School of Communication

Speech and Debate Team

Speech and Debate Team

The University of Akron Speech and Debate Team, housed in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences’ School of Communication, is a co-curricular program offered to all undergraduate majors. In preparation for intercollegiate competitions, participating students learn critical thinking, writing and speaking skills. 

Team members travel to regional, state and national tournaments where they are given a forum to showcase their art, passions and ideas for civic engagement.  The Team provides its students with academic enrichment, national networking opportunities and competitive victories.  During the past decade, the Speech and Debate Team has earned 25 individual state championships, five team titles in the Ohio Forensic Association and five top-ten team placements at national tournaments. 

For more information, please E-mail the Speech and Debate Team Coach, Mark Rittenour, at

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