Officers 2016-2017

Chair: Erich Sommerfeldt

Immediate Past Chair: Michael Kent

Vice-Chair:  Karen Freberg

Vice-Chair Elect:  Aimei Yang

Research Chair: Denise Ferguson

Selection Committee: Beth Avery Foster, Nancy Wiencek

Secretary: Sarah VanSlette

Web site editor: Paul Scovell

PRIDE Committee: Laura Young, Stephanie Madden, Petra Theuniessen, Nancy A. Wiencek

Nominating Committee: Ken Corbit, Susan Houts

It is the time of year to elect our new officers. Please consider nominating a colleague or yourself via a brief paragraph statement for the following positions:

  • Vice Chair Elect – Responsible for planning the program of the 2019 conference.
  • Pride Committee – Selects the most outstanding article, book, and contribution to public relations  education
  • Research Chair – Advises the chair and vice chair on most outstanding research
  •  Selection Committee – Provides advice on ranking the top faculty and student papers
  • Nominating Committee – Responsible for soliciting nominations for the Public Relations Division officer

Send nominations to houtss@easternflorida.edu by Thursday, November 9 at 5 pm.

Voting will take place after the NCA conference in Dallas.


NCA Schedule 2017

See the 2017 Call for papers and panels

The division business meeting is Friday November 17, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in the Sheraton Austin 2.

2017 Public Relations Division Social

  1. RSVP now for the NCA PR Division Dallas Social, to take place 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at Adair’s Saloon. Dust off your cowboy boots and mosey on over to this iconic Dallas dive and true Texas honkytonk, a mainstay of the lively Deep Ellum neighborhood located just a mile from the conference hotel. Enjoy many free appetizers and drink options, or try one of Adair’s legendary burgers while you catch up with friends and colleagues.
  2. Help us by becoming a sponsor of the NCA PR Division Dallas Social. Have a job opening you’d like to promote or a new hire to welcome? Have exciting news to announce? Want to keep your program’s name top-of-mind? Or just want to help our amazing friends and colleagues have a chance to kick back and enjoy social time away from the hustle and bustle of the conference hotel?

We need your help! Please consider donating to become a sponsor for this year’s NCA PR Division Dallas Social. We need to raise $2,500 to make this social and networking opportunity a success!

  • Members and individuals are invited to sponsor at the Freshman ($50-149) level
  • Organizations (e.g., universities, colleges, schools, departments, sequences, conferences) are encouraged to sponsor at the Sophomore ($150-299)Junior ($300-499)Senior ($500-1,499), or Presenting Sponsor ($1,500)

Sponsorship comes with benefits to you or your organization, all detailed below. Please check it out as you consider donating.

This yearly event brings together around 75 PR Division members & friends to enjoy each other’s company at a fun, local venue. But we need your help to make this happen, so please become a sponsor today!

The deadline for sponsorship is Tues., Nov. 7. Contact Erich Sommerfeldt at esommerf@umd.edu, Julia Daisy Fraustino at jdfraustino@mail.wvu.edu, or Amanda Kennedy at akennedy4@stmarytx.edu to make your donation or for more info.