Dr. John Stone was a full-time professor of Communication Studies until his retirement in 2011. He taught SCOM 261 (Public Relations Techniques I: Written), SCOM 341 (Persuasion,) and SCOM 460 (Public Relations Management). Currently, he teaches GCOM courses as an adjunct.
He received his B.A. from Northern State University and his Master of Arts and Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University. He has used his enthusiasm, motivation, and inspiring attitude in teaching since 1966. His passion for Communication Studies stemmed from his natural ability to communicate effectively. He enjoys the field because it expresses the idea of mutually exploring questions. Though Dr. Stone isn’t particular about finding answers to all questions that are proposed, he enjoys the process Communication Studies offers through inquiry. He states that it doesn’t bother him to never know, but it does bother him to never ask.
Dr. John Stone has many different passions that he carries inside and outside the classroom. In his spare time, one of his favorite activities involves writing. He has had many different books published during his career which include subjects such as public relations management and works of poetry. Dr. Stone’s most recent work considers analyzing the stylistics of rap music. His work includes research of rap artists such as Lil’ Wayne and Tupac Shakur. He is also currently finishing a novel named “Mostly Montana,” which is a novel written about his father.
Dr. Stone also enjoys other activities such as participating in his local church and traveling. He has traveled to cities and include Beijing, Tokyo, London, and he has taught in Germany. One principle that guides his teaching style emphasizes an understanding that professors assist in learning. He believes that people who genuinely want to learn need support in their quest rather than being taught the information passively. His most precious memories as a professor include the graduation of both of his first Master’s and Ph.D. students.