NCA 98th Annual Convention

Celebrating Our COMMunity: A Final Reflection 

Convention: Steve BeebeEach year when we gather at our convention, we become a community of communication scholars, educators, and practitioners—and that is truly something to celebrate. I want to thank over 4,000 of you who attended the NCA 98th Annual Convention in Orlando and made it a celebratory event. I offer a special thank you to the NCA Opening Session speakers, the 2012 program planners, and to all those who shared their teaching and research ideas at the convention. 

The Opening Session “Celebrating What Unites Us as a Communication Community” was a highlight, as we heard Professors Kory Floyd, Navita Cummings James, and Kathleen Hall Jamieson propose what unites us as a discipline and association. Professor Marshall Scott Poole’s Carroll C. Arnold Distinguished Lecture was a tour de force presentation that explicated the “Paradoxes of Collaboration.” President Rich West’s address “Difficult Dialogues, Difficult Choices:  Re-envisioning NCA in an Era of Academic Backlash, Dwindling Financial Support, and a Whole Lot of Frustration” was a candid, thought-provoking message that made us consider both what we have accomplished as an association and the challenges that lay ahead. If you missed these general sessions or were unable to attend the convention, the recorded webcasts are available on the NCA website from the Quick Links box at the bottom of this page.  

In my convention welcome letter, I suggested three goals, attributed to the late Robert Kibler, for those who attended the convention: (1) renew at least one friendship, (2) meet at least one new colleague, and (3) learn at least one new idea that significantly enriches your teaching or research. Now that you’ve returned to your homes and offices, my hope is that you’ve achieved these goals and are planning to make new “Connections” at next year’s convention in Washington, DC.