Kevin Minch, Director
Dr. Kevin Minch is the Director of the Institute for Academic Outreach as well as a Professor of Communication and Associate Provost. He was appointed Director of the Institute in spring 2009. From 1999-2009 he served as Director of Forensics (the speech and debate team) and reprised that role, on an interim basis, during the 2014-2015 season. He has worked with several summer programs for secondary school students, including ones housed at the University of Kansas and Yale and has served as a consultant in fine arts programming for the National Federation of State High School Associations. He holds a BA in Political Science, and an MA in Communication from Wayne State University, and his PhD in Communication, with emphases in Rhetoric and Political Communication, from the University of Kansas.
Jared Young, Coordinator of Summer Academies and Institutes
Jared holds a joint appointment as a Temporary Instructor in Communication and as Coordinator of Summer Academies and Institutes. In the latter role he is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of all of Truman Institute summer academies, except for the Joseph Baldwin Academy. He serves as the primary director of the Zombie Scholars Academy and plays support roles for STAPH, Taiwan at Truman, and other new programs as they emerge. Jared has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Truman, and a Master of Arts in Education, also from Truman. He chiefly teachers courses in journalism with a focus on broadcasting and platform convergence.
Dana Rigby, Administrative Assistant