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 association is governed by an National Council comprised of elected faculty members from member institutions.


The National Forensic Association is committed to expanding and enhancing collegiate educational opportunities in speech communication nationwide.  The purpose of the association is to promote pedagogy and scholarship by publishing the National Forensic Journal and sponsoring an annual championship in Individual Events and Lincoln-Douglas 


Believing strongly in the purpose of the National Forensic Association and its’ pillars of pedagogy, scholarship, and competition, member teams and individuals strive to uphold the following values:

1.      Inclusivity – The National Forensic Association community believes we are stronger when we include all               individuals with diverse experiences and stories.

2.      Honesty – Our community believes in honestly presenting and performing work without the blight of                     plagiarism or misrepresentation.

3.      Integrity – Our community works to uphold the highest ethical standards as stated in our organizational                 bylaws in order to create a society of fairness and pride.

4.      Respect – Our community respects the voices and perspectives of other members within the community and           works to create comradery within our diversity.

5.      Education – Our community believes that by focusing on education as a pedagogy and a competitive                     practice, we can foster the growth of strong, civically minded citizens.

6.      Involvement – Our community encourages involvement of students, alumni, coaches, and outside                           community members because many perspectives enrich the learning experience at our tournament.


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Announcements and Reminders

  • 2020 Performances of Distinction Greetings friends! I am so excited to share with you the results of our NFA Performances of Distinction archive project! We know nothing can replace the magic of the National Championship Tournament we lost this year, but the video submissions in this archive are a beautiful tribute to the dedication, passion, and advocacy of our students. I am touched by the messages that will be preserved here. We received 128 video submissions from 21 member schools. These videos were an amazing sample of the brilliant performances you worked on all year long, and it was truly a joy to see the finished results. Thank you to all the novice and graduating seniors who shared your messages with us one more ...
    Posted Jun 24, 2020, 12:01 PM by NFA Forensics
  • Change in NFA Leadership             From Karen Morris, NFA PresidentAs many of you know, I accepted a teaching only position at my institution beginning in the Fall of 2020 and am stepping out of the role of Director of Forensics at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.  My plan was to finish out my last three-year term as NFA President (2018-2021) and transition to NFA Past President.  The best laid plans…  UWEC Forensics was so incredibly fortunate to have been able to conduct a DOF search before institutions closed down and we were thrilled when Chris Outzen was offered and accepted the position of UWEC DOF.  As you know, Chris Outzen is completing his first year of a two year term as ...
    Posted May 28, 2020, 8:09 AM by Karen Morris
  • NFA Ballot Results Results from May 15th Ballot Ninth Semester of Eligibility Proposal This proposal would allow all students in the next few years to gain back the 2020 Nationals they lost and give them a semester to qualify for it. Yes - 46 votes No - 3 votes 49 delegates voted.  26 votes needed to pass.  Proposal Passes   Change I.E. Rating Points to 1-30 Proposal This proposal would not only change the I.E. rating points on the ballot to match the 1-30 points that NFA-LD uses, but would also provide a legend for the    1-30 system. Yes - 40 votes No - 9 votes 49 delegates cast votes.  26 votes needed to pass.  Proposal Passes   NFA-LD Topic Area ...
    Posted May 28, 2020, 8:06 AM by Karen Morris
  • National Developmental Conference (NDC)-Individual Events (IE) Webinar Series Announced  6th NDC-IE Conference initially scheduled to be held in Normal, Illinois on July 31-August 2, 2020 has been re-conceptualized into the NDC-IE WEBINAR SERIES. Mark your calendars to zoom with us for two important webinar events.  NDC-IE COVID-19 Coaches Webinar- May 1, 2020  NDC-IE Webinar Conference- June 19-20, 2020For more information and to register:  CLICK HERE
    Posted Apr 23, 2020, 2:52 PM by Karen Morris
  • NFA's COVID-19 Statement The Tournament Committee and National Council is aware of the risks and confounding factors surrounding the spread of COVID-19. At this point, we are expecting the National Forensic Association's championship tournament to be held as planned in Whitewater, Wisconsin. Should that change, we will alert the membership immediately. All drop fees for schools and their participants that have been incurred because they were limited by travel restrictions or illness after the March 30th registration deadline will be waived. The Tournament Committee and National Council will continue to monitor the travel and congregational risks of COVID-19.For updated information pertaining to the virus and Wisconsin: https://publichealthmdc.com/…/resources-by-dise…/coronavirus
    Posted Mar 9, 2020, 10:27 AM by Megan Koch
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