The NCA Institute for Faculty Development, also known as the “Hope Conference,” was held July 14 –20, 2019 at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. Forty-five attendees representing 21 states participated in the annual conference, which is designed for undergraduate Communication faculty who want to build collaborative research and pedagogical relationships, learn about new directions in theory and pedagogy, and develop new course area expertise.
The seminars included “The Collaborative Turn: The Communication-Based Reformation of Decision Making in Organizations and Communities,” led by Stanley Deetz (University of Colorado Boulder); “Place Matters. Communication, Rhetoric and the Centrality of Place in Cultural Life,” led by Greg Dickinson (Colorado State University); “Take(s) Heart!: Writing, Teaching, and Researching with Care and Compassion,” led by Carolyn Ellis (University of South Florida); “Creativity, Aesthetics, and Dialogue in Everyday Communication,” led by William Rawlins (Ohio University); “Rhetorics and Cultures of the Visual,” led by Claire Sisco King (Vanderbilt University); and “Becoming a Resilient Scholar,” led by Catherine Squires (University of Minnesota). Laura Ellingson (Santa Clara University) served as the 2019 Scholar-in-Residence.