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 Richard G. Jones, Jr., Ph.D.

Richard G. Jones, Jr., Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Basic Course Director

Office: 1751 - Coleman Hall
Phone: 217-581-3324
Fax: 217-581-5718
Email: rgjones@eiu.edu
Website: http://richardgjonesjr.squarespace.com

Monday 12:00 - 1:00, 5:30 - 6:30
Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00
Thursday 11:00 - 12:00
And by appointment

Click here to access information related to our CMN 1310/1390, Introduction to Speech Communication courses.


Rich wrote a workbook titled "CMN 1310: Introduction to speech communication," which was published in 2015 by Kendall-Hunt. 

Rich had a research article titled "Queering the body politic: Intersectional reflexivity in the body narratives of queer men" published in the journal Qualitative Inquiry - in 2015.

Rich had a book chapter published in the book Critical articulations of race, gender, and sexual orientation, edited by Sheena Howard and published by Lexington Books in 2014. The chapter is titled: "Divided loyalties: Exploring the intersections of queerness, race, ethnicity, and gender."

Rich won an Achievement and Contribution Award in recognition of outstanding service during the 2012-2013 academic year. 

Rich is the 2012 winner of the "Jerry Mathis Outstanding Young Teacher Award." The award is presented annually by the Illinois Communication and Theatre Association to one communication educator in the state of Illinois. Rich will accept the award September 28 at the Hilton Lisle Hotel in Naperville IL.
Rich’s first book, Communication in the Real World was published in January 2013 by Flat World Knowledge. Click here to see the full informational/press release.

Rich co-authored, with Bernadette Marie Calafell (University of Denver), an article titled “Contesting neoliberalism through critical pedagogy, intersectional reflexivity, and personal narrative: Queer tales of academia” for a special issue of the Journal of Homosexuality (volume 59, issue 7, published 8/27/12) on Sexualities and Genders in an Age of Neoliberalism. Click here to access the article.

Rich won an Achievement and Contribution Award in Fall 2011 from Eastern Illinois University to honor outstanding achievements and contributions in the areas of teaching, research, and service. Rich was awarded in the "balanced" category which considers teaching, research, and service as a whole.
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Current Syllabi


Ph.D., Human Communication Studies, University of Denver, 2009
M.A., Speech Communication, University of North Carolina Greensboro, 2005
Post-baccalaureate Certificate, Women's and Gender Studies, University of North Carolina Greensboro, 2005
B.A., Communication Studies, University of North Carolina Greensboro, 2002

Professional Organizations

National Communication Association
Central States Communication Association
Illinois Communication and Theatre Association

Speakers Bureau

For more information, please visit the Speakers Bureau Webpage.

Communication/Public Speaking: Potential Topics Include:
- How to manage public speaking anxiety
- Making your content relevant to your audience
- Tips for organizing and preparing presentations
- Tips for delivering presentations
- Tips for special occasions speaking (toasts, eulogies, tributes, awards ceremonies)
- Tips for speaking for political activism/political engagement

Diversity: Potential Topics Include:
- Difference Matters: Exploring Cultural Identity
- Issues related to intersections of identities (race, class, gender, ability, sexual orientation, age)
- The Disabilities Rights Movement
- The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Rights Movement
- Diversity in the Workplace
- Diversity in Higher Education
- Diversity in the Classroom


Culture and communication

Performance of identities (gender, race, sexuality, class, ability)

Communication activism

Communication pedagogy

Research methods


Community Service/Involvement

Bridging Voices in Our Community (non-profit organization)
      Vice president – Summer 2015 – present
      Assistant conference planner – 2015
Our American Cousin: A Night At Ford’s Theatre– Sound technician, April 2015
Safe Zone Training Presentation for Charleston High School Faculty, January 2015
Charleston Riot, 150th Anniversary Commemoration, March 2014, June 2014, July 2014
      A Question of Loyalty – Actor (Various Parts)
Community Theatre of Charleston, 2011 – present
      Board Member, Summer 2013 – present
      Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will? – Director, Spring 2015
      Fat Pig– Producer, Winter 2015
      CCT’s 50th Anniversary Gala – (Emcee), Spring 2014
      Moonlight and Magnolias – Actor (David O. Selznick), Spring 2014
      It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play– Prop Construction and Lighting, Winter 2014
      The Foreigner – Director, Set Design, Set Construction, Fall 2013
      Godspell – Actor/Singer (Jesus), Spring 2012
      Doubt: A Parable – Actor (Father Flynn), Winter 2012

Central Illinois Stage Company, January 2012 – present
      Murder: Take Two – Actor (Male Lead), Spring 2014
      A Grand Night For Singing – Actor/Singer (Tenor), Summer 2013
      Murder at the Long Branch Saloon – Actor (Male Lead), Spring 2013
      A Wedding to Die For – Actor (Groom), Summer 2011
Charleston Alley Theatre, Fall 2012
      Reefer Madness: The Musical – Actor/Singer (Various Parts), Fall 2012

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