Faculty Biography


Dowd, Thomas M.A.
Visiting Instructor
Director of Debate

College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Office: 1166 Fort Street, FS-302
Office Phone Number: (808) 544-9378
Voice Mail: (808) 544-9378
Fax: (808) 544-0835
E-mail: tdowd@hpu.edu
Spring 2014 Office Hours: MWF 11:40-12:50, 1:50-2:20, TR 3:30-5:00 and by appointment


M.A., Communication – California State University at Northridge

Professor Thomas Dowd teaches classes in public speaking, persuasion, and argumentation and debate at Hawaii Pacific University.

Dowd joined the College of Communication faculty after serving eight years as the Associate Director of Debate at Loyola Marymount University and regularly coaching teams to the elimination rounds at debate tournaments throughout the world.

Over the past three years, Dowd’s debate teams advanced to the final round of US Nationals and the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence with first place finishes at California State University Fullerton, Azusa Pacific University, and William and Jewell University as well as a fourth place finish at the International Forensic Association Championship held in Rome, Italy.

Dowd coaches policy, value, parliamentary, and world style debate.  Each of these formats represents a different collection of teams and schools and examines different approaches to argument.  Dowd’s versatility as a coach is evidenced by his success in each of these debate styles and his willingness to participate with the most popular and challenging debate organizations in the world.

In addition to coaching dozens of current and former National Champions, Dowd also taught argumentation and debate at Pepperdine University and the University of California at Berkeley.  His high school teaching experience includes working with several of the most successful programs in the nation, including Bellarmine College Preparatory, the Marlborough Academy, Loyola High School, and the Harvard-Westlake Academy.

As a participant, Dowd enjoyed a successful collegiate career with several finalist awards at debate conferences and institutes throughout the world.

Dowd spent his last couple of summers teaching debate at urban institutes in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.  Urban institutes provide debate education, research, and competition to areas traditionally high in poverty and crime and lacking in opportunities and resources to participate in organized academic debate.