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 criteria for both Paper Sessions and Panel Discussions may include (but are not necessarily limited to) such issues as relevance to the NFA membership, session design, originality, timeliness/urgency, apparent level of scholarly contribution (a multi-faceted concept), and overall impression.
All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central. Emailed or mailed submissions will not be accepted. For a definition of submission types, please refer to the step-by-step "How to Submit" instructions provided in the Convention Library (www.natcom.org/conventionresources). Deadline for submission is Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.
1. Individual Papers Requirements. Submitters should include the title, paper description, author information and keywords in the appropriate sections of the electronic form. Submissions must include a 30-page (maximum), double-spaced uploaded copy of the paper. Only completed papers will be accepted as individual paper submissions. Abstracts are not appropriate for this format. Projects involving original research rather than reflection pieces are given acceptance priority. Copies must be uploaded into NCA Convention Central and must not include identifying information. Instructions on how to prepare a blind copy are provided in the Convention Resource Library (www.natcom.org/conventionresources).
2. Paper Sessions. Submitters should include the session title and session description in the electronic submission form. Submissions must include the entry of each paper, including title, paper description, and authors involved. A session chair is required. Please provide a rationale for acceptance outlining the importance of the submission.
3. Panel Discussions. Submitters must include a session title and description, entry of each presenter involved. A session chair is required. Please provide a rationale for acceptance outlining the importance of the submission. To the extent possible, specific information explaining the unique contribution each panelist will make to the discussion is desirable.
AV information is required at the time of submission.
All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the Convention Library (www.natcom.org/conventionresources).
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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.
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 a tournament:
· Follow these step-by-step directions to create a tournament report:https://www.speechwire.com/handbooks/nfa-reporting-handbook.pdf
Update to Qualification Procedures:
· Please note the by-law changes that were passed at the 2016 April business meeting which impact when and how students can qualify for NFA: For tournaments with 60 or more entrants in an event where no semifinal rounds are held, then the top 10% of entrants will qualify for the national tournament. In the case where there are 60 or more entrants in an event and semifinal rounds are held, then all semifinalists will qualify for the national tournament. In the case where there are more than 90 entrants in an event and ‘super semis’ or quarter final rounds are held, then all contestants in the appropriate elimination rounds will qualify for the national tournament.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you have regarding the above process or the National Tournament. Additionally, check http://www.nationalforensics.org/competition/nfa-nationals for tournament information and updates.
Wishing you all a happy and productive season,
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) - B. Resolved: the United States Federal Government should substantially reduce the role of the United States Southern Command in Latin America.
Implementation Plan for Octafinals at 2017 can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/nationalforensicsassociation/general-business-meetings
· Victoria Ledford, Marshall University
2016-2017 NFA Graduate Student Rep to the National Council (elected by the membership)
· Rebecca Buel, Monmouth College
2016-2017 NFA Tournament Director (appointed by the President and approved by the National Council to complete the term vacated)
Samantha Begley (University of Central Missouri) and Victoria Ledford (Marshall University) are running for this positions. Read their platform statements on the elections page.
Graduate Student Representative to the NFA National Council (1 year term)
The graduate student representative must be an actively participating coach enrolled in a graduate program working toward a Master’s or Doctoral degree at an NFA member school.
If running in April for a school which they will begin attending in the Fall, they must provide the elections committee chair a letter of acceptance to the graduate school and endorsement by the Director of Forensics at the NFA member graduate school.
As this position was just approved by the membership at the 2016 NFA General Business Meeting, a special election will take place this year. In following years, this position will be part of the normal election timeline. However, this year we will use the following deadlines:
Anyone wishing to run must turn in the following items by April 29th to the chair of the
Elections Committee, Karen Morris (email@example.com):
1) Applicant’s Name
2) Name of NFA Member School and type of degree pursuing at the graduate level.
*if entering into a program in the Spring of 2016 then you will need to provide:
a) a letter of acceptance to the graduate school
b) endorsement by the Director of Forensics from the student’s graduate program
3) Picture for posting to the NFA Website
4) Platform for running (one page narrative) for posting to the NFA Website
All candidates’ letters of intent and photos will be posted to the NFA Website by May 1st and
a voting link will be sent out electronically to each member school’s voting delegate by May 4th.
On-line votes will be collected by SpeechWire (one ballot per
membership school) by May 15th.