Applied Communication Division

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Applied Communication Division members study how communication theory, research, and/or best practices help inform knowledge and theory about communication for practical issues. Members build and test communication theories, often in naturalistic settings, to better examine a wide range of diverse issues, including the communication needs of organizations, effective social interaction, improvement of health care understandings or delivery, implementation of behavioral interventions, training to improve communication, and activist efforts to achieve social change. Members employ a variety of methodological and theoretical approaches to address applied communication issues. The division sponsors panel discussions, roundtables, and paper presentations at NCA’s Annual Convention. Also, the division is supportive of the efforts of the Journal of Applied Communication Research's editorial board and readership.


  • Chair Elizabeth "Liz" L. Petrun Sayers
  • Vice Chair Deborah Sellnow-Richmond
  • Vice Chair-Elect Andrew Pyle
  • Immediate Past Chair Jessica Wendorf Muhamad
  • Secretary Kathryn E. Anthony
Nominating Committee
  • Alex Lancaster
  • Brandon Boatwright
Legislative Assembly Representatives
  • Elizabeth L Petrun Sayers
  • Deborah Sellnow-Richmond
  • Kathryn E. Anthony

ACD Membership 

*Official membership count is taken every January. 

108th Annual Convention -- New Orleans, LA -- Nov. 17 - 20, 2022.

Convention Calls

ACD Call -- Deadline: Thu, 3/31 2022 3:00 AM EDT

Award Calls
Business Meeting Minutes
Interest Group Election