April 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 case you missed our first newsletter, we are using these newsletters as a way to increase our communication and keep us connected between conferences. Each issue of the newsletter will highlight our members' work and achievements,  share information about our upcoming conference and conference team, provide helpful research tips or reminders, and more! In another effort to keep us connected, make sure you are following all of our social media, as well as checking out our new website (linked below). Please feel welcome to share your feedback using the email at the bottom of the newsletter. 

Fun Fact: CCA was founded by best friends Keith Griffin (Wake Forest) and Bill Strickland (USC), and actually stemmed from the NC Speech and Theatre Association. 

Member Quote: "I can tell you that some life long friendships have been made among colleagues who might have barely known each other." - Elena Martinez-Vidal

 Spotlight of the Month 

Dr. Deborah Breede

  • Institution: Coastal Carolina University
  • Position: Professor, Communication, Media and Culture
Dr. Deborah Breede (Coastal Carolina University) and her Communication Activism students at the "Beach Sweep" they organized at the Springmaid Pier in Myrtle Beach. 

Coastal Carolina Taking Communication Activism to the Next Level...

In a time where political and social change is more important than ever, Dr. Deborah Breede, a Communication and Media Studies Professor at Coastal Carolina University, is taking communication activism to the next level. In her Communication Activism (COMM 345) class, undergraduate students first learn about the field of communication activism and explore various current social justice issues current within the public discourse. Then, they choose, plan, budget, market,
stage, and assess a communication activism project related to a social issue of their choosing. This is an active, intensive course that combines service learning with perspectives and practices from communication, health promotion, social science, and journalism. This course is designed for students committed to social activism. Below, you will see just a few photographs from some of the projects that these student activists have held.

 CCA Community 

Got 10 minutes to spare? Help Dr. John Edward's with his research: 

CCA member Dr. John Edwards, Assistant Communication Professor at Methodist University, is collecting data on how public speaking teachers interact with students in the online public speaking course. This study defines public speaking teachers as instructors or professors in either the 2-year or 4-year college or university who teach a course that is focused on how to write and present a speech. There are typically multiple speeches presented by students throughout the semester.

The intent of this study is to gather information that describes how the "typical" online public speaking course works. There are 11 questions that ask about course policies and practices related to collection of student work (i.e., how students submit speeches) and technological tools used to interact with students. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

This project has been approved by the Methodist University Institutional Review Board. All responses will remain confidential and secure. The survey is deployed using QuestionPro, an independent research firm, to collect your confidential survey responses.  The survey will close 30 April 2018.
Thank you in advance for your valuable insights. 
If you have questions or concerns, please contact
Click Here to Take Survey

 Meet the 2018 Team 

Dr. John A. McArthur

2018 CCA 1st Vice President and Conference Planner
  • Institution: Out-going Director of Graduate Programs at Queens University of Charlotte. Joining the faculty of Furman University in Fall 2018
  • Position: Associate Professor of Communication
  • What he is looking forward to most about planning the 2018 Conference: "Our conference team is a high-performing group of talented professionals, each of whom is bringing a rich set of experiences to the conference this year. Five students from the Master of Arts in Communication program at Queens University of Charlotte are employing their skills in hospitality, event management, graphic design, marketing, and strategic communication toward a successful conference, and we think you'll all love attending the conference the beautiful area of SouthPark in Charlotte."
  • What he enjoyed most about last year's conference: "CCA is a wonderful opportunity for (1) getting to know our peers and colleagues in the Carolinas and (2) providing opportunities for students (and faculty!) to present their work and learn about communication in a low-pressure and highly supportive environment."
  • Fun fact: "I'm honored to be serving CCA in this role after stepping in for my colleague and friend at Queens, Leanne Pupchek, who was elected to this position back in 2016. We wish Leanne all the best for a speedy recovery and hope that we can all enjoy her vision for #CCA18 in Charlotte!"

 Tips of the Month 

How to Overcome Writers Block

"Writing about writer's block is better than not writing at all." - Charles Bukowski
  • Common Causes of Writer's Block: 
    1. Timing
    2. Fear
    3. Perfectionism 
  • Creative Solutions to Writer's Block: 
    1. Change your environment 
    2. Read a book 
    3. Freewrite
    4. Listen to music (classical or jazz) 
    5. Create a routine (many writers have daily routines to summon the muse)
    6. Call an old friend
    7. Read some inspiring quotes to get your started
  • How to Not Overcome Writer's Block:
    1. You do not overcome writer's block by waiting to feel inspired. 
    2. You do not overcome writer's block by wallowing in self-pity.
    3. You do not overcome writer's block by procrastinating and making excuses. 
  • Fail-Proof Solution: You overcome writer's block by writing. 

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 

2018 Southern States Communication Association Convention

Southern States Communication Association will be holding their 88th Convention April 4-8 in Nashville, TN. CCA's Spotlight of the Month Member Dr. Deborah Breede will be presenting her award winning work, "More than just musing: Music, social justice, and the Dave Matthews Band."  Interested? Check out the Convention Information Here


Submit Your Papers for the 2018 CCA Conference by April 18 2018!

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! 

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