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Dr. Lawrence “Larry” Weiss

Long recognized for his teaching and leading in Wisconsin, Minnesota and California, Dr. Weiss now teaches Public Speaking in his “rewirement” in the Languages Program at UWM’s School of Continuing Education.

Dr. Weiss has a career divided into many teaching and leading years. Tenured at two campuses, he taught many Communication Studies courses: Public Speaking, Honors PS, Argumentation and Debate, Interpersonal Communication, Intercollegiate Forensics, and more. Several of his honors relate to coaching university students in intercollegiate speaking and debate contests. After a 30-year absence, he revitalized the program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, coaching many of his students to become National Champions in speaking events. Later, while teaching and coaching in Southern California, his students became international debate champions at the tournament in London, England. Student feedback always centers on his collaborative coaching approach coupled with a belief in helping students achieve excellence.

Throughout his career, Dr. Weiss has done executive speech consulting for CEOs, bank presidents, and other executives. In addition, he has served as assistant superintendent of schools and superintendent of schools in Wisconsin and Minnesota. He recently retired as Dean for the School of Humanities at a Southern California College.

He has an undergraduate degree from UW-Whitewater in Speech Education. He earned a joint Masters in Communication Arts and Curriculum instruction, and his PhD in Educational Administration from UW-Madison.