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About to Go to NCA

Submitted by syntaxfactory on November 21, 2013 - 8:52am

I am about to head to NCA. Though I am housed in a Department of Writing Studies, I never feel entirely at home at NCA, 4Cs, or even RSA, as RSA has grown (my first RSA had 300 people, and I miss that). I thought it had something to do with disciplinary training, but it probably also has something to do with my psychology.


NCA Research & Publication Guide

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 16, 2013 - 10:02am

NCA Research & Publication Guide


NCA Reports, anyone?

Submitted by syntaxfactory on November 21, 2011 - 6:54am

Was there an NCA hashtag I missed?


NCA Award Winner

Submitted by syntaxfactory on November 20, 2011 - 8:34am


the boycott business...NCA 2010

Submitted by Adria on July 7, 2010 - 12:13pm

Josh Gunn has a wonderfully informative post on the developments of the boycott of the conference hotel where the 2010 NCA conference is to be held: See details from Josh's post below.

The convention is not until next November, however, there is no encouraging news. It doesn’t seem likely the union and hotel management will come to an agreement over a contract by then.


CFP: NCA Mini-Conference: Bridging Theory and Practice: Marxism, Communication, and Social Change

Submitted by Adria on April 28, 2010 - 6:57pm

Courtesy of Bryan McCann:
Call for Papers: NCA Mini-Conference: Bridging Theory and Practice: Marxism, Communication, and Social Change


NCA Issues

Submitted by Jim Aune on February 21, 2010 - 12:10pm

Joshua Gunn makes a powerful case why we NCA types should be concerned about recent developments in the national office. I'm going to add a point that no doubt will get me in trouble somewhere, but I believe it's true: the Presidents of scholarly associations like AHA, MLA, ASA, and, for that matter, RSA, are always prominent scholar-intellectuals. Presidents of NCA are not, with a few notable exceptions.



Submitted by Adria on November 19, 2008 - 2:54pm

And the first issue is out! Jim "Aughneigh" is the first President of F*NCA, too.

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Cloud on NCA Protests

Submitted by Adria on September 8, 2008 - 10:47am

If you haven't already received the email, Dana Cloud's thoughts on this year's NCA Convention are thoughtful and provocative. She suggests several courses of action for protesting the social and political conditions which set the stage for our convention on scholarship and political conditions. The email in full follows:


Congratulations Distinguished Scholars

Submitted by Adria on September 4, 2008 - 9:31am

Well, what we always knew about Jim Aune is now officially recognized by NCA: he embodies Emerson's Man-Thinking! Jim, alongside three other fabulous scholars, comprises the NCA 2008 class of Distinguished Scholars:

James A. Aune, Texas A & M University

Leslie A. Baxter, University of Iowa

Charles R. Berger, University of California, Davis

J. Michael Hogan, Pennsylvania State University

Distinguished Scholars are recognized for a lifetime of scholarly achievement in the study of human communication. Begun in 1991, the award is supported by the Mark L. Knapp Distinguished Scholar Fund. The Distinguished Scholars represent those scholars whom the Association would present to others to showcase our profession.

The four new Distinguished Scholars will be formally recognized at the 2008 NCA convention, during the Award Ceremony on Sunday evening, November 23, in the Manchester Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Hotel, beginning at 6:30 pm.