Distinguished Alumni Awardee

The Distinguished Alumni Award is bestowed to an outstanding alumnus/a and is the highest alumni honor recognized by Roosevelt University. The award salutes the achievements of alumni whose professional accomplishments and community service exemplify Roosevelt’s social justice mission. Distinct preference is given to one whose achievements have a significant impact on their field and the community at large

Ed.D. Organizational Leadership '13
Former Superintendent of Dolton School District 14

Dr. Shelly Davis-Jones served as the superintendent of Dolton School District 149, a southern Cook County school district with approximately 2,700 students, eight schools and 200 employees for ten years. Achivements during her tenure, include: extensive renovations of the district's schools, hiring math and reading coaches, hiring hard-to-fill special ed teachers, increasing pre-k enrollment, establishing a Male Youth Summit Program, launching a Pretty Brown Girls Program, creating an annual summer school program and student tutorial support, eliminating registration and graduation fees, and much more.  In collaboration with Dr. Margaret Policastro, an RU Balanced Literacy Expert, and the District’s Illinois Empower Partner, Dr. Davis-Jones worked to install "parent libraries" in all schools. 

Dr. Shelly Davis-Jones has partnered with Roosevelt University to grow talented substitute teachers by placing them in the JET Prep Program. Through the partnership, Dr. Davis Jones was able to work collaboratively with Roosevelt to hire permanent guest teachers who served as substitutes and they have earned a Master’s Degree in Education. These six teachers are now a part of the collective bargaining agreement with full rights and benefits. Dr. Davis serves on the College Board of Education for Roosevelt and serves on the College of Education Racial Equity Committee under Dr. Nevin Heard. She has served on both committees for the last two year.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University in Special Education, a dual master’s degree from Chicago State University in Curriculum and Instruction and Administration and Supervision, and a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Organizational Change from Roosevelt University.