Melissa Wade

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Melissa Wade has been the Director of Forensics at Emory University, and the head coach of the school's award-winning policy debate team, the Barkley Forum, since 1972.[1] She has been awarded every national coaching award in her field, and has been honored for her contributions to minority and women's participation in debate and forensics. Wade is the author of over two hundred debate-related publications and has coached several national debate champions.

Wade is a founder and developer of the urban debate league movement, as well as the Executive co-director of the National Debate Project.[2]

She is originally from Houston, Texas, and is a graduate of Emory with undergraduate and multiple graduate degrees.


  1. ^ "Melissa Wade- Staff Profile". Retrieved 18 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Melissa Wade- Staff Profile". Retrieved 18 November 2016. 

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