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.”


Executive Director NCA job ad (Washington, DC)

The National Communication Association (NCA) is seeking an outstanding leader with a passion for Communication arts and sciences to become its next Executive Director.

Founded in 1914, NCA advances the scholarly discipline of Communication that studies all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific, and aesthetic inquiry. Today NCA is a vibrant and financially strong organization whose diverse membership includes 7,500 scholars, teachers, practitioners, and academic departments across the country and the world. The Association is well served by a professionally accomplished staff that supports the publication of 11 academic journals, various professional development programs and public engagement events, and an annual convention attended by 5,000 participants.

Complete position description and instructions for applying.

CFP Communication, Media, and Governance in the Age of Globalization (Beijing)

Call for Participants for:
Communication, Media, and Governance in the Age of Globalization

An International Conference Co-Hosted by the Communication University of China (CUC) & the U.S.-based National Communication Association (NCA)
To be held in Beijing, China, June 17-19, 2016

The Communication University of China (CUC) and the U.S.-based National Communication Association (NCA) are pleased to announce a co-sponsored summer conference to be held in Beijing, China, June 17-19, 2016. The conference will be held at the CUC International Convention Center, creating public space for scholars, media practitioners, government officials, and students to participate in open discussions and dialogue. Presentations will be made in English and Chinese, with simultaneous translations available via headsets.

China and the United States are positioned to influence notions of democracy, nationalism, citizenship, human rights, environmental priorities, and public health for the foreseeable future. This international conference will address these broad issues as questions about communication: about how our two nations envision each other and how our interlinked imaginaries create both opportunities and obstacles for greater understanding and strengthened relations. Within the overarching theme of “Communication, Media, and Governance in the Age of Globalization,” the conference will address eight key topics, each to be explored in panel sessions, workshops, graduate student panel sessions, and poster sessions.

Panel Sessions
– Social Media, Freedom of Expression, and the Evolving Roles of Netizens
– Privacy and Ethics in the Digital Age
– Cyber Society and Social Governance
– Strategic Communication in the Global Age: Social Media and Public Relations
– Public Health Communication in an Age of Global Risk
– Rhetorics of Environmental Communication and Sustainability in Times of Catastrophe
– China, the U.S. and the Dilemmas of Terrorism
– Gender, Race, and Identity in a World of Fluid Boundaries

– Digital Divide: Policy and Practice
– Strategic Management and Leadership in Media Organizations
– Health Communication in the Digital Age
– Emerging Communication Pedagogies in the Age of Globalization

Graduate Student Panels
– Online Communication and Social Media in China
– Health, Risk, and the Rhetorics of Catastrophe

Poster Sessions
– Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for poster sessions on any of the topics above

Call for Submissions
We invite submissions that address any of the panel sessions, workshops, graduate student panels, or poster sessions cited above.

Applicants should submit an abstract (up to 500 words) and/or completed paper. Please delineate whether proposing a panel or workshop session and if you would like to be considered for a poster session. Workshop submissions should be 4 pages (max), include title, rationale, agenda, and presenter(s) bio info. Deadline for all submissions is Jan. 15th, 2016. Submissions should be in Microsoft Word format. Successful applicants will be contacted on Feb. 5th, 2016 with results.

Please send all submissions and inquiries to Dr. Patrick Shaou-Whea Dodge, Assistant Professor Clinical Track, CU Denver and International College Beijing.

Additional Information
In a show of international friendship and support, the CUC and NCA have generously agreed to waive registration fees for all conference participants.

Upon notification of acceptance to the conference, Dr. Dodge will convey to all participants the necessary information regarding lodging, visas, airfare, and other logistics.

Members of NCA’s “Task Force on Fostering International Collaborations in the Age of Globalization” will present updates regarding their work in Research, Pedagogy, and Service & Conferences subcommittees during the conference.

The conference’s local host, the Communication University of China (CUC) plays a leading research role in studying, teaching about, and practicing communication, journalism, and radio and television arts in China. Since its founding, CUC has earned the reputation of being “the cradle of China’s radio and television talent”; it stands today among the top universities in China. Situated on a lovely campus on Beijing’s east side, CUC’s world-class Convention Center will provide a unique staging ground for conference participants to experience the charm and character of Beijing, the political, economic, and cultural center of China.

The conference’s international host and co-sponsor, the National Communication Association (NCA), stands among the largest and leading organizations committed to studying all aspects of human communication. The NCA’s role in this conference is being led by Dr. Dodge, Dr. Qingwen Dong, and Dr. Zhi Li, members of the NCA’s Task Force on Fostering International Collaborations in the Age of Globalization. By linking the NCA to the cause of citizen advocacy and fair inquiry in China, this event advances the core principles of the discipline and the international reputation and reach of the organization.

