Public Policy Related to the Profession

NCA advocates for public policy that supports the professional efforts of our members in a variety of ways.

Annual Advocacy Events 

Humanities Advocacy Day, organized by the National Humanities Alliance
This annual event includes a day of Capitol Hill advocacy in support of funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities and other humanities programs, and is preceded by a day of advocacy training and issue briefings.

Capitol Hill Reception and Exhibition, organized by the Coalition for National Science Funding
This annual event showcases results of NSF-funded research projects. For several years, NCA members who have received NSF funding have displayed the findings of their research. 

  • 2016, Arun Vishwanath, “Spear Phishing: The Single Biggest Threat to Cybersecurity and How We Can Combat It.”
  • 2014, John Gastil and Katie Knobloch, “The Citizens' Initiative Review (CIR), 2010-2014: Evaluation and Analysis of an Electoral Innovation.”
  • 2013, Brian Spitzberg, “Can Cyberspace Map onto Human Activities Occurring in (Geographic) Real Space?”

Social and Behavioral Science Advocacy Day, organized by the Consortium of Social Science Associations
This annual event includes a day of Capitol Hill advocacy in support of federal funding for social and behavioral science research, via NSF and NIH, and is preceded by a day of advocacy training and issue briefings.

Federal Funding 
July 2016        Statement and letter issued by the Coalition for National Science Funding, cosigned by NCA and over 130 other scholarly and professional associations
The statement and letter, to the U.S. Senate and its Commerce Science, & Transportation Committee respectively, express support for the drafting and introduction of S. 3084, the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act. CNSF and its signatories urge the Senate to amend S. 3084 to support and increase funding levels for the National Science Foundation.
June 2015   Statement issued by the American Historical Association, cosigned by NCA and 21 other scholarly organizations
The statement critiqued a proposal pending in the Wisconsin State Legislature which threatened to undermine several longstanding features of the state’s higher education system including shared governance, tenure, and academic freedom.
May 2015        Action Alert asking NCA members to write to Members of Congress, in partnership with the Consortium of Social Science Associations
The alert encouraged opposition to the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806) because it threatened funding levels for social and behavioral science at NSF.
April 2015   Letter to House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Chairman Lamar Smith and Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson with over 130 additional organizational signers, coordinated by the Coalition for National Science Funding
The letter urged the Committee to maintain critical funding for the National Science Foundation’s Geosciences and Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorates during its reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act.
April 2014   Action Alert asking NCA members to write to Members of Congress, in partnership with the National Humanities Alliance
The alert encouraged Congress to oppose a House Budget Committee resolution that called for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
April 2014
 
  Letter to Senators Barbara Mikulski and Richard Shelby with over 30 additional organizational signer, coordinated by The Census Project
The letter urged Senate support for President Obama's budget request of $1.211 billion to support the Census Bureau's work, including the 2020 decennial census and the American Community Survey.
March 2014
 
