2017 Committee on Committees Call for Nominations

September 01, 2017

NCA Governance, Council, and Award Committee Members 

NCA seeks members to serve on a variety of governance and award selection committees. Unless otherwise indicated in a specific call below, nominations are reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments. Nominations from traditionally under-represented groups are especially encouraged as the Committee on Committees considers seriously NCA’s diversity and inclusion goals when identifying potential members. Self-nominations are welcome. All nominees must be current NCA members.

Required Nomination Materials

  • A one- to two-page cover letter summarizing interest and qualifications for the particular position. Please include a statement indicating that, if appointed, the nominee agrees to serve on the relevant committee and maintain NCA membership while serving.
  • An abbreviated curriculum vitae of no more than five pages highlighting professional qualifications, with particular emphasis on experience that is relevant to the position.

Please submit materials electronically to nomination@natcom.org no later than September 1, 2017 as a Microsoft Word or PDF document with the name of the position or committee in the subject line of the email.

Final appointment decisions are made by the Legislative Assembly in November. All nominees will be notified of the LA votes in early December.

To learn more about specific opportunities to serve our discipline, please click on the links below.

Governance, Council and Standing Committee Positions

Two LA Director Positions to serve three-year terms starting in January 2018

The Legislative Assembly (LA) serves a key liaison function between the leadership and the broader membership.  The strength of the Association relies in significant part on informed responses to the questions that come before the Legislative Assembly.  The business at the LA meetings is legally governed by the NCA Constitution and Bylaws, and decisions are guided by the Association’s strategic plan.  The Legislative Assembly shall exercise fiduciary responsibility over the affairs of NCA and is responsible for the overall strategic direction and policymaking of the Association (new Bylaws Article III, Section 3).

Expectations: The Legislative Assembly meets as a body each year in tandem with NCA’s annual convention and is the principal policy making body of the Association.  There is typically a full afternoon session the day before the convention begins, as well as a shorter morning session on Saturday.  Additional work is completed electronically throughout the year. Officers, directors, trustees (the LA and its EC who are listed on the IRS Form 990), key employees, substantial contributors or employees thereof, and grant selection committee members are not eligible to receive grants from NCA. General duties and responsibilities for members of the Legislative Assembly include:

  • attending the Legislative Assembly meetings held during the Annual Convention and
  • reviewing, deliberating, and voting in respect to Association matters as brought forth to the Legislative Assembly.

Qualifications: Nominees can be at any stage of their professional lives. LA Directors (formally LA Elected At-Large Members) represent emerging interests and critical problems and to achieve a balanced representation of teaching levels, ethnic and minority group interests, sex, age, and academic status.

Selection Process: Nominations for each position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments.

Nomination Materials: Submit all materials as described in the “Required Nomination Materials” section above by September 1. 


One Chair position to serve a one-year term starting in January 2018

One At-Large Member position appointed by the Legislative Assembly to serve a one-year term starting in January 2018

Eight At-Large Members selected by the Committee on Committees to be placed on the Association’s general election ballot in January 2018, when four will be elected to serve a one-year term starting in January 2019.

The Nominating Committee is responsible for preparing a slate for the election of the Second Vice President, the At-Large Directors of the Legislative Assembly, and the At-Large Members of the Committee on Committees.

Expectations: The Nominating Committee is tasked with recruiting potential nominees as well as reviewing and narrowing the slate of nominees who will eventually appear on the general ballot. The committee meets once in person for an orientation session during the Annual Convention the November before their official term starts, but most work is completed electronically in the spring and summer of their term year.

Qualifications: Nominees for chair should be senior members of the association with a long history of service to NCA.  Nominees for At-Large positions can be at any stage of their professional lives. 

Officers of the Association and members who have served on the Nominating Committee during the preceding five years shall be ineligible to serve on the Nominating Committee. This provision shall not apply to members named by regional associations represented on the Legislative Assembly, the Affirmative Action and Intercaucus Committee Chair, or the Interest Group representatives (current NCA Bylaws Article IV, Section 2.1; no such provision in new Bylaws).

Selection Process: Nominations for chair are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendation of the Committee on Committees is then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments.

Nominations for the at-large positions are reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. At-Large Members are selected in two different ways.  First, among the pool of nominees, the Committee on Committees will recommend one nominee to the LA who will formally appoint this person to the committee. Second, the Committee on Committees will also select eight nominees to be placed on the general NCA election ballot where the four with the highest number of votes will be elected to serve a one-year term.

Nomination Materials: Submit all materials as described in the “Required Nomination Materials” section above by September 1. 


