Newsletter 32.2


VOL. 32,  NO. 2 -- January 2010

  Message from the AFA President, p. 3

Memoria, p. 4

2008 AFA Award Winners, p. 3

Calls for Papers, pp. 5-6

                Argumentation and Advocacy

                2010 AFA Convention

AFA Tournament Calendar, p. 6

Call for Nominations, pp. 6-7

                Daniel Rohrer AFA Research Award, p. 6

                AFA Outstanding Dissertation of Thesis Award, p. 6

                AFA Distinguished Service Award, p. 7

AFA Committees, 2009-2010, pp. 8-9

Officer Candidate Statements, pp. 10-15

Minutes of Executive Council, 2009, pp. 16-21

Minutes of the National Business Meeting, 2009, pp. 21-27

Financial Statement and Proposed Budget, pp. 28-31

AFA Ballots, p. 32



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VOL. 32,  NO. 2 -- January/February 2010

       The AFA Newsletter is published three times each year and is sent to all current AFA individual members. The first issue (September) contains information regarding the national meeting. The second issue (January) contains the minutes of AFA business meetings and National Council meetings from the AFA's annual convention and a supplement to the membership directory. The third issue (June) contains the tournament calendar for the following academic year. Each issue also contains news items of interest to members.

      You are invited to submit material to be published in the Newsletter. You may submit news items, announcements, or articles (especially ones which are related to forensic activities). Items for the newsletter should be sent to: James W. Pratt, PO Box 256, River Falls, WI 54022, or via e-mail Closing dates for each issue of the Newsletter are September 15th, for issue #1; January 15th, for issue #2; and June 15th, for issue #3.


Dan Cronn-Mills, AFA President

AFA Marks Significant Accomplishments

The annual business of the American Forensic Association was highly productive with a number of resolutions, policies, and initiatives approved by the membership. I wish to highlight some of those accomplishments.

  • 1. Dr. Catherine Palczewski and Dr. John Fritch were appointed as co-editors elect of Argumentation and Advocacy. Keep on the lookout for their call for manuscripts for the journal.
  • 2. Dr. Carol Winkler was re-appointed as the AFA Representative to Alta Conference.
  • 3. A significant revision to the Code of Forensics Program and Forensic Tournament Standards for Colleges and Universities was approved. The revision was a two-year process involving dedicated individuals from both the NDT and NIET communities. The code is now updated to reflect contemporary practices in individual events and debate. Most important, the Code now has a section on expectations for professional conduct. Please see the AFA website for specifics on the Code. All forensic directors are highly encouraged to share the Code with their coaches and students.
  • 4. The members approved a document supporting and detailing tenure and promotion for debate professionals. The document titled A Report on the Status of Standards for Tenure and Promotion in Debate was developed by The Tenure and Promotion Working Group during the Developmental Conference on Debate at Wake Forest University in June 2009. The document is available on the AFA website and will be published in a 2010 issue of Speaker and Gavel. A similar document for individual events written by Dr. Michael Dreher will be reviewed by the AFA in 2010.
  • 5. AFA is now the co-sponsor of a new online journal titled Timely Interventions: A Translational Journal of Public Policy Debate. Gordon Mitchell is the editor of the journal. The journal was another significant accomplishment from the Developmental Conference on Debate at Wake Forest University. Watch for the call for manuscripts for the journal.
  • 6. The individual events community is sponsoring a developmental conference in Minneapolis, MN in August 2010. The conference will focus on assessment standards and practices in individual events. Professor Larry Schnoor is heading up the conference.
  • 7. M'Liss Hindman, Tyler Junior College, was a recipient of the American Forensic Association Distinguished Service Award.
  • 8. Ross Smith, former director of debate at Wake Forest University, was posthumously recognized with the American Forensic Association Distinguished Service Award. Professor Ross
    Kennedy Smith died July 19, 2009. His presence will be greatly missed by all.
  • 9. Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was selected as the AFA Speaker of the Year.


Larry Scott Deathearage, 25 December 2009.  Former Director of Debate at Northwestern University, Executive Director, National Association of Urban Debate Leagues.

Distinguished Speaker of the Year Award
Sandra Day-O'Connor
Supreme Court Justice and Political Activist
Distinguished Service Award
Ross Smith
Wake Forest University
M'Liss Hindman
Tyler Community College
Dissertation Award

Crystal-Lane Swift
Louisiana State University


Argumentation and Advocacy

 Argumentation and Advocacy, the flagship publication of the American Forensic Association, invites scholarly submissions concerning any dimension of argumentation studies, including but not limited to contemporary or historical argumentation theory, informal logic, pragma-dialectics, interpersonal arguing, culture and argument, public and political argument, legal argument, and forensics and pedagogy. Studies employing any appropriate research methodology are welcome.

Manuscripts conforming to the guidelines for submission should be sent to:

Dale Hample, Editor

Argumentation and Advocacy

Department of Communication

University of Maryland

2130 Skinner Building

College Park, MD 20742-7635

E-mail correspondence should be addressed to

Inquiries about book reviews should be sent to Ilon Lauer,, or:

Ilon Lauer, Book Review Editor

Argumentation and Advocacy

Department of Communication

Western Illinois University

Macomb, IL 61455

2010 AFA Convention

The American Forensic Association invites submission of competitive papers, panels, and public debate events related to all types of forensics, oratory, and argumentation in both competitive and public contexts. The 2010 NCA convention theme "Building Bridges" invites scholars to reflect on how argumentation and forensic practices intersect across the conference theme. Papers, panels and programs submitted to the division may be theoretical, empirical, and/or critical in nature, and the division encourages a variety of methodological approaches. Papers should be typed, double-spaced, less than 6,000 words, and written to conceal authorship and institutional affiliation. A title page should indicate author(s), affiliations, addresses, e-mails, phone numbers, and word count. Papers should be accompanied by an abstract no longer than 150 words. Panel proposals should include a rationale for the program, abstracts of papers to be featured, and the addresses and telephone numbers of the participants. Panel proposals referencing/reinforcing the convention theme are highly encouraged. Panels are encouraged to include authors with diverse institutional affiliations, and to include the name of a Chair and a Respondent who are not one of the presenters. Panel proposals must include a 150-word description of the content and format of the panel, and a brief abstract of each paper or presentation. All submissions will be blind reviewed. One or more panels will be composed of competitively selected papers if submissions warrant.

All proposals (including competitive papers) must be submitted online at via the All Academic website. The AFA point of contact for submissions is Richard Edwards, Speech Communication Department, Baylor University, PO Box 97368, Waco, TX 76798; (254) 744-2443;

AFA Tournament Calendar. 

