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.
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.
Goals and Vision
Our strategic plan calls for cultivating research and disseminating knowledge, enhancing teaching and learning, and facilitating member development. NCA’s most profound challenge is to develop policies and practices that honor all voices and uphold our commitments to diverse perspectives, social justice, and ethical communication. Accordingly, my vision encompasses two initiatives to advance NCA.
Diversity and Inclusion
NCA must be vigilant regarding who is present among our association membership, leadership and governance roles, journal editors, and published authors. We have made significant strides by featuring diversity and inclusion in governance documents, convention sessions, and Task Force efforts, but much work remains.
NCA must actively:
- Pursue additional structural changes to enhance diversity and inclusion
- Promote new programs for leadership pipelines
- Improve student recruitment and support
To address these goals, we should begin with a comprehensive effort that enhances leadership development to ensure diverse membership and representation. NCA’s caucuses have shouldered this work, but now mentoring future leaders, editors, and scholars must be an association-wide initiative backed by dedicated resources. NCA needs a program that fosters our future by establishing an inclusive pipeline extending from student support, through faculty development, to association leadership roles.
NCA must insistently advocate for our discipline by seeking additional avenues to feature our scholarship and pedagogy in academic and public realms. Particularly in this turbulent era of ostensible post-truths and fractured communities, we need to vigorously defend the value of our research, the pursuit of knowledge, and the essential role of civil debate and dialogue in a democratic society.
NCA must actively:
- Increase the visibility of our scholarship and promote our pedagogy
- Bolster our collaborations with scholarly associations and public partners
- Lead efforts to enhance the practice of informed critique and deliberative discussion
We have strong collaborations with scholarly associations and a foundation of public programs and previous partnerships, such as Communicating Common Ground with the Southern Poverty Law Center, but we should do more. For example, we could create a focused public initiative that features our disciplinary expertise while seeking to improve the quality of our civic life. Let’s be bold in envisioning a comprehensive outreach program to serve the public good and reinvigorate communication as the essential component in a conscientious citizenry.
We each have our own story about what brought us to the intellectual community of NCA, but we all share the opportunity it affords to flourish among vital ideas and enduring relationships, to study, teach, and research, and to make a difference in our communities.
Your next Second Vice President should know how NCA functions, honor our history and anticipate future needs, and lead according to our values. I am fully prepared to serve, while humbly recognizing the gravity of the responsibility that you would entrust to me.
I look forward to devoting my energies and experience and working with you to realize a strong and inclusive future for NCA.