(Formerly Finance Board)

One Position, a member with senior administration experience, to serve a three-year term (third year as Committee Chair) starting in January 2018

The Finance Committee is responsible for providing guidance and information to the Legislative Assembly on the financial affairs of the Association, and shall have such other responsibilities as are established from time to time by the Legislative Assembly or Executive Committee of the Legislative Assembly.

Expectations: In addition to meeting the responsibilities of the Finance Committee, committee members serve on the Legislative Assembly and its Executive Committee (with voting rights on both bodies). As members of the Executive Committee, Finance Committee members are expected to attend three meetings in the Washington, DC area each year (travel expenses covered by NCA) as well as an Executive Committee meeting and the Legislative Assembly meeting at the NCA Annual Convention each year. Finance Committee members meet for an additional day preceding each of the three DC Executive Committee meetings, and otherwise convene via conference calls and communicate electronically. Finance Committee members fulfill all standard responsibilities of non-profit Board members. All EC members are asked to contribute to the NCA Annual Fund, though there is no minimum giving level. All new EC members are expected to attend an EC orientation.

Qualifications: The committee follows a rotation whereby it replaces an outgoing member with someone who has a similar profile (i.e., senior administrator replaced with senior administrator, mid-career person replaced with mid-career person). Given the complexity of the work on which the Finance Committee focuses, the committee is committed to having two of its three members with substantial senior administrative and financial experience.  This includes, for example, people who have current or past experience as college president/chancellor, provost/VPAA, or CFO.  As the committee is also committed to diversity of experience and wants to ensure people at earlier career stages have an opportunity to participate in the association at this level, one member of the Finance Committee is typically someone who is mid-career with an interest in administration and some relevant experience.

In 2017, the committee seeks a member with senior administration experience.

Selection Process: To be considered for nomination, all nomination materials must first be submitted to the Committee on Committees via the instructions in the Required Nomination Materials section above. Potential nominees are encouraged to also contact the committee chair to express interest in the position by CCing the council chair when materials are submitted to nomination@natcom.org.

According to the current and new NCA Bylaws, all nominees for council positions are considered by both the Council and Committee on Committees. The Council’s recommendations are considered by the Committee on Committees who then presents recommendations to the Legislative Assembly for final approval.

For more information and/or to discuss interest in this position, please contact the current Finance Board Director (who will be known as the Finance Committee Chair) Orlando Taylor at otaylor@fielding.edu

Nomination Materials: Submit all materials as described in the “Required Nomination Materials” section above by September 1. 


(Formerly Publications Board)

Two Positions, one with a background in humanistic methods and critical/cultural studies research, and one with a background in humanistic methods and rhetoric and public address, for three-year terms starting in January 2018

The Publications Council (formerly Publications Board) is responsible for supporting the Association’s publishing program, including recommending editors to the Legislative Assembly for the Association’s Journals and filling Journal editor vacancies as necessary.

Expectations: Council members meet in-person twice each year, once near Washington, DC in February (travel expenses covered by NCA) and once during the NCA Annual Convention. Throughout the year, the council convenes via conference calls and communicates electronically.

Qualifications: Given the need to identify and recruit new editors for each of NCA’s 11 scholarly journals as these positions become vacant, as well as the desire to continuously improve the journals’ quality and operational excellence, the Publications Council is committed to having senior scholar members who enjoy high visibility in the field and have editorial experience. This includes, for example, people who have served as Editor of one of NCA’s journals in the past. 

Because the journals cover a wide range of Communication-related subjects, the Council is also committed to ensuring diversity among its membership in terms of subject expertise.  Additionally, the Council seeks to ensure a mixture of humanities and social science perspectives reflected in its composition.

This year the council seeks two members, one with a background in humanistic methods and critical/cultural studies research, and one with a background in humanistic methods and rhetoric and public address.

Selection Process: To be considered for nomination, all nomination materials must first be submitted to the Committee on Committees via the instructions in the Required Nomination Materials section above. Potential nominees are encouraged to also contact the council chair to express interest in the position by CCing the council chair when materials are submitted to nomination@natcom.org.

According to the current and new NCA Bylaws, all nominees for council positions are considered by both the Council and Committee on Committees. The Council’s recommendations are considered by the Committee on Committees who then presents recommendations to the Legislative Assembly for final approval.

For more information and/or to discuss interest in these positions, please contact current Publications Board Director (who will be known as the Publication Council Chair) Bonnie Dow at bonnie.j.dow@Vanderbilt.edu.  

Nomination Materials: Submit all materials as described in the “Required Nomination Materials” section above by September 1.  


One year as chair-elect beginning in January 2018, followed by a three-year term as chair beginning in January 2019

The Publications Council (formerly Publications Board) is responsible for supporting the Association’s publishing program, including recommending editors to the Legislative Assembly for the Association’s Journals and filling Journal editor vacancies as necessary.

