Speech and Debate
The UWF Speech and Debate team not only participates in various state, regional, and national events, but also hosts competitions on campus.
About the Team
The UWF Forensics Program allows undergraduates the opportunity to develop their communication skills through participation in regional and national tournaments. Students travel several weekends each semester to intercollegiate speech or debate tournaments where they have the opportunity to compete against peers from across the nation and receive feedback from members of the academic community all while acting as ambassadors for UWF.
Students may also choose to participate in campus speech and debate activities throughout the school year, ranging from public performances to competitive campus events.
The team meets weekly during the fall and spring semesters. Students also meet with coaches for individual sessions at their convenience.
The University of West Florida has been a premier spot for tournaments. The Speech and Debate team hosts the annual Marks Invitational Tournament where colleges from all over the country join the team for a weekend of warm weather and stimulating competition. The team also repeatedly hosted the Florida Intercollegiate Forensics Association State Championship as well as the Interstate Oratory Competition and the Novice National Championship Tournament.
Adam Blood, Director of Speech and Debate
Adam Blood, instructor of communication, teaches public speaking and is the director of the UWF Speech and Debate program. Blood previously coached speech and debate teams at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and University of Central Missouri.
Susanna Rogers, Graduate Assistant
Susanna J. Rogers is a graduate student in the Strategic Communications and Leadership program, and completed her undergraduate degree in communications with a focus in public relations from UWF in 2018. As the current graduate assistant for the UWF Speech and Debate Team, she is focused on coaching undergraduate competitors, judging competitive events and assisting with tournament management with Director Adam Blood. A former competitor with the UWF Team, Susanna is grateful for the opportunity to both further her education and to help others become better critical thinkers and public speakers.