We’ve moved!

By Christina G. Yoshimura, News Editor

We appreciate the fact that you’ve followed the WSCA News blog, and we hope that you will continue to follow us at our new site: http://www.westcomm.org/news/

Our new newsletter site is an integrated piece of our new association website, and reflects our efforts to have all the information you’d like to find in one central location.  You can use the link above to go right to the newsletter (which will continue on a rolling publication schedule), or you can see the “Latest News” scrolling at the bottom of the front page of the website at www.westcomm.org.  We will also continue posting news to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/westernstatescommunicationassociation) as well as links to Twitter (https://twitter.com/weststatescomm).

In the coming months we will have a full archive of our posts from wscanews.org available for you on the new website, as well.  Until that time we will continue to leave the wordpress website open so that you can search through past posts as needed.  As always, feel free to contact me with questions or with news you’d like to see published on behalf of our association (christina.yoshimura@umontana.edu).

University of Utah Job Call – Tenure Track Assistant Professor

By Heather Canary

University of Utah

Department of Communication

Tenure Track, Assistant Professor in Organizational/Interpersonal Communication

The Department of Communication at the University of Utah invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Interpersonal and/or Organizational Communication, effective July 1, 2016. Scholarship that complements the Department’s existing areas of emphasis is desirable but not a requirement. Highly qualified candidates will have a Ph.D. (ABD applicants will be considered) in communication or in a closely related discipline, evidence of research productivity, potential for obtaining grants, and a record of teaching competence. Candidates should have demonstrated the ability to support undergraduate and graduate curriculum in organizational and/or interpersonal communication with the expectation of assuming a future leadership role. The ability to contribute to the undergraduate strategic communication sequence is desirable. Responsibilities will include developing a program of research, teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, supervising graduate work, and performing service at the departmental and university level.

Applicants should submit a letter of application that highlights scholarly activities; curriculum vitae; one recent peerreviewed publication, if available; and names of and contact information for three references. To apply click on the following link http://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/44943. Questions about the position may be directed to Professor James A. Anderson, Search Committee Chair, at mailto:james.anderson@utah.edu. Formal review of applications will begin on October 15, 2015, and continue until the position is filled. Starting date is 7/1/2016.

The Department of Communication has a long and distinguished tradition of excellence in graduate education. Our nationally acclaimed graduate program is the driving force of our department. As an integrated communication department, we provide training across a range of areas, with particular strengths in the following areas: Organizational/Interpersonal Communication; Media and Communication


Tuesday’s the Day!

by Paul Mongeau, WSCA President

Tuesday, September 1st is the deadline for submitting papers, panel proposals, GIFTS panels, preconference proposals, workshop proposals, etc. for the 2016 Western States Communication Association convention. The event will be held at the beautiful Bahia Resort in San Diego. Mark Bergstrom’s, WSCA President-Elect and Primary Program Planner, theme for the conference is Collaboration, Innovation, and Convergence. You can find Mark’s call as well as the calls for all of the interest groups at:


Come on in, the water will be fine!


Why Join the National Communication Association’s Community of Scholars, Teachers, and Practitioners?


By Mark Fernando, NCA Chief of Staff

The National Communication Association (NCA) invites you to join a thriving community that serves as the professional home for nearly 8,000 Communication scholars, teachers, and practitioners.


What is NCA?
The National Communication Association (NCA) is the scholarly society dedicated to advancing Communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific, and aesthetic inquiry.  NCA serves 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.