Expectations: The Chair serves as a member of the council, which meets in-person twice each year, once near Washington, DC in February (travel expenses covered by NCA) and once during the NCA Annual Convention. Throughout the year, the council convenes via conference calls and communicates electronically.

The chair-elect will shadow the current director for one year beginning in January 2018 and will begin the 3 year term as chair in January 2019. The chair-elect will work with the current director, who is responsible for directing and coordinating the work of the board and representing the board on the NCA Executive Committee.

The chair not only leads the council, but also serves on the Legislative Assembly and its Executive Committee. As a member of the Executive Committee, the council chair is expected to attend three meetings in the Washington, DC area each year (travel expenses covered by NCA) as well as an Executive Committee meeting and the Legislative Assembly meeting at the NCA Annual Convention each year. The Chair fulfills all standard responsibilities of a non-profit board member. All EC members are asked to contribute to the NCA Annual Fund, though there is no minimum giving level. All new EC members are expected to attend an EC orientation.

Qualifications: Nominees should be highly visible scholars well-advanced in their careers with a strong record of research excellence. The ideal candidate for Publications Council Chair has served previously as a member of the Publications Council (formerly the Publications Board) and has administrative and editing experience.  In keeping with tradition, the Chair position alternates between a humanistic scholar and a social scientific scholar, thus a social scientific scholar is preferred for this term.

Nominees should be mid-career or beyond with a strong record of research excellence. Some administrative experience and/or past service on the council is preferred, but not required.

Selection Process: To be considered for nomination, all nomination materials must first be submitted to the Committee on Committees via the instructions in the Required Nomination Materials section above. Potential nominees are encouraged to also contact the council chair to express interest in the position by CCing the council chair when materials are submitted to nomination@natcom.org.

According to the current and new NCA Bylaws, all nominees for council positions are considered by both the Council and Committee on Committees. The Council’s recommendations are considered by the Committee on Committees who then presents recommendations to the Legislative Assembly for final approval.

For more information and/or to discuss interest in these positions, please contact current Publications Board Director (who will be known as the Publications Council Chair) Bonnie Dow at bonnie.j.dow@Vanderbilt.edu.  

Nomination Materials: Submit all materials as described in the “Required Nomination Materials” section above by September 1.  


(Formerly Research Board)

Two Positions, two positions with backgrounds in the social sciences (qualitative, quantitative, and/or mixed methods), for three-year terms starting in January 2018

The Research Council (formerly the Research Board) is responsible for supporting the creation and dissemination of knowledge about communication.

Expectations: Council members meet in-person twice each year, once near Washington, DC in February (travel expenses covered by NCA) and once during the NCA Annual Convention. Throughout the year, the Board convenes via conference calls and communicates electronically.

Qualifications: As the Research Council is committed to diversity of experience and intellectual pursuit, the Board typically seeks representatives from the broad range of research and methodologies in the Communication discipline. Nominees should be mid-career or beyond with a strong record of research excellence.

The Council follows a rotation whereby it seeks to replace an outgoing member with someone who has a similar research profile and/or who complements and supports the diversity of perspectives and research trajectories on the existing Council. 

This year the council is looking for those with backgrounds in the social sciences (qualitative, quantitative, and/or mixed methods).

Selection Process: To be considered for nomination, all nomination materials must first be submitted to the Committee on Committees via the instructions in the Required Nomination Materials section above. Potential nominees are encouraged to also contact the council chair to express interest in the position by CCing the council chair when materials are submitted to nomination@natcom.org.

According to the current and new NCA Bylaws, all nominees for council positions are considered by both the Council and Committee on Committees. The Council’s recommendations are considered by the Committee on Committees who then presents recommendations to the Legislative Assembly for final approval.

For more information and/or to discuss interest in these positions, please contact current Research Board Director (who will be known as the Research Council Chair) Mindy Fenske at mindy.fenske@gmail.com

Nomination Materials: Submit all materials as described in the “Required Nomination Materials” section above by September 1. 


(Formerly the Educational Policies Board)

Educational Policies Board Members

Two Positions, one for a member from a 4-year college/university and one for a member from a community college; both to serve three-year terms starting in January 2018

The Teaching and Learning Council (formerly the Educational Policies Board) is responsible for supporting disciplinary pedagogy through facilitation of professional development opportunities for communication educators and through dissemination efforts beyond the discipline.

Expectations: Council members meet in-person twice each year, once near Washington, DC in February (travel expenses covered by NCA) and once during the NCA Annual Convention. Throughout the year, the Council convenes via conference calls and communicates electronically.