To have a tournament listed in the published calendar, tournament hosts can submit information to the AFA website: Information may also be submitted directly to the calendar editor:   Include the tournament dates, tournament name, contact information for the tournament host, events to be held, and number of preliminary and elimination rounds.  Information should be submitted by June 1, 2010.


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 honoured 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; hard copy submissions should include six (6) copies of all necessary materials.  Eligible scholarship for 2009 must have a publication date of 2008. The award shall be presented at the annual AFA business meeting to be held in Chicago in 2009. The committee chair must receive nominations no later than October 1, 2009. Nominations received after this date may not be considered.

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 2008 must have a completion date of 2008. The award shall be presented at the annual AFA business meeting to be held in Chicago in 2009. The committee chair must receive nominations no later than October 1, 2009. Nominations received after this date may not be considered.

Information about past recipients of these awards may be found on the AFA website.

Send nominations and submissions for the 2009 awards to:

Jim Dimock
Speech Communication Department
230 Armstrong Hall
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mankato, MN 5601

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.

Nominations should be sent to:

David Gaer

Laramie County Community College

1400 E. College Dr. Cheyenne, WY 82001


Distinguished Service Award                          Distinguished Speaker of the Year

1979 - Annabel Hagwood                                                1979 - Henry Cisneros

1980 - Austin J. Freeley                                     1980 - Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

1981 - George Ziegelmueller                             1981 -Thomas Bradley

1982 - Glen Capp                                               1982 - Joshua Everett

1983 - Lucy Keele                                              1983 - Larry Pressler

1984 - Wayne Brockreid                                   1984 - Paul Simon

1985 - Malcolm Sillars                                      1985 - Richard Lamb

1986 - Jack Howe                                              1986 - Frank Zimring

1987 - Vernon McGuire                                    1987 - C. Everett Koop

1988 - Donn Parson                                           1988 - Ann Richards

1989 - David Zarefsky                                      1989 - Dianne Feinstein

1990 - Raymie McKerrow                                                1990 - Lawrence Tribe

1991 - Gerald Sanders                                       1991 - William Brennan

1992 - Walter Ulrich                                           1992 - Barbara Jordan

1993 - Scott Nobles                                            1993 - Hilary Rodham Clinton

1994 - Jerry Anderson                                       1994 - Brian Lamb

1995 - Larry Schnoor                                        1995 - Barbara Jordan

1996 - Bill Balthrop                                           1996 - Bill Moyers

1997 - Rebecca Bjork                                       1997 - Franklyn Haiman

1998 - James W. Pratt                                       1998 - Kofi Annan

1999 - Joseph W. Wenzel                                  1999 - Columbine High School Parents

2000 - Jerry M. Goldberg                                  2000 - Jimmy Carter

2001 - James A. "Al" Johnson                         2001 - Jimmy Carter

2002 - Guy Yates                                               2003 - Janet Reno

2003 - James F. Klumpp                                    2004 - Christopher Reeve

2004 - Dale Herbeck                                           2005 - Nina Totenberg

2005 - David Hingstman                                   2006 - Nancy Pelosi

2006 - Melissa M. Wade                                 2007 - Paul Newman

2007 - Allan Louden                                      2008-Sandra Day O'Connor

2008-Duane Fish

2008-Bruce Manchester

2009-Ross Smith

2009-M'Liss Hindmann



Please send any corrections to Mike Janas (


Daniel Cronn-Mills, Minnesota State University-Mankato, President

Rich Edwards, Baylor University, Vice-President

Will Baker, Impact Coalition, Vice-President for High School Affairs

Mike Janas, Samford University, Secretary

M'Liss Hindman, Tyler Jr. College, Two-Year College Representative

Carol Winkler, Georgia State University, Immediate Past President

James W. Pratt, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Executive Secretary

Allan Louden, Wake Forest University, Webmaster

Dale Hample, University of Maryland, Editor, Argumentation & Advocacy

Catherine Palczewski, University of Northern Iowa, Chair, NDT Committee

Frank Thompson, University of Alabama, Chair, NIET Committee

Nominating Committee:

Jon Bruschke, Chair, Cal State Fullerton

David Cheshier, Georgia State University

Scott Deatherage, National Association for Urban Debate Leagues, Northwestern University

Becky Opsata, Cal State Northridge

Ben Voth, Miami University

Educational Development and Practices Committee:

Mike Davis, James Madison University, Chair (term expires 2009)

ML Sandoz, Vanderbilt University (term expires 2009)

Ben Voth, Miami University, Oh (term expires 2010)

Matt Brigham, University of Pittsburgh (term expires 2010) 

Wade Hescht, North Harris College (term expires 2011

Megan Houge, Illinois State University (term expires 2011

Finance Committee:

Danielle Weiss, Grand Valley State University, MI, Chair (term expires 2009)

Eric Morris, Missouri State University, MI (term expires 2009)

Eric Gander, Baruch College, NY (term expires 2010)

John Fritch, University of Northern Iowa (term expires 2010)

Larry Schnoor, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Chair (term expires 2011)

Bobby Imbody, Kansas State University (term expires 2011)

Professional Development and Support Committee:

Joe Bellon, Georgia State University, (term expires 2009)

Tim Brown, Cedar Crest College (term expires 2009)

Kelly McDonald, Arizona State University (term expires 2010)

Rae Lynn Schwartz-Dupre, Western Washington University, (term expires 2010)

David Gaer, Laramie County Community College, Chair (term expires 2011)

Jason Warren, George Mason University (term expires 2011)

Publications Committee:

Dan Fitzmier, Augustana College, Il (term expires 2009) 

Jamie McKown, College of the Atlantic (term expires 2009)

David Steinberg, University of Miami, FL (term expires 2010)

Rob Asen, University of Wisconsin-Madison (term expires 2010)

Dawn Bartlett, Doane College (term expires 2011)

Stephen Croucher, Bowling Green State University, Chair (term expires 2011)

Research Committee:

David Williams, Florida Atlantic University (term expires 2009)

Pat Gehrke, University of South Carolina (term expires 2009)

Marouf Hasian, University of Utah (term expires 2010)

Cate Palczewski, University of Northern Iowa (term expires 2010)

James Dimock, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Chair (term expires 2011)

Treva Dean, University of Alabama (term expires 2011)

National Debate Tournament Committee:

Ron Stevenson, Wayne State, Central Representative (term expires 2009

Tim O'Donnell, Mary Washington College, VA, Eastern Representative (term expires 2009)

Edward Lee, Emory University, Southern Representative (term expires 2010)

Sarah Partlow, Idaho State University, Western Representative (term expires 2010)

National Debate Tournament Board of Trustees:

G. Thomas Goodnight, University of Southern California, Chair (term expires 2009)

Robert Rowland, University of Kansas, KS (term expires 2010)

