Charlene Strickland serves as a consultant to UIL in the area of speech events, and serves as UIL state contest director for extemporaneous and informative speaking.

Currently on the UIL website is a video of Ms. Strickland introducing new students to the extemporaneous speaking contest.  Ms. Strickland as serves as a presenter at UIL SuperConferences held during the fall.  Click here to view video.

In the summer of 2011, Ms. Strickland worked with the UIL study committee charged with establishing the guidelines for use of computers in extemporaneous informative and extemporaneous persuasive speaking. Click here to view guidelines.

Hardin-Simmons University serves as a regional site for UIL academics, tennis, golf as well as track and field, for which Ms. Strickland serves as the Regional Director General.  For fourteen years, HSU hosted conference 1A schools and in 2011 began hosting 4A schools.

During March and April, Ms. Strickland and colleagues recruit, train and travel with HSU students to manage the administration and judging for UIL District speech events.


The University Interscholastic League was formed in 1910 and began as the “Debating League of Texas High Schools.”  The need for a high school athletic program was researched and implemented thereafter.  In 1913 the two organizations (Debating League and the Athletic Association) combined to form the University Interscholastic League.

If the UIL beginnings in Debate were not interesting enough, few are aware of the fact that in 1910, when the Debating League of Texas was formed, the meeting was held in Abilene, Texas!  How appropriate that the Department of Communication at Hardin-Simmons University continues to support and work with the UIL.