The National Communication Association supports projects and events that advance the discipline of communication. All funded activities align with the goals of NCA’s strategic plan and have widespread impact that reaches beyond a single department, campus, or NCA unit.
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NCA's Funds to Advance the Discipline Grant Recipients, 2015
Derek Bolen, Angelo State University
Project Title: Doing Autoethnography 2016
This grant will partially support the 5th annual Doing Autoethnography Conference, to be hosted in February 2016 by the Department of Communication and Mass Media at Angelo State University in Texas.
Angela Cooke-Jackson, Emerson College
Project Title: Health Literacy
This grant will support the development and dissemination of eLEEP, a peer leadership training program.
Alexandra Endaltseva & Olga I. Matyash, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia
Project Title: International Communication Conference in Russia
The conference, organized by the Department of Integrated Communications at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, aims to bring together different voices from Communication scholarship to advance construction of a conceptual map of the Communication discipline in various parts of the globe.
Trischa Goodnow, Oregon State University
Project Title: The Inspiration Project
The Inspiration Project seeks to collect the narratives of how top scholars in Communication discovered their research paths.
Rona Halualani, San Jose State University
Project Title: Connecting the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication
This grant funds a team of scholars who seek to increase the visibility of the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication and NCA among transdisciplinary scholars interested in diversity and intercultural communication issues.
Stephen Hartnett, University of Colorado-Denver
Project Title: Building Peaceful Tomorrows through Harmonious U.S.-China Communication
This international conference, to be held in Beijing, China, will address the evolution of Communication as a truly globalizing discipline committed to intercultural understanding and international harmony. NOTE: Stephen J. Hartnett, in light of his assuming a leadership role in the NCA, has declined the organization's 2015 Advancing the Discipline Grant.
J. Michael Hogan, The Pennsylvania State University
Project Title: Conference on Speech and Debate as Civic Education
This grant partially supports Penn State's Conference on Speech and Debate as Civic Education.
Yvonne Slosarski, et al., University of Maryland
Project Title: Recovering Democracy Archive
This grant supports the creation and maintenance of an online archive of recovered speeches, delivered by diverse rhetors, with accompanying pedagogical resources.
David Worthington & Andrew Hayes, DePauw University
Project Title: DePauw Undergraduate Honors Conference
This grant partially supports the DePauw
Undergraduate Honors Conference, which attracts scholars from many institutions.
First held in 1975, the conference is the oldest event in the discipline that
supports undergraduate research through intensive scholarly dialogue.
NCA's Funds to Advance the Discipline Grant Recipients, 2014
Walid Afifi & Isaac West
Project Title: Samuel L. Becker Memorial Conference: Interesting Questions in Health, Social Change and Technology
On February 27th to March 1st, 2014, the Communication Studies Department at the University of Iowa hosted an intradisciplinary communication studies conference to honor Sam Becker.
Jennifer Stevens Aubrey
Project Title: Translating Research into Outreach: Disseminating Communication Research on Media and Body Image to Adolescent Girls
This project proposes creating short, informational videos that condense
the knowledge gained from multiple studies and make them available to
late-adolescent girls and youth organizations that serve late-adolescent girls
via social media platforms. A novel characteristic of this outreach effort is
that the focus of the videos will be on highlighting key research studies and
drawing research-based conclusions and practical tips from them.
Katherine Thweatt & Mary Toale
Project Title: Communication Attributes: Aligning Employer Desires and Institutional Goals
The purpose of this project is to begin to understand whether there is a gap in college and university goals for graduates and communication attributes desired by employers.Results will be used to
make recommendations to communication scholars and NCA for the dissemination of knowledge about communication and communication pedagogy.
Joe Valenzano, Sam Wallace, Donald Yoder, Cheri Simonds & Jonathan Hess
Project Title: Basic Course Director’s Summer Institute
The Basic Course Director Summer Institute aims to address the need for developing quality administration of the basic course in communication departments around the country. This grant supported the University of Dayton's Basic Course Director's Summer Institute, held June 19-22, 2014.
Sara Weintraub, Ruth Kay & Jean Ann Streiff
Project Title: Common Core State Standards in Speaking and Listening: A Resource Guide
This project will gather and/or create resources for grades 6-12 teachers to help them implement the Common Core Standards for Speaking and Listening. These resources will be made available to educators and to state departments of education.
