Minutes of the Annual Business Meeting, 2000

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Wednesday, November 8, 2000 West Coast Grand Hotel, Seattle, Washington
The meeting was called to order by President Karla Leeper (Baylor University) at 4:02 p.m., with Frank Harrison (Trinity University) serving as Secretary.

The Agenda, as posted on the website and distributed at the meeting, was APPROVED without objection.

Vice President David Hingstman (University of Iowa) was appointed Parliamentarian.

 

REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND NATIONAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS

President

Report of the President. President Leeper reported that (1) she had prepared charges to each -of the standing committees; (2) with Past President Klumpp, she had negotiated affiliation agreements with the American Debate Association; Interstate Oratorical Association, and National Communication Association. She had negotiated an agreement with the Collegiate Forensics Association. The agreements would be presented for action by the membership at a later point in the meeting. (3) She had been working with the Historian to plan a strategy for the AFA archives. (4) She was also working with Russell Church and the planning committee for the CEDA (Tahoe) developmental conference, as well as the editor of Argumentation and Advocacy, to find ways by which the AFA might support that project. Her complete report is on file in the National Office.

Vice President

Report of the Vice President. David Hingstman announced the Call for 2001 Convention Programs and Papers. Four (4) copies should be addressed to him at Department of Communication Studies, 105 BCSB, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242, so as to be received no later than February 1, 2001. He also announced that former President Jimmy Carter had been selected as Speaker of the Year. His complete report is on file in the National Office.

Executive Secretary

Report of the Executive Secretary. James W. Pratt (University of Wisconsin, River Falls) presented the financial report. He also reported that there have been five issues of Argumentation and Advocacy this year, and the Journal is now ahead of its publication schedule. Given the size and purpose of the Newsletter, he intends to change the method of publication. The Directory of Members and the Tournament Calendar will continue to be released in paper, but other issues will be transferred to an electronic format. Action items mentioned in the report were deferred to the Report of the Finance Committee.

Immediate Past President

Report of the Immediate Past President. Jim Klumpp (University of Maryland) reported that he had (1) represented the AFA at the tournaments of chartered and affiliate organizations and the Western Forensic Association; (2) negotiated affiliation agreements with the Interstate Oratorical Association and the National Communication Association, and other issues with the NCA; (3) continues to work with NCA on AFA inclusion in the bibliography projects; (4) communicated congratulations and condolences on behalf of the Association, as appropriate, and (5) completed appointments for 2000-2001 in cooperation with Karla Leeper, to whom he passed on the presidential office. His complete report is on file in the National Office.

Western Representative

Report of the Western Regional Representative. Gretchen Wheeler (Casper College) reported that Duane Fish has been appointed Director of the Western Forensics Association Tournament.

Argumentation and Advocacy

Report of the Editor of Argumentation and Advocacy. Ed Schiappa (University of Minnesota) reported, in writing, that the last issue of his editorship would be published in December. He has been pleased by the balance of authors published during his tenure.

Report of the Incoming Editor of Argumentation and Advocacy. Dale Herbeck (Boston College) reported that he was in the process of appointing members to his editorial board.

 

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS

Educational Development and Practices

Barb Pickering (James Madison University) presented the Report of the Committee on Educational Development and Practices, which consisted of the following MOTIONS:

1. The Code of Professional Responsibility with respect to Competitor Standards should be amended by changing the "time blocks" of competitor eligibility from "July-December" to "July -December 25" and from "January-June" to "December 26 to June 30." CARRIED unanimously.

2. The Code of Professional Responsibility with respect to Competitor Standards be amended by deleting the present 2Bii with #3, to read: "No person shall be allowed to participate in more than four years of national tournaments as a contestant." Discussion ensued. In response to a question, the Committee indicated that it was their intent that the four years need not be consecutive, but cannot be staggered, i.e. one year debate, another "i.e.," etc. The prohibition is intended to apply to, and can be enforced only with respect to, the NDT and the NIET. Jim Klumpp (University of Maryland) MOVED, with a second from the floor, to TABLE the provision. CARRIED by voice vote.

3. The Code of Professional Responsibility with respect to Tournament Practices, which currently reads: "All tournament rounds are open on a space available basis to any and all interested observers, who may take notes. Participants, coaches of teams involved, judges or authorized researchers (with the tournament director's approval) may tape record and tournament round of competition." be amended to retain the first sentence and change the second to: "Participants, coaches of the teams involved, judges or authorized researchers (with the tournament director's approval) may electronically record any tournament round of competition except for oral interpretation events." CARRIED unanimously.

