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Save the Dates for NCA’s Summer Conferences

January 13, 2015

NCA offers a range of professional development opportunities for Communication students and scholars each summer. For more information on a particular conference, click on the conference title.

May 28-31, 2015

Undergraduate Honors Conference, Washington, DC

NCA’s 2015 Undergraduate Honors Conference will be held on the campus of The George Washington University in downtown Washington, DC. The conference is designed to assist undergraduates with current research and post-graduate plans, and provides opportunities for interaction between students and scholars in Communication.

Participation is limited to 40 students who will be selected on a competitive basis. For details about eligibility and the application process, visit the Conference’s page on the NCA web site.

June 25-28, 2015

Chairs' Summer Institute, Washington, DC

Focusing on learning outcomes, assessment, and enhanced teaching and learning, NCA’s 2015 Chairs’ Summer Institute is an opportunity for department chairs to participate in an intensive weekend of dialogue regarding the various challenges they face in administering their departments, and to share successful approaches.

To learn about past Institutes, and to download an application, visit the Institute’s page on the NCA web site.

July 16-19, 2015

Doctoral Honors Seminar, Columbia, Missouri

The Doctoral Honors Seminars (DHS) bring together promising doctoral students and distinguished faculty members from across the discipline and around the nation to discuss current topics in communication. The seminars are held annually at a selected host institution. Approximately 30 doctoral students are chosen to participate based on submitted papers and recommendations from their advisors. This year, the DHS will be held on the campus of the University of Missouri.

NCA will distribute the call for participants at the end of this month.

July 19-25, 2015

NCA Institute for Faculty Development, Holland, Michigan

The NCA Institute for Faculty Development, also known as the “Hope Conference,” helps undergraduate Communication faculty stay current with theory and research as they guide curricular development in a variety of areas. The 2015 conference will be held at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Speakers/teachers will include: Carole Blair (Rhetoric), Barry Brummett (Popular Culture), Stan Deetz (Organizational Communication),Yahya Kamalipour (Global Media), Andrew Wolvin (Listening), and Tamara Afifi (Interpersonal Communication). Barbara Biesecker will be the 2015 Scholar-in-Residence.

Registration will begin later this month. For more information, visit the Institute’s page.

July 30-August 2, 2015

NCA/AFA Summer Conference on Argumentation, Alta, Utah

The NCA/AFA Summer Conference on Argumentation is held biennially, and is co-sponsored by NCA, the American Forensic Association, and the University of Utah. The conference brings together international scholars to present research in argumentation. The “Alta Conference" was first held in 1979, and is the oldest academic conference in argumentation study.

Visit the Conference’s page for more information as it becomes available.