Vol 31, No. 1 -- September 2008

Officers of the AFA, p. 2
Message from the President, p. 3-4
AFA Ballots, p. 5
AFA Committees, 2008-2009, p. 6
AFA Meeting Schedule (NCA), p. 7-8
AFA Business Meeting Agenda (NCA), p. 7
AFA Convention Program (NCA), p. 9-11

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 AmForensicAssoc@aol.com. 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.

OFFICERS OF THE AMERICAN FORENSIC ASSOCIATION, 2008-2010

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
Tim O'Connell, University of Mary Washington, 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

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear members of the AFA,
The AFA has been confronted with two issues as we start the 2008-09 academic year.
First, Discussion is swirling throughout the forensic community around the shoutingmatch
incident at CEDA nationals this past spring. I believe the primary concern of the
AFA is not what is happening in CEDA or at Fort Hays, or how either of these
institutions address the situation. I believe our concern is how the AFA can use the
situation as a warning/learning opportunity to prevent such a spectacle occurring at the
NIET and/or NDT.
I have reviewed our constitution, bylaws and the Code of Forensics Program and
Forensics Tournament Standards for College and Universities. AFA appears to have little
actual specific language addressing such an incident in our master documents. The only
language I can find is Article III-6 in the Code, which states "All tournaments should
operate in an environment free of any behavior (whether verbal or nonverbal) that results
in the harassment of any participant (whether student, coach, or judge)." Nothing in
Article V-Penalties seems applicable. We have language for competitors, judges, and
tournament directors, but little addressing the behavior of directors/coaches and/or
audience members.
In light of the CEDA incident and the lack of language in our documents for
addressing such an incident, I have charged the AFA Professional Development and
Support Committee with developing an appropriate policy. The committee shall have the
new policy ready for review and comment by the NDT Committee, the NIET Committee
and at the AFA Business Meeting during NCA 2008.
I have also charged the AFA Finance Committee to investigate liability insurance for
AFA tournaments, tournament directors, and tournament personnel to protect our
organization and its members. The committee will report during the 2008 AFA Business
Meeting.
The second issue is a boycott call of the NCA convention. The NCA convention hotel
this year has been the focus of a significant controversy. Some AFA members are
supporting the boycott and have asked if AFA could move our meetings rooms. Moving
the AFA meeting rooms is really not an option for a number of reasons.
1. From a practical standpoint, there is little possibility we can successfully move
the AFA meetings to another location in San Diego at this late date. The number
and duration of rooms we need make such a switch impractical.
2. We have a binding affiliate agreement with NCA to use the rooms provided by
NCA for the meetings. NCA recently tried to change the NCA-AFA agreement as
related to meetings rooms. AFA President Carol Winkler had extensive and
detailed "conversations" with NCA to guarantee they would provide our meetings
rooms. Pulling out of the rooms would be in violation of that agreement and
would severely damage the likelihood NCA would provide rooms for AFA at
future conferences.
3. Moving the rooms would not cause the hotel owner any financial loss. NCA is
already contractually bound to the rooms. AFA does not pay NCA for the rooms.
4. AFA does not have a policy or procedure for moving our meeting rooms based on
political, social, or financial issues facing the membership. We are representatives
of a professional organization, and as agents of the organization we represent the
expressed wishes of the organization's membership. In some instances, our
professional obligations are subservient to our personal wishes.
5. The only official means the AFA has for expression of members' views is the
annual business meeting during NCA. Individual members can make motions
during the meeting which may be discussed and voted on by the members. A
policy action by the AFA National Council in the absence of direction from the
members during the business meeting would be a violation of our AFA positions.
Individual members may, of course, take whatever action they wish.
6. The AFA should remember both sides of any issue are worthy of debate. We may
encourage AFA members to find other ways to let our voices be heard outside the
action of moving the meetings to another location.
7. Moving the AFA meeting rooms would set a precedent. The AFA must be
cognizant that other issues may arise in the future that members may find
objectionable and request the rooms be moved.
Sincerely,
Dan Cronn-Mills
AFA President

AFA BALLOTS

All ballot forms consist of three pages: original on white, and two carbonless
copies on pink and yellow. Form W also has an additional white half-sheet.

