Due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, we made the difficult decision not to attend the National Communication Association Annual Convention. To capture some of the spirit of the meeting, we’ve created this virtual gathering space to showcase new titles in the discipline and highlight the ways in which you can interact with Cognella authors at the convention if you are attending in person.
NCA Short Courses
We’re proud to have a number of authors presenting 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!
Renewal and Transformation: Examining Engaged Persuasion in a Post-Truth World
Presented by Stephen K. Hunt and Kevin R. Meyer
Thursday, November 18, 2021
9:30am – 12:15pm PST
Washington State Convention Center, 2A-Second Level
Learn more about Dr. Hunt and Dr. Meyer’s book: https://titles.cognella.com/engaged-persuasion-in-a-post-truth-world-9781516548231
The Introduction to Graduate Studies Course: Teaching Students About Relationships, Resilience and Success
Presented by Betsy Wackernagel Bach, Dawn O. Braithwaite, and Shiv Ganesh
Thursday, November 18, 2021
2 – 4:45pm PST
Washington State Convention Center, 2A-Second Level
Learn more about Dr. Bach, Dr. Braithwaite, and Dr. Ganesh’s book: https://titles.cognella.com/by-degrees-9781793506764
Investigating Communication Problems: Using and Teaching Grounded Practical Theory
Presented by Robert T. Craig and Karen Tracy
Friday, November 19, 2021
9:30am – 12:30pm PST
Washington State Convention Center, 2B-Second Level
Learn more about Dr. Craig and Dr. Tracy’s book: https://titles.cognella.com/grounded-practical-theory-9781516545582
Exploring Cultures from the Inside Out: Using an Ethnographic Approach to Teach and Learn Inter/Cultural Communication
Presented by Tabitha Hart
Saturday, November 20, 2021
9:30am – 12:30pm PST
Washington State Convention Center, 2A-Second Level
Learn more about Dr. Hart’s book: https://titles.cognella.com/exploring-cultural-communication-from-the-inside-out-9781516582907
New Titles - Published Since the 2019 NCA Convention
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.
Critical Questions in Persuasion Research
Franklin J. Boster and Christopher J. Carpenter
Critical Questions in Persuasion Research presents students with a refreshing way to study persuasion, communication theory, and human behavior. Rather than examining different types of persuasion research and reviewing each one at a time, communication scholars Franklin J. Boster and Christopher J. Carpenter explore eight key controversies, as well as research and theory related to each topic.
Strategic Communication Research Methods
Marianne Dainton and Pamela J. Lannutti
Strategic Communication Research Methods highlights the importance of research in professional communication settings and provides students with the practical information and knowledge they will need to effectively consume and produce professional research within their careers. While theory and methods are emphasized throughout, the text features a unique focus on the cultivation of transferable skills and the relevant application of knowledge.
Empowering Public Speaking
Deanna L. Fassett and Keith Nainby
With emphasis on public speaking as a means for social justice, Empowering Public Speaking helps students develop the communication skills necessary to successfully effect change. Readers learn about public speaking as a means of personal, social, economic, and cultural power, and how communication shapes social relations, identity development, and public awareness. Through examples and discussions, the book demonstrates how public speaking is a significant act that inspires social transformation.
Organizational Communication: Foundations, Challenges, and Misunderstandings (Fifth Edition)
Daniel P. Modaff and Jennifer A. Butler
Organizational Communication: Foundations, Challenges, and Misunderstandings examines how communication is central to organizational life and the complexities and complications that arise as people attempt to coordinate their organizational activities. The fifth edition features new interview data; broader coverage of diversity; expanded discussions of emotions at work; and examinations of workplace bullying, blended relationships, and technology as it relates to gender and age.
Engaged Persuasion in a Post-Truth World
Stephen K. Hunt and Kevin R. Meyer
Engaged Persuasion in a Post-Truth World provides an innovative approach to inspire students’ interest in persuasive communication in today’s ever-evolving world. The book moves beyond theory and addresses new media, engaged citizenship, and deconstructing messages in a post-truth world to deepen students’ exploration of persuasion.
