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Regional Association News

January 4, 2018

Association for Chinese Communication Studies

At the NCA 103rd Annual Convention in Dallas, the Association for Chinese Communication Studies (ACCS) announced two new awards to inspire its members to continue producing top-notch research related to Chinese communication studies. Dongjing Kang (Florida Gulf Coast University) received the Outstanding Thesis/Dissertation Award, and Lin Zhu (University of Massachusetts Boston) received the Early Career Award.

The ACCS has continued to attract donations from friends of ACCS, including a generous donation from Professor of Communication Xiao Xiaosui of Hong Kong Baptist University. ACCS will use this gift to establish the Xiao-Wu Scholarship Fund to promote the study of rhetorical communication.  

On October 23, the ACCS held its third virtual brown bag panel on WeChat, a popular mobile messaging app in Greater China, on the topic of health communication. The panel was chaired by Qinghua Yang (Texas Christian University), and included guest speakers Xiaoli Nan (the University of Maryland), Xiaoquan Zhao (George Mason University), and Bu Zhong (Pennsylvania State University). The three panels held in 2017 attracted more than 300 scholars in Chinese communication studies. Given the increasing popularity of this new platform, ACCS will host more virtual brown bag sessions covering a broad range of topics this year.

For more information on ACCS future events and membership, please visit our new website at: Follow us on Twitter at @TheACCSGroup and on Facebook.


Eastern Communication Association
ECA Congratulates New First Vice President Elect

Jennifer Waldeck, Associate Professor of Communication at Chapman University, has been elected as First Vice President Elect-Select of the Eastern Communication Association (ECA). A Life Member of ECA, Waldeck brings an extensive background in instructional and organizational communication to her new role as an association officer. She will be tasked with planning the 2020 convention (April 1-5) at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore. ECA heartily congratulates Jennifer Waldeck and welcomes her to the leadership team!

ECA Conference Registration and Membership Renewal Open

With the new year comes new opportunities to build bridges to colleagues, ideas, communities, and perspectives, especially by renewing membership and registering for ECA’s Annual Convention. This year’s theme, Building Bridges, celebrates and seeks out such avenues for connection. Taking place at the historical Omni William Penn in Pittsburgh on April 25-29, the convention will feature exciting cross-disciplinary research, competitive undergraduate scholarship, and many Pittsburgh traditions.

For more information about membership and convention registration, please see our website at


Western States Communication Association
The Western States Communication Association (WSCA) is pleased to announce the new leadership that resulted from its recent elections.


Marnel Niles-Goins

First Vice-President Marnel Niles-Goins.  Niles-Goins is a Professor in the Department of Communication at California State University, Fresno. She also serves as Graduate Coordinator at CSUF and President of the Organization for Research on Women and Communication. Her commitment to WSCA is illustrated through her service as Second Vice-President, Delegate at Large on Legislative Assembly, chair of Time and Place Committee, and local host for the 2011 WSCA Convention, as well as her editorial board experience for Western Journal of Communication. Her disciplinary knowledge and experience extends to NCA; we expect that her service on its Executive Committee and Finance Board will assist her as she advances through officer roles within WSCA.

Niles-Goins will succeed to President-Elect in 2019, with responsibility for planning the 2020 conference. She will become President in 2021 and Immediate Past President in 2022.


Justin Boren

Second Vice-President Justin P. Boren. Boren is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Santa Clara University, and a new member of the NCA Executive Committee. His commitment to advancing undergraduate scholarship is anchored in his teaching experience and work in an undergraduate-only department, as well as in his publications and conference papers co-authored with students. Moreover, he brings vast service experience, including as a reviewer for the Interpersonal Communication interest group of WSCA and for the LGBTQ caucus and division of NCA, membership on the Western Journal of Communication editorial board, and membership on the Diversity Council of NCA.

Boren will serve as Second Vice-President for 2018-2019.


Delegates At-Large of the Legislative Assembly play important roles in the governance of the Association. Congratulations to the following:

  • Maria Blevins of Utah Valley University
  • Santhosh Chandrashekar of the University of Denver
  • Benny LeMaster of California State University Long Beach
  • Kathleen McConnell of San Jose State University
  • Pavithra Prasad of California State University Northridge

The list of elected delegates begin a two-year term commencing with the Legislative Assembly meeting on February 18, 2018.