The Kentucky Communication Association promotes effective teaching, research, and practice in the artistic, humanistic, and scientific principles of communication.

Membership in KCA

Benefits of a KCA Membership

KCA seeks to promote a climate that enhances professional growth and facilitates effective group action. KCA provides a forum for productive interaction between and among those who apply communication knowledge, those who create communication knowledge, those who study and teach communication. In addition, KCA provides support services for those seeking discipline-related employment and increases the awareness of the field of communication in the general population. KCA also provides leaders of local and state government with information relating to the field of communication. Finally, KCA provides opportunities for award recognition as well as communication education, communication training and/or communication services for interested persons, groups and/or organizations.

Members of KCA are eligible for a discounted registration rate to our annual conference each September. In addition, they will receive special access to electronic versions of our journal, which is published twice a year. 


KCA takes nominations for the following awards beginning January 1 each year. Awards are given at the annual conference. A committee comprised of board members such as the KCA President and/or Immediate Past President makes award selections.

  • Vernon Gantt Award for Distinguished Service
  • Excellence in the Art of Teaching Award
  • Looney-Bennin Community College Teaching Award
  • Graduate Mentor Award
  • Undergraduate Mentor Award
  • Applegate Award for Excellence in Research
  • Harlen Hamm Longstanding Service to the Association Award
  • Kentucky Communication Professional of the Year Award
  • KCA Excellence in the Practice of Communication Arts Award

To learn more about KCA awards, visit the Awards page.