Help us host a National Debate Tournament
What is Weber State Debate?
Weber State Debate, established in 1922, is the oldest and most competitive team at Weber State University. We are a co-curricular program housed in the Department of Communication, but open to all students regardless of major. We specialize in academic policy debate, and our student-competitors regularly rank in the top 25 programs in the nation, often against the finest public and private universities.
Our coaching staff has two full-time faculty members, one part-time staff member, and one part-time staff volunteer, who collectively have more than a combined 35 years of competing or coaching teams at the National Debate Tournament (NDT). In the 2011-2012, we finished No. 1 in NDT District II overall ranking. District II includes Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, Idaho State University, University of Denver, University of Wyoming, and Whitman College.
What You Will Learn
With nearly 50 students traveling to compete per year, we are also the largest policy debate squad in the western United States. Our students learn advanced research, argumentative and rhetorical skills and are well-prepared to attend graduate or professional school after a minimum of a two-year commitment to the team. Our student-competitors come from a wide range of backgrounds and experience levels, and we regularly travel 20 or more students to a dozen regional and national tournament. Student-competitors are required to be full-time students in good academic standing, to abide by our honor code requirements, to attend weekly meetings and practice sessions, complete research projects in a timely manner, travel to tournaments, and engage in community service hosting tournaments and professional conferences.
We regularly host tournaments for the home school, high school, and college debate communities, typically drawing more than 1,000 guests to campus per year. In 2012-2013 student-competitors will help host the 67th annual National Debate Tournament to be held at Weber State on March 28 to April 1, 2013 on the 90th birthday of the Weber Debate Team and 25 years after we last hosted this national event.
Scholarships are available. Pending good performance, they are renewable for up to four years.