Call for Committee Member Nominations


NCA seeks members to serve on a variety of important governance and award selection committees. Nominations for each position are solicited and reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. Appointments will either be made at the Legislative Assembly meeting at the annual convention or nominees will be added to the 2013 election ballot. Please read through the call for each position for more details.

All NCA members may submit nominations or self-nominate. Nominations from traditionally under-represented groups are especially encouraged.

Please submit nomination materials via email to nomination@natcom.org no later than September 15, 2012 as a Microsoft Word or PDF document. In the subject line of the email, please insert the name of the board or committee for which you are you submitting materials. 

For self-nominations, a completed nomination must include:

  • A short letter summarizing why you seek the position and what you hope to accomplish if appointed. In this letter you must confirm that you agree to serve if appointed
  • A current abbreviated curriculum vitae of no more than five pages highlighting your professional qualifications, especially those that apply to the committee position for which you are applying

If you are nominating someone, a completed nomination must include:

  • A short letter summarizing why you are nominating this person and what you believe s/he will accomplish if appointed. In this letter you must confirm that the person you are nominating has agreed to serve if appointed
  • A current abbreviated curriculum vitae of no more than five pages highlighting the nominee’s professional qualifications, especially those that apply to the committee position for which he/she is being nominated

To learn more about specific opportunities to serve, please click on the relevant link below.


NCA Legislative Assembly  

Two Positions  

The Legislative Assembly is the principal policy making body of NCA and is responsible for managing its resources and affairs.

Each year the Committee on Committees is asked to nominate two people for three-year terms (January 1, 2013-December 31, 2015) on the NCA Legislative Assembly who will represent emerging interests and critical problems and help the Assembly achieve a balanced representation of teaching levels, ethnic and minority group interests, gender, age, and academic status. NCA members at any stage of their professional lives will be considered for this appointment.

Nominating Committee   

One Chair and Nine At-Large Member Positions 

The Nominating Committee is responsible for preparing a slate for the election of the Second Vice President, the at-large members of the Legislative Assembly, and the at-large members of the Committee on Committees.

One person will be nominated by the Committee on Committees to serve as Chair of the Nominating Committee for a one-year term (September 16, 2013-September 15, 2014). Individuals at mid-career and beyond are generally submitted to the Legislative Assembly, but interested and committed members from any rank will be considered.

One at-large member will be nominated by the Committee on Committees and approved by the Legislative Assembly.

Eight at-large members will be nominated by the Committee on Committees to be put on the general membership election slate and four will be elected in the 2013 NCA Election.

Resolutions Committee   

Three Positions  

Following a call for resolutions, the Resolutions Committee receives, reviews, and edits motions to be brought before the Legislative Assembly. The committee may also originate motions. The Committee on Committees will nominate three persons to serve for a two-year term (January 1, 2013-December 31, 2014). Individuals at mid-career and beyond are generally submitted to the Legislative Assembly, but interested and committed members from any rank will be considered.

Finance Board   

One Position  

The Finance Board consists of three people and advises the Legislative Assembly and Executive Committee on financial matters by proposing and monitoring budgets and assessing financial implications of proposals and ongoing programs.

One member will be appointed to a three-year term (January 1, 2013-December 31, 2015) and serve as board chair and voting member of the Executive Committees during the third year of service on the board. All Finance Board members are members of the Executive Committee and Legislative Assembly. Because of the responsibilities of this Board, individuals at more senior stages of their professional lives and who have had financial experience as a department chair or senior administrator are usually recommended to the Legislative Assembly. Contact the current board director, Ronald Shields, at rshield@bgsu.edu for more information.

Educational Policies Board   

Two Positions  

The Educational Policies Board encourages, endorses, or engages in projects related to the improvement of instruction in communication at all levels. It also coordinates other NCA educational and instructional development activities.

The Committee on Committees seeks applications for two members for the Educational Policies Board. Service for board members begins in January, 2013 for a three year term. This year, the Board seeks applicants from higher education and K-12 institutions who have demonstrated commitment to pedagogy, communication education, service to the discipline, and innovative thinking. The Board is particularly interested in at least one nominee with a background in the K-12 system. Contact the current board director, Phil Backlund at backphil@cwu.edu for more information.

