NCA Chairs' Summer Institute

NCA Chairs' Summer Institute

June 23-25, 2017, Washington, DC 

Department chairs from around the country participated in NCA’s fourth Chairs’ Summer Institute in Washington, DC, June 23-25. The institute’s theme was “Communication that Matters: Creating Inclusive Environments.” Discussions focused on perspectives and practices of inclusive leadership, administrative strategies for inclusivity, and the role of diversity in relationship building and department processes. Dawn Michele Whitehead, Senior Director for Global Learning and Curricular Change at the Association of American Colleges and Universities, served as the keynote speaker. The NCA Chairs’ Summer Institute provides department chairs with an opportunity to participate in dialogue about the various challenges they face in administering their departments, and to share successful approaches. NCA has hosted nearly 150 department chairs at this biannual event. Seminar leaders in 2017 included Brenda Allen (University of Colorado Denver), Jon Hess (University of Dayton), Shawn Long (University of North Carolina Charlotte), and Helen Sterk (Western Kentucky University).

201 CSI Participants

For more information, please contact LaKesha Anderson, Assistant Director for Academic and Professionals Affairs. 

June 26-28, 2015, Washington, DC

Department chairs from around the country participated in NCA’s third Chairs’ Summer Institute in Washington, DC, June 26-28. The institute’s theme was Assessment and Accountability and the 21st Century Communication Department. In the context of the theme, discussions focused on demonstrating the value of communication research, learning outcomes in communication, and assessing the role of service in the university. Keynoter Kate McConnell, the Director of Assessment at Virginia Tech, for example, highlighted the value of a culture of “academic hospitality” as the foundation for fruitful discussions about assessment. Now a biennial event, the NCA Chairs’ Summer Institute has hosted nearly 100 department chairs since 2012 for discussions regarding successful department and disciplinary leadership.

June 28-30, 2013, Washington, DC

NCA's Second Annual Chairs' Summer Institute was held at the St. Gregory Hotel in Washington, D.C., June 28-30, 2013. Our theme was Building Connections, Creating Community: Best Practices for the Communication Department Chair, and the institute featured presentations by a number of speakers, including Illinois State's Cheri Simonds on the Basic Course, Loyola Marymount Dean Bryant Keith Alexander with the keynote for the conference, and Maryland's Linda Aldoory along with National Humanities Alliance's Stephen Kidd on the benefits of interdisciplinary inquiry. 

June 22-24, 2012, Washington, DC

Approximately 30 department chairs and heads from around the United States and Canada gathered in Washington, DC, June 22-24, for the first NCA Chairs’ Summer Institute to discuss new and creative ways of “Raising a Program Profile.”  

In discussions and presentations, the chairs considered both the rationale for raising a program’s profile as well as specific strategies and tactics to employ at their home departments and universities to bring about an increased program profile. 

Highlights from the CSI include:  

  • A panel of speakers that included Bill Hooke from the American Meteorological Society, Barbara Kline Pope from the National Academies, and Monique Mitchell Turner from the Department of Preventive and Community Health at George Washington University discussed reaching “Beyond COMM” in pursuit of interdisciplinary connections and partnerships. You can read Dr. Hooke’s reflections about the role and power of communication based on his experience at CSI at his blog
  • A presentation from Chancellor Charles R. Bantz of Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis that reflected on the unique and important dimensions of the Communication discipline relevant to departmental promotion efforts. 
  • Panels on specific strategies for departmental promotion that featured speakers from the National Office, NCA Chairs’ Advisory Council member Carl Cates & Jon A. Hess, and a university relations specialist.