Curriculum Vitae/Résumé

Table of Contents

Areas of Interest/Expertise

Professional Experience

Executive Director, July 2014-present


Congressional Debate Workshop Director; 2010-present; Congress Tournament Director, 2012-present


Director of Forensics 2015-16; Adjunct Instructor, Communication, 2010-2015; Assistant Director of Forensics, 2008-2011


Debate & Speech Teacher, 2013-2014, Fall Semester


Programs & Education Coordinator, 2008-2014*

  * Left full-time employment in Aug. 2013 to teach in China; consultant, Feb.-Jun. 2014


Director of Speech & Debate, 1997-2008; Teacher, 2004-2008


Florida Forensic Institute

Congressional Debate Senior Faculty, 2003-2011


Student Teacher, Spring 2004 Semester


Legislative Assistant, Third District, 2000-2002


Education & Training

Metropolitan State University


Courageous Conversation: Beyond Diversity Workshop


Leadership Ripon Seminar – 2011


International Schools Theatre Association


Harvard Graduate School of Education - WIDE World/Project Zero


Marquette University


Carroll University


Service & Leadership

National Speech & Debate Association


Alliance for Wisconsin Theatre Education


Barkley Forum, Emory University


University of Kentucky, Tournament of Champions


National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)


Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction


Ripon Rotary


Ripon Lumen Charter High School


National Communication Association – Member, 2010-2012


Wisconsin Communication Association 


Rufus King High School Alumni Association


Wisconsin Forensic Coaches’ Association


Milwaukee Shakespeare Company


Wisconsin Debate Coaches’ Association


International Debate Exchange Program

Awards & Honors

Selected Publications/Presentations

Jacobi, A. J. (2024, March 17). Power of social studies & speech: Beyond the school day [Conference presentation]. Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies Convention. Madison, WI, United States. https://wcss24.sched.com/event/1Xmcv/power-of-social-studies-speech-beyond-the-school-day 

Jacobi, A. J., Peterson-Longmore, A., & Neenah High School students. (2024, January 19). Interscholastic debate: Balancing perspectives and boosting achievement [Conference presentation]. Wisconsin Association of School Boards: Wisconsin State Education Convention. Milwaukee, WI, United States. https://wasb.org/meeting-and-events/convention/ 

Ronald, A. & Jacobi, A. J. (2023, September 18). Providing and promoting state association resources [Conference presentation]. National Federation of State High School Associations: Performing Arts Conference. Denver, CO, United States. https://nfhs.org/resources/conferences-meetings/performing-arts-conference/ 

Jacobi, A. J. (2023, September 9). Keynote: Dream it, be it, speak it, teach it [Conference presentation]. Speech Professional Education Alliance of Kentucky. Danville, KY, United States. https://kyspeak.org/ 

Jacobi, A. J. (2023, March 12). Engage society’s problems and solutions through debate [Conference presentation]. Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies Convention. Madison, WI, United States. https://wcss23.sched.com/event/1FVE2/diverse-perspectives-through-debate 

Riggins, J. & Jacobi, A. J. (2022, September 19). Styles of debate and what policies make it work for your state [Conference presentation]. National Federation of State High School Associations: Performing Arts Conference. Denver, CO, United States. https://nfhs.org/resources/conferences-meetings/performing-arts-conference/ 

Jacobi, A. J. (2021, September 16). Keynote: A glance in the rearview mirror before zooming to our destination [Conference presentation]. Communication, Speech, and Theatre Association of North Dakota. Mandan, ND, United States. https://sites.google.com/view/cstand/ 

Jacobi, A. J. (2020, September 12). Keynote: Framing speech and debate amidst two plagues, racism and COVID-19 [Conference presentation]. Kansas Speech Communication Association, Online Conference. https://www.ksspeech.org/conference/ 

Jacobi, A. J. (2018, July 30). Reflective journaling empowers radiant voices [Conference presentation]. National Speech & Debate Association Education Conference. Phoenix, AZ, United States. https://www.speechanddebate.org/national-conference-2018/ 

Jacobi, A. J. (2018, July 29). Judging and assessing voices radiantly: Pedagogical evaluation [Conference presentation]. National Speech & Debate Association Education Conference. Phoenix, AZ, United States. https://www.speechanddebate.org/national-conference-2018/ 

Jacobi, A. J. (2017, October 4). Keynote: Information literacy [Conference presentation]. Information Literacy Professional Development Conference held by University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Wisconsin Interscholastic Speech & Dramatic Arts Association, and Wisconsin Humanities Council. La Crosse, WI, United States. https://infoliteracy.whsfa.org/home 

Jacobi, A. J. (2017, September 18). Effective ballot writing [Conference presentation]. National Federation of State High School Associations: Performing Arts Conference. Chicago, IL, United States. https://nfhs.org/resources/conferences-meetings/performing-arts-conference/ 

Jacobi, A. J. (2017, August 26). Elevating achievement: Maximizing your squad for both in-state and NSDA competition [Conference presentation]. National Speech & Debate Association Education Conference. Phoenix, AZ, United States. https://www.speechanddebate.org/national-conference-2018/ 

Baker, J. S. & Jacobi A. J. (2015, January). “Applying the code of honor to coaching: Teaching to the trophy.” Rostrum, 89(3), 26-29.  https://www.speechanddebate.org/rostrum-archive/ 

Bauschard, S., Jacobi, A. J., Pape, D., Luong, M. A., Galloway, R., Opsata, B., & Perkins, D. J. (2013). Introduction to debate: A public forum debate handbook. Beijing World Publishing Corporation.

Jacobi, A. J. (2013, July 1). Debating, speaking, and performing: Spark cross-curricular critical thinking to meet the Common Core. [Poster presentation]. National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Conference. https://publiccharters.org/conference/ 

Jacobi, A. J. (2013, February). Speech, literature, social studies, and the Common Core. Rostrum, 87(6), 22-25. https://www.speechanddebate.org/rostrum-archive/ 

Jacobi, A. J. (2012, May). Speech and debate in the high school classroom [Conference presentation].” Dipont Education, Wuxi, Jiangsu, China.

Jacobi, A. J. & Page, M. (2012, April 23). How co-curricular speech and debate programs can bolster standardized test scores, literacy, critical thinking, and 21st century skills [Conference presentation]. National School Boards Association National Conference, Boston, MA, United States. https://www.nsba.org/Events 

Jacobi, A. J. (2010, August). Advocating high school speech communication education: Sowing stronger seeds for the future. In D. Cronn-Mills & L. Schnoor (Eds.),  Conference Proceedings: National Developmental Conference on Individual Events, 5(1), 121-122. Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/ndcieproceedings/vol5/iss1/27/ 

Wunn, J. S., Billman, J., & Jacobi, A. J. (2009, November 12). Communication education in the information age [Conference presentation]. National Communication Association, Chicago, IL, United States. https://convention2.allacademic.com/one/nca/nca09/index.php?cmd=Online+Program+View+Session&selected_session_id=89606&PHPSESSID=rujrlclsa5ng72tujurogmuq9h 

Jacobi, A. J. (2009). Coaching guide: Directing debate & speech activities. National Speech & Debate Association. https://www.speechanddebate.org/ 

Jacobi, A. J. (2007) Student congress debate. Rosen Publishing. https://rosenpublishing.com/product/student-congress-debate