Why join NCA? 
There are many direct benefits of membership.  All regular and student members receive:

  • Free online access to NCA’s 11 journals, both current and archived.  For a list of journals, click here.
  • Steeply discounted registration rate for NCA’s Annual Convention.  Our convention typically draws more than 5,000 people and features more than 1,000 programmatic sessions.  This November we will convene in Las Vegas.
  • Membership in NCA Interest Groups.  For a list of interest groups, click here.
  • Exclusive members-only content at www.natcom.org , including an extensive teaching and learning resource center; data about the discipline; research, publication, and funding resources; and much more.
  • A print subscription to the award-winning Spectra magazine.
  • Eligibility to win NCA awards.
  • Eligibility for NCA grants.
  • And more…

NCA also serves the collective good by fostering public engagement with Communication education and scholarship.  For example, we pitch Communication research findings to the media, produce public programming (see www.natcom.org/mlkprogram/ as an example), advocate on Capitol Hill for social science and humanities research and education funding, and are in the process of completing work on a major grant to develop learning outcomes in communication.

To review the benefits offered by all of NCA’s membership categories, and for pricing information, visit www.natcom.org/join/.

How can you join NCA?
Visit www.natcom.org/join/, select the membership category that best suits your needs, and sign up to become a part of NCA’s community of Communication scholars, teachers and practitioners today!

If you have any questions about NCA or becoming a member, please contact the association via email at memberservice@natcom.org or via telephone at 202-464-4622.


Position Announcement: Tenure-track Faculty Position at California State University, Los Angeles

By D. Robert DeChaine

Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies
Start Date: Fall, 2016

Minimum Qualifications: ABD or Ph.D. in Communication or associated field. A Ph.D. from an accredited institution of higher education is required for retention beyond the first year of employment. Applicants should have experience and expertise in strategic communication with an emphasis in public relations, advertising, or mass communication. Applicants should provide record of or potential for publication in refereed journals, as well as the demonstrated potential for effective teaching using a variety of methodologies. Applicants should demonstrate proficiency in oral and written communication. Applicants should have the ability to relate well to others within the academic environment and an ability and/or interest in teaching in a multiethnic, multicultural environment.

As a University dedicated to engagement, service and the public good, the successful candidate will be expected to join faculty, staff, students and administrators in a commitment to these purposes.

Preferred Qualifications: The best applicant will have a secondary area of teaching and scholarly interest that complements the current faculty.  Areas of need include new media technologies, social media, and health communication.

Duties: In addition to teaching and scholarship, duties include student advisement, engaging in scholarly activity, and committee service for the Communication Studies Department, College of Arts and Letters, and the University.

Salary: Initial salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University: California State University, Los Angeles is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system. Founded in 1947, the University is in the city of Los Angeles, adjacent to the San Gabriel Valley, and has more than 23,000 students who reflect the rich ethnic diversity of the area. The University is a federally recognized Hispanic-serving, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving, and Minority-serving institution. Faculty have the opportunity to establish affiliate status with other academic programs, including the Honors College and ethnic studies.

Required Documentation: Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, transcripts (unofficial transcripts accepted, but official transcripts required of finalists at a later stage), three letters of recommendation and the University’s Application for Academic Employment form. www.calstatela.edu/univ/hrm/docs/forms/Empl_applic_academic.pdf    Employment contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application: Review of applications will begin on October 5, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Address applications and required documentation (preferably in pdf format) and/or requests for information to:

Dr. David Olsen, Chair
Department of Communication Studies
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032

Note: The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Fingerprinting is required and will be checked by the California Department of Justice and FBI.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex or sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.

Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.

News from the Nominating Committee: Call for Candidates

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By Patricia O’Keefe, Immediate Past President

The Nominating Committee is now accepting candidates to stand for election to the offices of First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, and Delegate-at-Large for a term beginning at the 2016 convention.  The committee seeks a minimum of two nominees for the position of First Vice-President, two nominees for the position of Second Vice-President, and 10 nominations for Delegate-at-Large.

The First-Vice President position is a four-year commitment:  First Vice-President, President-Elect, President, and Immediate Past-President.  The Second Vice-President is a one-year commitment.

The membership will elect 5 Delegates-at-Large to represent our membership for a two-year term. If elected, five delegates attend WSCA’s Legislative Assembly at the Monday evening meeting for two consecutive conventions.

