Rhetoric and Public Address, Debate and Forensics
B.A. Nicholls State University; M. A. Louisiana State University
Office Location: Centennial Hall 316
Office Phone: 512-245-2331
About Mr. Kraemer
Mr. Kraemer is the Executive Secretary of the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association, and he is the Operations Manager for the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) national Debate Tournament. He is also the University Interscholastic League Debate Consultant, advising on debate polices and issues in Texas. Mr. Kraemer directs the LBJ Debate Society and the Elton Abernathy Forensics Society. The students he directed have received state, regional, and international acclaim, and he and his team are regularly invited to attend international events. The South Central Region of CEDA has honored Wayne Kraemer as the Coach of the Year in 1997, and again in 1998. For more information on the Debate and Forensics programs, see Debate & Forensics
Sample of Courses Taught
COMM 1310 Fundamentals of Human Communication
A first course in Communication Studies. Study aims at understanding fundamentals of oral communication, and how they are integrated into interpersonal, small group, and presentational speaking contexts.
COMM 2338 Public Speaking
This course helps the student to develop personal speaking skills and introduces principles of contemporary types of speeches. Prerequisite: COMM 1310.
COMM 3345 Argumentation and Debate
A study of basic principles of argumentation emphasizing analysis, evidence, reasoning, and refutation and their applications in formal and informal debate contexts. Students will do laboratory work with the University forensic squad. Prerequisite: COMM 1310.
COMM 4320 Directing Speech and Theatre Activities
Designed to assist individuals to manage and implement programs in speech communication and theatre arts. The course includes practical experience in directing debate, plays, and individual events. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Certification Program or instructor permission.
COMM 4331 Persuasion
An investigation of rhetorical and behavioral theories of persuasion, the devising of persuasive campaigns, as well as the consumption and generation of persuasive messages in a variety of communication settings. Applicable for careers in business, law, and human relations. Prerequisite: 6 hours COMM or permission of instructor.