UA Communication Department Honors Retiring Faculty Members

Lori Harwood
May 8, 2007

With more than 50 years of service to The University of Arizona between them, Henry Kenski Jr. and Michael Dues have retired from the communication department.

Kenski, who has often held a joint appointment in political science, has worked at the UA since 1968. He is an expert in political communication, public policy, campaigns and elections, the American presidency and media and politics. He has been honored for his outstanding teaching and research, winning the Golden Monograph Award from the Speech Communication Association for his book "Attack Politics." Since 1995, Kenski has served as regional director for southern Arizona for Sen. Jon Kyl. Kenski's expertise and real-world experience make him a popular teacher.

"In this day and age, it is amazing to find a professor who has been at the same institution for nearly 40 years," said Chris Segrin, head of the communication department. "There are few in our field who know political communication the way that Hank does. He will be sorely missed."

Dues has been a senior lecturer at the UA since 1995 and was department head from 1999 to 2003. He studies and teaches organizational communication, conflict management and argumentation. Dues is co-author with Mary L. Brown of "Boxing Plato's Shadow: An Introduction to the Study of Human Communication" (2003) and "The Practice of Organizational Communication" (2001). He is a Faculty Fellow and a member of the UA Ombuds Committee.

"More than anything else, Michael gave the UA communication department the gift of good relationships," Segrin said. "The positive changes that were made to the climate of this department under his leadership continue to be enjoyed today."

Kenski and Dues were recognized in April at a luncheon at the Arizona Inn, where they were presented with plaques that were hand carved by Segrin.

For more information, contact Segrin at 520-307-0694 or


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