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Statement Opposing the Bylaw Change Resolution

The Caucus on LGBTQ Concerns of the National Communication Association, which is the association’s advocacy arm with respect to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues and represents over 1000 members of the association recommends that NCA members reject the proposed major change to the association and vote NO on the bylaw resolution during NCA’s annual election.

We believe that there are three primary issues with this wholesale change to the association governance. These three key issues should prevent NCA members from supporting the ballot measure. While the Caucus does believe that incremental changes are necessary to keep the association functioning smoothly, we also fervently believe that the proposed changes are not what our association needs right now.

1. NCA members have no provision to vote on final changes to the bylaws

We believe that the membership of the association should be given the right to review and approve final changes to the structure and function of NCA. According to the provisions of this bylaw change, the legislative assembly has the ability to change any provision during the 2014 meeting [1]; therefore, the document that the membership is voting on may not (and likely will not) be the finalized governance document of the association. Given the importance of this change, we firmly believe that NCA members should be given the ability to accept or reject the final governance document. Granting the 2014 Legislative Assembly discretion to make changes to the association’s legal, fiduciary, and policy-making abilities without approval of the membership violates the letter and spirit of NCA’s current constitution, which states; “after no less than 30 days following the distribution of a proposed amendment, a full membership ballot shall be distributed. A two-thirds majority of those voting shall be required for adoption of an amendment” [2]. There is no provision for NCA members to review and approve any changes that the 2014 Legislative Assembly make to the proposed bylaws. NCA members are being asked to vote on a draft of the association’s most important governance document. We find this unacceptable.

Therefore, we ask that NCA members reject this bylaw change and grant the 2014 legislative assembly the ability to present a finalized set of documents to the membership for ratification in 2015.

2. The proposed change removes the legislative powers of the Legislative Assembly.

While we understand that the association may need to consider changes to fiduciary policy, we believe that this proposed change in the structure of the association goes too far. Currently, the Legislative Assembly is the body charged with the duty to adopt and enforce the governance and public policies of NCA. In fact, our association’s current constitution clearly outlines this: “The legislative assembly shall be the principal policy making body of the association and shall be responsible for managing its resources and affairs” [3]. The proposed revision to the bylaws explicitly grants this provision to the Board of Governors as one of the outlined duties: “Adopt and enforce the policies of NCA.” [4]

The proposed revision of the bylaws relegates the legislative assembly to non-legislative tasks including recommending and providing feedback to the Board of Governors. However, the Board of Governors is under no obligation to follow the direction of the Legislative Assembly. The current structure of the association clearly provides the legislative assembly with policy-making abilities and the executive committee with policy-enforcing ability. We feel that this distinction has served our association well and provided a necessary check-and-balance on the governance of the association. While we appreciate the fact that legislative assembly will still be charged with the explicit duty to adopt “public policies”, the proposed bylaw change removes the association-level legislative duties from the Legislative Assembly [5]. We feel that this proposed change diminishes the ability for NCA members to have a voice in the regular functioning of the association. The Legislative Assembly is the direct voice of the membership. Without association-level policy-making powers, the Legislative Assembly serves nothing more than ceremonial functions.

We recommend that NCA members reject these proposed bylaws and grant the 2014 Legislative Assembly the ability to draft a modified structure that retains the association-level policy-making power of the Legislative Assembly.

3. The proposed policy-making “Board of Governors” would not be as diverse as the association at-large.

The authors of this proposed resolution were ostensibly concerned with diversity when they purposefully indicated that one person ought to explicitly represent diversity issues on the Board of Governors. That person would be given the title “Diversity Representative,” and would chair the association’s “diversity committee.” However, there was no consultation from the executive committee or any of the authors of this proposal with the association’s current Affirmative Action and Inter-caucus Committee (AAIC) in drafting this proposal. We assume that the AAIC would be renamed to the “diversity committee,” a name that is fraught with problems (again, that name was selected without consultation of the representative bodies). Importantly, since the “diversity chair” serves on the Board of Governors for a 3-year term, if that position were to rotate among the 6 caucuses equally, this means that each caucus would only have direct representation on the Board of Governors once every 18 years. Furthermore, under the proposal, members of the “diversity committee” do not pick their chairperson (the proposal indicates that the Committee on Committees would select the chair). Therefore, the “diversity representative” on the Board of Governors is not required to come from the membership of the caucuses. Additionally, caucuses are only able to appoint a member to the Diversity Committee for a one-year term, which directly violates many caucuses’ standing rules (for instance, the term for the Caucus on LGBTQ concerns is three years). These issues are of major concern to our caucus, as they represent a clear departure from the standard and very clearly-defined mechanisms for diversity enshrined in the current governance documents and policies of the association [6].

