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CEDA News / 2020 CEDA Awards
« Last post by brubaie on February 20, 2020, 10:54:39 AM »
We invite the community to nominate students, coaches and colleagues for the 2020 CEDA Awards! Nominations are due Friday, March 13th and are made via CEDA’s website (cedadebate.org). There is a section on the front page for award nominations. We are seeking nominations for the following awards:

ALL-AMERICANS – honoring a maximum of 30 students (max of 2 per school) who demonstrate competitive success, academic success, good conduct, and contributions to their squad.

NATIONAL DEBATE SCHOLARS – honoring students who maintain strong academic records in addition to their competitive accomplishments. There are four categories of National Debate Scholars:
a. Summa cum laude. Minimum 3.75 GPA.
b. Magna cum laude. Minimum 3.5 GPA.
c. Cum laude. Minimum 3.25 GPA.
d. Honorable Mention. Minimum 3.0 GPA

THE BRIAN “BABY JO” JOHNSTON DEBATER OF THE YEAR AWARD – The Baby Jo Award is meant to celebrate the best of the best in our community. The ideal candidate demonstrates competitive success and a commitment to represent the highest values of the debate community.

THE OUTSTANDING NEW COMPETITOR AWARD – this award is for people who began their participation in interscholastic debate in college, are in their first year of competition and are participating at the CEDA championship tournament. Applications should demonstrate growth and strong participation in the activity.

THE MATT GRINDY OUTSTANDING GRADUATE STUDENT COACH – This award is intended to recognize excellence in graduate and professional obligations as well as their work as coaches.

THE GALENTINE AWARD – This award is named after Rebecca Galentine and is designed to recognize an outstanding female debate coach in CEDA. The ideal candidate can demonstrate service to programs and the organization, community building and competitive success.

THE BROWNLEE AWARD – The Brownlee Award is given annually to a forensic educator who demonstrates outstanding achievement in scholarship, education and service to CEDA. The award is named in honor of longtime coach and founding CEDA member Don Brownlee.

THE CEDA ALUMNI AWARD - This award recognizes outstanding achievement, contribution and service by a program alumna of a member school.

THE NATIONAL PUBLIC DEBATE AWARD - This award is given to the intercollegiate debate program which, over the course of the past academic year, has best advanced the values of debate in the public sphere.

PUBLIC ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR - The award acknowledges the contribution of an individual during the past year that made a positive contribution to public discourse on matters of social import.
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Open Topic -- Any issue / AI Controversy Paper
« Last post by ajwagner on February 10, 2020, 02:45:58 PM »
Hello all, my name is Addison Wagner debater at Liberty University, I am looking for anyone that would be interested in assisting to write an AI and automation technology paper for next year. Topic would be focused on increase restrictions and/or regulations on AI and automation technology. I believe this topic is one of the most important topics for us to be able to discuss over the next few years and there is a wealth of both aff and neg ground available with new literature being written all the time making it a very relevant topic and one that could have significant depth and breadth. Any interested parties can feel free to contact me at addisonjwagner [AT] gmail dot com. Thanks
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NDT News / Overflow hotel for the NDT
« Last post by SherryHall on February 05, 2020, 01:30:10 PM »
NDT Hotel update from Mike Davis: I have arranged for an overflow block at the Doubletree at a rate of $99 per night. Their phone number is 540-433-2521.
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Open Topic -- Any issue / 2020 Madison Cup Invite
« Last post by Mike Davis on February 04, 2020, 12:53:10 PM »

January 4th, 2020

On behalf of the James Madison University and JMU Debate we are pleased and excited to invite you to compete for the Madison Cup at the 20th annual James Madison Commemorative Debate and Citizens Forum on Thursday, April 16, 2020.

The James Madison Commemorative Debate and Citizens Forum, a unique intercollegiate debate competition, combines the excitement and challenge of tournament competition with the relevance and empowerment of a public audience and audience participation.   

We are pleased to continue our partnership with The Arthur N. Rupe Foundation. Funding provided by the Rupe Foundation allows us to award prize money to the top ten teams and top twelve debaters, as well as to provide travel stipends for three qualifying teams.

