Mock Trial Academy

high school academic summer camp for future trial lawyers
Professor Joseph W. Wenzel

Professor Joseph W. Wenzel

Professor Wenzel has been teaching college students for over 40 years from 1989 to 2007. He holds the title of Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois, where he coaches the University of Illinois Mock Trial Team. His teams perennially qualified for National Tournament Competition, with numerous finishes in the Prestigious Top Ten. Professor Wenzel is one of the most accomplished speech communication professors in the country.

He received the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 1977. In addition to teaching, Professor Wenzel held various administrative positions, including his initial appointment as Director of Forensics, and ten years as Associate Head and Director of Graduate Study. In the fall of 1993, he was a Visiting Senior Lecturer at the University of Amsterdam.

Wenzel has published 30 articles and book chapters on topics in rhetoric and argumentation. He received awards for publications from the Midwest Forensic Association and the American Forensic Association. He has been a frequent presenter at conferences here and abroad, including a keynote address at the First International Conference on Argumentation in Amsterdam in 1986. He was Editor of the Journal of the American Forensic Association, 1983-86, and has served on the editorial boards of Argumentation, Central States Speech Journal, Communication Monographs, Informal Logic and Quarterly Journal of Speech. Professor Wenzel earned his bachelor of science and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois. He earned his master's degree from Northwestern University.

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