Timothy Bill, Director of Forensics at the University of Kentucky, received the Bob R. Derryberry award for outstanding contributions of a new forensics educator at the National Communication Association annual conference in Chicago, IL. This recognition was awarded by Pi Kappa Delta, the largest national honor society for speech and debate competition in the United States. “It was an honor to even be nominated for such an award” says Director Bill. “I just feel lucky for getting to work with the students on my team. Forensics has done so much for me personally, that it’s my privilege to be able to give back to the community.”
The Derryberry Service Award is named after Dr. Bob R. Derryberry, the Director of Forensics at Southwest Baptist University for over forty years. As an influential figure in the forensics community, he advocated for speech and debate as an educational activity that featured rigorous competition among students. Dr. Derryberry also emphasized fairness, collegiality, and audience-centeredness as a director and coach. His passion and service to forensics have left a lasting influence with those who knew him and the activity at large.
For Director Bill and the UK Forensics team, the spring semester of competition starts this upcoming weekend. The team’s next tournament will be the Gorlok Gala invitational tournament hosted by Webster University in Webster Groves, Missouri. UK Forensics is a student organization within the College of Communication and Information. The team competes in twelve different public speaking events and three forms of debate. To find out more, please contact Director of Forensics Timothy Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org.