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Why Join the National Communication Association’s Community of Scholars, Teachers, and Practitioners

Thursday, August 20, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Christina Yoshimura
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By Mark Fernando, NCA Chief of Staff

The National Communication Association (NCA) invites you to join a thriving community that serves as the professional home for nearly 8,000 Communication scholars, teachers, and practitioners.


What is NCA?
The National Communication Association (NCA) is the scholarly society dedicated to advancing Communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific, and aesthetic inquiry.  NCA serves its members by enabling and supporting their professional interests in research and teaching.  Dedicated to fostering and promoting free and ethical communication, NCA promotes the 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.

Why join NCA?  
There are many direct benefits of membership.  All regular and student members receive:

  • Free online access to NCA’s 11 journals, both current and archived.  For a list of journals, click here.
  • Steeply discounted registration rate for NCA’s Annual Convention.  Our convention typically draws more than 5,000 people and features more than 1,000 programmatic sessions.  This November we will convene in Las Vegas.
  • Membership in NCA Interest Groups.  For a list of interest groups, click here.
  • Exclusive members-only content at , including an extensive teaching and learning resource center; data about the discipline; research, publication, and funding resources; and much more.
  • A print subscription to the award-winning Spectra magazine.
  • Eligibility to win NCA awards.
  • Eligibility for NCA grants.
  • And more…

NCA also serves the collective good by fostering public engagement with Communication education and scholarship.  For example, we pitch Communication research findings to the media, produce public programming (see as an example), advocate on Capitol Hill for social science and humanities research and education funding, and are in the process of completing work on a major grant to develop learning outcomes in communication.

To review the benefits offered by all of NCA’s membership categories, and for pricing information, visit

How can you join NCA?
Visit, select the membership category that best suits your needs, and sign up to become a part of NCA’s community of Communication scholars, teachers and practitioners today!

If you have any questions about NCA or becoming a member, please contact the association via email at or via telephone at 202-464-4622.

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