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Jack Kay

educator , speech professional

Jack Kay, American speech professional, educator. Recipient Distinguished Teaching award, State of Nebraska Legislature, Lincoln, 1984.


Kay, Jack was born on December 20, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Son of Leon and Emma (Hartmann) Kay.


Bachelor, Wayne State University, 1974. Master of Science, Southern Illinois University, 1975. Doctor of Philosophy, Wayne State University, 1979.


Assistant professor and Director of Forensics University Nebraska Department Speech Communications, Lincoln, 1979-1985, associate professor and department chairman, 1986-1990. Professor and department chairman Wayne State University Department of Communications, Detroit, since 1990. Board member, Journalism Institute for Minorities, Detroit, since 1991, Forensic Endowment Campaign, Detroit, since 1991.


Leadership council member, Southern Poverty Law Center, Montgomery, Alabama, 1991. Consultant, Nebraska Department Public Institutions, 1988-1990. Member International Communications Association, Speech Communications Association, National Federation State High School Associations (outstanding service award 1988), Midwest Forensic Association (president 1988-1990), Nebraska Speech Communications Association (president 1986-1988, distinguished service award 1991), Delta Sigma Rho (president 1987-1989, distinguished service award 1991, Speaker of Year 1989), Phi Beta Kappa.


  • Other Interests

    Collecting political buttons, travel, raising dogs.


Married Ruth Ellen Colwander, March 22, 1978.

Leon Kay

Emma (Hartmann) Kay

Ruth Ellen Colwander