- Dr. Rebecca Jones
- UC Foundation Associate Professor and Director of English Graduate Studies
- Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- Holt 229-E
- Rebecca Jones specializes in writing studies (academic and professional), rhetorical theory, and argumentation studies. Her most recent work can be found in Writing Spaces and Enculturation. She is currently working on projects related to the creation and maintenance of community belief systems and activists rhetorics. Professor Jones teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in professional writing, advanced composition, ancient rhetoric, rhetorical analysis, and modern rhetorical theory. She is the coordinator of the internship program and has been awarded the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award.
Research and/or Creative Interests
My research has been driven by questions about the ways people communicate across differences, shape arguments, and build community through texts. As a teacher, I am confronted with these questions in class each week and work to refine my ideas through student engagement. Grounded in Rhetorical Theory, American Pragmatism, and Composition Theory, my scholarship addresses the ethics of public argumentation and focuses on visual rhetorics and creativity as an important component of public discourse. More recently, I have become interested in applying bioregional and ecological thinking via Lorraine Code’s philosophy to writing studies as a way to highlight location in considerations of craft, rhetorical choice, and ethical argument.
Argumentation studies; rhetorical theory and histories; style; nonfiction prose; nature and travel writing; rhetorical education; women's rhetoric, visual and protest rhetorics; professional writing
For all of my courses, I follow a rhetorically based pedagogy with the aim of forming agile writers and thinkers. Rhetorically based courses demand attention to context, ethical engagement, and thoughtful analysis as precursors to excellent and compelling prose. My courses emphasize the fact that writing happens in multiple formats. As such, I require students to present materials verbally, textually, and digitally, with attention to both style and design. I work to create a collaborative community of learners through group work, digital conversation, workshops, conferencing, and class discussion. Students learn to be accountable to both self and others in this effort to model engaged citizenship as a goal of their college education.
Why did you become an English professor?
Luck and liking teaching much more than anything else I could think of doing.
Why teach X?
I teach rhetoric because it is everywhere. Discourse shapes us just as we shape it. In a world with information overload, we have to learn to parse the texts, know what is important, and be excellent readers.
Outside of being a professor, what do you do for fun and/or relaxation?
Hang out with the coolest kid on the planet, hike, run, read, swim and drive to the beach every possible chance.
What are your expectations of students?
Be respectful of yourself and other students. For me, this means being responsible to the yourself as a learner and prepping for class (beyond just skimming the text), learning to listen rather than just voicing your first thought, and thinking. I hope students learn to be richer and broader thinkers. We need more of those in the world.
What's something about you that might surprise your students? I can't give away my secrets...