2017 USA Conference

The Global Communication Association (GCA), a not-for-profit professional body, is pleased to announce the 12th annual conference of communication experts and specialists from around the world, to be held in Greensboro, NC, USA, on 6-8 April 2017. This is the first time this conference has been held in the United States.

Established in the year 2007, the GCA objectives are the promotion of academic research in global communication studies among major universities worldwide; facilitation of joint project and research opportunities among scholars and students. More importantly, GCA provides an eclectic international platform for corporate executives, communication specialists, policy makers, academicians, bureaucrats, political leaders, public relations practitioners and co-related industry professionals to meet, interact and generate new ideas for growth.

The 2017 USA conference focusing on ‘Changing Global Discourse and Discord: Education, Communication, Media, and Social Responsibility’, has aroused keen interest amongst many participants from around the globe coming from different academic and industry backgrounds. The purpose of this conference is to engage in key discussions with an intrinsic aim to share information, promote culture, identify challenges, find solutions and exchange the most updated knowledge on various topics of public relations, media and communication.

This is the first time the conference will be held in the United States and High Point University along with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Elon University, North Carolina A&T State University, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Winston-Salem State University and Mazoon University College, Oman are all honored to be involved with this exciting event. We are so thrilled to be a part of such an exciting opportunity for professionals from all over the world.

 The city of Greensboro is full of exciting things to see and do. Take a stroll through downtown and enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants there or head over to the Greensboro Historical Museum. Visit one of four public gardens or find some of the city’s hidden historical treasures. For more information on the city of Greensboro and for suggestions on places to visit, please 
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In the past, GCA conferences have been successfully organized in many other countries across different geographies such as China, Oman, India, Poland, Malaysia, Zambia, Canada, Russia, India and most recently, in Germany. Popular and well-established universities in these countries such as Shanghai University, Sultan Qaboos University, Manipal University, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin and The Pontifical University of John Paul II, Asia Pacific University College of Technology & Innovation, Media Institute of Southern Africa, St. Paul University, Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University, Christ University and Stuttgart Media University respectively, have hosted as academic partners, the past GCA conferences in the last one decade.

Venue of the conference

The conference will take place in the conference rooms of the Sheraton Hotel at the Four Seasons (
http://www.sheratongreensboro.com) in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA.  Room availability is based on a first-come-first-served concept; therefore, participants are encouraged to register for the conference as early as possible. A limited number of hotel rooms at a reduced conference price will be available.

The Sheraton Hotel at the Four Seasons Greensboro, NC
3121 W Gate City Blvd, Greensboro, NC 27407, USA
336- 292-9161

Hotel Reservations:

Participants should book their hotel rooms directly but to access the reduced conference price, indicate that you are with the Global Communication Association.

Travel Arrangements

There are daily flights from major cities in the United States to Greensboro’s Piedmont Triad International Airport. International travelers may fly from Chicago, Washington, Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Houston, and other major cities into Greensboro. Upon arrival at the local airport (PTI), a Sheraton hotel shuttle service will transport participants to the conference hotel.  Please note that the opening reception will be on
Thursday, 6 April 2017, at 6:00 pm, Sheraton Hotel.
Conference Registration Fees

An attractive and favorable package (including lodging, round-trip airport transportation, hors-d'oeuvre, and conference fees) will be offered to all participants.  Graduate students presenting papers will be given a 50% registration discount.  For details,
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Listed below are the different conference packages available. For each package, you can find everything included with that package and the price. Graduate students are being offered a special discount that is also listed for each package. Graduate students must be currently registered and be able to provide proof in order to receive the discounted price. Proof of graduate student status must be sent to vbiaett@highpoint.edu. Hotel reservations are not included in any package so be sure to check the Conference Venue & Hotel page for information about booking a room at the Sheraton. There is a limited number of rooms being reserved for the conference, so they are on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Conference Packages

Full Conference Package 
Registration fee (F-S)
Networking reception (TH)
Networking breaks (2-TH, 2-F)
Dinner (F) at HPU
Gift bag
All taxes & processing fee inclusive

1 Day Ticket
Registration fee (F or S)
Networking breaks (2)
Gift bag
All taxes & processing fee inclusive

2 Day Ticket
Registration fee (F-S)
Networking breaks (2-TH, 2-F)
Gift bag
All taxes & processing fee inclusive

Individual Session Ticket
Registration fee
Networking break (1)
All taxes & processing fee inclusive

*Early Bird Registration Date – February 15th, 2017

Obtaining Travel Visa to the United States of America

Please click here to download.

Call for Papers

Please click hereto download.

Important dates and deadlines 

24 October 2016: Last date for abstract submission
28 November 2016: GCA will send abstract receipt notification latest by this date
30 January 2017: Last date for full-length paper submission
15 February 2017:  Last date for all registrations 

6 April 2017: Conference Reception

7-8 April 2017: Conference Panels
9 April 2017: Cultural tour/ program (optional)

​GCA Conference Committee Members

Conference Chair

Dr. Wilfred Tremblay, Dean
The Nido R. Qubein School of Communication
High Point University
High Point, North Carolina

Planning Chair

Dr. Vern Biaett, Assistant Professor of Event Management 
The Nido R. Qubein School of Communication 
High Point University
Email: vbiaett@highpoint.edu

Program Chair

Dr. Sojung Claire Kim, Assistant Professor of Communication
The Nido R. Qubein School of Communication
High Point University
Email: skim@highpoint.edu

Dr. Virginia McDermott, Associate Dean and Associate Professor
The Nido R. Qubein School of Communication
High Point University
Email: vmcdermo@highpoint.edu

Dr. Peter Kellett, Associate Professor
Department of Communication Studies
University of North Carolina Greensboro
Email: pmkellet@uncg.edu

Dr. Linda Florence Callahan, Professor
Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
North Carolina A&T State University
Email: lindac@ncat.edu 

Dr. Yahya R. Kamalipour, Professor and Chair
Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
North Carolina A&T State University
Email: ykamalip@ncat.edu

Dr. T Kenn Gaither, Associate Dean/Professor 
School of Communication
Elon University Graduate Assistant 
Email: tgaither@elon.edu 

​Graduate Assistant

Marisa Poolos, Graduate Student
The Nido R. Qubein School of Communication 
High Point University


Please direct any questions to Dr. Yahya Kamalipour at
ykamalip@ncat.edu  or 1-336-334-7900.


USD 220.00         Grad fee 110.00

USD 140.00          Grad fee 70.00

USD 60.00                Grad fee 30.00

Early bird*         USD 250.00    Grad fee 125.00
Regular               USD 300.00    Grad fee 150.00