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

  • 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
  • 2018-2019 LD Resolution Announced After six months of work, the 2018-2019 season begins!   The NFA Council would like to give our sincere thanks to outgoing LD Chair John Boyer, members of the 2017-2018 LD Committee, incoming LD Chair Chad Meadows and everyone who wrote, reviewed and refined the topic papers and potential resolutions.   To join the discussion about the new resolution and the next-outs, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/649307038421269/
    Posted Jul 2, 2018, 1:17 PM by Megan Koch
  • Recent Ballot Results The most recent ballot contained: *proposals which had moved through the amendment process *2018-2019 LD Resolution options  The 2018-2019 Resolution will be announced on July 1stHowever, the results of the votes on the four proposals on the ballot are below. Amendments to the bylaws need a majority vote of the membership to pass and amendments to the constitution need a 2/3’s vote of the membership to pass.  NFA currently has 82 member schools who have designated a voting delegate.  An amendment to the bylaws must receive 42 yes votes to pass An amendment to the constitution must receive 54 votes to passProposal to Cap Elimination Round Sweepstakes Points   Regardless of the number ...
    Posted Jun 9, 2018, 3:04 PM by Karen Morris
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