Advising Area: Communication
Dr. Kay specializes in political communication, extremist communication, and communication and social justice. He began his academic career as a Director of Debate and Forensics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where his students won numerous championships in debate, public speaking, and oral interpretation.
His administrative career spans 33 years at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Wayne State University, the University of Michigan-Flint, and Eastern Michigan University, including posts as provost, interim chancellor, interim dean, associate provost, and department head. Dr. Kay served as President of the Central States Communication Association, President of Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha, President of the Nebraska Speech Communication Association, and President of the Michigan Association of Speech Communication.
Dr. Kay has received numerous awards, including the Special Recognition Award, Student Veterans of America, University of Michigan-Flint chapter, 2009; Achievement Award, Michigan Association of Speech Communication, 2001; Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, Wayne State University, 1998.
Dr. Kay’s presentations include Hate in Cyberspace, Anti-Semitism on the Internet, and Presidential Election Campaigns. His publications include the book Argumentation: Inquiry and Advocacy, book chapters, journal articles, and newspaper editorials.
In his free time Dr. Kay enjoys horseback riding and political button collecting.