4. The Code of Professional Responsibility with respect to Adjudication Procedures should be amended to change subsection 3B from "The hearing shall occur as soon as it can be feasibly scheduled." to "The hearing shall occur as soon as it can be feasibly scheduled, and shall be electronically recorded." CARRIED by voice vote.

5. The Code of Professional Responsibility with respect to Adjudication Procedures be amended to change subsection 4B from: "The appeal board will review all documents gathered by the PRC, and will also listen to tape-recordings of the formal hearings." to "The appeal board will review all documents gathered by the PRC, and will also listen to electronic recordings of the formal hearings. The recordings shall remain with the archives of the AFA." CARRIED by voice vote.

Professional Development and Support

Mary Trejo presented the Report of the Professional Development and Support Committee.

The Distinguished Service Award has been presented, posthumously, to Professor Jerry M. Goldberg of Pace University.

The 1998 Annual Meeting allocated $ 1,000 to fund an assessment project involving primary research on diversity in forensics. After an advertisement in the AFA Newsletter calling for applications, the Committee selected Professor Mike Allen (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) as primary researcher. The Committee Chair appointed an ad hoc committee to facilitate the project, consisting of Dr. Michael Bartanen, Chair, Dr. Allen, Dr. Anthony Schroeder and Dr. Trejo. A nationwide survey instrument was administered in 1999 and 2000. The final report would to be presented at the Convention on November 11th.

The 1999 Annual Meeting allocated $750. to fund a research project on tenure and promotion issues. After a second call in the Newsletter, Dr., Kelly McDonald (Arizona State University) was selected as researcher. The Committee Chair is finalizing an ad hoc committee to work with the researcher. It will include Dr. McDonald, Richard Pineda and Dr. Trejo, as Chair. Presentation of a final report is projected for the November, 2001 Convention, with a website posting to follow.

The Committee will pursue the charges of President Leeper with respect to the connection between coaching and pedagogy, the development of a committee website and further consideration of procedures for the selection of the Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Trejo has agreed to remain as interim chair pending election of a permanent chair. Dr. Ede Warner (University of Louisville) has been nominated in absentia for that position.

Publications

Randy Lake (University of Southern California) presented the Report of the Publications Committee.

Dale Herbeck (Boston College) has been appointed Editor of Argumentation and Advocacy, and is working on ways to increase subscriptions, particularly those from institutions. He is also seeking to include publications of affiliate organizations in the Matlon index. The Committee's long term goal is to shift AFA publications to an electronic format. The Committee will elect a new Chair in a special meeting or by mail ballot.

The Committee is working toward a web-based index to all forensic publications. Jim Klumpp, webmaster, requires that all submissions be in HTML format.

The Committee is continuing discussions with the Executive Secretary with respect to changing to an electronic Newsletter, especially with respect to "call" announcements. However, paper copies will be available to members upon request. The Directory of Members and Tournament Calendar will continue to be published in hardcopy form.

Research

Bob Chandler (Pepperdine University) presented the Report of the Research Committee.

The Daniel Rohrer Research Award has been presented to David M. Cheshire and Cori E. Dauber for "The Place and Power of Civic Space: Reading Globalization and Social Geography through the Lens of Civilization Conflict," Security Studies, 8,(2), 35-70 (1999).

Lisa Perry (Minnesota State University, Mankato) has been elected the new Chair of the Committee.

The Committee approved revised by-laws which have been sent to the AFA President.

The Committee proposed the following RESOLUTIONS:

1. The AFA Research Committee encourages thesis and dissertation proposal submissions for funding consideration to the Brockreide Memorial Research Grant Award competition.

2. The Chair of the Research Committee should include a statement encouraging thesis and dissertation funding proposals submitted for the Brockreide Memorial Grant Award Competition in the call for submission.

The Committee MOVED:

1. That a new research award be created. This new award should recognize the outstanding thesis or dissertation completed during the previous calendar year in the field of argumentation and/or forensics. The AFA Research Committee should create criteria, procedures, and investigate appropriate opportunities for naming the award in honor of a scholar-servant in the field.

2. That the National Council require a appropriate follow-up financial report, accounting for grant expenditures from recipients of the Brockreide Memorial Research Grant Awards.

3. That recipients of the Brockreide Memorial Research Grant Awards should be required to report on the progress and/or results of the funded research project at the subsequent AFA/NCA Annual Convention. The First Vice President of the AFA, as the convention planner, should provide an appropriate presentation opportunity for the Brockreide Memorial Research Grant recipients to report on the progress or results of the funded research project at conventions in even numbered years for recipients of the previous year's award.

A FRIENDLY AMENDMENT was proposed and ACCEPTED to require the Committee to "devise and implement criteria for the Award." As amended, all Committee proposals CARRIED unanimously.

