This volume chronicles the development of communication studies as a discipline, providing a history of the field and identifying opportunities for future growth. Editors Pat J. Gehrke and William M. Keith have assembled an exceptional list of communication scholars who, in the thirteen chapters contained in this book, cover the breadth and depth of the field. Organized around themes and concepts that have enduring historical significance and wide appeal across numerous subfields of communication, A Century of Communication Studies bridges research and pedagogy, addressing themes that connect classroom practice and publication.

Published in the 100th anniversary year of the National Communication Association, this collection highlights the evolution of communication studies and will serve future generations of scholars as a window into not only our past but also the field’s collective possibilities.

chapter |25 pages


A Brief History of the National Communication Association
ByPat J. Gehrke, William M. Keith

chapter 1|20 pages

Discovering Communication

Five Turns toward Discipline and Association
ByJ. Michael Sproule

chapter 3|18 pages

The Silencing of Speech in the Late Twentieth Century

ByJoshua Gunn, Frank E.X. Dance

chapter 4|27 pages

Epistemological Movements in Communication

An Analysis of Empirical and Rhetorical/Critical Scholarship
ByJames A. Anderson, Michael K. Middleton

chapter 5|19 pages

The Scholarly Communication of Communication Scholars

Centennial Trends in a Surging Conversation
ByTimothy D. Stephen

chapter 6|38 pages

Sexing Communication

Hearing, Feeling, Remembering Sex/Gender and Sexuality in the NCA1
ByCharles E. Morris, Catherine Helen Palczewski

chapter 7|21 pages

Liberalism and Its Discontents

Black Rhetoric and the Cultural Transformation of Rhetorical Studies in the Twentieth Century
ByReynaldo Anderson, Marnel Niles Goins, Howard Sheena

chapter 8|20 pages

A Critical History of the “Live” Body in Performance Within the National Communication Association

ByTracy Stephenson Shaffer, John M. Allison, Ronald J. Pelias

chapter 9|27 pages

Listening Research in the Communication Discipline

ByDavid Beard, Graham Bodie

chapter 10|27 pages

Conceptualizing Meaning in Communication Studies

ByBrian L. Ott, Mary Domenico

chapter 11|25 pages

Communicative Meeting

From Pangloss to Tenacious Hope
ByRonald C. Arnett

chapter |13 pages


What Next?
ByWilliam F. Eadie