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Committees

AWARDS COMMITTEE

Chair: Patrick Waldinger, Miami
Members: Kiran Dhillon, USC; Samantha Godbey, West Virginia;Ben Hagwood, Liberty;Jylessa Hampton, Kansas; Beau Larsen, Puget Sound; Brian Rubaie, Iowa; Dan Stanfield, Baylor
Mission Statement: This committee shall oversee the criteria for the award of the Association’s annual student, coaching and program awards. The First Vice-President shall serve as Chair of the Annual Awards Committee.

PROFESSIONAL REVIEW BOARD

Chair: Mike Davis, GMU
Members: Ed Panetta, Georgia, Greta Stahl
Mission Statement: This committee hears cases of unprofessional conduct (as described in the CEDA Constitution). The procedures are available here.

DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT COMMITTEE

Co-Chairs: Toya Green, CSU-Fullerton
Members: Kristiana Baez, Iowa; Jackie Poapst, George Mason
Mission Statement: This committee is chaired by the Sexual Harassment Officer and is responsible for administering CEDA's policy on discrimination and sexual harassment, which is contained in the Bylaws.

TOURNAMENT SITE COMMITTEE

Chair: Brian Rubaie, Iowa
Members:Scott Harris, Kansas;Amber Kelsie, Wake Forest; Joe Patrice, Army; Patrick Waldinger, Miami

Mission Statement: This committee shall oversee the solicitation of a host for future National Tournaments of the Association. This committee shall also gather data regarding the conduct of the Association’s tournament. This committee should include, at a minimum, the treasurer, president, and both past presidents.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Chair: Patrick Waldinger, Miami
Members: Derek Buescher, Puget Sound;Michael Eisenstadt, UC-Long Beach; Kurt Fifelski, Michigan; Allison Harper, Emory; Hunter McCullough, UT-Dallas; Matt Moore, UCO
Jackie Poapst, George Mason; Kathryn Rubino, Army; CV Vitolo-Hadad, Wisconsin

Mission Statement: This committee shall solicit and receive names of individuals for elective office in the organization and propose the slate of nominees at the annual business meeting, as indicated in Article V of the Constitution.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Chair: Vik Keenan, New School
Members: Deven Cooper, CSU-Long Beach; Mike Davis, JMU; Brian Rubaie, Iowa; Nick Ryan, Liberty

Mission Statement: This committee shall promote the professional development of director/coaches, coaches, and the graduate/undergraduate assistants associated with debate programs. The committee shall select a representative to attend the National Communication Association Program Planners meetings, plan any programs assigned by the National Communication Association to CEDA, serve as the National Communication Association Convention liaison, which includes scheduling meeting times, be in charge of carrying out any programs assigned by the National Communication Association to CEDA as a consequence of CEDA's affiliate status with the National Communication Association.

COMMITTEE ON PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

Chair: Vik Keenan, New School
Members: Deven Cooper, CSU-Long Beach; Mike Davis, JMU; Brian Rubaie, Iowa; Nick Ryan, Liberty

Mission Statement: This committee shall promote new membership, assist new and potential programs in CEDA related activities, assist programs facing budgetary or other problems, coordinate efforts to regain lost memberships and suggest available forensic materials relevant to CEDA.

PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE

Chair: Samantha Godbey, West Virginia
Members: Cecilia Cerja, UNI; Seth Fendley, UCF; Toya Green, CSU-Fullerton

Mission Statement: This committee shall promote the activities of CEDA and its member schools, including promotion of national standings and award winners among the various national and regional media and coordinate efforts at development of alternative funding support sources.

RESEARCH COMMITTEE

Chair: Nick Ryan, Liberty
Members: David Cram-Helwich, Minnesota; Jyleesa Hampton, Kansas; Becca Steiner, Georgia; Tommye Weddington, Rochester

Mission Statement: The Second Vice President will serve as Chair of the Research Committee. This committee shall evaluate proposals for research to be conducted at the Association's National Tournament and approve only those proposals which meet standards for ethical and competent research. Committee procedures and guidelines for evaluation appear in the Bylaws.

TOPIC COMMITTEE

Chair: : James Herndon, Emory (CEDA At-Large); Members:Natalie Bennie, Wake Forest (Graduate Rep); Adrienne Brovero, Mary Washington (ADA Rep); Miles Gray, UC-Berkeley (Undergrad Rep); Michael Hester, West Georgia (NDT Rep); Will Jensen, Trinity (CEDA At-Large); Mikaela Malsin, Georgetown (CEDA At-Large); Brian Rubaie, Iowa (1st Vice President); Patrick Waldinger, Miami (President)

Archived Topic Committee Work Available Here
Recent Topic Committee Work is available on the forums.

TOPIC REFORM COMMITTEE

Chair: David Cram Helwich, Minnesota

Adrienne Brovero, Mary Washington; Cecilia Cerja, UNI; Mike Hester, West Georgia; Amber Kelsie, Wake Forest; Joel Lemuel, CSU-Northridge; Mikaela Malsin, Georgetown
Toni Nielson, Fullerton College; Tripp Rebrovick, Harvard; Kathryn Rubino, Army; John Turner, Dartmouth; Danielle Verney-O’Gorman, Navy; Patrick Waldinger, Miami

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