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

  • MEET THE CANDIDATES FOR THE GRADUATE STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES TO THE NFA NATIONAL COUNCIL Samantha Begley (University of Central Missouri) and Victoria Ledford (Marshall University) are running for this positions.   Read their platform statements on the elections page.
    Posted May 1, 2016, 2:18 PM by Karen Morris
  • Call for Candidates for the Graduate Student Representative (1 year term) Graduate Student Representative to the NFA National Council (1 year term)    Description:           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 ...
    Posted Apr 21, 2016, 12:16 PM by Karen Morris
  • NFA Proposals to add Novice Finals and Community College Sweepstakes NFA ad hoc committees have been busy in discussion and brain- storming. Here are two more proposals in hopes to make our NFA more inclusive. Please let the committee members know your thoughts about these two proposals for vote at NFA in April.NFA Novice Finals ProposalRATIONALE: As NFA continues to reach out to new constituencies, we argue that embracing those who are new to the activity will keep them involved and motivated.PROPOSAL: That NFA take the following steps, on a one-year trial basis.After all competitors have been advanced to the first out-round in an event, the top six remaining novice competitors in individual events and the top four remaining novice competitors in LD will ...
    Posted Mar 22, 2016, 11:06 AM by Mary Moore
  • NFA Sustainability Act The NFA Sustainability Ad-Hoc Committee and the NFA National Council  is concerned that if the National Tournament continues in its current direction, we may lose membership and stray from some of NFA’s core values.  As a committee and a council, we are trying to make the National Tournament accessible to both more schools and more students.  We propose to do this through a comprehensive proposal with amendments that are harmonious with each other. These major revisions to the National Tournament may warrant apprehension at first, include self-sacrifice for some, but overall are proposed with the greater good in mind in order to continue the sustainability of the tournament, attract new membership, all while simultaneously adhering to our ...
    Posted Feb 29, 2016, 12:40 PM by Mary Moore
  • Call for Nominations for NFA National Council Positions and LD Committee Positions A call for nominations can be found under the NFA Council page (under About NFA)
    Posted Feb 16, 2016, 7:12 AM by Karen Morris
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