Rita Jones, Ph.D.

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Rita M. Jones, Ph. D., directs the Center for Gender Equity at Lehigh University. Outside of work, she spends time with her kids at their sporting and music events, learning about 18th Century British masculinity from her spouse, cuddling with her cat, and working on crafting projects. After earning her Ph. D. in English at Washington State University, she directed the Women’s Studies program at the University of Northern Colorado before leaving to direct the, then, Women’s Center at Lehigh. At work, she strives to create spaces for others to engage in feminist praxis, develop and implement an equitable community, and return to teaching and research whenever possible. Her role offers her the chance to work with all members of the Lehigh community, alums, and community members, and one of her skill sets is in bringing people together to develop inclusive relationships where difference thrives and is seen as an asset. She has taught several Women’s and Gender Studies and English courses and has published on mothering and the relationships between Women’s and Gender Centers and Panhellenic sororities on college campuses.