Communications faculty, researchers lead big conference contingent

November 18, 2015

A Penn State contingent that includes five faculty members and dozens of researchers from the College of Communications has crafted a big presence at the National Communications Association (NCA) conference, which will be conducted Nov. 19-22 in Las Vegas.

Overall, Penn State has had more than five dozen papers and presentations accepted for the organization's annual conference.

The association works to advance communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific and aesthetic inquiry. 

Communications faculty members with papers or presentations at the four-day conference include: Colleen Connolly-Ahern, associate professor of advertising/public relations; Michel Haigh, associate professor of advertising/public relations; Matt McAllister, professor of media studies and graduate program chair; Distinguished Professor Mary Beth Oliver, co-director of the Media Effects Laboratory; and Robert Richards, the John and Ann Curley Professor of First Amendment Studies.

The College of Communications will also be represented at the NCA Graduate Program Open House during the conference's opening day.

NCA serves the scholars, teachers and practitioners who are its members by enabling and supporting their professional interests in research and teaching. Dedicated to fostering and promoting free and ethical communication, NCA promotes the widespread appreciation of the importance of communication in public and private life, the application of competent communication to improve the quality of human life and relationships, and the use of knowledge about communication to solve human problems.

Last Updated July 28, 2017