I am a Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at Bradley University (Peoria, IL; 2017-present). Before Bradley, I worked at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) for nine years. At NEIU, I served as the Director of Graduate Studies (2011-2014) and Chair of Communication, Media and Theatre (2014-2017). I was also named the 2017 Bernard J. Brommel Distinguished Research Professor, the highest research award at NEIU.
I received an A.S. from Danville Area Community College (Danville, IL), a B.A. and a M.S. from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and a Ph.D. from the University of South Florida (Tampa). I attended private Catholic school from age four until eighteen, worked as a bartender near Yellowstone National Park and as a teller at a bank, and have been a vegetarian since 1998.
I teach courses about interpersonal and family communication, qualitative research, communication theory, and sex, gender, and sexuality. As an instructor, I try to create safe and inclusive learning environments, spaces that encourage and accommodate diverse views.
I have written two books–Narrating the Closet: An Autoethnography of Same Sex Desire (Routledge) and Autoethnography (Oxford University Press)–and I have co-edited three books: the Handbook of Autoethnography (Routledge), On (Writing) Families: Autoethnographies of Presence and Absence, Love and Loss (Sense Publishers), and Doing Autoethnography (Sense Publishers). I am also a co-editor of the Writing Lives: Ethnographic Narratives book series (Routledge).
Even though I no longer identify as Catholic, I try to treat everyone as worthwhile and important. We’re all in this world—this joy, this struggle—together, and I devote myself to finding ways to acknowledge and respect our differences and to getting along with each other as best as we can. Even in times of frustration, pain, and anger, I try to find beauty, a lesson, and ways to improve myself. I am not perfect, am often stubborn, and like routine, but I also try my best to be patient, listen, and be grateful when I am able to live another day.
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Click here for my Curriculum Vita (September 2017).
Tony E. Adams, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Communication
1501 W. Bradley Ave., CGCC 300
Peoria, Illinois 61625