Debate Across the Curriculum is an initiative at JMU to assist faculty and staff in incorporating debate pedagogy and techniques into the classroom and other on-campus activities. Faculty and staff across colleges and disciplines have found debate a rewarding pedagogy for challenging students to improve advocacy skills, critical thinking, public speaking, group collaboration, confidence and more. 

The Communication Center is eager to help promote the exciting and rigorous pedagogy of debate across all classes and spaces in higher education. We have experience utilizing debate in our own classrooms, consulting with JMU faculty to integrate debate into the classroom, co-teaching a Public Debate class and directing a workshops to help faculty develop and innovate debate curriculum for their own classrooms.

If you are interested, please contact Paul Mabrey. Please feel free to use the resources below for your Debate Across the Curriculum initiatives. 

Debate Across the Curriculum Resources

Debate Across the Curriculum Bibliography

Debate for Civic Learning Open Educational Resource produced by Virginia Commonwealth University

Debate Across the Curriculum CFI Workshop Powerpoint May 2018

Making debate the center of your class worksheet

Sample syllabus that integrates debate for basic communication course

Debate format examples

Debate ballot examples

Debate sample assignment expectations for basic communication course

Debate sample assignment guidelines for weight management course

Debate sample assignment topics for weight management course

Debate sample assignment evaluation for weight management course

Debate sample assignment instruction book for exceptional education course

Debate example video - JMU GCOM students doing two short switch-side debates on dorm living, 1st debate starts at 5:20

Debate example video - JMU debaters doing a short debate drug leagalization

Debate example video - JMU Communication Center tutors modeling a debate on the minimum wage

Debate Across the Curriculum Faculty Associates 

     Kathy Clarke                                            Mike Davis         

headshot of Kathy Clarke                                    headshot of Mike Davis                                      


 Lindsey Shook                                          Alysia Davis                                Michael Souders

headshot of Lindsey Shook                                    Profile picture of Alysia Davis .                           Michael Souders  

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