Dr. Mitchell McKinney


The Jayhawk Family wants to share some exciting news about one of our PhD alums, Dr. Mitchell McKinney.

As you might know, Mitchell has had an extraordinarily busy few years. For the past two years he has been the Chair of the Department of Communication at Missouri and for three years prior to that he was the Director of Graduate Studies. This fall he has been named the Provost’s Faculty Fellow for Academic Personnel at Missouri. Mitchell has been an extraordinary chair for the department at Missouri, and with a calm and steady hand guided their department through the very public challenges they faced last year. For those of you who know Mitchell, you know he did so with compassion, integrity, and with an ability to keep his department focused on working together as a system and providing an inclusive education.

Through it all Mitchell has remained focused on his scholarship with another book coming out soon, and a continued list of journal articles, and book chapters. He has recently been highlighted in the spring/summer issue of Illumination, a showcase of MU scholarship sponsored by the Office of Research at MU, for his research on political debates (see link below). And his expertise was highlighted at a recent Dole Institute of Politics evening program highlighting the 10 Greatest Moments in Televised Presidential Debate History, along with Dr. Mary Banwart. The Dole Institute has a video of the event if you would like to hear Dr. McKinney in action.