Publications Board   

Two Positions  

The Publications Board monitors association publication policies, nominates journal and other publication editors and oversees all association publications.

The Committee on Committees seeks applications for two members for the Publications Board. Service begins in January, 2013 for a three year term. Individuals who are at mid-career or beyond with a strong publication record and editorial board experience are usually recommended to the Legislative Assembly.
Contact the current board director, David Henry at david.henry@unlv.edu for more information.

Research Board   

Two Positions (one in Humanities and one in Qualitative research) and One Director-Elect  

The Research Board promotes and facilitates research. The board’s mission involves all types of communication inquiry and institutional levels. The board undertakes outreach to funding agencies and professional associations and develops and enacts initiatives to promote research within our discipline.

The Committee on Committees seeks applications for two members to serve three-year terms on the Research Board. One is for Humanities representation and the other is in the area of qualitative research. Both terms would begin in January, 2013.

The NCA Research Board has been involved educating external constituencies to the work being done in communication, paving the way for more funding opportunities and greater visibility for communication scholarship and educating members about seeking external support for their research. Service on the Research Board is an excellent way to help NCA continue with this important work.

The director-elect will shadow the current director for one year beginning in January 2013 and will begin the 3-year term as director in January 2014. The director-elect will work with the current director, who is responsible for directing and coordinating the work of the Research Board and representing the Research Board on the NCA Executive Committee, and the NCA Interboard. Some administrative experience and past service on the Research Board is preferred, but not required.

Individuals who are at mid-career or beyond and who have established a strong research record with some record of seeking external funding are most likely to be recommended to the Legislative Assembly.

Contact the current board director, Kristine Munoz, at kristine-fitch@uiowa.edu for more information.

Affirmative Action and Intercaucus Committee  

One Chair  

One person is selected to serve a three year term as Chair of the committee. The committee is also comprised of one member from each of the Association's caucuses. The Committee is charged with identifying ways to realize the objectives specified in the National Communication Association's Affirmative Action Statement. Individuals at the mid-stage level in their careers are usually recommended to the Legislative Assembly.

Doctoral Education Committee   

Four Positions  

The purpose of the Doctoral Education Committee is to promote the highest standards of communication scholarship through excellence in doctoral education. The Committee works in communication and collaboration with the Research Board and other Association bodies as appropriate to its activities.

This year the Committee will appoint four members to serve a three-year term (January 1, 2013-December 31, 2015). Members are selected with the intent of maintaining a committee that is representative of doctoral programs geographically, intellectually, and in other appropriate ways. Individuals at the mid-career stage or beyond are usually recommended to the Legislative Assembly.

Leathers Fund Trustee Committee   

One Position  

The Trustees of the Fund are charged with devising general criteria for judging proposals, for selecting the designees of the fund, and for establishing any priorities for operationalizing the purposes of the Fund, intended to support communication scholarship in Eastern Europe.

This year the Committee will appoint one member to serve a three-year term (January 1, 2013-December 31, 2015). Individuals at the mid-career stage or beyond and with an interest in promoting communication teaching and research in Eastern Europe are usually recommended to the Legislative Assembly.

Bernard J. Brommel Award for Outstanding Scholarship or Distinguished Service in Family Communication Selection Committee   

One Position  

The Brommel Award recognizes outstanding scholarship or distinguished service in family communication. One member will be appointed for a three-year term (January 1, 2013-December 31, 2015), and will serve as committee chair during the third year. Individuals at the mid-career stage or beyond and focused on teaching/researching in family communication are usually recommended to the Legislative Assembly.

Leslie Irene Coger Award for Distinguished Performance Selection Committee   

One Position  

The award recognizes a career dedicated to performance. One member will be appointed for a three-year term (January 1, 2013-December 31, 2015) and will serve as committee chair during the third year. Individuals with experience in performance usually receive preference in recommendations to the Legislative Assembly.

Community College Outstanding Educator Award Selection Committee   

One Position  

The award recognizes an outstanding community college educator within NCA. One member will be appointed for a three-year term (January 1, 2013-December 31, 2015) and will serve as committee chair during the third year. Individuals at any stage of their professional lives may be recommended to the Legislative Assembly, although preference is given to those with experience in teaching at community colleges.