Intercultural Communication: Pathways to Better Interactions
Intercultural Communication: Pathways to Better Interactions provides readers with an examination of diverse cultural practices that can be used to support successful communication. Author David Boromisza-Habashi’s approach is grounded in theory, yet relevant and highly accessible for students. Using vivid and relatable anecdotes, he deftly explores the primary challenge of effective intercultural communication in our globalized world: the ability to properly coordinate interactions to achieve shared meaning.
Follow, Communicate, Lead: Creating Competent Connections
Michelle Terese Violanti and Cassandra Ann Ray
Leadership and followership communication are two sides of the same coin; just as sand and water are needed for a beach, leadership and followership are necessary for effective organizational functioning. Because today’s organizations include followers who act as leaders, leaders who need to know when to step back and be followers, and people whose work lives transfer fluidly between leader and follower, this book helps students become knowledgeable about, and capable of, adapting to a wide variety of communication situations.
Nonverbal Communication: Studies and Applications (Seventh Edition)
Nonverbal communication lays a foundation for understanding what is important to effective message development, transmission, and understanding via nonverbal codes and subcodes. The seventh edition of Nonverbal Communication: Studies and Applications demonstrates the importance of nonverbal communication in all settings and all contexts. Readers learn the vital role nonverbal communication plays in everyday interactions, as well as nonverbal theories and practices that are key to becoming a better communicator.
Strategic Corporate Communication: Core Concepts for Managing Your Career and Your Clients' Brands
Ross Brinkert and Lisa V. Chewning
Strategic Corporate Communication: Core Concepts for Managing Your Career and Your Clients’ Brands introduces readers to essential strategies in corporate communication. The book centers upon the idea that in order to be successful, communication professionals not only require outward-facing competencies to represent and serve clients, but also personal competencies of self-awareness and self-positioning to manage their careers.
Conflict and Communication (Second Edition)
Fred E. Jandt
Conflict and Communication acknowledges the inevitable presence of conflict in our lives and the role good communication plays in managing conflict to cultivate a healthier, happier existence. The book explores the ways in which we process and act on conflict, as well as how we can leverage a deeper understanding of our own thoughts and behaviors to reduce the amount and severity of conflict in our lives.
Advanced Public Speaking: Theory and Techniques Based on the Rhetorical Canons
David R. Dewberry
Advanced Public Speaking: Theory and Techniques Based on the Rhetorical Canons provides students with classical and contemporary theory, detailed guidance and techniques, and explorations of various aspects of argumentation related to the development and delivery of a variety of speeches. The book leads students through the five rhetorical canons—invention, arrangement, style, memory, and delivery—offering them a conceptual overview, followed by an operational framework, and ending with cautions on what to avoid in order to become stronger speakers.
Speechwriting: A Rhetorical Guide
Theodore F. Sheckels and Caroline Kouneski
Featuring a balance of practical advice and sound instruction, Speechwriting: A Rhetorical Guide provides readers with essential knowledge to prepare and deliver well-constructed and well-researched speeches appropriate for a variety of contexts. The text includes excerpts from actual speeches, illustrative speechwriting samples with commentary from a prospective speech writer, and a set of exercises that encourage readers to think about how the sample speech might be improved upon or modified if they were the one writing it.
The Bully Pulpit: Presidential Rhetoric from Theodore Roosevelt to Donald J. Trump
Edited by Theodore F. Sheckels
Theodore Roosevelt began explicitly using public address as what he termed a “bully pulpit” during his presidency. Public address provided him the opportunity to talk to the people—and thereby put pressure on reluctant public figures to effect policy. In doing so, Roosevelt significantly enlarged the rhetorical impact of the presidency. After Roosevelt, presidents have used this “bully pulpit” to different degrees, but the idea of speaking directly to the people on a regular basis–as well as to Congress–has inarguably affected the presidency and the nation’s politics.
