Communication Centers Section

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The Communication Centers Section encourages and facilitates the exchange of scholarly and professional knowledge about issues related to communication centers.  Communication centers may serve students, faculty, staff, and members of the local community.  Staffed by undergraduates, graduate students, and/or faculty, centers deliver workshops, tutoring, and self-paced instruction through face-to-face and online methods. Trained consultants or peer tutors may assist students preparing for oral solo or group presentations, interviews, discussions, or debates, for example.

Communication centers aid faculty by providing guidance in the design, preparation, and assessment of speaking assignments. Centers are a valuable resource for individual instructors who want to develop oral communication components. In many cases, the centers are an imperative support system for Communication Across the Curriculum courses and communication department offerings.

Since the NCA 2001 Summer Conference, "Engaging 21st Century Communication Students" established a Communication Lab/Center Strand, annual conferences have offered a collaborative site for a growing number of scholars and administrators to share research and best practices. Anyone is welcome to join this lively and engaging section to further the mission of our communication field.

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2024 Section Leadership

  • Chair: Misty L. KnightShippensburg University
  • Vice Chair: Casey Riesberg, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Vice Chair-Elect: Miranda Rouse, Hampden-Sydney College
  • Immediate Past Chair: Tori McDermott, University of Alaska Fairbanks


2024 NCA Positions

Legislative Assembly

  • Misty L. KnightShippensburg University
  • Casey Riesberg, University of Nebraska at Omaha

NCA Nominating Committee

  • Misty L. KnightShippensburg University

CCS Membership (2013-2024)

Official count taken each January.


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