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Communication in the Real World

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Richard G. Jones, Jr.
October 2017
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This textbook is suitable for the following courses: Speech Communication, Introduction to Speech Communication, Communication Studies, or Hybrid Communication.

Communication in the Real World by Richard G. Jones, Jr. overviews the time-tested conceptual foundations of the field, while incorporating the latest research and applications of these basics. Each chapter includes timely, concrete, and real-life examples of communication concepts in action. Jones engages students with a conversational tone while still including key theories and concepts that will challenge students to think about communication in new ways. References to current events and hypothetical examples also challenge students to think critically about communication ethics. This textbook is suitable for the speech and communication courses that are a combination (or hybrid) of basic communication courses (e.g., interpersonal, group, public speaking). It is appropriate for majors and non-majors.

  • Integrative learning connects student’s experiences to the text.
  • Concrete and relevant examples that refer to diverse relationships such as family, friends, co-workers, and romantic relationships, and communication contexts such as interpersonal, organizational, academic, mediated, and civic.
  • Getting Real boxes include “real-life” examples of communication concepts in action.
  • Getting Competent boxes present real or hypothetical scenarios similar to case studies that will allow students to apply concepts from the chapter.
  • Getting Plugged In boxes highlight technology on a variety of fronts including: the Internet, e-mail, text messaging, blogging, social media, and mass media.
  • Getting Critical boxes enhance critical thinking and invite student reflection.

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Richard g. jones

Richard G. Jones, Jr. Eastern Illinois University

Richard G. Jones, Jr., Ph.D., is an academic, an educator, a consultant, and an 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 tenure-track faculty member, and his philosophy of education is guided by the notion that the classroom is an entree to critical thinking, 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, and is available to consult with organizations and businesses. Since much of his research is related to social justice and community building, Rich believes that being active in his communities is an important part of modeling the behaviors about which he writes and teaches.

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.
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