Dr. Jones completed his physician assistant education in 1975 while on active duty with the US Navy. His previous educational accomplishments include a Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska, a Master’s degree in Health Services Management, a Master’s degree in Education, and a Doctorate in Education with a major in evaluation and quantitative analysis.

Dr. Jones joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1993, serving as the department’s Chair since his arrival. He also serves as Chief of the Division of Post-Graduate Physician Assistant Education. His commitment to the advancement of the profession is evidenced by his ongoing contributions to the professional literature, his service as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Physician Assistant Education, and his designation as a Piper Professor, Distinguished Teaching Professor and an elected member of the Southwestern Academy of Teachers and The University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education.


Uni of Nebraska-Med Ctr (1976), Physician Assistant Studies
Graduate School
Webster University (1981), Health Services Management
Graduate School
Claremont Graduate University (1991), Education
Graduate School
Claremont Graduate University (1991), Education

Research Interest

  • Faculty Development
  • Health Workforce
  • Physician Assistant Education


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Workweek Restrictions and Specialty-Trained Physician Assistants: Potential Opportunities
Jones PE, Cawley JF Journal of Surgical Education August 2009 66(3) 152-157
Doctor and Physician Assistant Distribution in Rural and Remote Texas Counties
Jones PE Australian Journal of Rural Health Fall 2008 16 389
Physician Assistant Education in the United States
Jones PE Academic Medicine September 2007 82(9) 882-887

Honors & Awards

  • Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award
    The University of Texas System (2012)
  • Elected to The Academy of Health Science Education
    The University of Texas System (2010)
  • Innovations in Online Learning Award
    The University of Texas System (2009)
  • Piper Professor Award
    Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation (2009)
  • Elected to Southwestern Academy of Teachers
    UT Southwestern Medical Center (2008)
  • Research Achievement Award
    Physician Assistant Education Association (2007)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Physician Assistant Education Association
  • Texas Academy of Physician Assistants
  • World Association of Medical Editors