NCA Doctoral Honors Seminar

DHSNCA Doctoral Honors Seminars (DHS) bring together promising doctoral students and distinguished faculty members from across the discipline and around the nation to discuss current topics in communication. The seminars are held annually at a selected host institution. Approximately 30 doctoral students are chosen to participate based on submitted papers and recommendations from their advisors.

Contact Trevor Parry-Giles with questions about the NCA DHS.

Learn how your institution can become a DHS host. (pdf)

2014 NCA Doctoral Honors Seminar 

The 2014 NCA Doctoral Honors Seminar was held July 17-20, 2014, in College Park, Maryland. The Department of Communication and the College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Maryland were the hosts for the 2014 DHS. The theme for the 2014 DHS was "Research in Action, Research that Matters." In selecting this theme, the host department was mindful of the imperatives in contemporary graduate education that encourage doctoral student contemplation of the social engagement potentialities of their research. Communication is a discipline committed to social and civic engagement by its very nature and the 2014 DHS theme brings that commitment forward as a focus for the seminar meetings. Around that theme, students were placed into one of three groups reflective of the conventional divisions of Communication and in use in prior DHSs--Rhetoric, Mass Communication, and Communication as a Social Science.

Faculty Seminar Leaders for the 2014 DHS included:

  • Communication & Social Science: Hyunyi Cho (Purdue University), Debbie Dougherty (University of Missouri), and Matthew McGlone (University of Texas)
  • Mass Communication: Nick Bowman (West Virginia University), Maria Elizabeth Grabe (Indiana University), and Xiaoli Nan (University of Maryland)
  • Rhetoric: Kelly Happe (University of Georgia), J. Michael Hogan (Penn State University), and Isaac West (University of Iowa)

Students from twenty different doctoral programs attended the 2014 DHS. To view the program for the DHS, click here. Participating students included:

Lauren-Ashley Buchanan, University of Iowa
Zoe Hess Carney, Georgia State University
Miles Coleman, University of Washington
Veronica R. Dawson, University of Utah
Elizabeth Gardner, University of Maryland
Elizabeth Dorrance Hall, Purdue University
Jenna Hanchey, University of Texas
Leandra Hernandez, Texas A&M University
Kathleen P. Hunt, University of Utah
Qihao Ji, Florida State University
Melinda Krakow, University of Utah
Allison Lazard, University of Texas
Young Sun Lee, Florida State University
Nicky Lewis, Indiana University
Esther Liu, Northwestern University
Ziyu Long, Purdue University
Jessica Lu, University of Maryland
Mikaela Malsin, University of Georgia
Dylan McLemore, University of Alabama
Jenna McNallie, Purdue University
Eric Netterlund, University of Colorado
Megan O'Byrne, University of Utah
Angela Palmer-Wackerly, Ohio State University
Andrew Pilny, University of Illinois
Allison Prasch, University of Minnesota
Rebecca Robbins, Cornell University
Paulina Swiatkowski, University of Arizona
Meghnaa Tallapragada, Cornell University
Amanda Weed, Ohio University
Melissa Zimdars, University of Iowa

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Past NCA Doctoral Honors Seminar Host Institutions
1970 (Fall)—Michigan State University
1971 (Spring)—University of Iowa; University of Texas
1971 (Fall)—The Pennsylvania State University; Florida State University
1972 (Spring)—University of Denver; University of Wisconsin
1973—Northwestern University; Purdue University
1974—University of Massachusetts
1975—Michigan State University
1976—University of Massachusetts
1978—University of Michigan
1979—The Pennsylvania State University
1981—Bowling Green State University
1982 (Spring)—Ohio University
1982 (Fall)—Louisiana State University
1983—Kent State University
1984—Ohio University
1987—University of Georgia
1988—University of Massachusetts
1989—University of Georgia
1992—Indiana University
1998—Northwestern University
1999—University of Illinois 
2000—Northwestern University
2001—University of Texas
2002—No DHS 
2003—Bowling Green State University
2004—University of New Mexico 
2005—University of Oklahoma 
2006—Purdue University
2007—University of Colorado
2008—University of Alabama 
2009—West Virginia University
2010—University of Utah 
2011—North Dakota State University 
2012—University of Southern California
2013—University of Maine
2014—University of Maryland