2020 Topic: Universities in the United States should give greater encouragement and support of freedom of expression on campus.
Other cool and unique features:
•   $30,000 in prize money
•   Debating and competing in front of public audiences
•   No entry fees
•   Continental breakfast, snacks, and lunch provided
•   Great PR for your debate program
•   Madison Cup traveling trophy

The tournament details are enclosed with this letter.  If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to hosting you in April!

Mike Davis, Ph. D.               
Director, Madison Cup Debates         
Office of the President         
James Madison University            
(O) 540-568-5646               
(E-mail) davismk@jmu.edu            
 


Background: The James Madison Center for Civic Engagement presents the Madison Cup in the spirit of James Madison's ideal that a republican democracy is healthy only when informed and civil debate thrives. The Arthur N. Rupe Foundation serves as the sponsor for the 2019 Madison Cup, and we are humbled by their continued commitment to furthering public debate. They have agreed to maintain team, student awards, and travel stipends for teams that qualify through the application process outlined below.

We are hopeful that this year’s competition will be the strongest field that we have had, so please enter early.
 
Eligible Participants:  Each school may enter one two-person team.  The debate is open to undergraduate students who are in good standing at their respective institutions.  Second teams will be considered on a case-by-case basis, if space permits. 

Competition Format:  The debate uses a “long table” format.  This is a public debate.   Last year there was an audience of around 500 people for the final round, preliminary rounds were smaller (audiences of 20-30 people).   The “long table” format features three (two person) teams on each side of the question.  Speeches start with the affirmative and alternate between the affirmative and negative throughout the debate.  Teams are randomly assigned to sides and speaker positions.  In other words, if a team is selected to be the first affirmative, they will give the first two affirmative speeches in the debate.  The first and last speeches on each side of the question are uninterruptible.  Any member of the opposing team may interrupt the speeches in the middle of the debate in order to ask the speaker to yield to a question.  Speakers are not required to answer these questions (although not answering questions may cause the audience to think that the speaker is “dodgy”).  Please see the example format below for more information.  You can view videos of previous final rounds: http://www.jmu.edu/debate/madison-cup/index.shtml (under the history tab).

Jury Adjudication Procedure:  A three to seven member panel, or jury, will adjudicate the debate.  Juries will be comprised of local residents, students, professors, distinguished JMU alumni, and special invited guests.  At the completion of the debate, the panel will adjourn to discuss, deliberate and decide upon the winners as a group.  The jury votes for (2-person) teams, not sides of the question.  In other words, first place could go to an affirmative team, while second place could be awarded to a negative team. 

Tournament Procedures:

•   Number of rounds: This year we will offer three preliminary rounds of debate and one final round.

•   Switch side debate: Each team will debate at least once on the affirmative and once on the negative. 

•   Side & position:  Sides (affirmative or negative), and positions (first affirmative team, first negative team, second affirmative team, etc) for the preliminary debates will be determined by random drawing.

•   Judging: Judges will rank teams 1-6 in each preliminary debate, and assign each team quality points based on a one hundred point scale (1-100).

•   Advancing to the final round: The six teams (maximum of one from each school) with the lowest total ranks will advance to the final round.  Quality points will be used to break ties.

•   Sides and Speaking Positions in the final round:  Sides and speaking positions in the final round will be based on seeding after the preliminary rounds.  For example, the first seeded team will choose their “side and position,” then the second seed will choose “side and position,” and so on.

Public Participation:  While the jury deliberates, the floor will be opened for audience comments and speeches.  An award for the best floor speech will be presented.  Local newspapers, politicians, and the general public are invited.

Awards:  The first place team will leave with the Madison Cup—a very nice traveling trophy. Once again this year there is a $30,000 purse of team prize money.  All participants in the final round will be recognized with awards.