Qualifications: The Teaching and Learning Council seeks members who are interested primarily in working towards the mission of the council. To that end, the Council is particularly interested in representation by those with a demonstrated background and interest in communication and instruction, including an understanding of research in teaching and learning and a commitment to learner-centered pedagogy; a strong record of teaching; and an active involvement in NCA.

The Council is strongly committed to ensuring that there is member representation from community college, basic course, and K-12.

This year, the Council seeks to fill two positions, one for a member working at a 4-year college/university and one for a member working at a community college.

Nominees should be mid-career or beyond with demonstrated commitment to communication education, service to the discipline, and innovative thinking.

Selection Process: To be considered for nomination, all nomination materials must first be submitted to the Committee on Committees via the instructions in the Required Nomination Materials section above. Potential nominees are encouraged to also contact the council chair to express interest in the position by CCing the council chair when materials are submitted to nomination@natcom.org.

According to the current and new NCA Bylaws, all nominees for council positions are considered by both the Council and Committee on Committees. The Council’s recommendations are considered by the Committee on Committees who then presents recommendations to the Legislative Assembly for final approval.

For more information and/or to discuss interest in these positions, please contact current Educational Policies Board Director (who will be known as the Teaching and Learning Council Chair) Scott Myers at scott.myers@mail.wvu.edu.

Nomination Materials: Submit all materials as described in the “Required Nomination Materials” section above by September 1. 


(formerly the Affirmative Action & Intercaucus Committee)
Position not open until 2019. Next call to be posted in 2018.


Two Positions to serve three-year terms starting in January 2018

The Resolutions Committee is responsible for reviewing the proposed public statements and providing related recommendations to the Legislative Assembly.

Expectations: The Resolutions Committee receives, reviews, edits, and recommends action on public statements brought for consideration before the Legislative Assembly. The Committee convenes via conference calls and communicates electronically.

Qualifications: Nominees must be current members of the Legislative Assembly.

Selection Process: Nominations for each position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments.

Nomination Materials: Submit all materials as described in the “Required Nomination Materials” section above by September 1. 


(Formerly the Convention Member Working Committee)

Two Positions, one member from a doctoral education program and one student member, to serve a three-year term starting in January 2018

The Convention Committee (formerly the Convention Member Working Committee) is now a standing committee of NCA and is responsible for providing recommendations on issues related to convention locations.

Expectations: Working the NCA National Office convention staff, the committee meets in person once each year during the NCA Annual Convention. Throughout the year, the committee may communicate via electronic means.

The committee is comprised of a Chair and five member elected by the Legislative Assembly from a slate of candidates develop by the Committee on Committee. The Chair shall be selected from among the first and second year members of the committee to serve a term of one year.

Qualifications: The committee seeks to keep a balance of representation of members from various institution types, career stages, and geographic locations. The Committee on Committees also considers seriously NCA’s diversity and inclusion goals when identifying potential members.

In 2017, the Committee on Committee seeks one member from an institution with a communication doctoral education program and one member currently enrolled in a graduate program.

Selection Process: Nominations for the position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments.

Nomination Materials: Submit all materials as described in the “Required Nomination Materials” section above by September 1.


Award Selection Committee Positions

One Position to serve a three-year term starting in January 2018

The Bernard J. Brommel Award for Outstanding Scholarship or Distinguished Service in Family Communication recognizes outstanding scholarship or distinguished service in family communication. The purpose of the award is to recognize an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the area of family communication. This contribution may include research published in scholarly publications or leadership in instructional areas. Scholarship is broadly defined to include the spectrum of scholarly writing found in articles published in any journal or by members publishing in major research journals sponsored by other associations or organizations, or in book or monograph form.

This award can also be given to someone who has made an outstanding contribution over a period of years to Family Communication through leadership, teaching, or promoting the area of Family Communication at the local, regional, or national level. The award also can be given to someone who combines both scholarly contributions with instructional leadership.

Expectations: Committee members are responsible for disseminating the award nomination call to ensure full dissemination. Additionally, Committee members review, evaluate, deliberate, and select a winner as prescribed by the individual award guidelines. Committee Chairs are responsible for coordinating the work of the Selection Committee and ensuring all deadlines are met. The Selection Committee works electronically from January to August.

A member will be appointed for a three-year term and will serve as Committee Chair during the third year.

Qualifications: Nominees should be at the mid-career stage or beyond and focused on teaching/researching in family communication.

Selection Process: Nominations for the position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments.

Nomination Materials: Submit all materials as described in the “Required Nomination Materials” section above by September 1. 


Two positions, two members for three year terms, starting in January 2018.

