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Spencer Waugh

Department Chair of Speech & Debate, Instructor of Speech and Debate, and Director of Speech, Debate & Mock Trial
I am privileged to lead a team of coaches and students who are committed to excellence in speech, debate and mock trial. Our mission is to represent the college and the community as we compete in tournaments across the country.


Spencer Waugh started Simpson’s Debate Team in 2011, and added the speech component in 2013.  Simpson now has a comprehensive program that includes six different styles of debate and over a dozen individual events. Mock Trial was added in 2016.  Spencer spends several weekends a year traveling with Simpson’s speech and debate team.  The team practices two evenings each week.  Practices start late August and the season wraps up early April. All Simpson students are welcome and encouraged to join the team.  Simpson College won the National Pi Kappa Delta Debate Tournament in 2016, 2018, and again in 2019.


  • German
  • Lesson Design
  • World Language Methods 
  • Argumentation and Debate


  • 2007 National Forensic League East Iowa District Coach of The Year
  • 2008 Indianola Community School District Teacher of The Year
  • 2008 National Forensic League East Iowa District Coach of The Year
  • 2015 Simpson College Campus Leadership Award
  • 2015 Pi Kappa Delta Brightest Star Award
  • 2017 Pi Kappa Delta John Schield’s Award


  • B.A. Central College
  • M.A. University of Nebraska, Lincoln Teaching & Learning