Richard G. Jones Jr. Marshall University
Richard G. Jones, Jr. (PhD University of Denver) is professor and chair of the Department of Communication at Marshall University. Formerly, he was a professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois, where he also served as Basic Course Director for ten years, supervising the instruction of dozens of sections of introduction to speech communication every year. Rich holds a PhD in Human Communication Studies with a concentration in Culture and Communication from the University of Denver. He also has an MA in Speech Communication; a post-baccalaureate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies; and a BA in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.
Rich is an academic, educator, consultant, engaged citizen, and community member. As an academic, his research has been published in scholarly journals and books, and he regularly presents at local, regional, and national conferences. As an educator, he has won teaching awards as a graduate teaching assistant and as a tenured faculty member. His educational philosophy is guided by the notion that the classroom is the doorway to developing critical thinking skills, which prepares students to be engaged citizens who work for the public good. As a consultant, he has worked with non-profit organizations and social service providers on various topics related to diversity and communication. Since much of his research is related to social justice and community building, Rich believes that being active in his community is an important part of modeling the behaviors about which he writes and teaches.
Rich is a three-time recipient of Eastern Illinois University’s Achievement and Contribution Award that honors faculty members’ outstanding achievements and academic contributions. He was recognized in the “balanced” category, which considers teaching, research, and service as a whole. He was named Faculty Laureate at Eastern Illinois University in 2016 for his commitment to general education. In 2019, Communication in the Real World was recognized as a “Textbook of Distinction” by the Basic Course Division of the National Communication Association. Rich also publishes Our World, Our Communication with FlatWorld. In his spare time, Rich enjoys playing with his dogs and cooking and eating foods from all over the world.