CFP NCA Seminar: Critical Discourse Studies in Communication: Embracing Opportunities for Research and Pedagogy

CFP NCA Seminar: Critical Discourse Studies in Communication: Embracing Opportunities for Research and Pedagogy
November 18th, 2015, 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Rio Conference Center

Susana Martinez Guillem, University of New Mexico
Christopher M. Toula, Georgia State University

Mariaelena Bartesaghi, University of South Florida;  M. Lane Bruner, Georgia State University; Theresa Castor, University of Wisconsin-Parkside; Susana Martinez Guillem, University of New Mexico; Craig Stewart, University of Memphis; Christopher M. Toula, Georgia State University; Bernadette Barker-Plummer, University of San Francisco

This seminar will focus on Critical Discourse Studies-also known as Critical Discourse Analysis, or CDA-as a theory/method in Communication, and more specifically on the opportunities it presents for scholars throughout our discipline to engage in social justice-oriented research and pedagogy. Our primary goal is to create space for collaboration among communication scholars as we discuss theoretical, methodological, and pedagogical issues related to Critical Discourse Studies, as well as the opportunities that this approach presents for ongoing studies of different practices/artifacts/texts across NCA’s interest groups.

We invite submissions for both roundtables and workshops.
For those  interested in participating in the roundtables: please send a short position paper (7-10 pages) to Susana Martínez Guillem ( and Christopher Michael Toula ( focusing on “Critical Discourse Studies’ Theoretical Legacies and Futures in Communication Studies,” or “Methodological and Pedagogical Considerations for Critical Discourse Studies in/across Communication Areas.” Please indicate the roundtable that best fits your proposal. Your email subject heading should read NCA SEMINAR APPLICATION and your submission should include your name, title, institution, and email address at the top.

Those interested in participating in the workshops: please send a short description of your text(s) (1000 words maximum) to Susana Martínez Guillem and Christopher Michael Toula, and briefly discuss the initial questions you are trying to tackle in your analysis. The questions should be open-ended to allow for flee-floating feedback and discussion.  Your email subject heading should read NCA SEMINAR APPLICATION and your submission should include your name, title, institution, and email address at the top.

The final number and focus of the workshops will depend on the number and quality of the submissions, as well as the overarching themes emerging out of the proposals.

The deadline to submit all materials is October 1, 2015. This is an exciting opportunity to learn about nuances within CDS, discuss ongoing and potential research applications in different communication areas, and engage in hands-on analysis of your own texts with immediate feedback to help you move your project forward.

Distinguished Scholarship Awards – IICD of NCA

Call For Nominations
Distinguished Scholarship Awards
International and Intercultural Communication Division
National Communication Association

Nominations are invited for the 2015 International and Intercultural Communication Division Distinguished Scholarship Awards for work copyrighted in 2014. Up to five awards will be given in the following categories:
·       Best Book (single-authored or co-authored)
·       Best Book (edited or co-edited)
·       Best Article (or Book Chapter)
·       Best Dissertation and/or Master’s Thesis

All nomination materials via electronic submission to Mark Hopson and must include the following:
(A) A nomination letter outlining justification for the award
(B)  For Article or Book Chapter submissions, send PDF copies only
(C)  For Book submissions, send three (3) copies of the complete work. (You may ask your publishers to send copies directly as part of their promo)
(D) For Dissertation or Thesis submissions, mail three (3) CD-Rom copies of the complete work

Mail hard copies (for C & D) to the following address:
Dr. Mark C. Hopson
Department of Communication
George Mason University
Robinson A #319
4400 University Dr.
Fairfax, VA, 22030

Awards will be presented at the International and Intercultural Communication Division Business Meeting in Las Vegas at the 2015 NCA Convention. Recipients of the awards will be notified by September 1, 2015 and are expected to be present for the award presentations. Self, peer, or advisor nominations are welcomed. The awards committee will not accept more than one submission of the same co-/author, whether they are nominated or self-nominated, regardless of category. Works must have been copyrighted during the 2014 calendar year.

Nomination packets must be received by April 25, 2015.

CFP Communication as a Discipline & as a Field (Moscow)

Call for papers
Communication as a Discipline and as a Field: Sharing Experiences to Construct a Dialogue
July 9-11, 2015
Moscow, Russia
Sponsored by National Research University Higher School of Economics and National Communication Association

Defining and reflecting upon the development of communication as a discipline and as a field has been on the communication researchers’ agenda for about 50 years; however, there still is no clear agreement among communication scholars about the scope and development vector for this field of study and practice. There still are a lot of disagreements on the nature of communication discipline, including subject area, theoretical and methodological base, etc. Moreover, little is known about the specifics of development of communication discipline in the countries other than the leaders in the field. Multiple communication associations and international conventions have raised the issue of communication as a discipline, taking theoretical, regional, historical, institutional, and other perspectives. Finally, communication is a must-have part of many universities’ curricula and one of the most wanted skills and specializations in contemporary service and information job fields. The conference organized by the Department of Integrated Communications at Higher School of Economics in Moscow is aimed at bringing together once more different voices from communication scholarship in order to advance constructing a conceptual map of communication discipline and field in various parts of the globe and thereby further our understanding of the primary role of communication in modern society. We invite you to share your perspectives on the essential questions of the nature of communication as a discipline and as a field.

