Preconferences explore an applied research theme, topic, or methodological approach; or an applied pedagogical issue related to teaching, classroom management, and/or course construction. Registration is open to all attendees. There is an additional registration fee for preconferences of $30 for student members and $40 for all other attendees. All preconferences are held on Wednesday, November 20. The complete convention program schedule can be accessed from NCA Submission Central.

PC01: Examining Organizational Influence on Government Policy-making: Understanding Tactics, Strategies, and Discourses in Influencing Policy-making
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Washington Room 1, Exhibit Level, Marriott Wardman Park

Presenters: Laurie Lewis, Rutgers University; Steven Corman, Arizona State University; Timothy Sellnow, University of Kentucky; Cynthia Stohl, University of California, Santa Barbara; Michael Stohl, University of California, Santa Barbara; Karen Tracey, University of Colorado, Boulder; Leah Sprain, University of Colorado, Boulder; Nicole Laster, NORTHCOM; Arlyn G. Riskind, National Communication Association

This pre-conference (sponsored by the Organizational Communication Division) will showcase examples of communication scholarship concerning attempts by advocacy, lobbyist organizations (for-profit and NPO), and activist groups to influence state, federal and /or international policy-making. Prominent scholars' scholarship includes exploration of organizational influence in policy concerning national defense, climate and environmental policy, social policies, higher education, and risk and crisis communication among others. Discussion of engaged projects and research programs that help explain the landscape of organizational influence in government policy-making will yield critical insight, agenda setting, lessons learned, and highlight fruitful paths for future research. 

Researchers will be invited to discuss both the substance and process of their scholarly research. Participants will participate in question-answer sessions with panelists and discuss future project ideas and research programs with panelists. Panelists will provide advice about gaining organizational access, securing external funding, and considering ethics issues.

PC02: Making Sense of Qualitative Data: A Workshop Illuminating the Backstage Practice of Ethnographic Analysis
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Washington Room 2, Exhibit Level, Marriott Wardman Park

Presenters: Sarah Tracy, Arizona State University; Robin Boylorn, University of Alabama; Devika Chawla, Ohio University; Robin Clair, Purdue University; Christine Davis, University of North Carolina, Charlotte; Shiv Ganesh, University of Waikato; Patricia Geist-Martin, San Diego State University; Timothy Huffman, Arizona State University; Robert Krizek, Saint Louis University; Marianne LeGreco, University of North Carolina, Greensboro; Paul Leonardi, Northwestern University; Shawna Malvini Redden, Arizona State University; Michelle Miller-Day, Chapman University; Rahul Rastogi, Purdue University

The ethnography division, in particular, and the communication discipline, overall, has done a pretty good job over years in elucidating issues of collecting ethnographic and qualitative data as well as writing, performing, and representing it.  However, we have offered less explicit instruction on the ephemeral process that occurs in between data collection and representation. This preconference aims to illuminate best practices in terms of analyzing and making sense of data that is qualitative, ethnographic, narrative, textual, visual and naturalistic. Such a workshop is particularly valuable considering that, due to journal article deductive writing conventions and space limitations, merely reading ethnography often does not provide the pedagogical backstories necessary to practice data analysis.

PC03: There’s An App for That! Pedagogical Connections between the Classroom and Technology
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Washington Room 6, Exhibit Level, Marriott Wardman Park

Presenters: Shannon VanHorn, Valley City State University; Jonna Ziniel, Valley City State University

As instructors, we are constantly asking for students to turn off their phones, devices, or even computers. Rather than asking them to turn them off, let’s ask them to use them in strategic ways to enhance their learning. This pre-conference offers 3-5 activities for up over 20 different technology tools that enhance learning in the classroom. By connecting technology and education, students can be more ethical consumers and creators of information.  By the end of this workshop, attendees will have at least 100 new technology-based activities and assignments to the audience. These will be supplied to the audience that attend the pre-conference via LiveBinder. Please bring your smart phones, devices, tablets, and/ or laptops to be able to fully engage in the session.