      Prize money will be awarded as follows:
      1st place: $5000.00 donation to your debate program
      2nd place: $3000.00 donation to your debate program
      3rd place: $2000.00 donation to your debate program
      4th—6th place: $1000.00 donation to your debate program
7th-10th place: $500.00 donation to your debate program

Any student who participates in the final round will receive a prize to be distributed in the form of a scholarship. The top team will receive $2,000 per student and the remaining students in the final round will receive $1,000.

Entry:  There are no entry fees. We can accommodate a field of 36 teams.  Entry is on a first come, first serve basis.  The first 18 teams to enter are guaranteed a spot in the field, after that we will accept teams if we can generate a field divisible by 4 or 6.  Deadline for entry is February 28th.  Early registration is necessary so we can determine how many debates there will be in each round.  Send school info, team info (first and last names of debaters), and requests for additional teams to:  Dr. Mike Davis, davismk@jmu.edu

Travel Stipend: This year we are pleased to offer a travel stipend of $2,000 to three teams that are able to demonstrate that they would add significantly to the quality and diversity of teams participating in this year’s competition. In addition to these stipends we are also able to offer and additional $4,000 in smaller stipends to schools that are on the East Coast or schools that only require partial assistance. Please email completed letters of application to davismk@jmu.edu

Your application for a travel stipend should be submitted by February 28th. We will use the following criteria when deciding which teams are awarded the stipend:
•   Quality of Team- What is the team’s competitive success? Do they have prior public debate experience?
•   Diversity- How does the team add to the diversity of the event? Things such as regional, institution, debate format will all be considered.
•   Budget – What level of funding does your administration provide? How many students does that budget currently serve? Would the team be able to attend the competition otherwise?
•   Previous Competitor – Is your school new to the competition? Will participation in this event/receiving the stipend assist in future development of your debate program?

Lodging: We have reserved a block of hotel rooms at the Hotel Madison and Shenandoah Valley Conference Center, 710 S Main St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801. Guest can call 540-564-0200 and say they are making reservations for the JMU Madison Cup and the dates they will be staying at the hotel.

Travel:  James Madison University is located in Harrisonburg, VA, which is two hours southwest of Washington, D.C. on I-81.  If you plan to fly consider Dulles and Washington National/Reagan Airports in Washington DC (2 hours away), Richmond airport (2 hours away), Charlottesville airport (one hour away) and the Shenandoah Regional Airport (15 minutes away).  We will arrange transport from Shenandoah and Charlottesville, we’ll do our best to work with you from the others.


Schedule:

Thursday, April 16th, 2020:  James Madison Commemorative Debate and Citizens Forum

8:00 AM-9:00 AM: Registration and Announcements
9:30 AM: Preliminary debate round 1 (Madison Union)
11:00 AM: Preliminary debate round 2 (Madison Union)
1:00 PM: Lunch
2:00 PM: Preliminary debate round 3 (Madison Union)
6:00 PM: Final round (Memorial Auditorium)










Example Debate Format: The 2004 final round proceeded as follows.

1st Affirmative Speech (Wake Forest #1): (4 minutes) uninterrupted

1st Negative Speech (George Mason #1): (4 minutes) uninterrupted

2nd Affirmative Speech (Wake Forest  #2): (5 minutes):  The first and last minute of the speech are uninterruptible.  In the 2nd-4th minutes of the speech any opposition debater may ask the speaker to yield to a question.  The speaker may accept, or decline the question.

2nd Negative Speech (George Mason #2): (5 minutes): The first and last minute of the speech are uninterruptible.  In the 2nd-4th minutes of the speech any opposition debater may ask the speaker to yield to a question.  The speaker may accept, or decline the question.

3rd Affirmative Speech (Georgetown # 1): (5 minutes): The first and last minute of the speech are uninterruptible.  In the 2nd-4th minutes of the speech any opposition debater may ask the speaker to yield to a question.  The speaker may accept, or decline the question.

3rd Negative Speech (James Madison #1): (5 minutes): The first and last minute of the speech are uninterruptible.  In the 2nd-4th minutes of the speech any opposition debater may ask the speaker to yield to a question.  The speaker may accept, or decline the question.

