Tyler Junior College

2011 and 2012 nationally ranked forensics team.


Speech and Debate Team

Forensics Awards 2008The Tyler Junior College Speech and Debate Team has been in existence for more than 60 years, and is among the very first to compete in collegiate forensics in the state of Texas. The program has a tradition of excellence. The school currently is rated third. leading community college program in the nation.

TJC Speech and Debate Team members may choose from all eleven of the national individual speech events (Prose Interpretation, Poetry Interpretation, Program Oral Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Informative Speaking, Persuasive Speaking, Communication Analysis, Speech to Entertain, Impromptu Speaking and Extemporaneous Speaking),  Parliamentary debate, plus Lincoln-Douglas debate, Cross-Examination debate and Interpreter's Theatre. Most students end each year competing in four to six events, receiving excellent training in diverse areas from interpretation to debate. TJC travels to competitive tournaments, competing against Universities as well as Community Colleges.

Tyler Junior College has won more Sweepstakes Trophies than any other community college in Texas at the Phi Rho Pi National Tournament.

TJC offers smaller classes with more personal attention by instructors, greater opportunity to perform and more. Head coach M'Liss Hindman has more than 30 years experience and is recognized with state and national awards as an outstanding educator. Assistant Coach Joan Andrews is a former National Champion in various events.

Tyler Junior College Speech and Debate students also may be involved in top-quality theatre productions. Students that compete regularly with the team are actively recruited by four-year schools for scholarship programs in both competitive speech and theatre.

Speech/Forensics Contact Information

Lara K. Smith
Department Chair and Professor
Office: WCA-A

Email: lsmi@tjc.edu

Telephone: 903-510-3242

Advising contact: 903-510-2425