Director of Forensics, Katherine L. Lavelle
As a debate coach, Dr. Katherine L. Lavelle (Ph.D., Wayne State University) has coached teams to the National Debate Tournament. During her tenure at UNI, the program has qualified to the American Forensics Association (AFA) Nationals, National Debate Tournament (NDT) and Interstate Oratory. Dr. Lavelle coordinates team recruitment and serves as the high school community representative for UNI Forensics.
Director of Individual Events, Rebecca Buel
At UNI, Ms. Buel (M.A., University of Northern Iowa) has regularly coached students to elimination rounds at the American Forensics Association and National Forensics Association Nationals, as well as final rounds at national circuit tournaments. She coached the seventh place team in sweepstakes at NFA (2009), the 13th team in the nation at AFA (2011) and the 10th team in the nation in AFA (2012). Ms. Buel coached two AFA finalists in 2011, with six students making it to elimination rounds in 2012.
Director of Debate, Richard Tews
Richard Tews (M.A. Miami University) has coached UNI teams to the NDT, CEDA and the National Junior Division Debate Tournament (NJDDT) National Championships. In 2011, Mr. Tews coached the third place team at the NJDDT, and an NDT qualifying team in 2011. Prior to coaching at UNI, Mr. Tews qualified teams to the NDT from two different schools, including a team that reached the elimination rounds twice.