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May 1, 2018

 Carolinas Communication Association  • 

The Carolinas Communication Association promotes the study of communication in the Carolinas and across the region
Hello CCA Members!
In an effort to keep us connected, make sure you are following all of our social media, as well as checking out our new website. Please feel welcome to share your feedback using the email at the bottom of the newsletter. 


Fun Fact: The first CCA Conference was hosted at Wingate College. 

Member Quote: 
"I cannot understate the impact of good people treating each other well." - Charmaine Wilson

 Spotlight of the Month 

Alex Patti

  • Institution: University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Position: Graduate Teaching Assistant in Communication Studies
Alex J. Patti's "Waxing the Storyboard: Writing and Performing Stories of Family Loss" was released in The Ohio Communication Journal on April 3, 2018. 

CCA Member Published in the Ohio Communication Journal...

Waxing the Storyboard: Writing and Performing Stories of Family Loss by Alex J. Patti was published in the Ohio Journal of Communication, Vol. 56 in April, 2018.  It is an ethnographic /autoethnographic account of three experiences with the death of a close family member. Building upon research on expressive writing, expressive written storytelling was used to aid these individuals in opening up to a richer, more clear present moment for remembering and storying. 
The performance of these three stories studies the power of restorative storytelling and enhances the connection between story and restoring to necromancy (Friedlander, 1979). Moreover, the authors and their stories speak to the power of love and story in families, and the creation of complex possibilities for healing, living, and loving. To view the journal, please visit The Ohio Communication Association

 CCA Community Corner 

Got 2 minutes to spare? Help Dr. Richard Leeman with his research: 


CCA member Dr. Richard Leeman, Communication Professor at UNC Charlotte, has asked members to fill out and/or share the survey below.

The departments of Software & Information Systems, English, and Communication Studies at UNC Charlotte are exploring the development of an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Digital Cultures and Communication, and would like to have feedback from students in the Carolinas and immediate region.  If you are a faculty member, please forward the survey to any student(s) you think might be interested in going on for graduate study.  If you are a student, we would love to have you answer the survey and to forward it to any friends you have who are studying Communication, English or Computer Science. 
Click Here to Take Survey

 Meet the 2018 Team 

Melody Lehn

2018 Carolinas Communication Annual Editor
  • Institution: Sewanee: The University of the South
  • Positions: Assistant Professor of Rhetoric  Women’s and Gender Studies Assistant Director of the Center for Speaking & Listening
  • Favorite Part of her CCA Experience: "I attended my first CCA convention in 2013, and was immediately welcomed in by the association’s leadership and membership. As a newly minted PhD, it meant a great deal to find support for both my teaching and scholarship from colleagues in the region who I now count among my closest friends in the profession. Within the five years I have been a CCA member, I have had the opportunity to serve in various positions (including the Annual editorship), to receive invaluable feedback on my work, and to support the work of emerging student and junior scholars. As I tell anyone who asks, CCA is a shining example of how vibrant and relevant state associations are to the discipline."
  • Fun fact: "I was recently awarded the Southern States Communication Association’s Dwight L. Freshley Early Career Excellence in Teaching Award!"

 Tips of the Month 

Tips for Aspiring Op Ed Writers 

Brett Stephens, an editor, op-ed writer, and columnist shares his tips on op-ed writing. 
  • Every sentence has to count to grab the reader's attention.
  • It is for a broad community of people that you must write, not the handful of fellow experts you seek to impress with high-flown jargon.
  • The purpose of an op-ed is to offer your opinion, not write a news analysis. 
  • Authority matters: write about areas in which you have expertise, or a unique experience of a subject. 
  • 80 percent new information, 20 percent opinion.
  • Op-eds should never be written in the style of a news column. 
  • Avoid the passive voice. 
  • Be proleptic. 
  • Sweat the small stuff. 
  • Keep your sentences short and your paragraphs tight. 
  • Kill the cliches. 
  • Start with a longer draft, then cut it down. 
  • The editor is always right. 
  • Make good choices. 

Read full article 

 Job Postings 

  • Clemson University: Lecturer- Graphic Communication, Apply Here
  • Winthrop University: Assistant Professor of Mass Communication in Integrated Marketing, Apply Here
  • NC State University: Lecturer- Communication, Apply Here 

 Mark Your Calendars 

National Communication Association: Institute for Faculty Development 

The NCA Institute for Faculty Development, also known as the “Hope Conference,” is a small conference that provides undergraduate Communication faculty members opportunities to solicit feedback on scholarship, to build collaborative research and pedagogical relationships, to learn about new directions in theory and pedagogy, and to develop new course area expertise. The 2018 conference will be held at Denison University in Granville, OH from July 22-28. Find more information Here

 Reminders 

Submit Your Papers for the 2018 CCA Conference by May 9 2018!

Deadline extended to May 9th: Carolinas Communication Association invites submissions for presentation at the CCA Annual Conference, September 28-29, 2018 in Charlotte, NC.  CCA invites papers of all methods and interests for presentation at a regional conference representing scholars from North and South Carolina and around the region. All are welcome.

Carolinas Communication Association will accept the following submission types: Individual Papers, Paper Sessions, Panel Discussions, GIFTS INC. CCA also sponsors Top Paper Awards for the top undergraduate student paper, the top graduate student paper, and the top faculty paper presented at the conference.


Also, don't forget to book your hotel room now. Attendees can make a reservation in the CCA room block now through August 30, 2018 (space is limited) by calling the hotel directly or through this link.

If you have anything you would like to see in the next newsletter, feel free to reach out to ccawebsite2017@gmail.com! 

Don't forget to share your work with us through the CCA Update Google Form!
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