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National Communication Association to Hold 101st Annual Convention

November 3, 2015
NCA News

Las Vegas, NV - More than 5,000 Communication scholars, students, and professionals are expected at this year’s National Communication Association (NCA) Annual Convention. Members of the scholarly discipline of Communication will convene in Las Vegas to discuss projects and research that have real-world implications.

Nationally recognized experts will bring their distinct Communication perspective to a range of topics including politics, business, health, entertainment, inclusivity, and more.

To attend: Journalists are invited to attend the convention to learn more about the research highlighted below and to select from among more than 1,000 other sessions in which NCA members will present new research and discuss emerging issues in Communication.

WHAT: National Communication Association 101st Annual Convention

WHEN: November 19-22, 2015

WHERE: Rio Hotel & Casino, 3700 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89103

To obtain press passes: Media personnel must register at the registration booth and show working press or media credentials. Register in advance with Natalia López-Thismón to have your press pass ready.


For full program information, visit or contact Natalia López-Thismón at 202-534-1104 or email

Business and Organizational Communication

  • Being there in the nick of time: The mix of crisis, apologia, technology and image repair (11/19, 2-3:15 pm)
  • Secret, dormant, camouflaged, and communicatively concealed: Visible research on hidden organizations (11/20, 8-9:15 am)
  • Expanding crisis theory and practice (11/21, 9:30-10:45 am)

Health Communication

  • Smoking and health behavior research (11/20, 8-9:15 am)
  • Embracing opportunities for enhancing women’s empowerment in health care contexts through information and communication technologies (11/20, 8-9:15 am)
  • The socially constructed body: Constructing the meanings of obesity through media and social interactions (11/21, 2-3:15 pm)
  • Recognizing audience perspectives in campaign design and execution. (11/22, 9:30-10:45 am)


  • Video games as an incubator for social interaction (11/19, 11-12:15 pm)
  • The realities of celebrity culture (11/19, 11-12:15 pm)
  • Is Adnan Syed guilty? Embracing opportunities for public deliberation and debate through “Serial” (11/20, 11-12:15 pm)

Race, Gender, & Inclusivity

  • Embracing a tough social issue through social media: Black men, law enforcement, and the criminal justice system (11/19, 12:30-1:45 pm)
  • “Hollaback!” Responding to gender-based harassment in online and offline contexts (11/20, 9:30-10:45 am)
  • Embracing opportunities: Reframing immigrant and undocumented identities (11/20, 9:30-10:45 am)
  • (Re)New(ed) heroes: Marvel’s move toward diversity (11/21, 3:30-4:45 pm)


  • Aggressive and personalizing behaviors in interpersonal conflict (11/20, 8-9:15 am)
  • Affection in interpersonal communication (11/20, 11-12:15 pm)
  • Navigating romantic relationships online (11/20, 11-12:15 pm)

Teachers & Students

  • Online communication as educational resource in the digital space (11/20, 11-12:15 pm)
  • Embracing the politics of teaching: Providing opportunities for GLBTQ students (11/20, 3:30-4:45 pm)
  • Mobile technology and connection in the instructional context (11/21, 12:30-1:45 pm)


  • Electing women: Strategies and challenges of female political candidates (11/19, 11-12:15 pm)
  • Competitive papers in political communication: Political communication on Facebook and Twitter (11/20, 9:30-10:45 am)
About the National Communication Association

The National Communication Association (NCA) advances Communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific, and aesthetic inquiry. NCA serves the scholars, teachers, and practitioners who are its members by enabling and supporting their professional interests in research and teaching. Dedicated to fostering and promoting free and ethical communication, NCA promotes the widespread appreciation of the importance of communication in public and private life, the application of competent communication to improve the quality of human life and relationships, and the use of knowledge about communication to solve human problems. NCA supports inclusiveness and diversity among our faculties, within our membership, in the workplace, and in the classroom; NCA supports and promotes policies that fairly encourage this diversity and inclusion.

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