Here you will find information about what the UNI Debate Team is like for students, graduate assistants, how to join, and who to contact.

The UNI Debate Team:


The debate team at UNI competes in two person, policy debate. Each year debate teams representing colleges and universities across the debate in actionnation select a single topic to research and debate for the year. After completing extensive research on the topic, teams from UNI travel to other universities to compete against teams from other schools. Topics about which we have debated recently include: amending Title VII of the Civil Rights Act to increase protections against race and/or gender discrimination, increasing security assistance to Southeast Asia, increasing regulations on environmental pollutants, amending the federal sentencing guidelines, decreasing the use of fossil fuels in the U.S., the U.S. Supreme Court, and U.S. Foreign Policy in China and the Middle East.

Details: Members of the team travel to a variety of regional and national tournaments for a total of between 5 and 12 tournaments a year, depending on skill, experience, and work level. In the past, UNI has attended tournaments at: Harvard University, Northwestern University, Missouri State University, Augustana College, Wichita State University, University of Texas-Austin, and many others. Our teams also consistently compete at the CEDA National Tournament and the National Debate Tournament (NDT).

Perks: In addition to providing all expenses for tournament travel, UNI is able to offer an array of scholarships to debaters as a means to defray tuition expenses. Visit the Scholarship page or contact John Fritch <> to learn more.

How to Join (Students):


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If you have any questions about the debate program at UNI please contact:

Richard Tews, M.A.
Director of Debate
322 Lang Hall
Department of Communication Studies
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50613-0139

Information for Prospective Graduate Students:


Click here for the Communication Studies Graduate Program webpage.

For questions or details about the team and program, contact the Director of Forensics:

Dr. John Fritch
Dean, College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences
University of Northern Iowa
(319) 273-2725

Or contact the Director of Debate:

Richard Tews, M.A.

For questions or details about the graduate program, contact:

Dr. Kyle Rudick
Graduate Studies Director
(319) 273-2525