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Speech and Debate Team
I believe that having high standards and requiring excellence
in all work is the best gift I can give to my student. I maintain
high standards so that my students will be prepared for what upper division and graduate level
University work is like after they transfer.
I believe that education is a process as well as a product.
I value your final projects, but I also value that you were a good
student along the way. Being on time, not missing class, doing all
work on time, and participating in class discussions are highly desirable
and rewarded behaviors in my classes. If you tend to be late, miss
class unnecessarily, forget to do homework, and are always playing
"catch-up" in your other classes, then my class may not
be for you unless you want a teacher that will try to instill in you
better student skills.
Typical Classroom Policies:
|Com St 11: Public Speaking
- The Public Speaking class I teach is a Hybrid, which means it is 50%
online, and 50% face to face.
- The students must learn most of the lecture material through
online lectures, and other online work.
This requires an especially self-motivated students with high
levels of competence with computers and distance education.
Exams are taken online.
Students use video cameras and microphones at
home to record speech progress and post to the class website for
Graded speeches are delivered in class, face to face.
The class meets only once a week on campus, so absences are especially problematic.
|Com St 35: Interpersonal Communication (Online only)
- I teach this class online.
- Students read chapters, study PowerPoint presentations, read
lectures, listen to lectures, and watch video clips.
- For each chapter there are discussion questions to be answered
online in the class forum. There are also written journal assignments
that only I will read and grade.
- There are timed three exams.
|Com St 21: Argumentation
- I teach the difficult concepts from the reading, but also supplement
the book with lectures on material that is not in the book. Without
attendance and good note-taking, exams may be difficult to pass.
- Attendance is required. Unnecessary absences will hurt your
participation grades. Excessive absences result in failing the
class or being dropped from the class.
- I persuasive speaking and debate skills. We discuss and
debate current controversial issues. Students pair up with each
other and debate other students. Hi quality research is an important part
of your speech and debate success.
|Com St 22: Introduction to Competitive Speech and Debate
- This is the class for students who want to learn about a competitive speech and debate team,
or who want to be on the SMC competitive speech and debate team. No previous experience is necessary, but students
with high school or other competitive speech or debate experience are highly encouraged to join.
- Some of the work is arranged hours, which means students
work on their own, attend tournaments, train with the team, etc.
|Com St 37: Intercultural Communication
- I usually only teach this class online. Students learn how to understand the
relationship between culture and communication success.
I teach the difficult concepts from the reading, but also supplement
- Students read the book, watch and listen to online lectures, engage in online discussions,
take online exams, and also take intercultural field trips of their own choosing.
Extra Curricular Activities
- SMC Skeptics Club: In the past, I have been the faculty adviser for The SMC Skeptics Club, which focuses on the
relationship between science, pseudoscience, critical thinking, and communication.
Don't believe in Big Foot, alien abduction, and miracle herbal cures? Maybe the Skeptics Club is for you.
- Or, do you believe in Big Foot, alien abductions, miracle cures, etc? Maybe the Skeptics Club will be good for you.
- Sigma Chi Eta: In the past, I have been the faculty advisor for Sigma Chi Eta,
the National honor society for community college communication studies majors.
- I am an adult leader for the Boy Scouts of America. In addition to all the citizenship education,
outdoor adventure, and character development, I also actively campaign to decrease any discriminatory
membership policies that the BSA still maintains. I am proud to be part of the recent movement to
change the youth and adult membership policies toward more equality.
Personal Experience and Education:
CSUN for B.A.
USC for M.A.
SMC professor since 2001.
Previously taught at USC, CSUN, and GCC.
Family man, married since 1994 to the girl of my dreams, with two boys who are growing up quickly.
La Crescenta (Glendale), California native.
Hobbies: wilderness survival, disc golf, Scouting, camping and hiking,
science fiction, paintball.
Nate Brown at SMC through the years
2003 SMC graduation.
2004 SMC Graduation
2005 SMC Graduation
2006 SMC Graduation
2009 SMC Graduation
2010 SMC Graduation
2011 SMC Graduation
2012 SMC Graduation
2013 SMC Classroom, celebrity visit
2014 SMC Skeptiod.com guest Brian Dunning with Nate Brown
2015 SMC Graduation