The Diamond Anniversary Book Award honors the most outstanding scholarly book published during the previous two years. Starting with the 2017 award, only books published in the preceding year will be eligible for the award. The Selection Committee evaluates books for the generation of research judged to be critical to the discipline of communication; dedication to excellence in the conception and method guiding the analysis; the presentation of findings which generate new insights and understandings regarding communication; and explicit sensitivity to the potential uses and value of the analysis for others in areas such as research, teaching, and application.

Expectations: Committee members are responsible for disseminating the award nomination call to ensure full dissemination. Additionally, Committee members review, evaluate, deliberate, and select a winner as prescribed by the individual award guidelines. Committee Chairs are responsible for coordinating the work of the Selection Committee and ensuring all deadlines are met. The Selection Committee works electronically from January to August.

The Selection Committee is comprised of six members. Two members will be appointed for a three-year term (2018-2020) that begins in January 2018. Beginning in 2018, the Committee on Committees will select the chair from among the second year members to chair the committee in his or her third year.

Qualifications: Nominees should be at mid-career stage or beyond.

Selection Process: Nominations for the position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments.

Nomination Materials: Submit all materials as described in the “Required Nomination Materials” section above by September 1.


Two Positions to serve a three-year term starting in January 2018

The Donald P. Cushman Memorial Award was created to honor Dr. Cushman, an influential figure in the field of communication. The award is designed to recognize Cushman’s mentorship of students, which centered around excellence in scholarship, as well as students’ socialization as scholars in the communication discipline. The award honors the top-ranked student-authored paper from all NCA Interest Groups that competitively rank papers for programming at the NCA Annual Convention.

Expectations: Committee members are responsible for disseminating the award nomination call to ensure full dissemination. Additionally, Committee members review, evaluate, deliberate, and select a winner as prescribed by the individual award guidelines. Committee Chairs are responsible for coordinating the work of the Selection Committee and ensuring all deadlines are met. The Selection Committee works electronically from January to August.

Members will be appointed to serve three-year terms.

Qualifications: Nominees must hold a doctoral degree, have faculty status, and be able to demonstrate relevant experience in evaluating advanced student scholarship.

Selection Process: Nominations for each position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments.

Nomination Materials: Submit all materials as described in the “Required Nomination Materials” section above by September 1.


One Position to serve a three-year term starting in January 2018

The Douglas W. Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award honors scholars who have executed research programs in rhetorical theory, rhetorical criticism, and/or public address studies. The award is given to a person, who, through multiple publications and presentations around a rhetorical topic or theme, demonstrates intellectual creativity, perseverance, and impact on academic communities.

Expectations: Committee members are responsible for disseminating the award nomination call to ensure full dissemination. Additionally, Committee members review, evaluate, deliberate, and select a winner as prescribed by the individual award guidelines. Committee Chairs are responsible for coordinating the work of the Selection Committee and ensuring all deadlines are met. The Selection Committee works electronically from January to August.

A member will be appointed for a three-year term and will serve as Committee Chair during the third year.

Qualifications: Nominees should be at the mid-career stage or beyond and have experience with a research program in rhetorical theory, rhetorical criticism, and/or public address studies.

Selection Process: Nominations for the position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments.

Nomination Materials: Submit all materials as described in the “Required Nomination Materials” section above by September 1.


One Position to serve a three-year term starting in January 2018

The Franklyn S. Haiman Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Freedom of Expression honors outstanding published research on freedom of expression. The body of scholarship that has appeared in the First Amendment Studies (formerly known as Free Speech Yearbook) broadly defines the spectrum of eligible scholarship. While First Amendment Studies serves as a model for defining the scope of eligible scholarship, the award may also recognize published scholarship in other journals, books, or monographs. The content criteria to be used for the award selection procedures include the vitality and importance of the subject; the calculated impact of the study upon its audience; the quality of composition; and the enduring value of the scholarship.

Expectations: Committee members are responsible for disseminating the award nomination call to ensure full dissemination. Additionally, Committee members review, evaluate, deliberate, and select a winner as prescribed by the individual award guidelines. Committee Chairs are responsible for coordinating the work of the Selection Committee and ensuring all deadlines are met. The Selection Committee works electronically from January to August.

A member will be appointed for a three-year term and will serve as Committee Chair during the third year.

Qualifications: Nominees should be at the mid-career stage or beyond and engaged in teaching/research in freedom of expression. The editor of First Amendment Studies is ineligible to serve on the Selection Committee during his or her term as editor.

Selection Process: Nominations for the position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments.

Nomination Materials: Submit all materials as described in the “Required Nomination Materials” section above by September 1.