Finance

M'Liss Hindman (Tyler Junior College) presented the Report of the Finance Committee, which came to the floor with the endorsement of the National Council.

The Committee MOVED that the Budget as proposed by the Executive Secretary be approved. The Budget requires an increase in the dues structure as follows: individual/institutional membership $60; two year individual/institutional membership $108; institutional/library membership $70; life membership $500. The Budget also contains an AFA contribution to the Tahoe Conference on Academic Debate in the amount of $2,000 without a designation of specific use. CARRIED unanimously.

The Committee also recommended that the President appoint an ad hoc committee on the recruitment of new members.

 

CHARTERED COMMITTEE REPORTS

NIET

On behalf of the NIET Committee, Cynthia R. Carver (Concordia College, Moorhead) reported that the NIET National Tournament had been held at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in March/April of 2000. Professor Tom Workman was tournament Host and Professor Larry Schnoor (Minnesota Sate University, Mankato) was, once again, the tournament Director. The AFA-NIET Distinguished Service Award was presented to Karen Pierce (University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire) and jointly to Steven Collie (University of Wisconsin, Stout) and Susan Collie (Winona State University). The 2001 Tournament will be held, from April 6th through 9th, at George Mason University, with Professor Jim Kimble as Host. The 2002 Tournament will be held at Bradley University, with Professor Dan Smith as Host.

On behalf of the Committee Dr. Carver MOVED an AMENDMENT to the NIET Charter:

1. Add subsection "d" to Article I.A. 1: "The two co-chairs of the Student NIET Committee. Reletter subsequent subsections.

2. Add subsection "d" to Article I.A.3: "The student co-chairs shall be elected by members from the student committee."

3. Add a subsection "b" to Article I.A.4: "The student co-chairs shall serve one year terms." Reletter subsequent subsections.

CARRIED unanimously.

NDT

On behalf of the NDT Committee, John Fritch (Southwest Missouri State University). reported that the 2000 NDT had been held at the University of Missouri, Kansas City with Linda Collier as Host and Donn Parson (University of Kansas) as Director. The Ziegelmueller Award for coaching and mentoring was presented to Alan Louden (Wake Forest University) and the Keele Distinguished Service Award to V. William Balthrop (University of North Carolina). The 2001 Tournament will be held at Baylor University, with Professor Karla Leeper as Host.

REPORT OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Ed Panetta (University of Georgia) presented the report. The Committee intends to have a list of nominees for national office by October 1, 200 1. They will solicit suggestions for nominees to various committees at the Alta and Tahoe Conventions. They are also discussing the possibility of an emeritus membership on the National Council.

 

OTHER REPORTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Alta Conference

G. Thomas Goodnight (Northwestern University & USC) announced that the 12th NCA/AFA Conference on Argumentation will be held August 2nd-5th in Alta, Utah. Sessions will be the in Rustler Lodge. His complete report in on file in the National Office.

Tahoe Conference

Russell Church (Middle Tennessee State University) reported that the Tahoe Conference on Academic Debate will be held at the Granlibakken Conference Center, Tahoe City, California, from June 9th through 12th.

 

NEW BUSINESS

On behalf of the National Council, the President submitted the proposed affiliation agreements with the Interstate Oratory Association, American Debate Association, National Communication Association and Collegiate Forensics Association. The first three agreements were APPROVED unanimously. Pat Ganer (Cypress College) MOVED, with a second from the floor, that the agreement with the Collegiate Forensics Association be TABLED. The motion to table CARRIED unanimously.

Immediate Past President Klumpp MOVED the following RESOLUTIONS which CARRIED by acclamation:

  • Appreciation to officers who retired on July I st: Alan Louden for 6 years in leadership positions; John Viello as Two Year College Representative; Cindy Carver as Recording Secretary.
  • Appreciation to Ed Schiappa for three years as Editor of Argumentation and Advocacy.
  • Appreciation to Linda Collier and the University of Missouri, Kansas City, for hosting the NDT, and Tom Workman and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln for hosting the NIET.
  • Appreciation to retiring committee chairs, either at this convention or shortly thereafter: Randy Lake, Publications; Bob Chandler, Research; Mary Trejo, Professional Development; Peter Prober, Educational Practices, and Pat Gainer, 50th Anniversary Committee.
  • Honor to our deceased members and condolences to their families and many friends: Jerry Goldberg, Robert Grootendorst, Annabel Hagood, Dan Henning, Harold Lawson, Marie Robinson and Grace Walsh.

The meeting adjourned, by unanimous consent, at 5:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Frank Harrison, Secretary