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

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

Assistant Professor

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

Richard Jones, Jr., Ph.D.'s Vita
OFFICE HOURS: Spring 2015

Monday 9:30 - 10:30, 12:00 - 1:00
Tuesday 9:30 - 10:30
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 had a research article titled "Queering the body politic: Intersectional reflexivity in the body narratives of queer men" accepted for publication in the journal Qualitative Inquiry - the article will be published 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

Central Illinois Stage Company, January 2012 – present
      Murder: Take Two – Male Lead
      A Grand Night For Singing – Tenor
      Murder at the Long Branch Saloon – Male Lead
      A Wedding to Die For – Groom

Charleston Alley Theatre, Fall 2012
      Reefer Madness: The Musical – Various Parts

Community Theatre of Charleston, 2011 – present
      Board Member, Summer 2013 – present
      Fat Pig - Producer
      It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play – Prop Construction and Lighting
      The Foreigner – Director, Set Design, Set Construction
      Godspell – Jesus
      Doubt: A Parable – Father Flynn

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