One of the valuable features of our current governance structure and function of the association is that each division, caucus, regional association, and group has explicit representation in the policy-making body of the association. Under the proposed structure, there would only be three at-large members appointed to the Board of Governors [7], thereby reducing the diversity of the policy-making board of the association.

We strongly encourage NCA members to reject this proposal and grant the AAIC the ability to provide specific policy recommendations about these changes to the 2014 Legislative Assembly for consideration.

We do believe that incremental change to the association’s governing documents and structure may be necessary to meet the needs of the association over the next 100 years. However, given these major objections, we encourage the association’s membership to reject this draft of the bylaws. If nothing more, the fact that NCA members are being asked to vote on an incomplete document should nullify any benefits suggested by members of the executive committee for such a wholesale change to our association’s governance.

[1] Page 148, 2013 Legislative Assembly Manual states “This means that the 2014 Legislative Assembly will retain the authority to make changes to the revision before it goes into effect.”

[2] NCA Constitution, Article X, Section 5.

[3] NCA Constitution, Article VI, Section 1

[4] Proposed Bylaws, Article III, Section 3 “Duties”

[5] see Proposed Bylaws, Article V, Section 3

[6] See NCA’s “Statement on Diversity” adopted 1995, reaffirmed 201.

[7] see Proposed Bylaws, Article III, Section 2

Highlights from the 2013 Caucus Business Meeting

Congratulations to award winners Jamie Landau and Michaela Meyer! Image

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For more about the business meeting, see the meeting minutes from 2013 and 2012 here:

Caucus Minutes 2013

Caucus minutes 2012

 

 

LGBTQ Caucus Awards

The Caucus on LGBTQ Concerns is happy to announce the winners of our annual awards. Michaela Meyer was selected to receive the Randy Majors Award for outstanding contribution to scholarship on LGBTQ issues. Jamie Landau will receive the Lambda Award for her advocacy on behalf of the LGBTQ community and in particular her leadership in fostering an LGBTQ-supportive environment at Keene State College.

Please join us in congratulating the winners and consider joining us for the LGBTQ Social Hour at NCA on Thursday, November 22 at 3:30 in the Marriott Wardman Park, Thurgood Marshall Ballroom South – Mezzanine Level. Free food will be provided and there will be a cash bar.

Congratulations to Research Award Winners

The GLBTQ Division and the Caucus on LGBTQ Concerns are pleased to announce the recipients of our first annual book, dissertation and monograph of the year awards. Please join us in congratulating these individuals on their exceptional scholarship.

Book of the Year Award – to Tony Adams (Northeastern Illinois University) for “Narrating the Closet: An Autoethnography of Same-Sex Attraction.”

Dissertation of the Year Award – to Alyssa Samek (University of Maryland) for “Crafting Queer Identity, Building Coalitions, and Envisioning Liberation at the Intersections: A Rhetorical Analysis of 1970s Lesbian-Feminist Discourse.”

Monograph of the Year Award – to Joan Faber McAlister (Drake University) for “Figural Materialism: Renovating Marriage through the American Family Home” and to Jody Koenig Kellas (Univeristy of Nebraska) and Elizabeth “Beth” Suter (University of Denver) for “Accounting for Lesbian-Headed Families: Lesbian Mothers’ Responses to Discursive Challenges”

Call for Nominations – Majors and Lambda Awards

The Caucus on LGBTQ Concerns is now accepting nominations for the Randy Majors Memorial Award and Lambda Award (details below). Nominators should submit materials electronically (PDF preferred) to the NCA Caucus on LGBTQ Concerns Chair, Jon Hoffman, at: jbhoffman@gmail.com by July 1, 2013

Information about the Caucus on LGBTQ Concerns and the GLBTQ Communication Studies Division, as well as history of the awards can be found at: http://www.ncaglbtq.org/

Jon Hoffman

Caucus Chair 2013

RANDY MAJORS MEMORIAL AWARD:

The Randy Majors Memorial Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender scholarship in communication studies.

Nominations are accepted from any NCA member except current officers of the Caucus who comprise the selection committee. Current officers in the Caucus may not be nominated. Any other NCA member is eligible, regardless of sexual identity. The NCA home page and member directory can be found at: www.natcom.org

To be considered, all nominations must include:

* A primary letter of nomination detailing the nominee’s qualifications, with specific focus on how this person contributes to LGBTQ communication scholarship.
* A current curriculum vitae for the nominee.
* One representative sample publication of the nominee’s scholarly work.

