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Buy/Sell Rounds / Buying Rounds - Harvard / Wake
« Last post by charrigan on October 05, 2021, 06:44:08 PM »
UK is hiring rounds for both Harvard and Wake. (online). Up to a full commitment. If interested, please email me:
Open Topic -- Any issue / Re: NAUDL College Connector - October 6, 2021
« Last post by lukephill on September 28, 2021, 04:42:43 PM »
Looking forward to seeing lots of great college programs next week for the college connector.  Please register by October 1. 

The Daniel Rohrer AFA Research Award recognizes outstanding scholarship in argumentation and forensics published in the previous calendar year. Any published article, text, or book in the field of argumentation and/or forensics is eligible for nomination. To nominate a published scholarly article please send a letter of nomination detailing why the publication should be honored and a copy of the complete publication. If the publication nominated is a book, a copy of the table of contents and of one chapter is sufficient. Electronic submissions are preferred. Eligible scholarship for the current year must have a publication date from the previous or current year. The award shall be presented at the annual AFA business meeting to be held at the NCA Conference.

The AFA Outstanding Dissertation or Thesis Award recognizes the best dissertation or thesis in the theory and practice of argumentation and forensics completed in the previous calendar year. The candidate must be a member of AFA. To nominate a thesis or dissertation, a letter of nomination detailing the significance of the dissertation or thesis (usually from the project advisor), a copy of the table of contents, and a representative chapter of the completed study. Electronic submissions are preferred; hard copy submissions should include six (6) copies of all necessary materials. Eligible scholarship for 2021 must have a completion date of 2021. The award shall be presented at the annual AFA business meeting to be held at the NCA Conference. The committee chair must receive nominations no later than October 1. Nominations received after this date may not be considered.

The AFA Distinguished Service Award recognizes long-term service to the American forensics community. The recipient of the award typically comes from within the forensics community (active or retired). Nominations do not need to be elaborate. When possible, however, a nomination file may include a letter of nomination and the candidate's vita, indicating service and supporting items. Areas of interest to the committee might include items such as: positive impact on the field in terms of current research practices, educational practices, community development, and consideration of career as a model for AFA professionals.

For all awards, send nominations and submissions by October 15 to: Kelly Young - Kelly.Young [at]

The NDT Board of Trustees is hosting Coaches Forum: How to Best Manage Student Mental Health

Thursday, October 7, 2021 @ 8 pm Eastern, Meeting ID: 820 5861 1900, Passcode: 988625

Dr. Ben Biermann, M.D., Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan. Three-time qualifier and 1985 Octafinalist at the NDT while debating for Wayne State University.
Open Topic -- Any issue / Jeff Bess
« Last post by Ermo on September 15, 2021, 05:14:36 PM »
R.I.P. Jeff Bess (1991-2021)

A star debater for the Holt V. Spicer debate forum at Missouri State University, Jeff was a National Debate Scholar in 2012, 2013, and 2014. In 2014 Jeff placed second in the Lincoln Douglas division of the National Forensic Association's (NFA) National Tournament. He qualified three times for the prestigious National Debate Tournament (NDT) in cross-examination debate in 2012, 2013 and 2014, the Pittsburgh Round Robin in 2013, and competed in the Cross Examination Debate Association's (CEDA) elimination rounds in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

After completing his undergraduate degree, he earned a J.D. from the University of Washington in 2017. He returned to Springfield while studying for the bar to be closer to his family, and helped coach for the Spicer Debate Forum in 2018. After working for others for a couple of years, he had decided to pursue for a M.A. in Communication, hoping to develop strategies for starting his own firm.

Jeff passed unexpectedly from a heart attack a few days after his 30th birthday. His friends, family, the Holt V. Spicer Debate Forum, and MSU’s Communication Department are mourning this sudden and tragic loss. Jeff has lost several family members in recent years, but is mom and remaining family are planning a memorial service in the coming days, and we will keep you updated.
Open Topic -- Any issue / NAUDL College Connector - October 6, 2021
« Last post by lukephill on September 07, 2021, 10:28:59 PM »
NAUDL will host an online College Connector on the evening of Wednesday October 6th.  NAUDL offers this unique event to help debaters from our member leagues to make informed decision about debating in college.  We hope this opportunity to meet with committed debaters from across the country will help forge new connections between your program and urban debate leagues. 

