Born in Chicago, Professor John Bush Jones received his undergraduate degree in 1962 with Distinction from Northwestern University in Speech (Theatre). In 1970 he received his Ph.D., also from Northwestern. Before coming to Brandeis, Jones taught English at the University of Kansas. In 1978, he joined Brandeis University as a member of the Theater Arts Department. He received the Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching for the 1995-1996 school year. While at Brandeis, Jones directed numerous plays, including "Ruddigore," "Uncommon Women and Others," and "She Loves Me." He also participated actively in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, serving for several years on its committee, and for two years directing the Region 1 Festival. Jones is also the author of many articles, published in various literary journals. John Bush Jones retired from Brandeis in the Spring of 2001.