Jake Simmons

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Assistant Professor

Academic Interests

  • Communication theory and the posthumanities
  • Digital culture and identity
  • Gender and sexuality in communication
  • Aesthetic communication and performance
  • Perspectives on academic health

Top Scholarly Accomplishments

Dr. Simmons' research appears in a number of communication research journals including Communication Education, Text and Performance Quarterly, Communication Teacher, The National Forensics Journal, and others. He has presented over fifty conference presentations at various international, national, regional, and state conferences.  Dr. Simmons serves as editor for "Digital Horizons", a recurring section of "Liminialites: A Journal of Performance Studies." He has also guest-edited several special issues of academic journals focusing on the  the posthumanities through performance studies, environmentalism, gender and sexuality, and digital culture.

Previous Experience

Dr. Simmons graduated with his PhD in Communication from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Prior to coming to Missouri State, he enjoyed a visiting assistant professor position at San Jose State University. He also taught at various locations in, wrote about, and explored the American Southwest. 


Amarillo, TX. Home of the Caddilac Ranch. 


Dr. Simmons enjoys cultivating his spirit for adventure by exploring all that the United States has to offer. He enjoys camping, hiking, and most other things outdoors which resulted in a fascination with classic and contemporary British, Japanese, and American four wheel drive vehicles. His love for the outdoors has spawned a lifelong writing ethic that functions as a way to deeply understand his experiences on the planet. 

Future Goals and Aspirations

Dr. Simmons strives to maintain a healthy level of academic scholarship, professional and university service, and engaging teaching. His goal is to make the three pillars of the public affairs mission a priority for every student at Missouri State University. 

Life Outside the University

Outside the university, Dr. Simmons spends time with his beautiful partner and magnificent children in order to become a better human being. His rescue Siberian Husky "Glacier" is part of the family and inspires adventure. He is also interested in exchanges between urban and rural food networks and consults with restaurateurs to develop communication strategies to talk about ethical sustainability practices. 


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