Stephen J. Hartnett
University of Colorado Denver
Stephen John Hartnett is a Professor in the Department of Communication at The University of Colorado Denver, where he is the editor of Captured Words/Free Thoughts, an annual magazine of poems and stories crafted by imprisoned writers. For the past 27 years, he has been teaching in, writing about, and working for change at America's prisons. He has taught college classes and poetry workshops in prisons and jails in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, California and Colorado, and has facilitated workshops, participated on panels, and given lectures against the death penalty in 28 states. His commentary on these subjects has appeared in Salon, AlterNet, In These Times, and others, and on MSNBC and over 100 radio stations.
He is one of the co-founders of PCARE, a national group of scholars who work on Prison Communication Activism Research and Education. In recognition of this work, he has received numerous awards, including the Northwest Communication Association's 2008 Human Rights Award, the University of Colorado's 2010 Thomas Jefferson Award, and the University of Colorado Denver’s 2014 Service Excellence Award.
Hartnett is the author or editor of 9 books and dozens of publications related to democracy, social justice, prisons, globalization and empire, and the death penalty, including his latest work, the co-edited Imagining China: Rhetorics of Nationalism in the Age of Globalization, forthcoming from the Michigan State University Press in 2017. His publications appear in venues such as the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, the Journal of Applied Communication Research, and Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies. He is the recipient of numerous research awards, including the Winans and Wichelns Award for Distinguished Research in Public Address, the National Communication Association’s Golden Monograph Award, the Karlyn Kohrs Campbell Prize in Rhetorical Criticism, and a PASS (Prevention for a Safer Society) Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.
Ronald Jackson II
University of Cincinnati
Ron Jackson is Professor in the Department of Communication at University of Cincinnati. Founder of AcademicCareerCoach.com, he is also CEO and Founding Principal Consultant of Cinspire Consulting and Coaching, a management consulting firm specializing in communication, team building, strategic transformation, as well as diversity and inclusion. Dr. Jackson has been engaged in training, research, and education for over 20 years.
He is one of the leading communication and identity scholars in the nation, and is author of fourteen books including Scripting the Black Masculine Body in Popular Media, Interpreting Tyler Perry (with Jamel Bell; Routledge), the 2014 Comic-Con Eisner Award winning book Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation (with Sheena Howard; Bloomsbury), and the forthcoming anthology Gladiators in Suits: Race, gender, and politics of representation in Scandal (with Kimberly Moffit and Simone Puff). His research has won numerous awards including the National Communication Association’s Franklyn Haiman Award and the Eastern Communication Association’s Everett Lee Hunt Award.
George Mason University
Christina S. Beck
Professor in the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University, Dr. Beck is honored to serve as the 102nd President of the National Communication Association. She has also served as President of the Central States Communication Association, Editor of Communication Yearbook (volumes 30-33), and Book Review Editor for Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives. In addition to numerous book chapters, journal articles, and conference presentations, Beck has published four award-winning books in the areas of health communication and gender: The lynching of language: Gender, politics, and power in the Hill-Thomas hearings (co-edited with Sandra Ragan, Lynda Kaid, and Dianne Bystromm, University of Illinois Press), Partnership for health: Building relationships between women and health caregivers (co-authored with Sandra Ragan and Athena DuPre, Erlbaum), Communicating for better health: A guide through the medical mazes (Allyn & Bacon), and Narrative, health, and healing: Communication theory, research, and practice (co-edited with Lynn Harter and Phyllis Japp, Erlbaum).
In addition to considerable service as a reviewer, unit officer, and association committee member, Beck has worked on a number of editorial boards, including Health Communication, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Research on Language and Social Interaction, Journal of Health Communication, Women’s Studies in Communication, and Communication Studies. Beck founded chapters of Lambda Pi Eta at Wilkes University and Ohio University and, combined, served as Chapter Advisor for 18 years.
Released in 2015, Beck’s most recent book, Celebrity Health Narratives and the Public Health (with co-authors Nate Simmons, Stellina Chapman, Kelly Tenzek, and Stephanie Ruhl, McFarland), bridges her work in health communication, popular culture, fandom, and media audiences. She is currently working on a book project on soap opera fan narratives with the working title, My World Just Stopped Turning: Intersections between Soap Opera Fandom and Concurrent Life Narratives.
