From the Provost — April 25, 2018

Ohio State Mansfield Leadership Announcement

Dear Colleagues,

I write to share that Norman W. Jones, PhD, accepted our offer to serve as dean and director of The Ohio State University at Mansfield. Since July 2017, Dr. Jones has served as the interim dean and director during a national search for this permanent leadership position. Subject to approval by the Board of Trustees, his appointment is effective on July 1, 2018.

During his tenure as interim dean and director, Dean Jones oversaw an academic community of more than 1,000 students, 35 tenure-track faculty, 25 full-time associated faculty, 40 part-time associated faculty, and 60 staff members. He also provided leadership of a $14.5 million budget and assisted with the management of shared services with North Central State College and the campus’s external and media relations. In addition, he continued with responsibilities related to his role as associate dean, including oversight of the curriculum and instruction on the Mansfield campus as well as academic advising.

Dr. Jones joined Ohio State’s faculty in 2004 and has taught undergraduate- and graduate-level courses on American literature, the Bible, and film. He is the author of scholarly essays and books that explore intersections and tensions between the Bible and literature, focusing especially on literary representations of marginalized subjectivities in twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature. His most recent book is Provincializing the Bible: Faulkner and Postsecular American Literature. The Mansfield campus has recognized his contributions with its Award for Excellence in Scholarship and its Award for Excellence in Service.

Dr. Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in humanities from Yale University, and both a master’s degree and doctorate in English from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Many thanks to search advisory committee chair, Dr. Bill MacDonald, dean and director of the Newark campus and executive dean of the regional campuses, and to all members of the committee for their time and commitment to this important search.

Please join me in congratulating Norman on this permanent leadership appointment. I look forward to our continued collaborations to move forward with our ambitious agenda.


Bruce A. McPheron, PhD
Executive Vice President and Provost

The Ohio State University at Mansfield