LaKeysha Jones

Instructor
Office: Communication Building, Room 100 P
Phone: 409-880-7851
Email: lyjones@lamar.edu
Twitter: ProfessorLJones

Education

  • Ph.D., North Central University, 2014
  • M.A., Norfolk State University, 2006
  • B.A., Sam Houston State University, 2004

Ms. Jones currently teaches media writing and public speaking courses. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, and has seven years of higher education teaching experience at both the university and junior college levels. Prior to accepting her position at Lamar, she taught at Lone Star College System for two years, While at Lamar University, she also taught at Lamar Institute of Technology from 2010 to 2013. Ms. Jones is a flexible instructor and taught day, night, weekend and online courses.

Ms. Jones is the first faculty member of the Department of Communication to successfully design and deliver an online public speaking course. The course was first offered in the summer of 2011 as only one of its kind, and currently, public speaking online is offered every semester with at least two online sections for each term. Ms. Jones also taught the largest online public speaking course of 86 students in the fall of 2013. In addition to the current offerings, Ms. Jones also designed an online public speaking course that meets the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STARR) requirements for high school students in accordance with the Texas State Senate Bill 1031.

The media writing courses that she teaches are infused with industry standards. Ms. Jones also teaches the only class that partners with Lamar University’s award winning school newspaper, the University Press, to connect her students to the possibilities of published works. The media writing students also work on an accountability system that stresses the importance of editing in congruence with writing skills.

Ms. Jones is currently working on a publication that extends her dissertation of the lack of African American tenure-track professors in higher education positions. It explores the perceptions and personal experiences of being the only “black” faculty member and how there is a true visible gap of representation of all minority educators at every grade level, and more importantly how and if this impacts the students of today.