All candidates must be current members of the Western States Communication Association.

The detailed duties and descriptions of these positions are in our Policies and Procedures Manual easily accessed online www.wsca.westcomm.org via the About WSCA tab to view the Policies and Procedures Manual.

The Nominating Committee is required to deliver a slate of candidates (and their election statements) to the membership by November 1, 2015.  The November 1 deadline ensures the candidates’ statements are distributed to our membership before the NCA convention in Las Vegas.

The Nominating Committee seeks candidates at all stages of their careers. Someone just beginning an academic career might be ideal for a Delegate-at-Large position. Someone with a good record of publications and/or presentations just completing tenure would be suited for the Second Vice-President position (a one-year commitment). The First Vice-President candidate is a greater commitment (four years). Some characteristics of this candidate are he/she looks forward to attending Western each year, is tenured in his/her position (or at least has very little stress regarding employment), believes in the health and welfare of a community of scholars/teachers, mentors others, and generally can meet deadlines and lead people with competence and confidence. A potential candidate is at least near the middle of the arch of his/her career. This organization is shaped by members stepping forward to lead. Please consider lending your voice to our organization.

Years ago, Dan Canary and Sara Hayden asked me to run for First Vice-President, and I said no at that time. However, the seed of leadership was planted. Four years ago I stood for election to serve Western. The experience enriched my life beyond expectations. In truth, there is no “ideal” candidate. Officers and Delegates have strengths and weaknesses. What we want and Western needs is a slate of candidates to reflect our membership and our organization’s purpose. Please contact a member of the committee or me if you are interested in standing for an elected position.

Many thanks, Patty O
Immediate Past-President and Chair, Nominating Committee

Patricia O’Keefe, pokeefe@marin.edu
Elizabeth Root, Elizabeth, root@oregonstate.edu
Robert Becker, Robert.becker@nwc.edu
Michelle Holling, mholling@csusm.edu
Bernardo Attias, Bernardo.attias@csun.edu
Michael Walker, Michael.walker@asu.edu
Shinsuke Eguchi, seguchi@unm.edu
Jeanine Minge, Jeanine.minge@gmail.edu
Chevelle Newsome, cnewsome@skymail.csus.edu

A Friendly Challenge to the WSCA Family

by David Natharius (Professor Emeritus, California State University, Fresno) is the 1989 WSCA President and the 1999 WSCA Distinguished Service Award recipient.


Some of you may have read President Paul Mongeau’s statement in the last WSCA News:

“The last time WSCA was in San Diego, we set the all-time WSCA record for conference registrations (over 800 participants).”

As the program planner for that convention in 1988 (yes – 28 years ago!) I am still proud of that record though I admit that the convention setting and the marvelous activities arranged by the local host, Janis Andersen, had as much or more to do with the record attendance.

My friendly challenge to you is to BREAK THAT RECORD. This was (and will be) one of the most memorable conventions in WSCA’s history. The conference setting is in an attractive location and the combination of sun and sea offers a magical place (no apologies to Disney!) for greeting old and new WSCA colleagues. I encourage you to submit your papers and panel ideas. Even if you have no burning ideas at the moment – plan to experience this once in a generation opportunity. I know you will be energized by the location, the activities, and the programs the planners will prepare for you. Records are meant to be broken – 28 years is long enough for any record – let’s set a new WSCA attendance record at this convention!

See you there – and – if this is not in your top 5 convention experiences EVER – look me up – I’ll buy the first round!

New WSCA Database – Interest Groups

**This is a three-part “special issue” on the new database that WSCA is now using.  Each of the three articles posted here in succession will address a different component of the new system**

By Heather Hundley, Executive Director

In previous WSCA News articles, I explained, in detail, the new and exciting changes in the WSCA database. While converting to it, I had to extract the 581 current 2015 members from the old system to move them to the new system. Because I’m curious, I wanted to know how many people are in each interest group. Here are the exciting conclusion, plus or minus a couple of people (some folks have already been updating their profile).