PC04: Setting the Research Agenda for Communicating Climate Science
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Washington Room 6, Exhibit Level, Marriott Wardman Park

Presenters: Katherine Rowan, George Mason University; Matthew Seeger, Wayne State University; Karen Akerlof, George Mason University; Betsy Bach, University of Montana; Jennifer Day, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; John Kotcher, George Mason University; Robert Littlefield, North Dakota State University; Edward Maibach, George Mason University; Teresa Myers, George Mason University; H. Dan O'Hair, University of Kentucky; Andrew Pyle, George Mason University; Connie Roser-Renouf, George Mason University; Timothy Sellnow, University of Kentucky; Wade Sisler, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Shari Veil, University of Kentucky

The polarizing public debate surrounding the topic of climate change makes communicating its risks especially challenging. Unfortunately, global climate change can be expected to create intense and sudden impacts requiring both long-term planning and quick response throughout the world and in every region of the United States.  Climate change is associated with more extreme precipitation events, rising sea levels, droughts, rising temperatures, and changing environments for plants, pests, diseases, and wildlife.  Many of these effects are already occurring.

Given these difficulties, communication research is needed to study how to prepare and plan for the impacts of climate change.  This preconference describes what is known about communicating climate science, and from the perspective of federal agencies, what is not known and what funds are available for future research.  Scholars across the field of communication are likely to find the preconference intersects with their interests, but it may be of particular importance to those studying risk communication, crisis communication, science communication, public relations, journalism, and mass communication. Preconference attendees will be invited to join working groups to advance climate change research. Attendees will also learn how to use techniques such as the Six Americas Segmentation Tool to address questions relating to risk communication, message framing and communicating effectively with diverse and polarized audiences.

PC05: The Quest for Core Competencies in Introductory Communication Courses
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Delaware A, Lobby Level, Marriott Wardman Park 

Presenters: Susan Ward, Delaware County Community College; Lynn Disbrow, Huntingdon College; Isa Engleberg, Prince George’s Community College; Scott Myers, West Virginia University; Patricia O’Keefe, College of Marin

Join us in our quest for a set of core competencies in introductory communication courses. In today's complex and competitive academic world, the most critical question facing those of us who teach, direct, and study introductory communication courses is not: Which course should we offer or require? Rather, a more critical question is broader in scope: What core competencies, if any, form the basis of introductory communication courses within and across a variety of contexts? This preconference will address this second question using an interactive process of consensus seeking.

This preconference replicates and expands the iterative process for identifying core competencies that form the basis for introductory communication courses within and across a variety of basic course contexts (e.g. public speaking, interpersonal, group, presentational communication, and mediated communication). We welcome input and feedback from NCA members who teach, direct, and study the status, content, and pedagogy of our basic courses. 

PC06: Applied Semantics and Practical Communication across the Disciplines
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
McKinley, Mezzanine Level, Marriott Wardman Park

Presenters: Corey Anton, Grand Valley State University; Richard Lanigan, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; Adeena Karasick, Fordham University; Mary Lahman, Manchester University; Andrew Smith, Edinboro University; Lance Strate, Fordham University; Edward Tywoniak, Saint Mary’s College of California

This preconference session identifies and explores core concepts that span the field of communication and commonly reach across the curriculum of general education. It emphasizes the centrality of discourse and language, and it will provide attendees with resources for thinking about and teaching broad-based theory fundamental courses or communication theory-based courses across disciplines.  It is designed for both graduate students and professors who would like to deepen their command over fundamental communication concepts and theories and/or are seeking to expand their repertoire of teaching resources.  By bringing together communication scholars whose work integrates various fields and disciplines and by asking them to provide vital materials for attendees, this half-day session
promises to make connections that reach across all courses within the discipline of communication and/or across multiple disciplines.