By Degrees: Resilience, Relationships, and Success in Communication Graduate Studies
Editors: Betsy Wackernagel Bach, Dawn O. Braithwaite, and Shiv Ganesh
By Degrees: Resilience, Relationships, and Success in Communication Graduate Studies provides readers with an indispensable guide to navigating the graduate school experience in Communication Studies programs. The book helps current and future graduate students consider their options, make wise choices, and thrive within their master’s or doctoral programs and beyond.
Philosophy of Communication Inquiry: An Introduction
Annette M. Holba
In Philosophy of Communication Inquiry: An Introduction, multidisciplinary scholar Annette M. Holba seamlessly connects philosophical traditions with the communicative experience and contemporary political, social, and cultural issues. The text reinforces the position that philosophy of communication is not an abstract concept, but rather rooted in real-life experiences. The text features a unique approach that maps the application of key concepts and theory to public moral argument.
Who Am I? Identity in the Age of Consumer DNA Testing
Anita Kathy Foeman and Bessie Lee Lawton
In Who Am I? Identity in the Age of Consumer DNA Testing, communication scholars Anita Kathy Foeman and Bessie Lee Lawton present readers with the most comprehensive and cutting-edge research on DNA and identity construction. They investigate the modern trend of individuals using direct-to-consumer DNA test results to explore and negotiate their personal and social identities. This book explores the numerous misconceptions that exist with regard to race, culture, and ethnicity, and how DNA kits have changed the ways in which race and ethnicity are understood and acted upon in our everyday lives.
Grounded Practical Theory: Investigating Communication Problems
Robert T. Craig and Karen Tracy
Grounded Practical Theory: Investigating Communication Problems provides readers with an introduction to grounded practical theory (GPT), a framework for doing research about the problems people encounter when they engage in particular communicative practices, techniques for managing those problems, and normative ideas for how to communicate wisely in situations that involve tensions and dilemmas.
Practicing Communication Theory: Exploring, Applying, and Teaching the Constitutive Metamodel
Editors: Marc Howard Rich and Jessica S. Robles
In 1999, Robert T. Craig published the article “Communication theory as a field” and argued that the field of communication theory ought to be viewed as a practical discipline. In Practicing Communication Theory: Exploring, Applying, and Teaching the Constitutive Metamodel, editors Marc Howard Rich and Jessica S. Robles expand upon Craig’s seminal contribution by assembling diverse and learned voices of international communication scholars to explore the practical, theoretical, and pedagogical implications of Craig’s work.
Intimate Spaces: A Conversation about Discovery and Connection
Douglas L. Kelley
Intimate Spaces: A Conversation about Discovery and Connection provides readers the opportunity to discuss, muse, ponder, and explore an essential part of the human experience—intimacy. The book provides a rich, full perspective on intimacy, highlighting its presence in a range of relationships, identifying challenges that can impede its development, and presenting social science research to foster greater understanding.
Media Ethics: Key Principles for Responsible Practice (Third Edition)
Patrick Lee Plaisance
Media Ethics: Key Principles for Responsible Practice equips students with the knowledge and critical skill sets they need to develop a solid foundation in ethical thinking and responsible media behavior. The third edition includes up-to-date case studies, media research, and ethics theory applications to media technologies. Three new chapters address moral decision-making in everyday life, the key factors involved in being a responsible media consumer, and ethical and policy questions surrounding Big Data and our data-driven media system.
Gratitude Communication at Work: Research-Based Tools to Build Relationships and Get Results
Work – it can be a struggle, but maybe it doesn’t have to be. Gratitude Communication at Work is about a simple act of communication – expressing gratitude – that can go a long way to making our work lives better. While gratitude communication can be a byproduct of an already healthy organizational culture, it can also be the way that we create that culture and alter our more immediate work experience.
