Mass Communication Division

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The Mass Communication Division is one of the largest divisions of NCA. Its members are engaged in research on and teaching of a wide range of topics relating to traditional and new media content, form, structures, effects, and processes using various methodologies (e.g., quantitative, qualitative, critical/interpretative). Members represent various strands of traditional mass communication theory, political economy, and critical/cultural studies. They also study (mass) media history, regulation, and industry. They represent the diversity in intellectual and scholarly traditions that make up the rich disciplinary history of the field of communication. Our mission is to provide a forum in which scholars and teachers with diverse interests and approaches can come together to contribute to the study of communication media in ways that draw from the strengths of the established traditions in order to address emerging issues relating to both traditional and new media.

2023 Interest Group Leadership

  • Chair: Veronica Hefner, St. Mary’s College
  • Vice Chair: Matt Lapierre, University of Arizona
  • Vice Chair-Elect: Colin Kearney
  • Immediate Past Chair: Valerie Kretz
  • Secretary: Ellie Yang, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Secretary Elect: Sofia Rhea
  • Publications and Web Editor: Rocky Dailey, South Dakota State University
  • Graduate Student Rep: John J. Brook, Northwestern Universitty
  • Graduate Student Rep Elect: Muhammad Rasul
  • Ad-Hoc Appointment - Group Parliamentarian: Shane Tilton
  • Research Committee 
    • Chair: Arienne Ferchaud
    • First Vice Chair: David Stamps
    • Second Vice Chair: Hilary Gamble
    • Second Vice Chair-Elect: Laramie Taylor
  • Nominating Committee
    • Chair: Benjamin K. Smith
    • Vice Chair: Cassandra Alexopoulos
    • Vice Chair-Elect: Brandon Miller
  • IDEA Representative: Sumana Chattopadhyay

2023 NCA Positions

  • Legsilative Assembly
    • Stan Tickton, Norfolk State University
    • Veronica Hefner, St. Mary’s College
    • Valerie Kretz
  • Nominating Committee
    • Joshua Baldwin

MCD Membership (2013-2023)

*Official count taken every January. 

109th Annual Convention -- National Harbor, MD -- November 16 - 19, 2023.


Convention Resources

  • MCD Call -- Deadline: Thursday, March 29, 2023 at 11:59 PM Pacific.
Award Calls


Business Meeting Minutes


Interest Group Election