Stephen W. Jones is an interculturalist who enjoys navigating the complexities faced by people engaged in international and cross-cultural work. He holds a Masters of Arts in Intercultural Relations from The University of the Pacific in conjunction with the Intercultural Communication Institute. He also holds undergraduate majors in business and religion.
Jones's introduction to teaching interculturally came when as he taught his first college course for an American university in while in Mali, West Africa. He has worked with groups involved in overseas study and service in Africa, Europe, Latin America, and Asia, as well as in various subcultures of the United States. In 2012 he was also responsible for overseeing a team of students who were in Mali, West Africa when that country experienced a coup d’état, and worked diligently to ensure a successful return home for those students.
Jones has rich personal experience in various cultural settings and in industries ranging from agriculture to hospitality to higher education to financial services. He has also worked significantly in the non-profit sector, particularly in the realm of community development. He brings a breadth of experience that allows the reader to engage his warm and practical writing.
Jones currently resides in Minnesota with his wife and children, where he also serves on the faculty of Crown College as Assistant Professor of International Studies.
Social Constructivism and Christianity explores whether social constructivism and biblical Christianity can be compatible with one another, without being unfaithful to either. This short book Includes discussion of constructivism, reification, absolute truth, and interacting with Truth from both relational and rationale cultural knowledge systems.
An easy to read explanation of what you can expect when crossing cultures. Learn how to effectively navigate the stages of transition. Understand why you will experience culture shock and what to do about it. Identify healthy ways to deal with the stresses of crossing cultures. Prepare to return home, whether you’ve been gone for a month or for years.