Dr. Matthew Maddex comes to us originally, from Southern California having gotten his AA at Long Beach City College and BA in Political Science from CSU, Long Beach. During his time at both schools, he competed in various individual speech events and parliamentary debate (aka – forensics). His passion for forensics turned into an opportunity to attend grad school at Miami University (OH) – where he earned his MA in Rhetoric & Argumentation, with an emphasis on the rhetoric of genocide and performance. After Miami, Matthew attended Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) where is focus was on Rhetoric of Argumentation and a cognate in Higher Education (specifically issues of race).

At LSU, Matthew wrote his dissertation about how hip-hop music can create a counter-public sphere to alter the politics of the day. Matthew’s studies and passion for forensics has taken him all over the country, having lived and taught in New Jersey and 2 other FL institutions. Matthew has 17 years teaching and over 10 years coaching forensics experience. At UCF, Matthew serves as the John F. Bulter, Director of Debate and Lecturer within the Nicholson School of Communication & Media.