It is my great pleasure and honor to serve as the President of ACCS for the 2014-2015 academic year. I wish to thank my predecessor, Qi Wang, for her wonderful leadership during the past year, together with ACCS officers Qi Tang (Secretary-Treasurer), Chiao-Ning Su (Newsletter Editor), Qin Zhang, (Past President and NCA Program Planner), Shuo Yao (Research Committee Chair), Yunying Zhang (External Affairs Committee Chair), Wuyu Liu (Student Committee Chair), and our Webmaster Joyce Chen. I also want to thank our founding President, Guoming Chen, and our past presidents, officers and colleagues who have contributed so much to ACCS's growth. Most importantly, I would like to express my deepest thanks to our ACCS members. Your work, support and participation have made ACCS stay strong and vibrant.
This year marks ACCS's 23rd anniversary. Since its establishment in 1991 in the U.S., over two decades, ACCS has grown steadily and gained national and international recognition. Members have been producing quality work and presenting them at national and international conferences. In addition to the work that was visible, there have been behind-the-scenes efforts to advance ACCS's development. This past summer, our past President, Qi Wang, has led the renewal of ACCS's affiliation status to NCA. Joyce Chen has worked tirelessly to register ACCS as a legal non-profit organization as a necessary step of this renewal. And there were discussions about applying for a caucus or division within NCA.
Yet, it is important to remember that ACCS also faces challenges. Despite our collective efforts, membership in our organization has grown slowly in recent years. I noticed the discrepancy between the number of active ACCS members (59, 2013-2014) and the number of our current ACCS Yahoo Group members (216). There is potential to increase our active membership. Therefore, I invite and encourage you to be involved in ACCS by renewing your membership, encouraging others to join ACCS, attending our conference sessions, and encouraging others to do so. My personal journey with ACCS has started fifteen years ago with the introduction from Hui-Ching Chang, our former ACCS president, a senior and committed ACCS member. Thus, for faculty members, if you have colleagues, graduate or undergraduate students who are interested in Chinese culture and communication studies, please inform them about ACCS. For student members, please tell your peers about ACCS. ACCS is a member-run organization whose lifeblood is coming from its members.
With Qin Zhang's hard work in program planning and our anonymous reviewers' help, at the
upcoming NCA Centennial Convention in Chicago, ACCS has sponsored and co-sponsored nine sessions, including the business meeting and top paper sessions, five regular paper sessions, one panel discussion and one scholar-to-scholar session. The paper, panel, and scholar-to-scholar sessions feature a wide array of topics related to Chinese communication and culture. I encourage you to be present at these sessions, in particular, our ACCS Business Meeting held on Friday, November 21from 9:30am to 10:45am at Salon 2 on the 3rd floor of Palmer House Hilton, followed by the Top Paper Session from 11:00 to 12:15pm in the same place. In addition to the scholarly sessions, we also will be holding ACCS annual dinner gathering followed by social hours. Please stay tuned for further information regarding time and location.
Because of its focus on promoting the study of Chinese communication and culture, ACCS has naturally extended its connection and collaboration with communication associations based in Chinese cultures and societies, such as the Chinese Communication Society (CCS) in Taiwan and the Chinese Association for Intercultural Communication (CAFIC) in Mainland China. ACCS has actively involved with cosponsoring conferences with these associations in the past. We wish to continue this tradition and create more opportunities for dialogue and collaboration at various levels.
For graduate students, I encourage you to apply for the Dr. D. Ray Heisey Graduate Student
Scholarship. Dr. Heisey was Director and Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies at Kent State University, a long-term ACCS member and a renowned intercultural communication scholar. He had published numerous works on Chinese communication studies and influenced a number of Chinese communication scholars. The annual Dr. D. Ray Heisey Graduate Student Scholarship has been established in honor of Dr. Heisey's contribution to Chinese Communication Studies. Please check out the details of the scholarship at http://www.uni.edu/commstudies/accs/scholarship.htm. The deadline for accepting applications is October 30th, 2014.
It is a privilege for me to serve ACCS together with a group of committed and talented officers: Rya Butterfield (Vice President), Chiao-Ning Su (Secretary-Treasure), Meina Liu (Newsletter Editor), Bo Feng (Research Committee Chair), Yunying Zhang (External Affairs Chair), Wuyu Liu (Student Committee Chair), and Joyce Chen (Webmaster). Our team is looking forward to working with you in this coming year.
ACCS provides us a precious platform to share ideas and collaborate on research and teaching. Moreover, ACCS members have been fostering a caring and supportive community, which has made it even more attractive. Please contact our Secretary and Treasure Chiao-Ning Su at firstname.lastname@example.org to join the association, renew or reactivate your membership.
I am looking forward to meeting you in the beautiful city of Chicago with a spectacular array of programs!
Dr. Hairong Feng
ACCS President 2014-2015
University of Minnesota, Duluth