Nonverbal Communication Division

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The Nonverbal Communication (NVC) Division recognizes excellence in the scholarship and study of nonverbal communication across NCA. We promote the study of nonverbal communication in interpersonal, computer-mediated, political, and health communication, among other contexts. The division also encourages research of nonverbal communication related to mass media, persuasion, emotion, cognitive processing, and music. The division is unique in that it currently does not accept competitive individual papers but, rather, only competitive panels and organizes its own panels, featuring, in part, local nonverbal scholars from other disciplines. Overall, it aims to organize, advertise, and recognize the study of NVC within and across existing divisions. Specifically, the division promotes integrated NVC sessions, organizes an NVC website with NCA support, helps out with reviewing NVC-relevant papers sent to other divisions, as needed, selects top papers in NVC at the NCA Annual Convention, encourages interdisciplinary cooperation regarding NVC, and invites speakers on NVC from other disciplines.

2024 Interest Group Leadership

  • Chair: Daniel Bernard, California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo
  • Vice Chair: Brianna Lane, Christopher Newport University
  • Vice Chair-Elect: Samantha Shebib, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Immediate Past Chair: April Trees, Saint Louis University
  • Secretary: Diana Nagy, University of Florida
  • Graduate Student Representative: Ellen Alley, University of Texas, Austin


2024 NCA Positions

  • Legislative Assembly
    • Daniel Bernard, California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo
    • Brianna Lane, Christopher Newport University
  • NCA Nominating Committee: 
    • Brianna Lane, Christopher Newport University

NCD Membership (2013-2024)

*Official count taken every January.


Award Calls


Business Meeting Minutes


Interest Group Election