One Position to serve a three-year term starting in January 2018

The Gerald M. Phillips Award for Distinguished Applied Communication Scholarship honors the author of a body of published research and creative scholarship in applied communication. The body of scholarship recognized by the award is broadly defined to include the spectrum of scholarship expressed by the Journal of Applied Communication Research, but only as a model for defining the scope of the award. The body of scholarship recognized by the award may be published in any journal, book, or monograph, or published in other than print media, such as but not limited to film, video tape, audio tape, or radio.

Expectations: Committee members are responsible for disseminating the award nomination call to ensure full dissemination. Additionally, Committee members review, evaluate, deliberate, and select a winner as prescribed by the individual award guidelines. Committee Chairs are responsible for coordinating the work of the Selection Committee and ensuring all deadlines are met. The Selection Committee works electronically from January to August.

A member will be appointed for a three-year term and will serve as Committee Chair during the third year.

Qualifications: Nominees should be at the mid-career stage or beyond and engaged in teaching/research in applied communication.

Selection Process: Nominations for the position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments.

Nomination Materials: Submit all materials as described in the “Required Nomination Materials” section above by September 1.


Three Positions to serve two-year terms starting in January 2018

The Golden Anniversary Monograph Award honors the most outstanding scholarly monograph published during the previous calendar year in any of the areas of the speech communication arts and sciences.

Expectations: Committee members are responsible for disseminating the award nomination call to ensure full dissemination. Additionally, Committee members review, evaluate, deliberate, and select a winner as prescribed by the individual award guidelines. Committee Chairs are responsible for coordinating the work of the Selection Committee and ensuring all deadlines are met. The Selection Committee works electronically from January to August.

Three members will be appointed for two-year terms. The Committee on Committees recommends to the Legislative Assembly a Chair from the three members serving in their second year.

Qualifications: Nominees should be at the mid-career stage or beyond.

Selection Process: Nominations for the position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments.

Nomination Materials: Submit all materials as described in the “Required Nomination Materials” section above by September 1.


One Position to serve a three-year term starting in January 2018

The Karl R. Wallace Memorial Award honors a scholar who fosters and promotes philosophical, historical, or critical scholarship in rhetoric and public discourse. The award honors scholars who have completed the Ph.D. within the past 10 years, or who are well advanced in doctoral studies in rhetoric and public address.

Expectations: Committee members are responsible for disseminating the award nomination call to ensure full dissemination. Additionally, Committee members review, evaluate, deliberate, and select a winner as prescribed by the individual award guidelines. Committee Chairs are responsible for coordinating the work of the selection committee and ensuring all deadlines are met. The Selection Committee works electronically from January to August.

A member will be appointed for a three-year term and will serve as Committee Chair during the third year.

Qualifications: Nominees should be at the mid-career stage or beyond.

Selection Process: Nominations for the position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments.

Nomination Materials: Submit all materials as described in the “Required Nomination Materials” section above by September 1.


One Position to serve a three-year term starting in January 2018

The Leslie Irene Coger Award for Distinguished Performance honors a person who has contributed an outstanding body of live performances throughout one’s career. The award may be given to directors, producers, teachers, or performers. The award will normally be given for a body of performance or an outstanding career in performance. It may in exceptional cases be given to performers of a single or a smaller body of performance.

Expectations: Committee members are responsible for disseminating the award nomination call to ensure full dissemination. Additionally, Committee members review, evaluate, deliberate, and select a winner as prescribed by the individual award guidelines. Committee Chairs are responsible for coordinating the work of the Selection Committee and ensuring all deadlines are met. The Selection Committee works electronically from January to August.

One member will be appointed for a three-year term and will serve as Committee Chair during the third year.

Qualifications: Nominees should be at the mid-career stage or beyond with experience in performance.

Selection Process: Nominations for the position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments.

Nomination Materials: Submit all materials as described in the “Required Nomination Materials” section above by September 1.


One Position to serve a three-year term starting in January 2018

The Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance Studies honors outstanding scholarship in interpretation and performance studies. The scholarship recognized by the award is to be broadly defined to include the spectrum of scholarship expressed by Text and Performance Quarterly. While TPQ is to serve as a model for defining the scope of the award, the scholarship recognized by the award may be published in any journal, book, or monograph, or published in other than print media, such as but not limited to live performance, film, video tape, photography, audio tape, and radio.

Expectations: Committee members are responsible for disseminating the award nomination call to ensure full dissemination. Additionally, Committee members review, evaluate, deliberate, and select a winner as prescribed by the individual award guidelines. Committee Chairs are responsible for coordinating the work of the Selection Committee and ensuring all deadlines are met. The Selection Committee works electronically from January to August.

One member will be appointed for a three-year term and will serve as Committee Chair during the third year.

Qualifications: Nominees should be at the mid-career stage or beyond and engaged in interpretation and performance.

Selection Process: Nominations for the position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments.

