Eastern Michigan University
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Michael A. Tew

Professor of Communication and Director of the Equality Research Center

Michael A. Tew 328 King




  • PhD - Communication, Wayne State University, 1996
  • MA - Communication, Eastern Michigan University, 1984
  • BS - Interpersonal and Public Communication, Central Michigan University, 1982

Professional Associations/Memberships

  • National Communication Association

Representative Courses Taught

  • CTAC 124 Foundations of Speech Communication
  • CTAC 265 Communicating LGBT Community
  • CTAC 340 Communication Ethics
  • CTAC 440 Public Discourse Analysis
  • CTAC 600 Communication Inquiry
  • CTAC 650 Community Communication


Communication Undergraduate and Graduate Programs


Michael Tew’s teaching and research interests lie in the areas of Queer Studies, Political Communication and Public Address. Dr. Tew teaches subjects ranging from Basic Speech to Communication Ethics, Public Advocacy, and LGBT community. Additionally, Dr. Tew teaches graduate courses in Community Communication and Post Modern Theory and Method.  Recent research presentations include work on best practice in teaching speech foundations, LGBT equality issues.  Dr. Tew is actively involved in the formal assessment of student learning in communication studies and has given numerous presentations and tutorials on communication program assessment at national and regional conferences. As Director of the Center for the Study of Equality and Human Rights, Dr. Tew is actively involved in conducting, promoting, and reviewing academic research, curricular innovation, and community action projects focused on LGBT equality.

Research interests include: Queer Identity, Community, and Activism; Political Communication; Public Policy; and Public Address.