Registration Information

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  • Access to all convention sessions
  • Access to all convention-wide receptions and events
  • Access to the Exhibit Hall, NCA Career Center, and Graduate School Open House
  • Convention Program
  • The opportunity of a lifetime to network with past, present, and future colleagues

Registration is now open. To receive the discounted member registration rate, membership must be current through Deccember 1. To renew your membership or to join NCA as a member, click the button below.


If your membership is current through December 1, 2020, you are a NCA Life Member, and NCA Retired Member, or you wish to register as a non-member, click the button below.



Early Bird Registration
(applies to all registrations received July - September 18)

Advance Registration
(applies to all registrations received September 19 - November 13)
Regular Registration
(applies to all registrations received after November 13)
NCA Member Rate* $0 $0 $0
Student NCA Member Rate* $0 $0 $0
Non-Member Rate** $500 $550 $600
Life/Retired Member Life and Retired Members must register for the convention even though there is no fee. Life and Retired Members must register for the convention even though there is no fee. Life and Retired Members must register for the convention even though there is no fee.

*To qualify for the member registration rate, your membership must be current past December 1, 2020.

**Persons wishing to register at the non-member rate MUST create a web user account (if they have not already) before registering online. To create an account, click here and follow the instructions for joining as an Individual Member. After creating and saving your profile, return to registration to register as a non-member.

Additional Fees

  • Short Courses are educational or “how-to” courses designed to give attendees skills or knowledge to take back to their institution and implement. Short Courses are held throughout the convention schedule. A list of Short Courses offered will be posted to NCA Convention Central in July. Select Search Program and enter Short Courses as the sponsor. The fee to register for a short course for Regular members and Non-members is $20 per course; $10 per course for student NCA members.

Discounted Registrations

  • Guest Speaker Registration: Attendees who are invited to participate in a session based on their expertise in an area outside of the discipline may receive a complimentary registration with no membership requirement. Guest speakers are people who would not normally attend the convention, and are not nor ever have been members of NCA. Guest Speakers must complete and submit the Guest Speaker Request Form by October 11, 2020.
  • Friends and Family: Spouses, partners, family members or friends - who are outside of the discipline - are welcome at the convention and may register for a flat rate of $50. The Friends and Family registration grants access to all areas, sessions, and events at the convention. This registration type does not apply to individuals who are in the discipline, who are or have been members of NCA, or who are on the convention program. Friends and family must register onsite in the NCA Registration Area.
  • Purchase orders are not accepted as payment.
  • Registrations received, postmarked, or faxed after a posted deadline will be processed at the next rate.
  • A $25 fee will be assessed for returned checks.
  • Refunds will be issued for registration fees (less $25 processing fee) if requested in writing (e-mail by October 25, 2020.

By registering for the convention you are agreeing to the Convention Anti-Harassment Code of Conduct.

The National Communication Association is committed to creating and supporting inclusive, diverse, and equitable communities of practice. We strive to be a welcoming organization and recognize the value of discourse and dialogue. Together, NCA members study all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific, and aesthetic inquiry. We are at our collective best when a wide and diverse array of people, experiences, and ideas, come together. We therefore expect participants at the NCA convention to help create thoughtful and respectful environments where such interactions can take place.

NCA is dedicated to facilitating experiences that are free from all forms of harassment and are inclusive of all people.

Harassment can include use of sexual and/or discriminatory language, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, bullying behavior, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Importantly, certain situations and circumstances escalate harassing behavior and/or language including power imbalances (e.g., graduate student/mentor, during an interview, etc.) and social events that may or may not involve alcohol consumption.

Some behaviors are specifically prohibited at the NCA convention:

  • Harassment or intimidation based on, but not limited to: ability(ies), age, appearance, body size, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, immigration status, language, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or other group status.
  • Sexual harassment or intimidation, including unwanted sexual attention, stalking (physical or virtual), or non-consensual physical contact.

This policy is not intended to constrain responsible scholarly, artistic, or professional discourse and debate.

By registering for the NCA Annual Convention, I assent to and agree to abide by this code of conduct. I understand that if I violate this code of conduct, I may be asked to leave the convention. Information on how to report violations and a list of resources available to convention participants can be found at the convention registration desk and information booths throughout the convention site.

By registering for the convention you are agreeing to the NCA Stay Safe and Healthy Policy.  Due to the ongoing global pandemic brought on by COVID-19, the National Communication Association (NCA) is implementing this Stay Safe & Healthy Policy for on-site attendees at the 106th NCA Annual Convention. NCA is committed to providing a safe, secure, and healthy convention experience for all individuals who opt to attend the conference in-person in Indianapolis. Therefore, we are asking that all on-site attendees at the Annual Convention affirm their understanding and acceptance of this Stay Safe & Healthy Policy.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is thought to be mostly spread by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough, or sneeze. It is thought that the virus may also spread to hands from a contaminated surface and then to the nose, mouth, or eyes, causing infection. In order to minimize this contagion, NCA will require that all on-site convention attendees follow these requirements:

  1. All registrants and participants are required to stay home and remain isolated if they have tested positive for COVID-19 and/or display any of the symptoms recognized by the CDC as potential signs of COVID-19. Attendees who display any of these symptoms while at the convention will be required to enter into social isolation, seek medical attention, and return home. They will not be allowed to participate in any convention activities or events. 
  2. All registrants and participants are required to stay home and remain isolated if they have had close contact with anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or who has tested positive for COVID-19 within two weeks prior to the start of the NCA Annual Convention. 
  3. All registrants and participants should frequently wash their hands with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds. All registrants and participants should frequently use hand sanitizer. All registrants and participants should cover their mouths/noses when coughing or sneezing.
  4. All registrants and participants are required to properly wear cloth face coverings (e.g., masks) at all times when involved in any convention activities and events. Cloth face coverings must also be worn in all public spaces and public areas of the convention. NCA will provide all on-site attendees with cloth face coverings. 
  5. All registrants and participants are required to maintain appropriate and approved social distancing (at least 6 feet) when in public convention spaces. 
  6. All registrants and participants are required to follow directions of the NCA staff and on- site security personnel. Once a session room fills to capacity, no registrant or participant will be allowed into the room. Session rooms will be set to accommodate social distancing, and additional seating is not allowed. 

By registering for the NCA Annual Convention, I assent to and agree to abide by this Stay Safe & Healthy Policy. I understand that if I violate this policy, I will be asked to leave the convention. 

By registering for the convention you are agreeing to the Policy Governing the Recording of Convention Sessions and/or Events. The recording, rebroadcasting or reproducing of any NCA convention session or event is prohibited without the approval of NCA. Any presenter of a session or event recorded by NCA will be notified ahead of time and asked to complete a release form.

By register for the convention you are agreeing to the Policy Governing Photography and Filming. During the course of this conference, I acknowledge that I may have my voice, likeness and/or actions captured in photograph, video and/or audio recordings.  As a condition of my attendance at this conference, I agree to grant NCA the right to video, photograph, record, and use  in all media my image, likeness, voice, name and actions in audio and video recordings and photographs prepared by and/or disseminated by NCA.