I hope you are well and staying safe this summer. I am writing inviting the NSCM faculty to support a proposal for a new NCA interest group - Communication Anxiety and Apprehension.
This new interest group celebrates a community of scholarship, inquiry, and support for communication anxiety and apprehension throughout our discipline with the goal of learning more to create Best Practices, foster collaboration among interest groups and intentionally provide visibility and voice for our students and community members who deal with these challenges in a variety of situations and contexts. This new Division is a reimagining and expanding of the former Communication Apprehension and Competence Division that was disbanded in 2017 due to low enrollment and was not supported during the legislative Assembly in 2018.
Allow me to highlight that our professional association is investing more time and attention to these issues as our May 2020 edition of Spectra focused on "Communication & Mental Health on campus" and 2 of the 6 of our NCA "Concepts in Communication" video series explore Speech Anxiety. I suspect we all experienced heightened stress and anxiety caused by the coronavirus pandemic during the spring term and it appears we will do so for the foreseeable future.
I think the time is right to support a new Division with a focus on these important experiences. If you would like more information, the formal proposal for the Executive Committee is ready and, though I cannot attach it here, I am more than happy to share that with anyone interested.
200 signatures of current NCA members are required to then submit the proposal for consideration by the Executive Council and I invite you to consider offering your support. A link to a Qualtrics survey that will serve as the electronic petition is below and your support would be greatly appreciated. Thank you and be well!