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Dr. Brent Simonds

School of Communication
Fell Hall - FEL 412
Office Hours
Tuesday and Thursday 10:30 am - Noon, or by appointment
  • About
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Current Courses

396.001Capstone In Mass Media

317.001Digital Post Production

306.001Documentary Storytelling And Production

406.001Documentary Storytelling and Production

Teaching Interests & Areas

Media Ecology,
Documentary Storytelling,
Digital Post Production,
Motion GFX/Visual Effects

Research Interests & Areas

Documentary Filmmaking,
Educational Media

EDD Post Secondary Education

Illinois State University
Normal, IL

MA Journalism and Mass Communication

University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK

BA Radio/TV/Film

Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK

Book, Authored

Kristiansen, L., Blaney, J., Chidester, P., & Simonds, B. Screaming for change: Articulating a unifying philosophy of punk rock. Lexington Books (2009)

Journal Article

Hunt, S., Simonds, C., & Simonds, B. Uniquely qualified, distinctively competent: Delivering 21st century skills in the basic course.. Basic Communication Course Annual 21 (2009): 1-29.
Simonds, B., Lippert, L., Hunt, S., Angell, M., & Moore, M. Communication and diversity: Innovation in teacher education. Communication Teacher 22 (2008): 56-65.
Simonds, B., Meyer, K., Quinlan, M., & Hunt, S. Effects of instructor speech rate on student affective learning, recall, and perceptions of nonverbal immediacy, credibility and clarity. Communication Research Reports 23 (2006): 187-197.

Textbook, New

Simonds, C., Hunt, S., & Simonds, B. Public Speaking: Prepare, Present, and Participate. Allyn & Bacon (2010)
Simonds, C., Hunt, S., & Simonds, B. Communication as Critical Inquiry: Becoming Critical Producers and Consumers of Messages. Pearson Custom Publishing (2008)

Textbook, Revised

Simonds, C. J., Hunt, S. K., & Simonds, B. K. (2017). Communication as critical inquiry. Southlake, TX: Fountainhead Press.


Documentary as Method. School of Communication, Illinois State Universitty. (2014)
Exploring the pedagogy of political engagement: Strategies for infusing the Political Engagement Project into general education. American Democracy Project. (2011)
Video: Community Partners, Communication Studies, and Advocacy Video: Making Media Matter. American Democracy Project. (2011)
Holistic classroom management for diverse learners: Exploring the efficacy of an instructional DVD program. Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology Symposium on Teaching and Learning. (2010)
Uniquely qualified, distinctively competent: Deliverying 21st century skills in the basic course. Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association. (2007)
(Video) Teaching diverse learners: Communicating social support. Annual Meeting of the Central States Communication Association. (2005)
Effects of instructor speech rate on student perceptions of affective learning and sudent perceptions of instructor immediacy, credibility, and clarity. Annual Meeting of the Central States Communication Association. (2005)
I am parent, counselor, and all: Early-career teacher's voices. Holmes Partnership Annual Conference. (2005)
Video: Leading instructional discussions. Annual Meeting of the Central States Communication Association. (2005)
Communicating across contexts: Working in diverse settings. Holmes Partnership Annual Conference. (2004)

Grants & Contracts

"Film Festival Management and Curation: A Hands-On Course for Creating a Local Film Festival in Bloomington-Normal". College of Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Initiative Grant Program. Illinois State University. (2020)
Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant. Chicago Teacher Pipeline Program.
Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant. Illinois Professional Learners' Partnership.
Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Illinois Professional Learners' Partnership.
Video Production on Facilitating Instructional Discussion. Prentice Hall Publishing Company.