Cheryl Jones-Walker

Cheryl Jones-Walker

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Partnerships

Associate Dean
Program Coordinator
Full-Time Faculty


Dr. Cheryl Jones-Walker is an Associate Dean and Associate Professor in the Teacher Education Department. She began her professional career as a fourth grade teacher in the Bronx, NY, and she continued teaching in a Boston area independent school and then internationally in Gabon, Central Africa. Prior to doctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, she worked at the Center for Collaborative Education (CCE) in Boston, a non-profit organization committed to improving urban K-12 education. At CCE she was a co-director of the Pilot School Network; in this role she worked with teacher leaders, school principals and district officials to create the conditions that would foster engaging learning environments for student success. As a Principal Investigator of Blueprints, a 1.5 million grant from US Office of Minority Health, she led a partnership between Swarthmore College, the College Access Center and Crozer Hospital, to provide a network of academic, cultural and wellness support to 40 Chester youth. Her most recent publications include Identity Work in the Classroom: Successful Learning in Urban Schools and a chapter in Transforming the Academy: Faculty Perspectives on Diversity & Pedagogy.

Research Areas

  • Urban Education
  • Identities
  • Black/Cultural Studies
  • Critical Educational Policy
  • Anthropology of Education


  • PhD, Teaching, Learning and Curriculum,¬†University of Pennsylvania