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.

2023 Interest Group Leadership

  • Chair: Deborah Sellnow-Richmond, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
  • Vice Chair: Andrew Pyle, Clemson University 
  • Vice Chair-Elect: Kurt Braddock, American University 
  • Immediate Past Chair: Elizabeth "Liz" L. Petrun Sayers, Independent Scholar
  • Secretary: Emina Herovic, National Institute of Standards and Technology (Term beginning January 1, 2024)
  • Nominating Committee:
    • Lynsey Romo, North Carolina State University 
    • Michelle Violanti, University of Tennessee

2023 NCA Positions

  • Legislative Assembly

    • Kurt Braddock, American University 

    • Andrew Pyle, Clemson University 

    • Deborah Sellnow-Richmond, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

  • Nominating Committee

    • Elizabeth L. Petrun Sayers, Independent Scholar

ACD Membership (2013-2023)

*Official membership count is taken every January. 

109th Annual Convention -- National Harbor, MD -- November 16 - 19, 2023.


Convention Resources

ACD Call for Submissions -- Deadline: Thursday, March 29, 2023 at 11:59 PM Pacific.
Award Calls
Business Meeting Minutes