Dr. Jeffrey Jarman currently serves as the Kansas Health Foundation Distinguished Director of the Elliott School of Communication. He served as the director of debate and forensics at Wichita State from 1996 - 2018.


Ph.D., Communication Studies, University of Kansas, 1998

M.A., Communication Studies, University of Kansas, 1995

B.S., Political Science, Missouri State University, 1993


Academic Interests and Expertise
  • Political debates
  • Persuasion
  • Political communication
  • Legal communication
  • Competitive academic debate
Areas of Research Interest
  • Presidential debates
  • Fact-checking
  • Motivated reasoning in political and legal contexts
  • Annual high school debate resolution
Areas of Teaching Interest
  • Legal communication
  • Political communication
  • Persuasion
  • Communication strategy

Recent publications

Jarman, J.W. (accepted). Large and small: Motivated interpretations of statistical evidence. In Selected proceedings of the 2019 NCA/AFA summer conference on argumentation, D. Hample (Ed.).

Munday, M.W. & Jarman, J.W. (2020). Annual discussion and debate sourcebook. Policy Debate Quarterly, 93(3), 1-78.

Jarman, J.W. (2019). Is fact-checking biased? A computerized content analysis. In C. Winkler (Ed.), Networking Argument (pp. 459-465). New York: Routledge.

Jarman, J.W. (2019). It wasn't even close: Viewers' thoughts about the first 2012 presidential debate. In E. Hinck (Ed.), Televised Presidential Debates in a Changing Media Environment, Volume 1: The candidates make their case (pp. 165-184). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

Munday, M.W. & Jarman, J.W. (2019). Annual discussion and debate sourcebook. Forensic Quarterly, 92(3), 1-78.

Jarman, J.W. (2018). Fact-checking and the liberal public sphere: Can argument be recovered? In R. Lake (ed.), Recovering Argument (pp. 125-130). New York: Routledge.


Areas of Service

President, Faculty Senate, 2019-2020