The National Public Debate Award

1. This award is given to the intercollegiate debate program which, over the course of the past academic year, has best advanced the values of debate in the public sphere through sponsorship of one or more public debate activities including international public debates, multimedia debates, public debates on campus or for community groups, and through general promotion of public discourse to promote critical examination of public issues for diverse and general audiences.
2. Nominees should submit a portfolio including a narrative description of their public debate activities. Programs are also asked to submit supporting materials of their choosing which might include participant lists, publicity and promotional materials, attendance figures, transcripts or recordings, commendations and letters of appreciation, and any other materials that they feel are appropriate.
3. The awards committee may elect to provide up to three awards each year and may also recognize as many Honorable Mention entrants as they deem appropriate. Each recipient and Honorable Mention will receive recognition through letters sent to the appropriate officers of their academic institutions.

Past Awardees

2021

**Not Awarded ?COVID-19**

2020

Cal State-Long Beach, Michael Eisenstadt, Director

2019

Weber State, Ryan Wash, Director

2018

University of Rutgers-Newark, Chris Kozak, Director

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

University of North Texas, Brian Lain, Director

2011

James Madison University, Mike Davis, Director

2010

James Madison University, Mike Davis, Director

2009

University of Miami (FL), David Steinberg, Director

2008

University of Miami (FL), David Steinberg, Director

2007

James Madison University, Mike Davis, Director

2006

University of Louisville, Ede Warner, Director

2005

James Madison University, Mike Davis, Director

2004

Western Washington University, Steve Woods, Director

2003

Marist College, Maxwell Schnurer, Director

2002

Vanderbilt University, M.L. Sandoz, Director

2001

University of Vermont, Alfred Snider, Director

2000

University of Pittsburgh, Gordon Mitchell, Director

1999

Claremont College, John Meany, Director

1998

University of Vermont, Alfred Snider, Director