Donald P. Cushman Memorial Award Selection Committee   

Two Positions  

The Donald P. Cushman Memorial Award was created to honor Dr. Cushman, an influential figure across the field of communication. The award is designed to recognize Dr. Cushman’s mentorship of students, which centered around excellence in scholarship, as well as their socialization as scholars in the communication discipline. The award honors the top-ranked student authored paper from all NCA Units that competitively rank papers for programming at the NCA Annual Convention.

Two members will be appointed to serve a three-year term (January 1, 2013-December 31, 2015). Members must hold a doctoral degree, have faculty status, and be able to demonstrate relevant experience in evaluating advanced student scholarship. One of the members selected this year will serve as the Chair-Elect.

Diamond Anniversary Book Award Selection Committee   

One Position  

The selection committee is charged with soliciting and assessing the most outstanding scholarly book published during the previous two years. One member will be appointed for a three-year term (January 1, 2012-December 31, 2014) and will serve as committee chair during the third year. Individuals at the mid-career stage or beyond are usually recommended to the Legislative Assembly.

Douglas W. Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award Selection Committee   

One Position  

The award honors scholars who have executed research programs in rhetorical theory, rhetorical criticism, and/or public address studies. One committee member will be appointed for a three-year term (January 1, 2013-December 31, 2015) and will serve as committee chair during the third year. Individuals at the mid-career stage or beyond and with a research program in rhetorical theory, rhetorical criticism and/or public address studies are usually recommended to the Legislative Assembly.

Golden Anniversary Monograph Award Selection Committee   

Three Positions  

The Golden Anniversary Monograph Awards Committee is charged with soliciting and evaluating the most outstanding scholarly monograph published during the previous calendar year. Three members will be appointed for a two-year term (January 1, 2013-December 31, 2014). The Committee on Committees recommends a chair from the three serving in their second year. Individuals at the mid-career stage or beyond are usually recommended to the Legislative Assembly.

Franklyn S. Haiman Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Freedom of Expression Selection Committee   

One Position  

The selection committee will review nominations of outstanding published research on freedom of expression. One member will be appointed for a three-year term (January 1, 2013-December 31, 2015) and will serve as committee chair during the third year. Individuals at the mid-career stage or beyond and engaged in teaching/research on Freedom of Expression are usually recommended to the Legislative Assembly.

Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance Studies Selection Committee   

One Position  

The award committee selects recipients of the Heston Award for outstanding scholarship in interpretation and performance studies. One member will be appointed for a three-year term (January 1, 2012-December 31, 2014) and will serve as committee chair during the third year. Individuals at the mid-career stage or beyond and engaged in interpretation and performance studies are usually recommended to the Legislative Assembly.

Stephen E. Lucas Debut Publication Award   

One Position  

The Lucas Debut Publication Award seeks to encourage and reward new scholars in the communication discipline publishing their first scholarly book or monograph. One member will be appointed for a three-year term (January 1, 2013-December 31, 2015) and will serve as committee chair during the third year. Individuals at the mid-career stage or beyond representing diversity of scholarly methods and substantive interest are usually recommended to the Legislative Assembly.

Gerald M. Phillips Award for Distinguished Applied Communication Scholarship Selection Committee   

One Position  

The Phillips Award for Distinguished Applied Communication Scholarship is to be given to the author of a body of published research and creative scholarship in applied communication. One member will be appointed for a three-year term (January 1, 2013-December 31, 2015) and will serve as committee chair during the third year. Individuals at the mid-career stage or beyond and who are engaged in teaching/research in applied communication are usually recommended to the Legislative Assembly.

Professional Service Awards Selection Committee   

Three Positions  

The Professional Service Awards Committee selects the recipients of the Samuel L. Becker Distinguished Service Award and the Robert J. Kibler Memorial Award. Three members are appointed to this committee for a one-year term (January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013). The committee chair will be nominated by the Committee on Committees from among the three selected. Individuals at senior stages in their professional lives are usually recommended to the Legislative Assembly.

Karl R. Wallace Memorial Award Selection Committee   

One Position  

The Wallace award is given to foster and promote philosophical, historical, or critical scholarship in rhetoric and public discourse. One member will be appointed for a three-year term (January 1, 2013-December 31, 2015) and will serve as committee chair during the third year. Individuals at the mid-career stage or beyond are usually recommended to the Legislative Assembly.