PC08: Tour of National Mall Memorials: WWII Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, FDR Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Off-site, Washington, DC

Presenters: Teresa Bergman, University of the Pacific; Bernard Armada, University of St Thomas; Bill Balthrop, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; David Worthington, DePauw University;
Bill Balthrop will lead the tour and discussion of the World War II Memorial. Participants will walk through the Memorial, attending to specific details and its relationship to other sites on the National Mall.

A discussion will follow in which participants will share and comment on interpretations about how the Memorial performs its commemorative and rhetorical functions. Teresa Bergman will lead the discussion and tour of the Lincoln Memorial that will include the history of the memorial's construction with particular focus on the interpretive materials in exhibit in the memorial's basement. The Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial tour and discussion will be led by David Worthington. Visitors will examine the seven-acre site prior to discussion about the memorial features, with particular attention paid to the water features, the interactive elements of the memorial, and the relationship of this memorial to the National Mall and the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and the Tidal Basin area. Of particular interest is how this memorial acts to remember and forget elements of the FDR legacy. Bernard Armada will guide a discussion of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Armada will approach the memorial from several critical standpoints, two of which are: (a) its material dimensions, including its physical form, context and symbolic interaction with nearby memorials; (b) its oral/aural dimensions, especially in light of the fiftieth anniversary of King's "I Have a Dream" speech on August 28, 2013.

PC09: Mapping the Shifting Grounds of Post-9/11 War Rhetoric

8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Washington Room 3, Exhibit Level, Marriott Wardman Park

Presenters: Kaitlyn Patia, University of Minnesota; Michael Bergmaier, Penn State University; William Saas, Penn State University; Barbara Biesecker, University of Georgia; Denise Bostdorff, College of Wooster; Jeremy Engels, Penn State University; Marita Gronnvoll, Eastern Illinois University; Stephen Kinzer, Boston University; Kristen McCauliff, Ball State University; Jennifer Mercieca, Texas A&M University; John Minbiole, Penn State University; Josh Reeves, University of Memphis; Sally Spalding, University of Georgia; Roger Stahl, University of Georgia; Frank Stec, Penn State University; Jason Williamson, University of Georgia

This preconference brings together scholars from across the field of communication studies-and some outside of it-to explore the shifting grounds of war rhetoric in the period "after 9/11." Panel sessions will address the following themes: Connecting War Rhetoric Past and Present, The Rhetorical Strategies of War: Connecting Dominant and Dissenting Discourses, Evolutions in Enemyship: Interrogating Constructions of the Other, and Mapping the Discourses of the Modern Security State

The preconference will conclude with a round table discussion that addresses some of the key themes and questions of the preconference in a more open format. We anticipate active engagement between preconference presenters and participants throughout the day's events. Questions that may be addressed include: In an era of endless conflict, indeterminate "enemies," and constantly shifting means or mechanisms of war, is the notion of "war rhetoric" still relevant? What language do we have or are we developing to talk about war in a "post-9/11" era? What connections can be drawn between the ways that policymakers, government officials, journalists, and other public figures discuss issues related to war and how scholars approach these issues?

PC10: The C-SPAN Archives: An Interdisciplinary Resource for Discovery, Learning, and Engagement
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Off-site, C-SPAN

Presenters: Patrice Buzzanell, Purdue University; Robert Browning, Purdue University; Glenn Sparks, Purdue University; Stephanie Bor, University of Nevada, Reno; Carolyn Curiel, Purdue University; Roderick Hart, University of Texas, Austin; Theon Hill, Purdue University; Christopher Kowal, Purdue University; Brian Lamb, C-SPAN Headquarters; Sorin Matei, Purdue University; William Oakes, Purdue University; Susan Swain, C-SPAN Headquarters; Carla Zoltowski, Purdue University

This preconference builds on the NCA conference theme of "Connections" for the 99th annual convention in Washington, DC, and anticipates our field's 100th anniversary celebration next year in Chicago. Specifically, our goal is to create greater connections within Communication and across disciplines by focusing on C-SPAN--not solely as a historical and political archive-but also as a window into the everyday issues and opportunities that shape (and are shaped by) contemporary life for citizens of the United States and the globe.

