Meet our Coaches

Amorette Hinderaker, Ph.D.

Convener of Debates & Associate Professor

Ph.D., North Dakota State University

M.A., North Dakota State University

B.A., South Dakota State University

Amorette Hinderaker is the Convener of Debates at TCU. She coaches the TCU forensics team and works to bring open dialogue and debate to the TCU community. Prior to joining the TCU faculty, she served as the Director of Forensics at North Dakota State University from 2006-2012.

Her research focuses in organizational communication focuses on religious organizations and memberships and the intersection of media and religion. Her work has been published in The Journal of Communication and Religion, Southern Journal of Communication, Western Journal of Communication, and Communication Studies.

She is a member of the National Communication Association, Pi Kappa Delta, the National Forensics Association, National Parliamentary Debate Association, and American Forensics Association.

Chris Harper, Ed.D.

Assistant Director of Forensics


Ed.D., Arkansas State University

M.A., Arkansas State University

B.A., Arkansas State University

Chris Harper comes to TCU with over eighteen years of experience coaching nationally and internationally recognized intercollegiate forensics and debate programs. Highlights of his career include coaching national champion competitors in collegiate forensics/debate divisions including: IPDA, PKD, DSR-TKA, CEDA, NDT, and Phi Ro Pi.

He was also privileged with the opportunity to co-coach the 2008 Montgomery Cup International delegation which featured selected American debaters in world style competition against European debating unions. Chris is most proud to be a husband (to his wife, Christy) and father to a wonderful daughter (August) and son (CJ).