  Letter to Representatives Larry Bucshon and Lamar Smith, with over 50 organizational sponsors, coordinated by the Coalition for National Science Funding
The letter expressed serious concerns about the Frontiers in Research, Science, Technology (FIRST) Act of 2014, and highlighted specifically the decimating cuts proposed in the Act to the authorization levels for the National Science Foundation's Social, Behavioral, and Economic Directorate.
March 2014   Action Alert asking NCA members to write to Members of Congress, in partnership with the Consortium of Social Science Associations
The alert encouraged Congress to oppose the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, & Technology (FIRST) Act of 2014 (H.R. 4186), introduced by Indiana Representative Larry Bucshon.
October 2013   Letter to Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV and Ranking Member John Thune (Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation) with 320 signatures, organized by the Association of American Universities and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
The letter addressed the critical importance of passing an America COMPETES Act reauthorization that called for real and sustained growth in funding for key U.S. science agencies including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Standards and Technology, Department of Energy Office of Science, and the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.
August 2013   Action Alert asking NCA members to write to Members of Congress, in partnership with the National Humanities Alliance
The alert encouraged Congress to oppose devastating cuts to the National Endowment for the Humanities proposed by members of the House of Representatives.
July 2013   Letter to Senate Appropriations Chair Barbara Mikulski and Ranking Member Richard Shelby, with 40 signatories, organized by The Census Project
The letter urged Senator Mikulski and Senator Shelby to consider the critical need for adequate Census Bureau funding, especially for 2020 Census planning and the American Community Survey in the mark up of the Fiscal Year 2014 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill.
April 2013    Congressional Briefing participation, organized by the Coalition for National Science Funding with the House Research and Development Caucus
This briefing, “Social Science Research and Disasters,” focused on communication, resilience, and consequences of disaster preparedness; one of three featured speakers was NCA member and Past President H. Dan O’Hair.
April 2013   Action Alert asking NCA members to write to Members of Congress, in partnership with the National Humanities Alliance
The alert encouraged Congress to replace the sequester with a balanced approach to deficit reduction that would preserve crucial investments in humanities programs.
March 2013   Letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, with 56 organizational signatures, organized by the Census Project
The letter asked Senate leaders to resist spending cuts for Census Bureau funding in the long-term FY2013 CR and to preserve the integrity of statistical programs vital to prudent decision-making and the nation’s economic recovery.
June 2012        Letter to the Senate, with 121 organizational signatures, organized by the Coalition for National Science Funding
The letter encouraged support for the federal research and development budget of the National Science Foundation.
Research & Education Policy 
July 2016   Joint statement of NCA and several other scholarly societies expressing concern about the apparent moves to dismantle much of the structure of Turkish higher education through purges, restrictions, and assertions of central control and calling for respect for academic freedom and the autonomy of universities in Turkey.
November 2015   Joint statement of NCA and 28 other American scholarly societies expressing concern about "Campus Carry" legislation.
December 2014
 
  Letter to Members of Congress & the U.S. Senate with hundreds of signatories, organized by the Coalition to Promote Research
The letter supported the National Institutes of Health (NIH), its mission, and particularly its peer review process. CPR also authored a commentary piece on the subject of protecting scientific research and peer review in Roll Call
January 2014   Letter to Texas State Board of Education, from NCA
The letter urged that the Texas Board of Education maintain the statewide half-credit requirement in Speech/Communication for graduation from Texas high schools.
October 2013   Letter to Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer of the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS), from NCA
The letter supported the Carolina Communication Association in urging inclusion of Communication courses in the revised NCCCS Curriculum Articulation Agreement on General Education courses.
October 2013   Letter to Chairman Lamar Smith (House Science, Space, and Technology Committee) with 69 signatories, organized by the American Association for the Advancement
of Science
The letter urged protection of the integrity of the scientific enterprise by ensuring that the National Science Foundation and its independent scientific panels determine where the best scientific opportunities are and how to balance limited resources
May 2013   Letter to Congressman Lamar Smith, with 110 signatories, organized by the Coalition for National Science Funding
The letter encouraged support for existing peer review procedures at the National Science Foundation.
April 2013   Letter to Senate and House Leadership; Senate and House Appropriations Committees; Senate  Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; House Education and the Workforce Committee, from NCA
The letter called for the rejection of future legislatively mandated restrictions on the national science agenda.
May 2012        Letter to Leaders of Congress, organized by the Consortium of Social Science Associations, with member organization signatures
The letter objected to amendments regarding restrictions on government employees’ participation in meetings and conferences. The restrictions threaten essential links between the research community and the government.  
February 2012   Letter to Attorney General of Texas from the Consortium of Social Science Associations governing members
The letter supported the appeal by University of Texas at Dallas on decision that names and addresses of subjects who participated in federally funded research studies are not protected from disclosure under the Texas Public Information Act.   
October 2011   Social and Behavior Science White Paper on Advanced Notice for Proposed Rule-making for the Department of Health and Human Services, endorsed by 18 organizations that participated in a series of meetings, written by three external colleagues
The White Paper addressed current regulations for protecting human subjects in research focused on consideration of appropriate provisions for social and behavioral science research.
October 2010   White Paper in response to Dear Colleague Letter for SBE2020: Future Research in the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences issued by the National Science Foundation, from NCA
The White Paper articulated communicating science as a suggested future strategic funding direction for the National Science Foundation that is both foundational and transformative.  It informed the NSF “Rebuilding the Mosaic” report.