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Jacob Thompson, Ph.D.

Director of General Education and Undergraduate Curriculum

Executive Vice President and Provost
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Jacob Thompson UNLV's Director of General Education and Undergraduate Curriculum in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. Thompson's work in general education spans nearly a decade and began in 2012 when he joined the Faculty Senate General Education Committee. He served as a member of the committee for five years, and then chaired the committee for four more years from 2017-2021. Previously, Thompson was the head coach and director of UNLV's nationally recognized, award-winning debate team and a professor in residence in the department of communication studies. Under his leadership, UNLV's debate team rose rapidly since its rebirth in 2007 and it was ranked among the best teams in the nation for several years. In 2018, Thompson received the George Ziegelmueller "coach of the year" award and in 2020 he was recognized as the Ross K. Smith "national coach of the year" by the National Debate Tournament. Thompson also played an important role in the third presidential debate in 2016 that took place at UNLV, serving on multiple university committees that organized debate-related activities, and participating in over 100 interviews as a University media expert on presidential debates. Thompson's research focuses on presidential and political campaign debates, persuasion, argumentation theory and practice, and the rhetoric of American foreign policy. Thompson continues to occasionally teach courses in UNLV's general education curriculum in order to stay up to date on the student experience and outcomes in those classes.