Academic Service Enhancement Ideas for PhD Students

First Steps

  • Attend Business Meetings for Topical Areas at NCA and Regionals
  • Volunteer to be a Paper Reader for NCA Student Section and Regional Topical Areas
  • Ask GradCo Leadership about Service Opportunities

Second Steps

  • Volunteer to be a Paper Reader for NCA Topical Area (if allowed by Division)
  • Consider Running for Graduate Student Senate Position
  • Volunteer for Student Representative Positions on COMS Committees

Third Steps and Beyond

  • Let Journal Editors in School of Communication Studies Know you are Interested in Reviewing
  • Volunteer for Positions like Student Rep or Secretary at Division Meetings at Regional Conferences and NCA

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Miller, J. L., Sandburg, S., & Kay, C. S. (Forthcoming). Diamonds in the rough: Claims, evidence, and reasoning in Facebook comments. 
American Behavioral Scientist.
Lippert, A., & Kay, C. S. (Forthcoming). Click for Dixie: Virtual plantation tours’ use of White nostalgia and directed narrative experience. Chapter proposal accepted for the edited collection, Subjectivities of Interactive Nostalgia

2017 Excellence in Service Award recipient, The National Society of Leadership and Success: Ohio University Chapter. Nominated by former students. Carson Kay was the only graduate student and the only humanities scholar awarded by the society.


Kay, C. S. (2018, January 29). Graduate school and you: Insight from a Viking alum. Invited Skype presenter to discuss the graduate school experience with Dr. Sam Nazione’s senior seminar communication course at Berry College.
Kay, C. S. (2017, November 16-19). The young judge’s dilemma: Examining the tension between established team friendship and objectivity in judging ‘cousin’ teams.” Paper presented at the 2017 National Communication Association Annual Convention, Austin, Texas.
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