Texas Speech Communication Association

Interest Groups

Texas Forensic Association

This association is affiliated with TSCA. TFA meets at the annual TSCA Convention to elect officers and conduct business for the present school year.

2018-19: Chair: Seth Pietsek, Vice-Chair: John Mast
2017-18: Chair: Noah Recker, Vice-Chair: John Mast
2016-17: Chair: Noah Recker, Vice-Chair: Perry Beard
2015-16: Chair: Gay Hollis, Vice-Chair: Noah Recker
2014-15: Chair: Kirsten Nash, Vice-Chair: Gay Hollis
2013-14: Chair: Joe Uhler; Vice-Chair: Kirsten Nash
2012-13 Chair: Heath Martin; Vice-Chair: Joe Uhler
2011-12 Chair: Shawn Mena; Vice-Chair: Heath Martin
2010-11 Chair: Robert Shepard; Vice-Chair: Shawn Mena

Argumentation and Debate

This interest group sponsors convention programs and workshops dealing with the teaching and coaching of debate on the middle school, high school, and college/university levels

2018-19 Chari: Jacob Koshak, Vice-Chair: Eric Melin
2017-18 Chair: Jacob Koshak, Vice-Chair: Harry Yu
2016-17 Chair: Chris Stowe, Vice-Chair: Jacob Koshak
2015-16 Chair: Rory McKenzie, Vice-Chair: Chris Stowe
2014-15 Chair: Eric Mears, Vice-Chair: Rory McKenzie
2013-14 Chair: Kaye Magill, Vice-Chair: Eric Mears
2012-13 Chair: Cindi Havron, Vice-Chair: Kaye Magill
2011-12 Chair: Greg McGee
2010-11 Chair: Jeremy Martin


TIFA is the college level forensics organization affiliated with TSCA. This association sponsors programs dealing with running and participating in college/university level forensics tournaments.

TCCFA meets at the annual convention and sponsors programs which deal with speech communication and theatre issues on the community college level.

2018-19 Chair: Sarah Contreras
2017-18 Chair: Justin Blacklock
2016-17 Chair: Sarah Contreras (Interim), Vice-Chair: Justin Blacklock
2015-16 Chair: Brandon Wood
2014-15 Chair: Brandon Wood, Vice-Chair: Wade Hescht
2013-14 Chair: Kathy Owens
2012-13 Chair: Kathy Owens, Vice-Chair: Wade Hescht
2010-11 Chair: Floyd McConnell

Oral Interpretation & Performance Studies

This interest group focuses on the research, teaching, and performance of oral interpretaion at the middle school, high school, and college/university levels. This group sponsors the annual Professor's Reading Hour, and Meet the Author programs at the annual TSCA Convention each year

2018-19 Chair: Robert Shepard, Vice-Chair: Amberley Tanner
2017-18 Chair: Anthony Cobb, Vice-Chair: Cedric West
2016-17 Chair: Kari McKenzie, Vice-Chair: Adam Henjum
2015-16 Chair: Aimee Kasprzyck
2014-15 Chair: Johnathon Boyd, Vice-Chair: Barbara Ixba
2013-14 Chair: JP Fugler, Vice Chair: Jonathon Boyd
2012-13 Chair: Sami Womack, Vice-Chair: JP Fugler
2011-12 Chair: Barbara Ixba
2010-11 Chair: Shawn Duthie


This interest group sponsors convention programs which deal with teaching theatre and directing mainly high school productions.

2018-19 Chair: Kari McKenzie, Vice-Chair: Sami Womack
2017-18 Chair: Louie Pacheco
2016-17 Chair: Aimee Kasprzyk, Vice-Chair: Louie Pacheco
2015-16 Chair: Sami Womack, Vice-Chair: Ashley Freeman
2014-15 Chair: Kendra Willeby, Vice-Chair: Sami Womack
2013-14 Chair: Shawn Duthie, Vice-Chair: Kendra Willeby
2012-13 Chair: Matt Wilmore, Vice-Chair: Shawn Duthie
2011-12 Chair: Ronda Craig
2010-11 Chair: Cynthia Almaguer; Vice-Chair: Raymond Puchot

Interpersonal / Organizational Communication

This interest group focuses on research and teaching methods in interpersonal, small group, and organizational communication. Undergraduate and graduate student paper submissions for the annual conventions are welcome. Due date: February 1 of each year for the following October Convention

2018-19 Chair: Dariela Rodriguez, Vice-Chair: Angela Vrana
2017-18 Chair: Meghan Pace, Vice-Chair: Dariela Rodriguez
2016-17 Chair: Lisa Campbell, Vice-Chair: Carolyn Baum
2015-16 Chair: Lisa Campbell
2014-15 Chair: Edrick Ellis
2013-14 Chair: June Smith
2012-13 Chair: Amanda Custy-Schaas, Vice-Chair: June Smith
2011-12 Chair: Miranda McDonald
2010-11 Chair: Sarah Contreras; Vice-Chair: Natalie Bryant

Mass Communication

This interest group focuses on research, teaching methodologies, and technology advances in radio, TV/Cable, film, Internet, and Distance Education

2018-19 Chair: Charles Wise
2017-18 Chair: Charles Wise
2016-17 Chair: Nora Ramirez, Vice-Chair: Vanessa Alaniz
2015-16 Chair: Jennifer Ramsey, Vice-Chair: Harlan Whatley
2014-15 Chair: Jennifer Ramsey, Vice-Chair: Casandra Lorentson
2013-14 Chair: Sarah Rainey, Vice-Chair: Ismael Nava
2012-13 Chair: Sara Rainey
2011-12 Chair: Debbie Hatton
2010-11 Chair: Raymond Puchot; Vice-Chair: Debbie Hatton

Rhetoric & Communication Theory

This interest group focuses on research and teaching methodology in rhetoric studies and communication theory. This group sponsors a $100 award for the best undergraduate or graduate student paper presentation at the annual TSCA Convention.

