Dr. John Patrick

John PatrickLecturer

Co- Director of Forensics

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English (22) 316

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  • Public Speaking
  • Reasoning/Argumentation/Writing
  • Forensic Activity
  • Business and Professional Communication


  • Ed.D. University of La Verne, 2013
  • M.A. California State University, Fullerton, 2010
  • B.A. University of La Verne, 2007


Dr. John Patrick, Ed.D. is a co-director of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s nationally acclaimed debate team. Dr. Patrick was a founding member of the United States Universities Debate Association’s advisory board, and regularly teams with Kenneth Newby Esquire,  director of the Morehouse College Debate Team, to bring debating workshops to colleges in developing nations as a way to promote nonviolent conflict resolution practices in countries where democracy is trying to flourish. Dr. Patrick’s relationship with university debating has a long history that began in 2004 and saw a great deal of tournament circuit success. That success translated to coaching jobs at Cal State Fullerton and the University of La Verne, where he coached nationally successful teams. Today Dr. Patrick sees university debating as more than a game in which the most important things are wins and loses. Now Dr. Patrick sees university debating as a forum for community service and civic engagement, which is why the Cal Poly Debate Team is now focused on events associated with the Civic Debate Conference (www.civicdebateconference.org). 
Dr. Patrick’s educational background includes a doctorate in organizational leadership, a masters in communication studies with an emphasis in rhetoric and persuasion and a sub-emphasis in organizational communication, and bachelors degrees in speech and journalism. Dr. Patrick’s dissertation was written on the research and knowledge development practices of successful World Universities Debate Championship debaters. Dr. Patrick has been a curriculum consultant for Cogito Debate, an education service provider that provides debate training to charter and home schools in Southern California, is routinely invited to lecture for Cal Poly Pomona’s international education programs in leadership and organization communication, and acts as a political communication consultant on local and state political campaigns throughout California.

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