Nominations may optionally include:

* Up to 5 additional letters of support.

Nominators should submit the above materials electronically to the Caucus Chair, Jon Hoffman at: jbhoffman@gmail.com by July 1, 2013.

LAMBDA AWARD:

The Lambda Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the LGBTQ academic community. The Caucus on LGBTQ Concerns created the Lambda Award to honor significant contributions to the promotion of LGBTQ rights by means other than the production of scholarship. This might include extensive service to the LGBT community, notable campus activism, successful teaching of LGBTQ issues, or successful advising of LGBT students. Nominations are accepted from any NCA member except current officers of the Caucus who comprise the selection committee. Current officers in the Caucus may not be nominated. Any person or organization is eligible, regardless of sexual identity or political affiliation.

To be considered, all nominations must include:

* A primary letter of nomination detailing the nominee’s qualifications, with specific focus on how this person or organization contributes to the promotion of LGBTQ rights.
* Representative documentation of the nominee’s contributions.

Nominations may optionally include:

* Up to 5 additional letters of support.

Nominators should submit the above materials electronically to the Caucus Chair, Jon Hoffman at: jbhoffman@gmail.com by July 1, 2013.

GLBTQ Division and Caucus Awards

The NCA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Communication Studies Division and Caucus on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Concerns are pleased to announce annual awards for scholarship pertaining to the study of GLBTQ communication. We are interested in recognizing scholarship that: 1) advances our field’s understanding of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer communication ; 2) makes a significant contribution to contemporary scholarship on GLBTQ populations and/or identities ; and 3) demonstrates intellectual rigor and mastery of the work’s chosen literature field and methodology. Each award will be evaluated by a panel of three GLBTQ scholars, comprised of the current chairs of the Division and the Caucus and one former winner of the award, appointed by the executive committee of the GLBTQ Division. Guidelines for nomination and submission for each award are outlined below.

 

GLBTQ Book of the Year Award

The GLBTQ Book of the Year Award recognizes one outstanding scholarly book advancing GLBTQ communication. To qualify for the award, the book must have been published in the last two calendar years (2011 or 2012 for the first award). Nominations by NCA members as well as self-nominations will be accepted.

 

To apply for this award, please send a packet with the following items to the awards committee chair:

1)   A letter of nomination detailing the merit of the book to be considered for the award. This should also provide publication information including the date of release and publishing press.

2)   Three copies of the book for consideration.

3)   Additional letters of support (no more than 5) from scholars in the field of communication speaking on the intellectual and academic merit of the book as it relates to GLBTQ communication scholarship.

           

GLBTQ Monograph of the Year Award

The GLBTQ Monograph of the Year Award recognizes up to three outstanding monographs/scholarly articles advancing GLBTQ communication schoalrship. To qualify for the award, the essay must have been published in the last two calendar years (2011 or 2012 for the first award). Nominations by NCA members as well as self-nominations will be accepted.

 

To apply for this award, please send a packet with the following items to the awards committee chair. Electronic copies/submissions in PDF format will be accepted and are encouraged:

1)   A letter of nomination detailing the merit of the essay to be considered for the award. This should also provide publication information including the date of release and publishing press.

2)   Three copies of the published essay for consideration (a single electronic PDF copy will be accepted).

3)   Additional letters of support (no more than 5) from scholars in the field of communication speaking on the intellectual and academic merit of the essay as it relates to GLBTQ communication scholarship.

 

GLBTQ Dissertation of the Year Award

The GLBTQ Dissertation of the Year Award recognizes one outstanding dissertation advancing GLBTQ communication scholarship. To qualify for the award, the dissertation must have been approved and filed within the last two calendar years (2011 or 2012 for the first award). Only self-nominations will be accepted.

 

To apply for this award, please send a packet with the following items to the awards committee chair. Electronic copies/submissions in PDF format will be accepted and are encouraged:

1)   A letter of nomination detailing the merit of the dissertation to be considered for the award. This should also provide publication information including the defense and filing dates.

2)   One full copy of the dissertation, as well as three copies of the chapter most representative of the claims outlined in the letter of nomination (a single electronic PDF copy of both items will be accepted).

3)   Additional letters of support (no more than 3) from scholars in the field of communication speaking on the intellectual and academic merit of the dissertation as it relates to GLBTQ communication scholarship.

