Faculty

Thomas Miller

Sr. Continuing Lecturer

Contact Information

Email    PROFMILLER@SPEECH.UCLA.EDU
Office  1336 Rolfe Hall
Phone  310-825-3303

In directing the competitive speech and debate program for 38 years, I encourage the argumentation students to master effective reasoning.  The results: they have won the national debate championship seven times, placed second eleven times and were victorious at over 200 tournaments. 

 

More importantly, after leaving the program, they are empowered and equipped to do great work and be leaders in their chosen field. Our forensics students go on to rewarding careers in law, politics, media, the sciences and education.   For example, Dean of University of Michigan Law School, Evan Caminker, Congressman Brad Sherman, author and media critic, Lisa Bloom, lawyer and scholar Keith Fink and Yale professor Donald P. Green were all active members of the program.

In studying the science and rhetoric of climate change, my students and I investigate why we as a society are poles apart on this issue.  We test Yale law and psychology professor Dan Kahan’s assertion that: “The problem isn’t the public’s reasoning capacity; it is the polluted science-communication environment that drives people apart.”  Each spring we revisit this debate and deconstruct it with the goal of cleaning up these toxic and polarized communication spheres.

 

Teaching the power of effective storytelling involves learning to simplify the message, doing the unexpected, making the abstract -concrete, being credible, and communicating emotion.  It also includes listening, preparing, getting the facts and above all else-- telling the right story to the right audience. A story I told about a year in the life of a college debate team evolved into a screenplay and then a major motion picture starring Roy Scheider, Jami Gertz, and Kirk Cameron. You may enjoy the film here.

 

Nonverbal communication in the courtroom as well as expert witness preparation is another research interest of mine. I served as a trial consultant for the O.J Simpson murder trial. I also comment on local, state and national political debates for the media. You may listen to a recent interview here.

 

So, whether it is speech and debate, science and rhetoric or powerful storytelling, UCLA students are prepared to communicate effectively.

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Degrees

M.A., Speech Communication, California State University, Northridge

B.A., Mass Communication Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Current Courses by Term

2017 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2018 Winter Quarter

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

Previous Courses by Term

2018 Winter Quarter

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2017 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2017 Summer Session

Principles of Oral Communication

2017 Spring Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Principles of Argumentation

2017 Winter Quarter

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2016 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2016 Summer Session

Principles of Oral Communication

2016 Spring Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Principles of Argumentation

2016 Winter Quarter

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2015 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2015 Summer Session

Principles of Oral Communication

2015 Spring Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Principles of Argumentation

2015 Winter Quarter

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2014 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2014 Summer Session

Principles of Oral Communication

2014 Spring Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Principles of Argumentation

2014 Winter Quarter

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2013 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2013 Summer Session

Principles of Oral Communication

2013 Spring Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Principles of Argumentation

2013 Winter Quarter

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2012 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2012 Summer Session

Principles of Oral Communication

2012 Spring Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Principles of Argumentation

2012 Winter Quarter

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2011 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2011 Summer Session

Principles of Oral Communication

2011 Spring Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Principles of Argumentation

2011 Winter Quarter

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2010 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2010 Summer Session

Principles of Oral Communication

2010 Spring Quarter

Principles of Argumentation

2010 Winter Quarter

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2009 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2009 Summer Session

Principles of Oral Communication

2009 Spring Quarter

Principles of Argumentation

2009 Winter Quarter

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2008 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2008 Summer Session

Principles of Oral Communication

Principles of Argumentation

2008 Spring Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Principles of Argumentation

2008 Winter Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2007 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2007 Spring Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Principles of Argumentation

2007 Winter Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2006 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2006 Summer Session

Principles of Oral Communication

2006 Spring Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Principles of Argumentation

2006 Winter Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2005 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2005 Summer Session

Principles of Oral Communication

2005 Spring Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Principles of Argumentation

2005 Winter Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2004 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2004 Summer Session

Principles of Oral Communication

2004 Spring Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Principles of Argumentation

2004 Winter Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2003 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2003 Summer Session

Principles of Oral Communication

2003 Spring Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Principles of Argumentation

2003 Winter Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2002 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2002 Summer Session

Principles of Oral Communication

2002 Spring Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Principles of Argumentation

2002 Winter Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2001 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2001 Summer Session

Principles of Oral Communication

2001 Spring Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Principles of Argumentation

2001 Winter Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2000 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

2000 Summer Session

Principles of Oral Communication

2000 Spring Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Principles of Argumentation

2000 Winter Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

1999 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

1999 Summer Session

Principles of Oral Communication

1999 Spring Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Principles of Argumentation

1999 Winter Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

1998 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Forensics

Analysis and Briefing

1998 Summer Session
1998 Spring Quarter

Previous Courses by Course

COMM ST 104
Analysis and Briefing

2018 Winter Quarter

2017 Fall Quarter

2017 Winter Quarter

2016 Fall Quarter

2016 Winter Quarter

2015 Fall Quarter

2015 Winter Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

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2012 Fall Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

2009 Winter Quarter

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2008 Winter Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

COMM ST 103B
Forensics

2018 Winter Quarter

2017 Winter Quarter

2016 Winter Quarter

2015 Winter Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

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2009 Winter Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

COMM ST 1
Principles of Oral Communication

2017 Fall Quarter

2017 Summer Session

2017 Spring Quarter

2016 Fall Quarter

2016 Summer Session

2016 Spring Quarter

2015 Fall Quarter

2015 Summer Session

2015 Spring Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2014 Summer Session

2014 Spring Quarter

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COMM ST 103A
Forensics

2017 Fall Quarter

2016 Fall Quarter

2015 Fall Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

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COMM ST 102
Principles of Argumentation

2017 Spring Quarter

2016 Spring Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2014 Spring Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2009 Spring Quarter

2008 Summer Session

2008 Spring Quarter

2007 Spring Quarter

COMM ST 181B
Forensics

2007 Winter Quarter

2006 Winter Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

COMM ST 182
Analysis and Briefing

2007 Winter Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

2006 Winter Quarter

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2005 Winter Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

COMM ST 181A
Forensics

2006 Fall Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

COMM ST 107
Principles of Argumentation

2006 Spring Quarter

2005 Spring Quarter

2004 Spring Quarter

2003 Spring Quarter

2002 Spring Quarter

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COMM ST 191
Analysis and Briefing

2004 Winter Quarter

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COMM ST 190B
Forensics

2004 Winter Quarter

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COMM ST 190A
Forensics

2003 Fall Quarter

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COMM ST 1

1998 Summer Session

1998 Spring Quarter

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COMM ST 107

1998 Spring Quarter

COMM ST 191

1998 Winter Quarter

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COMM ST 190B

1998 Winter Quarter

COMM ST 190A

1997 Fall Quarter