NCA IDEA Strategic Plan Task Force

Professional OpportunitiesCall for Participation: NCA IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access) Strategic Plan Task Force, National Communication Association, Washington, DC. Deadline: January 15, 2021.

NCA is committed to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access and seeks to address how the association can be responsive and transformative in this historical juncture when questions of justice and representation dominate both our national conversations as well as our professional and institutional inquires and actions. Following in the spirit of the recent renaming of the NCA Diversity Council as the IDEA Council, the commitment to create several NCA IDEA Awards for scholarship and institutional excellence, and other significant progress that NCA has made in changing key processes, the next step is to engage in the creation of a comprehensive IDEA – inclusion, diversity, equity, and access – strategic plan for NCA.

This call seeks volunteers to be members of this IDEA Strategic Plan Task Force. Additionally, any volunteers who are interested in co-chairing this Task Force also are welcome. To volunteer, please send an e-mail message explaining your interest in being on the Task Force and highlighting your experience in inclusion, diversity, equity, and access work in NCA or at your home institution. Please send your statement of interest and a CV to Roseann M. Mandziuk by January 15, 2021.

The IDEA Strategic Plan Task Force will be officially constituted and publicly announced by February 1, 2021. The Task Force’s charge will be to produce an IDEA Strategic Plan to be submitted to NCA’s Executive Committee by February 1, 2022.

Collaborative work among Task Force members to create the IDEA Strategic Plan will take place using video conferencing and other electronic means. The Task Force will meet at the 107th NCA Convention in Seattle in November 2021, and also will host a discussion forum at this Convention to gather member input and to share their work to that point. Pending approval by the NCA Executive Committee, the NCA IDEA Strategic Plan would be officially presented at our 108th Annual Convention in 2022 to the Legislative Assembly for adoption, after which the Task Force will be disbanded.

Promise & Perils of Interracial Dialogue

Applied ICDRamasubramanian, S., & Wolfe, A. (2 November 2020). The promise and perils of interracial dialogue. Spectra.

 

At its best, dialogue promises to bring together people with different worldviews, life experiences, stakes, interests, and goals and provide opportunities for perspective-taking, learning, open-mindedness, and turn-taking.

The authors are co-directors of the Difficult Dialogues Project at Texas A&M University. In this essay for Spectra, the newsletter of the National Communication Association, they provide a long list of accessible resources (such as Scaffolded Antiracism Resources) and academic publications for those interested in the topic to explore.

CFP Communication Media & Governance in the Age of Globalization (China)

ConferencesCall for papers: Third Biennial Conference on Communication, Media, and Governance in the Age of Globalization, June 19-21, 2020, Communication University of China, Beijing, China. Deadline: November 1, 2019.

The National Communication Association (NCA) announces the Third Biennial Conference on Communication, Media, and Governance in the Age of Globalization, to be held on the Beijing campus of the Communication University of China (CUC), June 19-21, 2020. The conference seeks to foster greater understanding between and collaboration among Chinese scholars of Communication and a wide range of international colleagues affiliated with NCA.

For this event, organizers will be using the United Nation’s “Millennium Development Goals” (MDGs). Approved in 2000, and signed by all 191 UN members, the MDGs serve as benchmarks in human development, quality of life, and global partnership.

NCA Concepts: Microaggressions

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The National Communication Association has begun posting a series of videos explaining various communication concepts to YouTube. Four are posted as of this writing, and one of those overlaps with intercultural dialogue.

CFP IICD of NCA 2019

ConferencesCall for submissions: International & Intercultural Communication Division, National Communication Association, November 14-17, 2019, Baltimore, Maryland. Deadline: March 27, 2019.

The International and Intercultural Communication Division of the National Communication Association invites submissions that examine communication in cultural, intercultural, and international contexts. Four kinds of submissions will be considered this year: (1) individual papers, (2) paper sessions, (3) panel discussions, and (4) performance sessions.

NCA’s convention theme is “Communication for Survival.” The theme invites us to engage in bold and cutting-edge approaches and perspectives in examining how communication plays important roles in survivals of various contexts. NCA Second Vice President Ono explains, “Communication for Survival can help inspire us to think about the quotidian ways communication improves lives, helping people build relationships, sustaining communities, changing society for the better, and providing peace of mind.” IICD invites rigorous and engaging submissions that examine various aspects of and topics related to communication for survival within international and intercultural contexts. Submissions that discuss international and intercultural communication research, teaching, practices, and service are strongly encouraged. The Division welcomes all theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches.

Visiting Fellows: Communication & Media (China)

“Fellowships“Visiting Fellows Program (VFP) for Communication and Media Research, joint program between the National Communication Association and the Communication University of China. Deadline: February 1, 2019.

