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

  • 2021-22 Topic Papers Available The Lincoln-Douglas Committee has released the topic papers for the 2021-22 season - papers are available here to review and ballots will be sent to each team's Voting Delegate via Speechwire.Four topics met the qualifications for submission: US Ratification of Treaties. This topic is a collaboration between Chad Meadows and Heather Walters. It explores the controversy of the United States ratifying or acceding to legally binding multilateral treaties.  Increase Pressure on Israel/Iran. This topic is a collaboration between Chad Meadows and Joe Packer. It explores the controversy of the United States increasing its pressure on Israel and or Iran on issues like human rights, proliferation, and statehood.Engage Russia. This topic is a collaboration between Nicholas ...
    Posted Feb 8, 2021, 8:54 PM by Megan Koch
  • Volume 37, Number 1 of the NFA Journal is now published online Dear NFA Colleague: I am very pleased to tell you that the Fall 2020 edition of the National Forensic Journal (vol. 37, no. 1) is now available.  You can access this issue (as well as all past issues of the journal) at http://www.nationalforensicjournal.org/issues.htmlThis issue is dedicated to the Interstate Oratorical Contest.  In a series of six articles, it explores the speeches presented at - and some logistical details of - the contest in the 1800s, 1940s, 1960s, 1970s, 1990s, and 2000s.  It explores connections between the speeches presented and the cultural contexts in which they were delivered, and examines a number of ways in which various speech components (topic selection, organization, use of supporting materials, style ...
    Posted Dec 9, 2020, 4:04 PM by NFA Forensics
  • Fall 2020 Newsletter Now Available This Newsletter Contains the Following Information:2020-21 Membership RenewalCall to Fill Vacant Council Positions Call for Committee Members 2020-2021 NFA Panels at NCAFall 2020 General Business Meeting2020 Performances of Distinction2021 NFA National Tournament2021 Hall of Fame Nominations 2020-2021 Membership RenewalTypically member schools renew their memberships for the coming competition season at the previous year’s National Tournament.  The cancellation of the 2020 National Tournament meant that the process for renewing memberships began back in May, and is still in progress.   Member schools receive copies of that year’s final round video recordings*, access to the National Forensic Journal, a vote on any current ballots and may participate in committees and run ...
    Posted Nov 21, 2020, 2:47 PM by Megan Koch
  • 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
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