We welcome conceptual papers as well as comparative and empirical studies on the topic of the state and shape of communication discipline and field around the world. We also intend to welcome studies on the interdisciplinary aspects of communication and the changing disciplinary landscape with the growing power of new media. Possible presentation topics may include, but not limited to:
* Communication discipline: Regional and national perspectives
* Interdisciplinary nature of communication
* Approaches to studying and researching communication
* Communication discipline: the need for intercultural and cross-national dialogue
* National paradigms in communication research
* Communication as transmission of messages and co-production of meanings
* The role of new media in transformation of communication discipline
* Communication competencies in training modern professionals: a business-oriented approach
* Communication education: challenges, needs, and opportunities
* The map of communication journals: opportunities and constraints

Please submit your extended abstracts from November 2014 to March 2015 by sending an email to or by using a submission form provided on the conference website.

The participants will be informed on the decision in early April 2015. Full papers should be submitted by May 2015.

The registration process will be opened in May 2015 to allow us time to get visa assistance paperwork done.

To submit your paper or ask further questions about the conference or the Department of Integrated Communications please email Alexandra Endaltseva, International Academic Projects Coordinator, Lecturer at or fill out a form on the conference website

CFP Urban Communities in Conflict and Dialogue preconference

Call for Submissions
Pre-Conference on Urban Communities and Communication at 2014 NCA Conference:
Urban Communities’ Present(s), Past(s), & Future(s) In Conflict and In Dialogue

Chicago, Illinois
Wednesday, November 19
Full Day (9 am – 5 pm)

Matthew Matsaganis, State University of New York – Albany, NY
Peter Haratonik, The New School, New York, NY

Susan Drucker, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
Gary Gumpert, Urban Communication Foundation, Great Neck, NY

Under the title “Technology is Not Driving Us Apart After All,” a recent New York Times article featured the research of Keith Hampton, a sociologist by training and a scholar of communication. Hampton’s (and his students’) work builds on the groundbreaking work of sociologist William H. Whyte. In the late 1960s and 1970s, Whyte, working with the New York City Planning Commission led a series of granular studies of the city’s public spaces. He and his collaborators spent many hours filming and photographing people in public spaces, taking detailed notes about how they behaved. The project became known as the Street Life Project. It was considered revolutionary in urban planning, both because of the methods employed and its findings. Whyte argued that this type of close and systematic observation of human behavior would provide insights into how policy could help people lead happier lives; lives in which individuals would not feel alienated from their neighbors.

Hampton’s work has taken on a similar set of questions, focusing though on what many deem to be the atomizing forces of our day: new communication technologies and, of course, the Internet.

Beyond the actual and fascinating findings of this work, the project undertaken by Hampton and his students reminds us that in our future-focused societies, researchers, too, frequently forget to look back to the past. Hampton revisited and learned from Whyte. Looking back can be enlightening.

Inspired by this example and in response to the call for submissions for the 2014 NCA conference, this preconference will bring together scholars and professionals from multiple areas within the discipline, but also from other fields of inquiry, to explore and discuss theoretical perspectives, new and ongoing field research findings, as well as case studies aimed at enhancing our understanding of:
(a) Communication patterns in urban communities;
(b) How these patterns are shaped by and shape the physical, built, and social environment of the places we live in;
(c) How the communication ecologies we construct in the process of our everyday lives impact our well-being; and
(d) The positive and negative ways in which policy interventions influence the communication environment of cities.
Historical perspectives on any of these topics, research revisiting old and persistent issues of everyday life in the city, and longitudinal studies will be particularly welcomed.

The pre-conference will unfold in a series of higher density panels, which will be organized thematically, and during which more colleagues (approximately 6) will be invited to present short position papers, research reports, or case studies (length: 7-10 pages, double-spaced). Presentations will be brief to allow more time for dialogue and debate among presenters and audience members. There will be 4-5 such panels held throughout the course of the day. The final number will depend on the number and quality of submissions, as well as the range of themes that emerge out of the submissions.

