National Debate Developmental Conference (nddc)

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National Debate Developmental Conference (NDDC)

June 5-7, 2009 - Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

Sponsored by: American Forensics Association (AFA); National Debate Tournament (NDT); Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA); American Debate Association (ADA); and Wake Forest University
Conference Director: Allan D. Louden, Wake Forest University

Administrative Assistants, Odile Hobeka & Will Sears, Wake Forest University
Honorary Conference Director: George W. Ziegelmueller
Steering Committee: Timothy O’Donnell, University of Mary Washington (co-chair); Gordon Stables, University of Southern California (co-chair); Gordon Mitchell, University of Pittsburgh

Sue Peterson, California State University, Chico; Jeffrey Jarman, Wichita State University

Distinguished Advisory Committee: Robin Rowland, University of Kansas; Thomas Hollihan, University of Southern California; David Zarefsky, Northwestern University
This conference marks the third national development conference for intercollegiate debate in the last half century. Previously, representatives of the collegiate debate community have convened in Sedalia, Colorado in 1974 and at Northwestern University in 1984.
The conference is a forum for active coaches, directors, and community leaders who are examining contemporary issues related to intercollegiate policy debate and the coaching profession. One of the primary goals of the conference is to draft and publish a book addressing the “State of Intercollegiate Debate.”


Friday June 5

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm - Registration at Sundance Plaza Hotel Lobby- Information packet provided.

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm - Keynote Speech Conference Opener in Hotel Piedmont Room-Plenary Sessions with Conference Charge and Opening Speaker: William M. Keith, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Author of Democracy as Discussion (2007) -A New Golden Age: Intercollegiate Debate in the 21st Century”

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm - Hosted Reception at Sundance Plaza Hotel -Hot hors d’oeuvres and an open bar at the outside swimming lounge area.

Saturday June 6

9:00 am-7:00 pm - Organizational Working Groups - Groups will meet separately in one of the nine selected meeting rooms

Lunch on Your Own See the local restaurant listing provided in your information packet. Refreshments Available - Coffee, beverage, and cookies station conveniently located outside conference rooms from – 1pm – 5pm.
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm - Dinner at Putter’s Patio & Grill – The conference has sold out Putter’s for an evening of delicious North Carolinian grill-out entrees. 3 minute walk from the hotel.

Sunday June 7

9:00am-Noon - Organizational Working Groups – Groups will meet in the same corresponding conference rooms as Saturday.

Noon-2:00 pm - Lunch on Your Own. Refreshments Available outside conference room 1pm- 5pm

2:00 pm-6:30 pm - Presentations by Working Groups – Each group will have a time to present finding, resolutions, invite debate, etc. Presentations will take place in the Piedmont/Blueridge Peak Conference area.

7:30 pm-9:00 pm - Wrap-Up Buffet and Reception – Meet at the common room (Sunspree, Vivians, Bistro &Sierra I, II, & III).

Working Groups

Professional Development, Research, and Advancement

Tenure and Promotion Working
Chair: Robin Rowland, University of Kansas
Members: Jarrod Atchison, Trinity University
Derek Buescher, University of Puget Sound
Ryan Galloway, Samford University
Matt Gerber, Baylor University
Tom Hollihan, University of Southern California (Remote)
Steve Hunt, Lewis and Clark College (Remote)
Jeff Jarman, Wichita State University
Kelly McDonald, Arizona State University (Remote)
Kelly Young, Wayne State University

Aims and Tasks: The purpose of this working group is to examine the relationship between the coaching profession and tenure and promotion. The working group should begin by examining the status of tenure stream debate coaches throughout the academy and design a set of recommendations and standards for a variety of institutions.
Scholarship and Research Working Group
Chair: Gordon Mitchell, University of Pittsburgh
Members: Pete Bsumek, James Madison University
Michael Jensen, National Academy of Sciences (Advisory member)
Chris Lundburg, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Matt Stannard, University of Wyoming (Remote)
Jeff Richards, Sammamish HS, Bellevue, WA
Ben Voth, Southern Methodist University

Researcher: Michael Mangus, University of Pittsburgh

Aims and Tasks: The purpose of this working group is to foster research and scholarship by examining the culture and prevailing norms among debate professionals toward research and scholarship, identify opportunities for innovation in scholarship, examine existing outlets and imagine new possibilities for research and scholarship about debate and/or by debaters.

Development and Advancement in the Coaching Profession
Chair: David Hingstman, University of Iowa

Members: David Cram Helwich, University of Minnesota

Mike Davis, James Madison University
Taylor Hahn, Wake Forest University
Scott Harris, University of Kansas
Brian Lain, University of North Texas
Jake Thompson, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Researchers: Shruti Chaganti - James Madison University

Sean Lowry - James Madison University

Aims and Tasks: The purpose of this working group is to examine and inventory the variety of professional debate coaching positions represented at institutions across the country. This inventory should include: type of position, salary range, benefits, work load, and support for professional development. The working group is charged with drafting a set of suggested standards and benchmarks for institutions that employ debate coaches.