Scott Segal, Bracewell & Guiliani (term expires 2011)

Allan Louden, Wake Forest University (term expires 2012)

Sherry Hall, Harvard University (term expires 2013)

 National Invitational Events Tournament Committee:

Kellie Roberts, U of Florida, Southern Representative (term expires 2009) 

Daniel Leyes, Brookdale Community College, Eastern Representative (term expires 2009)

David Gaer, Laramie County Community College, Western Representative (term expires 2010)

Karen Morris, University of Wisconsin-Eau Clair, Central Representative (term expires 2010)

National Invitational Events Tournament Board of Trustees:

Leah White, Minnesota State University Mankato (term expires 2009)

David Gaer - Laramie County Community College - (term expires 2010)

Lee Mayfield, James Madison University (term expires 2011)

Penni Pier, Wartburg College, Iowa (term expires 2012)

Kellie Roberts, University of Florida (term expires 2013)


For Vice-President:

Scott Harris, University of Kansas

It is with a great deal of pride and humility that I have accepted a nomination to run for Vice-President of the American Forensic Association.  Since I first walked into a high school forensics class in 1972 forensics has been a defining factor influencing the direction that my life has taken.  High school forensics took me from a shy student why didn't speak to others to a student who had the privilege of delivering my high school graduation speech.  As a forensic high school student in Michigan I competed in both debate and individual speaking events.  At Wayne State University I had the opportunity to compete in a program that participated in both debate and individual events and as a graduate student in that program we traveled and judged at both debate and individual events.  I have devoted the past 26 years of my life working as a forensic educator with a primary emphasis on intercollegiate debate.  I spent three years completing a PhD at Northwestern University as an assistant debate coach, spent five years as the Director of Debate at the University of Louisville, and spent the last 18 years as the Director of Debate at the University of Kansas.  I have spent every summer of that time period working with high school students at summer debate camps at Kansas, Michigan State, the University of Michigan, Baylor, Stanford and the University of Iowa.  I continue to believe strongly that participation in debate and individual speaking transformed my life and I am a passionate about trying to provide similar opportunities for others.  In every class that I teach at the University of Kansas I emphasize the importance of public speaking and argumentation and try to create opportunities for students to challenge themselves through public advocacy.

For the past two decades my primary focus has been on being a coach committed to giving my all to my debaters.  After winning the National Debate Tournament last year I have reached a point in my life where I feel an obligation to take on a larger role in giving service back to the community.  Participation in forensics changed my life and I want to do everything I can to help insure that those opportunities are available for others.  As a parent my own children have reached an age where forensics is becoming important to them.  My oldest son began participating in high school forensics competitions this year and appears to have fallen in love with it in the same way I have.  Participating as a volunteer parent judge at high school competitions gives one a new exciting perspective on the importance of forensic competition. 

I believe that the American Forensic Association plays a vital role as an umbrella organization that is the nexus point for so many different valuable activities that serve to enhance critical thinking and public advocacy skills for students.  I am a firm believer in the educational value of all of the forensic activities supported by the AFA.  I believe that fighting amongst those who see their particular type of debate or forensics as more important is largely unproductive.  The most important thing is ensuring that students everywhere have the opportunity to develop their public speaking and advocacy skills.  I would very much like the opportunity to serve as an officer of the organization and do everything that I can to support forensic activities across the country.  I believe that we are in a time where training in public advocacy is more important than it has ever been.  The loss of civility in the public sphere makes it critical for the AFA to continue to play a role as a model for professionalism and ethics in public advocacy.  I would very much like to participate in that endeavor.

Mike Hester, University of West Georgia

2009-2010 is my 21st consecutive year in college debate as either a debater (4 years at West Georgia College), graduate assistant (2 years at UGA), or director (completing my 15th year at West Georgia).

i was asked to run for this office. i'm running because i want to give back to the community, and being willing to serve in a position of authority is one way i can do that. Contrary to what my positions as Associate Dean of the Honors College at UWG and Chair of District VI may imply, i have a natural (and, i would argue, healthy) skepticism toward bureaucracy. i loathe "rules for rules sake." Organization is a means to an end, not an end itself.

i've devoted my life to college debate. i love the activity and the people who make up its community.  i believe college debate is a unique activity that synthesizes the somewhat conflicting goals of education and competition in ways that no other interscholastic event does. i don't have a pre-set agenda of things i'm looking to accomplish. If elected, i will work hard to be the best VP i can be.

For Vice President for High School Affairs :

Will Baker, IMPACT Coalition and the Associated Leaders on Urban Debate

Did not submit a statement

Mike Greenstein, Glenbrook North High School, IL

I am honored to have received a nomination to serve as the Vice President for High School Affairs for the American Forensics Association. I am excited to have the potential opportunity to both represent the high school community and be a bridge from college to high school as it relates to the American Forensics Association's vision and goals. As a Vice President I would do my best to encourage more high school debate teachers and coaches to get involved with the American Forensics Association. This includes but is not limited to attending conferences, publishing scholarly articles in one of the AFA's journals, and coordinating and collaborating with various AFA bodies and structures. There are many untapped resources, relationships, and ideas that the high school debate community can bring to the AFA; as the Director of Debate at Glenbrook North, I feel that I am in a good position to help make this happen.

Dan Lingel, Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas

The promotion of debate and speech as important pedagogical tools and crucial extracurricular activities in our nation's high schools is urgently needed.  Unfortunately, fewer people are choosing coaching and teaching debate and speech as a career choice and many current coaches are leaving the activity.  I see the AFA as a crucial vehicle to promote coaching and teaching and I would be honored to be help lead this important dialogue as Vice President for High School Affairs.  We need to continue to encourage high school and college competitors to become educators, we must also appeal to a larger audience of people who want to be teachers and convince them to be coaches as well.  I see the AFA as an important forum for promoting opportunities for teachers.

For the last 30 years, I have been involved in forensics as a competitor, instructor, judge, coach, and director at both the high school and college levels and for the last 16 years I have been the director at Jesuit College Prep.  I have served as the President of the National Debate Coaches Association, a community service organization dedicated to promoting debate coaching as a career, and I have also served in the tabroom of the National Debate Tournament several times.  I want to bring this experience to the AFA because I feel that working closing with the college community in promoting forensics is necessary for others to have the same experiences in forensics as AFA members.

