Michael J. Janas
Interim Chair, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Wilton H. Bunch Interdisciplinary Faculty Fellow
Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Communication Studies
Office: Divinity Hall N 319
Email: mjjanas@samford.edu
Phone: 205-726-2509
Dr. Janas is head of the rhetoric division of the communication studies department and has been teaching in the Fellows Program since its inception. Having taught at Samford since 1993, Dr. Janas also directed Samford's debate program for many years. During that time, the team qualified 12 times for the National Debate Tournament. He has won several awards for his debate work, including the 2001 Southern Forensics Association Forensics Educator of the Year, the 2004 District VI Coach of the Year, the 2005 Southeast Central CEDA coach of the year, and the 2004 DSR-TKA National Service Award. More recently, he has served as chair of the Committee on International Discussion and Debate, and he coached the US National Debate Team for their 2007 tour of Japan. At Samford, Dr. Janas received the 2010 Howard College of Arts and Sciences Teacher of the Year award. His research interests lie in public policy analysis and historiography. 

Degrees and Certifications

  • B.A., Boston College
  • M.A., The University of Georgia
  • Ph.D., The University of Iowa