The preconference is designed to showcase possibilities for communication and interdisciplinary scholarship that integrates discovery, learning, and engagement, that utilizes multiple methodologies, and that touches upon diverse communication contexts ranging from K-12 initiatives that can encourage civic engagement to immigration debates, environmental and health challenges, human rights, institutional policies, and Corporate Social Responsibility, amongst others of a local through global nature. Our preconference offers opportunities to learn about ongoing discovery, learning, and engagement projects. But it also functions as a space for networking about potential collaborations and as a workshop in which participants are encouraged to bring their own devices (e.g., laptops, iPads) or use C-SPAN Headquarters' own computers to explore the C-SPAN Archives.  


Please note that no day of registration will be allowed for this preconference, due to security of the site. Please pre-register if you would like to attend this preconference.

PC11: Communication, Health and the Quality of Life in Urban Areas
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Johnson, Mezzanine Level, Marriott Wardman Park  

Presenters: Peter Haratonik, The New School; Gary Gumpert, Urban Communication Foundation; Leo Jeffries, Cleveland State University

The Urban Communication Foundation invites participants to a preconference that will focus on "Communication, Health and the Quality of Life in Urban Areas."  Participants are asked to submit ahead of time complete papers, abstracts, or visual presentations in an informal setting designed to encourage discussion and the exchange of ideas. Please send contributions to the following by September 1:

The Urban Communication Foundation encourages scholarship focusing on urban communication, with topics that range from the influence of architecture, urban planning and images cities project to urban communication networks, mass media and technology serving metropolitan communities not only in the United States but around the world.

PC12: IX Communication Conference of the Americas (FELAFACS-NCA)
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Jefferson, Mezzanine Level, Marriott Wardman Park

Presenters: Federico Varona, San Jose State University; Agrivalca  Canelón, Universidad Católica Andres Bello; Ricardo Carniel Bugs, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona; Vanesa Muriel Amezcua, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro; Luis Felipe Gómez, San Jose State University; Jessica Retis, California State University, Northridge

In 2010, the National Communication Association (NCA) and la Federación Latinoamericana de Facultades de Comunicación (FELAFACS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a long-term partnership and promote connections among communication scholars throughout the Americas. These international connections enable NCA members to share perspectives on communication research, teaching, and practice, and encourages new avenues for collaboration throughout the continent. In order to maintain and further develop these connections, we are organizing the NCA preconference: IX Communication Conference of the Americas (FELAFACS-NCA) to be held in Washington, DC. The aim of this preconference is to cultivate the international connections across communication scholars from Latin America, the United States, and Canada.  This preconference supports NCA's vision to further international connections that enable members to share their projects, perspectives and experience in field of communication research, teaching, and practice.

PC13: WORD OF MOUTH: Making Connections in and with Devised Performance
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Washington Room 4, Exhibit Level, Marriott Wardman Park

Presenters: Tim Miller, Solo Performance Artist; Stacy Holman Jones, California State University, Northridge; Amy Kilgard, San Francisco State University; Shauna MacDonald, Villanova University; Chris McRae, University of South Florida; Julie-Ann Scott, University of North Carolina Wilmington

The purpose of this preconference is to come together as part of the NCA, from across institutions, to collectively engage in the creative performance processes that are methodologically vital to performance studies. Under the direction of internationally acclaimed solo performer and devised performance director Tim Miller, preconference participants will use an engaging workshop process to create a devised ensemble piece and perform it as part of NCA's 2013 conference. The workshop will focus on the process of devising original performance work from our lives, dreams, obsessions, peeves, memories and desires as communication and performance scholars, while the performance will focus on the connections we (can) make, break, or remake in relation to the practices of performance studies within the discipline of communication. This performance project offers NCA members a unique opportunity to collectively participate in the active process of artistic expression that is vital to performance as communication while attending to our methodologies and practices as performance studies scholars.

