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Michael IngramMichael Ingram

Director of Forensics

300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.4428
Fax: 509.777.4512
Office Location: Lindaman Sem.Center 103


  • Ph.D. M.A. Ohio University
  • M.A. in Interpersonal Communication, Ohio University
  • B.A. Carson-Newman College

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty


Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Debate and forensics; communication ethics; First Amendment; parliamentary procedure; group communication

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors

Coached speech and debate students to national recognition in the American Forensics Association, National Forensics Association, Interstate Oratorical Association, National Parliamentary Debate Association, International Public Debate Association, and National Discussion Contest. Executive Secretary for the NPDA.  Chaired the judging panel at the national NPDA for three consecutive years. Worked in the tournament control room at multiple national and regional speech and debate tournaments.  1988-1997; 2010 to present.
Coached Ethics Bowl students to national recognition in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl (tied for fifth 2009; tied for third 2011; national champions in 2012).  Coached Ethics Bowl students to multiple awards in the Northwest Regional Ethics Bowl 2005 to present.

Presentations include:

"Vocations of the Christian Professor - Integration of Faith and Learning for Faculty in Adult Programs," at the CCCU Center for Research in Adult Learning, Florence, Kentucky (2010).

"Adventures in strengthening training programs for faculty advisors," at the National Academic Advising Association Region 8 Meeting, Missoula (2009).

"Teaching to the Mission of the Small Christian College." Paper presented at the National Communication Association, Boston, Mass., Nov. 2005.

"Searches That Work: Finding Candidates that Promote Mission and Excellence" presented at the Lilly Fellows Network Conference on Academic Excellence and Hiring for Mission, Hope College, May 2005.

Seminar on "Effective Teaching and Assessment" to the faculty and adjunct faculty of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Pacific Northwest Campus, Vancouver, Wash.  Feb. 2005.

"An Analysis of the Rhetorical Strategies Used by the American Anglican Council and the Anglican Communion Network to Redefine Community." Paper presented at the National Communication Association, Chicago, Ill, Nov., 2004. 

"Ethics: The Final Frontier: Using 'Star Trek' to Teach Ethics in Communication Courses."  Panel presentation at the National Communication Association, Miami, Fla., Nov. 2003.

Previous academic leadership positions include president of the Whitworth Faculty Assembly, Director of Faculty Development, Communication Studies Department Chair, and Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Scholarship. Preaches at area churches as a licensed Baptist minister.

Memberships include National Communication Association, Association of Applied and Practical Ethics, and the National Academic Advising Association.