Scott A. Myers
West Virginia University
Scott A. Myers is a Professor and Peggy Rardin McConnell Chair of Communication Studies in the Department of Communication Studies and a Faculty Associate in the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at West Virginia University. Previously, Myers has taught at Creighton University, McNeese State University, Kent State University, Buena Vista University, and Illinois State University.
Myers received his Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Kent State University in 1995. He holds a M.A. degree in Educational Leadership Studies from West Virginia University, a M. A. degree in Communication from Illinois State University, and B.A. degrees in both English and Public Relations from Illinois State University.
His research interests center on instructional communication and pedagogy, family communication, and organizational communication. He has published over 150 articles and book chapters in addition to coauthoring two textbooks and serving as a past editor of Communication Teacher. He also is a former Executive Director and a Past President of the Central States Communication Association.
Bonnie J. Dow
Bonnie J. Dow is Professor and Chair of Communication Studies and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Vanderbilt University. She has formerly held faculty positions at the University of Cincinnati, North Dakota State University, and the University of Georgia. Dow is a rhetorical and public address scholar whose research interests include the rhetoric and representation of the first and second waves of feminism in the United States. She holds a B.A. from Baylor University, an M.A. from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. from University of Minnesota. She is the author of Watching Women’s Liberation, 1970: Feminism’s Pivotal Year on the Network News (University of Illinois Press, 2014) and Prime-Time Feminism: Television, Media Culture, and the Women’s Movement Since 1970 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996). She is co-editor (with Julia T. Wood) of The Sage Handbook of Gender and Communication (2006) and a co-editor of The Aunt Lute Anthology of U.S. Women Writers, Volume One: 17th –19th Centuries (Aunt Lute Books, 2004). Dow is the recipient of NCA’s Winans-Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Pubic Address, NCA’s Douglas W. Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award, NCA’s Golden Anniversary Monograph Award, the NCA Women’s Caucus Francine Merritt Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Lives of Women in Communication, and the NCA LBGTQ Caucus Lambda Award for Outstanding Contributions to the LBGTQ Academic Community. Dow is a former member of the NCA Publications Board, a former Chair of the NCA Doctoral Education Committee, and a former editor of Critical Studies in Media Communication.
University of South Carolina
Mindy Fenske is an Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina (USC). She received her M.A. from Arizona State University, and her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. She is the current Editor of Text and Performance Quarterly (2016-2018), and the former Director of the Speech Communication and Rhetoric Program at USC.
Fenske is a performance studies and rhetoric scholar whose research interests include the critical genealogy of bodies in contemporary visual culture, the political force of embodiment in the public sphere, the role of embodied performance in the history of rhetoric and oratory, and the ethics of performance composition and research. Fenske is the author of Tattoos in American Visual Culture (2007) as well as several essays published in journals such as Communication and Critical Cultural Studies, Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, Review of Communication, and Text and Performance Quarterly. Fenske is the recipient of NCA’s Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance Studies and NCA’s Golden Anniversary Monograph Award.
Fielding Graduate University
Orlando L. Taylor is Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Research at Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara California and Director of Its Institute for Social Innovation. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU). Headquartered in Fielding’s Washington, DC office, Dr. Taylor was the Founding President of the Washington, DC Campus of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Prior to these appointments, he was a Graduate Professor at Howard University in Washington, DC where he also served in several senior leadership positions, including Dean of the School of Communications, Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Research.
Dr. Taylor has been a national leader for many years on issues pertaining to diversity and inclusion in higher education. He has been a particularly vigorous advocate and spokesperson on topics and issues relating to access and equity in higher education and to preparing the next generation of researchers, as well as faculty members, for the nation’s colleges and universities. In addition, he has raised significant funds from federal agencies, foundations and philanthropists to support research, education and special initiatives that advance diversity in fields that impact directly upon the education, health and related needs of diverse individuals, organizations and communities.
He has served as Principal Investigator for more than $30 million in federally and privately sponsored research, graduate training and program development grants from such agencies, organizations and individuals as the National Science Foundation, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Education, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Freedom Forum, Time Warner, Walter Annenberg and the Global (Sasakawa) Foundation.
