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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

  • 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
  • Welcome Your Newest NFA National Council Members and  LD Committee Members Although the results of the latest election were announced at the NFA General Business Meeting and on Facebook, we would like to officially welcome those new individuals and returning members to service to the NFA. Re-Elected to serve on the NFA National Council President                                             Karen Morris, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire    Secretary/Treasurer                            Megan Koch, Illinois State UniversityAt-Large Representative                    Lisa Roth, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee   Elected to serve on the NFA National Council LD Representative                             Chad Meadows, Western Kentucky University At-Large Representative                    Mike Storr, Ball State University Graduate Student Representative       Tanya Melendez, University of North Carolina-Charlotte Junior Student Representative                       Craig Heyne, Illinois State University Appointed to serve out a vacated term on the NFA National ...
    Posted Jun 9, 2018, 3:00 PM by Karen Morris
  • 2018 National Championship Disqualifications in Novice Extemp and Novice Impromptu After the final rounds of Novice Extemp and Novice Impromptu, eligibility challenges were brought to the National Tournament Committee.  In both cases, the claim was that a student in each event did not meet NFA’s definition of a novice.  After reaching out to both students and their coaches, the Tournament Committee found that both students had competed on the high school level in individual events.  NFA bylaws state that students must be in their first year of competition, including high school and collegiate experience to be eligible for novice events.  The National Tournament Committee reported their findings on these challenges to the National Council who convened during the tournament to discuss the charges. The National Council found unanimously that ...
    Posted Jun 9, 2018, 2:58 PM by Karen Morris
  • 2018 NFA Community College Champion Named We are pleased to announce East Los Angeles College as the 2018 NFA National Community College Champions. The NFA Community College Award is a relatively new tradition. The proposal establishing the award spells out that it should be presented to the top five community college teams entered in the National Championship Tournament, but never recognize more than 50 % of the field. At the 2018 NFA Championship Tournament, there was only one school clearly identified in individual events as a community college. With only one community college entered in individual events, no trophy was presented at the 2018 National Championship Tournament. At the end of the tournament, East Los Angeles College self-identified as a community college, thus changing the eligibility ...
    Posted Jun 9, 2018, 2:56 PM by Karen Morris
  • National Forensic Journal - new issue available Letter from our Journal Editor.  The new issue can be found at: http://www.nationalforensicjournal.org/issues.html
    Posted Jan 5, 2018, 11:29 AM by Megan Koch
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