Richard G. Jones, Jr. Eastern Illinois University
Rich is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL, where he also serves as Basic Course Director, supervising the instruction of dozens of sections of Introduction to Speech Communication each semester. As Basic Course Director, Rich also has the privilege of supervising several graduate teaching assistants, mentoring them as they learn how to teach the introductory communication course. Rich recently won an Achievement and Contribution Award from Eastern Illinois University to honor outstanding achievements and contributions in the areas of teaching, research, and service. He was awarded in the "balanced" category, which considers teaching, research, and service as a whole.
Rich has a Ph.D. in Human Communication Studies with a concentration in Culture and Communication from the University of Denver; and an M.A. in Speech Communication, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies, and a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. In his spare time, Rich enjoys playing with his dogs, refinishing furniture, and being an active member of the community theatre scene in East Central Illinois.