National Communication Association Conference 2022

Greetings from Todd Armstrong: Publisher - Communication, Journalism, and Media Studies

We are thrilled to be exhibiting at NCA’s 108th Annual Convention in New Orleans. If you’re attending the convention this year in person, stop by our booth (#302) and say hi!

If you aren’t able to attend or if you’re attending virtually, we’ve put together this virtual exhibit to emulate the spirit and energy of an in-person event and to showcase our latest titles in the discipline.

At Cognella, I have the pleasure of developing a communication and media studies list that values authors’ unique perspectives, provides a platform for introducing their work to thousands of students nationwide, and advances the field in new and interesting ways. Indeed, this year’s NCA theme of Honoring PLACE: People, Liberation, Advocacy, Community, and Environment, dovetails nicely with Cognella’s—and my—own interest in publishing the most cutting-edge, socially aware titles possible.

If you’re interested in writing or in discussing book ideas, I’d love to hear from you. Please email me at:

Click HERE to see my guidelines for writing and submitting a proposal.

NCA Short Courses

We’re proud to have the following authors present short courses this year at NCA based on the scholarship and research included in their Cognella books. All short course attendees will receive a free ebook and a redemption code for a free print copy of the featured book!

Honoring PLACE: Teaching Leadership AND Followership Communication

Presented by Michelle T. Violanti and Cassandra Ann Ray
Friday, November 18, 2022
9:30am – 12:15pm CST
New Orleans Marriott: Balcony N – 4th Floor, River Tower

Learn more about Dr. Violanti and Dr. Ray’s book:


Using Consumer DNA Kits to Explore Identity: An Application of the Who Am I: Identity in the Age of Consumer DNA Testing Text

Presented by Anita Kathy Foeman and Bessie Lee Lawton
Friday, November 18, 2022
9:30 am – 12:15 pm CST
New Orleans Marriott: Balcony M – 4th Floor, River Tower

Learn more about Dr. Lawton and Dr. Foeman’s book:


NCA Panels Honoring Cognella Authors

We’re delighted that the following Cognella authors are being honored during this year’s conference with panels dedicated to their distinguished careers.

Connecting the Past to the Present: Honoring the Career of Dawn O. Braithwaite

Thursday,  November 17, 2022
3:30pm – 4:45pm CST
New Orleans Marriott: Galerie 1 – 2nd Floor

Learn more about Dr. Braithwaite’s Cognella book:


Honoring a Person Who Enlivens Every Place: Celebrating Dr. Nina-Jo Moore

Saturday, November 19, 2022
11:00 am – 12:15 pm CST
Sheraton New Orleans: Grand Couteau – 5th Floor

Learn more about Dr. Moore’s Cognella title:


Honoring the Career and Legacy of Steven R. Wilson

Saturday, November 19, 2022
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm CST
New Orleans Marriott: Mardi Gras Ballroom Salon C – 3rd Floor

Learn more about Dr. Wilson’s Cognella book:


Hot Off The Presses Titles


Sexual Harassment in Organizational Culture: A Transformative Approach (First Edition)

Debbie S. Dougherty

In this text, author Debbie S. Dougherty not only describes what sexual harassment is, but also walks readers through a model of organizational culture to better understand how sexual harassment is woven into organizational culture through communication. This transformational model focuses on how organizational cultures are created and how those cultures can evolve through careful and thoughtful communication.


Communicate, Connect, Collaborate (First Edition)

Stephanie J. Coopman and Joy L. Hart

This text explores the implications of convergence—the melding of all media with digital networks—for human communication and everyday life. In recognizing communicators as prosumers, or active message producers rather than passive message consumers, the text empowers students to successfully negotiate their agency and identity across communication contexts.


Communicating in Groups and Teams: Strategic Interactions (Fifth Edition)

Joann Keyton and Stephenson Beck

The robustly updated fifth edition of this text presents a communicative framework—one that emphasizes the creation and management of messages as well as the creation and perception of meaning—for the investigation of groups and teams.


Advanced Interpersonal Communication: Managing Communication Goals (First Edition)

Marianne Dainton and Katie Neary Dunleavy

Built around the idea that we communicate with others to meet our needs and achieve our goals, this text provides students with a practical approach to communicating with others and navigating everyday communication challenges. It highlights the fundamental interconnections between communication theory and practice and supports student skill development through explorations of key interpersonal communication concepts.


Conducting a Communication Audit: Promoting Organizational Effectiveness Through Communication Efficiency (First Edition)

Michael G. Strawser

This text equips readers with the knowledge and skillsets they need to conduct successful communication audits and, in doing so, help organizations overcome their communication issues. It teaches readers how to identify communication problems within organizations and then how to use this diagnostic information to enhance communication across the organization.


