Dr. Brent Brossmann has been actively involved in competitive debate since 1976. He has served as John Carroll University’s Director of Debate since 1993. His teams have won two American Debate Association National Championships (varsity, 2000; novice, 2006), have finished as high as third at the Cross-Examination Debate Association National Championship, and the second elimination round of the National Debate Tournament. He has served in a variety of roles in the organizations that govern intercollegiate debate, including as President and Vice-President of the American Debate Association, as a member of the Cross-Examination Debate Association Executive Committee aand the National Debate Tournament Committee. He has also chaired District V (Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio) for five of the years at which he has been at JCU. In addition to directing JCU’s debate program, Dr. Brossmann serves as the volunteer founder and coordinator for both the Cleveland League of Urban Debate and the Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility debate program.
In addition to directing the debate program, Dr. Brossmann teaches classes in debate, rhetorical criticism, and research methods. He has also taught public speaking, business and professional speaking, and the communication course in the Nonprofit Administration graduate program.
Dr. Brossmann’s research interests include the rhetoric of energy policy and the impact of debate on student development.