Program Information

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.  

Scholars’ 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.