Rebecca Jones specializes in writing studies (academic and professional), rhetorical theory, argumentation studies, and design thinking strategies. Her most recent work is the edited collection Rethinking Ethos: A Feminist Ecological Approach to Rhetoric (SIUP, 2016). Other scholarship can be found in Writing on the Edge, Enculturation, and Composition Studies. Professor Jones teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in professional writing, travel and nature writing, rhetorical analysis, and modern rhetorical theory. She is the Director of Graduate Studies and has been awarded the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award at UTC.
- University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Ph.D. Rhetoric and Composition
- University of South Carolina, M.A. English
- University of North Carolina, B.A. English
Argumentation studies; rhetorical theory and histories; style; non-fiction 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.
Why did you become an English professor?
To spend all day talking about writing, texts, and books! Engaging with other interesting minds turned out to be an unexpected bonus.
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 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.