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National Communication Association Announces Inaugural Fellows for Communication and Media Research Program at the Communication University of China

April 17, 2018
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(Washington, DC) — The National Communication Association (NCA) is pleased to announce the selection of Amy Jo Ellefson and Patrick Shaou-Whea Dodge to the inaugural class of its new Visiting Fellows Program for Communication and Media Research (VFP), administered in partnership with the Communication University of China (CUC). Fellows will serve in residence on the CUC campus for four months in 2018 or 2019, where they will conduct research on their proposed projects, deliver public talks, lead workshops, and engage in collegial and scholarly programs to advance NCA’s mission, the goals of the VFP, and the interests of intercultural collaboration. The 2018-2019 theme for the VFP is “The China Dream, the American Dream, and Communicating National Narratives.”

The VFP provides a unique space for collaboration, wherein NCA members and Chinese colleagues will work alongside, study with, and learn from one another, providing an opportunity for Communication scholars to begin their journey toward international understanding and collaboration. The CUC is one of the top-ranked universities in China and a national leader in the study of Communication.

About the 2018 Fellows:

Amy Jo Ellefson, Graduate Teaching Assistant
Department of Communication Studies, The University of Southern Mississippi
Project: Women Hold up Half the World: Evolving Gender Narratives in the New China

Patrick Shaou-Whea Dodge, Associate Professor
Department of Communication, University of Colorado Denver
Project: The China/Chinese Dream: A Rhetorical Analysis of Emerging National Narratives in the New China

Learn more about the Visiting Fellows Program here.

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For questions about this program or the Fellows, contact Jenna Sauber at 202-534-1104 or

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