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Chairs’ Summer Institute

NCA Event Recaps

July 14, 2017

Communication scholars participated in the Chairs’ Summer Institute and the Mid-Career Scholar’s Writing Retreat last month.

Chairs’ Summer Institute

CSI 2017

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.

Mid-Career Scholar’s Writing Retreat

Eight Associate Professors from around the country convened at Chapman University in Southern California for the inaugural NCA Mid-Career Scholars Writing Retreat, held June 26 to July 1. The retreat was designed to provide intensive writing time in a non-distracting environment with guidance from faculty mentors, and it was specifically targeted to faculty with the rank of Associate Professor to support significant progress toward the completion of an in-progress writing project. This year’s faculty mentors were Dr. Tamara Afifi and Dr. Michelle Miller-Day.

Participants completed various manuscripts, chapters, and grant proposals, with a lot of hard work, laughter, and flashbacks to living in residence hall dormitories.

The 2017 NCA Annual Convention will feature a panel highlighting participants’ work. The 2018 NCA Scholars Writing Retreat will be held at the University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign, and will be coordinated by Dr. John Caughlin.