Students in the Communication Studies Department honor society will be joining the National Communication Association (NCA) conference this fall. The NCA is the largest annual communication conference in the country and is usually attended only by Vanguard faculty.
“I am excited for the opportunity to meet and network with the theorists and the writers of the textbooks that we have used in so many of our classes,” President of Lambda Pi Eta, senior Hannah Holder, said.
Holder and two other members from the Lambda Pie Eta cabinet are the students who have been selected to go with Dr. Rosenior and Dr. Carmody.
At the conference, new research in the field will be presented. For students such as Holder, this is an experience that proves to be useful.
“I believe that it is important for us as communication students to be engaged and discover what’s new in communication research,” Holder said.
The research presented is divided into twenty different sub-fields of communication. Some of these sub-fields include non-verbal communication, rhetoric (persuasion), and health communication.
In addition to the categories, much of the research focuses on communicative events that are presently occurring in society. Movements such as the Black Lives Matter movement and the rhetoric of politicians are currently being studied under the scrutiny and academic rigor of communication theorists. It is at this conference that communication theorists studying these communicative events present their research and findings.
“We [Lamba Pie Eta cabinet] are all excited to interact and learn from these theorists who we have learned so much from in our communication classes,” Holder said.
While attending, these students will be able to choose a series of lectures and academic presentations to attend.
The NCA, taking place Nov. 14-17 in Baltimore, Maryland, offers a space in which theorists, researchers, scholars, and eager students can come together in one place. By attending this conference, the university will receive student representation within the vast field of communication.