Dr. Kelly M. Young, Director of Forensics, Associate Professor of Communication
Kelly did his undergraduate, masters work and was a policy debater at Ball State University (Muncie, IN). After leaving BSU, he was the Assistant Director of Debate at John Carroll University (Cleveland, OH) for three years. He came to Wayne State in 2001 to begin his Ph.D. and was an assistant debate coach. He has been the Director of Forensics since 2005, overseeing both the speech and debate teams and the program's many outreach efforts.
536 Manoogian Hall 313-577-2953 [email protected]
Dr. Ronald Stevenson, Director of Debate, Senior Lecturer of Communication
Ron did his undergraduate and Ph.D. work at Wayne State and was a highly successful policy debater for WSU, reaching the quarterfinals of the NDT. Ron went to Baylor University (Waco, TX) for his M.A. work, where he coached several successful teams. Ron returned to Wayne for his Ph.D. work, where he's been Director of Debate since 2001.
537 Manoogian Hall 313-577-2951 [email protected]
Bruce Najor, Associate Debate Coach
was a highly successful debate at Brother Rice high school and Wayne
State University. He has coached teams at the highest levels in both
high school and college team debate. He is responsible for strategy
development and day-to-day coaching of several of our teams.
531 Manoogian Hall [email protected]
Dr. George W. Ziegelmueller, Retired Director of Forensics, Distinguished Professor
For 48 years, Dr. Ziegelmueller taught Wayne State
students to debate with such success and national acclaim that the
National Debate Tournament in 1999 named its Outstanding Director of
Debate Award the George Ziegelmueller Award. He has also received the National Communication Association?s Award for Outstanding Teaching in Higher Education.
George coached 2 2nd place top speakers and two finalists at the
National Debate Tournament. Additionally, he coached hundred of students
that had highly successful forensics and professional careers. His books include Argumentation: Inquiry and Advocacy and Dimensions of Argument.
After suffering a stroke a few years ago, George now lives in Chicago near his son and his family. If you would like to contact George, he would love to hear from you. His address is:
Sunrise of Lincoln Park
2710 N. Clark St Unit 213
Chicago, IL 60614
Mary Bobbitt, M.A. Student
Mary was a successful debater for Liberty University. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree and is in her first year at Wayne.
Jade Metzger, Ph.D. Student
Jade was a successful member of the Ball State University speech team as an undergraduate. She attended South Dakota State University for her MA work. She is a 1st year PhD student at Wayne.
Stephen Mitchell, Ph.D. Student
Stephen was a success parliamentary debater at Washburn University. He later attended Texas A&M for his MA. He is current in his 3rd year of PhD work.
Nick Prephan, Ph.D. Student
Nick completed his undergraduate at Ohio University where he was a successful individual events competitor. He later completed his MA at Marshall University where he coached several successful students. He is a 3rd year Ph.D. student.
Sarah Walker, Ph.D. Student
completed her undergraduate at Minnesota State University where she
competed in and coached parliamentary debate. She completed her MA at
South Dakota State University. She is a 1st year PhD student at Wayne.