2018 Schedule at a Glance

Friday, September 7  
11:00 AM – 11:50 AM Executive Board Meeting H Bldg 309 or 3rd floor conference room, if class in 309
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM Registration: H Bldg, 3rd Floor Lobby
12:00 PM – 12:50 PM Session 1: H Bldg 309
1:00 PM – 1:50 PM Session 2: H 310
2:00 PM – 2:50 PM Session 3A: H 311, Session 3B 311
3:00 PM – 3:50 PM Session 4: H 310
4:00 PM – 4:50 PM Session 5: H 309
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Dinner: S Bldg Dining Area, First Floor
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Student Film Showcase H 311


Saturday, September 8  
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Registration: H Bldg, 3rd Floor Lobby
8:00 AM – 8:50 AM Business Meeting: H Bldg, 311
9:00 AM – 9:50 AM Session 6: H Bldg 310
10:00 AM – 10:50 AM Session 7A: H 311, Session 7B 310
11:00 AM – 11:50 AM Session 8: H 310
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Awards Luncheon, S Bldg Dining Area, First Floor

2018 Conference Hotel Information

There are three hotels within a cluster; all 1.2 miles from Nashville State Community College:

1. Holiday Inn Express, 5612 Lenox Ave.

Contact:  Ronnie Braxton (615) 353-0700.

Mr. Braxton has set aside 15 rooms at a group rate of $140.00 plus tax.

Reservations must be made no later than August 7, 2018, or else the rooms will revert to the standard cost.

2. Comfort Inn, 412 White Bridge Place.

Contact:  (615) 356-0888. Kyle is reservations manager.

The venue will not offer a group rate since September is the “high season,” so make reservations early. Rate for a standard room is $135.00 plus tax.

3. Best Western Plus Belle Meade Inn, 5600 O’Brien Avenue.

Contact (615) 354-1711. Mr. Henry is the reservations manager.

Since the venue is small (50 rooms), it also will not offer a group rate, so make reservations early.

Senior and AAA rate is $134.99 plus tax for a 1-king, non-smoking room.


Interpersonal and Small Group Interest Group Call for Papers

The Tennessee Communication Association’s Interpersonal and Small Group Interest Group invites submissions of papers and panel proposals for inclusion in the 2018 TCA Conference.

The 2018 Conference theme is Communicating Peace and Calm to a World in Crisis.  All paper and/or  panel proposals should be emailed to tcollard@utm.edu .

Here are the guidelines:

Papers/Presentation must include the following:

  1. A title page with the name of the author and his or her complete contact information (including department affiliation, complete school address, email address, and telephone number). If it is a student submission, please indicate so on the title page.
  2. A 100-200 word abstract.

Panel proposals much include the following:

  1. A panel title.
  2. A 75 word description of the panel for the convention program.
  3. Names and information for all participants (including department affiliation, complete school address, email address, and telephone number for each participant).
  4. A rationale for the panel (500 words maximum) adequately justifying the significance of the proposed panel theme.


If you have any questions, please let me know

Thank you. We look forward to seeing you at the conference.

Teresa Collard, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Communications

University of Tennessee at Martin

Email: tcollard@utm.edu

Graduate and Undergraduate Call for Papers

The call for graduate and undergraduate papers for the 2018 Tennessee Communication Association annual conference is now open.

Prizes will be awarded for top graduate and undergraduate papers. Papers are award committee reviewed. All methodologies welcome. Student friendly conference.

Please send all papers, panels, and poster ideas to Patrick Ritchie.

UofM-Lambuth Lecturer

The Department of Communication at the University of Memphis seeks a Lecturer to teach at the Lambuth Campus in Jackson, TN. A master’s in communication is required, PhD preferred. Teaching and scholarly interests should be in the area of professional and relational communication, with an ability to teach such courses as organizational, small group, and interpersonal communication, as well as other required courses in the communication studies concentration.

The teaching load is 4 courses per semester. Experience with both internships and online teaching is desirable. The successful candidate will be committed to recruiting undergraduate majors and building a successful communication studies program at the Lambuth Campus.

UofM-Lambuth is located on a beautiful and historic campus in the heart of Jackson, TN, a city of nearly 70,000 located between Memphis and Nashville. Named the U.S.’s “Most Livable Small City” in 2013 by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Jackson is a regional hub boasting a revitalized downtown, a symphony orchestra, music and cultural events, AA minor-league baseball, and easy access to outdoor recreation.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a list of references to workforum.memphis.edu.

Register for the 2018 Convention

Registration for the 2018 TCA Convention, September 7-8, 2018, to be held at Nashville State Community College is now open. The 2018 Conference theme is Communicating Peace and Calm to a World in Crisis.

You can use this Word document  (TCA 2018-2019 Membership Form) to both register for the Conference and become a member of TCA or renew your TCA membership. Or use the online form.

Register today!

Convention Hotel

The hotel for this year’sConvention is the Holiday Inn Express Hendersonville. The room rate is $124 (plus tax) per night. This rate includes complimentary parking, hot breakfast, and wireless internet. Please make your reservation by August 11, 2017. Ask for TCA group rate.
Holiday Inn Express Hendersonville
615 E. Main St.
Hendersonville TN 37075
Directions from Volunteer State (1480 Nashville Pike, Gallatin TN 37066):
Leaving the main entrance of VSCC, turn right (southwest) on Nashville Pike. Continue 4.9 miles. The hotel is on the left.

2018 Call for Papers

Deadline for faculty poster/papers/panels submission to chairs; student paper submissions to Patrick Richey; and student film submissions to Matthew Lawson:  May 31, 2018.

Chairs are:

Student Festival Deadline is June 1

Please enter your students’ films in the fourth annual Tennessee Communication Association Short Film Contest and Showcase. It is free to enter and there are cash prizes for the winners.

The categories are:

  • Commercials that are 30 – 60-seconds
  • Documentaries that are 10-minutes or less
  • Short films that are 10-minutes or less

Include a MS Word document with a short synopsis, category, college or university, and a title for each submission. Also include contact information including the director and additional production personnel, an email address, and a phone number. Label the document file with the same name as your video file/title.

Submit video file andMS Word document using WeTransfer (https://www.wetransfer.com). When you get to wetransfer, email the submission to matthew.lawson@ws.edu.

The films will be screened and the films that are chosen for the Friday night film showcase will be entered in the contest. You will be notified if your film will be showcased. The winners will be announced on Saturday and will be awarded cash prizes. All of the directors of the films in the showcase will be given a certificate of participation.

The submission deadline for commercials, documentaries, and/or short  films is June 1, 2017

2017 Convention – “Focus on Collaboration”

With the passage of the FOCUS Act in 2016, colleges and universities in Tennessee can expect to undergo an era of change. Communication and collaboration will be essential to navigating and adapting to the cultural, systemic, and organizational changes to come.

How will TCA help direct the conversation and facilitate a smooth transition? What is the role of TCA in this new, post-FOCUS landscape?

Join us in September to gather in Vol State’s beautiful Steinhauer- Rogan-Black humanities building to focus on collaboration in all areas of higher education in Tennessee.


September 8th-9th, 2017


Volunteer State Community College

1480 Nashville Pike, Gallatin, TN 37066