read the 2017 call for awards!

outstanding scholar, brashers mentor, & article/book


Seth Noar, a Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, received the 2016 Outstanding Scholar in Health Communication Award.


ica/nca Prestin & Kundrat Awards

The Health Communication Divisions of ICA and NCA work together to award the Abby Prestin Dissertationof the Year and the Amanda L. Kundrat Thesis of the Year.

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Nancy Harrington, a Professor at the University of Kentucky, received the 2016 Brashers Distinguished Mentor in Health Communication Award.

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Join us at the nca convention

NCA members will be gathering in Dallas, TX for the 103rd Annual Meeting. The association was founded in 1914 as the National Association of Academic Teachers of Public Speaking and has evolved through the leadership of many visionary individuals. Today, the association has thousands of  members from every state and all around the globe. Our members are educators, practitioners, and students of the communication arts and sciences.


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2017 Officers

Past Chair: Elaine Hsieh

Elaine serves as Past Chair for the 2017 convention. The Past Chair is in charge of the Division Awards (Outstanding Scholar, Brashers Mentor, Outstanding Book, and Outstanding Article). The Past Chair receives the nominations and organizations a committee to review applications. Question for Elaine? Email her at

Chair: Allison Scott Gordon, University of Kentucky

Allison serves as Chair for the 2017 convention . The Chair leads the Health Communication Business Meeting. The Chair also serves on the ICA/NCA Abby Prestin Dissertation of the Year Committee and the ICA/NCA Amanda L. Kundrat Thesis of the Year Committee. Question for Allison? Email her at

Vice Chair: Norman Wong, University of Oklahoma

Norman serves as Vice Chair for the 2017 convention. The Vice Chair plans the conference, handling submissions and slotting papers onto panels. Question for Norman? Email him at

Vice Chair Elect: Jennifer Kam, University of California - Santa Barbara

Jennifer serves as Vice Chair Elect for the 2017 convention. The Vice Chair Elect learns how to plan the conference for the following year (i.e., the 2018 conference). Question for Jennifer? Email her at

Secretary: Matthew Savage, University of Kentucky

Matthew serves as the Secretary for the 2017 convention. The Secretary records minutes at each meeting and manages the division listserv. Question for Matthew? Email him at

For a complete list of officer duties and responsibilities, read the division bylaws.