2020 NCA Doctoral Honors Seminar

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 Engaging the Responsibilities of Communication: Research, Teaching, and Communities

June 7-10, 2020
Colorado State University

About the Seminar

The Doctoral Honors Seminar brings together promising doctoral students and distinguished faculty members from across the discipline and around the nation to discuss current topics in Communication. Approximately 30-45 students are chosen to participate based on submitted papers and recommendations from their advisors. Participants will arrive the afternoon of Sunday, June 7, participate in two full seminar days on the 8th and 9th and then depart mid-day Wednesday, June 10. Doctoral students participating in the seminar will be provided housing and most meals, and they will receive a stipend to offset some of their additional travel expenses.

The theme of this year’s seminar is, “Engaging the Responsibilities of Communication: Research, Teaching, and Communities.” With that in mind, we seek proposals from doctoral students whose research advances and develops our field’s responsibilities to its various constituencies. Such responsibilities might include (but are by no means limited to) promoting a more equitable and just society, developing new empirical and critical research tools, interrogating power dynamics in everyday practices of communication and culture, engaging students and community members in research, and encouraging dialogue and civic engagement among different communities. 

We will select 10-15 doctoral student participants in each of the three following areas: 

Communication Studies: For students whose work engages verbal and nonverbal aspects of interpersonal, small group, co-cultural, intercultural, and organizational communication from critical, interpretive, and/or social-scientific perspectives.

Media Studies: For students whose work adopts critical and/or cultural perspectives on film, television, new media, video games, popular music, and other forms of mediated culture.

Rhetoric: For students whose work involves rhetorical analysis of a variety of texts and situations including but not limited to speeches, political discourse, architecture, photographs, and museums.

Students in their third or fourth year of doctoral studies are particularly encouraged to apply. The seminars will involve student presentations and feedback sessions as well as mentoring programs by faculty seminar leaders.

Seminar Leaders


Dr. Josue David Cisneros (University of Illinois) 

Dr. Thomas Dunn (Colorado State University)

Dr. Raka Shome (Villanova University)

 Communication Studies

Dr. Ambar Basu (University of South Florida)

Dr. Graham Bodie (University of Mississippi)

Dr. Elizabeth Williams (Colorado State University)

 Media Studies

Dr. Shanti Kumar (University of Texas at Austin)

Dr. Nick Marx (Colorado State University)

Dr. Laurie Ouellette (University of Minnesota)

How to Apply

Applications are due Friday, March 6 and must include all of the following materials as a SINGLE PDF file

  1. A completed application form, which you can download here 
  2. A paper (not to exceed 30 pages) that is preparatory for the dissertation or an edited version of the dissertation prospectus. Or if applicant is not at that stage in their doctoral work, a paper that is central to their work.
  3. An abstract for the paper, not to exceed 250 words
  4. A brief letter of recommendation from the student’s advisor
  5. A current curriculum vitae

Please send your application materials, including your application cover sheet, to:
Use the subject line: Doctoral Honors Seminar Application

Please direct any questions to Dr. Evan Elkins at evan.elkins@colostate.edu