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Being nominated for Second Vice President of NCA is a tremendous honor. If elected, I pledge to build on my sustained record of service, scholarship, and teaching to advance NCA and enact the commitment to “fostering and promoting a diverse and inclusive organization” that is central in our bylaws. Together we can enhance transparency, enrich open dialogue, and responsively serve the needs of our membership.

Winston Churchill’s words inspire me: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” NCA has been my academic home for more than three decades, providing a place for sharing my scholarship, engaging collaborations, and building lasting friendships. I am seeking this office to give my best efforts back to this discipline by working tirelessly to maintain NCA’s strengths and joining with you to achieve our shared goals.

Communication has been my lifelong passion. I have a B.A. from Wayne State University, an M.S. from Illinois State, and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. Embracing NCA’s mission to advance our discipline, support scholarship and teaching, and promote communication to improve lives, I have been actively engaged in service throughout my career. My leadership skills include working collaboratively, cultivating creative initiatives, and building bridges among varied constituencies.

I have a comprehensive knowledge of NCA from service for our association

  • Finance Board and Executive Committee – two terms
  • Presidential Working Group on Association Governance
  • Chair, Task Force on Affiliate Organizations
  • Legislative Assembly and Nominating Committee

Sustained Advocacy for Diversity and Inclusion

  • Diversity Council and Affirmative Action/Intercaucus Committee – 14 years
  • Chair, Task Force on NCA’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion in Convention Planning and Site Selection
  • Chair, Women’s Caucus

Advancing Scholarship, Teaching, and Service

  • Coordinator, Leadership Accelerator Program
  • Chair, Feminist and Women Studies Division
  • Golden Anniversary Monograph Award Committee

Serving as President of Southern States Communication Association and in other leadership roles broadened my collaborative skills and deepened my understanding of the important contributions of regional associations:

  • SSCA President, 2017; Principal planner, SSCA Convention in Austin, 2016
  • SSCA Administrative Committee, Executive Council, and Publications Committee
  • Chair, SSCA Executive Director Search Committee
  • SSCA Elected Representative to NCA Nominating Committee
  • Chair, Rhetoric and Public Address Divisions in SSCA and WSCA
  • Vice President, ORWAC

Other professional and service experiences enhanced my understanding of higher education, scholarly development, and community and international partnerships:

  • Fulbright Scholar Awards – 2019 (India) and 2011 (Poland)
  • American Council on Education Fellow
  • Editor, Women’s Studies in Communication
  • Administrative/leadership positions at Texas State University
  • Board member/volunteer for community organizations