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Jen Jones Ph.D.
Joined Seton Hill
2014
Hometown
Latrobe, PA
Contact Info
jjones@setonhill.edu
(724) 830-4735

Dr. Jones is an Associate Professor of Communication at Seton Hill. She received her Ph.D. and M.B.A. from Duquesne University. Her scholarly research attends to social issues in communication, corporate ethics, and leadership. Prior to teaching in an academic setting, she worked for one of the largest sporting goods retailers in the country as an Assistant Buyer handling major brands and accounts. Her role changed from a merchandiser to a manager when she started working as a Director at a large resort. She coached over sixty staff members and was actively involved in strategic planning. Additionally, she designed and operated a Team Building and Leadership development program that provided training for corporate clients. Throughout her career, she has studied and presented in Western and Eastern Europe, Canada, China, India, Israel, and Sri Lanka. She has also taken students on a study abroad trip to Scotland, England, Ireland, and Italy.

Education

  • BS, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Indiana, PA), 1998
  • MBA, Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA), 2007
  • Ph.D., Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA), 2014

Publications

  • Jones, J. (2018). Empathic Leadership: Saint Edith Stein’s Phenomenological Perspective. In B. J. Denison (Ed.) Women, religion, and leadership: Female saints as unexpected leaders. New York, NY: Routledge. (155-177).
  • Jones, J. and A. Podoletz (2018). Generating Buzz on Campus about Fair Trade through the Writing for Public Relations Course. In T. McDevitt and C. P. Finegan (Eds.) Library Service and Learning: Empowering Students, Inspiring Social Responsibility, and Building Community Connections. Atlanta, GA: American Library Association (205-226).
  • Jones, J. (2018). Promoting Scholarly Conversations through an Undergraduate Research Conference in the Library: A Communication Class Project. In T. McDevitt and C. P. Finegan (Eds.) Library Service and Learning: Empowering Students, Inspiring Social Responsibility, and Building Community Connections. Atlanta, GA: American Library Association (275-299).
  • Jones, J. (2018). Thomas Merton: Rediscovering Communication as a Message of Love for Communion. In R. H. Woods and N. K. Wood (Eds.) Words and Witnesses: Communication Studies in Christian Thought from Athanasius to Desmond Tutu. Peabody: MA: Hendrickson Publishers, Inc. (215-221).
  • Jones, J. (2017). Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Theology. Journal of Communication & Religion, 40(3), 116–122.
  • Jones, J. (2016). Colloquium on Levinas, leadership, and ethics: The derivative organization and responsible leadership - Levinas's dwelling and discourse. Leadership and the Humanities, 4(1), 41-44. [More Information]
  • Jones, J. (2015). Walking with Merton: A Soul’s Journey – Review of Simply Merton: Wisdom from His Journals. The Merton Seasonal, summer.
  • Jones, J. (2014). Leadership lessons from Levinas: Revisiting responsible leadership. Leadership and the Humanities, 1(2), 44-63. [More Information]
  • McDevitt, T. and Jones, J. (2013). We’re all in this together: Stress reduction and team building for modern library organizations. Codex, 2(3), 78-99.
  • Jones, J. and Bharadwaj, P. (2013). Instrumental to ethical: Ancient guidance for contemporary individual social responsibility. Competition Forum, 11(1), 160-164.
  • Jones, J. and Michalec, B. (2013). Existential leadership: ‘Good Faith’ in contemporary Capitalism. In A. Marturano (Ed.) ISLC: Sustainable Leadership for Socially Responsible Organizations (46-47). Rome, Italy.
  • Jones, J. (2011). Building research projects in teams. In T. McDevitt (Ed.), Let the Games Begin! Engaging Students with Field-tested Interactive Information Literacy Instruction, (11-14), Chicago, IL: Neal-Schuman.

Organizations

  • National Communication Association; International Leadership Association; Pennsylvania Communication Association (President); Beta Gamma Sigma; Phi Kappa Phi

