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 Executive Council comprised of elected faculty members from member institutions.

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Announcements and Reminders

  • Call for Nominations for NFA National Council and LD Committee
    Posted Feb 15, 2017, 3:48 PM by Megan Koch
  • National Forensic Association Call for Submissions The purpose of the National Forensic Association is to promote intercollegiate forensics, a goal which encompasses its concern for forensic theory, practice, and pedagogy.  Members are concerned with the theoretical, ethical, and practical issues which undergird the practice of intercollegiate Individual Events and Lincoln-Douglas debate. The National Forensic Association particularly encourages submissions which portray, research or enhance the convention theme "Our Legacy, Our Relevance."  The National Forensic Association will accept the following submission types:  Individual Papers, Paper Sessions, and Panel Discussions.  Review criteria for Individual Papers may include (but are not necessarily limited to) such issues as relevance to the NFA membership, apparent level of scholarly contribution (a multi-faceted concept), execution and writing issues, and overall impression.  Review ...
    Posted Feb 7, 2017, 2:49 PM by Karen Morris
  • LD Topic Areas Papers for 2017 Posted You can read the 6 LD topic area position papers under the LD tab.  Ballots for these areas will  be sent to NFA member school voting delegates soon.
    Posted Feb 3, 2017, 8:13 PM by Megan Koch
  • Note from the NFA Tournament Director Hello Friends, I am excited to serve as your National Tournament Director this year, and am looking forward to the start of a fantastic season leading to NFA in Eau Claire!  As you ready your teams to travel, here are a few reminders for reporting NFA qualifications: If you use SpeechWire to host or attend a tournament: · Results will be automatically be reported. · Please take a moment to update your team roster and mark students appropriately as active or inactive.  · Remember to enter student names the same way for every tournament. Typos, extra spaces, abbreviations, or other variations will create multiple records for the same student and may complicate the verification process.   If you do NOT use SpeechWire to host ...
    Posted Nov 21, 2016, 10:04 AM by Megan Koch
  • 2016-2017 LD Resolution 37 schools voted using the online voting system, excellent turnout.  The full results are below: 5th place (98 points) - D. Resolved: the United States Federal Government should increase technical assistance for the substantial reduction of fossil fuel emissions in Brazil. 4th place (109 points) - A. Resolved: the United States Federal Government should substantially increase its “Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance” assistance to Latin America. 3rd place (112 points) - C. Resolved: the United States Federal Government should substantially increase its diplomatic engagement with Chile and/or Bolivia. 2nd place (113 points) - E. Resolved: the United States Federal Government should substantially increase its constructive engagement with one or more of the following nations: Bolivia, Nicaragua, and/or Venezuela. 1st place (123 points ...
    Posted Jul 7, 2016, 8:56 AM by Karen Morris
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