Dr. Jake Simmons


College of Arts and Letters

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
College of Arts and Letters
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • PhD, 2008, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
  • MA, 2004, Texas Tech University
  • BA, 2002, West Texas A&M University


  • COM 307 Gender and Communication
  • COM 360 Intercultural Communication
  • COM 702 Theory and Research in Communication
  • COM 714 Qualitative Analysis in Communication Research

Research and professional interests

Dr. Jake Simmons is an associate dean of the Judith Enyeart Reynolds College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at Missouri State University and professor of communication. Dr. Simmons maintains an active national research and service profile. Currently, his research focuses on communication theory in aesthetic and everyday contexts, ontological perspectives in the posthumanities and new materialism, and intercultural communication in university contexts.

Dr. Simmons has published articles in Text and Performance Quarterly, Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, Communication Education, The Sage Handbook of Autoethnography, Cultural Studies <--> Critical Methodologies,Communication Teacher, Technocultures, The National Forensics Journal, Communication Currents, and The Sage Encyclopedia of Social Movements.

He is the author of Research Methods in Performance Studies and two editions of Intercultural Communication in Your Life.  In addition to his research, Dr. Simmons is passionate about facilitating spaces through which colleagues may contribute to emerging trends within the field of communication. He serves as editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed national journal Text and Performance Quarterly (2021-2024).

Dr. Simmons has held several leadership positions including associate dean, assistant department head, director of graduate studies, provost’s fellow for graduate student success.

Awards and honors

  • Lila A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance Studies, 2022
  • Distinguished Article Award, Instructional Development Division, National Communication, 2021
  • Outstanding Scholar in Performance Studies and Autoethnography, Central States Communication Association, 2021.
  • Outstanding Graduate Faculty Member, Department of Communication. Missouri State University, 2016-2017.
  • Rodgers Distinguished Faculty Research Award Finalist. Angelo State University, September 2013.
  • Outstanding Research and Creative Activity. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 2008.
  • Outstanding Media Design. Department of Speech Communication. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 2006-2007.
  • Outstanding Graduate Student. Department of Communication Studies, Texas Tech University, 2003-2004.
  • Outstanding Service Award. Department of Communication Studies, Texas Tech University, 2003-2004.
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. Department of Communication Studies, Texas Tech University, 2003-2004.
  • The Vera L. Simpson NCA Award. Department of Communication Studies, Texas Tech University, 2002-2003.
  • The Order of the Silver Buffalo President’s Award. West Texas A&M University, 2000.