FORM DESCRIPTION

All ballot forms are supplied in lots of 100 @ $15/100
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E: Without boxes (8-1/2 x 11")
H: Lincoln-Douglas without boxes (8-1/2 x 14")
P: Parliamentary (8-1/2 x 14")
W: With short form, with boxes (8-1/2 x 14")
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AFA COMMITTEES

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)
Damien Pfister, 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 (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 (term expires 2011)
Bobby Imbody, Kansas State University (term expires 2011)

Professional Development and Support Committee

Joe Bellon, Georgia State University, (term expires 2009)
Elisa Cohen, University of St. Louis (term expires 2009)
Kelly McDonald, Arizona State University, Chair (term expires 2010)
Rae Lynn Schwartz-Dupre, Western Washington University, (term expires 2010)
David Gaer, Laramie County Community College (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 (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, Chair (term expires 2010)
James Dimock, Minnesota State University, Mankato (term expires 2011)
Treva Dean, University of Alabama (term expires 2011)

2008 Annual Convention

The 2008 Convention in San Diego, California, Manchester Grand Hyatt, Nov. 20

AFA Business Meeting, San Diego

November 20, 2008
Time: Thursday, Nov 20 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Place: MANCHESTER GRAND HYATT, ELIZABETH B
I. Call to Order
II. Appointment of Parliamentarian
III. Approval of Minutes, 2007 Business Meeting
IV. Reports of Officers and National Council Members
Daniel Cronn-Mills, Minnesota State University-Mankato, President
Rich Edwards, Baylor University, Vice-President
Will Baker, Impact Coalition, Vice-President for High School Affairs
Michael 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
V. Committee Reports
A. Standing Committees
1. Educational Development & Practices
2. Finance
3. Professional Development & Support
4. Publications
5. Research
B. Chartered Committees
1. NIET Committee
2. NDT Committee
VI. Old Business
VII. New Business
VIII. Resolutions
IX. Adjournment

NDT BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Time: Thursday, Nov 20 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Place: MANCHESTER GRAND HYATT, ELIZABETH B
AFA NATIONAL COUNCIL
Time: Thursday, Nov 20 - 12:00pm - 3:45pm
Place: MANCHESTER GRAND HYATT PARLOR ROOM 633
AFA-NDT COMMITTEE
Time: Thursday, Nov 20 - 12:00pm - 3:45pm
Place: MANCHESTER GRAND HYATT, ELIZABETH B
AFA-NIET COMMITTEE
Time: Thursday, Nov 20 - 12:00pm - 3:45pm
Place: MANCHESTER GRAND HYATT AMERICA'S CUP A
AFA BUSINESS MEETING
Time: Thursday, Nov 20 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Place: MANCHESTER GRAND HYATT, ELIZABETH B
AFA RECEPTION
Time: Thursday, Nov 20 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Place: MANCHESTER GRAND HYATT, ELIZABETH B
AFA EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND PRACTICES COMMITTEE
Time: Thursday, Nov 20 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Place: MANCHESTER GRAND HYATT AMERICA'S CUP A
AFA FINANCE COMMITTEE
Time: Thursday, Nov20 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Place: MANCHESTER GRAND HYATT PARLOR ROOM 634
AFA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND PRACTICES COMMITTEE
Time: Thursday, Nov 20- 10:00am - 12:00pm
Place: MANCHESTER GRAND HYATT PARLOR ROOM 617
AFA PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE
Time: Thursday, Nov 20 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Place: MANCHESTER GRAND HYATT GIBBONS
AFA RESEARCH COMMITTEE
Time: Thursday, Nov 20- 10:00am - 12:00pm
Place: MANCHESTER GRAND HYATT PARLOR ROOM 633

2008 American Forensic Association Convention Programs

National Communication Association

 

It All Goes in the Dryer Together: A Performance Exploring the Experiences of First-Year Forensics

Coaches
Time: Fri, Nov 21 - 8:00am - 9:15am
Place: Manchester Grand Hyatt, Parlor Room 633
"The Question is the Question: Analyzing the Value of Requiring Research Questions in Competitive
Forensics" *Richard E. Paine (North Central College)
"Competitive Methods of Explaining Rhetorical Methods: Accuracy vs. Distortion in the Description of
Scholarly Research Methods in the Crucible of Competitive Forensics" *Leah E. White (Minnesota State
University, Mankato)
"Applying for the Application: What Happens to the Value of Competitive Communication Analysis When
the Application Step is Minimized?" *R. Randolph Richardson (Berry College)
"Drawing Conclusions About Conclusions: An Examination of the Types, Depth and Significance of the
Implications We Draw in Competitive Forensics" *Megan E. Houge (Illinois State University)
"Bridging Undergraduate Competition and Academic/Non-academic Careers: The Educational and
Professional Value of the Current Unwritten Rules in Competitive Communication Analysis" *Brandon H.
Wood (Illinois State University)
Chair: Richard D. Besel (Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo) Respondent: Larry Schnoor
(Minnesota State University, Mankato)