Nomination Materials: Submit all materials as described in the “Required Nomination Materials” section above by September 1.


One Position, a member from a two-year or four-year college, to serve a three year term starting in January 2018

The Marcella E. Oberle Award for Outstanding Teaching in Grades K-12 recognizes teachers in kindergarten through senior high school level who have exhibited both outstanding teaching and a commitment to the communication profession. The nominee must be considered "an outstanding teacher" by supervisors, colleagues, and students and must be committed to high standards and quality education and utilize innovative and/or exemplary teaching practices. The nominee also is expected to perform community service activities, contribute favorably to the speech communication profession, and have helped make speech communication an integral part of his/her school district.

Expectations: Committee members are responsible for disseminating the award nomination call to ensure full dissemination. Additionally, Committee members review, evaluate, deliberate, and select a winner as prescribed by the individual award guidelines. Committee Chairs are responsible for coordinating the work of the Selection Committee and ensuring all deadlines are met. The Selection Committee works electronically from January to August.

One member will be appointed for a three-year term.

Qualifications: In 2017, the Committee on Committee seeks a two-year or four-year college teacher with a minimum of five years of teaching experience who is also familiar with K–12 teaching.

Selection Process: Nominations for the position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments.

Nomination Materials: Submit all materials as described in the “Required Nomination Materials” section above by September 1.


Two Positions to serve two-year terms starting in January 2018

The Mark L. Knapp Award in Interpersonal Communication recognizes career contributions to the study of interpersonal communication.  The award recognizes individuals who have made significant scholarly contributions to the study of interaction and/or relational processes.  Honorees will have also contributed to the quality of interpersonal communication through active involvement in the discipline, significant mentoring of students, and/or public service focused on interpersonal communication.

Expectations: Committee members are responsible for disseminating the award nomination call to ensure full dissemination. Additionally, Committee members review, evaluate, deliberate, and select a winner as prescribed by the individual award guidelines. Committee Chairs are responsible for coordinating the work of the Selection Committee and ensuring all deadlines are met. The Selection Committee works electronically from January to August.

Two members will be appointed for two-year terms.

Qualifications: Nominees should be at the mid-career stage or beyond and be recognized leaders in the study of interpersonal communication and well-acquainted with the broad scope of scholarship in the area.

Selection Process: Nominations for each position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees, with the advice of the Interpersonal Communication Division Immediate Past Chair. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments.

Nomination Materials: Submit all materials as described in the “Required Nomination Materials” section above by September 1.

For more information and/or to discuss interest in these positions, please contact Interpersonal Communication Division Immediate Past Chair Jennifer Theiss at jtheiss@rutgers.edu.


One Position to serve a three year term starting in January 2018

The Michael and Suzanne Osborn Community College Outstanding Educator Award honors an NCA member who has made an outstanding contribution to education at community colleges, and who exemplifies excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service to the communication profession.

Expectations: Committee members are responsible for disseminating the award nomination call to ensure full dissemination. Additionally, Committee members review, evaluate, deliberate, and select a winner as prescribed by the individual award guidelines. Committee chairs are responsible for coordinating the work of the Selection Committee and ensuring all deadlines are met. The Selection Committee works electronically from January to August.

One member will be appointed for a three-year term and will serve as Committee Chair during the third year.

Qualifications: Nominees should be at any stage of their professional lives and have experience in teaching at community colleges.

Selection Process: Nominations for the position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments.

Nomination Materials: Submit all materials as described in the “Required Nomination Materials” section above by September 1.


Three Positions to serve one-year terms starting in January 2018

The Professional Service Awards Committee selects the recipients of the Robert J. Kibler Memorial Award and the Samuel L. Becker Distinguished Service Award. Both awards honor members who have demonstrated excellence, commitment, and service to the Association and the discipline.

The Robert J. Kibler Memorial Award honors those who have epitomized the qualities of Robert Kibler’s professional and personal life, including dedication to excellence, commitment to the profession, concern for others, a vision of what could be, acceptance of diversity, and forthrightness.

The Samuel L. Becker Distinguished Service Award honors a person who has made the greatest contribution to the Association and the profession during her or his career. The contributions may be in research, teaching, or service. In most cases, the selected honorees have made outstanding contributions in all three areas.

Expectations: Committee members are responsible for disseminating the award nomination call to ensure full dissemination. Additionally, Committee members review, evaluate, deliberate, and select a winner as prescribed by the individual award guidelines. Committee Chairs are responsible for coordinating the work of the Selection Committee and ensuring all deadlines are met. The Selection Committee works electronically from January to August.

Three members are appointed for one-year terms. The Committee Chair will be nominated by the Committee on Committees from among the three selected Committee members.

