Ryan McBride holds a joint appointment in the School of Liberal Arts and the Center for Public Service (CPS), allowing him to teach service-learning courses and direct multidisciplinary service-learning project, as well as contributing to CPS in various administrative capacities. Professor McBride’s primary service-learning project is aimed at expanding the opportunities for New Orleans youth to participate in debate. The project originated from Ryan's service-learning course, "Aristotle in New Orleans," an intensive study of classical rhetoric illuminated (and complicated) by the practical challenges of coaching middle school debate in New Orleans. He and his students have partnered with local teachers and principals to launch debate programs at four New Orleans middle schools where over 95% of the students qualify for the free lunch program. Those schools anchor a new, thriving, citywide debate league with regular tournaments and over a dozen participating schools. The program has earned a grant from the American Philosophical Association, awards from mayors Nagin and Landrieu, and is currently used as a national model by the Middle School Public Debate Program. Ryan earned his Ph.D. in philosophy at Marquette University, has an M.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John's College, and received his B.A. from Oklahoma State University.