The event is timed to allow students from all parts of the country to participate.  Representatives from you debate program will be expected to be present in your online booths during the Debate Program Connection sessions.  We understand it's a long evening and the schedule won't work or every program, please let us know if there are times you will not be able to staff your booth.

We are using Hopin to approximate in-person interactions you might find at a college fair.  Information provided on the sign up form will be used to create your "Booth" at the event.

Register your program:

NAUDL expects all participating debate programs to:

  • Staff your virtual booth with at least 2 school representatives during the Debate Program Connection .  Current debaters, admission team members or coaches can all serve in this role.
  • Complete the Debate Program Sign Up Form by October 1st .  Booths will be added to the Expo in the order information is received.
  • Entries received after October 1st are not guaranteed a booth.
  • Follow up with any debaters who provide contact information to your team during the event.
  • Complete the NAUDL end-of-event survey in a timely manner.

NAUDL will provide:

  • Recruitment and advertising for the event to debaters from 22 urban debate leagues.
  • Online booths for representatives to provide information to interested debaters.
  • Training materials for utilizing the Expo features of HopIn.
  • Contact information for debaters who request more information about your team.
  • Space for alternative information about your program to be displayed for times your booth cannot be staffed.

If you have any additional questions contact Luke Hill,
Grad School Positions / James Madison University--Two Debate GTA Positions.
« Last post by micksouders on August 27, 2021, 08:24:53 PM »
The James Madison University Debate Team and the School of Communication Studies at JMU is seeking to fill two graduate teaching/coaching positions beginning in the Fall 2022 semester. JMU is located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in Harrisonburg, VA.

JMU offers an outstanding MA in Communication & Advocacy that involves both academic and professional areas of emphasis, including in Environmental Communication, Health Communication, and Strategic Communication. JMU has an excellent track record of preparing students for either a Ph.D or entering a profession. Those interested in the GTA positions must apply and be accepted to these programs.

Our GTAs are integral to our success as a program. We work with many different levels of debater, from college novices to national circuit competitors. We are seeking people who dedicated to helping others to learn or improve in debate, not necessarily the those with the best track record as competitor.

You can find out more about our programs here:

Information about our assistantships in terms of value and stipends are here:

I do not generally check Facebook, but feel free to email me with questions at
Open Topic -- Any issue / Call for Papers - Contemporary Argumentation & Debate
« Last post by japoapst on August 18, 2021, 11:59:49 PM »
Hello all,

Thank you to everyone who has inquired about submitting to Contemporary Argumentation & Debate. While our new digital home is still in progress, the journal is now accepting submissions for several different paper calls. The attached document outlines each call, below are the titles of each issue:

1. Debate Theory and Curriculum
2. General Issue
3. Topic Papers
4. Student Papers

If anyone has any questions about submitting, don't hesitate to contact me via

P.S. To answer one quick question I can anticipate receiving, students are encouraged to submit to any call. However, the student papers issue is dedicated to undergraduate scholarship.
Coaching Positions / University of Texas at Dallas - Assistant Director
« Last post by saherndon on August 16, 2021, 05:15:26 PM »
UTD has posted a job for assistant director of debate and is inviting qualified applicants. This is an MA preferred position. Our committee is hoping to act quickly on this hire, so please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the program, position, school, etc.

Official posting:

The University of Texas at Dallas is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer (M/F/D/V).

Open Topic -- Any issue / Re: Tournaments in the Southeast/Midwest 2021
« Last post by RobGlass on August 06, 2021, 01:49:04 AM »
First things first, most of the discussions here have migrated to the College Policy Debate group in Facebook (to all of our detriment), so if you're looking for community input I would recommend going there.

Second, most tournaments for the first part of this year will actually be hosted online, which should give you a good chance to compete. I'd recommend checking out the Miami college schedule which should have the information you need for weekends, and then the for the actual invites/details for those tournaments.

Feel free to PM me with any questions you have about this.

Rob Glass
University of Houston
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