2022 National Communication Association Conference – New Orleans, LA

Reminders for attending NCA

From Dr. Nikki Freeman, VP of Professional Relations

  • When registering for the convention, all attendees agree to an Anti-Harassment Code of Conduct to support the safety and security of all convention attendees. NCA has contracted with a human resources professional who will be onsite during the convention to address violations of this Code of Conduct. To report a concern during the convention in New Orleans, please email codeofconduct@natcom.org.
  • All-gender restrooms are available for attendees regardless of their gender identity or expression. The designated restroom in the Marriott is located on the second floor in the Preservation Hall Foyer. The designated restroom in the Sheraton is located on the third floor near the Napoleon Ballroom. The facilities will be marked with signage at the entrance and on the NCA floor plans: https://ww4.aievolution.com/nca2201/index.cfm?do=cnt.page&pg=1041
  • A hotel room at the Marriott and the Bacchus room (8th floor) at the Sheraton have been designated as private areas for lactation purposes. If you need to utilize the hotel room at the Marriott, please go to the NCA Registration Desk (located in the Preservation Hall foyer) to sign for a room key. 
  • The Blues Room (4th floor) at the Marriott and the Grand Ballroom registration desk (5th floor) at the Sheraton have been reserved as private quiet areas for attendees. These rooms are for those who need to step away from the convention crowds and are not for interviews, phone calls, meetings, etc. These rooms are marked on the NCA floor plans: https://ww4.aievolution.com/nca2201/index.cfm?do=cnt.page&pg=1041

NFA Sponsored Sessions at NCA

“A Lot of Your Pieces Seem to Be About Race”: Responding to and Preventing Harmful Ballot Comments

Date: Thu, 11/17: 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM CST

Location: Sheraton, Southdown – 4th Floor 

Summary: Implicit bias trainings, judge integrity pledges, and other measures aim to stop students from receiving dehumanizing and cruel comments on ballots. Despite our best efforts, our students still receive ballots indicating the judge negatively impacted student education and competition goals based on marginalized identity status. This panel will discuss the methods through which we can react to ballots after they’ve been written, and to address structural ways we can prevent this type of violence.

Chair- Julie L.G. Walker, Southwest Minnesota State University

Presenters- Julie L.G. Walker, Southwest Minnesota State University; Vance Pierce, University of Illinois, Chicago; Bill Heinze, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Amy Martinelli, University of Florida


Why’d They Do That? A Content Analysis of Norms in Forensic Oral Interpretation Scholar to Scholar Session I

Date: Thu, 11/17: 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM CST

Location: Marriott, Preservation Hall Studio Foyer – 2nd Floor 

Summary: Despite pronounced interest in the nature and pedagogical role of competitive norms, a replicable study of competitive oral interpretation performances has never appeared in The Forensic, National Forensic Journal, or Speaker and Gavel. To address this gap, Newland’s paper presents a conventional content analysis of recordings from the 2019 AFA final round of Poetry Interpretation.

In identifying current norms related to literature cutting and embodied performance which emphasize the construction of persuasive, strategic intertextualities, the replicable analysis provided by this study benefits forensic scholars as they situate normative competitive practices within traditional and performance-oriented pedagogical frameworks. 

Author- Shelby Newland, University of North Carolina at Charlotte


National Forensics Association General Business Meeting

Date: Fri, 11/18, 11:00 AM CST – 12:15 PM CST

Location: Sheraton, Grand Chenier – 5th Floor
Zoom Meeting ID: 915 7961 6865
Passcode: NFA2023


Building a Place for All Competitors: Examining Accessibility Across Forensic Competition

Date: Fri, 11/18: 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM CST

Location: Sheraton, Oak Alley – 4th Floor 

Summary: Advocacy for accessibility in forensics happens every year. We faced new forms of accessibility challenges with COVID. As we find our way back to “standard” locations for tournaments, we need to use the rebooting of our activity as an opportunity to build a better place. In this panel, we will discuss accessibility concerns specific to each genre of IE and to debate. We will also discuss historical perspectives on the fight for accessibility.

Chair- Julie L.G. Walker, Southwest Minnesota State University 

Respondent- Dawn Lowry, George Mason University 

Presenter(s)- Julie L.G. Walker, Southwest Minnesota State University; Nance Riffe, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Dawn Lowry, George Mason University; Douglas Roberts, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Christopher P. Outzen, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire


Paperless Pedagogy: The PLACE of E-Ballots in Contemporary Forensics

Date: Sat, 11/19: 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM CST

Location: Sheraton, Gallier AB – 4th Floor 

Summary: Since March 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic has wrought substantial changes in forensics, most notably the explosion of online tournament formats and the use of e-ballots to communicate critique and rank. However, the use of e-ballots in some forensic spaces had already begun prior to Covid-19 and their continued presence at in-person tournaments suggests they are here to stay. The discussion is framed through the acronym of PLACE (People, Liberation, Advocacy, Community, Environment) to examine both the dominating and emancipatory pedagogical possibilities of e-ballot modalities. Our goal is to explore the PLACE of e-ballots in contemporary forensics and how the shift in modality could or should align with a shift in pedagogy through the ballot.

Chair & Respondent- Christopher P. Outzen, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Presenter(s)- Brent L. Mitchell, University of Alabama; Dawn Lowry, George Mason University; Sean Allen, Tennessee State University; Joseph J. Gantt, Lewis & Clark College; Adam M. Blood, University of West Florida; Jadah Morrison, Hastings College 


Returning Home: Honoring the National Tournament as a Place for Community and Advocacy

Date: Sat, 11/19: 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM CST

Location: Sheraton, Oakley – 4th Floor 

Summary: This panel brings together national tournament directors and hosts from NFA, AFA, Pi Kappa Delta, and Phi Rho Pi to discuss the challenges and opportunities created in hosting national tournaments in 2022. Due to the cancellation of all national tournaments in 2020, and all national tournaments moving online in 2021, the 2022 national tournament season represented a unique time, place, and environment in forensics history. McAlister and Ewalt (2019) challenge organizations to engage in radical reimaginations of place-based politics and spatial agencies. Each national tournament had not been hosted in person for three years. Restarting in-person national tournaments represented numerous challenges, but also opportunities to think about politics and the spaces these tournaments inhabit. The break from in-person national tournaments offered the chance to reflect, remake, and rethink the tournaments and communities they created. These tournaments represented a chance not only for students to compete at the highest level, but more importantly to return to the community we have all so sorely missed.

Chair- Darren L. Epping-Fuentes, Kansas State University 

Respondent- Aaron M. Duncan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Presenter(s)- Allison R. Bonander, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Rolland C. Petrello, Moorpark College; Nance Riffe, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Megan Koch, Illinois State University; Jonathan Conway, University of Central Florida