In addition to coaching, I have dedicated the last 16 years to teaching excellence.  Professional educators raised me and I have always valued and admired the teaching profession.  I have taught over 15 different courses in Speech Communication, Argument and Debate, Rhetoric, Government, and Economics at both the university and high school levels.  In addition, for the last 25 summers I have taught and directed summer programs for high school students in argumentation, debate, and public policy making.  I am currently one of two counselors for a junior class of 250 focusing on academic advising.  Through these unique experiences, I have interacted with a diverse student body and have developed an understanding of the adolescent culture and ideology.  I feel that these insights provide me with a critical lens to formulate and develop programs that will be beneficial to the entire high school community and I hope that you will give me another opportunity to serve a community that has meant so much to me.

Scott Wunn, Executive Director, NFL

It is my pleasure to run for the position of Vice President for High School Affairs for the American Forensic Association.  Having served as a high school educator and forensics coach for 10 years prior to my current position with the National Forensic League, I believe that I have an understanding of the unique characteristics and concerns of the high school educator and student.  

As the Executive Director of the National Forensic League, I am excited to create a unique synergy between the AFA and high school forensics.  I think that playing a leadership role in AFA would compliment the efforts that are being made to strengthen the working relationship between both organizations. 

I am excited about the possibility of serving the AFA and its membership.

For Recording Secretary:

Marlin Bates, University of the Pacific

I am running for Recording Secretary for the AFA because I believe that we all need to serve in the highest capacity possible and because I want to see Forensics at the post-secondary level expand its influence.  As for serving, I have served as District I Vice-Chair and am currently serving as Chair.  I have been actively involved at both the regional and national level in the AFA and the NPDA.  I have always sought out ways to serve this great activity and I believe that this is the best step for me to do so in the AFA.  Additionally, more and more forensics programs are being downsized or eliminated because of lack of money or lack of interest.  Part o being an officer in the AFA is to find ways to insure the future of our activity for those that have not yet seen its benefits.  We cannot sit idly by and let this important activity wane. Although I will not have a great deal of influence in this particular position, I believe that it will enable me to help all of us to get ideas disseminated as to how to move into the future.

Shannon LaBove, Wiley College

Did not submit a statement

Katie Lavelle, University of Northern Iowa

My name is Katherine (Kate) Lavelle and I am a candidate for Recording Secretary for the American Forensics Association. I debated from 1996-2000 at John Carroll University (OH). I was a debate assistant for six years (Miami University, M.A., 2002; Wayne State University, 2006). Currently, I am in my second year as Director of Forensics/Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Northern Iowa. Our program supports both policy debate and individual events. At UNI, I oversee a staff of two coaches and three graduate students, as well as 30+ undergraduates. In addition to my work with our students, I am in charge of creating and distributing our newsletter for our alumni network and maintaining our Facebook group. I prepare budget request documents and end of the year reports.

Based on my past experience, I think I am a good candidate for this position. I would like to be involved in the national committee work in a role that allows me to listen and observe more than legislate. For my research, I have spent many hours transcribing basketball tennis games to develop texts to analyze, so I'm not afraid to take extensive notes. In addition to the requirements of the position, I think that it is critical for directors from a variety of programs to be involved in the national administration of our organizations. At the Chicago NCA, I found that the best experiences I had were at panels sponsored by AFA, and I would like to be involved in developing our organization. I look forward to working with my colleagues and I see this nomination as a great opportunity to support AFA.

Two-Year College Representative:

M'Liss Hindman, Tyler Junior College

I have enjoyed serving as the Two-Year College Representative to the American Forensic Association these past two years.  I am a life-long member of AFA and am still actively involved in coaching and I serve as an officer in two state forensic organizations. I am still very active in Phi Rho Pi and serve as the Ombuds for the national tournaments. I also serve as a mentor for beginning forensic programs on both the college and high school levels. I believe that AFA needs to serve all levels of forensics and all interests. If re-elected, I will continue to work hard for AFA.  I appreciate your support.

Kristina Whalen, City College of San Francisco

Did not submit a statement

For Nominating Committee:


David Cheshier, Georgia State University

Did not submit a statement

Bobby Imbody, Kansas State University

Did not submit a statement

Mike Janas, Samford University

I am an Associate Professor of Communication at Samford University and I have been involved with the AFA for nearly two decades.  For most of that time, I worked in my capacity as director of the debate program at Samford University when time I served on the NDT Committee and as the Chair of District VI.  Before then, I was a debate coach at the University of Iowa and the University of Georgia. I competed in I.E. and debate while at Boston College.

Since leaving active coaching in 2006, I have served forensics in several different capacities.  I am finishing a term as the AFA recording secretary and have served on the Research and Finance committees.  I have also recently served on the Committee on International Discussion and Debate where I was Chair and coordinated the Japanese tours. My time with the CIDD was especially rewarding since we worked hard to put international debate on a solid financial and legal footing.  I have also been active with other debate organizations such as DSR-TKA and urban debate through the Birmingham Area Debate League.

I know that any organization is only as good as the people that run it.  If the officers are active and engaged in the life of the organization, then the organization will flourish.  If they are distant and apathetic-saving all of their thinking for a few hours at the national meeting, the organization will wither.  I appreciate that the life of the AFA hinges on the ability of the nominating committee to make good choices.  I understand the significance of this job and thank you for your support.

Becky Opsata, California State University, Northridge

I am happy to served the AFA on the nomination committee for another term.  I enjoyed the committee work over the last two years.  I think it is valuable for the community college forensics world to have a representative on the committee and I will continue to do my best to nominate qualified candidates from all areas of forensics to the open offices.

Edward Panetta, University of Georgia

I am an Associate Professor of Speech Communication and the Director of Debate at the University of Georgia.  The nature of the debate program and my work with that team can be accessed at the Georgia Debate Union web page:

One element of my research agenda involves the practice of intercollegiate debate in the United States.  I have

published work on debate pedagogy is: Argumentation and Advocacy, Speaker and Gavel and the NCA/AFA Argumentation Conference Proceedings.  I have served on the NCA Committee on International Discussion and Debate and a variety of American Forensics Association committees associated with the practice of debate.  In addition to debate work, I have an interest in public argument studies.  Most of my work in this area focuses on domestic political concerns.  I have written essays that have been published in Argumentation, Communication Quarterly, and the Free Speech Yearbook

Sue Peterson, California State University, Chico

Did not submit a statement

Larry Schnoor, Minnesota State University, Mankato

I have been an active member of the AFA for over 40 years.  During that period of time, I have been a coach of both debate and individual events.  My background in forensics began as a college debater myself, and then a high school speech coach.  I began coaching at the college level in 1964 at Mankato State College, now known as MN State University, Mankato where I am a Professor Emeritus.  I believe that the future of forensics is dependent upon leaders that are able to represent the whole interests of the forensic community and a variety of forensic activities. It is to that end that I worked as Chair of the AFA Committee that led to the development of the AFA-NIET.   It is that belief that has led me to be the coordinator of several national developmental conferences on forensics. It is important that our officers have a sense of regional diversity as well as diversity in individual events, debate and argumentation.  I believe my long term involvement in the AFA and experience and dedication to forensic education will enable me to be an effective member of the AFA Nominating Committee.  I ask for your support. 

