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Reminder: Plan to Attend Upcoming Programs, Events, and Conferences

March 9, 2017

Health, Wellness, and Illness in Appalachia

On April 12, NCA will host “Health, Wellness, and Illness in Appalachia,” a public program to address health communication, health care, and understandings about health in the Appalachian region, where residents face a disproportionately high incidence of poor health and unique barriers to health. The moderated panel will include scholars in Communication, Community Health, Nursing, and Appalachian Studies, as well as community practitioners. Join us for this special program in the East Tennessee Room of the D.P. Culp Center on the campus of East Tennessee State University. The event will begin with a reception at 4:30 p.m.; the program itself will be held from 5 to 7 p.m.

Please contact NCA Assistant Director for Academic and Professionals Affairs LaKesha Anderson with questions, and RSVP to Jacqueline Reilly at


Doctoral Honors Seminar 

The NCA Doctoral Honors Seminar (DHS) brings together promising doctoral students and distinguished faculty members from across the discipline and around the nation to discuss current topics in Communication. The theme of the 2017 DHS is “Communication in a Post-Truth Age," and it will be held July 27-30 at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH. Faculty leaders for the DHS will include Steve Duck (University of Iowa), Stephen Haas (University of Cincinnati), Sandra Faulkner (Bowling Green State University), Alberto Gonzalez (Bowling Green State University), David Gunkel (Northern Illinois University), Louisa Ha (Bowling Green State University), Susan Kline (Ohio State University), Mark Orbe (Western Michigan University), Jenny Rice (University of Kentucky), and John Sloop (Vanderbilt University). Approximately 30 doctoral students will be selected to participate based on submitted papers and recommendations. Application and nomination materials are due April 1, 2017. Learn more here.

Please contact NCA Interim Executive Director Trevor Parry-Giles with questions.


2017 Chairs’ Summer Institute

The 2017 NCA Chairs’ Summer Institute, “Communication that Matters: Creating Inclusive Environments,” will be held June 23-25 in Washington, DC. Designed to help department chairs better understand and address issues of inclusivity within their departments and larger university communities, this year’s institute will feature discussions and presentations by Brenda Allen (University of Colorado Denver), Jon Hess (University of Dayton), Shawn Long (University of North Carolina Charlotte), and Helen Sterk (Western Kentucky University), among others. 

Attendance is limited to 30 participants; registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants should be current or incoming department chairs. Applications are due Friday, April 28, 2017.

For more information about this and past institutes, or to download an application, visit Please contact NCA Assistant Director for Academic and Professionals Affairs LaKesha Anderson with any questions.  


Institute for Faculty Development  

The 2017 NCA Institute for Faculty Development, also known as the “Hope Conference,” will be held July 23-29 at Denison University in Granville, OH. Faculty seminars include "Communication & Sport," led by Michael Butterworth (Ohio University); "Qualitative Research," led by Laura Ellingson (Santa Clara University); "Family Narrative," led by Jody Koenig Kellas (University of Nebraska); "Queering Rhetoric & Communication," led by Charles E. Morris III (Syracuse University); and "Health Communication," led by Teresa Thompson (University of Dayton). Raymie McKerrow, Ohio University, will serve as the 2017 Scholar-in-Residence. Please contact NCA Assistant Director for Academic and Professional Affairs LaKesha Anderson with questions.