Bethany Keeley-Jonker

Associate Professor of Communication Arts

Education

Ph.D., University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 2012
M.A., University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 2007
B.A., Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2005

Associated Academic Programs

Communication Arts

“Studying communication helps us think about the more subtle ways messages are sent and received in a community or a public, and hopefully makes us more thoughtful producers of messages.”

Dr. Bethany Keeley-Jonker loves thinking and talking about how messages change things in the world. “I love that I can read about a political or media controversy, or a new app, or a complex argument and have frameworks to help me make sense of it and give me something new to say, or a Christian way to approach the problem, or interesting questions to consider.”

What drew her to Trinity:

Keeley-Jonker was looking for a college with intellectual excitement across disciplines and between faculty and students. “I also wanted to be at a place where my intellectual community would join me in trying to connect ideas with my commitment to living my Christian faith.”

Research interests:

Keeley-Jonker’s main research questions revolve around how Christians engage in public life. “I’m interested in this partly because I want to practice it: engage in public as a Christian. I’m also interested in how Christian beliefs and ideas have showed up in public life and politics over time. These questions are important for anybody interested in thinking about how to be Christian in a democracy, or in a public position, or even how to be a Christian and vote.”

She’s also interested in the more abstract question of how communication forms change what’s communicated. “I like to think about things like genre and medium and how they limit and enable different kinds of messages.”

When she’s not teaching:

Keeley-Jonker is a worship leader at her church. “I’m usually on violin and vocals, occasionally on ukulele. I also enjoy reading, writing, TV, and board games.”

Keeley-Jonker recently retired from blogging quotation marks at www.unnecessaryquotes.com. She also regularly contributes to Think Christian, and her author page can be found here.

Courses

Public Speaking
Mass Media and Society
Rhetorical Criticism

Rhetoric and Digital Media
Communication Ethics

Papers Published and/or Presented

Keeley-Jonker, Bethany. “In God (and Capitalism) We Trust: Identification through division in 1950s civil religion” in The Rhetoric of Civil Religion: Sinners, Saints, and Symbols ed. Jason Edwards and Joseph Valenzano. Lexington Books. (2016)

Keeley-Jonker, Bethany and Craig Mattson “Stop Talking That Way! An affective approach to uncanny speech in the Christian college classroom,” Christian Scholars Review 45, no 2. (2016): 143-158

Keeley, Bethany, Lanelle Wright, and Celeste Condit. “Functions of Health Fatalism: fatalistic talk as face saving, uncertainty management, stress relief and sense making.” Sociology of Health and Illness 31, no. 5 (2009): 734-737

Keeley, Bethany. “I May Not Get There With You: ‘I’ve Been to the Mountaintop’ as Epic Discourse.” Southern Communication Journal 73, no. 4 (2008): 280-294

Professional Society Membership

National Communication Association
Rhetoric Society of America

+ Expertise

Dr. Bethany Keeley-Jonker loves thinking and talking about how messages change things in the world. “I love that I can read about a political or media controversy, or a new app, or a complex argument and have frameworks to help me make sense of it and give me something new to say, or a Christian way to approach the problem, or interesting questions to consider.”

What drew her to Trinity:

Keeley-Jonker was looking for a college with intellectual excitement across disciplines and between faculty and students. “I also wanted to be at a place where my intellectual community would join me in trying to connect ideas with my commitment to living my Christian faith.”

Research interests:

Keeley-Jonker’s main research questions revolve around how Christians engage in public life. “I’m interested in this partly because I want to practice it: engage in public as a Christian. I’m also interested in how Christian beliefs and ideas have showed up in public life and politics over time. These questions are important for anybody interested in thinking about how to be Christian in a democracy, or in a public position, or even how to be a Christian and vote.”

She’s also interested in the more abstract question of how communication forms change what’s communicated. “I like to think about things like genre and medium and how they limit and enable different kinds of messages.”

When she’s not teaching:

Keeley-Jonker is a worship leader at her church. “I’m usually on violin and vocals, occasionally on ukulele. I also enjoy reading, writing, TV, and board games.”

+ Courses, Publications & Research

Keeley-Jonker recently retired from blogging quotation marks at www.unnecessaryquotes.com. She also regularly contributes to Think Christian, and her author page can be found here.

Courses

Public Speaking
Mass Media and Society
Rhetorical Criticism

Rhetoric and Digital Media
Communication Ethics

Papers Published and/or Presented

Keeley-Jonker, Bethany. “In God (and Capitalism) We Trust: Identification through division in 1950s civil religion” in The Rhetoric of Civil Religion: Sinners, Saints, and Symbols ed. Jason Edwards and Joseph Valenzano. Lexington Books. (2016)

Keeley-Jonker, Bethany and Craig Mattson “Stop Talking That Way! An affective approach to uncanny speech in the Christian college classroom,” Christian Scholars Review 45, no 2. (2016): 143-158

Keeley, Bethany, Lanelle Wright, and Celeste Condit. “Functions of Health Fatalism: fatalistic talk as face saving, uncertainty management, stress relief and sense making.” Sociology of Health and Illness 31, no. 5 (2009): 734-737

Keeley, Bethany. “I May Not Get There With You: ‘I’ve Been to the Mountaintop’ as Epic Discourse.” Southern Communication Journal 73, no. 4 (2008): 280-294

+ Awards & Memberships

Professional Society Membership

National Communication Association
Rhetoric Society of America