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