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Spencer Waugh

Director of Speech Debate and Mock Trial / Department Chair of Speech Debate and Mock Trial / Instructor of Speech and Debate
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 and again in 2018.



Spencer is fluent in German.  Spencer has taught all levels of HS German and several beginning and intermediate college German courses. Spencer supervises several student teachers each year.  He teaches special methods in world languages, and he teaches an interdisciplinary honors debate course.



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



BA Central College

MA University of Nebraska, Lincoln Teaching & Learning