short North, or attending a festival.  People from all walks of life can find something to do in Columbus.

The beauty of Columbus lies in its diversity.  Columbus is a place where people can come together, share ideas, learn from each other, and collaborate on ways to improve and enhance the city.  Columbus is a place where students can receive a good education, young professionals can discover opportunities, entrepreneurs can start a business and families can grow.

I also love Columbus because the city is fertile ground for opportunities and ingenuity.  People can sow creative ideas in Columbus and watch them grow into great realities.

I believe young professionals are important to our city because…

I believe young professionals are important to our city because they are movers and shakers!  They are the pulse of our present and the face of our future.  They are innovators, they are job creators, they are law makers, and they are educators.  They are galvanizers and they are collaborating and coordinating efforts to continue moving our city forward.

Community Involvement

  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • American Society of Criminology
  • Racial Democracy, Crime, and Justice Network
  • Columbus Division of Police Diversity Recruiting Council
  • National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice
  • Your Black World Social Justice Coalition
  • Teaching Tolerance Founder & Organizer
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
  • Temple of Faith Church of God in Christ

Community Involvement continued

Dr. Jones also serves as the National Director of Research for the Teen and Police Service (TAPS) Academy – a federally funded program designed to 1) reduce social distance between teens and the police and 2) improve police/community relations.  She is a participant in the Change Starts Here Ohio Campaign which is an initiative designed to improve police/community relations.  She also organized and facilitated a Solutions Forum which brought the community and justice practitioners together to establish task forces and create ways for improving police/community relations.