William Southworth

Professor, Speech & Debate

Degrees: M.A., Speech Communication, UCLA, 1971; B.A., Speech Communication, CSU Northridge, 1969

Office: History, Gannett Center

Phone: 909/748-8721


William Southworth, History Professor

Courses Offered at Redlands

  • First Year Seminar: The Kennedy’s: Profiles in Courage? (Fall)
  • First Year Seminar: Debating for the Presidency (Every 4 Years)
  • Speech 110: Fundamentals of Speech (Fall)
  • Speech 111: Contemporary Oral Argumentation (Spring)
  • Speech 115: Business Speech (Spring)
  • VMS 213: Sports, Media $ Culture (Spring)
  • History 260: History of Wine (May-Term)  

Awards & Honors

1991 National Debate Coach of the Year and coach of the winning team at the 45th "National Debate Tournament" defeating the University of Michigan in the final round.

One of five College Debate Coaches selected by the Associated Press to judge the revived Presidential Debates in 1976 (Ford vs. Carter). Repeated that honor in 1980; 1984; 1988 1992; 1996 and 2000.

Selected by the Presidents Commission on Presidential Debates as a Study Group for “Debate Watch,” in 1996, with my First Year Seminar class, Debating for the Presidency.

Recipient of the George Ziegelmueller Award, 2005---59th National Debate Tournament, for Coaching and Teaching Excellence in Communication Studies.

Recipient of the Lucy Keele Award at the 2008---62nd National Debate Tournament, for Outstanding Service to the Debate Community.

Professional Experience

Directed and Taught at the University of Redlands Golden West Summer High School Debate Institute, 1973-1989

Chairman of the National Debate Tournament Committee, 1984

Member of the NDT Board of Trustees, 1987-92

Chairman of the National Debate Topic Committee, 1989-94

Selected official historian of the National Debate Tournament, 1995 on

Co-Sponsor of the National Urban Debate League LA District, 2007


Publishing/Editor of the Golden West Debate Handbook, 1973-1983

Contributor to Second Thoughts, National Textbook Co., 1976-77-78

Contributor to Journal of the American Forensics Association, 1981-82-84

Articles for the Debate Enterprise Institute, 1985-86

Publishing/Editor, Report on the National Debate Tournament, 1988-89-90-91, for the National Debate Tournament Committee

"Instructional Debate Video" for the High School National Forensics League, 1994

Author, History of the National Debate Tournament, first published by the National Debate Tournament Committee in 1996 with subsequent updates: 2002-04-06-09-14





Thurber, an English bulldog, is the University's mascot.

He is named after Clarence Howe Thurber, University president from 1933-37.

More »