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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Announcing Results from the October 2012 RFP for Funds to Advance the Discipline Grant Competition
Funded Projects and Events
Carlson, Fort Hayes State University
Title: Conceptual Logistics in
Communication Research Workshop
project will develop an online workshop to explain the Concept Tool Kit and
other research collaboration tools and their uses. The workshop will cover 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
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), will take place on June 6-10,
2013 in Uppsala, Sweden. The COCE conference will be attended by over 125
scholars and practitioners from a dozen countries, including a significant
contingent from the United States (http://environmentalcomm.org/coce2013). NCA will be 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 will create 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.
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 is to provide
specific, practical strategies to improve the clarity of written and verbal
communication with patients. The event
will feature speakers with expertise in development and design of patient
education materials that meet health literacy principles as well as in the use
of the teach-back method within patient interactions. The online learning event will include a
variety of learning activities: didactic, video-based modeling, participant
discussion, skills checklist, medical home audit of best practices, and links
to resources for continued learning and support.
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Matusza, John Tedesco and Marlene Preston, Virginia Tech University
Title: Closing the Communication Across
the Curriculum (CXC) and Curriculum in the Discipline (CID) Gap
Matusza’s project proposal will replicate and expand (to 5
additional business schools beyond the present one under investigation) the
present exhaustive pilot case study of a business school’s communication
education plans, practices, resources, and constraints.
Prentis, The University of Tennessee
Title: Directing the Basic Course: A Content Analysis of Basic Course Management
to Create a Registry of Resources and Options
Prentis’s project will investigate the role of Basic Course
Director across all types of institutions of higher education and will gather
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.
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 Buzzanel and Yahana Shah.
- 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 – This is a documentary project on women in the communication field. Principal Investigators: Jan Schuetz and Glenda Balas.
- Advancing the Discipline through Communication Leadership – This research project involved interviewing women leaders in communication and administration. Principal Investigator: Amanda G. McKendree.
- Voices of Democracy: The US Oratory Project – This is a website project involving a collection of great American speeches. Principal Investigator: Shawn Perry-Giles.
Events (by event year)
- 2012 - Accessing Civility: Arizona Forum on Civil Communication - Sponsored by Arizona State University and held in Tempe, AZ.
- 2012 - Ethnography of Communication: Ways Forward - Sponsored by Creighton University adn held in Omaha, NE.
- 2011 - Alta Argumentation Conference, Alta, Utah, co-sponsored by NCA and The American Forensics Association bi-annually and hosted by the Alta Steering Committee.
- 2010 - Developing Successful Grant Proposals in the Social Sciences Seminar – Sponsored by NCA’s Research Board and held in Chicago, IL.
- 2010-2011 - Doctoral Honors Conference, rotating locations held in the summer of each year, hosted by the Doctoral Education Committee (July/August 2010 – Salt Lake City, UT, August 2011, Fargo, N. Dak.).
- 2010 - Teaching Rhetorical Criticism/Critical Inquiry Conference – Hosted by the University of Puget Sound and held in Tacoma, WA.
- 2009 - International Conference on Intercultural Dialogue – Sponsored by the International and Intercultural Communication Division & Maltepe University, Istanbul, and held in Istanbul, Turkey.
- 2008 - Methods and Measures for Communication and Cognition Research –Sponsored by the University of Maryland and held in College Park, MD.
- 2008-2011 - NCA Forum – Develops a series of events at NCA’s convention and elsewhere to highlight communication research.
- 2007-2011 - NCA Faculty Institute, The “HOPE” Conference, Hosted by Randolph Macon College, Ashland, VA., 2007-2011 and held in July of each year.