Associate Professor of Professional Practice


WCB 3015


(305) 284-5553


David L. Steinberg has been The University of Miami’s Director of Debate and a faculty member in Communication Studies since 1990.   His debate teams are respected and successful, and have won many awards, including the Championship of the National Debate and Forensics Honorary Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha in 1996 and 2013.  Steinberg served as the President of the Cross Examination Debate Association and serves in various capacities for that organization, the American Forensic Association, and the National Communication Association.  Steinberg is co-author of the leading collegiate textbook on Argumentation and Debate (Argumentation and Debate: Critical Thinking for Reasoned Decision Making, 13th Ed., Wadsworth, 2013.) He is a Senior Lecturer in Communication Studies, and teaches courses in Communication Theory, Persuasion, Rhetorical Theory and Criticism, Organizational Communication, Political Communication, Public Speaking, Business Communication, Sports Communication, Qualitative Research Methods, Civic Engagement, and Argumentation and Debate. Steinberg was the recipient of the 2013 Robert and Christine Staub Faculty Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Effective Teaching at the University of Miami School of Communication.  His research and scholarly efforts include Argument in the Public Sphere, Political Communication and Campaign Debates, Academic Debate and Pedagogy, and Rhetorical Criticism. Steinberg is adviser to Lambda Pi Eta Communication Studies Honorary, and Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha National Forensics Honorary. Steinberg has served as a mentor in the UM Student Athlete Mentoring Program. He holds a Master’s Degree in Communication from The University of Tennessee and has completed significant post graduate work in Communication Studies, Education, and Human Resource Development from The Pennsylvania State University and from Florida International University.  An expert in political debates, argumentation and rhetoric, speeches, and political campaigns, Steinberg is a highly-sought after source and is requested for analysis of Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates and argumentation. He has been quoted in a number of international and national publications, including The Washington Post, WIRED, and   Prior to joining the faculty at UM, Steinberg taught and directed debaters at The University of Tennessee, Middle Tennessee State, Penn State, George Mason, and Towson Universities. He also managed a Domino’s Pizza store. Steinberg is married and has two sons. He enjoys fishing, and running.


University of Miami Debate Team
Cross Examination Debate Association
Argumentation and Debate: Critical Thinking for Reasoned Decision Making