Fred Sternhagen, Concordia College

Having been a member of the American Forensic Association for over 30 years, I am excited about the possibility of giving back to the Association.  I believe my background and experience has prepared me to represent a wide scope of the Association's membership.  As a tenured faculty member who completed his doctoral degree at the University of Minnesota, I understand and value the scholarly interests in rhetoric and persuasion that lead some of our membership to the Association.   Additionally, I remain an active coach within a joint individual events and debate program.  Thus, I remain connected to and concerned with issues relating to collegiate forensic competition. 

My commitment would be to carefully consider and represent the breadth of interests found among association members.

Ben Voth, Southern Methodist University

I am happy to stand as a nominee for the nomination committee of the American Forensics Community.  Forensics represents for me one of the more vital pedagogies of our time.  It is vital for the general study of communication and for the broader well being of our society.  In my own forensics programs, I have stressed that forensics is a means for the individual to discover and strengthen their own voice.  In so doing, individuals can defend their own self interests, defend the interests of their community, their society, and even the world.  

In my coaching works in Texas, Kansas, and Ohio I have strived to demonstrate the important value of forensics and in serving as a member of the nominating committee I would continue to strive to aid in the selection of individuals who appreciate the important pedagogical value of forensics.  I have served in AFA as the chair of educational practices.  I have also served on the nominating committee.  I have been a member of AFA variously for many years.  

I support and I am familiar with the various components of speech and debate activity that our organization represents.  I have coached and taught students who now serve as coaches across the nation.  I would like to help in continuing to build a stronger and more professional AFA in my duties for this position.  I would welcome any communication or questions you may have regarding my candidacy for this position.



 Minutes of the Executive Council

November 11, 2009

12-3:45 p.m.

Cresthill Room, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago

Call to order at: 12:05 PM by Daniel Cronn-Mills

 Noted that Jim Pratt should be congratulated on getting things so conveniently located. Called for additional agenda items.

  • I. Historian, Jerry Sanders

Notes on attempts to raise money. Reports that $575 have been added and an additional $750 organizational line item.  The Research Committee should begin to put together guidelines on how to grant the money to do research on the AFA.  These funds should encourage people to use the archives for research and promote the history of the organization.  This is important since older organizations need periodically to go back and find direction.

Asks that the National Council will encourage the Research Committee to develop guidelines.

Chair of the Research Committee notes that they have developed the guidelines that create guidelines for the Brockreide grant that would give up to $1000 for research proposals dealing with the study of argumentation.  It will be awarded every two years and the money can be rolled over to the next period.

The archival research grant remains open---since there is not a specified amount.

Pratt notes that it is $750 and could be marginally higher.

Research Chair: The other element of the archival grant was to note that it was revolving and that people could apply at any time.  That way, people do not need to plan over a year in advance.

Dan Cronn-Mills: who needs to approve it.

Pratt: the committee submits and the Council approves.

            Dan Cronn-Mills: Can people ask for both?

            Research Chair (Jim): Yes, nothing prevents it.  There is a worksheet that will walk people through the process.

Kate Palczewski: noted that the grant required that the data be presented at an AFA conference.  She also noted that the by-laws would need to be changed so that the Research Committee was in charge of the archive grant-these are the Committee bylaws.

There was a short discussion of the ways that committees are free to change their own bylaws.  There was some sense that the National Council would approve the changes.

Carol: What is not required is that the results would be included in the archives. It would seem that it would be useful to have a repository of the material to be included into the archives. This is a friendly amendment.

  • II. Professional Development and Support Committee
    Were not present.

Anticipated that there would be some action on a promotion and tenure document which has been approved by the NDT Board of Trustees.

Dave (chair): Approved the code of conduct. Will be giving two service awards:

Ross Smith, Wake Forest

M'Liss Hindman Tyler Jr. College

Sandra Day O'Connor will be the Speaker of the Year.  She will be acknowledged for her work with Southern California Law initiative.

Finance Committee

Jim Pratt: The Committee met and approved the proposed budget.  It is basically the same as last year.  However, $5k has been moved from the debate conference to an IE conference.  There is nothing unusual in the reports.  The news is good---there is a net worth of $180K.

  • III. Argumentation and Advocacy

Dale Hample, editor: Last year things were not good, only one issue a year was produced.  Since then, there have been 5 mailed out and there are two more that are going to mailed out in the next few weeks. One has been printed.  The other one has page proofs and it should be done in 2 weeks.

There is a campaign issue by Holihan and a Knox College conference product on Lincoln-Douglas debates.  It will be edited by James Klumpp and David Zarefsky.

Also, has commissioned a special issue on the Perelman conference.  However, there are potential problems with producing manuscripts.  Likely, there will be one of two competitive issues to put out. However, there is a shortage of manuscripts.

Problems from last  year have not gone away.  There are problems with timely reviews---about 25% just fail to produce them.  This produces embarrassing turn-around times.  Usually, they take 3-4 months---but some have taken a year.

The more systematic problem has to do with submissions.  There are less than 30 a year.  If there are only competitive issues---with 3-4 articles per issue---there are 12-15 articles accepted---which is a 50% acceptance rate.  Only 30% of R&Rs return. Some revisions take more than a year. In one case, with minor revisions, it took more than a year and half to fix it.  However, there is not enough inventory to publish a largely competitive journal.  AT the end of the term, less than half of the issues will be special issues.

One reason is that there is much more competition---ALTA, ISSA and the Ontario Conference.  Also, there is ARGUMENTATION.  Twenty years ago none of these things were on the horizon.  As a community we need to think of ways to generate more articles. 

Tried to work out something with Denis Gouran on the ALTA conference, but it did not work. There are not substantial revisions of ALTA papers submitted. Perhaps we need to be more systematic for the 2011 conference.

DCM: Does ALTA bar submission?

When the knocked down the page limit-to 9000 words--it was so that they could publish a short statement and then develop a paper.  It is did not happen the way it was intended.  ISSA sometimes invites paper for their journal. 

Palczewski: In the past, there was an issue published with ALTA papers.

Carol Winkler: Will meet with ALTA this afternoon and examine the issue.   Will the journal by Pittsburgh hurt the situation. 

D.Hample: it is more debate orientated. They will argue, but not analyzing the arguments.  It will be a policy journal and there will be little overlap.

W. Baker: is there a systematic way of getting people at the conferences and in the organization to follow up with the journal.  With more outreach, there may be a way of getting more and greater quality submissions.

