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Brenda Jones, PhD

Assistant Dean, Instruction & Department Chair, Communications and Behavioral & Natural Sciences

brenda.jones@franklin.edu

Profile

Dr. Brenda L. Jones is the Assistant Dean for Instruction at Franklin University, supporting student-centered education at all academic levels. Brenda also serves as the Program Chair for the BS in Communications program and as Department Chair for Communications, Behavioral and Natural Sciences. Brenda has been a fulltime Franklin faculty member since December 2007. Internationally, she has taught in Poland, Oman, Trinidad and Tobago, and South Korea. Her classes have included undergraduate communication courses, MBA Foundations (MBA 707), Applied Marketing & Communication Theory (MCM 731), and the Master’s in Business Psychology course Innovation and Creativity (PSYC 607). Her teaching style is that of a coach and mentor, inviting learners to be co-constructors of knowledge and the learning experience as they develop career-relevant skills.

Brenda earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Communication, with a minor in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, from The Ohio State University. Brenda also holds an MS in Business Psychology, an MA in Communication and worked for two international companies, ITW-Nifco and Electronic Data Systems, prior to pursuing a career in higher education.

A passionate educator, Brenda was named a 2019-20 SOCHE Excellence Award winner by the Southern Ohio Council for Higher Education for her work in project-based learning, connecting course-based learning with community needs through integrated communications projects. Brenda was also awarded the Robert L. Bailey award for graduate teaching fall 2019, an honor based on graduating student nominations for the faculty member that has had the most significant impact on their educational experience.

Education

2005
The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio)
Doctor of Philosophy, Communications
2014
Franklin University (Columbus, Ohio)
Master of Science, Business Psychology
1996
The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio)
Master of Arts, Communications
1992
The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio)
Bachelor of Arts, Communications

Certifications

2019
Social & Behavioral Research - Basic/Refresher Social & Behavioral Research 1 - Basic Course, CITI: Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative, Expiration Date: 2022
2018
Protecting Human Research Participants, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research, Expiration Date: 2020
2014
Protecting Human Research Participants Certification, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research, Expiration Date: 2016

Work Experience

2019 - Present
Franklin University, Assistant Dean, Instruction & Department Chair, Communications and Behavioral & Natural Sciences
2008 - 2013
Franklin University, Program Chair

