The Committee for International Discussion and Debate (CIDD) of the National Communication Association (NCA) seeks applicants for the 2013 Japan Tour.
Approximate Dates of Travel: Early June to Early July 2013
Eligibility: Any past or present forensic participant who is under 25 and is a full time undergraduate in good standing (juniors and seniors preferred), or who has received an undergraduate degree but is no older than 25, is eligible. We encourage applications from students active in all forms of forensics, including Lincoln-Douglas debate, team policy debate, parliamentary debate, and individual events. Students who apply should have (or plan to obtain) a valid current passport.
Evaluation: Students will be evaluated on the basis of their debating skills and their ability to teach debate basics. Knowledge of political, social, and cultural conditions around the globe is a must. Students’ ability to represent the United States and American forensics (in all its forms) accurately, effectively, and professionally is a strong consideration. The ability to educate students about the style and substance of debate in the United States is an important component of the tour. Personal diplomatic skills are a must.
Tryouts: Applicants will be notified of their status as finalists by early April. The application process will include a round of phone interviews and a second round of video tryouts in which applicants will showcase their debate skills.
How to Apply: If you are interested in trying out for the tour, send the following by no later than March 22, 2013.
1. A letter of interest
2. A copy of your college transcript
3. Two letters of recommendation that address your skills in debate, your professionalism, and diplomatic skills. (It is preferable, though not required, that one letter should be from someone other than your debate/forensics coach and focus on aspects of professionalism, diplomacy, presentation, and/or knowledge of the political, social, and cultural traditions of the region.) Please have your letter writers send their letters to nca.cidd AT gmail.com with your last name and “2013 Japan tour” in the email subject line.
4. A current resume
5. Contact information (including phone and e-mail address)
Send all application materials to nca.cidd AT gmail.com. Materials received after March 22 will not be considered.
Carly S. Woods, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Communication Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Email: cwoods3 AT unl.edu