D.Hample: since the journal is not applied forensics, most convention papers would not be that helpful.  However, it might be nice to have an outline of possible publication outlets for papers that goes along with the acceptance letter than AFA sends out.   People who are writing A&A writing stuff are pretty much aware.

DCM: It might be good to get the people in the Argumentation and Forensics division portion of NCA as well.

D.Hample: if we send a template letter, they just might use it.

Jerry: as far as a list of places to publish---there is some stuff with the National Conference in debate. Is there something that we can do to get people to do the work of an associate editor.

D.Hample: it is hard to manage the associate editors.  We move people in by their responsibility. However, it has not been a big deal. While it takes a while for me to process the information, it is not long.  I have made attempts to get things going very quickly.

SCoucher: at Bowling Green we have had to rank all of the journals and A&A has been ranked low (third tier).  Perhaps this is an issue with follow-through.  If it was a greater journal, perhaps it had more prestige.  Perhaps there should be some sort of PR move to get things going.

DCM: Is the ranking just a perception or is it linked to knowledge.  One of the glitches is that there are not that many tenure track forensics jobs so that they do not publish.  Consequently, there may not be that much stuff.

J.Sanders: In the past, the VP was the person in charge of PR and publicity for the organization.  We had people who would advocate with the libraries to acquire the journal. Without advocacy---journals just get dropped.

J.Pratt: Subscriptions are very stable. It is very unusual for libraries to drop a subscription.  Of course, they do not pay until they get the journals---so we are behind. 50 are up to date and there are 440 possible journals.  

D.Hample: This is the benefit of being inexpensive.

C.Winkler: Dale has improved the journal which is an attempt to improve the quality of the journal and its inclusion of people outside the membership.

D.Hample: The series on arguing in other languages has been very successful.  While envisioning one an issue, you could use them to understand the ways that different language systems work.   There is an interesting intercultural element for this material.

DCM: There is a spiral of lack of visibility and subscriptions.  If we catch up with a good date---then many problems might be solved.

  • IV. Publications Committee

S.Coucher: Congratulated Dale Hample and talked about his frustrations with the issue.  Talked about the quality of electronic scans in EBSCO where the journal is rather poor looking-many appear to have large creases when they are scanned in. Other journals do not seem to have this problem.

A&A before 1995 is not online in full text. It would be good if they were there. While they are available at the University of Minnesota, they would do better with EBSCO.

Notes Gordon Mitchell's Timely Interventions online journal.  The Committee voted to support it.

DCM: They developed it and then sought support from the AFA. There was a publisher and then suggested that the AFA become a co-sponsor to prevent the AFA from controlling what it does.  They are not asking for funding or support.  It is possible to support the journal without violating the bylaws.

SC: Agreed that it would not compete with A&A.

Collaborate C0-Authorship was the second issue.  Were unclear whether it was just for TI or for all AFA journals.  It was agreed to as part of TI.

Jim (Research Committee, Chair): While co-authorship is important.  However, it does not address issues where cooperation is not equal between all of the members.

K.Palciewski: We should examine this closer and work in some sense of hierarchical relationships, some questions about how these things get approved.  Next year might be a good time to take a vote on this issue.  It is endorsed in principle, but it might not be in a complete form. Given the NDCD work, what should the AFA says about the guidelines regarding what it means to be a author, or to be a fifth author.

D.Hample: Are journal editors supposed to enforce all of this?  How would they know who was involved? While it is a nice description of how workgroups produce collaborative products, for some empirical work, this is oddly phrased. There is no distinction between the types of ideas (method, analysis, etc.). It is odd that there is no mention of the types of work that people do. There should probably be thought out.

R.Edwards: As an organization, when there are standards, you assume that they will enforce them.  This seems unenforceable.  Each institution has its own ideas of where co-authorship stands.  Not sure that you can change these types of institutional or discipline specific standards.

Jim (Research): Given the push, there is a drive for more scholarship---and that one of the ways to handle this type of problem (research and practice) is to increase joint scholarship. Will this cut people who are in a program out.

K.Palciewski: Graduate students probably need some guidance about how to have people know that this is the sort of thing that people talk about---and that knowing the order and making it overt is good. In some instance, it has been the tradition for the senior faculty to go first. However, this is controversial.  Having a conversation is helpful to clear up things that are not clear.

DCM: We support the principle, will pursue additional information from the committees and support that TI can use this.  These decisions will need to be made clear and published in a normal way.

S.Coucher: It should be an open idea that everyone has access to. It should be put into a vote of the organization rather than a simple piece of legislation.

S.Coucher:   Will stay as the chair next year.

DCM: Any further nominations. There are two nominees and both are from UNI. K. Palciewski and J.Fritch.

K.Palciewski: We plan to work together and have served on the editorial board as loyal members. Have served under multiple editors, active at ALTA, NCA and have started to brainstorm special issues and how to get people to submit essays.

Jim: nominates.

C.Winker: seconds

Vote is unanimous.

  • V. Nominating Committee

A slate was distributed.

  • VI. Professional Education and Development Committee

DCM: They were looking at the code.  Over time, debate has its own standards and IE has their standards.  The two have different standards.  This has been reviewed by both communities with few questions.

There is a new section for conduct to prevent a CEDA like event. Mostly it was a small number of corrections, the split of debate and I.E..  There is also an addition of a code of conduct---which is necessary since there was no way to respond.

It has been approved by both the NDT and NIET groups.  Notes that things were quiet. Last year there were summits with tournament directors and others to hammer out a common consensus.

  • VII. Research Committee

Jim: Most was covered in the archives and co-authorship.

Rohrer Award: no nominations this year.  There were some attempts to work through the journals---but still did not feel that we could make a fair evaluation.   We can take 2008 nominations for next year in the 2009 year.  Call for the community to make more nominations.

Dissertation/Thesis Award: there were good.  The winner is Crystal Lane-Swift, This House We Ethically Engage.

Out of National Developmental Conference on Debate there was a call for a report on innovative research.  Thinking that it would appear in the annual report was not a good way.  In addition to the annual report that there be an AFA website link that would link up with opportunities for scholarship and that this gets distributed on the webservers for debate and IE and that the NDT and NIET include a short statement in their packet.

The link will include calls for journals, conferences and grants.  Also, it would be a clearinghouse for ideas.

C.Winkler: if we include a call on journals. It might also be helpful to sell our products---explaining what it is and why it is desirable.

Jim: we also wanted to push some of the smaller journals t boost the quality for everyone. Does not want to say that some journals are better than others.

Jim noted that he will continue as the Chair.

  • VIII. President's Report

ALTA wants someone to serve as a liaison. C.Winkler is willing to continue in this regard.


