NCA 101st Annual Convention

Thank you Submitters!

I have truly enjoyed reading CRTNET calls over the past few months, especially because they have provided me with a "sneak peek" at likely submissions for the NCA 101st Annual Convention. I have been incredibly impressed with the rich and creative ideas and innovative formats that have been described in those calls, and I am very grateful to so many for embracing our convention theme and exploring alternatives for pushing boundaries and tackling important topics in unique ways. Through their outstanding panel proposals and competitive papers, submitters played an integral part in shaping the program for the first convention of NCA's next century. 

I'd also like to thank our unit, affiliate, and special series program planners for their vision and dedication during the planning process as well as the many reviewers who provide valuable feedback to authors. Their efforts ensure that our program will be filled with inspiring and compelling scholarly presentations as well as appealing and meaningful forums for interactions, collaborations, and, yes, even fun. 

As we were nearing the submission deadline, I received a message from one of our members, asking about ways in which individuals could submit and show documentaries/films at our annual convention. That message sparked an idea, and, after some valuable brainstorming about details with staff from the NCA National Office, I am excited to be moving forward with hosting the National Communication Association Film Festival for the first time in Las Vegas. This event fits very nicely with overall goals for the NCA 101st Annual Convention in terms of encouraging innovative ideas and formats, and I am excited about it-- both in terms of providing an outlet for NCA filmmakers as well as offering an opportunity for attendees to view selected films at the convention. As the call details, we invite submissions of feature-length and short films that have been produced and/or directed by NCA members on communication-related topics and released between May 1, 2013 and May 1, 2015. Submissions will be competitively reviewed, and invited films will be featured at the 2015 NCA Film Festival on the evenings of Thursday, November 19, and Saturday, November 21. For more information about submission guidelines and evaluation criteria, please see the complete call.

Indeed, from our preconferences on Wednesday through our last session slot on Sunday, the 2015 convention program promises to be packed with possibilities for learning together, playing together, and participating in sessions that matter to us as teacher-scholars and to our discipline. I am very grateful to all of the submitters; unit, affiliate, and special series planners; and reviewers for helping us to offer valuable sessions which provide the space and resources for conversations and connections that can serve as a catalyst for future endeavors. During our time in Las Vegas, I hope that we embrace opportunities for starting/continuing scholarly projects, trying new instructional practices, and/or discussing ways that our discipline can make even more of a difference in our institutions, neighborhoods, and, maybe, world. With our convention program as a jointly produced foundation, let's start thinking about what we can begin in Las Vegas and how we can continue that work beyond our convention in November, in our classrooms, research, and beyond.  

C BeckChristina S.Beck
NCA Second Vice President
Ohio University


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