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The National Communication
Association (NCA)

Death & Dying Division

During the National Communication Association Annual Convention, 2023 (Maryland, USA) the Death & Dying Division was officially accepted as a recognized division and interest group. 

The End-of-Life and Death Scholars nonprofit organization supports the fundraising goals (by donation) of the Death & Dying Division, while NCA supports the place-making and space-making for the division, especially in-person organizational needs. The Death and Dying Division exists as a collaborative effort between NCA organizers and nonprofit organizing initiatives.


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NCA Death & Dying Division Mission Statement

The Death and Dying Division of the National Communication Association (NCA) supports the communication-oriented study of death, dying, and bereavement. 


We believe death is truly an interdisciplinary research focus and welcome scholars from all adjacent disciplines. Our mission is to promote research, teaching, and community engagement related to the intersection of communication, death, dying, end-of-life, bereavement, and life/death, inclusive of all methodologies and epistemologies.

To view our original proposal for NCA, please see the Formal Proposal for a Death and Dying Division at NCA blog post.

NCA Mission Statement

"The National Communication Association advances Communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific, and aesthetic inquiry.


NCA serves the scholars, teachers, and practitioners who are its members by enabling and supporting their professional interests in research and teaching. Dedicated to fostering and promoting free and ethical communication, NCA promotes the widespread appreciation of the importance of communication in public and private life, the application of competent communication to improve the quality of human life and relationships, and the use of knowledge about communication to solve human problems. NCA supports inclusiveness and diversity among our faculties, within our membership, in the workplace, and in the classroom; NCA supports and promotes policies that fairly encourage this diversity and inclusion."

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Death & Dying


Communication studies (and communication-adjacent) scholars are welcome to join our division at NCA. Use NCA's membership portal to join the division.


We enthusiastically encourage undergraduate and graduate students to be involved. All questions and inquiries may be sent to

Membership Portal Link:

About NCA Interest Groups: 

"Let's talk about death!"

2023-2024 Division Executive Board Members:

  • Laura Bruns (Chair)

  • Colleen Campbell Pendleton (Vice Chair)

  • Cheyenne Zaremba (Vice Chair Elect)

  • Emily Scheinfeld (Secretary)

  • Jillian Rosa (Finance Chair)

  • J.J. Jones (DEI)

  • Stephenson Brooks Whitestone (Lead Archivist)

  • Mike Alvarez (Pedagogy/Andragogy Chair)

  • Geoffrey Luurs (Lead Investigator)

Division Advisory Board Members:

Advisory Board Primary Contact:

NCA Division Founding Members:

  • Laura Bruns

  • Colleen Campbell Pendleton

  • Cheyenne Zaremba

  • Howard Rodriguez-Mori

  • Emily Scheinfeld

  • Jillian Rosa

  • J.J. Jones

  • Stephenson Brooks Whitestone

  • Mike Alvarez 

  • Christian Seiter

  • Geoffrey Luurs 

  • Heather Smith

  • Reilly Card

  • Jeannine Foster

  • Maris Westrum

  • Jessica Cherry

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