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The National Forensic Association (NFA) is an academic association dedicated to providing leadership in intercollegiate speech and debate education in the United States.  The NFA sponsors the annual collegiate national championship in Individual Events and Lincoln Douglas Debate during April.  Additionally, the association promotes and publishes the National Forensic Journal, an academic journal emphasizing scholarly work in speech and forensic pedagogy, as well as a selection of programs at the annual National Communication Association convention.

The NFA is committed to expanding and enhancing collegiate educational opportunities in speech communication nationwide.  The association is governed by an National Council comprised of elected faculty members from member institutions.

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Announcements and Reminders

  • National Forensics Association Fall Ballot Results 97 Member Schools (6 nonvoting schools)91 Voting schools73 Schools returned ballots although not voting on all proposals18 schools abstained by not returning a ballot *61 out of 91 needed for Constitutional Change**46 out of 91 needed for Bylaw Change Constitution/Bylaws Amendments reflecting Current Practices (4 proposals)*71- FOR                     Ratifying the current Octafinal Implementation Plan     (PASSED)           2-AGAINST             This plan must be ratified in order for the constitution and bylaws to reflect current18-ABSTAIN             practice of offering Octafinals at NFA.  **68-FOR                        Proposal for LD Sweepstakes                                      (PASSED)4-AGAINST                These bylaw changes reflect current practice for tabulation of LD Sweepstakes.19-ABSTAIN              **70-FOR                         Proposal for Team Sweepstakes Tiebreakers               (PASSED)  2-AGAINST               These bylaw changes ...
    Posted Dec 11, 2017, 11:09 PM by Megan Koch
  • Voting for Proposals begin November 28 and end December 8 Voting begins from November 28 (evening) until December 8 (midnight). NFA Voting delegates have received directions from Karen. Voting will occur on SpeechWire. A complete list of voting delegates can be found at https://sites.google.com/…/nationa…/about-nfa/member-schools.
    Posted Nov 27, 2017, 12:38 PM by Karen Morris
  • Student Story Project Forensics Students, Coaches, and Graduate Assistants: My name is Shannon Flory, the Junior Representative of NFA. The National Council has started an Ad Hoc Committee for something called the Student Story Project or Narrative Project. As the chair, I want to introduce the members of this committee: Dani Soibelman, Bailey Rung, Decker O'Donnell, Lily Schwab, and Abbey Toye! The Student Story Project is a committee which collects the forensics experience narratives of a variety of intercollegiate students for the purpose of sharing with high school students the advantages of continuing forensics life after high school. Abbey is currently working on a website in one of her classes to house these narratives. This project is not just about NFA ...
    Posted Nov 20, 2017, 12:42 PM by Karen Morris
  • Nominate Alumni to the NFA Hall of Fame The Hall of Fame committee is seeking nominations for 2018 class of inductees.  More information, including the nomination form, is available here.  Nominations are due to Dr. Schnoor by December 15.
    Posted Nov 11, 2017, 11:34 AM by Megan Koch
  • NFA Programs at the National Communication Association Conference We are excited to announce the programs that have been accepted for the 2017 NCA Convention in Dallas, TX.  Click here for the full list.
    Posted Oct 28, 2017, 9:10 AM by Megan Koch
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