Qualifications: Nominees should be at senior stages in their professional lives with long service to NCA. Members of the Selection Committee are often, but not always, former officers of the Association and/or recipients of the award.

Selection Process: Nominations for the position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments.

Nomination Materials: Submit all materials as described in the “Required Nomination Materials” section above by September 1.


One Position to serve a three-year term starting in January 2018

The Stephen E. Lucas Debut Publication Award honors new scholars in the communication discipline who have published their first scholarly book or monograph. Honored scholars are selected on the basis of the highest standards of academic rigor. Submissions address any area of communication research and may employ any methodology. Submissions are judged on their ability to open new fields of research for the discipline, for their potential to influence research in a particular area of the discipline, and/or for their potential to become standard reading for scholars in the discipline.

Expectations: Committee members are responsible for disseminating the award nomination call to ensure full dissemination. Additionally, Committee members review, evaluate, deliberate, and select a winner as prescribed by the individual award guidelines. Committee Chairs are responsible for coordinating the work of the Selection Committee and ensuring all deadlines are met. The Selection Committee works electronically from January to August.

One member will be appointed for a three-year term and will serve as Committee Chair during the third year.

Qualifications: Nominees should be at the mid-career stage or beyond and represent a diversity of scholarly methods and substantive interest.

Selection Process: Nominations for the position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments.

Nomination Materials: Submit all materials as described in the “Required Nomination Materials” section above by September 1.


Other Committee Positions

One Position for a member representing the eastern region of the United States to serve a four-year term starting in January 2018

The Committee on International Discussion and Debate promotes international understanding and the practice of communication through discussion and debates between students from the United States and other nations. The program seeks to broaden the scope of international educational and cultural exchanges by providing a channel for the exchange of ideas and attitudes among students and young people in America and throughout the world; make possible informal meetings among students, college and university personnel, and the general citizenry of participating countries; facilitate the exchange of information and ideas about the educational systems of the countries involved; reinforce the importance of dialogue as a preferred means for resolving international and intercultural differences; maintain and enhance the ties between the National Communication Association and forensics organizations, forensics programs, and their sponsoring academic departments throughout the United States; and provide opportunities to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the discipline of communication both in other nations and in the United States.

Qualifications: Nominees should be at the mid-stage level or beyond in their careers. Four members represent the four regions of the nation (East, West, South and Central). Each member serves a four-year term. Most of the work of this committee is done electronically throughout the year.

Selection Process: Nominations for the position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The Committee on Committees will consult with the Committee on International Discussion and Debate during the selection process. The Committee on Committees will then make a recommendation to the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments. Please see above for detailed instructions on how to submit formal nominations for this position.

Nomination Materials: Submit all materials as described in the “Required Nomination Materials” section above by September 1.

For more information and/or to discuss interest in this position, please contact CIDD Chair John Kephart at csundebate@gmail.com.  


Four Positions to serve three-year terms beginning in January 2018

The purpose of the Doctoral Education Committee is to promote the highest standards of communication scholarship through excellence in doctoral education. The Committee works in collaboration with the Research Council (formerly the Research Board), Teaching and Learning Council (formerly the Educational Policies Board), and other Association bodies as appropriate.

Expectations: The Committee convenes once a year in person during the Annual Convention, while most other work of this Committee is done through electronic means throughout the year.

Qualifications: Nominees should be at the mid-career stage or beyond at a doctoral program. Members are selected with the intent of maintaining a Committee that is representative of doctoral programs geographically, intellectually, and in other appropriate ways.

Selection Process: Nominations for each position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees, with advice from the Doctoral Education Committee. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments.

Nomination Materials: Submit all materials as described in the “Required Nomination Materials” section above by September 1.

For more information and/or to discuss interest in these positions, please contact Doctoral Education Committee Chair Sandra Faulkner at slf62000@yahoo.com.  


One Position to serve a three-year term starting in January 2018

The Leathers Memorial Fund is a grant selection committee who reviews funding requests for projects to support communication scholarship in Eastern Europe that are funded by the Dale G. Leathers Memorial Fund to Promote Communication Studies in Emerging Democracies. For more information, visit www.natcom.org/LeathersFund/.

Expectations: Committee members are charged with devising general criteria for judging proposals, for selecting the designees of the fund, and for establishing any priorities for operationalizing the purposes of the Fund, intended to support communication scholarship in Eastern Europe. All of the work of the Committee is done electronically. Members serve three-year terms.

Qualifications: Nominees should be at the mid-career stage or beyond and have an interest in promoting communication teaching and research in Eastern Europe.

Selection Process: Nominations for each position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments.

Nomination Materials: Submit all materials as described in the “Required Nomination Materials” section above by September 1.