NCA 106th Annual Convention: Communication at the Crossroads
The National Communication Association (NCA) Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana (November 19-22, 2020) is one that you will not want to miss. Beyond the exceptional scholarship, academic development, and opportunities for personal enrichment that you have come to expect from NCA, the upcoming convention promises even more. The convention theme is Communication at the Crossroads. This theme was selected in part because Indiana is known as The Crossroads of America because of its central location. It was also selected to provide special opportunities to come together and to examine and discuss future directions for research, teaching, and the Communication discipline itself.
Crossroads symbolize connection and convergence of scholarship. This convention will provide opportunities to explore multiple areas of the discipline and to examine points of overlap. Submissions dedicated to bringing together separate areas of study and submissions dedicated to the integration of ideas in our discipline are encouraged.
Crossroads symbolize choice and direction for research and teaching. Such choice and direction entails considering where our research and teaching should be heading. It sometimes means determining that existing routes are insufficient and that new paths must be blazed. Submissions dedicated to examining future directions for research and teaching are encouraged.
Crossroads symbolize choice and direction for the discipline. Now more than ever, the discipline is positioned at a place of transformation. This convention will provide opportunities for you to be part of important conversations and activities guiding this development. Submissions dedicated to examining future directions for the discipline and dedicated to engagement toward such advancements are encouraged.
We are fortunate to have a superb location for the convention. Indianapolis is within a day’s drive for most of the U.S. population, and nonstop flights to the Indianapolis International Airport are no more than 2-3 hours from most parts of the country. The city is home to a flourishing culinary scene, dynamic clubs and entertainment venues, amazing museums, and eclectic specialty shops located in numerous cultural districts near the convention hotel. Its unique urban landscape offers innovative architecture and stylistic design, more monuments than any city outside of Washington, DC, and a vast city-center park featuring greenspaces, trails, and waterways. There really is something for everyone in this incredible city.
The convention hotels are the extraordinary JW Marriott Indianapolis and Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, beautiful and luxurious properties that are devoted to sustainability and environmental responsibility and located in the heart of Indianapolis, with easy access to premier spots throughout the city. Advanced and intuitive accommodations deliver an unrivaled experience. And, the hotels’ layout enables large groups such as ours to be close and connected. These hotels are outside of the ordinary and must be experienced to fully appreciate.
These are exciting times for our discipline and our association. I truly look forward to seeing you in Indianapolis!
David T. McMahan
NCA First Vice President