  • a. Revised Tournament Code

NDT committee already supports it.  The NIET might.


  • b. Debate Summer Conference

Things are coming out of it.  Unclear if there will be on in 2011.


  • c. IE Summer Conference

It will be in Minneapolis in early August.  The conference will focus on assessment and help to develop profiles and guidelines for the community.


  • d. Alta Conference

C.Winker: Scott Jacobs, Concerning Argument, from the previous ALTA conference,  is coming out soon. AFA is the exclusive marketer of this. D.Gouran ran the conference last summer and it was well done. The next conference director will be R.Roland.

  • IX. Past President's Report

C.Winker: Following on an assessment report.  What has happened as a result of urban debate data is that the Federal Government has found debate after some public housing programs.  Now, there is a technical assistance foundation to help give support to debate.  The Department of Justice and gang prevention has been an area of interest.

X.  Vice President's Report

R.Edwards: The call for papers is similar to ones in the past.  The convention theme is "Building Bridges." Submissions for this year-there were 16 slots and 17 submissions.  However, there was one more accepted than there was space for but they took mercy.  One of the panels has disappeared in the early registration requirement.  Of the individual papers, there were 3 student papers, 5 others were submitted and 3 were accepted.  That leaves 15 panels and a spot for CEDA.

C.Winker: Did the CEDA slot conflict with other stuff. 

R.Edwards: No, the CEDA business is not on Wednesday and now is competitive. Had planned to go to the planning meeting, but will attend the AFA meeting instead.


  • X. Two-Year College Report

Not present.

High School Affairs

            W. Baker: Notes a disconnect between what is available and what people know about.  People seem to be very interested in demos and examples.  They would also like to have connection with college students to see what forensics can do for them.  There were three objectives.

a. Building bridges.  People like the AFA and want to have a connection.  People know what it is and they want templates of how you work with people so that they can ask the right questions and know who to ask then of.  Knowing the types of relations is useful.

b. becoming aware of the connections between classrooms and college programs.  There are many programs trying to get forensics going.

c. people outside of the AFA note a good bit of what people do.  There is a 2009 study in student accomplishment in the Journal of Negro Education.  This stuff is available in Louisville and Boston.  Another Johns Hopkins study shows that debate and other forms of topical discussion had positive outcomes.  People are interested who did not previously come from this background.

Steps suggested:

  • a. Coming up with a more refined social media plan. AFA does not use social media.
  • b. Expanding research into the connection. It would not be expensive and it would be pretty easy.
  • c. Contact the 2009 research participants and discuss ways that we can expand interaction.

It is an interesting process and it is interesting that we may not see the way that people function.

  • XI. Executive Secretary

J.Pratt: Things are smooth and library subscriptions are behind because the journal is behind.  Excited to have a new website.  Most excited about the fact that we can have a membership directory as part of the website. It will include whatever information people provide.


Meeting was adjourned at 2:05.




Minutes of the AFA National Business Meeting

November 11, 2009, 4-7  p.m.

Crystal Room, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago


  1. Call to Order.

Dan Cronn-Mills called the meeting to order at 4:04 PM.  Noted a couple of small changes to the agenda.


  1. Approval of Agenda

It was approved.


  1. Appointment of Parliamentarian

D.Brasher agrees to serve



  1. Approval of Minutes

Jolene Edwards is Jo Ann Edwards

"No additions" for "not additions"

Minutes are approved


  1. Reports of Officers and National Council Members


  • 1. Historian - Jerry Sanders

The archives are at the University of Utah.  The National Council has offered some money for research regarding the archives. If you know of any old artifacts related to the AFA, email


  • 2. Vice President for High School Affairs - Will Baker, New York University

There is now a unique opportunity for outreach. People are looking for bridges, support, and seeking mutually beneficial opportunities.


  • 3. President - Dan Cronn-Mills, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Announces that there are new editors for Argumentation and Advocacy.  Cate Palczewski and John Fritch from the University of Northern Iowa have agreed to serve.  The AFA representative to the ALTA conference will be Carol Winkler.  Robin Roland will be leading the next ALTA conference.  In light of recent events, forensics organizations have come together to try to develop a revised code of professional practice.


The summer debate conference at Wake Forest was a success.  Al Louden deserves special praise.


August 7-8 will be the Individual Events conference focused on assessment.  The hope is that the debate community will also be able to follow.  If we make the claim we are co-curricular, we should have some evidence that we are.


Thanks to Al Louden, there is a new AFA website.  There are some small changes that will be made---but it looks good.


  • 4. Vice President - Rich Edwards, Baylor University

The next year's convention theme is Building Bridges.  Thanks Dan for his hard and organized work.


The VP's role is to put together the Call for next year.  This year we have 16 great panels. One disappeared during the early registration process.   8 or 9 individual papers.


  • 5. Two-Year College Representative - M'Liss Hindman, Tyler Jr. College

No Report


  • 6. Executive Secretary - James W. Pratt, University of Wisconsin, River Falls

118K is the net worth of the organization. 


  • I. Committee Reports

Educational Development and Practices - Ben Voth, Miami University

Reviewed two petitions.  Accepted one and declined the other.  Most discussions dealt with the AFA code of conduct charges. The Committee did endorse the code, but with some reservations.  There is some vagueness that might lead to abuse by some members---such as the call to belittling language. There are some modifications of Art.7, Part 12 which deals with penalties.  They ask that where the language says "these will..."  be changed to "these may...." This will give the committee more leeway in choosing the penalty. 

There should be another penalty added, which is that the Committee could send a letter to a participant who violated the code. The Committee is looking for graduated sanctions.

M.Coach will be the new chair.

Finance - Lee Mayfield, JMU

Move to accept the proposed budget.

The motion is seconded and accepted.

Professional Development and Support - David Gaer, Laramie County Community College

Took a look at tenure and promotion document and gave  an endorsement.  Would like the I.E. tenure and promotion document approved in the same way.

Votes to recommend the Code of Conduct.

His year's Service Awards go to  Ross Smith, Wake Forest University for the service award and M'Liss Hindman, Tyler Community College

The Speaker of the Year will be Sandra Day O'Connor who has been working to support human and equal rights.

Publications - Stephen Croucher, Bowling Green State University

Talked about the quality of on-line scanning and about having pre-1995 articles included in the full-text EBSCO.

Gordon Mitchell brought forward a proposal for AFA recognition of Timely Interventions, an on-line journal.  The Publications Committee voted to support the journal that builds on debate-oriented research. It has been determined to be consonant with Argumentation and Advocacy.