PROCEDURES FOR SUBMITTING ABSTRACTS & PAPERS To participate, please submit an abstract for the short position paper, research report, or case study you wish to contribute to the pre-conference. The deadline for submitting an abstract, which should be no longer than 200-250 words, is September 1. Abstracts should be submitted electronically to the co-chairs, Matthew Matsaganis and Peter Haratonik.

A committee composed of NCA members with UCF representation will review all submissions and inform the authors of the submissions rated the highest by October 1, 2014.

For colleagues whose abstract is accepted, full papers (7-10 pages in length, double-spaced) will have to be submitted by November 1. They will be made available in advance of the pre-conference, so that participants/attendees have a chance to review them prior to the actual meeting on November 19 in Chicago. The final seminar schedule will also be made available by November 15, 2014.

More information regarding the pre-conference at NCA will be made available later in the summer and over the first few weeks of fall via the Urban Communication Foundation’s website and Facebook page.

Communication Conference of the Americas 2014

Call for Papers: Communication Conference of the Americas

The 10th Communication Conference of the Americas (sponsored by FELAFACS and NCA) is to be held in Chicago on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014.  We are organizing it as a preconference within the 100th National Communication Association Annual Convention.

This one-day conference will allow communication scholars from Latin America, the United States, and Canada to cultivate the international connections and create new international connections to share their projects, perspectives and experiences teaching communication in school and business settings in the Americas.

Proposal Requirements:
Those interested in presenting in this conference may submit a 2-3-page abstract (summary) proposal of the topic to be presented. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2014 (11:59 pm Pacific Time).  The authors of accepted proposals will send a copy of their 10-page articles by November 14, 2014.  Papers will be presented in a panel format and each panelist will have 10 minutes to present.  Proposals for the conference can be submitted in English, Portuguese, or Spanish.

Panels 1 and 2:  Best Teaching Practices of Communication in UNIVERSITIES in the Americas and the Iberian Peninsula

Proposals for these panels can address issues related to innovative teaching strategies used in the way we teach communication courses at universities in the Americas and the Iberian Peninsula. The innovative teaching strategies may be related to any of the different areas of communication: interpersonal, organizational, media (journalism, radio, tv, etc.) or digital media communication: Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, Blogs, Podcasts, etc.  Preference will be given to the pedagogical strategies that have a global focus.

Panels 3 and 4: Best Training Practices of Communication in ORGANIZATIONS AND BUSINESSES in the Americas and the Iberian Peninsula

Proposals for these panels can address issues related to innovative training strategies used in the way we teach seminars /workshops of communication in organizations and businesses in the Americas and the Iberian Peninsula. The innovative training strategy may be related to any of the different areas of communication workshops we give in organizations/businesses: managerial communication, employee – supervisor communication, communication in teamwork, customer communication , public relations, media communication (journalism , radio, tv, etc.) or communication in social networks: Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, Blogs, Podcasts, etc. Preference will be given to the andragogical (adult learning) strategies that have a global focus.

Please send proposals in English to: Dr. Luis Felipe Gómez, San José State University, San José, California. USA. Please send proposals in Spanish to: Dr. Agrivalca Canelón.  Universidad de la Sabana, Bogotá, Colombia.

Please send proposals in Portuguese to: Dr. Ricardo Carniel Bugs, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB), Barcelona, España.

Please email Dr. Felipe Gómez or Dr. Federico Varona any additional inquiries about this conference.

CFP NCA IICD graduate seminar


The International and Intercultural Communication Division (IICD) of the National Communication Association, in partnership with Sage Publications, proudly announces the first IICD Honors Graduate Student Seminar to be held at the 2014 NCA conference in Chicago.  The theme of the seminar is Intercultural Communication and New Media and will feature competitively selected papers of currently enrolled MA and Ph.D  students in communication and allied fields.  Intercultural new media research is an emerging and important new area of intercultural communication  and  consists of multiple dimensions including ( but not limited to) how new media impact intercultural communication theory (i.e acculturation/dialogue/competence/identity), how culture influences the social uses of new media, and  in what ways new media affect culture.  Papers will be reviewed and selected by top scholars who will also serve as research respondents during the honors seminar.  The honors seminar will be conducted on Saturday, November 22. 2014 from 3:30-7:00 PM at the NCA conference in the Conrad Hilton, Chicago.  The seminar will be followed by an IICD reception honoring the  participants.  Graduate students selected for participation will receive a monetary award as well as IICD honors graduate student certificates.  To be considered, full papers (APA including 200 word abstract) are due no later than June 9, 2015.  Finalists will be contacted and announced by  August 29, 2014.  

Papers should be sent electronically to the Coordinator of the IICD Honors Graduate Student Seminar: Robert Shuter, Professor, Marquette University, Diederich College of Communication and Visiting Professor, Arizona State University, Hugh Downs School of Communication.

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