[eDebate] Give Me Your Tired, Your Scholaraly, Your Tenureless
Ceda2vp at cs.com
Thu Feb 12 10:58:41 CST 2004
I know some of you need to publish to get new jobs, move forward in tenure
track positions or look good to your friends and neighbors. I have a solution.
Write and present a paper at the National Communication Association (NCA)
NCA FOR THE EXPERIENCED: AN FAQ
1-When and where is it?
The National Communication Association will host its 90th Annual Meeting,
November 11-15, 2004 in Chicago at the Chicago Hilton and Towers. The theme for
the 2004 NCA convention is <A HREF="http://www.natcom.org/Convention/default.htm">?Moving Forward/Looking Back.?</A>
The complete call for papers for the 2004 convention is available online at
the NCA website (www.natcom.org). All competitive papers and program proposals
must be submitted online to the appropriate unit or affiliate organization
for review. The deadline for submissions is Monday, February 16, 2004 (do it
Friday, you know Monday you'll be nuts with other stuff). Please review the
convention information in the December issue of Spectra before submitting your
proposal. Please check the <A HREF="http://www.natcom.org/Call_FAQ.htm">Call for Papers FAQ</A> for information about submitting
papers online, locating logins, IDs and PINS and other questions.
3-I'm having difficulty submitting my information what should I do?
E-mail me an abstract and title for a paper or panel by Saturday and I'll
take care of it over the weekend.
4-Will, I can't do a paper in four days, what are you thinking?
OK, if you keep not listening I'm just not going to talk to you. All I need
right now is an abstract and a title. You can even change that DRASTICALLY.
You just need to be in the system before the deadline.
5-My field of expertise is not argumentation so I don't think I want to
submit it to CEDA?
For the life of me, if I find the person that started this backwards way of
thinking I would give him such a pinch. Argumentation is a field, CEDA is an
Association. What that means is while we think it's cool that people develop
debate theory, we have a larger mission of professional development for all of
our coaches, directors, graduate students and undergrads to advance and
promote their scholarship regardless of communication specialty. Stop
separating. We just ain't that big.
Additionally, debate is perceived in too many departments as disconnected
from the rest of the university. There are very few argumentation departments,
if any left in the country. We live in a world where folks work in
Communications, Rhetoric, Poli Sci and Outreach for the most part. CEDA's goal for
this NCA and the next one will be to move debate back to center by addressing
larger themes on panels, making efforts to attract noteworthy respondents and
then including debate presentations as well.
6-Ummm...sounds interesting but how exactly would that work?
If you are doing work in public communication, tell me who the big names are
and we'll invite them to serve as respondents and then use your work as a
centerpiece. Possible linkages for debate would be papers on internal discussions
(what community topics should be addressed and debated in open forums at
breaks between rounds or before awards?) or external discussions (what are key
subjects or community issues that would benefit by more rigorous debate?). The
resultant panel would attract debate folks, non-debate folks and create
conversations that do not happen enough.
7-I was going to submit to AFA not CEDA. Is that ok?
NOOOOOOO, it's not ok unless there's coordination. Pi Kap, Parli, CEDA,
NDT, AFA and the Council of Forensics Organizations all hosted events that
overlapped on topics like: how to involve community colleges, public relations and
marketing efforts, membership considerations, diversity initiatives. Each had
one or two popular programs that attracted 30 or more people and then a slew
of programs that attracted 8-9 people. Why in the world don't we get together
strategically and link people who want to discuss similar things? Wherever
you submit your idea, pressure the NCA unit planner (for CEDA it's me), to
contact other folks, foster cosponsorship and coordinate so we can serve our
members effectively. I will make every effort to make cosponsorship a watchword
of our programming. In future years, I may even advocate that we do (SHOCK!)
8- Any ideas for how I can be involved, Will? I'd like to participate but I
can't afford to go since I'm just a (fill in appropriate answer: underpaid
instructor, poor grad student, poor freelancer, poor undergrad tenured prof with
We always have ideas. How about these three for starters: 1) Design a
Voices Left Behind panel consisting of five folks/constiuents who can't come to
Chicago but have important issues. Find a friend who can help you make a short
video clip. We'll provide the tech and show the papers. Collect money for
one person to go so they can present. I'll submit it and maybe it can become a
longer term strategy for inclusion. 2) Apply for grant funding for your
paper from your department, student activities or relatives to cover cost. Happy
to share ideas on that front. 3) Be creative. There are students at Loyola,
U Chicago, Northwestern, Roosevelt University and elsewhere that might be
able to let you crash. You are a debater, make some args with people with
resources at your home base about why you should be here.
9-Is there anything to do there?
Heck, yeah. Chicago is a chill city with many expensive and inexpensive
options for fun. There is also an informal gambling task force that did
significant research into Gary, Indiana during the Northwestern tourney...
10-Anything you'd like submissions for?
I thought you'd never ask. I'd love it if folks would share best practices
on management, budgeting and team building so younger programs could share in
the wisdom. My dream team panel would be Melissa, Scott, Meany, and
representatives from Northwestern, Emory, Texas, Claremont and Eastern Michigan rapping
about how to get it done.
Second option would be a survey reporting panel where Bruschke discusses what
we know now about who debates, where and how much and how that information
can be used to develop more opportunities for debaters.
Hope to hear from you soon. Ciao for now.
Peace & Justice,
Chief Executive Officer, IMPACT Coalition
Steinhardt School of Education
Culture and Communication Department
Director of Debate, New York University
330 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
ceda2vp at cs.com
Help us have an IMPACT. Support debate in schools and in your community.
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