4th Affirmative Speech (Georgetown #2): (5 minutes) The first and last minute of the speech are uninterruptible.  In the 2nd-4th minutes of the speech any opposition debater may ask the speaker to yield to a question.  The speaker may accept, or decline the question.

4th Negative Speech (James Madison #2): (5 minutes) The first and last minute of the speech are uninterruptible.  In the 2nd-4th minutes of the speech any opposition debater may ask the speaker to yield to a question.  The speaker may accept, or decline the question.

5th Affirmative Speech (Mary Washington #1):  (5 minutes) The first and last minute of the speech are uninterruptible.  In the 2nd-4th minutes of the speech any opposition debater may ask the speaker to yield to a question.  The speaker may accept, or decline the question.

5th Negative Speech (Towson #1): The first and last minute of the speech are uninterruptible.  In the 2nd-4th minutes of the speech any opposition debater may ask the speaker to yield to a question.  The speaker may accept, or decline the question.

6th Affirmative Speech (Mary Washington #2):  (4 minutes) Uninterrupted

6th Negative Speech (Towson University #2):  (4 minutes) Uninterrupted




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CEDA News / 2020 CEDA Nationals @ WVU - Open for Registration
« Last post by Dinger on February 04, 2020, 12:01:36 PM »
Registration is open for the 2020 CEDA Nationals @ West Virginia on Tabroom: https://www.tabroom.com/index/tourn/index.mhtml?tourn_id=15567


***Full invitation forthcoming***

 

The 2020 CEDA National Tournament will be at West Virginia University from April 4-7!

 

Here is the schedule:

Friday, April 3, 2020 - Arrival/Opening Award Ceremony

Saturday, April 4, 2020 - First Day of Preliminary Debates – on campus

Sunday, April 5, 2020 - Second Day of Preliminary Debates – on campus

Monday, April 6, 2020 - First Day of Elimination Debates & Awards – at hotel 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - Second Day of Elimination Debates – at hotel

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - Remaining Teams Depart

 

Yes, there will be a novice breakout elimination debates!

 

Hotel Information

The tournament will be hosted at:

Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place

2 Waterfront Place

Morgantown, West Virginia 26501

(304) 296-1700

 

The block rate is $149.00+tax/room for April 3-8, 2020. The block rate expires March 14, 2020 so please make your reservations before that.

 

The block at the hotel is called WVU Cross Examination Debate Association.

You may reserve rooms online at https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1565292343077&key=GRP&app=resvlink.

 

 

Travel Information

Airports: There is a regional airport in Morgantown (MGW) The closest large airport is Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) - about a 1.5-hour drive to WVU.

 

**For those staying in the mid-Atlantic after the NDT at JMU, you could choose to fly to one of the DC airports – Baltimore-Washington (BWI), Dulles (IAD) or Reagan (DCA) – which are about a 3 to 3.5-hour drive to WVU. It is about a 3-hour drive from JMU to WVU.

 

Transportation to campus: You will likely have a vehicle already, but Uber/Lyft is available to and from the campus on Saturday and Sunday.

 

Eligibility Documents

Please submit eligibility documents electronically to cedanats@cedadebate.org by March 27th, 2020.  Please use a pdf file format and write Your School Name (e.g. Idaho State) - Eligibility in the subject line.  You will receive a confirmation email when your forms have been received.  If you cannot submit documents electronically, you may submit them upon registration, or you may mail them to:

 

Patrick Waldinger

5100 Brunson Drive

Coral Gables, FL 33124-2105



If you submit paper documents, please include a brief note with your email address so that we can confirm receipt.

 

We look forward to seeing you in Morgantown!
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Open Topic -- Any issue / updated list of NDT schools paying AFA dues
« Last post by katsulas on February 04, 2020, 11:16:06 AM »
Arizona State
Boston College
Cornell
Emory
George Mason
Georgetown
James Madison
Liberty
Northeastern
Samford
Southwest Missouri
University of Cal, Berkeley
University of Central Oklahoma
University of Kansas
University of Kentucky
University of Mary Washington
University of Miami
University of Minnesota
University of Missouri, Kansas City
University of Pittsburgh
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
University of Texas
West Point
Wyoming

To pay AFA dues go to the AFA website at this link:
https://www.americanforensicsassoc.org/shop/

You can also mail a check to the AFA P.O. Box:
AFA
P.0. Box 67021
Chestnut Hill MA 02467-0001
Contact the AFA Treasurer, John Katsulas at katsulas@bc.edu if you have questions about paying.

