Dr. Sally A Jackson

Professor of Communication

  • Address: Department of Communication, 3001 Lincoln Hall, 702 S. Wright St. Urbana, IL 61801
  • Telephone: 217-300-9616


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.

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • 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