Dr. Kelly M. Young
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.
Area of Expertise
Argumentation studies; forensics pedagogy; Native American discourse; rhetorical criticism & theory; 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).
Primary Research Linkhttp://wayne.academia.edu/KellyYoung
Young, K. (In press), “The Rhetorical Persona of the Water Protectors: Anti-Dakota Pipeline Resistance with Mirror Shields,” Decolonizing Native American Rhetoric, ed. Jason Edward Black and Casey Kelly (New York: Peter Lang).
Young, K. (2018). “One year of Watergate is enough”: Richard Nixon’s 1974 State of the Union address and the tactics of distraction, minimizing, and maximizing,” The State of the Union is…: Memorable Addresses of the Last Fifty Years, ed. Aaron Kall (Ann Arbor: CreateSpace), 31-41.
Young, K., Henry, A., & Koch, J. (2017), “Why Forensics Matters: The Development of Emotional Competence in Competitors,” National Forensic Journal, 35 (1): 47-55.
Young, K. (2017), “What government can do because government must do more: President William J. Clinton’s February 15, 1993 address before a joint session of Congress,” Mr. Speaker: The President of the United States, ed. Aaron Kall (Ann Arbor: CreateSpace).
Young, K. (2017), “Bill Clinton Second Inaugural Address, 1/20/1997,” I Solemnly Swear: Presidential Inaugural Addresses of the Last Forty Years, ed. Aaron Kall (Ann Arbor: CreateSpace).
Young, K. (2016), “GOP Primary Debate #11: Detroit, Michigan, March 3, 2016,” Debating the Donald, ed. Aaron Kall (Ann Arbor: CreateSpace), 183-200.
Young, K., Koch, J., Najor, B., Hiland, A., Justice, J., Meloche, B., Slaw, T. “Restoring Balance: An Academic Review of Arguments For and Against the Restriction of Presidential War Powers.” Contemporary Argumentation & Debate (2014).
Young, K. (2011). “Impossible Convictions: Convictions and Intentionality in Performance and Switch-Sides Debate,” Contemporary Argumentation & Debate, 32.
Director, Wayne State Forensics Program