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Academic Work

Most of my work has been of a more practical nature, focusing on the nuts and bolts of academic debating opportunities in the United States and abroad.

I have, however, had the opportunity to do some work that may be described as “academic.”

I just finished (February 2013) authoring and editing a textbook on Public Forum Debate & Public Speaking that is being published in China as part of the expanding debate program there.  The textbook is the first of its kind to be published in China and will be available in English and Mandarin.  A substantial portion of the content is also available in App form.

Just recently, I made a presentation at the Argumentation, Rhetoric, and Debate conference in Qatar on the work I have been doing in China. This included an informal assessment of the program to date.

In the spring of 2013, I will be remotely co-teaching a graduate course at Wake Forest University to prepare coaches who be going to China to work on the development of that program.

In the spring of 2012, I presented work I had been doing on the development of online debating at a conference sponsored by the Open Society Foundations.