Meet Brian Schrader, Lecturer of Communication and Director of Debate at UM-Flint

SchraderName: Brian Schrader
Title: Lecturer and Director of Debate
Department: Communication Studies

Classes I teach: Public Speaking, Advanced Public Speaking, and Argumentation & Debate.

Research or Specific Areas of Interest:
I study argumentation theory and sports communication.


  • MA in Communication (Rhetoric and Communication Ethics)
  • Doctoral Candidate in Communication

How I fell in love with my field:
My background is in academic debate and communication is a natural fit with that activity.

What I hope for my time at UM-Flint:
I hope to continue to pursue my research interests as well as cultivate a successful debate program.

What I hope for students in my field:
I hope my students feel challenged in a meaningful and rewarding way.

Three things you should know about me:

  • I really love sports.
  • I am originally from Colorado and love skiing.
  • I was a competitive high school and college debater and have been involved in competitive debate for nearly 20 years.