The Forensics Program: The team has an open policy, meaning that anyone, regardless of experience, can join and debate for the team. We travel to a mixture of top national, regional and local tournaments. We have approximately 20-25 students on the team currently, ranging from varsity to novice. The team has a great coaching staff that includes a Director of Forensics, Director of Debate and three graduate assistants for debate and two graduate assistants for Individual Events. In addition, we have strong support from the university, department and alumni. We have a very long history as a nationally successful speech and debate program and we are widely respected for our success.
Styles of Debate: We offer NDT/CEDA team policy and Lincoln-Douglas individual policy styles of debate and several other Individual Events such as Humorous speaking, Prose, Poetry, Duo, Extemporaneous and Impromptu speaking, Informative and After Diner Speaking. We also do considerable work with the Detroit Urban Debate League and local high school community.
Work Load/Commitment Expects of Team Members: Very flexible, depending on student's goals and workload. Average members travel to approximately 10 tournaments each year, have two practice debates a week and about 5-8 hours of squad work a week.
The writing portion of the ACT/SAT will be used as an assessment tool.
Apply online at: http://admissions.wayne.edu/applyonline.php
Scholarship Information: The team offers a variety of scholarships to potential students. These scholarships can be quite generous depending on students' commitment and experience. Students should contact Kelly Young specifically to discuss scholarship possibilities.
For university private scholarships, see http://www.scholarships.wayne.edu/
We strongly encourage our students to apply for the University's Presidential scholarship. This is one of our university's best scholarships. This award is given to students with excellent grades and standardized exam scores. You must apply early to the university and attend one of the Scholars Days to be eligible. More information is available at: http://scholarsday.wayne.edu/index.php
Housing Situation/Campus Life: At one time,
Wayne State University Website: www.wayne.edu
If you have additional questions, please contact Kelly Young at Kelly.Young@wayne.edu or call (313) 577-2953.
We are always looking for excellent graduate students to serve as graduate assistant coaches to our forensics program. Our department offers 5 graduate assistantships (3 in debate, 2 in individual events) for students pursuing their MA or Ph.D. in Communication Studies.
The assistantships are very generous and competitive. You receive
tuition waiver, monthly stipend, health and dental insurance (because of the strength of the graduate union, you receive the exact same benefits as faculty), no teaching requirements (although you can in the summer for extra money),
opportunities to earn extra money working at our debate institute and possibly a monthly housing stipend (depending on availability).
Learn more at: http://www.comm.wayne.edu/ and http://www.gradschool.wayne.edu/index.asp
Please contact me at Kelly.young at wayne.edu or my office 313-577-2953 if you are interested. Deadline for application is early January.