NCA Chairs' Summer Institute Hosted in 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.