Carroll C. Arnold Distinguished Lecture

Sponsor: NCA First Vice President
Fri, 11/19: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Washington State Convention Center 
Room: Ballroom 6B - Sixth Level 
This session will be live streamed, more information is available here:

The Carroll C. Arnold Distinguished Lecture is given in plenary session each year at the annual convention of the Association and features the most accomplished researchers in the field. The topic of the lecture changes annually so as to capture the wide range of research being conducted in the field and to demonstrate the relevance of that work to society at large.

The purpose of the Arnold Lecture is to inspire not by words but by intellectual deeds. Its goal is to make the members of the Association better informed by having one of its best professionals think aloud in their presence. Over the years, the Arnold Lecture will serve as a scholarly stimulus for new ideas and new ways of approaching those ideas.

The Arnold Lecturer is chosen each year by the First Vice President. When choosing the Arnold Lecturer, the First Vice President is charged to select a long-standing member of NCA, a scholar of undisputed merit who has already been recognized as such, a person whose recent research is as vital and suggestive as his or her earlier work, and a researcher whose work meets or exceeds the scholarly standards of the academy generally.

The Carroll C. Arnold Distinguished Lecture is sponsored by Pearson.


Roseann M. Mandziuk, Texas State University  - Contact Me


NCA First Vice President


Intentional Transformation in the Midst of Change

As we press beyond 2020, it is imperative that we, as communication scholars, engage our existence within and outside of academe with an approach and attitude that embodies intentional transformation. This intentional transformation requires a commitment to creating a new normal in response to the many inequities and imbalances that have for far too long impacted every facet of life. Undoubtedly, we have all engaged in self-reflexivity in an attempt to make sense of a turbulent year that forced us to recalibrate, reevaluate, and reassess. Personally, I have been challenged, inspired even, to embody what I believe is central to who I am as a person and a scholar: be a change agent who advocates a move from theory to practice. We are equipped with infinite knowledge and communication skills and theories that are at the core of intentional transformation. I hope that you all will join me in being intentional in facilitating the continued transformation in our field that squarely addresses the inequities responsible for the disparities that we can no longer deny.  


Tina M. Harris, Louisiana State University  - Contact Me