NCA Out & About
NCA staff and leadership regularly attend events and meetings that allow them to engage in discussions about the Communication discipline, higher education, and issues affecting both. Here are just a few examples of recent activities to advance the discipline.
On August 27, NCA Director of Academic and Professional Affairs Trevor Parry-Giles and Assistant Director for Academic and Professional Affairs LaKesha Anderson attended the Council of Graduate School’s Research and Policy Forum, where CGS Director of Research and Policy Analysis Jeff Alum discussed key findings of the most recent CGS/GRE Survey of Graduate Enrollment & Degrees. The survey provides data about applications for admission to graduate school, graduate student enrollment, and graduate degrees and certificates conferred. The final CGS/GRE report, Graduate Enrollment and Degrees: 2004 to 2014, was released in September after this preview meeting.
On September 22, Parry-Giles attended a congressional briefing, NIH Priority Setting: How Peer Review Selects the Best Science. Sponsored by the Coalition to Promote Research, the briefing was moderated by American Educational Research Association Executive Director Felice Levine and included presentations by NIH Center for Scientific Review Director Richard Nakamura and Harvard Professor Danielle Li. NCA is a member of the Coalition.
n October 30, NCA Executive Director Nancy Kidd attended a meeting of the executive directors of the American Council of Learned Society’s (ACLS) 73 members. As the Chair of the group, Kidd served as program planner for the meeting, which featured presentations by Taylor and Francis Journals Publisher Katherine Burton and Inside Higher Ed Editor Scott Jaschik. The ACLS chief executive meetings allow for focused discussion on topics that are of broad interest in the humanities and related social science community and that have implications for constituent societies, including NCA.