Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones

Assistant Professor of English Education

 

Kevin Jones began teaching part time in Fort Smith in 2004 while still teaching high school in Roland, Okla., becoming a full time assistant professor of English and rhetoric at UAFS in 2008.

 

Jones earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Missouri State University and his doctorate from the University of Arkansas. He has authored two books -- “Fort Smith: Postcard History Series,” a book depicting the history of the city through postcards, and “Fort Smith: Images of America Series,” which features over 150 vintage photographs of the town. Both were published by Arcadia Publishing. 

 

Topics

 

The History of Fort Smith

Fort Smith has a rich history, including Civil War skirmishes in and around Fort Smith, a judge notorious for hanging criminals and a diverse set of family backgrounds. Listen to Jones, who has authored two books on the subject, discuss the infamous events in Fort Smith’s history as well as little-known facts about the storied city.

 

Presidential Memoirs

Jones’ doctoral dissertation focused on three presidential memoirs: “The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant, “The Autobiography of Theodore Roosevelt” and “Keeping Faith” by Jimmy Carter. Learn about the conclusions Jones draws from the works and unifying themes prevalent across several generations of presidents.

 

American Film

From “The Kid” to “Birth of a Nation” to “Duck Soup” to “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” America possesses a rich cinematic tradition that has spent decades exploring the multifaceted American experience. Listen to Jones discuss a sampling of American classics and their impact on the country’s culture and consciousness.

 

The Works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s prolific career is most remembered for his 56 short stories and four novels on Sherlock Holmes. Hear more about the famed author in this informative talk.

 

Shakespeare

In this presentation, Jones discusses the life and works of the legendary playwright whose plays and poets became a foundation for Western literature.

 

Midwest and Southern American Literature in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Mark Twain, Tennessee Williams, John Grisham and Harold Bell Wright are only a few of the major writers to emerge from South and Midwest America during the 19th and 20th centuries. Learn about their and other’s contributions to the classic literary tradition.

 

Teaching Methods for Secondary and Collegiate Level English Education, Speech, and Theatre Studies

Learn about effective teaching methods for instructing high school and college students in the liberal arts.