Innovation, Practice, and the State of the Art

Innovations in Debate Working Group
Chair: Karla Leeper, Baylor University
Members: Blake Abbott, University of Georgia
Kelly Congdon, University of Richmond
Aaron Hardy, Whitman College (Remote)
Sarah Partlow Lefevre, Idaho State University
Derek Richardson, Open-Source Software Developer
Sara Spring, University of Iowa
Scott Varda, Baylor University

Researcher: Josh Gonzales, Wake Forest University

Aims and Tasks: The purpose of this working group is to explore the possibilities for innovation in debating styles, formats, and practices including the introduction and use of new media technologies in intercollegiate debate practice; Will look at debate's place in 21st Century Academy.

Best Practices Working Group
Chair: Rich Edwards, Baylor University

Members: Brent Brossmann, John Carroll University

Adrienne Brovero, University of Mary Washington
Jon Bruschke, CSU-Fullerton
Mike Davis, James Madison University
John Fritch, University of Northern Iowa
Mike Hall, Liberty University
Gary Larson, Wheaton College  
Bill Newnam, Emory University (remote)
Will Repko, Michigan State University
Ross Smith, Wake Forest University
Aims and Tasks: The purpose of this working group is to explore and identify best practices related to tournament debating. The charge of this working group involves assessing such issues as: Tournament schedules, Debate program management, Debate program administration, judge preference.

Community and Organization Building

Governance and Working Group
Chair: Gordon Stables, University of Southern California
Members: Andrew Barnes, Georgia State University
Dan Cronn-Mills, Minnesota State Univ.-Mankato
Terri Easley, Johnson County Community College (KS)
Vik Keenan, Baruch Debate, City University of New York
Eric Morris, Missouri State University
ML Sandoz, Vanderbilt University
Aims and Tasks: The purpose of this working group is to 1) examine the relationships between the various organizations supporting a debate education in the United States, 2) examine issues of jurisdiction governing policy debate, 3) examine issues of calendar and scheduling
Charting Post-Debate Networks Working Group
Chair: Scott Segal, Bracewell & Giuliani L.L.P., Washington DC
Members: Dave Arnett, University of California, Berkeley
Brad Hall, Al Gore's Office (Remote)
Mike Hester, State University of West Georgia
Sarah Holbrook, State University of West Georgia
Geoff Lundeen, State University of Wes Georgia
Sue Peterson, California State University, Chico (Remote)
Christopher Sedelmyer, Vanderbilt University
John Stubbs, Romulus Global Issues Management (DC)
Andrea Reed, Wake Forest University
Elizabeth Wiley, George Washington University
Josh Zive, Bracewell & Giuliani, Washington DC (remote)

Aims and Tasks: What becomes of debaters? The goal of this group is to conduct a survey of career paths, build alumni networks, and sketch plans and possibilities for linking the debate community with others outside of the academy.

The Rationale and Agenda for Policy Debate in the 21st Century

Rationale For Policy Debate Working Group
Chair: Tim O'Donnell, University of Mary Washington

Members: Neil Butt, Wayne State University

Stephan Bauschard, Lakeland School District, NY
Joe Bellon, Georgia State University
Warren Decker, George Mason University
John Katsulas, Boston College
Bill Keith, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Danielle Verney O'Gorman, United States Naval Academy

Researchers: Sarah Spring, University of Iowa

Joe Packer, University of Pittsburgh

Aims and Tasks: The goal of this working group is to conduct a review of the literature on the value of debate, articulate links between the activity and higher education, collect testimonials and research projects designed to assess and evaluate the activity, and craft a comprehensive and persuasive rationale for policy debate in the 21st Century.
Controversies in Debate Pedagogy Working Group
Chair: Ed Panetta, University of Georgia

Members: Sherry Hall, Harvard University

Dan Fitzmier, Northwestern University
Kevin Kuswa, University of Richmond
Ed Lee, Emory University
David Steinberg, Univ. of Miami (FL)
Fred Sternhagen, Concordia College (MN)

Researchers: Will Mosley-Jensen, University of Georgia

John Turner, Dartmouth College (remote)

Aims and Tasks: The purpose of this working group is to identify and examine trends and competing models in argumentation and debate pedagogy and practice.

Participation - Alternative Models Working Group
Chair: Allan Louden, Wake Forest University
Members: Teddy Albiniak, University of Southern California

Will Baker, New York University (remote)

Chris Baron, Baltimore Urban Debate League
Daryl Burch, Towson University
Nicole Williams Barnes, National Debate Project, Atlanta, Georgia State University
John W. Davis Debate Solutions, Baltimore
Beth Skinner, Towson University
Alfred Snider, University of Vermont (Remote)
Ron Von Burg, Christopher Newport University
Melissa Wade, Emory University (Remote)
Carol Winkler, Georgia State University (remote)

Researchers: Anjlia Vats, Washington Debate Coalition/ALOUD/Univ. of Puget Sound

Anthony Jardina, National Association of Urban Debate League (Chicago)

Lawrence Grandpre, Towson State University

Aims and Tasks
: The purpose of this working group is to identify and examine alternative models in debate participation: for example: NAUDL, IDEA, ALOUD, Nat Debate Project, HBCUs, DOJ crime projects, Debate across the Curriculum
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