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Sam Nelson

Senior Lecturer, ILR School
Director, Speech & Debate Programs

Sam Nelson is the Director of Speech & Debate and ILR school senior lecturer at Cornell University. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1984 and received a Juris Doctorate and master's in Speech Communication from Syracuse University. Sam has over 25 years of coaching debate and speech, having taught debate and other speech communication courses at the University of Vermont, SUNY Geneseo, Syracuse University, the University of Rochester.