Kelly YoungAssociate Professor and Director of Forensics Department of Communication
Phone: (313) 577-2943
Dr. Kelly Michael Young is an associate professor of communication and the director of forensics (competitive speech & debate teams). He teaches courses in rhetoric, persuasion, and argumentation, specifically COM 2110 (Argumentation & Debate), 2160 (Social Movements & Campaigns), 2170 (Persuasive Speaking), 4190 (Rhetorical Criticism), and 6070 (Directing Forensics). Dr. Young’s scholarly interests include: the complex issues at stake in arguments and discourse about Native American mascots and cultural/political sovereignty, controversies about public memory, the development of forensics pedagogy, and the productive value of public controversy (agonisms). Recent publications include “Controversy under Erasure: Memory, Museum Practice, and the Politics of Magnitude," in Antonio de Velasco and Melody Lehn’s Rhetoric: Concord and Controversy (Long Grove, IL: Waveland, 2011) and "Impossible Convictions: Convictions and Intentionality in Performance and Switch-Sides Debate," Contemporary Argumentation and Debate, 32 (2011), 1-44. Young received the department’s Bantz, Petronio & Bantz Endowed Faculty Development Award and was named a distinguished alumnus by Ball State University’s Department of Communication Studies in 2011. As director of the WSU speech & debate teams, Young has directed national and state champions in both speech and debate and run a top 25 program for most of his tenure at WSU. When he is not traveling and working, he enjoys professional baseball and football and spending time with his family and pets.
View Professor Young's Academia.edu profile. Learn more about his research, service and awards in his curriculum vitae.
Area of Expertise
Argumentation studies; forensics pedagogy; Native American discourse; public controversy (agonism); public memory.
Degrees and Certifications
PhD, Communication Studies, Wayne State, 2005
MA, Communication Studies, Ball State University, 1997
BS, Secondary Education: Speech Comm & Theatre, Ball State University, 1996
Primary Research Interest
Dr. Young’s scholarly interests include: the complex issues at stake in arguments and discourse about Native American mascots and cultural/political sovereignty, controversies about public memory, the development of forensics pedagogy, and the productive value of public controversy (agonisms).
His work is often informed by scholars such as Kenneth Burke, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Ronald Greene, Randall Lake, and Michael McGee.
Primary Research Link
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