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COMM WEEK 2016 to Feature Political Communication Expert, Mixer and More

March 22, 2016


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A free keynote address from highly-regarded political communication scholar, Dr. Mitchell McKinney, is one of many events to be featured during COMM Week 2016 from Tuesday, March 29, through Thursday, March 31, at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

COMM Week will offer three days of events providing students and community members the opportunity to hear from professionals and discuss issues, trends and careers in communication. All events are open to the TAMU-CC and Del Mar College communities; however, the public is invited to attend a free keynote address sponsored by the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority, featuring political communication expert, Dr. Mitchell McKinney, on Thursday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom.

McKinney is the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Communication at Missouri University and Director of the Political Communication Institute. His research interests include presidential debates, political campaigns, civic engagement, media and politics, and presidential rhetoric. McKinney has combined practical political experience with his training as a political communication scholar. He has served as a staff member in the U.S. Senate and at the White House, and as an advisor for the South Korean government working with election officials in Seoul to plan the televised Korean presidential debates. McKinney provides regular expert political commentary for many national media such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, CNN and NPR. 

His awards and recognitions include being named a Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute Research Fellow for 2012-2013, the University of Missouri’s Graduate Faculty Mentor Award in 2011, and the Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2009. He also holds a courtesy faculty appointment with the Missouri School of Journalism.

Other COMM Week 2016 events include a career night networking mixer at the House of Rock, a movie night sponsored by COMM Club and a distinguished alumni panel with professionals from the community. COMM Week 2016 is sponsored by Corpus Christi Regional Transit Authority, H-E-B, MDR Advertising, Pearson Higher Education and House of Rock.

For more information on COMM Week 2016 and a detailed schedule of events, go to the TAMU-CC Department of Communication & Media Facebook page at