The Translocal Properties of Performing Literature: An Intercultural Experiment

Time: Fri, Nov 21 - 9:30am - 10:45am
Place: Manchester Grand Hyatt, Parlor Room 633
Presenter: Christopher C. Collins (Southern Illinois Univ, Carbondale)
Presenter: Russell Lowery-Hart (West Texas A&M Univ)
Presenter: George Pacheco Jr. (Angelo State Univ)
Presenter: Christopher D. Sams (Univ of Texas, El Paso)
Chair: Charles T. Parrott (Southern Illinois Univ, Carbondale)
Respondent: Charles T. Parrott (Southern Illinois Univ, Carbondale)
Presenter: Jake Simmons (San Jose State University)

Unconventional Politics: Examining the 2008 Presidential Campaign

Time: Fri, Nov 21 - 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Place: Manchester Grand Hyatt, Parlor Room 633
Presenter: Chad Kuyper (Minnesota State University, Mankato)
Presenter: Michael S. Chouinard (Minnesota State University, Mankato)

The Best of Times and the Worst of Times: Coaching Forensics During Graduate School

Time: Fri, Nov 21 - 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Place: Manchester Grand Hyatt, Parlor Room 633
Presenter: Rebecca Buel (UNI)
Presenter: Brandon H. Wood (Illinois State University)
Presenter: Kelsey A. Harr (Univ of Northern Iowa)
Presenter: Adam M. Gonzales (Univ of Northern Iowa)

When Debate Goes International: Potential, Challenges and Lessons Learned

Time: Fri, Nov 21 - 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Place: Manchester Grand Hyatt, Parlor Room 633
Teaching Debate in Emerging Democracies and Authoritarian Contexts. Alex Dukalskis (International
Debate Education Association), Robert A. Trapp (Willamette University)
Debating Internationally: The Intersection of Intercultural Communication and Debate Practices. *Ioana
Andreea Cionea (University of Maryland)
Adapting Teaching Styles for International Students. Mark J. Woolsey (Yavapai College)
Intercultural Communication and Language Learning for International Learning Contexts, Daniel Iberri-
Shea (Northern Arizona University), Gina Iberri-Shea (Northern Arizona University)
Internationalizing the Debate Classroom. Ronna Liggett (University of Nevada, Reno)
Respondent: Sharon Porter (Northern Arizona University) Chair: Robert A. Trapp (Willamette University)
National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA) Business Meeting
Time: Sat, Nov 22 - 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Place: Manchester Grand Hyatt, Parlor Room 733
Top Papers in Argumentation
Time: Sat, Nov 22 - 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Place: Manchester Grand Hyatt, Parlor Room 733
Chair: Holly M. Manning (Concordia College)
A Weaverian Standard of Ethical Argumentation: The Case of David Horowitz *Top Paper. *James P.
Dimock (Minnesota State University, Mankato)
Argumentative Pathologies and Deliberative Legitimation Processes *Top Student Paper. *Damien S.
Pfister (Univ of Pittsburgh)
Respondent: Jason Warren (George Mason University)
Competitive Papers in Debate and Directing Forensics
Time: Sat, Nov 22 - 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Place: Manchester Grand Hyatt, Parlor Room 733
Chair: Debra K. Yancy (Univ of Mississippi)
Implications for NPDA Debaters and Coaches: An Unconventional Impact Calculus. *Crystal Lane Swift
(Mt. San Antonio College)
Characteristics of Debate: The End of Conventional Behavior? *Angela Nastasee-Carder (Fitchburg State
College)
The (Un)Conventional Director of Forensics: Leader, Pedagogue, and Ethicist paper co-sponsored with Pi
Kappa Delt. *Crystal Lane Swift (Mt. San Antonio College)
Respondent: David Gaer (Laramie County Community College)

Analyzing Communication Analysis: Competitive Practices vs. Scholarly Expectations

Time: Sun, Nov 23 - 8:00am - 9:15am
Place: Manchester Grand Hyatt, Parlor Room 734
Chair: Debra K. Yancy (Univ. of Mississippi)
Implications for NPDA Debaters and Coaches: An Unconventional Impact Calculus. *Crystal Lane Swift
(Mt. San Antonio College)
Characteristics of Debate: The End of Conventional Behavior? *Angela Nastasee-Carder (Fitchburg State
College)
The (Un)Conventional Director of Forensics: Leader, Pedagogue, and Ethicist paper co-sponsored with Pi
Kappa Delta. *Crystal Lane Swift (Mt. San Antonio College)
Respondent: David Gaer (Laramie County Community College)

The Rhetoric of Fear: Goading the Public into Compliance

Time: Sun, Nov 23 - 9:30am - 10:45am
Place: Manchester Grand Hyatt, Parlor Room 734
Presenter: Patrick S. Loebs (Minnesota State University, Mankato)
Presenter: Emily Kofoed (Kansas State Univ)
Presenter: Brian L. Grewe (Minnesota State University, Mankato)
Presenter: Janna M Dziak
Respondent: Jason A. Edwards (Bridgewater State College)
Chair: Jason A. Edwards (Bridgewater State College)