The GVSU faculty presenting at the NCA 106th Annual Convention: Communication at the Crossroads

NCA 106th Annual Convention: Communication at the Crossroads

Many of our Grand Valley School of Communication faculty will be participating in The National Communication Association (NCA) 106th Annual Convention: Communication at the Crossroads event. 

This year’s convention will be an entirely virtual event and free. Synchronous sessions will occur on the same dates as initially scheduled, November 19-22, with some virtual meetings held on the days surrounding these dates.  

Below we have listed all of the GVSU faculty members participating in this year’s NCA Annual Convention. If your membership is current through December 1, 2020, you are an NCA Life Member, NCA Retired Member, or you wish to register as a non-member, click here to register. 

Patrick Anderson

Grand Valley State University, Visiting Professor in the Department of Philosophy

Scheduled Appearances

Ancient Rhetoric at the Crossroads: Afrocentric Approaches and the Canon

Thu, 11/19: 9:30 AM  – 10:45 AM 

Role: Presenter

Author Meets Critics Panel: Zoetropes and the Politics of Humanhood

Thu, 11/19: 12:30 PM  – 1:45 PM 

Role: Presenter

On Moderate and Radical Government Whistleblowing: Edward Snowden and Julian Assange as Theorists of Whistleblowing Ethics

Fri, 11/20: 11:00 AM  – 12:15 PM 

Role: Author


Corey Anton

Grand Valley State University, Professor of Communications 

Scheduled Appearances

Soul and Spirituality at the Crossroads: Jesus as Apology

Thu, 11/19: 11:00 AM  – 12:15 PM 

Role: Author

Robotic Media Environments

 Fri, 11/20: 11:00 AM  – 12:15 PM 

Role: Respondent

Non-Being in Language Structure, Content and Context

Sat, 11/21: 2:00 PM  – 3:15 PM 

Role: Author

Non-Being, Possibilities, Morality, and Death Acceptance

Sun, 11/22: 8:00 AM  – 9:15 AM 

Role: Author


Richard D. Besel

Grand Valley State University, Professor and Director of School of Communications

Scheduled Appearances

PC10: At the Crossroads: The Future of Master’s Education

Wed, 11/18: 8:00 AM  – 12:00 PM 

Role: Presenter

Public Health, the Environment, and the Body

Thu, 11/19: 9:30 AM  – 10:45 AM 

Role: Chair


Carl J. Brown

Grand Valley State University, Assistant Professor of Communication

Scheduled Appearances

Communication Centers Section Business Meeting

Tue, 11/10: 11:00 AM  – 12:15 PM 

Role: Co-Presenter

Legislative Assembly I

Wed, 11/18: 12:00 PM  – 4:00 PM 

Role: Presenter

Making a Difference in an Evolving Center: Best Practices for Engaging and Collaborating with Students

Fri, 11/20: 8:00 AM  – 9:15 AM 

Role: Chair

Legislative Assembly II

Sat, 11/21: 8:00 AM  – 10:00 AM 

Role: Presenter


Anthony Spencer

Grand Valley State University, Assistant Professor of Communication

Scheduled Appearances

A multi-national validity analysis of the Argumentativeness Measure

Thu, 11/19: 11:00 AM  – 12:15 PM 

Role: Co-Author


Melba Vélez Ortiz

Grand Valley State University, Assistant Professor of Communication 

Scheduled Appearances

Ancient Rhetoric at the Crossroads: Afrocentric Approaches and the Canon

Thu, 11/19: 9:30 AM  – 10:45 AM 

Role: Presenter

The Harpist of Maat: Notes on the Communicative Sacredness of Sound

Thu, 11/19: 12:30 PM  – 1:45 PM 

Role: Author

SC14: Disability Pedagogy at the Crossroads: Classroom and Online Learning Activities for Teaching About Disability

Fri, 11/20: 2:00 PM  – 4:45 PM 

Role: Presenter

Learning Activities for Critical Thinking and Reflection on Communication Ethics

Sat, 11/21: 3:30 PM  – 4:45 PM 

Role: Chair


Adrienne A. Wallace

Grand Valley State University, Assistant Professor of Advertising and Public Relations

Scheduled Appearances

07. Forging Ahead: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion the Driving Force Behind Communication Education

Thu, 11/19: 12:30 PM  – 1:45 PM 

Role: Co-Author

Crossroads in Pedagogy: Applications and Implications of Artificial Intelligence in the Communication Classroom

Thu, 11/19: 3:30 PM  – 4:45 PM 

Role: Presenter


Peter Zhang

Grand Valley State University, Professor of Communications 

Scheduled Appearances

Flusser and Interology

Sun, 11/22: 8:00 AM  – 9:15 AM 

Role: Author