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March 23rd, 2010
Beebe named NCA president for 2013


Steven A. Beebe. Texas State photo.


Texas State Department of Communications Studies Chair Steven A. Beebe will become president of the National Communications Association (NCA) in 2013 after being elected vice president for 2011.

The NCA, the largest national organization to promote communication scholarship and education in the world, is a non-profit organization with more than 8,000 educators, practitioners and students who work and reside in every state and more than 20 countries.

“It is a tremendous honor to be elected to serve as NCA president,” Beebe said. “I look forward to giving back to an organization that has helped shaped my professional career in many ways.”

As second vice president, Beebe will serve on the NCA’s executive committee. As first vice president, he will be responsible for organizing the annual NCA convention.

Beebe is a 24-year veteran of the university’s communication studies department. Beebe also serves as associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication.

Beebe has been a visiting scholar at both Cambridge University and Oxford University, and helped to establish new communication curricula in Russia. The National Speaker’s Association named him Outstanding Communication Professor in America in 1996.

One of the most prolific textbook authors in the field of communication, Beebe has authored or co-authored 12 books (many co-authored with Texas State faculty member Sue Beebe), with most books in multiple editions. His books are used at hundreds of universities in the U.S. and abroad.

Book titles include Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Communication Training and Development, and Communication: Principles for a Lifetime.

Beebe also has authored or co-authored more than 50 articles and book chapters and presented more than 150 papers and presentations at professional conferences.

As NCA president, Beebe said he hopes to help enhance the vibrancy of the communication discipline, encourage international outreach among communication scholars, and help communication educators and scholars identify central, unifying themes of human communication study.

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