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Open Topic -- Any issue / AFA payment of dues for NDT
« Last post by katsulas on February 04, 2020, 09:21:34 AM »
The NDT requires schools to pay an institutional membership ($85.00) and or hold a lifetime membership to the AFA ($750.00).  You can save money by joining for
2 years ($150.00).

According to my records, these schools have met the requirement for the 2020 NDT:
Boston College
Cornell
Emory
George Mason
James Madison
Liberty
Northeastern
Samford
University of Central Oklahoma
University of Kansas
University of Mary Washington
University of Miami
University of Missouri, Kansas City
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
University of Texas
West Point
Wyoming

To pay AFA dues go to the AFA website at this link:
https://www.americanforensicsassoc.org/shop/

You can also mail a check to the AFA P.O. Box:
AFA
P.0. Box 67021
Chestnut Hill MA 02467-0001

checks should be made out to the AFA.

Contact the AFA Treasurer, John Katsulas at katsulas@bc.edu if you have questions about paying dues.


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The American Forensic Association (AFA) is now seeking submissions for the upcoming 2020 National Communication Association (NCA) convention. The convention will take place November 19-22 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The AFA is an association of educators committed to supporting forensic pedagogy. The AFA is interested in promoting and supporting research that enhances the theory and practice of argumentation, advocacy, and competitive debate and public speaking competition.


The AFA encourages submissions that reinforce the convention theme of “Communication at the Crossroads.” According to NCA First Vice President, David McMahan, the theme was selected in part because Indiana is known as The Crossroads of America because of its central location. It was also selected to provide special opportunities to come together and to examine and discuss future directions for research, teaching, and the Communication discipline itself.


Crossroads symbolize connection and convergence of scholarship. This convention will provide opportunities to explore multiple areas of the discipline and to examine points of overlap. Submissions dedicated to bringing together separate areas of study and submissions dedicated to the integration of ideas in our discipline are encouraged.


Crossroads symbolize choice and direction for research and teaching. Such choice and direction entails considering where our research and teaching should be heading. It sometimes means determining that existing routes are insufficient and that new paths must be blazed. Submissions dedicated to examining future directions for research and teaching are encouraged.


Crossroads symbolize choice and direction for the discipline. Now more than ever, the discipline is positioned at a place of transformation. This convention will provide opportunities for you to be part of important conversations and activities guiding this development. Submissions dedicated to examining future directions for the discipline and dedicated to engagement toward such advancements are encouraged.


For more information, see the convention call at www.natcom.org/convention


The AFA encourages submissions that explore these themes for forensics professionals and forensics education.


The AFA will accept the following submission types: individual papers, panel discussions, and paper sessions. All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central. For a definition of submission types, please refer to the step-by-step "How to Submit" instructions provided in the Convention Resource Library (https://www.natcom.org/convention-events/convention-resources/convention-resource-library) on the NCA Convention website. Individual papers, panel discussions, and paper sessions submitted to the division may be theoretical, empirical and/or critical in nature. The AFA encourages a diversity of methodological approaches.


We encourage panel discussion proposals that include authors with diverse institutional affiliations, and to include the name of a Chair and a Respondent who are not one of the presenters. Participants should not have more than one role on a panel.


Individual Papers: Individual papers should be less than 6,000 words and written to conceal authorship and institutional affiliation. Instructions on how to prepare an unidentifiable copy can be found in the Convention Resource Library. Papers should be accompanied by a description of no more than 150 words. Proposals must include author, description, keywords, and AV requests (if any) in the electronic submission form.


