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Forensic Leadership Issues


For years, a call for more forensic research has echoed across the nation. While some respond to the continued challenge, many others have not. Numerous programs have disappeared from the collegiate forensic map over the years, with the questioned legitimacy and effectiveness of forensic programs and forensic professionals cited as the reason for their disappearance. In order to maintain a strong participation of programs, students, and coaches, we must develop strong leaders who, through research, will promote and stabilize forensics in the collegiate scene. As forensic leaders, it is our responsibility to nurture students into leadership positions where they, through research, will help ensure the activity’s survival. I advocate for student-authored forensic research as a method for transitioning students from competitors into active forensic scholars. I will share the gains of involving students in forensic research and then offer suggestions on how to encourage student to engage in forensic research.

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