Driven by her desire to help others, Bonita Yvonne Jones Manson has spent decades working in academia and nutrition. Her first professional positions were nutrition specialist for the City of Riverside, Calif., and program representative for the University of California Cooperative Extension, followed by adjunct instructor at Chaffey College and teaching assistant at Kansas State University. Dr. Manson then became an assistant professor at Austin Peay State University, Middle Tennessee State University, and South Carolina State University, and the interim chairperson of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at South Carolina State University. Although she retired in 2016, she still teaches online courses.
To further share her knowledge, Dr. Manson authored a number of books and articles for professional journals. Her most recent, released in 2004, is “Downsizing Issues: The Impact on Employee Morale and Productivity.” Other notable publications include “Downsizing Issues: Let’s Take a Look at Gender Equity in the Classroom Teacher Education Preparation for Diversity,” and “The Teacher Education Program: Is There a Vision and Can They Accomplish It: Teacher Education Preparation for Diversity.”
Dr. Manson prepared for her career by earning a PhD from Kansas State University in 1998, a Master of Science from Texas Southern University in 1984, and a Bachelor of Science from Wayne State University in 1975. She then joined prominent organizations like the American Education Research Association, the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, the American Dietetic Association, AFCPE, Phi Delta Kappa International, and Kappa Omicron Nu.