Language and Social Interaction = 46

Environmental Communication = 25

Communication & Instruction = 111

Western Forensics and Argumentation = 26

Communication Theory and Research = 102

Freedom of Expression and Legal Communication = 26

Health Communication = 41

Performance Studies = 53

Community College = 66

Organizational Communication = 65

Rhetoric and Public Address = 123

Intercultural Communication = 88

Media Studies = 101

Interpersonal Communication = 103

While examining this I noticed that 216 members have not selected any affiliations. This, of course, does not include Departmental Members since they don’t have affiliations. For interest group officers, this may be your time to recruit members to your group. This may answer some questions on why it may be difficult to obtain future officers and why your business meetings may have low attendance.

Remember, members are no longer limited to the number of interest groups they may join. Feel free to go to the website, log on, and update your profile to include the interest group of your desire.

New WSCA Database – Departmental Members

**This is a three-part “special issue” on the new database that WSCA is now using.  Each of the three articles posted here in succession will address a different component of the new system**

By Heather Hundley, Executive Director

If you are a member of WSCA, you may have seen the email and WSCA News article regarding the improvements to the database system. However, in some instances the Department Administrative Assistant has access to the WSCA Department membership; therefore, I want to update you regarding the changes in the new system.

In the past few months, WSCA has abandoned its old database system and upgraded to a new company, YourMembership (aka YM). Details of this move can be found in my prior newsletter articles you can review in WSCA News. Among many improvements, YM is much faster and user friendly. This message is specifically related to of how it effects Department Members.

Like other member types, Department Members must log on to the system to get Department Member rates when purchasing Graduate Program Open House tables, convention program announcements, and to get free job postings. Whoever is responsible for your department’s membership is the contact person. Thus, to sign in/log on, you must use the contact person’s email address as the username. If no email was provided, then it is the contact person’s firstname.lastname as the username. Currently all members have an unknown password; therefore, you must click on “forgot my password” to create a new one. Passwords are never known to anyone (including myself) so I am never able to retrieve your password for you. Instead, use the “forgot my password” function if you forget it.

Once you sign in through the WSCA website you may update your profile, sign up in groups (interest groups), etc. You may want to opt in/out of various emails, blogs, and other communication. Please note that there are many different email lists and some you cannot opt out of. For instance, you cannot opt out of receiving a reminder that your membership dues are expiring. However, if you do not want to receive newsletter emails, you may opt out of that. As time passes and you continue to renew your membership and make purchases, all your invoices, payments and history can be found in the “manage profile” section.

Another benefit of the YM system is that ALL your purchases can be made online. We no longer need to print out forms from the website and snail mail them in to me. Instead, you can go to the “online store” available from the “About WSCA” dropdown bar on the website. Here you can purchase a table for the Graduate Program Open House and a program announcement. However, you will still need to email your PDF program announcement, as specified, to me by the deadline.

Finally, this system also allows Department Members to post your own job announcements. This can be done through the homepage, bottom left “Career Center.” Even though it is seen on the online store that is only for non-department members since they have to pay for the job posting. Once you click on the career center from the home page, you may submit an opening, update it, delete it, etc.

Again, please note, you will only have access to these benefits if you sign in to the system from the WSCA website. Let me know if you have questions or problems. Even though I have familiarized myself with it and have attended a two-day training session, I am also new to the program. Be patient and we will have success.

New WSCA Database – Overview

**This is a three-part “special issue” on the new database that WSCA is now using.  Each of the three articles posted here in succession will address a different component of the new system**

By Heather Hundley, Executive Director

Greetings WSCA friends. I wrote to you in May explaining that WSCA was changing database companies. Well, mission accomplished! The change occurred in early June and then I went to Florida to train on the new system. Please take a moment to read this message to better understand how this affects you.

