Communication Faculty and Students in Washington, D.C.

Posted on: November 19, 2013

National Communication Association ConferenceAll Department of Communication faculty and 20 graduate students as well as Undergraduate Communication Association President Jordan Wray are traveling to Washington, D.C., to attend the National Communication Association (NCA) Annual Convention Nov. 20-24.

Associate Professor Steve McCornack will receive the 2013 Donald H. Ecroyd Award for Outstanding Teaching in Higher Education, the NCA's highest award given to a single, active faculty member "who exemplifies superlative teaching in higher education." McCornack will receive the award on Saturday, Nov. 23, during the NCA Awards ceremony.

Having joined the Department of Communication in 1988, McCornack currently serves as coordinator for the undergraduate program, honors adviser, and faculty adviser to the Undergraduate Communication Association. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on interpersonal communication, relational communication and language/discourse. His research interests are interpersonal and relational communication, verbal communication and deception.

The NCA Convention is the single largest gathering of communication teachers, researchers, administrators, students and professionals. In addition to its focus on new research presentations and discussion, the NCA offers networking and educational opportunities.

Students who attend may wish to participate in the convention's job fair and graduate school open house. MSU's Department of Telecommunication, Information Systems and Media will join the Department of Communication in hosting a graduate school open house booth.

MSU Press, the scholarly publishing arm of the university, also will have a booth at the convention as part of the NCA Exhibit Hall where publishers, software and education product vendors, and other discipline-related associations will display information.

The NCA is dedicated to fostering and promoting free and ethical communication. It promotes widespread appreciation of the importance of communication in public and private life, the application of competent communication to improve the quality of human life and relationships, and the use of knowledge about communication to solve human problems.

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