2024 NCA Institute for Faculty Development - Extended

February 15, 2024

Call for Host Proposals 

The 2024 NCA Institute for Faculty Development

Also known as the “Hope Conference,” the NCA Institute for Faculty Development is an event held each July to help undergraduate faculty stay abreast of ongoing changes and issues in Communication theory and research. This five-day conference offers participants an opportunity to network with fellow undergraduate scholar-teachers and learn from, and with, leading scholars in the field.

Originally aimed at attracting faculty from smaller colleges and universities, the NCA Institute for Faculty Development has been hosted by Hope College (Holland, MI), Randolph-Macon College (Ashland, VA), and Denison University (Granville, OH) and the University of Nevada, Reno (online).

The Institute is normally held annually at a selected host institution. As many as 50-60 participants are chosen through a competitive application process. Attendees should assume that they will need to pay for their own travel to the Institute as well as those expenses not paid for by the host institution, about which attendees will be informed.

Proposals are being accepted for hosting upcoming iterations of the NCA Institute for Faculty Development. Proposals for one-, two-, and three-year hosts will be accepted. Preference will be given to colleges and universities with the ability to host the Institute for multiple years. Hosts will receive $16,500 each host year from NCA (subject to Legislative Assembly approval) to cover event costs. Please see the “Event Description and Host Expectations” section below for a general description of the Institute and expectations of hosts.


Proposal Components

Colleges and universities interested in hosting the NCA Institute for Faculty Development should complete a proposal for review by the NCA-IFD Review Committee. Proposal deadlines can be found at the end of this document. Proposals should contain the following: 

  1. A cover letter with the name of the college/university, name of proposal submitter, and contact information for submitter. 
  2. A narrative of no more than 5 pages that addresses the following: 
    1. Rationale, aligned with NCA’s strategic plan, for hosting the NCA Institute for Faculty Development.
    2. Resources currently available for hosting the NCA Institute for Faculty Development (e.g., campus housing, cafeteria/nearby dining options, bus transportation between housing, sessions, and meals if necessary, staff availability). 
    3. Tentative list of topics (inc. learning outcomes) to be covered by session facilitators, including IDEA topics. Topics should be aligned with NCA’s strategic plan.
    4. Tentative list of 20 diverse possible session facilitators with affiliations and email addresses. 
    5. Principal organizer and abbreviated CV that includes affiliation, phone number, and email address. 
    6. List of any co-organizers and/or key staff involved in the planning, organization, or management of the event, along with their roles in the event, affiliations, phone numbers, and email addresses. 
    7. Expected number of participants. 
    8. Marketing plan (website, flyers, emails, targeted messaging, etc.) with deadlines, ensuring that an optimally diverse audience is reached with Institute information. 
    9. Plan for developing a registration site and promotion of registration with deadlines. 
  3. A detailed budget explaining how NCA funds will be used, any participant costs expected (registration fee, lodging, meals, etc.), and any matching funds available (if applicable).


Event Description and Host Expectations

The NCA Institute for Faculty Development is typically formatted as a five-day event, with sessions beginning on Monday and ending on Friday. Some previous hosts have chosen to open check-in and hold an opening session on Sunday evening. Monday through Friday, participants are expected to attend sessions. There are typically six sessions held over three time periods, meaning two sessions are always held concurrently. Sessions last between 2 and 3 hours each, and usually occur during the following times: 9 am – 11 am; 1 pm – 3 pm, and 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm. Some previous hosts have begun each morning with a breakfast lecture from a facilitator. Participants choose to attend two of the offered seminars, based on their topic preference. Traditionally, the Institute has a “Scholar in Residence,” a faculty member who meets with participants in a mentoring/coaching role but who does not facilitate a session. The “Scholar in Residence” should be accessible throughout the day while also making time for scheduled meetings if participants request meetings. Breakfast and lunch should be planned as a group and social events may be built into the evenings.
It is expected that hosts will be engaged with their NCA liaison throughout the planning process. Processes and expectations will be explained in further detail during a planning meeting between the host and NCA liaison. Host expectations include, but are not limited to, the following Plan and follow-up steps:

  1. Locating on-campus or off-campus housing for the event. 
  2. Creating a meal plan for the duration of the event (to include breakfast, lunch, and snacks). 
  3. Identifying seminar topics, diverse faculty facilitators, and the Scholar in Residence, consistent with NCA’s IDEA goals and strategic plan. 
  4. Creating an event program executing topics list and realizing learning outcomes.
  5. IDEA-oriented marketing/promotion, in collaboration with NCA National Office.
  6. Developing a registration site and check-in procedures. 
  7. Providing the names, current addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, and W-9 forms (if applicable) to NCA for payment of facilitators and Scholar in Residence.
  8. Designing, disseminating, and analyzing a participant feedback survey.
  9. Providing a final report within two weeks of the event’s close that lists the names, locations, and affiliations of participants; goals, objectives, and tactics; outcomes; opportunities for improvement; feedback survey results; and final budget figures.

*The NCA National Office also will follow-up with participants over subsequent years after the Retreat regarding its benefits and results.*


Proposal Deadlines

NCA will accept proposals for one-, two-, and three-year hosts. Proposals deadlines are:

  • For hosting the July 2024 Institute for Faculty Development: January 15, 2024
  • For hosting the July 2025 Institute for Faculty Development: October 31, 2024
  • For hosting the July 2026 Institute for Faculty Development: September 30, 2025

*Applicants wishing to submit a multi-year funding proposal need to submit only one proposal.*


Contact Information

To submit an application to host NCA’s Institute for Faculty Development, or for questions about hosting the event, please email Dr. Dane Claussen, NCA Director of Research, Publications, and Professional Advancement at: dclaussen@natcom.org.