Affiliate organizations are separate, autonomous organizations that partner with NCA. Typically the affiliate will represent a shared mission related to communication pedagogy or scholarship.

Affiliation generates mutual benefits, including shared knowledge, expanded networks, greater promotion of the shared mission, and expanded opportunities for dialogue and collaboration. Overall, the spirit of affiliation involves the pursuit and celebration of knowledge, study, praxis, professionalism, creativity, and service related to the larger communication discipline.

Criteria for an Affiliate Organization  

The following are criteria to qualify to be an affiliate of NCA:

  • The organization must have a scholarly and professional interest in the communication discipline
  • The organization must be an independent, legally incorporated nonprofit organization with a formal organizational structure, an identifiable membership, and a commitment to maintaining connections among other communication scholars, teachers, and/or researchers. Any organization seeking affiliation must have been in existence a minimum of three years prior to application.
  • There must be clear evidence that the organization monitors, protects, and ensures high quality in both the means and the products of its communications with its members.
  • Evidence must be given that affiliation will benefit both the affiliated society and NCA by establishing a partnership.
  • NCA will not consider for affiliation any organization that discriminates on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, age, disability, or marital status.

Current Affiliates of NCA 

American Debate Association
American Forensic Association
American Society for the History of Rhetoric
Association for Business Communication
Association for Chinese Communication Studies
Association for Communication Administration
Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Central States Communication Association
Chinese Communication Association
Cross Examination Debate Association
Eastern Communication Association
Eurasian Communication Association of North America (formerly North American Russian
Communication Association)
International Communication Association
International Forensics Association
International Listening Association
Japan-US Communication Association 
Kenneth Burke Society
Korean American Communication Association 
Media Ecology Association
National Federation of High School Speech, Debate, & Theatre Association (registered as
National Federation of State High School Associations)

National Forensic Association
National States Advisory Council
Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide
Phi Rho Pi
Pi Kappa Delta
Religious Communication Association
Rhetoric Society of America
Russian Communication Association (registered as MetaCommunication)
Society for the Study of Symbolic Interactionism
South African Communication Association
Southern States Communication Association
Urban Communication Foundation
Western States Communication Association
World Communication Association