PC14: Challenging the Prison-Industrial Complex and Working for Justice: A Preconference for Scholars, Activists, Artists, and Educators
9:30 AM - 4:45 PM
Wilson A, Mezzanine Level, Marriott Wardman Park

Presenters: Jonathan Shailor, University of Wisconsin, Parkside; Jeralyn Faris, Purdue University; Raphael Ginsberg, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Harold Atkins, Each One Reach One: Transforming Kids Behind Bars; Angel Carrion, San Francisco Juvenile Probation Commissioner; Liz Jackson-Simpson, Success Center of San Francisco; David Coogan, Virginia Commonwealth University; Stephen Hartnett, University of Colorado, Denver; Robin Sohnen, Each One Reach One: Transforming Kids Behind Bars; Bill Yousman, Eastern Connecticut State University

This preconference, appropriately located in our nation's capital, calls for us to address a national shame:  the mass incarceration of United States citizens.  Over the past 30 years, the U.S. prison system has grown exponentially, from just over half a million persons in our jails and prisons in 1980, to well over two million today.  Relatively few of these prisoners have committed violent crimes, and a disproportionate number are African American and Latina/o.  What perpetuates this sorry state of affairs, and what, if anything, can we do about it?

In 2002, a group of NCA scholars and activists, passionately concerned about the consequences of our nation's predilection for punishment, came together to form PCARE: the Prison Communication, Activism, Research, and Education Collective.  Over the past decade, we have continued and intensified our efforts to transform or abolish mass incarceration, through our work as educators, artists, scholars, and activists. This preconference, sponsored by PCARE, is a call for existing members of the collective to gather, share information and resources, and plan new collaborations.*  It is also a call for all interested NCA members to join us, and to become involved in this important work of scholarship, education and activism aimed at ending mass incarceration. 

PC15: Experience is the Best Teacher: 35 Years of Insights from the Experiential Learning Division and Consideration of Critical Questions for the Next 35 years
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Washington Room 1, Exhibit Level, Marriott Wardman Park

Presenters: Lori Britt, James Madison University; Bren Ortega Murphy, Loyola University Chicago; Donna Pawlowski, Bemidji State University; Karen Roloff, Elmhurst College; Michael Smith, LaSalle University; Toni Whitfield, James Madison University

The preconference session will begin with a one hour panel discussion that looks back at the roots from which all forms of experiential learning have emerged (internships, service-learning, experiential activities, community-based learning, etc.). The panel will discuss the common assumptions and beliefs about education that unite experiential approaches to learning and will set the stage for an engaged dialogue by all participants.

The remainder of the preconference will be set up as an Open Space Dialogue that will engage participants in a series of questions. Open Space Dialogue is a public engagement method that seeks to explore facets of a common topic; the guiding principle is that that people will have the opportunity to become a part of many focused conversations and will naturally gravitate toward issues that they have a deep interest in, discovering others with similar questions and passions along the way. This format will provide the opportunity for scholars with the same questions and challenges to form ongoing action teams and perhaps engage in collaborative research projects that advance our scholarly knowledge of experiential learning practices. The goal of this pre-conference is to jump-start the next 35 years of practice and research about Experiential Learning.

PC16: The Dilemmas and Opportunities of U.S.-China Communication in an Age of Globalization
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Park Tower 8222, Lobby Level, Marriott Wardman Park

Presenters: Stephen Hartnett, University of Colorado, Denver; Elizabeth Brunner, University of Utah; Donovan Conley, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Supriya Karudaprum, International College Beijing; Lisa Keranen, University of Colorado, Denver; Patrick Shaou-Whea Dodge, International College Beijing; Kevin DeLuca, University of Utah; Leonard Hawes, University of Utah; Sharon Hom, Human Rights in China; Gang Li, Independent Artist; Michelle Murray Yang, Belmont University; Kent Ono, University of Utah; Dong Qingwen, University of the Pacific; Lu Xing, DePaul Universi

Relations between the U.S. and China will play a significant role in shaping the twenty-first century. Standing as the world's two largest economies, marshaling the world's two largest armies, holding enormous stockpiles of nuclear weapons and natural resources, and serving as the media generators for billions of image consumers around the world, the two nations are positioned to influence conceptions of democracy, nationalism, citizenship, human rights, and global trade for the foreseeable future. Addressing how the U.S. and China communicate about and with each other therefore stands among the key challenges of our time. By tackling theory, criticism, and specific examples of communication-in-action, this pre-conference will begin to address the multiple ways that U.S. and Chinese officials, publics, media, and grassroots organizers influence one another and global audiences.

