Professor Marion Jones' academic career has a significant focus on the development of postgraduate study at AUT. For ten years, she provided her expertise as an Associate Dean Postgraduate in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences. She served as an Associate Professor from 2005 to 2012 and now as a Professor. This leadership was recognised in her appointment as the first Dean of Postgraduate Studies and Academic Leader for the South Campus in 2011. Currently, she is Dean of the University’s Graduate Research School.
Professor Jones began her career in nursing at Auckland Hospital where she practised in acute care, emergency and perioperative nursing. In 1981 she joined the academic staff at Auckland Institute of Technology’s (now AUT) Nursing department. Following completion of a Master of Educational Administration, she went on to complete her PhD in interprofessional education and practice.
She was the New Zealand member of an international steering committee that developed the International Federation of Perioperative Nurses (IFPN). She also served as the New Zealand representative on the IFPN Board and helped to establish the international standards, policies and guidelines specific to promoting perioperative nursing especially in third world countries. She is the Australasian Interprofessional Practice and Education Network (AIPPEN) representative on Interprofessional.Global which also supports the Interprofessional All Together Better Health conferences biannually.
Professor Jones’ area of research expertise is interprofessional practice and education and she supervises doctoral students in a wide variety of areas using a critical approach. She has edited, with two other international interprofessional experts, three books on interprofessional education and collaborative practice, with a fourth in progress and due for publication later in 2019.
She acts as an external moderator for universities both nationally and internationally, and is a Professor of Interprofessional Education at the University of Derby in the United Kingdom and is registered as an auditor for the New Zealand Universities Academic Audit Unit.
Professor Jones is a member of the International Confederation of Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice; New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO); and has served on regional and national committees, especially profiling professional practice. She has served on the Regional Board of the Perioperative Nurses College (PNC) of the NZNO; is a long serving member on the Professional Education and Practice Committee of PNC; and is a Fellow of the New Zealand College of Nursing Aotearoa (NZCON). She is also a Director of the National Centre for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice.