2015 Call for Nominations: NCA Governance, Board, and Award Committee Members


Ever wondered how to get more involved in NCA? Here's your chance. NCA seeks members to serve on a variety of governance and award selection committees. Unless otherwise indicated in a specific call below, nominations for each position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments. Nominations from traditionally under-represented groups are especially encouraged. Self-nominations are welcome.

Required Nomination Materials 

  • A one- to two-page cover letter summarizing interest and qualifications for the particular position. Please include a statement indicating that, if appointed, the nominee agrees to serve on the relevant committee and maintain NCA membership while serving.
  • An abbreviated curriculum vitae of no more than five pages highlighting professional qualifications, with particular emphasis on experience that is relevant to the position.

Please submit materials electronically to nomination@natcom.org no later than September 15, 2015 as a Microsoft Word or PDF document.  

 To learn more about specific opportunities to serve our association, please click on the links below.

Governance Positions 

Board Positions 

Award Selection Committee Positions 

Other Committee Positions 

Governance Positions   

Legislative Assembly
Two Positions to serve three-year terms starting in January 2016 

The Legislative Assembly serves a key liaison function between the leadership and the broader membership.  The strength of the Association relies in significant part on informed responses to the questions that come before the Legislative Assembly.  The business at the LA meetings is legally governed by the NCA Constitution and Bylaws, and decisions are guided by the Association’s strategic plan. 

Expectations: The Legislative Assembly meets as a body each year in tandem with NCA’s annual convention and is the principal policy-making body of the Association.  There is typically a full afternoon session the day before the convention begins, as well as a shorter morning session on the third day of the convention.  Additional work is completed electronically throughout the year. Officers, directors, trustees (the LA and its EC who are listed on the IRS Form 990), key employees, substantial contributors or employees thereof, and grant selection committee members are not eligible to receive grants from NCA. General duties and responsibilities for members of the Legislative Assembly include:

  • attending the Legislative Assembly meetings held during the Annual Convention and
  • reviewing, deliberating, and voting in respect to Association matters as brought forth to the Legislative Assembly.

Qualifications: Nominees can be at any stage of their professional lives. At-Large Members represent emerging interests and critical problems and help the Assembly achieve a balanced representation of teaching levels, ethnic and minority group interests, gender, age, and academic status.

Process: Nominations for each position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments. Please see above for detailed instructions on how to submit formal nominations for these positions.

 

Nominating Committee  
One Chair position to serve a one-year term starting in September 2016 
One At-Large Member position appointed by the Legislative Assembly to serve a one-year term starting in September 2016 
Eight At-Large Members selected by the Committee on Committees to be placed on the Association’s general election ballot in January 2016, when four will be elected to serve a one-year term 

The Nominating Committee is responsible for preparing a slate for the election of the Second Vice President, the At-Large Members of the Legislative Assembly, and the At-Large Members of the Committee on Committees.

Expectations: The Committee is tasked with recruiting potential nominees as well as reviewing and narrowing the slate of nominees who will eventually appear on the general ballot. The Committee meets once in person during the Annual Convention, but most work is completed electronically.

Qualifications: Nominees for Chair should be at mid-career level or beyond.  Nominees for At-Large positions can be at any stage of their professional lives.

Process: Nominations for each position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments. Please see above for detailed instructions on how to submit formal nominations for these positions.

 

 Resolutions Committee
Three Positions to serve two-year terms starting in January 2016  

The Resolutions Committee considers resolutions that may be included in the Association’s Policy Platform.

Expectations: The Resolutions Committee receives, reviews, edits, and recommends action on resolutions brought for consideration before the Legislative Assembly. The Committee may also originate motions. The Committee convenes via conference calls and typically communicates electronically between July and November each year.

Qualifications: Nominees must be current members of the Legislative Assembly. Nominees should be at the mid-career stage or beyond.

Process: Nominations for each position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments. Please see above for detailed instructions on how to submit formal nominations for these positions.

Board Positions 

 Educational Policies Board  
Two Positions, one for a member from a 4-year college/university and one for a member preferably from a K-12 institution; both to serve three-year terms starting in January 2016  

The Educational Policies Board supports and promotes disciplinary pedagogy through facilitation of professional development opportunities for communication educators and through dissemination efforts beyond the discipline.

Expectations: Board members meet in-person twice each year, once near Washington, DC in February (travel expenses covered by NCA) and once during the NCA Annual Convention. Throughout the year, the Board convenes via conference calls and communicates electronically.

Qualifications: This year, the Board seeks to fill two positions, one for a member working at a 4-year college/university and one for a member preferably from a K-12 school. Nominees should be mid-career or beyond with demonstrated commitment to communication education, service to the discipline, and innovative thinking.

Process: According to the NCA Bylaws, all nominees for Educational Policies Board positions are first considered by the current Board. The Board’s recommendations are submitted to the Committee on Committees for consideration along with the full list of nominees. The Committee on Committees then presents recommendations to the Legislative Assembly for approval.

For more information and/or to discuss interest in these positions, please contact Educational Policies Board Director Scott Myers at scott.myers@mail.wvu.edu. Please see above for detailed instructions on how to submit formal nominations for these positions.

 

 Finance Board  
One Position to serve a three-year term (third year as Board Director) starting in January 2016 

The Finance Board oversees the financial well-being of the Association. It is responsible for routinely reviewing the Association’s investments and operating budget, and develops financial policies.

Expectations: In addition to meeting the responsibilities of the Finance Board, all members of the Finance Board also serve on the Legislative Assembly and its Executive Committee (with voting rights on the EC only in the third year). As members of the Executive Committee, Finance Board members are expected to attend three meetings in the Washington, DC area each year (travel expenses covered by NCA) as well as an Executive Committee meeting and the Legislative Assembly meeting at the NCA Annual Convention each year. Finance Board members meet for an additional day preceding each of the three DC Executive Committee meetings, and otherwise convene via conference calls and communicate electronically. Finance Board members fulfill all standard responsibilities of non-profit Board members. All EC members are asked to contribute to the NCA Annual Fund, although there is no minimum giving level. All new EC members are expected to attend an EC orientation.

Qualifications: Significant administrative experience with knowledge of organizational finance is strongly preferred.

Process: According to the NCA Bylaws, all nominees for Finance Board positions are first considered by the current Board. The Board’s recommendations are submitted to the Committee on Committees for consideration along with the full list of nominees. The Committee on Committees then presents recommendations to the Legislative Assembly for approval.

For more information and/or to discuss interest in this position, please contact Finance Board Director Bobby Patton at brpatton54@gmail.com. Please see above for detailed instructions on how to submit formal nominations for this position.

  

Publications Board 
Two Positions for three-year terms starting in January 2016   

The Publications Board oversees the Association’s publications program including, among many other things, the development of relevant policy and the recommendation of new journal editors to the Legislative Assembly.

Expectations: Board members meet in-person twice each year, once near Washington, DC in February (travel expenses covered by NCA) and once during the NCA Annual Convention. Throughout the year, the Board convenes via conference calls and communicates electronically.

Qualifications: Nominees should be mid-career or beyond with a strong record of publication.

Process: According to the NCA Bylaws, all nominees for Publications Board positions are first considered by the current Board. The Board’s recommendations are submitted to the Committee on Committees for consideration along with the full list of nominees. The Committee on Committees then presents recommendations to the Legislative Assembly for approval.

For more information and/or to discuss interest in these positions, please contact Publications Board Director John Greene at jgreene@purdue.edu. Please see above for detailed instructions on how to submit formal nominations for these positions.

 

 Research Board 
Two Positions for three-year terms starting in January 2016  

The Research Board supports and promotes disciplinary research through facilitation of professional development opportunities for communication scholars and through external advocacy efforts.

Expectations: Board members meet in-person twice each year, once near Washington, DC in February (travel expenses covered by NCA) and once during the NCA Annual Convention. Throughout the year, the Board convenes via conference calls and communicates electronically.

Qualifications: Nominees should be mid-career or beyond with a strong record of research excellence.

Process: According to the NCA Bylaws, all nominees for Research Board positions are first considered by the current Board. The Board’s recommendations are submitted to the Committee on Committees for consideration along with the full list of nominees. The Committee on Committees then presents recommendations to the Legislative Assembly for approval.

For more information and/or to discuss interest in these positions, please contact Research Board Director Joseph Bonito at jbonito@u.arizona.edu. Please see above for detailed instructions on how to submit formal nominations for these positions.

 

Research Board Director 
One year as Director-elect beginning in January 2016, followed by a three-year term as Director beginning in January 2017 

The Research Board supports and promotes disciplinary research through facilitation of professional development opportunities for communication scholars and through external advocacy efforts.

Expectations: The Director-elect serves as a member of the Research Board, which meets in-person twice each year, once near Washington, DC in February (travel expenses covered by NCA) and once during the NCA Annual Convention. Throughout the year, the Board convenes via conference calls and communicates electronically.

The Director not only leads the Research Board, but also serves on the Legislative Assembly and its Executive Committee. As a member of the Executive Committee, the Research Board Director is expected to attend three meetings in the Washington, DC area each year (travel expenses covered by NCA) as well as an Executive Committee meeting and the Legislative Assembly meeting at the NCA Annual Convention each year. The Director fulfills all standard responsibilities of a non-profit Board member. All EC members are asked to contribute to the NCA Annual Fund, though there is no minimum giving level. All new EC members are expected to attend an EC orientation.

Qualifications: Nominees should be mid-career or beyond with a strong record of research excellence. Some administrative experience and/or past service on the Research Board is preferred, but not required.

Process: According to the NCA Bylaws, all nominees for Research Board Director are first considered by the current Board. The Board’s recommendation is submitted to the Committee on Committees for consideration along with the full list of nominees. The Committee on Committees then presents recommendations to the Legislative Assembly for approval.

For more information and/or to discuss interest in this position, please contact Research Board Director Joseph Bonito at jbonito@u.arizona.edu. Please see above for detailed instructions on how to submit formal nominations for these positions.

 

Award Selection Committees 

Bernard J. Brommel Award for Outstanding Scholarship or Distinguished Service in Family Communication Selection Committee
One Position to serve a three-year term starting in January 2016
 

The Bernard J. Brommel Award for Outstanding Scholarship or Distinguished Service in Family Communication recognizes outstanding scholarship or distinguished service in family communication. The purpose of the award is to recognize an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the area of family communication. This contribution may include research published in scholarly publications or leadership in instructional areas. Scholarship is broadly defined to include the spectrum of scholarly writing found in articles published in any journal or by members publishing in major research journals sponsored by other associations or organizations, or in book or monograph form.

Expectations: Committee members are responsible for disseminating the award nomination call to ensure full dissemination. Additionally, Committee members review, evaluate, deliberate, and select a winner as prescribed by the individual award guidelines. Committee Chairs are responsible for coordinating the work of the Selection Committee and ensuring all deadlines are met. The Selection Committee works electronically from January to August.

A member will be appointed for a three-year term and will serve as Committee Chair during the third year.

Qualifications: Nominees should be at the mid-career stage or beyond and focused on teaching/researching in family communication.

Process: Nominations for the position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The Committee on Committees’ recommendations are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments. Please see above for detailed instructions on how to submit formal nominations for this position.

 

Diamond Anniversary Book Award Selection Committee  
One Position to serve a three-year term starting in January 2016  

The Diamond Anniversary Book Award honors the most outstanding scholarly book published during the previous two years. The Selection Committee evaluates books for the generation of research judged to be critical to the discipline of communication; dedication to excellence in the conception and method guiding the analysis; the presentation of findings which generate new insights and understandings regarding communication; and explicit sensitivity to the potential uses and value of the analysis for others in areas such as research, teaching, and application.

Expectations: Committee members are responsible for disseminating the award nomination call to ensure full dissemination. Additionally, Committee members review, evaluate, deliberate, and select a winner as prescribed by the individual award guidelines. Committee Chairs are responsible for coordinating the work of the Selection Committee and ensuring all deadlines are met. The Selection Committee works electronically from January to August.

A member will be appointed for a three-year term and will serve as Committee Chair during the third year.

Qualifications: Nominees should be at mid-career stage or beyond.

Process: Nominations for the position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments. Please see above for detailed instructions on how to submit formal nominations for this position.

 

Donald P. Cushman Memorial Award Selection Committee
Two Positions to serve three-year terms starting in January 2016  

The Donald P. Cushman Memorial Award was created to honor Dr. Cushman, an influential figure in  the field of communication. The award is designed to recognize Cushman’s mentorship of students, which centered around excellence in scholarship, as well as students’ socialization as scholars in the communication discipline. The award honors the top-ranked student-authored paper from all NCA Interest Groups that competitively rank papers for programming at the NCA Annual Convention.

Expectations: Committee members are responsible for disseminating the award nomination call to ensure full dissemination. Additionally, Committee members review, evaluate, deliberate, and select a winner as prescribed by the individual award guidelines. Committee Chairs are responsible for coordinating the work of the Selection Committee and ensuring all deadlines are met. The Selection Committee works electronically from January to August.

Members will be appointed to serve three-year terms.

Qualifications: Nominees must hold a doctoral degree, have faculty status, and be able to demonstrate relevant experience in evaluating advanced student scholarship.

Process: Nominations for each position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments. Please see above for detailed instructions on how to submit formal nominations for this position.

 

Douglas W. Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award Selection Committee  
One Position to serve a three-year term starting in January 2016 

The Douglas W. Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award honors scholars who have executed research programs in rhetorical theory, rhetorical criticism, and/or public address studies. The award is given to a person, who, through multiple publications and presentations around a rhetorical topic or theme, demonstrates intellectual creativity, perseverance, and impact on academic communities.

Expectations: Committee members are responsible for disseminating the award nomination call to ensure full dissemination. Additionally, Committee members review, evaluate, deliberate, and select a winner as prescribed by the individual award guidelines. Committee Chairs are responsible for coordinating the work of the Selection Committee and ensuring all deadlines are met. The Selection Committee works electronically from January to August.

A member will be appointed for a three-year term and will serve as Committee Chair during the third year.

Qualifications: Nominees should be at the mid-career stage or beyond and experience with a research program in rhetorical theory, rhetorical criticism, and/or public address studies.

Process: Nominations for the position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments. Please see above for detailed instructions on how to submit formal nominations for this position.

 

 Franklyn S. Haiman Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Freedom of Expression Selection Committee  
One Position to serve a three-year term starting in January 2016 

The Franklyn S. Haiman Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Freedom of Expression honors outstanding published research on freedom of expression. The body of scholarship that has appeared in the Free Speech Yearbook (now known as First Amendment Studies) broadly defines the spectrum of eligible scholarship. While First Amendment Studies serves as a model for defining the scope of eligible scholarship, the award may also recognize published scholarship in other journals, books, or monographs. The content criteria to be used for the award selection procedures include the vitality and importance of the subject; the calculated impact of the study upon its audience; the quality of composition; and the enduring value of the scholarship.

Expectations: Committee members are responsible for disseminating the award nomination call to ensure full dissemination. Additionally, Committee members review, evaluate, deliberate, and select a winner as prescribed by the individual award guidelines. Committee Chairs are responsible for coordinating the work of the Selection Committee and ensuring all deadlines are met. The Selection Committee works electronically from January to August.

A member will be appointed for a three-year term and will serve as Committee Chair during the third year.

Qualifications: Nominees should be at the mid-career stage or beyond and engaged in teaching/research in freedom of expression.

Process: Nominations for the position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The Committee on Committees’ recommendations are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments. Please see above for detailed instructions on how to submit formal nominations for this position.

 

 Gerald M. Phillips Award for Distinguished Applied Communication Scholarship Selection Committee  
One Position to serve a three-year term starting in January 2016     

The Gerald M. Phillips Award for Distinguished Applied Communication Scholarship honors the author of a body of published research and creative scholarship in applied communication. The body of scholarship recognized by the award is broadly defined to include the spectrum of scholarship expressed by the Journal of Applied Communication Research, but only as a model for defining the scope of the award. The body of scholarship recognized by the award may be published in any journal, book, or monograph, or published in other than print media, such as but not limited to film, video tape, audio tape, or radio.

Expectations: Committee members are responsible for disseminating the award nomination call to ensure full dissemination. Additionally, Committee members review, evaluate, deliberate, and select a winner as prescribed by the individual award guidelines. Committee Chairs are responsible for coordinating the work of the Selection Committee and ensuring all deadlines are met. The Selection Committee works electronically from January to August.

A member will be appointed for a three-year term and will serve as Committee Chair during the third year.

Qualifications: Nominees should be at the mid-career stage or beyond and engaged in teaching/research in applied communication.

Process: Nominations for the position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments. Please see above for detailed instructions on how to submit formal nominations for this position.

 

 Golden Anniversary Monograph Award Selection Committee  
Three Positions to serve two-year terms starting in January 2016  

The Golden Anniversary Monograph Award honors the most outstanding scholarly monograph published during the previous calendar year in any of the areas of the speech communication arts and sciences.

Expectations: Committee members are responsible for disseminating the award nomination call to ensure full dissemination. Additionally, Committee members review, evaluate, deliberate, and select a winner as prescribed by the individual award guidelines. Committee Chairs are responsible for coordinating the work of the Selection Committee and ensuring all deadlines are met. The Selection Committee works electronically from January to August.

Three members will be appointed for two-year terms. The Committee on Committees recommends to the Legislative Assembly a Chair from the three serving in their second year.

Qualifications: Nominees should be at the mid-career stage or beyond.

Process: Nominations for each position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments. Please see above for detailed instructions on how to submit formal nominations for this position.

 

 Karl R. Wallace Memorial Award Selection Committee  
One Position to serve a three-year term starting in January 2016  

The Karl R. Wallace Memorial Award honors a scholar who fosters and promotes philosophical, historical, or critical scholarship in rhetoric and public discourse. The award honors scholars who have completed the Ph.D. within the past 10 years, or who are well advanced in doctoral studies in rhetoric and public address.

Expectations: Committee members are responsible for disseminating the award nomination call to ensure full dissemination. Additionally, Committee members review, evaluate, deliberate, and select a winner as prescribed by the individual award guidelines. Committee Chairs are responsible for coordinating the work of the selection committee and ensuring all deadlines are met. The Selection Committee works electronically from January to August.

A member will be appointed for a three-year term and will serve as Committee Chair during the third year.

Qualifications: Nominees should be at the mid-career stage or beyond.

Process: Nominations for the position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments. Please see above for detailed instructions on how to submit formal nominations for this position.

 

 Leslie Irene Coger Award for Distinguished Performance Selection Committee  
One Position to serve a three-year term starting in January 2016  

The Leslie Irene Coger Award for Distinguished Performance honors a person who has contributed an outstanding body of live performances throughout one’s career. The award may be given to directors, producers, teachers, or performers. The award will normally be given for a body of performance or an outstanding career in performance. It may in exceptional cases be given to performers of a single or a smaller body of performance.

Expectations: Committee members are responsible for disseminating the award nomination call to ensure full dissemination. Additionally, Committee members review, evaluate, deliberate, and select a winner as prescribed by the individual award guidelines. Committee Chairs are responsible for coordinating the work of the Selection Committee and ensuring all deadlines are met. The Selection Committee works electronically from January to August.

One member will be appointed for a three-year term and will serve as Committee Chair during the third year.

Qualifications: Nominees should be at the mid-career stage or beyond with experience in performance.

Process: Nominations for the position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments. Please see above for detailed instructions on how to submit formal nominations for this position.

 

 Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance Studies Selection Committee  
One Position to serve a three-year term starting in January 2016  

The Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance Studies honors outstanding scholarship in interpretation and performance studies. The scholarship recognized by the award is to be broadly defined to include the spectrum of scholarship expressed by Text and Performance Quarterly. While TPQ is to serve as a model for defining the scope of the award, the scholarship recognized by the award may be published in any journal, book, or monograph, or published in other than print media, such as but not limited to live performance, film, video tape, photography, audio tape, and radio.

Expectations: Committee members are responsible for disseminating the award nomination call to ensure full dissemination. Additionally, Committee members review, evaluate, deliberate, and select a winner as prescribed by the individual award guidelines. Committee Chairs are responsible for coordinating the work of the Selection Committee and ensuring all deadlines are met. The Selection Committee works electronically from January to August.

One member will be appointed for a three-year term and will serve as Committee Chair during the third year.

Qualifications: Nominees should be at the mid-career stage or beyond and engaged in interpretation and performance.

Process: Nominations for the position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments. Please see above for detailed instructions on how to submit formal nominations for this position.

 

 Marcella E. Oberle Award for Outstanding Teaching in Grades K-12 Selection Committee
Currently, no open positions. A position will be available in 2016. 

 

 Mark L. Knapp Award in Interpersonal Communication Selection Committee
Two Positions to serve two-year terms starting in January 2016  

The Mark L. Knapp Award in Interpersonal Communication recognizes career contributions to the study of interpersonal communication.  The award recognizes individuals who have made significant scholarly contributions to the study of interaction and/or relational processes.  Honorees will have also contributed to the quality of interpersonal communication through active involvement in the discipline, significant mentoring of students, and/or public service focused on interpersonal communication.

Expectations: Committee members are responsible for disseminating the award nomination call to ensure full dissemination. Additionally, Committee members review, evaluate, deliberate, and select a winner as prescribed by the individual award guidelines. Committee Chairs are responsible for coordinating the work of the Selection Committee and ensuring all deadlines are met. The Selection Committee works electronically from January to August.

Qualifications: Nominees should be at the mid-career stage or beyond and be recognized leaders in the study of interpersonal communication and well-acquainted with the broad scope of scholarship in the area.

Process: Nominations for each position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees, with the advice of the Interpersonal Communication Division Immediate Past Chair. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments. Please see above for detailed instructions on how to submit formal nominations for this positio

 

 Michael and Suzanne Osborn Community College Outstanding Educator Award Selection Committee  
One Position to serve a two-year term starting in January 2016  

The Michael and Suzanne Osborn Community College Outstanding Educator Award honors an NCA member who has made an outstanding contribution to education at community colleges, and who exemplifies excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service to the communication profession.

Expectations: Committee members are responsible for disseminating the award nomination call to ensure full dissemination. Additionally, Committee members review, evaluate, deliberate, and select a winner as prescribed by the individual award guidelines. Committee chairs are responsible for coordinating the work of the Selection Committee and ensuring all deadlines are met. The Selection Committee works electronically from January to August.

One member will be appointed for a three-year term and will serve as Committee Chair during the third year.

Qualifications: Nominees should be at any stage of their professional lives and have experience in teaching at community colleges.

Process: Nominations for the position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments. Please see above for detailed instructions on how to submit formal nominations for this position.

 

 Professional Service Awards Selection Committee  
Three Positions to serve one-year terms starting in January 2016  

The Professional Service Awards Committee selects the recipients of the Robert J. Kibler Memorial Award and the Samuel L. Becker Distinguished Service Award. Both awards honor members who have demonstrated excellence, commitment, and service to the Association and the discipline.

The Robert J. Kibler Memorial Award honors those who have epitomized the qualities of Robert Kibler’s professional and personal life, including dedication to excellence, commitment to the profession, concern for others, a vision of what could be, acceptance of diversity, and forthrightness.

The Samuel L. Becker Distinguished Service Award honors a person who has made the greatest contribution to the Association and the profession during her or his career. The contributions may be in research, teaching, or service. In most cases, the selected honorees have made outstanding contributions in all three areas.

Expectations: Committee members are responsible for disseminating the award nomination call to ensure full dissemination. Additionally, Committee members review, evaluate, deliberate, and select a winner as prescribed by the individual award guidelines. Committee Chairs are responsible for coordinating the work of the Selection Committee and ensuring all deadlines are met. The Selection Committee works electronically from January to August.

Three members are appointed for one-year terms. The Committee Chair will be nominated by the Committee on Committees from among the three selected Committee members.

Qualifications: Nominees should be at senior stages in their professional lives with long service to NCA. Members of the Selection Committee are often, but not always, former officers of the Association and/or recipients of the award.

Process: Nominations for each position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments. Please see above for detailed instructions on how to submit formal nominations for this position.

 

 Stephen E. Lucas Debut Publication Award Selection Committee  
One Position to serve a three-year term starting in January 2016  

The Stephen E. Lucas Debut Publication Award honors new scholars in the communication discipline who have published their first scholarly book or monograph. Honored scholars are selected on the basis of the highest standards of academic rigor. Submissions address any area of communication research and may employ any methodology. Submissions are judged on their ability to open new fields of research for the discipline, for their potential to influence research in a particular area of the discipline, and/or for their potential to become standard reading for scholars in the discipline.

Expectations: Committee members are responsible for disseminating the award nomination call to ensure full dissemination. Additionally, Committee members review, evaluate, deliberate, and select a winner as prescribed by the individual award guidelines. Committee Chairs are responsible for coordinating the work of the Selection Committee and ensuring all deadlines are met. The Selection Committee works electronically from January to August.

One member will be appointed for a three-year term and will serve as Committee Chair during the third year.

Qualifications: Nominees should be at the mid-career stage or beyond and represent a diversity of scholarly methods and substantive interest.

Process: Nominations for each position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments. Please see above for detailed instructions on how to submit formal nominations for this position.

  

Other Committee Positions 

 Affirmative Action and Intercaucus Committee Chair
One Position to serve a three-year term starting in January 2016  

The Committee is charged with addressing issues of diversity and nondiscrimination by, among other things, promoting the interests of the NCA Policy on Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination and the NCA Statement on Diversity, and coordinating the NCA Caucus Student Travel Grant.

Expectations: The Chair is responsible for coordinating the work of the Committee; maintaining contact with Committee members; convening the business meeting at the NCA Annual Convention; and serving as a member of the Legislative Assembly and Nominating Committee representing the collective interest of NCA’s Caucuses related to diversity. The Committee convenes once a year in person during the Annual Convention and communicates electronically throughout the year.  The Committee is comprised of a Chair and one member from each NCA Caucus. Caucus representatives are selected by the Caucuses by a means and for a term determined by each individual Caucus. The term of office for each Caucus representative is not limited by NCA policy.

Qualifications: Nominees should be at the mid-stage level or beyond in their careers.

Process: Nominations for the position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments. Please see above for detailed instructions on how to submit formal nominations for this position.

  

Committee on International Discussion and Debate (CIDD)  
One Position for a member representing the central region of the United States to serve a four-year term starting in January 2016  

The Committee on International Discussion and Debate promotes international understanding and the practice of communication through discussion and debates between students from the United States and other nations. The program seeks to broaden the scope of international educational and cultural exchanges by providing a channel for the exchange of ideas and attitudes among students and young people in America and throughout the world; make possible informal meetings among students, college and university personnel, and the general citizenry of participating countries; facilitate the exchange of information and ideas about the educational systems of the countries involved; reinforce the importance of dialogue as a preferred means for resolving international and intercultural differences; maintain and enhance the ties between the National Communication Association and forensics organizations, forensics programs, and their sponsoring academic departments throughout the United States; and provide opportunities to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the discipline of communication both in other nations and in the United States.

Qualifications: Nominees should be at the mid-stage level or beyond in their careers. Four members represent the four regions of the nation (East, West, South and Central). Each member serves a four-year term. Most of the work of this committee is done electronically throughout the year.

Process: Nominations for the position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees, with advice from the Committee on International Discussion and Debate. The recommendations of the Committee on Committee  are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments. Please see above for detailed instructions on how to submit formal nominations for this position.

For more information and/or to discuss interest in this position, please contact CIDD Chair Wayne Kraemer at wk02@txstate.edu.

 

 Doctoral Education Committee
Four Positions to serve three-year terms beginning in January 2016   

The purpose of the Doctoral Education Committee is to promote the highest standards of communication scholarship through excellence in doctoral education. The Committee works in collaboration with the Research Board, Educational Policies Board, and other Association bodies as appropriate.

Expectations: The Committee convenes once a year in person during the Annual Convention, while most other work of this Committee is done through electronic means throughout the year.

Qualifications: Nominees should be at the mid-career stage or beyond. Members are selected with the intent of maintaining a Committee that is representative of doctoral programs geographically, intellectually, and in other appropriate ways.

Process: Nominations for each position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees, with advice from the Doctoral Education Committee. The recommendations of the Committee on Committee  are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments. Please see above for detailed instructions on how to submit formal nominations for this position.

For more information and/or to discuss interest in these positions, please contact Doctoral Education Committee Chair Nathan Stormer at nathan@maine.edu.

 

 Leathers Fund Trustee Committee  
One Position to serve a three-year term starting in January 2016  

The Leathers Fund Trustee Committee reviews funding requests for projects to support communication scholarship in Eastern Europe that are funded by the Dale G. Leathers Memorial Fund to Promote Communication Studies in Emerging Democracies. For more information, visit http://www.natcom.org/LeathersFund/

Expectations: Committee members are charged with devising general criteria for judging proposals, for selecting the designees of the fund, and for establishing any priorities for operationalizing the purposes of the Fund, intended to support communication scholarship in Eastern Europe. All of the work of the Committee is done electronically. Members serve three-year terms.

Qualifications: Nominees should be at the mid-career stage or beyond and have an interest in promoting communication teaching and research in Eastern Europe.

Process: Nominations for each position are first reviewed by the NCA Committee on Committees. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees are then considered by the Legislative Assembly, which formally approves appointments.