Dr. Worth is the Director of the George R. Brown Forensics Society and Lecturer in the School of Humanities. He earned his Ph.D. in communication from the University of Oklahoma and his masters from Texas Tech University and has been at Rice since 2002.
He has coached intercollegiate speech and debate since 1993. He has taught a wide variety of students, from high school to traditional and nontraditional community college and university students, to military personnel both at home and abroad. His research interests are in pedagogy of forensics, critical-cultural studies of communication, communication and space, philosophy of communication, and rhetorical theory.
Lecturer & Associate Director of Forensics
Faculty Director, Law, Justice, and Society Scholars Program
Shannon LaBove has coached students to collegiate outrounds at the American Forensics Association (AFA) National Tournament, The National Forensics Association National Tournament (NFA), the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament, The National Parliamentary Debate Association National Tournament and the Phi Rho PI National Tournament. As a fifteen year collegiate competitive forensics coach (Speech & Debate) she jokes that she loves coaching the student and not just the events.
As a former competitor in Parliamentary Debate and Individual Events, this nationally ranked speaker graduated with a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Houston; M.A. in Communication from West Texas A&M University; and J.D. from Georgia State University, College of Law. She is currently the assistant director of Forensics and a lecturer at Rice University. She previously served as the director of Forensics at Lonestar College-Kingwood, Wiley College, and Central Texas College and assisted in coaching at Morehouse College and the University of Houston. Shannon is a member of the HUDL Parent and Community Council and loves teaching young debaters.