Communication Organizations

The Department of Communication sponsors chapters of several professional organizations that students may choose to join. Membership in these national organizations provides students with additional educational resources and networking opportunities with industry professionals.

Joining these associations usually requires paying dues to the national and local chapters, but those costs together are typically $50 or less. Students may also have to pay, at least in part, to attend the organizations' meetings and conferences.

The following is a list of professional organizations that have campus chapters within the Department of Communication.

Debate Team
The intercollegiate debate team at Harding has existed in some form since the beginning of the University. Currently the team participates in the International Public Debate Association, which features one-on-one extemporaneous debate. All are welcome to join the team, regardless of the amount of experience they have had in debate. Select team members travel at the University's expense to compete in several tournaments a year.
Contact Jared Dockery - - Box 10765

Film Studies Association
The Harding Film Studies Association (the "Classic Film Club") meets to view movies and discuss themes and cinematic techniques in classic films. In 1992, senior history major Rick Fought and English major Richard Bankhead organized the group and became the club's first president and vice president. All film fans are welcome at showings and discussion sessions.
Contact Charles Bane - - Box 10765
Heath Carpenter - - Box 12248

Integrated Marketing Communication Organization
The Integrated Marketing Communication Organization (IMCO) is focused on providing experiences through projects, fundraisers, conferences, professional trips and community service that will enhance marketing communication skills. This student-led organization is open to all connected majors.
Contact Lori Sloan - - Box 10765

National Broadcasting Society (Alpha Epsilon Rho)
The objectives of the National Broadcasting Society (Alpha Epsilon Rho) are to encourage and reward scholarship of broadcasting students, and high level accomplishments in the art and science of broadcasting by both students and industry professionals; to promote the advancement of broadcast education; to establish meaningful communication between students and professional broadcasters; and to foster integrity in the use of the powerful instruments of radio, television and film.
Contact Ginger Blackstone - - Box 10765 
Tim Hamilton - - Box 10765
Mark Prior - - Box 10853

Public Relations Organization (PRO)
The Public Relations Organization (PRO) is a student-run organization open to all majors. Activities include professional days, where the club will meet with communication professionals either on campus or around the state of Arkansas; host professional development seminars that focus on topics ranging from interview skills, to resume building, to digital portfolios; fundraising; and work with local organizations.
Contact April Fatula - - Box 10812

Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA)
RTDNA is the world's largest professional organization exclusively serving the electronic news profession, consisting of more than 3,000 news directors, news associates, educators and students. Founded as a grassroots organization in 1946, the association is dedicated to setting standards for news gathering and reporting. For more information go to
Contact Ginger Blackstone - - Box 10765

Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Harding University Student Chapter
Founded in 1909, the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is one of the oldest organizations representing journalists and journalism students. The organization, which boasts about 9,000 members, is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty. For more information go to
Contact Jim Miller - - Box 10765

Faculty and Staff Affiliations

In addition to the organizations listed above, the faculty of the Department of Communication are affiliated with the following professional associations.

Arkansas Broadcasters Association (ABA)

Association for Communication Administration (ACA)

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)

Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (ASJMC)

Broadcast Education Association (BEA)

Kappa Tau Alpha (National society for recognition of scholarship in mass communication)

National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)

National Communication Association (NCA)

Southeastern Journalism Conference (SEJC)

Contact Us

Communication Department is part of the College of Arts & Sciences


Fax: 501-279-4065

Mailing address:
Harding University
Department of Communication
HU 10765
Searcy, AR 72149-5615