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Melissa Franke is an Instructor of Communication at Seattle University and the coach of the SU debate team. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in communication. Her research interests include foreign policy rhetoric and the pedagogy of competitive debate.
Melissa has been involved in competitive speech and debate for over 20 years, having attended her first speech tournament in the 7th grade. Since then, she has participated in and coached individual events and various formats of debate regionally, nationally, and internationally. Most recently, Melissa has been involved in teaching debate in China.
In her free time, Melissa enjoys arguing, traveling, camping, and preparing for camping.