Upcoming NCA-Sponsored Events

March 4, 2021

#AltAC in COM: Exploring Career Options Beyond the Academy for Communication Ph.D.s | April 6, 9, & 13

Do you have a Ph.D. in Communication? Are you working on your Ph.D. in Communication? Did you know your career options vary outside of academia? Arizona State University’s Transformation Project and NCA invite you to a virtual workshop series focusing on alternative careers beyond the academy. Join us at this conversation on Alt-AC focused on exploring different career options led by top communication professionals and researchers. For now, save the dates for these workshops: April 6, 9, and 13. More information will follow soon!

April 6, 3:00 – 5:00pm MST 
#AltAC: From Academy to Industry 
Eric D. Waters 
Christine E. Kiesinger

April 9, 1:45 – 3:45pm MST 
On Being a Professional Researcher
Nancy Baym 
Melinda Rea-Holloway 

April 13, 3:00-5:00pm MST 
“Pracademics” and Administrators: At the Intersections of Academy and Industry 
Rahul Mitra 
Nicole L. Martin

For more information, click here.

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Doctoral Honors Seminar | July 14-16


The NCA Doctoral Honors Seminar (DHS) brings together promising doctoral students and distinguished faculty members from across the discipline and around the nation to discuss current topics in Communication. The 2021 seminar will take place virtually Wednesday, July 14 – Friday, July 16. Approximately 30 doctoral students will be chosen to participate based on submitted papers and recommendations from their advisors. 

The 2021 DHS will include three tracts: Mass Communication/Media Studies, Social Science, and Rhetoric and Performance Studies. Faculty mentors will include: Omotayo Banjo (University of Cincinnati), Elizabeth Behm-Morawitz (University of Missouri), Byran Denham (Clemson University), Victoria Gallagher (North Carolina State University), Jakob Jensen (University of Utah), Andre E. Johnson (University of Memphis), Yeonsoo Kim (James Madison University), Carol Mills (Florida Atlantic University), Ashley Muddiman (University of Kansas), Vincent Pham (Willamette University), Heidi Rose (Villanova University), and Xiaoquan Zhao (George Mason University).

Applications for the DHS are now being accepted. The application deadline is May 14. Learn more about the DHS here

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NCA Chairs’ Summer Institute | June 25-26

NCA will host a virtual Chairs’ Summer Institute June 25-26, 2021. Held biennially, the Chairs’ Summer Institute is a workshop designed to help department chairs better understand and address a variety of issues within their departments and larger university communities. This year’s theme, “Leadership Challenges in a Changing World,” will explore topics such as cultivating respect and inclusive cultures, managing challenges associated with digital learning and socially distanced department communities, and motivating and mentoring faculty, among others. 

Seminar leaders for the 2021 Chairs’ Summer Institute will be Tim Brown (Queens University of Charlotte), Ann Bainbridge Frymier (Ohio University), Ralph Gigliotti (Rutgers University), Wendy Howard (University of Central Florida), Christina McDowell (Cornell University), Charles E. Morris, III, (Syracuse University), and Sarah Stone Watt (Pepperdine University). The keynote address will be given by Helen Sterk (Western Kentucky University). In addition to attending seminars, all participants will have access to bonus “tips” sessions led by Elizabeth Goering (IUPUI) and Devin Scott (University of Tennessee Health Science Center).  

Registration for the Chairs’ Summer Institute will open March 8, 2021 and close June 1, 2021. This year, because of the virtual format, registration costs have been reduced to $75 for members and $150 for non-members. Learn more about the Chairs’ Summer Institute here.