Writing for Public Relations and Strategic Communication
William Thompson and Nicholas Browning
Writing for Public Relations and Strategic Communication equips students with the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to write persuasively. The book underscores the importance of strategic analysis at the beginning of the writing process. Utilizing an audience-centered perspective, it shows how persuasive writing emerges organically after critically assessing the goals of an organization’s message in light of its intended audience.
Communicating Finances in the Family: Talking and Taking Action
Roberta A. Davilla Robbins and A. Frank Thompson
Most financial planning decisions faced by families are the result of family life stages—entering into a committed relationship; having and caring for children; working; taking care of parents; securing retirement funds; and distributing wealth at the end of life. All of these family life stages require planning, budgeting and, more importantly, communicating in order to reach these financial goals. Communicating Finances in the Family: Talking and Taking Action helps students move from seeing money as a “problem” to viewing money as the “path” to achieving their financial goals.
Engage and Activate: Navigating College and Beyond
C. Kyle Rudick, Nicholas A. Zoffel, and Katherine Grace Hendrix
Engage and Activate: Navigating College and Beyond introduces readers to the cultural and social tools they will need to be successful in higher education while identifying opportunities within academic life to connect with others, effect change, and create communities that are more just, humane, and sustainable. The authors address important issues for beginning students such as cross-cultural appreciation and understanding, self-care, navigating institutional rules, study habits, and more, all with a social justice focus.
Emerging Media: Legal Principles, Virtual Issues
Emerging Media: Virtual Issues, Legal Principles introduces contemporary media and information studies students to the nexus between law and emerging media technology. With a goal to present a clear and succinct overview of communication and media law, the text presents legal doctrines in accessible terms and in the context of current issues and technology.
Exploring Cultural Communication From the Inside Out: An Ethnographic Toolkit
What do you do when you are a newcomer in a cultural group and you must find your way? From the perspective of an ethnographer of communication, one of the most effective strategies you can take is to go from the inside out. Exploring Cultural Communication from the Inside Out: An Ethnographic Toolkit is a workbook that offers readers a hands-on approach to navigating new cultural environments.
News for US: Citizen-Centered Journalism
Paula Lynn Ellis, Paul S. Voakes, and Lori Bergen
In the midst of the disruptions and distrust that have plagued traditional media in recent years, and a degree of polarization rarely seen in American history, a new style of journalism is emerging. Dozens of news organizations, from corporate powerhouses to home-office startups, are reviving a classic role of American journalism: inspiring and enabling Americans to do the difficult, authentic, and ultimately rewarding work of citizenship in a democratic society. News for US: Citizen-Centered Journalism is the first-ever guide to this new approach—one that enriches the skill set of the 21st-century journalist with the mindset of civic engagement.
American Media History: The Story of Journalism and Mass Media (Fourth Edition)
Anthony R. Fellow
American Media History is the story of a nation and of the events in the long battle to disseminate information, entertainment, and opinion in a democratic society. It is the story of the men and women whose inventions, ideas, and struggles shaped the nation and its media system and fought to keep both free. The text is organized chronologically and emphasizes the role the press played in the American Revolution to the present.
From Thought to Action: Developing a Social Justice Orientation
Amy Aldridge Sanford
From Thought to Action: Developing a Social Justice Orientation empowers readers to successfully navigate their individual social justice journeys and channel their increased consciousness into activism. The book provides robust historic, cultural, and social context for social justice work, assists readers in managing the discomfort that often accompanies raised consciousness, and offers step-by-step instructions for initiating social justice campaigns and projects.
Celebrating Cognella Authors Honored with 2021 NCA Awards
Steven R. Wilson
University of South Florida, Coeditor of Reflections on Interpersonal Communication Research
Mark L. Knapp Award in Interpersonal Communication
The Mark L. Knapp Award in Interpersonal Communication recognizes career contributions to the study of interpersonal communication. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant scholarly contributions to the study of interaction and/or relational processes. This recipient will also have contributed to the quality of interpersonal communication through active involvement in the discipline, significant mentoring of students, and/or public service focused on interpersonal communication.
