Dr. Sally A Jackson

Dr. Sally Jackson

Contact Information

3001 Lincoln Hall, MC-456
702 S Wright Street
Urbana IL 61801
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Sally Jackson earned three degrees in Communication from the University of Illinois. She returned to Illinois as a member of the faculty in 2007, concurrent with appointment as the campus Chief Information Officer and Associate Provost, a position she held until 2011. Professor Jackson held prior faculty appointments at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1979-1982), Michigan State University (1982-1985), Oklahoma University (1985-1990), and the University of Arizona (1991-2007). While at Arizona, she held a series of academic leadership positions, rising to Vice President for Learning and Information Technologies and becoming the university's first Chief Information Officer.

Research Interests

  • Argumentation
  • Communication Technology

Research Description

The central theme in Professor Jackson's work has been communication design, with specific interests ranging from the natural design of argumentation to highly engineered systems for managing complex human activities.


  • PhD, Illinois, 1980
  • AM, Illinois, 1976
  • AB, Illinois, 1974

Distinctions / Awards

  • Outstanding Scholarship Award, Language and Social Interaction Division of National Communication Association, 2005
  • International Society for the Study of Argumentation Research Award, 1997
  • Charles Woolbert Award, National Communication Association, 1995
  • American Forensic Association Award for Outstanding Research in Argumentation, 1994
  • American Forensic Association Daniel M. Rohrer Award in Argumentation Research, 1983
  • Golden Anniversary Monograph Award, National Communication Association, 1981


  • Communication Technology and Society
  • Research Methods in Health Communication