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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 Across the Curriculum Course Redesign Powerpoint

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 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                                                     Lindsey Shook

headshot of Kathy Clarke                                       headshot of Mike Davis                                       headshot of Lindsey Shook