Congratulations, Dr. Wilson!
University of South Florida, Coauthor of the forthcoming text Organizations, Organizing, and Communication in the Modern World
Samuel L. Becker Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award was first presented in 1971 to recognize a lifetime of outstanding service to the Association and to the profession. The Award is presented to the person judged to have made the greatest contribution to the association and to the profession during her or his career and is generally, but not necessarily, given to a person who has made a number of contributions during her or his career. The contributions may be in research, teaching, or service. In most cases, the individual selected will have made outstanding contributions in all three areas.
Congratulations, Dr. Buzzanell!
Elizabeth Dorrance Hall
Michigan State University, Author of Communicate to Connect: Interpersonal Communication for Today’s Relationships and the forthcoming text Communication Research: Learning Qualitative and Qualitative Methods.
Leslie A. Baxter Early Career Award
The award is named in honor of Leslie A. Baxter and is given based on productivity and strength of published work in family communication, especially work that addresses issues of diversity, equity, and/or inclusion.
Congratulations, Dr. Dorrance Hall!
We'd also like to take the opportunity to recognize Cognella authors who received 2020 NCA Awards!
Donald H. Ecroyd Award for Outstanding Teaching in Higher Education: Jimmie Manning – Author of the forthcoming The Qualitative Coding and Analysis Guide for Communication Research
Robert J. Kibler Memorial Award: Vincent Waldron – Coauthor of Negotiating Workplace Relationships (Second Edition)
Distinguished Scholar Awards
- Dawn O. Braithwaite – Coeditor of By Degrees: Resilience, Relationships, and Success in Communication Graduate Studies
- Dana L. Cloud – Author of the forthcoming The Rhetoric of Social Movements and coauthor of the forthcoming A Rhetorical History of Social Movements in the U.S.
- Brian H. Spitzberg – Coeditor of The Communication Capstone: The Communication Inquiry and Theory Experience
Presidential Citations for Service
- Debbie S. Dougherty – Author of the forthcoming Sexual Harassment in Organizational Cultural: A Problem-Solving Model
- Scott Myers – Author of the forthcoming Instructional Communication: Becoming a Competent Classroom Communicator
- Jimmie Manning – Author of the forthcoming The Qualitative Coding and Analysis Guide for Communication Research
Applied Communication Division
The Sue DeWine Distinguished Scholarly Book Award: Gregory A. Cranmer – Coauthor of the forthcoming Sport Communication: A Process Approach
Distinguished Journal Special Issue Award: Patrice M. Buzzanell – Coauthor of the forthcoming Organizations, Organizing, and Communication in the Modern World
Family Communication Division
Top Paper Award: Kristina M. Scharp – Coauthor of the forthcoming Communication Research: Learning Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
Journal of Family Communication Article of the Year Award: Stephenson J. Beck – Coauthor of Communicating in Groups and Teams: Strategic Interaction (Fourth Edition)
Leslie A. Baxter Early Career Award: Kristina M. Scharp – Coauthor of the forthcoming Communication Research: Learning Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
Instructional Development Division
Distinguished Article Award: Katherine G. Hendrix – Coauthor of Engage and Activate: Navigating College and Beyond
Interpersonal Communication Division
Top Four Paper Awards: Kristina Scharp – Coauthor of the forthcoming Communication Research: Learning Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
Latina and Latino Communication Studies Division
Scholar of the Year Award: Josue David Cisneros – Coauthor of the forthcoming A Rhetorical History of Social Movements in the U.S.
Training and Development Division
Lifetime Achievement Award: Ross Brinkert – Author of Gratitude Communication at Work: Research-Based Tools to Build Relationships and Get Results and coauthor of Strategic Corporate Communication: Core Concepts for Managing Your Career and Your Clients’ Brands