Department of Communication, Journalism, and Public Relations

Wilson Hall, Room 316
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
(location map)
(248) 370-4120

General Department Questions:
Debra Koehler

Department of Communication, Journalism, and Public Relations

Wilson Hall, Room 316
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
(location map)
(248) 370-4120

General Department Questions:
Debra Koehler

Jeff Youngquist, Ph.D.

A headshot of Jeff Youngquist.

Associate Professor & Chair of the Department of Communication and Journalism
Office: 316A Wilson Hall
Phone: (248) 370-4122
Email: youngqui@oakland.edu

Dr. Jeff Youngquist (Ph.D., Wayne State University) is an associate professor, specializing in organizational and interpersonal communication, and the Chairperson of the Department of Communication, Journalism, and Public Relations. He also is the co-chair of the Communication Division of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters. Dr. Youngquist comes to us from Wayne State University, where he was the recipient of the Elizabeth Youngjohn Award for teaching excellence, and the Graduate Research Award. His primary research interests currently focus on academic leadership as it relates to decision-making, creativity, adaptability, and ethics. Secondary research interests include exploring conventions of communication as they impact perceptions. His most recent publications include several articles in The Department Chair and two textbooks, including Public Speaking for Critical Minds and Critical Voices and Relational Communication Theory.

Dr. Youngquist teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, including courses such as Communication in Leadership and Organizational Communication Theory.  He also recently co-taught Bargaining, Negotiations, and Communications with the Executive MBA program in the School of Business Administration.

Selected Publications:

  • Youngquist, J. (2019). Adaptability: A universal constant of effective academic leadership. The Department Chair, 30(2), 9-10.
  • Youngquist, J., Line, D., & Pyle, S. (2019). Academic leadership and creativity. The Department Chair, 29(4), 20-22.
  • Youngquist, J. (2017). Decision-making and the new chair: Guidelines and principles. The Department Chair, 28(2), 24-25.
  • Sidelinger, R. J., Mercado-Jones, R., & Youngquist, J. (2018). Public speaking for critical minds and critical voices. Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt.
  • Sidelinger, R. J., Cayanus, J., Heisler, J. M., & Youngquist, J. (2017). Relational communication theory. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt. 

Recent Presentations:

  • Pyle, S., Youngquist, J., & Line, D. (2020, February). Alternative Chairing: Academic Chair Conference Presentations from the Fringe. Presentation at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Academic Chairpersons Conference, Savannah, GA.
  • Youngquist, J. (2019, November). Communicating to Survive and Thrive as a New Department Chair. Presentation at the 105th Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association, Baltimore, MA.