Political Communication Expert Abigail Jones Named Director of B.S. in Communications Program

Philadelphia University has named Abigail Jones, Ph.D., an educator with professional and scholarly expertise in political communications, director of the B.S. in Communications program. She will assume the position Aug. 1.

This past year, Jones served as visiting assistant professor of political communication at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia. She previously taught at George Washington University and Montgomery College. Her vigorous research agenda has resulted in many scholarly and pedagogical conference publications and covers issues such as media globalization, in particular the question of whether news sources across nations are framing the news in ways that create more collaborative international policy environments. Her immediate work focuses on media coverage of United Nations climate change policies, and she has two articles scheduled for publication this year.

“Dr. Jones is a great fit for Philadelphia University,” said Matt Baker, executive dean of PhilaU’s College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts. “Her academic expertise includes communications, public policy and political science and builds on a strong professional foundation in political and campaign communications and public relations. She is passionate about professional communications education.”

The B.S. in Communications has been revised for fall 2014 to allow students more options to take courses in specialized areas, such as journalism, public relations and photojournalism. The program also will incorporate additional opportunities for participation in collaborative industry-sponsored projects and real-world practical experiences, aligning with the University’s signature Nexus Learning approach.

“I appreciate Philadelphia University’s commitment to its students and the deep understanding of the path from college to the professional world,” Jones said. “I look forward to working with faculty colleagues to continue to develop a high-quality, broad-based learning environment within the communications program.”

Previously, Jones was a public relations consultant for Campbell and Company and worked as a political communications consultant at Kennedy Communications and Crounse, Malchow Schlackman & Hoppey. In the political arena, she served as communications director for U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell, D-Iowa, and as deputy press secretary for Gov. Mark Warner, D-Va.

“The communications discipline is important to all students, both those who select the communications major and those in other disciplines,” Jones said. “Like all professionals, all students need the skills to give and receive information as well as translate needs, desires, perceptions and knowledge for themselves and others. I hope to collaborate with just about every program in the University.”

Jones earned her doctorate in public policy and bachelor’s in political communication from George Washington University. She holds a master’s in public policy from Georgetown University.

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