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Mr. Jay Bourne
Associate Professor of Communication Arts

J. Bourne

Jay Bourne earned a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Sociology and Philosophy, and a minor in Baptist Studies (Oxford Program), from Carson Newman College in 1993. This was followed by a master of arts in communications with a speech emphasis from Morehead State University in 1996. He was also recognized as the Outstanding Graduate in Communication Arts. His thesis was entitled “Accounts and self image: A pilot study.” Jay joined the faculty at University of the Cumberlands in 2004, and is currently an associate professor and Director of the Speech and Debate team.

Jay Bourne received over 80 awards in speech and debate as a student, including multiple state and national championships. As a coach, Jay has coached students that received over 1,000 awards collectively, and 14 national champions. He was chosen as the Kentucky Forensics Association coach of the year in 2005. He has also served multiple positions with the Kentucky Forensics Association, National Parliamentary Debate Association, National Forensics Association, and National Christian College Forensics Association. Currently, he is province governor for Southeast United States for Pi Kappa Delta, the oldest national speech honorary organization.

Jay's research interests include the usage and types of accounts employed in remedial situation, the effects of gender on participation in speech and debate, and communication skills used with and taught to disabled students, in particular those with Down Syndrome.

Courses Taught

    • COMM 230. Introduction to Public Speaking
    • COMM 232. Interviewing
    • COMM 333. Argumentation and Debate
    • COMM 412. Forensics (Competitive Speech and Debate)
    • COMM 436. Coaching and Managing Forensics Programs

Publications and Papers

“Eddie Myers and his influence on forensics: a colleague perspective”, Southern states communication Association annual conference (Baton Rouge, April 2005)

“An old dog with new tricks: Campus debates and the potential to increase visibility of forensics programs”, Southern states communication association annual conference (Birmingham, April 2003).

“The use of delayed audio feedback response as innovation in forensics”, National communication association annual conference (New Orleans, November 2002).

“Using the media ideology analysis paper in the basic communication course” Kentucky communication association annual conference (Carrolton, September 2002).

“Gary Condit and Chandra Levy: A case study of conflict and the conversational dilemma”, Southern states communication association annual conference (Winston Salem, April 2002).

“Gaining a foothold on the future: Assessing the state association’s role in developing and promoting on line communication courses” National communication association annual conference (Atlanta, November 2001).

“Debating the debates: Assessing the value of televised presidential debates in producing an informed electorate.” Southern states communication association annual conference (Lexington, April 2001).

“Debating the merits of distance learning in the communication classroom.” Southern states communication association conference (Lexington, April 2001).

“Experimental ideas in tournament scheduling.” Southern states communication association annual conference (New Orleans, April 2000).

“Conservative radio and campaign 2000.” Southern states communication association annual conference (New Orleans, April 2000).

“Gender communication in the classroom.” National communication association annual conference (Chicago, November 1999).

“Coaching forensics and maintaining close outside relationships: Reality or fantasy?” Southern states communication association annual conference (St. Louis, April 1999).

“Experimental events for forensic tournaments.” Southern states communication association annual conference (St. Louis, April 1999).

“More than Mars and Venus? An examination of masculinity and femininity in extemporaneous speaking.” National communication association annual conference (New York City, November 1998).

“Teaching interpersonal communication with film: A look at In the Company of Men.” Kentucky communication association annual conference (Jenny Wiley State Park, September 1998).

“A marriage made in heaven: examining the topic selection process for national forensic association Lincoln Douglas debate.” Southern states communication association annual conference (San Antonio, April 1998).

“Going it alone: Identifying methods used to encourage growth in NFA Lincoln Douglas debate.” Southern states communication association annual conference (San Antonio, April 1998).

“G. Gordon Liddy and Oliver North: Voices more conservative than Rush Limbaugh?” Southern states communication association annual conference (San Antonio, April 1998).

“Examining issues of relational transition in Ransom.” Kentucky communication association conference (Pennyrile State Park, September 1997).

“The clock is ticking: Issues of race and discrimination in A Time to Kill.” Kentucky communication conference (Pennyrile State Park, September 1997).

“To speak or not to speak: Using prepared speeches in the communication classroom.” Southern states communication association annual conference (Savannah, April 1997).

“Square pegs in round holes: The role of expanding criteria and rewarding creativity in balancing the mission and practice of prepared speeches.” Pi Kappa Delta national professional development conference (Cincinnati, March 1997).

“Creating forceful public speakers through classroom training in debate and forensics.” Kentucky communication association conference (Lake Cumberland, September 1996).

“Icebreakers: Traveling the arctic without getting frostbite.” Kentucky communication association conference (Lake Cumberland, September 1996) [published in proceedings]

“The teaching portfolio: How to get the most out of the graduate teaching assistant experience.” Kentucky communication association conference (Frankfurt, September 1995).

Other Invited Presentations
“Using CPS (classroom performance system) technology equipment in the classroom.” Asbury college teaching and learning technology roundtable presentation (April 2004).

“A tradition of excellence: The history of speech and debate at Asbury College.” Asbury college brown bag series presentation (October 2003).

“You can do it: Judging at middle school speech tournaments.” Beaumont middle school (Lexington, October 2003).

“Coaching limited preparation and speaking events for middle and high school forensic programs.” Kentucky education speech and drama association (Lexington, September 2003).

“William Rushbrooke: A vision of the future for world Baptists.” Asbury college brown bag series presentation (March 2003).