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Summer Conference Recaps

September 1, 2017

Denison University Hosts NCA Institute for Faculty Development for the First Time

The NCA Institute for Faculty Development, also known as the “Hope Conference,” was held July 23-29, at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. More than 40 faculty members representing 19 states participated in the popular annual conference, which is designed for undergraduate Communication faculty who want to build collaborative research and pedagogical relationships, learn about new directions in theory and pedagogy, and develop new course area expertise. Seminar leaders included: Michael Butterworth (Reading Sport [and Sports Media] Rhetorically); Laura Ellingson (Current Topics in Qualitative Methods); Lisa Flores (Thinking Rhetorically About Race); Jody Koenig Kellas (Storytelling, Relationships, and Well-Being); Charles E. Morris III (LGBTQ Studies in Communication, and the Prospects and Perils of Queer Pedagogy), and Teresa Thompson (Zika, Ebola, and Health Communication: Teaching and Conducting Research on the Interaction of Health, Health Care Contexts, and Communicative Processes). Raymie McKerrow served as the 2017 Scholar-in-Residence, and NCA Executive Director Paaige Turner welcomed attendees to the event. This was the first year that Denison played host; previously, the conference was held at Hope College in Michigan.

Hope Conference attendees


Bowling Green State University Hosts NCA’s Annual Doctoral Honors Seminar

The annual Doctoral Honors Seminar (DHS) was held July 27-30. This year’s DHS was hosted by the School of Media and Communication at Bowling Green State University, and attended by 29 doctoral students from 23 different programs. Faculty Seminar Leaders included Steve Duck (Iowa), Stephen Haas (Cincinnati), Sandra Faulkner (Bowling Green), Alberto Gonzalez (Bowling Green), Louisa Ha (Bowling Green), Susan Kline (Ohio State), Mark Orbe (Western Michigan), Jenny Rice (Kentucky), Saif Shahin (Bowling Green), and John Sloop (Vanderbilt).

DHS attendees

Participating students included:

  • Victoria Alcazar (Massachusetts)
  • Gretchen Bergquist (Nebraska)
  • Donovan Bisbee (Illinois)
  • Victoria Brown (Southern Mississippi)
  • Scott Owen Chappuis (Bowling Green)
  • Dhiman Chattopadhyay (Bowling Green)
  • Cody Clemens (Bowling Green)
  • Calvin Coker (Missouri)
  • Aras Coskuntuncel (American)
  • Di Cui (Florida State)
  • Elizabeth Earle (Texas A&M)
  • Amanda Friz (Wisconsin)
  • Rhana Gittens (Georgia State)
  • Brittany-Rae Gregory (Howard)
  • Karl Haase (Utah)
  • Julia Hildebrand (Drexel)
  • Amanda Irions (Maryland)
  • Jenny Korn (Illinois-Chicago)
  • Robert Layne (Utah)
  • Reyhaneh Maktoufi (Northwestern)
  • Jillian Moga (Illinois)
  • David Miguel Molina (Northwestern)
  • Jacob Nelson (Webster)
  • Mi Young Park (Southern Illinois)
  • Tara Pixley (UC-San Diego)
  • Shawn Starcher (Kent State)
  • Christopher Scott Thomas (Iowa)
  • David Torres (Purdue)
  • Daniel Totzkay (Michigan State)

Interested in hosting the 2018 DHS? Contact Trevor Parry-Giles at for more information.


Focus on “Networking Argument” at 2017 ALTA Conference

The 20th biennial NCA/AFA Summer Conference on Argumentation was held July 20-23 in Alta, Utah. More than 150 scholars, teachers, and students of argumentation presented research and discussed the most pressing issues in argumentation studies, all while enjoying the Utah’s Wasatch mountain scenery. The conference theme, “Networking Argument,” highlighted many avenues of research and interaction. The conference opened with a keynote by Robert Asen (University of Wisconsin) and included spotlight panels on the implications for argument in domestic and international networks, as well as online spaces, and on approaches to argument in a post-truth, post-fact era. Held since 1979, the Summer Conference on Argumentation is made possible by contributions from NCA, the American Forensic Association, the University of Utah’s Department of Communication, and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism.