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Author Topic: NCA Las Vegas Reminder: Deadline Approaching!  (Read 2609 times)
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« on: March 10, 2015, 12:17:48 PM »

Cross Examination Debate Association
Submissions Close: Thu, 3/26 2015 2:59 AM EDT (thats a minute before midnight, west coast time!)

The Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA), the primary national association promoting policy topic intercollegiate academic debate, invites submission of individual papers, paper sessions, panel discussions, and performance sessions for the 2015 National Communication Association Convention (NCA) to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada from November 19-22, 2015 (for more information about CEDA, visit; for information about NCA, visit  For guidance, please refer to the step-by-step “How to Submit” Instructions (and other helpful information) provided in the NCA Convention Resource Library, located at

1. Individual Paper Requirements: Submissions must include a complete, single-spaced uploaded copy of the paper. Copies must be uploaded into NCA Convention Central and must not include identifying information. Mailed or emailed papers will not be accepted. Instructions on how to prepare a blind copy are provided in the Convention Resource Library.  Abstracts will be considered, but completed papers are preferred.  CEDA will recognize the Top Individual Paper submitted.

2. Paper Sessions: Submissions must include a session title and session description; and the entry of each paper title, description and authors involved. A session chair is required. Please provide a rationale for acceptance outlining the importance of the submission. All AV requests must be made at the time of submission

3. Panel Discussions: Submissions must include a session title and session description and identification of each presenter involved. A session chair is required. Please provide a rationale for acceptance outlining the importance of the submission. All AV requests must be made at the time of submission

4.  Performance Session.  A performance session is submitted as a pre-conceived and complete session with a performer(s), chair(s), and respondent (optional).  The performance session is reviewed for consideration as a whole.  Submissions must include session title and session description, identification of each participant involved and a rationale for acceptance outlining the importance of the submission. AV requests must be made at the time of submission.

CEDA encourages scholarship which promotes and develops understanding of argumentation and debate in contexts including but not limited to academic debate, political debate, legal argumentation, and debate in the public sphere.  Submission for presentation and discussion of issues important to competitive debate practice and the teaching of debate and argumentation, as well as argumentation theory, philosophy of argument, advocacy, decision making, argument across cultures, and argument in applied contexts are welcomed, as are interdisciplinary linkages within and beyond the field(s) of communication.

Submissions which address the Convention theme, "Embracing Opportunities" are strongly encouraged, as are non-traditional submissions engaging alternative formats, including debates and other creative programs.  NCA has identified six core areas for consideration with relevance to the theme:  Opportunities for Pedagogy, Opportunities regarding Research, Opportunities regarding Service, Opportunities for Technology and Community, Opportunities regarding Administration, and Opportunities beyond the Academy.

All paper submissions will undergo blind review.  The completed individual papers with the best review scores will be nominated for the top CEDA paper award.

Submissions must be made electronically through the NCA Convention Central system, accessed through the National Communication Association's convention website  NCA Convention Central will open for submissions on Monday, January 19, 2015. The Deadline for submission is Wednesday, March 25 at 11:59 P.M. Pacific time.

The CEDA Unit Planner is David L. Steinberg, University of Miami, 305-284-5553,  Contact NCA at or Professor Steinberg with your questions.  Submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission, and to utilize the NCA Convention Resource Library, an excellent source of guidance for submitters.
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