Membership and Interest Groups

NCA Membership

In recognition of the COVID-19 pandemic and its differential and varied effects on everyone, the NCA Executive Committee has approved two financial initiatives. First, the association is eliminating all 2020 Convention registration fees for NCA members, regardless of whether a member attends in person or virtually. Second, 2020 membership costs will be reduced by half for all members who make less than $100,000 annually (those members who have already joined or renewed since January 1, 2020, will receive a refund of 50% of their membership dues).


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Regular Membership is open to anyone interested in joining the National Communication Association. Membership is valid for one year from the date of joining. Regular members receive the following benefits:

  • Steeply discounted registration rates for Convention
  • Free online access to NCA's 11 journals (current and archived)
  • Access to four additional Taylor & Francis Communication journals
  • Membership in NCA Interest Groups (five sections or divisions & unlimited caucuses)
  • Regular e-newsletters
  • Voting rights
  • Opportunities for leadership roles
  • Eligibility for all NCA awards
  • And much more...

Individual regular membership dues range from $30 - $305 (based on self-reported income). Specific dues amounts can be found here.

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Student Membership is open to any student currently working toward a degree. Membership is valid for one year from the date of joining. Student members receive the same benefits as Regular members:

  • Steeply discounted registration rates for Convention
  • Free online access to NCA's 11 journals (current and archived)
  • Access to four additional Taylor & Francis Communication journals
  • Membership in NCA Interest Groups (five sections or divisions & unlimited caucuses)
  • Regular e-newsletters
  • Voting rights
  • Opportunities for leadership roles
  • Eligibility for all NCA awards
  • And much more...

Student membership dues are $25. Lambda Pi Eta members may join for free for one year. 

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Bulk Student Memberships: NCA offers college and university departments the option to purchase bulk memberships for students. Bulk memberships must be purchased by the school. Memberships are good for 365 days from date of purchase. The discounted rate for bulk memberships is $50 per membership per year. To inquire about Bulk memberships, please send an email to inbox@natcom.org.

Please note: Returned checks will incur a $25 charge.

Life Membership is open to anyone interested in joining the National Communication Association. Membership is valid for life. Life members receive the same benefits as Regular members, plus free Convention registration:

  • Free registration for Convention
  • Free online access to NCA's 11 journals (current and archived)
  • Access to four additional Taylor & Francis Communication journals
  • Membership in NCA Interest Groups (five sections or divisions & unlimited caucuses)
  • Regular e-newsletters
  • Voting rights
  • Opportunities for leadership roles
  • Eligibility for all NCA awards
  • And much more...

$4,500 (or three annual installments of $1,600; please send an email to inbox@natcom.org to arrange annual installments for Life memberships)

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Retired membership is open to any person interested in the Association’s purpose who has been a member of the Association for at least twenty-five years and is no longer working full time. There is no membership cost for Retired members, and membership is valid for life. Retired members receive the following benefits:

  • Free registration for Convention
  • Free online access to NCA's 11 journals (current and archived)
  • Access to four additional Taylor & Francis Communication journals
  • Membership in NCA Interest Groups (five sections or divisions & unlimited caucuses)
  • Regular e-newsletters
  • Voting rights
  • Opportunities for leadership roles
  • Eligibility for all NCA Awards
  • And much more...

To join as a Retired member, please send an email to inbox@natcom.org.

Department Membership is open to college or university departments. Membership is valid for one year from the date of joining. Department members receive the following benefits:

  • Substantial discounts for promoting your department at Convention—discounted Graduate School Open House booth, Department Reception room, Job Fair booth, and advertising in convention program
  • Free job announcements on COMMNotes
  • Free print copy of Why Study Communication? Pathways to Your Future: Be Valued, Get Hired, Make a Difference (One copy per department)
  • Discounted registration to the NCA Chairs’ Summer Institute
  • Online resources for department chairs including data about the discipline, Guidelines for Program Review, and other assessment resources.
  • One free student membership and two discounted student memberships
  • Regular e-newsletters
  • And much more...

$150/year

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Bulk Student Memberships: NCA offers college and university departments the option to purchase bulk memberships for students. Bulk memberships must be purchased by the school. Memberships are good for 365 days from date of purchase. The discounted rate for bulk memberships is $50 per membership per year. To inquire about Bulk memberships, please send an email to inbox@natcom.org.

Please note: Returned checks will incur a $25 charge.