Debate Camp - Staff

Jayhawk Debate Institute Staff 

The Jayhawk Debate Institute year after year has one of the finest staff of debate coaches and instructors you will find anywhere in the country. Here is a list of some of the great staff members at the 2018 JDI!

Camp Director - Dr. Scott Harris

Dr. Harris is the David B. Pittaway Director of Debate at the University of Kansas.  He has won numerous debate coaching awards including: the James J. Unger Coaching Award in 2018, the Ovid Davis Coaching Award in 2018, the Jeffrey W. Jarman Award in 2017; the David Brownlee Debate Coach of the Year Award in 2015; the Northwestern Debate Society Award for excellence in coaching in 2010;  the Ovid Davis Coaching Award in 2009; the George Ziegelmueller Award for excellence in debate coaching in 2006;  and the Debate Coach of the Year Award from Wake Forest University in 2006. He is currently President of the Cross Examination Debate Association. He served as President of the American Forensic Association 2012-2014 and Vice-President 2010-2012.  He has taught at many debate camps including the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Stanford University, the University of Iowa and Baylor University and has taught debate in Beijing China.

Associate Camp Director - Alexandria Chase

Allie is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Kansas in Communication Studies. She has a master’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa. She is currently an assistant debate coach at KU where she has coached for the last four years. She has coached debate at the University of Northern Iowa, The Barstow School, and Blue Valley Southwest High School and has taught at numerous debate camps. This will be her second year running the JDI. Allie also has eperience teaching numerous college courses including Public Speaking, Persuasion and the Rhetoric of Popular Culture.

Assistant Camp Director - Benton Bajorek

Benton is an MA student in the Department of Communication Studies.  He began his debate career at Arkansas State University where he competed in multiple forms of debate including Parliamentary, IPDA, Team IPDA, Lincoln-Douglas, and Public Forum.  During his time competing, he received several top speaker awards, won first place at multiple tournaments, and ended his senior season as a 2015 Team IPDA National Semifinalist.

Additional Teaching Staff (We will be adding staff profiles)

Sean Kennedy

Sean is currently a PhD student in the KU Department of Communication Studies and an assistant debate coach at KU and Lansing High School. As a graduate teaching assistant, he has taught classes on public speaking and persuasion. As a college debater at KU, Sean was the top speaker at the 2011 CEDA Nationals, a 3-time first round qualifier for the National Debate Tournament, and an NDT quarterfinalist. Sean has been coaching debate for a number of years at the high school and college level, in addition to working at a variety of debate camps each summer including the University of Kansas and Dartmouth.


Emily Bosch

Emily is currently the Assistant Director of Debate at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. She has worked at the JDI as well as a variety of other debate institutes since 2013. She has coached teams to elimination rounds at countless tournaments, including the National Debate Tournament. Her approach to teaching debate focuses on developing the skills that students need to be successful reading whatever type of argument they choose, from traditional counter plans and disadvantages to performative criticisms and other philosophical approaches to debate.

Ian Beier

Ian is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas. Next year he will be coaching debate at College Preperatory School in Oakland CA. He has been an assistant coach at the University of Kansas for 3 years. He was formerly Assistant Coach at Damien High School. In 2015, his squad was in finals of the NSDA tournament, octofinals of the NDCA tournament, and participated in deep elimination rounds at several national tournaments. Prior to his time at Damien, he was the Assistant Director of Debate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  As a debater at the University of Northern Iowa he qualified for the National Debate Tournament and won the Heart of America Tournament hosted at the University of Kansas. Ian has extensive experience teaching at numerous debate camps.

Michael Eisenstadt

Michael is a graduating Ph.D. Candidate in Communication Studies and Assistant Debate Coach at the University of Kansas and will be an Assistant Professor and Director of Forensics at California State University, Long Beach beginning next season. As a Ph.D. student, Michael has taught multiple versions of public speaking courses and a large lecture on rhetoric and social influence. Michael was the first member of the Sanford I. Berman Debate Forum and the first four-time qualifier to the National Debate Tournament in the history of his alma mater, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has coached numerous high school teams at all levels of competition, including Green Valley (NV), Notre Dame (CA), and Bishop Seabury Academy (KS). Michael has been coaching debate for several years at both the high school and college level, in addition to working at a variety of debate camps each summer for the past seven years. 


Luke Hartman

Luke is currently a student at K-State and an assistant debate coach at Blue Valley North High School. He plans to pursue a J.D. after graduating this spring with undergraduate degrees in mathematics and education. During his four-year tenure as an assistant coach at BVN, the Mustangs have reached the elimination rounds of national circuit tournaments, brought home several top-five finishes at DCI and State, and qualified for the NDCA, NSDA, and NCFL national tournaments.

Arriq Singleton

Arriq is an undergraduate student at Emporia State University, double majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies and Political Science. He has been participating in intercollegiate policy debate for 4 years. He is a three time member of the CEDA All American Team, two time top 10 speaker at the CEDA National Championship and this year qualified for the elimination rounds of the National Debate Tournament. He is returning for his second year teaching at the JDI.


Lexi Oatman

​Lexi just graduated with a B.A. in Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences from the University of Kansas and plans to pursue a Master's degree in Speech- Language Pathology. She has been an assistant coach at Blue Valley Southwest High School for the past 4 years. While coaching, she focused on teaching first year debaters the basic fundamentals of the activity. She also worked closely with the program's top varsity teams and traveled to national tournaments, including the Tournament of Champions and the NDCA. She received the NSDA Three Trail District's Distinguished Alumni of the Year award in 2015 and the Kansas Speech & Communication Association's Student of the Year Scholarship in 2016 for the work she has done in the Kansas high school debate community. This will be her second year working at the JDI

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