The convention program is available online at NCA Convention Central. The online program is searchable and allows you to create a personalized convention schedule.
In addition to programming from NCA Interest Groups and affiliate organizations, the convention includes programming from the following special series.
NCA Seminars are half-day or
full-day sessions held on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, that bring together
individuals from a variety of interest areas for the purpose of studying a
particular theoretical topic, perspective, question, controversy, instructional
topic, and/or scholarly contribution. To apply for a seminar, visit the Calls for Participants webpage.
NCA Preconferences provide a
forum for scholars and educators to discuss topics of mutual
interest related to research, instruction or applications of communication
scholarship. Preconferences convene for
a half or full day on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, allowing for extended time to explore their topics in
depth. There is an additional fee for preconferences. The fee to register for a preconference for Regular/Patron members and Non-members is $40; $30 for Student members. Visit NCA Convention Central and search for sponsor: Preconferences for a complete listing of offerings.
NCA Short Courses are educational or “how-to” courses
designed to provide attendees with specific skills or knowledge to take back to their
institution and implement. Short Courses are held throughout the
convention schedule. There is an additional fee for short courses. The fee to register for a short course for
Regular/Patron members and Non-members is $20 per course; $10 per course
for Student members. Visit NCA Convention Central and search for sponsor: Short Courses for a complete listing of short course offerings.
NCA Centennial!, sponsored by the First Vice President, offers the opportunity to explore
in depth specific aspects of our field's (and/or sub-fields') past 100 years,
with an eye toward how traces of various pasts continue to impinge on or shape
our present scholarship, teaching, and engagement.
Visit NCA Convention Central and search for sponsor: NCA Centennial! for a complete listing of sessions.
Great Ideas for Teaching Students (G.I.F.T.S) are class-tested activities, assignments,
projects, games, simulations, or assessment techniques that address a specific
communication theory, concept, skill, or learning objective. Presentations reflect creative pedagogical ideas about either
teaching communication in traditional classroom settings or teaching
communication outside of the communication classroom (e.g.,
in cross-curricular initiatives, consulting venues, community engagement
initiatives, and engaged scholarship projects). Visit NCA Convention Central and search for sponsor: Great Ideas for Teaching Students for a complete listing of sessions.
Teachers on Teaching celebrates
exemplary teachers of communication at all academic levels. Each
session in the series features two to four remarkable teachers who share their
stories of classroom successes as well as the occasional cautionary tale where
even their remarkable skills were challenged. To highlight the reciprocal
relationship between teachers and students, the sessions also feature a cohort
of current or former students who will offer remarks attesting to the teacher’s
influence on their academic careers and intellectual engagement. Visit NCA Convention Central and search for sponsor: Teachers on Teaching for a complete listing of sessions.
Office Hours is a session that presents attendees the opportunity to meet and
talk one-on-one in an informal setting with distinguished scholars from across
the discipline. Attendees may visit with any scholar(s) they choose. Scholars will
be seated at numbered tables, available to speak with participants on a variety
of topics including career planning, research, teaching, professional
development, or other interests you may have. So whether
you are a graduate student excited about your first big research project, an
associate professor navigating your next career steps, or somewhere in between,
this session serves as a great resource to seek advice from others in the
field. Visit NCA Convention Central and search for sponsor: Scholars' Office Hours for the date, time and location.