“I think of my class as a community, and encourage students to embrace other points of view as a way to foster an enriching learning environment. I create an interactive, comfortable space in which students can express themselves freely while learning to engage with the material in meaningful ways. My teaching methodologies encourage students to to be stronger critical thinkers, writers and speakers, while developing a more inclusive understanding of the world.”
After a successful career in Marketing, Dr. Keys returned to school to earn her Ph.D. in Communication. She has always had a passion for learning and helping others. Dr. Keys' research areas include: children and media, media literacy, gender, race and class representations in media, and entertainment education. Dr. Keys strives to instill the love of learning in her students by demonstrating her own passion for learning to them. She is delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to her field and Florida Southern College, and takes pride in creating meaningful learning environments that help prepare students for endless opportunities.
Dr. Keys loves spending time with her family, reading, traveling, cooking, and writing children's books and short stories.
Ph.D. in Communication, Georgia State University– Department of Communication, Dissertation: Entertainment-Education and Doc McStuffins, Chair: Marian Meyers, Ph.D.
Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Georgia State University- Institute for Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies
M.A. in Mass Communication, University of Central Florida – School of Mass Communication
B.S. in Communication, University of Miami – School of Communication
Keys, J. (2016). Doc McStuffins and Dora the Explorer: Representations of Gender, Race and Class in U.S. Animation. Journal of Children and Media, 1-14.
Tannebaum, M., Wilkin, H., & Keys, J. (2014). Education in the wake of healthcare reform: Increasing primary care usage by individuals currently reliant upon emergency departments for care. Health Education Journal, 73(2), 209. doi:10.1177/0017896912471043
Keys, J. (2015). Grand Angel. Sarasota, Florida: The Peppertree Press.
Keys, J. (2017, November 20). 5 Cool ways to add reading to your child’s weekly routine. Retrieved from http://www.unapologeticallyus.com/