Preparing for Chicago

This is my first newsletter as vice chair elect. I look forward to working with all of you and hope I can live up to the standard set by John and Kris. Inside this edition, you'll find news about your colleagues' accomplishments, job openings, teaching information, and a note about our Facebook presence. I will also continue the Spotlight on Scholarship section, which highlights recent work by HCTD members.

After the recent convention in San Diego, it may seem like a long way off, but now is the time to get ready for the 2009 NCA convention in Chicago. The deadline for submissions to the Human Communication & Technology Division is February 11, 2009. For more information, see the Calls for Papers and Participation page.

Speaking of Chicago, we are in need of reviewers. As you may know, HCTD is a rather large division and as such, receives many submissions. We need you! Here is the official call for reviewers:

The Human Communication and Technology Division of NCA is seeking paper reviewers for the Fall 2009 Convention submissions. The past several years have seen a burgeoning number of submissions come to HCTD and some of the richest research in the field examines the interconnectedness of technology and human communication. This year NCA has also introduced a compressed turnaround time for the submission of reviews by the divisions. Consequently, we wish to generate a large number of reviewers to evaluate the work being submitted to the Division this year. This is an opportunity for you to share your expertise and support the Division and the Discipline. We are seeking reviewers with a variety of theoretical, methodological, and topical backgrounds. We also wish to involve faculty and graduate students in the review process. If you are interested in reviewing please contact either Kris Markman ( or John Howard ( with your methods/theories/topics of interest. And please pass this along to any colleagues who may have an interest in reviewing!

Reviewing papers is an excellent way to become more involved in the division and in NCA as a whole. Graduate students are welcome - in fact, I first became involved in the division by volunteering to review papers as a graduate student.

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Brett Lunceford, Vice Chair, Publications