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Jack Kay

Professor of Communication

Jack Kay 121 Quirk




  • PhD - Wayne State University, 1979
  • MS - Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, 1975
  • BA - Wayne State University, 1974

Professional Associations/Memberships

  • American Forensic Association
  • Central States Communication Association
  • Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha
  • International Communication Association
  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators
  • National Communication Association
  • International Communication Association
  • Phi Beta Delta
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Pi Sigma Alpha

Representative Courses Taught

  • CTAC 224 - Public Speaking
  • CTAC 350 - Persuasion
  • CTAC 356 - Argumentation and Debate
  • CTAC 440W - Public Discourse Analysis
  • CTAC 479/592 - Special Topic: Language of Oppression
  • CTAC 577 - Communication and Change


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.