NCA’s undergraduate honors conference will be held in Washington, DC, May 28-31, 2015. The conference is designed to assist undergraduates with current research and post-graduate plans and provides opportunities for interaction between students and scholars in Communication.
Participation is limited to 40 students who will be selected
on a competitive basis. Applicants must meet the following minimum criteria:
- Communication Major
- Juniors or seniors in good standing at an accredited college or university
- GPA of 3.0 or above
- Completed application submitted as outlined
Participants will be responsible for travel and incidentals,
but all other costs including housing, food, and conference fees, will be
covered by NCA.
Applications are due no later than Wednesday, April 1, 2015.
To apply, please send the following via email as one PDF
document to LaKesha Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- One-page statement of interest
- Unofficial transcript
- One complete Communication research paper suitable for presentation (in either poster or panel format)
Mr. Patrick Delaney is the American Soybean Association’s policy communications
director based out of the organization’s Capitol Hill office. He also works
with the ASA’s St. Louis headquarters to improve the flow of information on critical
soybean policy issues to more than 22,400 farmer members in 30 states.
Previously, he was Communication Manager for the United Fresh Produce
With an array of assets including print and
digital publications, social media, web, audio, and video, Patrick leads the
association's communication of its work on trade, transportation, biodiesel and
energy, Farm Bill issues, conservation, sustainability, and global food aid and
technology, as well as the association’s critical work on marketing issues and
development of new opportunities for American soybean farmers.
A member of the National Press Club and the D.C.
Ag Communicators group, Patrick is also the ASA liaison to the advisory board
of PBS' "America's Heartland", the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers
Alliance, and several other industry coalitions and working groups. Patrick
holds a Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from the P.I.
Reed School of Journalism at West Virginia University and a Bachelor’s degree
in Communication from George Mason University.
Dr. Trevor Parry-Giles is the Director of Academic and Professional Affairs at the
National Communication Association. Trevor earned a Ph.D. in Communication from
Indiana University - Bloomington. In addition to his full-time NCA position, he
is a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of
Maryland. He is the co-author of The Prime-Time Presidency: The West Wing and U.S. Nationalism (University of Illinois Press) and Constructing Clinton:
Hyperreality and Presidential Image-Making in Postmodern Politics (Peter Lang). Trevor is also the
author of The Character of Justice: Rhetoric, Law, and Politics in the
Supreme Court Confirmation Process (Michigan State University Press). His
research has appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Critical Studies in Mass
Communication, and elsewhere.
Dr. LaKesha N. Anderson is the Assistant Director for Academic and Professional Affairs
at the National Communication Association. LaKesha holds a Ph.D. in
Communication from George Mason University. Prior to joining NCA, she was
an Assistant Professor of Communication at Indiana State University, teaching
undergraduate and graduate courses in research methods, health communication,
and public relations. She also spent several years as an instructor at George
Mason University and has served as a grant writer and program director for
multiple nonprofits in Virginia. LaKesha’s research on health, risk, and crisis
communication has appeared in several journals and books, and she has received
awards for both her research and university service. In addition to her role at
NCA, LaKesha is a member of the Communication graduate faculty at Johns Hopkins
University’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences in Washington, DC.
Dr. Rachel Tighe is an Associate Professor of Communication at the University
of Virginia’s College at Wise. Rachel holds a Ph.D. and MA degree in
Communication from the University of Georgia and a BA in Communication from the
University of Tennessee. She teaches a variety of relational
communication courses including Communication Theory, Persuasion, and
Interpersonal Communication, as well as Research Methods. From 2006-2014,
Rachel served as the Chair of the Communication Department at UVa-Wise. Rachel
has been the recipient of several teaching awards, including Professor of the
Year, and is committed to undergraduate teaching and research.
Dr. Mattea A. Garcia is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Rollins
College. Mattea earned her Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign. Her teaching includes organizational communication,
research methods, and introductory courses in Communication. Before joining the
Rollins College faculty, Mattea was an Assistant Professor at Indiana State
University where she taught graduate and undergraduate courses and served as
the Course Director of the hybrid basic course. Her research examines
professions and professional identity, institutional work, and organizational
rhetoric, and workplace incivility. Her work has been featured in Management
Communication Quarterly and most recently she co-authored a chapter for the
SAGE Handbook of Organizational Communication.