Currently, Dr. Taylor is the Principal Investigator for a $2.2 Million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) designed to advance women in the STEM fields into leadership positions at the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities and at Tribal Colleges. He is the author of approximately 75 publications in journals, books and monographs within his discipline and in
higher education, and is recognized by many as a national leader in graduate education.
Dr. Taylor is a Past President of the Consortium of Social Science Association, the National Communication Association and the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools. In addition, he has served as a member of numerous national boards in higher education, including Chair of the Board of Directors of the Council of Graduate Schools. He is a former member of the Advisory Council for the Geosciences Directorate at NSF and the Board of Directors of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) and the University Consortium for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). He is a current member of the Board of Trustees of Huston-Tillotson University and a member of the Research Council of the Research Foundation for the State University of New York.
Dr. Taylor received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan and has been a recipient of that university’s distinguished alumni award. He is a Fellow and recipient of Honors from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. He received his undergraduate degree from Hampton University and a master’s degree from Indiana University. He has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Purdue University, Indiana University, The Ohio State University, Hope College, DePauw University, Denison University and Southern Connecticut State University.
Sam Houston State University
Ronald E. Shields is Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication at Sam Houston State University.
Prior to joining Sam Houston State University in July 2013, Shields served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre and Film at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) for 17 years, where he was recognized for his leadership, research, creative work, service and teaching.
A graduate of the doctoral program at Louisiana State University, Shields played a key role in building internal and external support for the arts at BGSU, including the opening of a new performing arts center in 2012, the designation of "the arts" as a Center of Excellence at BGSU, and the cultivation of diversity, interdisciplinary programs, as well as expanded curricular offerings.
A performance studies scholar and active theatre director, his research areas include staging baroque opera, the intersections of aesthetics and cultural practices, and performance history and theory. He served as the Editor for Theatre Annual: A Journal of Performance Studies for nine years (2002-2011) and continues to serve on that journal’s editorial board as well as an Associate Editor for NCA’s Text and Performance Quarterly. His recent work as an opera director includes performances of his adaptations of Handel’s Hercules and Acis and Galetea and Telemann’s Don Quixote. His scholarship has appeared in several journals and edited volumes, including most recently a chapter in Visual Rhetoric: A Reader in Communication and American Culture (edited by L. Olson, C. Finnegan, and D. Hope). He was honored to receive the Central States Communication Association Award for Outstanding Performance Studies Scholarship (2004), the Distinguished Service Award from the Theatre Division of NCA (2005), and the Leslie Irene Cogar Award for Distinguished Performance (2006).
Marnel Niles Goins
California State University, Fresno
Interim Executive Director
National Communication Association
Trevor graduated from Ripon College and holds an M.A. from the University of New Mexico and a Ph.D. from Indiana University. In addition to his NCA position, he is a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland. He is the co-author of The Prime-Time Presidency: The West Wing and U.S. Nationalism (University of Illinois Press) and Constructing Clinton: Hyperreality and Presidential Image-Making in Postmodern Politics (Peter Lang). Trevor is also the author of The Character of Justice: Rhetoric, Law, and Politics in the Supreme Court Confirmation Process (Michigan State University Press). His research has appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Critical Studies in Mass Communication, and elsewhere.
- Thomas Bovino, Suffolk County Community College
- Carolyn Calloway-Thomas, Indiana University Bloomington
- Kyle Rudick, University of Northern Iowa
- Cheri Simonds, Illinois State University
- Vinita Agarwal, Salisbury University
- Nelle Bedner, University of Central Arkansas
- Shannon VanHorn, Valley City State University (Director-Elect)
- Ronald Shields, Sam Houston State University
- Marnel Niles Goins, California State University, Fresno
- Rachel Griffin, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
- Charles E. Morris III, Syracuse University
- Graham Bodie, Louisiana State University
- Patrice M. Buzzanell, Purdue University
- Bryant Keith Alexander, Loyola Marymount University
- Erina L. MacGeorge, Penn State
- Michelle Miller-Day, Chapman University
- Jennifer Samp, University of Georgia
- Dustin Goltz, DePaul University
- Eric King Watts, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
- Robin M. Boylorn, The University of Alabama
- John P. Caughlin, University of Illinois
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