Fellows will serve one-semester appointments-in-residence. Fall Fellows will serve September1 through the end of December; Spring Fellows will serve February 1 through the end of May. During this one-semester residency, Fellows will not teach but conduct research on their proposed projects in line with the VFP’s annual theme, “Global Environmental Communication in the Age of Crises”, and they will be responsible for delivering four public talks, workshops, or other scholarly programs meant to advance NCA’s mission, the broad goals of the VFP, and the interests of intercultural collaboration. NCA and CUC will each select one Fellow for each academic term, so the VFP will consist of two Fellows each term (or four per academic year).

Call for Nominations: JIIC Editor

Professional OpportunitiesCall for Nominations/ Applications: Journal of International and Intercultural Communication Editor-Elect, Assuming duties in 2020; overseeing 2021-2023 volumes. Deadline: January 1, 2019.

During 2019, NCA’s Publications Council will nominate an Editor-Elect (or co-Editors Elect) for the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication (JIIC). The newly appointed Editor will begin processing manuscripts later in the year or early in 2020, and will oversee the volumes for 2021-2023. Editors of NCA journals occupy a particularly prominent leadership position in the field. In naming editorial boards, selecting reviewers for manuscripts, and making final publication decisions (among other duties), they make a vitally important contribution to the discipline, and they play a key role in maintaining the highest standards of integrity and scholarly inquiry.

JIIC is a peer reviewed publication of the National Communication Association. JIIC publishes original scholarship that expands understanding of international, intercultural, and cross-cultural communication. Widely interdisciplinary, JIIC features diverse perspectives and methods, including qualitative, quantitative, critical, and textual approaches to intellectual inquiry.

Todd L. Sandel, University of Macau, is the current JIIC Editor, and also a member of the CID Advisory Board, so if you are interested and have questions, please contact Todd directly.

CFP Russian Communication Association for NCA (USA)

ConferencesCFP Russian Communication Association – NCA Call for Submissions. Deadline: March 28 2018.

The Russian Communication Association welcomes submissions for the National Communication Association Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, that focus on various aspects of communication in, with, and about Russia. We welcome any theoretical perspective or methodological approach that may advance our understanding of communication discipline, including, but not limited to, critical/cultural studies, rhetoric, media, intercultural, interpersonal, organizational, peace and conflict, gender and sexuality, political, and performative.  Submissions should not be limited to Russia alone as long as they are related to it in some way.  We also encourage panel discussion submissions that include presenters from multiple institutions and/or multiple countries.

If you have any questions, please contact Sasha Allgayer at sallga AT bgsu.edu

Internationalizing the Communication Discipline

Resources in ICD“ width=After several years of task forces on internationalizing communication, and a special issue of Spectra entitled The Communication Discipline Goes Global, the National Communication Association has now produced a brochure entitled Internationalizing the Communication Discipline. It likely will be useful primarily for those already convinced of the need, who want help in convincing colleagues and administrators.

A related prior resource available on the NCA website is a set of pages describing internationalization, which I prepared for them in 2011. All of the photos provided then have been removed or replaced, and the content has been revised to include specific recommendations from the 2013 task force on internationalization, on which I served. Here’s the introduction, explaining the topic, goals, and audience:

“Internationalization is about taking the rest of the world seriously, not only one’s home country, and can be thought of as the formal term for thinking globally before acting locally. It requires knowing enough about the larger world to act appropriately in a specific context and location, especially when interacting with cultural others. Internationalization is relevant for citizens of all countries, but the following comments are primarily intended for those based in the United States, where internationalization is still often viewed as an option. Internationalization applies to all domains and contexts, but these comments emphasize higher education.”

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Visiting Fellows: Communication & Media Research (China)

Job adsVisiting Fellows Program (VFP) for Communication and Media Research, joint program between the National Communication Association and the Communication University of China. Deadline: February 1, 2018.

Fellows will serve one-semester appointments-in-residence. Fall Fellows will serve September 1 through the end of December; Spring Fellows will serve February 1 through the end of May. During this one-semester residency, Fellows will not teach. Fellows will conduct research on their proposed projects in line with the VFP’s annual theme (see section on theme below), and they will be responsible for delivering four public talks, workshops, or other scholarly programs meant to advance NCA’s mission, the broad goals of the VFP, and the interests of intercultural collaboration. NCA and CUC will each select one Fellow for each academic term, so the VFP will consist of two Fellows each term (or four per academic year). Fellows will be guided in their work by the NCA’s “Credo for Ethical Communication,” which offers robust support for free speech, intellectual inquiry, and intercultural sensitivity. CUC endorses this document’s values and norms.

THE 2018-19 THEME: For our inaugural class of Fellows, the research theme is “The China Dream, the American Dream, and Communicating National Narratives.” Successful applicants will address this theme in their research and public events. So that colleagues may plan ahead, the 2019–20 theme will be “Global Environmental Communication in the Age of Crises.” The 2020–21 theme will be “New Media, New Markets, and Netizens.”

The VFP will be hosted on the campus of the Communication University of China (hereafter CUC). CUC has previously partnered with NCA in co-hosting the biennial summer conferences on “Communication, Media, and Governance in the Age of Globalization.”