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National Communication Association Selects Shari Miles-Cohen as Executive Director

November 17, 2021
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Shari Miles-CohenWashington, DC — The National Communication Association (NCA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Shari E. Miles-Cohen, Senior Director of the Human Rights Team at the American Psychological Association (APA), as its next Executive Director.

Dr. Miles-Cohen brings considerable academic, administrative, and executive leadership experience to this position. Prior to APA, Miles-Cohen led the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, the Union Institute Center for Women, the African American Women’s Institute at Howard University, and the Women’s Research & Education Institute, and was a Congressional Fellow. Miles-Cohen holds a Ph.D. in Personality Psychology from Howard University.

“At a time when discourse on college campuses and other public institutions is coarsening to the point that our ability to solve domestic and global challenges and improve people’s lives is compromised, I am honored to serve as the National Communication Association’s next Executive Director. I am eager to support NCA and its members as they use communication to teach, discover, advise, and work closely with communities, policymakers, scientists, and advocates around the world,” said Miles-Cohen.

“We believe that Dr. Miles-Cohen offers a valuable combination of leadership expertise and a wealth of experiences in higher education-related associations, and that she is extremely well-suited to serve as NCA’s next Executive Director,” said NCA President David T. McMahan.

Miles-Cohen will begin her tenure as NCA Executive Director on January 3, 2022, in the association’s National Office in Washington, DC.

Read Shari Miles-Cohen’s full resume here.

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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