An Introduction to the Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication (First Edition)

Megan R. Dillow

Written expressly for undergraduate courses, this text provides students with a comprehensive yet approachable introduction to the nature, functions, antecedents, and outcomes of dark side events and behaviors in close relationships. The book features a balance of relatable examples and academic, theoretical, research-based approaches to help students thoughtfully and critically consider interpersonal processes and their impacts on relationships and communication.


Intercultural Communication: A Critical Perspective (Second Edition)

Rona Tamiko Halualani

Intercultural Communication: A Critical Perspective is grounded in a framework based on key dimensions of power in relation to intercultural communication. The second edition features new and updated research studies and illustrative examples throughout. Every chapter has a new narrative opening, introducing new identity positionalities and characters located in different cultural contexts, and connecting to the ACT Framework for Intercultural Justice to highlight agency, resistance, and structural change.

The first edition of Intercultural Communication received a 2021 Textbook Excellence Award from the Textbook and Academic Authors Association Awards. Read the press release. 


Communication Theory: Racially Diverse and Inclusive Perspectives (First Edition)

Jasmine T. Austin, Mark P. Orbe, and Jeanetta D. Sims, editors

Featuring contributed chapters from established and emerging communication theorists with varied cultural backgrounds and identities, this text decenters traditional views of communication by highlighting perspectives from the global majority. It deviates from a white-colonial-normative theoretical core to provide students with a more holistic exploration of communication theory.

Coming Soon!


Understanding Argument in a Post-Truth World (Second Edition)

Heather Walters and Kristen Stout

This book provides students with the necessary skills to help them critically evaluate the situations they face in a technologically driven, “post-truth” world. This updated edition considers how recent events such COVID-19 and the spread of disinformation (into areas beyond those of just politics) are impacting our lives and altering the culture of argument.


From Thought to Action: Developing a Social Justice Orientation (Second Edition)

Amy Aldridge Sanford

This text empowers readers to successfully navigate their social justice journeys and channel their increased consciousness into direct action. The second edition includes a new chapter on allyship and an appendix related to speech preparation and delivery. It features more global examples of activism, as well as additional experiences from Asian American communities within the United States.


Rethinking Relationships: Coordinating Interpersonal Approaches (Second Edition)

Steve Duck

Authored by renowned communication and relationship scholar Steve Duck, this text invites readers to reconsider their assumptions and understanding of relationships. The second edition features a fresh emphasis on rhetoric and its insights into the ways in which individuals use discourse to promote vantage points and opinions or to make arguments or representations that are intended to influence others.


Making the Most of Your College Experiences: A Guide for Communication Majors (First Edition)

Diane M. Monahan

Acknowledging the broad nature of the communication discipline can make it difficult for students to identify and articulate what they want to do after graduation, this text equips students with the tools they need to better understand themselves, capitalize upon their educational experiences, and clearly define their career goals.

Celebrating Cognella Authors Honored with 2022 NCA Division Awards

Steven R. Wilson and Sandi W. Smith (Editors of Reflections on Interpersonal Communication Research)

Winners of the NCA Interpersonal Division’s Gerald R. Miller Book Award

This award honors an outstanding book that has made a significant contribution to the field of interpersonal communication.

Congratulations, Dr. Wilson and Dr. Smith!

Robert T. Craig and Karen Tracy (Authors of Grounded Practical Theory: Investigating Communication Problems)

Winners of the NCA Outstanding Scholarly Publication Award

Congratulations, Dr. Craig and Dr. Tracy!

Congratulations To Our Authors Who Received The 2022 Most Promising New Textbook Award From The Textbook & Academic Authors Association


Thinking Like a Researcher: An Engaged Introduction to Communication Research Methods

Jake Harwood

Comments from the judges:

“Understanding why methods is important and how to select the right tool for the job is key to the success of a researcher’s efforts. Thinking Like a Researcher: An Engaged Introduction to Communication Research Methods does an outstanding job of helping students to understand the why and the how of methods.”


Empowering Public Speaking

Deanna L. Fassett and Keith Nainby

Comments from the judges:

Empowering Public Speaking is an engrossing text that manages to teach all the relevant concepts of public speaking, while keeping the students engaged in a critical thinking process of application. This book is well written and can comfortably be used in a Public Speaking teaching setting for many different diverse groups! The textbook is thoughtfully written, infusing a DEI lens to offer continuous and evolving education to public speaking best practices.”


Who Am I? Identity in the Age of Consumer DNA Testing

Anita Kathy Foeman and Bessie Lee Lawton

Comments from the judges:

Who Am I? Identity in the Age of Consumer DNA Testing deserves to be awarded the Textbook Excellence Award for being able to link an age-old issue of identity with modern inventions. The book is thoughtful and engaging and is an amazing way to have students think about themselves and their identity and roles in everyday life. It is a very well organized and well written book that offers a step-by-step exploration of the benefits and pitfalls of consumer DNA testing as part of the search for one’s identity. A much needed exposé not only for students studying in a variety of disciplines but also for anyone who uses consumer DNA testing.”