Mr. Jason EdgarPhoto of Dr. Heather Canary
Tel: 417-355-3519
Office: COMM 226

Mr. Jason Edgar, the School of Communication’s Director of Forensics, has been involved in competitive speech and debate since he was a freshman at Aurora High School in 1996. He was a Lincoln-Douglas competitor at Missouri Southern State University from 2000-2004 where he earned his BA in Communication, and was a Forensics Graduate Assistant for University of Arkansas from 2004-2006 where he earned his MA in Communication.

As a competitor, Mr. Edgar qualified to NSDA High School Nationals twice in Duo Interpretation with his colleague Ben Thomas, placing 33rd in the Nation in 2000. At Missouri Southern, he closed out the 2004 Missouri State Championship in Lincoln-Douglas with teammate Eric Crinnian, and was a member of the MSSU Lincoln-Douglas program that placed 2nd Overall in Debate Sweepstakes at the 2003 NFA National Tournament. As a coach, Mr. Edgar has three Missouri State Championships in Parliamentary Debate, and six national championships in Program Oral Interpretation, Parliamentary Debate, IPDA Debate, and Lincoln-Douglas Debate.

As a Director of Forensics, Mr. Edgar spent 2006-2015 establishing and directing programs at both Barton Community College in Great Bend, KS and Crowder College in Neosho, MO. In 2015, he accepted the Forensics Director position at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, MO. And in 2016 he was named “Missouri Coach of the Year” by the Missouri Association of Forensics Activities for his commitment and dedication to Missouri Forensics since 1996.

As a policy debate coach, Mr. Edgar’s research interests include: Nuclear Waste Disposal in Yucca Mountain, the Political Ramifications of Fiat, Consumer Product Safety, Renewable Portfolio Standards, Hemp Legalization, Asteroid Retrieval Missions, Genetically Modified Salmon, Combating Narco-Terrorism, and Energy Storage during the Zombie Apocalypse.

His teaching interests include Argumentation & Critical Decision Making, Applied Debate & Forensics, and Advanced Presentational Communication. He is currently constructing an “Argumentation in Westeros” course where he plans to show how arguments are made in the fictional world of “Game of Thrones”. Outside of class, Mr. Edgar enjoys watching television and movies, playing Texas Hold-Em, and using a laser pointer to pester his two cats, Archer & Lana. If you would like more information about Speech and Debate at SDSU, email