Basic Course Division

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The Basic Course Division of NCA promotes the teaching, study, research, assessment, and administration of communication in basic course settings. Focusing on teaching fundamental communication skills and theory to undergraduate students, the division is concerned with a broad spectrum of issues relevant to the maintenance and development of quality basic courses to benefit students, scholars, and the discipline. The division emphasizes both qualitative and quantitative approaches to scholarly work in basic course teaching and administration. To subscribe to the Basic Course Division listserv, send an email to Sam Wallace at and ask to be placed on the basic course list-serv.

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2024 Interest Group Leadership

  • Chair: Nick Tatum, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Vice Chair: Kara Burnett, Sinclair Community College
  • Vice Chair-Elect: Drew T. Ashby-King, East Carolina University
  • Immediate Past Chair: Jessica Welch, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Secretary: Wan-lin Chang, University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley


2024 NCA Positions

  • Legislative Assembly
    • Nick Tatum, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    • Jessica Welch, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • NCA Nominating Committee
    • Jessica Welch, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

BCD Membership (2013-2024)

*Official membership count is taken every January. 


Award Calls
Business Meeting Minutes
Interest Group Election