FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas athletic department welcomes the addition of Monica Jones as an assistant academic counselor with the Razorbacks, Associate Athletic Director for Academic Support Melissa Harwood-Rom announced today. “Monica brings a great deal of experience to our academic support program,” said Harwood-Rom. “She began her career her as a GA with Razorback football. Add to that her tenure in advising and student affairs, and you will be hard-pressed to find a more veteran staff member. There is no substitute for experience, and we are glad to bring Monica and her expertise back home to Arkansas. She completes our staff, and I could not be more pleased with the team we have here in academic support.” Jones returns to Arkansas after beginning her doctor of philosophy in educational leadership and organizational development at the University of Louisville. She is expecting an August 2009 graduation. Jones earned her bachelor of arts in psychology in 1995 from the University of Arkansas and followed up with her master’s degree in counseling in 1999 at Arkansas. While at Louisville, Jones worked with freshman and sophomore students in the college of arts and sciences where she planned, coordinated and instructed an orientation course. Jones monitored progress, maintained records and assisted in the academic progress of her students. In addition, Jones served as the assistant director for campus life with the Cardinals. Under that title, she administered the non-academic disciplinary process, assisted with diversity programs and served as an advisor to both the National Pan-Hellenic Council as well as the university’s supreme court. While at Arkansas, Jones was the director of the multicultural student services and an academic advisor in the college of education and health professions. Jones also completed a counseling internship with Decision Point, Inc., in Springdale, Ark., as well as serving as a graduate assistant in the athletic department’s academic center while completing her master’s degree.