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National Communication Association. Since November 2001 the RCA has been recognized as an affiliate of the NCA

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    NCA Miami Beach, Nov. 11, 2003

    Olga Matyash, President of the RCA, presided. In attendance were: Michael D. Hazen, Nancy Jackson, Steve Beebe, Donal Carbaugh, David C. Williams, John Parrish Sprowl, Marilyn Young, Barnett Pearce, and Jurate Motiejunaite.

    The President gave a report on developments in RCA since the last meeting. Included in her report were the following items:

    • The RCA website is up and running, both in Russian and in English. The bilingual offering has the potential of attracting a larger and more diversified base for the RCA: http://www.russcomm.ru

    • Regions within Russia that are becoming increasingly active include the Rostov area, which was reported to be the most active region in Russian in its current support for RCA. The 2004 RCA conference will be held in Rostov-on-Don. A Call for proposals for the 2004 RCA conference was distributed: the conference will be May 24-28, 2004, at the Institute of Management, Business and Law in Rostov-on-Don. Submissions from American participants should be sent to John Parrish-Sprowl (johparri@iupui.edu) not later than January 15, 2004. Submissions should not be more than 3 pages. It was lamented in discussions that the RCA conference dates are so close to ICA dates, making it difficult to consider attending both. It was suggested that in the future more attention be given to the scheduling of RCA relative to other established communication conferences. It was also reported that the St. Petersburg area is becoming increasingly active in RCA and that the 2006 RCA conference might be held there. It was speculated that a St. Petersburg conference might boost western attendance. It was also suggested that RCA explore the possibility of meeting jointly in venues like St. Petersburg with ICA. Such a joint meeting might boost the visibility of RCA and stimulate greater attendance.

    • RCA publications are proceeding, including an annual journal (Vestnik), a quarterly newsletter, the website, and materials from the RCA conferences and summer schools. Three areas of questions/concerns arose in discussions:

      • Americans were interested in access to the current issue of Vestnik as well as additional information concerning subscriptions

      • RCA needs English translators, especially native speakers who can edit the final prose. The possibility of interns to work at this was discussed, and it was suggested that perhaps a fruitful place to look would be in graduate programs in Russian language study, where American students studying Russian might find benefit in involvement in such projects.

      • RCA needs peer reviewers for Vestnik. The process of peer review is new to Russian scholars, and the whole process must be approached sensitively.

    • The 2003 Summer School in Russia was reported on briefly. It was suggested that there was an interest in the future in more discussion of curriculum design and interactive teaching methods.

    • The Book Project was discussed. Nancy Jackson is spear-heading efforts to send communication textbooks to Russian programs. Both Clemson and IUPUI sent shipments this past year. Russian authored, Russian language communication textbooks are also beginning to appear.

    The activities of RCA within NCA came under discussion. Topics discussed included:

    • RCA programs at the 2004 NCA in Chicago. RCA had two program slots in Miami and might be able to obtain an additional slot in Chicago. Mike Hazen volunteered to work on RCA programs for the Chicago conference. One idea Hazen discussed was a program that would focus on the contributions of Russians scholars/theorists to the field of Communication Studies. He will meet with the 2004 program planners for NCA. Programs ideas should be forwarded to Michael Hazen (hazen@wfu.edu).

    • It was suggested that arrangements might be possible to include one Russian each year (perhaps selected by RCA) to attend the NCA summer Faculty Development Institute ("Hope" at Luther). This might be an efficient way to introduce Russian scholars to both specific content areas and pedagogical approaches used in American communication education. It was suggested that the Leathers fund might help support travel for such events, and it was also suggested that perhaps NCA itself could help subsidize on-campus expenses and registration costs for Russian participants.

    A final topic discussed was that of the need for RCA to establish legal standing in the US for purposes of bank accounts, memberships, etc. Without such legal standing, the activities of RCA will be limited in the US, and the ability of many US scholars to support RCA will be constrained.

    Submitted by David C Williams
    Nov 30, 2003

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