Published on April 2, 2013  

Ryan Galloway, assistant professor of communication studies and director of debate, has received the George Ziegelmueller award for debate coaching at the 67th annual National Debate Tournament (NDT) at Weber State University March 28-April 1.

The award, which honors a former Wayne State University debate coach, is presented to a faculty member who has distinguished himself or herself in the communication profession while coaching teams to competitive success at the NDT.

"I have the best job in the world,” said Galloway, who has led Samford’s team since 2005. “Every day I get to work with intelligent, motivated, hard working students who will change the world. They inspire me to work harder and deepen my commitment every day."

The American Debate Association ranks Samford’s debate team tenth in the nation overall, and fifth in the nation for its junior varsity team.

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Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.