Presentations

  • “Women Advocating for Women” 2018 Pennsylvania ACE Network (Greensburg, PA)
  • “Leadership Lessons from Female Philosophers: Underrepresented Valuable Voices” 2018 Pennsylvania Leadership Studies (Harrisburg, PA)
  • “Leadership for Community and Social Entrepreneurship” 2018 International Leadership Association (West Palm Beach, FL)
  • “Empathic Student Leadership: Stein’s Phenomenological Perspective for Experiential Learning” 2018 Extensions of Stein: Advocacy and Empathy in Philosophy of Communication (Greensburg, PA)
  • “What do Libraries have to do with the YMCA, Humane Society, Fair Trade, and Undergraduate Research?” 2018 Pennsylvania Libraries Association Conference (Harrisburg, PA)
  • “Small Teaching in Activity-Based Learning: Expanding Big Ideas throughout a Communication Research Course” 2017 PCA Conference (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • “Empathic Leadership: Saint Edith Stein’s Phenomenological Perspective” 2017 Pennsylvania Sociology Association (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • “An Aristotelian Perspective of Place Making and Branding for Community Development” 2017 Pennsylvania Communication Association (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • “Issues of Accreditation Changes and Our Responsiveness in Communication” 2017 PCA Conference (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • “A Pragmatic Leadership: Ruth Anna Putnam’s Moral Value and Democracy in an Age of Populism” 2017 International Studying Leadership (Richmond, VA)
  • “Apologia Pro Vita Mea: Humanities and Business” 2017 National Communication Association (Dallas, TX)
  • “Student Poster Session” Judge, 2018 International Leadership Association (West Palm Beach, FL)
  • “Collaborative Communication and Team Building” 2017 Center for University Scholars (Jackson, MS)
  • “Collaborative Communication and Team Building” 2017 Center for University Scholars (Jackson, MS) [More Information]
  • “Hegemony with Good Intentions: Problematizing Conscious Capitalism and Other Socially Responsible Business Practices” (2016) National Communication Association Convention (Philadelphia, PA)
  • “Mythodology for Interpretive Leadership Scholarship” International Studying Leadership 2014 Conference (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • “Existential Leadership: Interpersonal Engagement within Organizations” International Leadership Association 2014 Conference (San Diego, CA)
  • "From the Toy Store Pink Aisle to Marketplace Pink Collar Jobs: Building and Becoming Otherwise with Goldie Blox" NCA 2014 Conference (Chicago, IL)
  • “An Interplay of Rhetoric and Phenomenology in the Working Life of the Poor” National Communication Association 2014 Conference (Chicago, IL)
  • “Merton’s Existential Communication: The Meaning and Power of Love” Pennsylvania Communication Association 2014 Pre-Conference (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • “Existential Education: An Indirect Communicative Pedagogy” Pennsylvania Communication Association 2014 Conference (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • “Existential Meeting of Horizons” Phenomenology Roundtable 2014 (Buffalo, NY)
  • “Applying and Interviewing for Employment” (2015). Society for Human Resources, Student Chapter (Indiana, PA).
  • “Women in the Workplace: Building & Maintaining Sisterhood” (2014). The Claire R. Schmieler Leadership Institute (Slippery Rock, PA)
  • Keynote “Determinants of Success: Rats, Brick Walls, and 10,000 Hours” 2014, Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Annual Initiation Ceremony (Greensburg, PA)
  • “A Word of Caution for Appreciative Inquiry” (2015). National Communication Association Convention, Las Vegas, NV.
  • “Being and Somethingness: In Inquiry into Existential Communication” (2015). Pennsylvania Communication Association Pre-Conference, York, PA.
  • “Cultural Diversity in Business Communication” 2013 Case per ferie “Casa di Nazareth” Suore della Sacra Famiglia di Nazareth (Boccea, Italy)
  • “Women in the Workplace: Building & Maintaining Sisterhood” 2014; “Women in the Workplace: Historical and Contemporary Issues” 2011 The Claire R. Schmieler Leadership Institute (Slippery Rock, PA)
  • “Interpersonal Communication” “Servant Leadership” “The Meaning and Power of Love” St. Anne Home, Sponsored by the Felician Sisters (Greensburg, PA): 2012; 2013; 2014
  • “Team Building” The Leadership Institute for Faculty Women (State College, PA): 2010 & 2012
  • “Promoting Information Literacy through Activity-Based Learning” Point Park University co-presenter 2011 (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • “Business Ethics Theory and Practice” 2010 International Symposium on Innovation, Leadership, and Change (Colombo, Sri Lanka)

Achievements

  • President, Pennsylvania Communication Association
  • Feature Article, "Learning through Service" Forward Magazine, 2015, spring/summer, p. 45.
  • Invited Respondent “Contemporary Issues Involving Media and Society” (2015) Mass Media & Society Interest Group, Pennsylvania Communication Association.
  • Invited Respondent “Thomas Merton in the Communication Classroom” Philosophy of Communication Pre-Conference 2014 for the Pennsylvania Communication Association (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Invited Chairperson “Emotional Labor and Communicative Praxis” International Leadership Association 2014 Conference (San Diego, CA)
  • 2014-present Board Member, Open Hands, advocacy organization, Westmoreland County
  • 2016-2017 Undergraduate Communication Research Interest Group Chairperson, Pennsylvania Communication Association.
  • 2015-2016 Interpersonal/Organizational Interest Group Chairperson, Pennsylvania Communication Association
  • Invited Reviewer, Qualitative Research Reports in Communication
  • Invited Reviewer, Business Ethics Quarterly
  • Invited Reviewer, Leadership