 

Application materials for all awards are due by FRIDAY, APRIL 26th. Submissions should be directed to Michaela D.E. Meyer, Chair NCA GLBTQ Division, 263 McMurran Hall, Christopher Newport University, 1 University Place, Newport News, VA  23601. Electronic submissions can be sent to mmeyer@cnu.edu

2013 Calls for Papers

Caucus on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns

November 21-24, 2013 Washington, DC
The Caucus on LGBTQ Concerns welcomes submissions of individual papers, paper sessions, and panel discussions that foster political awareness and public advocacy on issues relevant to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities. Voices from these communities and their allies are particularly valued.
The 2013 convention theme is “Connections.” With this theme in mind, submitters are encouraged to explore the past, present, possible, and desired connections we seek to forge with one another at the nexus of our academic and political communities. Submitters might also consider the possibilities and limitations for enhancing connections among the caucuses. We strongly encourage themed panels relating to the unique experiences of LGBTQ people.
In addition to the general call, the Caucus also encourages panel discussion submissions relating to specific convention themes including: LGBTQ rights advocacy, history, and public memory related to the District of Columbia and the surrounding area, suggestions for special programming that build community connections with local LGBTQ activists or nonprofit organizations, and LGBTQ connections within the communication studies discipline. If you have a panel idea but are not sure about finding other participants, feel free to contact the program planner for assistance.
Submission Deadline: Wednesday, March 27, 11:59 p.m. PST
Please see NCA Submission Central for submission guidelines.
Dr. Alyssa A. Samek
2013 Program Planner, Caucus on LGBTQ Concerns
alyssa.samek@gmail.com

GLBTQ Studies Division

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Communication Studies Division invites submissions for NCA’s 99th Annual Convention. The theme for the convention is “Connections,” which we can be read as a call to be reflexive about our investments in disciplinary boundaries and the conventions of LGBTQ studies, the relationships between academic knowledge production and the lived practices they claim to represent, and the possibilities of communication and communication studies to craft worldmaking projects. Although many of our submissions are centered in the communicative practices and/or representations of sexual and gender minorities, we are also interested in papers, sessions, and panels that work against the minoritizing tendencies of communication studies wherein concerns of sexualities, genders, races bodies, and abilities are limited to non-normative identities. The division welcomes all methodological and theoretical perspectives as well as papers and panels conversant across the other units of our organization. Please note: Applicants can submit one and only one paper in which they are the primary author of the work.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. PST

Competitive Submissions Guidelines

Individual paper submissions should:
•       include a title and a description of no more than 300 words;
•       not exceed 30 pages (12 point font), including notes, references, figures, and/or tables;
•       not identify the author(s) anywhere in the description or the essay (student papers should be designated as “student authored” in the electronic submission process); and,
•       indicate whether or not the author(s) would be willing to present in the Scholar to Scholar (S2S) sessions by checking the appropriate agreement box.
Paper session proposals should:
•       provide a title for the session, a list of presenters along with their instutional affiliations and email addresses, and a rationale for the session (less than 1000 words);
•       craft a session description for the convention program (less than 75 words); and,
•       include the title and description for each paper presentation (less than 500 words for each of the paper presentations).
 Panel discussion proposals should:
•       provide a title for the panel discussion, a list of discussants along with their institutional affiliations and email addresses, and a rationale for the panel, including each discussant’s qualifications to address the proposed topics (less than 1000 words); and,
•       craft a session description for the convention program (less than 75 words).
ALL AV (audio/visual) requests must be made at the time of submission.

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the Convention Library

In order to avoid unnecessary problems with submissions and reviews, please be sure that your paper, session, and discussion submission are uploaded in an acceptable format (e.g., Word, WordPerfect, PowerPoint, Excel, PDF, RTF, and JPG). Each submission should be made to one unit only. If you have any questions about the submission process, please contact the unit planner, Isaac West, at isaac-west@uiowa.edu.

2012 Caucus Business

Download the caucus agenda and 2011 business meeting minutes here.

Caucus Agenda 2012

Caucus Minutes 2011

2012 Division Business

Are you ready for the GLBTQ Division Business Meeting? Download the agenda, 2011 business meeting minutes, and nominee statements here!

Division Agenda 2012

Division Minutes 2011

Division Nominations 2012

NCA Session Schedules

Please join us at NCA for caucus and division sessions. Follow the links below for downloadable schedules.

 

2012 caucus schedule

 

2012 division schedule