Association Leadership

NCA is led by dedicated professionals who volunteer their time to advance the goals and objectives of the association. This section details the administrative and policymaking roles of NCA’s Executive Committee, Legislative Committee, and boards, and provides contact information for key members of the association leadership.

Executive Committee  

The Executive Committee of the Legislative Assembly (LA) administers the policies of the Assembly and, between annual meetings of the LA, serves as the chief administrative authority of the Association.

President: Stephen J. Hartnett, University of Colorado Denver  bio
First Vice President: Ronald Jackson II, University of Cincinnati bio
Second Vice President: Star Muir, George Mason University bio
Immediate Past President: Christina S. Beck, Ohio University bio
Educational Policies Board Director: Scott A. Myers, West Virginia University  bio
Publications Board Director: Bonnie J. Dow, Vanderbilt University bio
Research Board Director: Mindy Fenske, University of South Carolina bio
Finance Board Director: Orlando Taylor, Fielding Graduate University  bio
Finance Board Member: Ronald Shields, Sam Houston State University bio
Finance Board Member: Marnel Niles Goins, California State University, Fresno  bio
Interim Executive Director: Trevor Parry-Giles, National Communication Association (non-voting) 

Read the Executive Committee meeting minutes

Legislative Assembly  

The Legislative Assembly (LA) is the principal policy-making body of the association and is responsible for managing its resources and affairs. 

Read the Legislative Assembly meeting minutes.

Boards 

Educational Policies Board 
The Educational Policies Board supports and promotes disciplinary pedagogy through facilitation of professional development opportunities for communication educators and through dissemination efforts beyond the discipline. The board works jointly with the director of academic & professional affairs.

Board Director: Scott A. Myers, West Virginia University
Board Members:
Vinita Agarwal, Salisbury University
Nelle Bener, University of Central Arkansas
Thomas Bovino, Suffolk County Community College
Carolyn Calloway-Thomas, Indiana University
Kyle Rudick, University of Northern Iowa
Cheri Simonds, Illinois State University
Director-Elect: Shannon VanHorn, Valley City State University
 

 Finance Board  
The Finance Board oversees the financial well-being of the association. It is responsible for routinely reviewing the association’s investments and operating budget and develops financial policies.The board works jointly with chief financial officer. 

Board Director: Orlando Taylor, Fielding Graduate University
Board Members:
Ronald Shields, Sam Houston State University
Marnel Niles Goins, California State University, Fresno

Publications Board 
The Publications Board oversees the association’s publications program including, among many other things, the development of relevant policy and the recommendation of new journal editors to the Legislative Assembly.The board works jointly with the director of external affairs and publications.

Board Director: Bonnie Dow, Vanderbilt University
Board Members:
Bryant Keith Alexander, Loyola Marymount University
Graham Bodie, Louisiana State University
Patrice M. Buzzanell, Purdue University
Rachel Griffin, University of Utah
Erina L. MacGeorge, Penn State University
Charles E. Morris III, Syracuse University

Research Board
The Research Board supports and promotes disciplinary research through facilitation of professional development opportunities for communication scholars and through external advocacy efforts. The board works jointly with the director of academic & professional affairs.

Board Director: Mindy Fenske, University of South Carolina
Board Members:
Robin M. Boylorn, University of Alabama
John P. Caughlin, University of Illinois
Dustin Goltz, DePaul University
Michelle Miller-Day, Chapman University
Jennifer Samp, University of Georgia
Eric King Watts, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

 

Governance Committees 

Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee prepares a slate for the election of the second vice president and the at-large members of the Legislative Assembly and Committee on Committees.

Committee on Committees
The Committee on Committees makes recommendations to fill member vacancies on boards, award committees, and standing committees.

Resolutions Committee
The Resolutions Committee considers resolutions that may be included in the association’s Policy Platform.

To submit a proposal regarding administrative policy for the association, please include a rationale for the policy, relevant historical information about the issue under consideration, and a clear description of the full range of implications of the decision for the organization. It is incumbent upon submitters of administrative policy proposals to study the relevant issues before making a submission. Proposals should be sent to the NCA Executive. The Executive Director will send the proposal to the NCA committee with the most relevant expertise for review and recommendation.  That recommendation will then go to the Executive Committee for consideration and recommendation and to the Legislative Assembly for a final vote.