Publications & Presentations

Jones, B. (2019, Nov. 7). How to Manage the Millennials and Centennials in Online and Blended Courses. BUSINESS EDUCATION SUMMIT 2019 - Act Knowledge, Guatemala/Online.
Jones, B. (2019, Apr. 26). Best Practices for Collaborative Creativity: Using Neuro-Communication Insights to Foster Innovation in Project Teams. Attorney General of Ohio Anti-trust Division Retreat, Thurber Center, Columbus OH.
Jones, B. (2019, Aug. 15). Radical Innovation: Channel the power of disruptors and dreamers to propel your enterprise.. Ohio Industrial and Organizational Psychologists Professional Development Series, Franklin University, Columbus OH.
Jones, B., Horrisberger, L., Belcher, J., Hollenbaugh, E., & N/A, N. (2018, Oct. 6). A Panel Presentation: Innovative Ideas for Student Engagement. Ohio Communication Association Annual Conference, University of Akron Wayne College.
Jones, B., Bell, D., Roberts, A., & N/A, N. (2018, Oct. 5). An Integrated Communications Agency Pilot: Collaborating to Deliver Quality Learning Experiences and Positive Client Outcomes.. Scholars Showcase, Columbus, OH.
Jones, B. (2018, Jan. 23). Delivering Effective (Problem-based Learning) Blended Courses as an Inter-professional Team.. Instructional Design Conference ERASMUS+ Program, Toruń, Poland.
Jones, B. (2017, Jan. 23). MAXIMIZING YOUR IMPACT THROUGH COLLABORATION. Franklin University's Speaker's Bureau.
Bell, D., & Jones, B. (2016, Nov. 18). Gourmet Gamification: Creating Meaningful Classroom Simulations as a Student Project. OLC Accelerate, Orlando, FL.
Jones, B. (2015, Nov. 22). The Online Public Speaking Course: A Roundtable Discussion. National Communication Association 2015 Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Jones, B. (2015, Oct. 5). Gourmet Gamification: Recipes for Cooking Up Meaningful Classroom Simulations. Gamification in Secondary Education, Torun, Poland.
Jones, B., & Posey, M. (2015, Jun. 5). Gourmet Gamification: Recipes for Cooking Up Meaningful Classroom Simulations. Third Annual Teaching and Learning Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
Jones, B., August, D., Johnston-Gilbert, R., Taylor, E., & Bell, D. (2014, Jun. 13). Driving a Hybrid Course: Maximizing Student Fuel Efficiency and Engagement. Teaching and Learning Conference (2nd Annual), Franklin University.
Jones, B. (2014, Jun. 13). The Impact of Social Media and Texting on Business Grammar. Teaching and Learning Conference (2nd Annual), Franklin University.
Jones, B. (2014, Feb. 18). How texting & social media affect our grammar. International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), Nationwide.
Jones, B. (2013, Jun. 6). Social Media: Preserving Your Authentic Self. Reynoldsburg Chamber of Commerce, Reynoldsburg OH.
Forbes, R., Jones, B., Jones, K., & N/A, N. (2013, Oct. 7). Business Psychology: A Response to an Interdisciplinary Trend in Business Education. IACBE Regional Conference, Franklin University.
Jones, B., Bell, D., & Ransburgh, D. (2013, Jun. 7). Meeting the Technology Challenges of the Hybrid Instructional Format. 2013 Teaching & Learning Conference, Columbus, OH.
Jones, B., August, D., & N/A, N. (2013, Jun. 7). Instructional Strategies for Active Learning in a Hybrid Course. 2013 Teaching & Learning Conference, Columbus, OH.
Jones, B. (2012, Dec. 13). Communication Trends Impacting Business. Grove City OH Rotary Club, Grove City OH.
Jones, B. (2012, Oct. 6). Corporate Blogs: Analysis and Authoring.. Ohio Communication Association 76TH Conference, theme "Ventures in Communication: Technology, Innovation, and Diffusion.", Kent State University.
Jones, B. (2012, Feb. 8). Social Media - In the Mix (for Small Business). SOHO Lunch and Learn, Dublin OH Chamber of Commerce.
Jones, B., Coleman, M., Leonard , R., McGrew, H., & N/A, N. (2011, Nov. 15). Voices of the Disengaged: Branch Campus Adjunct Influence and Support.. National Communication Association Convention, New Orleans, LA.
Jones, B., Hamlin, J., & Posey, M. (2011, Oct. 1). Clouds, Webinars, and Social Media: How Current Professional Practices and Standards are Applied in Public Relations and Communication Curriculum though Engaging Assignments. 75TH Conference of the Ohio Communication Association, University of Findlay.
Jones, B., Bova, R., & Narcross, T. (2011, Oct. 1). Personalizing the Distance Education Speech Delivery Class.. 75TH Conference of the Ohio Communication Association, University of Findlay.
Jones, B. (2011, May. 19). Social Media: Preserving Your Authentic Self. Dublin Chamber of Commerce Lunch and Learn Series, Dublin OH.
Jones, B. (2011, Mar. 17). Communication Trend-Watch. Dublin Chamber of Commerce Lunch and Learn Series, Dublin OH.
Jones, B. (2011, Mar. 15). Social Media: Preserving Your Authentic Self. Annual Meeting of the Central Ohio Organization of Public Purchasers, Columbus, OH.
Jones, B. (2011, Mar. 11). "Teaching Adult Learners". CYC Training webinar, Webinar on-line.
Jones, B., Hamlin, J., & Smith, B. (2010, Oct. 2). Collaborating to enhance student learning: Using social media in PR and communication courses.. 74TH Conference of the Ohio Communication Association, Clark State Community College.

Professional Service

2016
Committee Member
LRNG Columbus
(Columbus, Ohio) End Date: 2017
2016
Member
International Association of Business Communicators
(Columbus, Ohio) End Date: 2016
2014
Committee Chair
Academic Standards
(Columbus, Ohio) End Date: 2016
2013
Program Coordinator
The Ohio Communication Association
2012
Committee Member
Academic Standards
2011
Officer, Vice President
Faculty Senate
(Columbus, Ohio) End Date: 2013
2010
Officer, Other Officer
The International Association of Business Communicators
(Columbus, Ohio) End Date: 2011
2009
Officer, Secretary
Faculty Senate