2018-19 Chair: Rachel Riggs, Vice-Chair: Zachery Carlock
2017-18 Chair: Amanda Jo Ratcliff, Vice-Chair: Rachel Riggs
2016-17 Chair: Leslie Rodriguez, Vice-Chair: Amanda Jo Ratcliff
2015-16 Chair: Carolyn Baum, Vice-Chair: Leslie Rodriguez
2014-15 Chair: Joanna Hickey, Vice-Chair: Carolyn Baum
2013-14 Chair: Trudy Hanson, Vice-Chair: Joanna Hickey
2012-13 Chair: Chad Flisowski
2011-12 Chair: Charles Green
2010-11 Chair: Linda Alderson

Instructional Development, College & University

This interest group sponsors convention programs and workshops on teaching methodology appropriate for higher education classes. It also focuses on political developments in the Texas Legislature concerning higher education.

2018-19 Chair: Dale Anderson
2017-18 Chair: Dale Anderson, Vice-Chair: Lucy Cannon
2016-17 Chair: Dale Anderson, Vice-Chair: Mendy Meuer
2015-16 Chair: Patrick Ralls, Vice-Chair: Mendy Meurer
2014-15 Chair: Mendy Meurer, Vice-Chair: Patrick Ralls
2013-14 Chair: Mendy Meurer
2012-13 Chair: Mendy Meurer
2011-12 Chair: Mendy Meurer; Vice-Chair: Patrick Ralls
2010-11 Chair: Karl Payton; Vice-Chair: Mendy Meurer

Instructional Development, High School

This interest group sponsors convention programs and workshops on teaching methodology appropriate for K-12 classes. It also focuses on political developments in the State Board of Education and the Texas Legislature concerning K-12 education in Texas.

2018-19 Chair: Shelby Randolph, Vice-Chair: Nicole Cornish
2017-18 Chair: Greg Mayo, Vice-Chair: Shelby Randolph
2016-17 Chair: JP Fugler, Vice-Chair: Greg Mayo
2015-16 Chair: Lacy Cannon, Vice-Chair: JP Fugler
2014-15 Chair: Nicole Cornish, Vice-Chair: Lacy Venhaus
2013-14 Chair: Eric Mears, Vice-Chair: Nicole Yeakley
2012-13 Chair: Melissa Witt, Vice-Chair: Eric Mears
2011-12 Chair: Mellessa Denny; Vice-Chair: Michelle Pittman
2010-11 Chair: Holly Reineking; Vice-Chair: Mellessa Denny

Instructional Development, Middle School / TJSDA

This interest group sponsors convention programs and workshops on teaching methodology appropriate for middle school classes.

2018-19 Chair: Lindsey Petropoulos, Vice-Chair: Sara Jane Barno
2017-18 Chair: Clay Wheeler, Vice-Chair: Vanessa Amos
2016-17 Chair: Brandon Cohn, Vice-Chair: Clay Wheeler
2015-16 Chair: Brandon Cohn, Vice-Chair: Clay Wheeler
2014-15 Chair: Colin Malinak, Vice-Chair: Brandon Cohn
2013-14 Chair: Vanessa Amos, Vice-Chair: Jamie Uphold
2012-13 Chair: Sara Jane Barno, Vice-Chair: Vanessa Amos
2011-12 Chair: Jamie Uphold
2010-11 Chair: Sandra Jones

Texas Association for Communication Administrators

This association is affiliated with TSCA and meets at the annual TSCA convention. This organization also sponsors a limited number of programs dealing with administrative issues facing college/university administrative officers.

2017-18 Chair: Amy Aldridge Sanford, Vice-Chair: Martha Fair
2016-17 Chair: ??
2015-16 Chair: Amy Aldridge Sanford
2014-15 Chair: Linda Alderson, Vice-Chair: Jennifer Edwards
2013-14 Chair: Amy Aldridge Sanford, Vice-Chair: Linda Alderson
2012-13 Chair: Debbie Hatton
2010-11 Chair: Debbie Hatton; Vice-Chair: Mary Evelyn Collins



We've just held our 2019 Convention in Amarillo from October 3-5, 2019. We've elected new officers as follows: for Vice President-Elect, Lacy Cannon; for Newsletter Editor, Stefany Cambra; for Journal Editor, Amanda Jo Ratlcliff; for Executive Secretary, Carolyn Baum.

Please make plans to join us for next year's convention in Rockwall, TX at the Hilton Dallas/Rockwall Lakefront Hotel October 8-10, 2020.

The Summer Newsletter is ready for you to read and enjoy. See the Newsletter page to read the current issue.
2020 Convention

Be Kind and Rewind

Date: October 8-10, 2020
Convention begins on THURSDAY
Location: Rockwall, TX

Hotel: Hilton Dallas/Rockwall Lakefront
(214) 771-3700

Click here for the call for papers and more convention information