Amy Jones, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Journalism and Speech
Station 22
Wallace Hall 112C

Ph.D. in Mass Communications, University of Alabama, 2011
Master’s degree in Sport Administration, University of Louisville, 2006
B. A. in Mass Communications, University of New Orleans, 2004

Employment Date: January 2007
Professional Biography:

Amy Head Jones grew up in Shelbyville, Kentucky in a family of sports enthusiasts. She began playing golf at the age of three, competitive golf at the age of eight, and concluded her amateur athletic career on an athletic scholarship at the University of New Orleans. During this time, Amy gained experience in the media and sport industries while working in public relations for the New Orleans Superdome and New Orleans Arena. This experience led her to pursue additional graduate education in these areas. She continued to work in the sport and media industries, serving as a graphic designer for bby Publications and as a golf teaching professional at Big Spring Country Club. In the spring of 2007, she was hired as a journalism and speech professor at UWA, a position she still holds today. Amy enjoys spending time with her husband Michael and son Rock, while supporting UWA athletics, exercising, playing golf, and attending University concerts, plays and pageants.

Classes usually taught:

JN200, JN279, JN320, JN350, JN370, JN499, JN599, SH100, SH350

Additional UWA Assignments:

Faculty advisor to UWA student newscast The Tiger Pause


UWA United Way of West Alabama, Campaign Coordinator
Student Media Committee
UWA Marketing and Image Committee
University Health and Wellness Committee, Chair
Faculty Senate
College of Liberal Arts Academic Council
University Academic Council

Academic / Research Interests:

Sports media coverage

Current Projects:

Sumter County Relay for Life, event chair and team captain

Recent Publications:
  • Jones, A. (2010). Men, Women, and Sports: Revisited; Diferencias de Genero en la Recepción y Participación de Contenidos Deportivos en los Medios de Communicación. Revista Diversidades: Revista Multidisciplinaria de la Universidad de Leon, 13(26), 2-6.
  • Jones, A. & Greer, J. (2011). You don’t look like an athlete: Testing the effects of feminine appearance on audience interest in women’s sports and perceptions of female athletes. Journal of Sport Behavior, 34(4).
  • Jones, A. (In Press). Visual and verbal gender cues in the televised coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, accepted for publication. TBA.
  • Jones, A. (In Press). Pointing the blame: Gender stereotypes in sports media. In Sloan, D. & Greer, J. (Eds.), Contemporary Media Issues, 3rd Ed: Vision Press.
Recent Presentations:
  • Jones, A. & Cooley S. (2009). Men, women, and sports: Revisited. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Annual Conference; Boston, MA.
  • Jones, A. & Kijeski, T. (2009). The relationship of team cohesion on performance among collegiate athletes competing in coactive team sports. National Communication Association (NCA) Annual Conference: Chicago, IL.
  • Jones, A. (2010). The media’s representation of LPGA athletes, following the Wilhelmina Seven. Auburn Diversity Research Conference: Auburn, AL.
    Cooley, S. & Jones, A. (2010). A radical campaign: Third Party Politics of the 1848 Presidential Election. Auburn Diversity Research Conference: Auburn, AL.
  • Jones, A. & Dickhaus, J. (2010). Role models or criminals? The effects of race and severity of criminal activity on audience perceptions of professional athletes. North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) Annual Conference: Tampa, FL.
  • Jones, A. (2011). The Media’s Representation of Female Athletes. James E. Colquitt Faculty Colloquium: Livingston, AL.
  • Jones, A. (2011). Visual and Verbal Gender Cues in the Televised Coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics. International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences: New Orleans, LA.
  • Jones, A. & Greer, J. (2011). A Level Playing Field? Audience Perceptions of Male and Female Sports Analysts. International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences: New Orleans, LA.
  • Jones, A. (2011). Eye Candy or Expert? An Examination of Audience Perceptions of Female Sportscasters. Discerning Diverse Voices: Communication & Information Symposium on Diversity: Tuscaloosa, AL.
Recent Grants:

Alabama Press Association; Journalism Career Preparation Workshop
A two-day workshop was conducted to prepare 21 UWA journalism students for careers in journalism. Students completed integrated media portfolios, explored career options, and toured three local news organizations.

WWW Links:

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