The Publications Committee also  looked at cooperative scholarship guidelines.  In the meeting they voted to support it.  However, in the National Council, additional questions arose concerning the scope of the suggestion.   The Research Committee did not vote to support the criteria.

S.Croucher will serve one more year as chair.

Argumentation & Advocacy - Dale Hample

Five issues have been published since last year.  The goal is to have the cover date of the journal match the actual publication date.  There are four issues yet to produce.  Two or three will be special issues, including one on elections and one on the Lincoln-Douglas debates.  The third one is a potential Perelman edition by European authors, but it might not come to pass.  Of the one additional edition, one article has been accepted.

In 2009 there were 24 manuscripts and in 2008 there were 28.  A competitive journal would need many more. With so many Revise and Resubmits disappearing, it is very hard.  Historically, most editions were competitive, but it seems no longer possible. This represents a change in the ways that the journal is constructed.

The current acceptance rate is 24%. The problem is not that we are being unreasonable restrictive.

Research - James Dimock, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Sought to develop procedures for grants.  Also developed language for the Brockriede grant. Both drafts are complete and will be forwarded. 

Examined the co-authorship issue.  While the spirit of the document was not objectionable, especially in light of the developmental conference rationale, it did not deal  with co-authorship where people are in an asymmetric relationship. We want to create a document that is a starting point for conversations rather than its ending point. The goal is to have students understand what they need to know before they start a research project.  Ask that new language be developed for next year.

Examined the idea of a report on innovation in scholarship.  If people know where they can publish, there will be more of it. An annual report seems insufficient.  Instead, the committee should publicize the report broadly through the forensics community.  It should include calls for articles, grants, conferences and potential areas of research.

Dissertation Award goes to Crystal Lane-Swift for her research on the NPDA.

Rohrer Award did not have any nominees.  The committee felt that there were very good articles in argumentation for 2008, but did not select one for the award.  To have selected one in this way would be insufficient to cover the breadth of all the work.  Will continue to accept nominations for both the 2008 and 2009 award.

Nominating Committee:

The nominations were read.  Asked for nominations from the floor. There were none.

The ballot should be changed so that Christina Whalen is from the City College of San Francisco.

The slate was accepted.

NIET Committee - Frank Thompson, University of Alabama

Nationals was at U. Akron in 2009.  It included 82 schools and 1500 slots.  U. Wisconsin Eu-Claire will host  in 2010 and the University of Nebraska at Pawnee in 2011.  Looking for 2012 and 2013. 

Developmental Conference should be supported with $1000 from the NIET.

Distinguished Service Awards were won by: Lee Mayfield (JMU) and Leah White (U. Minnesota-Mankato).

There will be three new Outstanding Coach Awards.

One  NIET research proposal that was supported looking at pairing effects of panels which will help to quantify what people suspect to be the case.

NDT Committee - Tim O'Donnell, Mary Washington College

Kansas defeated Wake Forest at the 2009 NDT.  2010 will be at UC Berkeley. 2011 is at UT-Dallas.  Express thanks to R. Rowland and A.Louden for their leadership regarding the Developmental Conference. 

  1. Old Business

There was no old business

  1. New Business

Proposed Revision to "Code of Forensics Program and Forensic Tournament Standards for Colleges and Universities"

Notes the desire to change the wills to may and a friendly amendment by the NIET regarding web-page citations.  Also, one typographical error  on Article V which should read Article VI. 

Q: including the amendment on personal letters.

A: Yes.

Q: "Will to may"---which are to change?

A: Just in Art 7.12.

Q: It seems very strange that this only kicks in if they were guilty-but in 12A, it seems that the action of the committee will be published in the newsletter.  If there is a guilty finding, then this seems reasonable. If so, then there should be some mention to the institution involved.

A: The committee desired some latitude.

S.Croucher  If it is a punishment---then there should be little leeway.

C.Winkler: The issue of demeaning language is quite general-so there should be leeway.

--: Leeway is good.

G. Stables: the CEDA document has the "may" language.  Since the forensics community has abdicated the role of enforcement---and you have people who are new to the community--- private letters may be the most appropriate.  In the case of graduate students, it might be better to have a range of punishments.

--: Perhaps they should have some aversion to "one or more of the following"...

"found guilty of conduct will, at the option of the Committee, enforce one or more of the following options

How about parallel language with Section 8: instead of "tournament director" use the Committee.

Seconded and parallel language passes.

RE: Adding a personal letter of reprimand.

Motion passes.

RE: NIET and the web page citations.

Motion passes

Motion to accept, with revisions, changes to the code.

Motion passes.

J.Fritch argues that there should be some sort of public accountability in the form of a committee report.

    1. Resolution on tenure document for debate coaches

Motion to approve

Motion passes

Resolution for AFA to endorse guidelines for collaborative co-authorship in forensics scholarship

Approved for just Timely Interventions and reviewed for the other journals.

Moved and passed

    1. Resolution: AFA Research Committee shall annually develop and circulate an updated list of opportunities for innovative forensics scholarship

J.Dimock and C.Palczewski offer the following wording:

RESOLVED that the AFA Research Committee shall identify opportunities (e.g. publication outlets, conferences, and grant opportunities) for forensics scholarship, especially innovative avenues of scholarship and points of intersection with issues of public concern, Additionally the Research Committee will generate a list of research ideas and topic. This information will be updated semiannually and sent out on the appropriate list serves and made available on the AFA webpage and other appropriate websites, the annual report, and distributed at the AFA-NIET and NDT

Resolution: AFA to co-sponsor Timely Interventions: A Translational Journal of Public Policy Debate



Gordon Stables - efforts to reorganize debate governance.

It is important that debate organizations be pro-active.   One important question has to do with the ways that the AFA has governed debate.  The AFA and the NDT do a good job of keeping the organization fiscally sound.  The code is the center of actual practice, but it does not do an especially good job.  Over the summer, we discussed the idea of whether this organization should try to charter and organization that governs debate during the regular season rather than just the national championships.

In a world with interest from the outside, what represents our world or tries to look forward is increasingly important.  Without a centralized organization, there is a lack of effectiveness.  The governance committee has called for the AFA to try to govern debate and become part of its public face. 

ADA, NDT, CEDA and others are being approached in addition to the high school community. One of the goals is to create a world that has a funded executive director, like the NAUDL. Requests a representative of the AFA to help.

Q: what is the relationship between AFA and the new organization. 

A: It would be like the NDT committee---charged by this body to govern debate.

Other Business:

D. Hample: Gerry Sanders has been with the organization since 1948.  Perhaps the Distinguished Service Award should have his name.  Also, the archive grant can have his name as well.

  1. Resolutions

There were none.

  1. Adjournment (to the AFA Reception in the Wabash Room)

Adjourned at 5:32.





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