PC17: Talking Technology: New Connections in the Ethnography of Communication and Technology
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Washington Room 5, Exhibit Level, Marriott Wardman Park

Presenters: Michelle Scollo, College of Mt. St Vincent; Donal Carbaugh, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Ted Kafala, College of Mount Saint Vincent; Sunny Lie, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Lauren Mackenzie, USAF Air University; Trudy Milburn, Independent Researcher; Elizabeth Molina-Markham, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Kristine Munoz, University of Iowa; Lydia Reinig, University of Colorado, Boulder; Todd Sandel, University of Macau; Daniel Usera, University of Iowa; Saskia Witteborn, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Gonen Dori Hacohen, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Tabitha Hart, San Jose State University; James Leighter, Creighton University; Nimrod Shavit, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Brion Van Over, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

During the summer of 2012 approximately 60 students and scholars gathered at the "Ethnography of Communication: Ways Forward" conference at Creighton University to reflect on the foundations of the Ethnography of Communication, listen to presentations of recent scholarship, and discuss ways forward in the Ethnography of Communication.  This conference was partially funded by the NCA Fund to Advance the Discipline.  The aim of this preconference is to continue this discussion, with a focus on new directions in Ethnography of Communication research, methods, and teaching in connection with new communication technologies. 

2013 marks the 25th anniversary of Donal Carbaugh's landmark Ethnography of Communication, Talking American: Cultural Discourses on Donahue (1988), which was groundbreaking in its use of television discourse in Ethnography of Communication (EC) research.  Likewise, this preconference will celebrate Carbaugh's work, while using it as a springboard to explore the dynamic array of new communication technologies that EC scholars and students are working with in their research and teaching.  The preconference will include brief presentations on cutting-edge EC research, methods, and teaching utilizing new technologies, break-out brainstorming sessions on these topics, and discussion of ways forward in the Ethnography of Communication and new technologies.  The preconference will conclude with a Keynote Address by Donal Carbaugh on ways forward in the Ethnography of Communication and new technologies, including discussion of his forthcoming book from Taylor & Francis, "That's Not Funny!" Reporting Cultures in 60 Minutes, which uses a variety of technologies in its methodology.

PC18: Our Place at the Table: Continuing the Conversation and Deepening the Connections between Food and Communication
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
McKinley, Mezzanine Level, Marriott Wardman Park

Presenters: Laura Hahn, Humboldt State University; Michael Bruner, Humboldt State University; Laura Lindenfeld, University of Maine

The study of food and communication is ultimately about the study of connections. In its ubiquity, food embodies a rich area of study that enables us to understand a variety of connections and disconnections.  Food simultaneously separates and connects individuals and societies (Anderson, 2005).  Food connects us to culture, religion, politics, family, traditions, diasporic traditions, social change movements, earth, nature, the material world, and other animals (Belasco, 2008).  Yet, food may also separate people from one another based on class, gender, religion, divisions of labor, access points, food security/insecurity, hunger, politics, dietary preferences, health needs, physical disability, and knowledge. 

This preconference provides an opportunity for individuals and groups from various NCA divisions to bring diverse disciplinary ingredients to create academic meals to nourish the scholar, teacher and community member. Hosting a workshop specifically for communication researchers at NCA is important because it will provide us with an opportunity to create greater capacity within communication to advance our collective efforts and strategies for engaged research and for procuring external grant funding to solidify communication's "place at the table" in Food Studies.