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Richard G. Jones, Jr., Ph.D., Associate Professor & Director of Public Speaking

Office: 1751 - Coleman Hall
Phone: 217-581-3324

Richard Jones, Jr., Ph.D.'s Vita


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


The second edition of Rich's textbook, Communication in the Real World, published by Flat World Knowledge, was published in January of 2018.

Rich was named EIU's 2016 Faculty Laureate by the Council on Academic Affairs. 

Rich won an Achievement and Contribution Award in recognition of outstanding teaching, research, and service during the 2014-2015 academic year. 

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.

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.


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


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)
      Associate Chair – 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
      Shirley Valentine - Set Design and Construction, Winter 2016
      Queen of Bingo - Producer, Fall 2016
      An Evening Backstage (Laughs) - Actor, Spring 2016
      Three Days of Rain - Set Design and Construction, Fall 2015
      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
       Spy Games - Actor (Make Lead), Winter 2016
      Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - Actor/Singer (Joseph), Summer 2016
      The Mafia Murders - Actor (Male Lead), Spring 2016
      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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Buzzard 2521
600 Lincoln Ave Charleston, IL 61920
217- 581-6003

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