Self to Head Truman in Washington Program

Jay Self, professor of communication, will be assuming responsibility for leading the Truman in Washington Program this summer.

For the next few months, Self will be working with Diane Tobin Johnson, professor of communication, who has served as program leader since 2006. Johnson will retire as of Jan. 1, 2012.

The Truman in Washington Program supports students who wish to explore the opportunities available for for-credit and non-credit internships in the Washington, D.C. area. One-on-one discussions with students address a variety of concerns, such as budgeting, housing, types of internships (corporate, nonprofit, government), integration with academic courses and successful self-presentation in written, telephone and in-person interviews.

For-credit work can be done through Truman’s departments or through the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, with whom Truman has partnered for approximately 10 years. The Washington Center also offers internship experiences in London, England, and in Sydney, Australia.  

Self has a master’s degree from Texas Christian University and a Ph.D. in rhetoric and political communication from the University of Kansas. His research interests include the use of humor in argument, political debate and satire. His most recent publication is a chapter in the book “The Daily Show and Rhetoric: Arguments, Issues and Strategies,” published in 2011. Self has served on Undergraduate Council and the Athletic Committee. He is currently the chair of the political communication minor and is coordinating a pilot Truman seminar for first-year students with an interdisciplinary group of faculty members.