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 Debate.


        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

  • 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
  • 2019 NFA Video Links Released The 2019 videos are on YouTube and links were sent to voting delegates.  Please remember videos are for member schools only and should not be shared on public social media.   This year we added content warnings and closed captioning - please email nfaforensics@gmail.com if you need to correct a captioning error.   Can I Join NFA? If you are not currently a member of NFA, but would like to join so you can get the links to the videos, you can visit the NFA Membership Page to find information about joining NFA.  Any Individual or school can become a member of NFA--details can be found on the NFA membership page.     
    Posted Mar 9, 2020, 10:29 AM by Megan Koch
  • LGBTQ+ Resources The EDI has prepared the following infographic  to assist LGBTQ+ competitors.  Thanks to Clayton Frankel (Bradley) for his assistance to the committee.  For a downloadable PDF of this graphic, visit the Equity Diversity and Inclusion info page.
    Posted Nov 26, 2018, 11:29 PM by Megan Koch
  • 2019 National Tournament Impromptu Schema Thank you to Impromptu Committee for their work in preparing the Impromptu Schema for the 2019 National Tournament.  To see the full schema description and examples for 2019, please click here.  To see examples used in outrounds of previous National Tournaments, please click here.
    Posted Dec 10, 2018, 9:24 AM by Megan Koch
  • NFA Panels at the 2018 NCA Convention We are pleased to have five panel slots at the 2018 NCA Convention at Salt Lake City in addition to our General Business Meeting.  The full list of NFA panels is available here.
    Posted Aug 6, 2018, 12:35 PM by Megan Koch
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