Argumentation and Forensics Division

Interest Group Awards

Listed here are awards given by the Interest Group to its members. Interests Groups are smaller communities within NCA's large membership that provide a range of resources including networking opportunities, Annual Convention programming, leadership opportunities, awards, and specialized information dissemination channels, among others.

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Top Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2023 Shanara Reid-Brinkley, "Coalition Building in the Belly of the Beast: Black Movement Expansion and the Politics of Allyship in Competitive Policy Debate" 
2022 Matthew Salzano & Damien Pfister, "Caught in the Crossfire: Apple Airdrop and the Digital Infrastructures of Rhetoric and Argumentation" 
2021 John Banister, "Textualism, the Universal Audience, and Inventional Constraints in the Roberts Court’s Voting Rights Jurisprudence"
2020 Timothy Michaels and Matt Corr, "Debate’s Digital Crossroads: Exploring the Possibilities of Virtual Reality for Competitive Debate"
2013 Justin Eckstein, “Yellow Rain: The Acoustics of Strategic Maneuvering”
2012 Susan Sci, “Enacting Reverence: The Role of Affect in the International Freedom Center Controversy”

Top Student Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2023 Carter Reed, "Judicial Apologia in Trump v. Hawaii"
2020 Cimmiaron Alvarez, "Who to Tell: Communication Privacy Management and Self-Disclosure of Sexual Victimization within the Collegiate Forensics Community"
2016 Timothy Bill
2015 Pascal Gagné, “Transmographs: The Semblance of Political Signification in Affect”
2014 Spencer Harris

Top Panel Award

Year Award Winner
2023 "Social Justice Perspectives on Transformative Approaches to Argumentation:  How Debate Challenges Limited Freedom of Expression" - Natasha Brown, Robert Green, Shavonne Shorter, Erin Brummett, & Sharmine Herbert 
2019 "Surviving in a Changing Bureaucracy: Strategizing Methods of Re-Legitimizing Speech and Debate Programs" - Chair: Katie Marie Brunner Panelists: Stephen P. Hagan, William Heinze, Deano A. Pape, Erica Lamm Respondent: Larry G. Schnoor
2016 Trent Webb                                                                                                                                 

Article of the Year Award

Year Award Winner
2021 Kristopher Copeland & Ant Woodall, "'This is Who I am and This is What I’m Carrying': Examining Self-Disclosure in Forensics"
2020 Nick J. Sciullo, "The Racial Coding of Performance Debate: Race, Difference, and Policy Debate"

Book of the Year Award

Year Award Winner
2021 Tiffany Lewis, Uprising: How Women Used the US West to Win the Right to Vote Michigan State University Press (2021)
2020 Emma Frances Bloomfield, Communication Strategies for Engaging Climate Skeptics

Top Paper in Argumentation

Year Award Winner
2019 Sarah Dweik, Matthew Parnell, Joseph Provencher, "The Conflict of Callouts: Surviving Competitive Confrontation in Modern Collegiate Debate"
2016 Sean Kennedy
2015 Stephen Llano, “The Tournament is a Singularity”

Top Paper in Forensics

Year Award Winner
2016 Keith Bistodeau
2015 Kristopher Copeland and Kendrea James, “My College Education Has Come From My Participation in the Forensics Team”