Logging On

To begin, the new database is from the company, YourMembership (YM). Is it much easier to navigate and extremely interactive. I strongly urge you to go to the site, log in, and update your user profile. Your user name is your email address that you provided to WSCA when you joined the membership or was on the last database system. If you are unsuccessful at figuring out what email is in our system, I can look it up for you. Because everyone’s user name is their email, you MUST provide an email address when renewing and you should not delete it from your profile. Without an email address, you will not be able to log in to the site. Your password is a random mix of numbers and letters that was assigned to you by YM during this initial set up. I don’t have access to ANY passwords; therefore, you must click on “I forgot my password” to enter your own personalized password.

User Profile

Once you log on, please review the information on your profile. Feel free to update what you want. Since this system has a member directory, other members can acquire your address, phone number, etc. unless you “hide” or block it from the directory. If you provided your home address, that is what will show in the directory. You may change it to your campus address or just hide it from view.

Interest Groups and Committees

While you check out your profile, feel free to join as many interest groups you want. Previously members were only to join up to three interest groups; however, there is no limit in this system. As long as the interest group planner is a member with an email address, she or he has administrative access to build and edit an interest group web page connected to the WSCA website. Additionally, interest group planners can send emails to all the members within that particular interest group. All the members in each interest group can also participate in an interest group blog. Of course, some interest groups may be more active online than others; thus, if you join ten interest groups you can join in on ten blogs, post pictures, and interact in this social media environment.

This extends to other groups as well. For instance, President of the Executive’s Club, Sara Hayden is the administrator for that group. WSCA President, Paul Mongeau is the administrator for the Executive Council. He will also be the administrator for the Legislative Assembly once I build that group and identify all the members. Currently I am finalizing the Committees (Finance, Publications, Time and Place, Member Services), allowing the Chairs to be the administrators. If you are an award chair and would like me to create a group for you, I’m happy to do so. Essentially, the system allows group members to easily communicate to each other AND keep record of the correspondence.


You say you don’t want to get all this correspondence? On your profile, you have the ability opt out of blogs, notifications, and email. Please note, however, that there are several different types of email lists. If you opt out of one interest group list, you will remain on another until you opt out of that as well. You may opt out of several email lists and yet still receive an email from WSCA. For instance, membership renewal is not an email you may opt out of. Nevertheless, you can greatly reduce the number of emails you receive if you desire.

Convention Registration

The previous system did not require you to log on when you registered for conferences; however, YM does require you to log on to register. This is because once you log on, the system will recognize your member type (student, regular, contingent, retired, etc.) and allow you to register for the conference as that type. Be sure to renew your WSCA membership prior to registering for the conference because if you don’t, the system will charge you the nonmember price. When you click on “Manage Profile” you can easily review your membership, your member type, and when it expires.

Online Store

This may be more pertinent to Department members, but you can access the WSCA online store from the website banner. Scroll to “About WSCA” and you will see at the bottom of the drop down menu is the store. All purchases (not membership renewal or convention registration) can be made online. This includes an ad in the convention program, an exhibit table at the convention, and a table at the Graduate Program Open House.


Another benefit is that ALL your account history is available to you when you log on to the system and click on “Manage Profile.” You will be able to obtain your invoices and receipts as you renew your membership and register for future conferences.

Finally, WSCA will be integrating other technologies with the YM program. For instance, Christina Yoshimura, WSCA News editor, has administrative rights to prepare, archive, and send the e-newsletter through the system. As such, we will drop our subscription to WordPress once she is familiar with the new program. This fall our electronic elections will take place through the system as well. Thus, we will no longer be paying Survey Monkey for the service.

Feel free to cruise around the website, visit the directory, and familiarize yourself with the platform. While I am optimistic about this program, I am still learning it, so please be patient with me. I welcome your feedback and appreciate hearing about your experiences while using the program.