NCA's Funds to Advance the Discipline Grant Recipients, 2013
Gordon Carlson, Fort Hayes State University
Project Title: Conceptual Logistics in Communication Research Workshop
Carlson’s project developed an online workshop to explain the Concept Tool Kit and other research collaboration tools and their uses. The workshop covers items including but not limited to demonstrating conceptual logistics and conceptual blending techniques, acquainting students and faculty with the Concept Toolkit tools, demonstrating pedagogical implications for students and faculty in and out of the classroom, soliciting feedback, and introducing the Journal of Concepts in Communication and its approach to online, open access models of scholarly publication. YouTube videos resulting from the project are available here and here.
P. Depoe and the International Environmental Communication Association
Title: The 11th Biennial
Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE)
The 11th Biennial Conference on Communication and
Environment (COCE), organized under the auspices of the International
Environmental Communication Association (IECA), was held on June 6-10,
2013 in Uppsala, Sweden. NCA was recognized as the “sustainability
sponsor” of the conference.
L. Glenn, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Title: Group Mentoring Approaches to the
Research and Publication Process: Utilizing Online Research Groups for Graduate Students and Tenure Track
Glenn’s project created online research mentoring groups
to increase understanding of the research and publication process and promote
active research agendas for NCA members. The mentoring groups will combine aspects of career socialization and mentoring literature
with the limited amount of research on writing groups.
Katherine Margolis and Susan Collins, SurroundHealth
Title: Bringing Clear and Relevant Health Communication into the Patient-centered Medical Home
The objective of this 2-part online learning event was to provide
specific, practical strategies to improve the clarity of written and verbal
communication with patients. Click here to view archived webinars.
Matusza, John Tedesco and Marlene Preston, Virginia Tech University
Title: Closing the Communication Across
the Curriculum (CXC) and Curriculum in the Discipline (CID) Gap
This project proposal replicated and expanded (to 5
additional business schools) a pilot case study of a business school’s communication
education plans, practices, resources, and constraints.
Prentiss, The University of Tennessee
Title: Directing the Basic Course: A Content Analysis of Basic Course Management
to Create a Registry of Resources and Options
Prentiss’s project investigated the role of Basic Course
Director across all types of institutions of higher education and gathered
data to ascertain the roles and responsibilities of the Basic Course Director,
what classes they supervise, what training is provided for instructors of the
basic courses, what is the job title/rank of these positions and what resources they need to perform better. Read about the findings from Prentiss's survey of Basic Course directors and instructors here.
Previous Projects (by funding year)
- Changing Face of Communication Studies: Majority and Underrepresented Minority Millennial Graduate Students’ Reported Quality of Life and Meaningfulness of Work. Principal Investigator: Patrice Buzzanell and Yahana Shah. View the report here
- Comic Strips and the Communication of Culture. Principal Investigator: Robert Lemieux.
- Toward Development of Generalizable Standards for Senior Seminars and Capstones in the Communication Discipline. Principal Investigator: Leslie Reynard.
- Networked Humanities (Mapping shared histories of Rhetoric in Communication and English). Principal Investigator: Pat Gehrke and Byron Hawk.
- Offering the Public Speaking course online: A content analysis of course syllabi. Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Tolman.
- Grant/Fellowship Registry – This research project involved developing a database of grants received by communication faculty. Principal Investigator: Marshall Scott Poole.
- Facing Down the Odds: Women Pioneers in Communication. Principal Investigators: Jan Schuetz and Glenda Balas.
- Advancing the Discipline through Communication Leadership. Principal Investigator: Amanda G. McKendree.
- Voices of Democracy: The U.S. Oratory Project. Principal Investigator: Shawn Parry-Giles.
Events (by event year)
- 2012 - Accessing Civility: Arizona Forum on Civil Communication - Sponsored by Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
- 2012 - Ethnography of Communication: Ways Forward - Sponsored by Creighton University, Omaha, NE.
- 2010 - Developing Successful Grant Proposals in the Social Sciences Seminar – Sponsored by NCA’s Research Board and held in Chicago, IL.
- 2010 - Teaching Rhetorical Criticism/Critical Inquiry Conference – Hosted by the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA.
- 2009 - International Conference on Intercultural Dialogue – Sponsored by the International and Intercultural Communication Division & Maltepe University, Istanbul, Turkey.
- 2008 - Methods and Measures for Communication and Cognition Research –Sponsored by the University of Maryland, College Park, MD.