Panel Discussions: Panel discussion proposals must include a panel title, a 150-word rationale of the content and format of the panel, a brief description of the panel discussion, and panelist contact information. A Chair is required for a panel discussion. We encourage panel discussion proposals that include participants with diverse institutional affiliations. Proposals must specify if any AV capabilities are required.


Paper sessions: Paper sessions should include a session title, a rationale for the session, an overall description of the session, titles and abstracts of papers to be featured, and participant contact information. Sessions should include participants with different institutional affiliations. Proposals also should include the name of a Chair and, if included, a Respondent who is not one of the presenters. Proposals must specify if any AV capabilities are required.


All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission, located in the Convention Resource Library (https://www.natcom.org/sites/default/files/annual-convention/NCA_Convention_Resources_Convention_Standards_0.pdf). Helpful resources, including step-by-step instructions on how to submit are also included in the Convention Resource Library.

The AFA point of contact is Kelly Young, Wayne State University, kelly.young [at] wayne.edu.


The deadline to submit is March 25, 2020 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.



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NDT News / Soliciting Nominations for 2020 National Debate Tournament Coaching Awards
« Last post by BSteiner on January 29, 2020, 10:32:52 AM »

Each year the Board of Trustees of the National Debate Tournament awards the Lucy M. Keele and George Ziegelmueller coaching awards. This year the Board is inviting nominations from active coaches in the NDT community.
Please submit any nominations on or before February 25, 2020 to:
Ed Panetta (epanetta@uga.edu)
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Coaching Positions / USC Director of Debate and Forensics
« Last post by stables on January 28, 2020, 09:13:10 PM »
Greetings all,

We have posted the advertisement for our Director of Debate and Forensics position.  We would appreciate your help in sharing the posting as widely as possible. I am chairing the search and happy to chat with any interested candidates. Please have them reach out to me at stables@usc.edu.  We will also be posting and searching for an assistant director of debate later this semester. Happy to discuss that position as well.


https://usccareers.usc.edu/job/los-angeles/lecturer-director-of-debate-and-forensics/1209/14955517

Lecturer-Director of Debate and Forensics
School of Communication
Faculty
Los Angeles, California

The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism seeks a full-time faculty lecturer to serve as the Director of Debate and Forensics of the Trojan Debate Squad (TDS). The position will serve as the Director by providing the primary leadership and management of the TDS in all of its programs including the intercollegiate policy debate squad (NDT/CEDA), British Parliamentary debate club, partnership with the LA Metro Debate League (LAMDL) and on-campus public debating.

Leadership of the debate program will involve a series of responsibilities including teaching and coaching of student competitors, mentorship of graduate students, managing travel logistics, overseeing the squad’s travel budget, coordinating student recruitment, supervising the squad’s scholarship program, hosting campus debate competitions, and supporting alumni engagement.

The Director of Debate and Forensics will share these responsibilities with and supervise the Associate Director of Debate and graduate student assistants.

As a lecturer in the School of Communication, the Director of Debate and Forensics will serve as a faculty member and will teach one class per semester, typically Argumentation or Public Speaking. Lecturers are designated part of the Research, Teaching, Professional Practice, and Clinical faculty (RTPC) positions which are eligible for renewals and promotions, but are not tenure-track appointments. The position will report to the Director of the School of Communication or other supervisors as designated.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a clear history of involvement with, and robust understanding of intercollegiate debate. The successful candidate will also provide evidence of their vision for, and expertise with, recruiting and teaching a diverse student cohort. The successful candidate will possess the coaching, administrative, supervisory, and budgetary skills expected of a leader of a preeminent debate and forensics program.

The USC Annenberg Trojan Debate Squad enjoys a rich and distinguished history. The Debate Society was chartered in 1880 as the first student organization recognized on campus. Over the years USC has qualified for the National Debate Tournament (NDT) in more years than any other university and has qualified every year since 1963. Today, supported by the Annenberg School, the Squad’s wide array of programming provides opportunities for the next Director to help influence the next generational of academic debate programs.

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed and background. The University particularly encourages members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply.

M.A. in Communication or a related field.
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