Faculty Focus: Jimmy Jones

Jimmy Jones Adds a Human Touch to Information Systems Management

By Stacey Batchellor |   August 2010

Jimmy Jones , Faculty

Information Systems Management
School of Undergraduate Studies

Jimmy Jones, UMUC assistant  adjunct professor, doesn’t just teach practical how-to skills in his  Information Systems Management classes; he teaches the fundamentals of being  successful in the real world.

With more than 10 years of  experience in government and congressional service, Jimmy applies many of his  real-life experiences to the lessons he teaches in the classroom. “I tell them  personal stories about how to apply a classroom theory to an event or real-life  scenario. It allows [my students] to see the human side of the situation   and gain an understanding of how to handle the challenges they face. It also  shows them that not every office environment is going to be perfect, so it is a  great way to see that nobody has an easy ride in life,” he explains.

At the recommendation of a  colleague, Jimmy applied to UMUC and began teaching part-time in January 2006.  He says what he enjoys most about his role as an educator is “teaching  students something that they have not heard before and providing them with an  opportunity to discuss their beliefs and their life stories. I love seeing  students being successful."

In addition to teaching  part-time for UMUC, Jimmy works full-time for the U.S. Department of the  Interior managing its IT budget and addressing emergency management issues for  the chief information officer. He also stays well-rounded by helping his church  with different ministries to aid the less fortunate in the Washington, D.C., area.

He recently traveled to  Nicaragua in January of 2009 with Bridges to Community, an organization that  helps build homes for community members in need. “It is my own personal way to  give back to one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere,” he says. This  was his second year in a row he traveled to Nicaragua to build homes and make a difference. 

Jimmy intends to share his  Nicaraguan experience with his students. “I will use it as an example that we  all should share with building up the world and letting them know we care. I  like to tell them that they will not be able to learn everything in a classroom  and that it’s only the beginning of their knowledge and life experiences,” he explains.

By interjecting a human  touch to the sometimes not so human world of technology and information  systems, Jimmy hopes to better prepare his students for success in the job  market. He offers these words of advice to his students: “Take advantage of every  opportunity that comes your way. Do not be afraid to be bold or to make  mistakes, and be willing to grow.”