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WSCA 2019 Round-up from President Rodney Reynolds

Wednesday, March 20, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Christina Yoshimura
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By Rodney Reynolds, President

Thank you to everyone involved in our successful 2019 WSCA Convention in Seattle. We exceeded our expectations in multiple ways. Here are just a few of our accomplishments:

Adopting and adapting new online submission software (after multiple years of dreaming about such a transition);

Speaking out forcefully on our theme of Advocating with Evidence – that theme caught attention far beyond our convention hotel;

Inspirational kick-off and keynote addresses that helped to tie the theme -- David Domke from the University of Washington certainly inspired us to think about taking our work far beyond the classroom into practical political engagement. Natasha Jankowski from the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign gently urged us onward to serve as advocates not just for our programs and for how Communication faculty can serve to enhance educational accountability across higher education;

New records for submissions and attendance that is encouraging about the future growth of WSCA in all parts of the West (and beyond);

The amazingly successful launch of the Communication, Identities, and Difference Interest Group -- which jumped immediately to one of the largest interest groups in our association;

The initiation of a Taskforce on Enhancing and Expanding the Discipline in the West;

A full array of generally well-attended workshops that renewed a bit of confidence in the future for our workshops -- Thank you belongs here to Starla Anderson of Azusa Pacific University and to Gregory Daum of Pepperdine University for reviewing the workshop proposals. Their insights helped to improve several of the workshops this year;

A refreshing Basic Course Conference led by Hailey Gillen Hoke at Weber State University. It would be great to see the Basic Course Conference expand in coming years.

There were many more achievements this year worthy of note. Let me just mention here that we planted a seed this year that should result in far more efficient handling of audio-visual requests in the future – AV was an issue at my first WSCA convention back in the 1970s. We can and must improve on that issue for the future. 

Please, take time to express your gratitude to the local hosts in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. Particularly, Christine Harold and her team at UW deserve special honor for their efforts on our behalf.

Finally, I owe a major debt to Heather Hundley, Brian Heisterkamp, Marnel Niles Goins, Christina Granato Yoshimura and each of the interest group planners (and reviewers) this year. They are the real reason that WSCA is growing and developing. Can’t wait to visit with you all in Denver next year!


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