Welcome to the School of Communication.

Dr. Cheri Simonds

Professor
Director of Communication as Critical Inquiry
  • CURRENT COURSES
  • TEACHING INTERESTS
  • Public Speaking; Classroom Communication; Communication Pedagogy; Instructional Communication; Communication Assessment
  • RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • Teacher Clarity, Credibility, and Immediacy; Student Initiated Challenges; Portfolio Assessment; GTA Training; Speech Evaluation and Feedback; Student Engagement
  • Ph D Instructional Communication / Communication Pedagogy - 1995
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Norman, Oklahoma
  • MS Rhetoric and Public Address - 1990
  • University of North Texas
  • Denton, Texas
  • Dissertation/Thesis topic: A Rhetorical Analysis of Jimmy Swaggart's 1988-89 Program for Defense.
  • BS Speech/Theater/Education - 1984
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  • Hunt, S. K., Meyer, K. R., Hooker, J. F., Simonds, C. J., & Lippert, L. R. (2016). Implementing the political engagement project in an introductory communication course: An examination of the effects on students’ political knowledge, efficacy, skills, behavior, and ideology. eJournal of Public Affairs, 5(2), 116-151. doi: 10.21768/ejopa.v5i2.111
  • Simonds, C. J., & Hunt, S. K. (2016). The internal marginalization of basic course scholarship. Basic Communication Course Annual, 28, 1-10.
  • Hooker, J. F. & Simonds, C.J. (2015). From the outside looking in: Employers’ view of the basic course. Basic Course Communication Annual, 27, 102-116.

  • Simonds, C. J., Hooker, J. F. & Wright, A. M. (2015). Instructional discussion: The most important area of training for new basic course instructors. Basic Course Communication Annual, 27, 32-42.

  • Frey, T. K., Hooker, J. F., & Simonds, C. J. (2015). The invaluable nature of speech evaluation training for new basic course instructors. Basic Course Communication Annual. 27, 1-9.

  • PRESENTATIONS
  • Hess, J. A., Fassett, D. L., Simonds, C. J., Mello, B. W., Broeckelman-Post, M. A., MacArthur, B., & Hunt, S. K. (2016, November). The basic communication course forum: A SWOT analysis of the basic course. Presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA. (Top Panel, Basic Course Division)
  • Hunt, S. K., Myers, S. A., Sellnow, D. D., & Simonds, C. J. (2015, April). Converging basic course pedagogy/administration and published peer-reviewed scholarship. Presented at the annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Madison, WI.
  • FUNDED GRANTS
  • Inaugural Recipient of the John Chizmar and Anthony Ostrosky Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award, Illinois State University, 2014.
  • Cross Endowed Chair, Illinois State University
  • 2014
  • Recipient of the 2013 Inaugural Distinguished Faculty Award sponsored by the National Communication Association’s Basic Course Division.
  • National Communication Association
  • 2013
  • Recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Service Award, Illinois State University, 2012.
  • Illinois State University
  • 2012
  • Recipient of the 2008 Inaugural Program of Excellence Award sponsored by the National Communication Association’s Basic Course Division.
  • National Communication Association
  • 2008
  • Recipient of the 2008 Rives Excellence in Undergraduate Education Award (with Steve Hunt).
  • Illinois State University
  • 2008
  • Recipient of the 2007 College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching.
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • 2007
  • Recipient of the 2006 Outstanding University Teacher—Category I, Illinois State University.
  • Illinois State University, CTLT
  • 2006
  • 2005 Bronze Telly Award Winner for Leading Instructional Discussions. (w/ Brent Simonds and Steve Hunt).
  • 2005
  • Recipient of the 2005 College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award, Illinois State University.
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • 2005