Brandi N. Frisby, School of Information Science, University of Kentucky

The Basic Communication Course Annual (BCCA) was first published in 1988 after the Midwest Basic Course Directors Conference. The Annual publishes the best scholarship available on topics related to the basic communication course and is distributed nationally to scholars and educators interested in the basic communication course.

Manuscripts published in the Annual are not restricted to any particular methodology or approach. They must, however, address issues significant to the basic course (defined broadly). In 2013, the Annual began including a Basic Course Forum section for shorter essays responding to a specific question. In 2016, the University of Dayton Department of Communication acquired the journal and its archives from the initial publisher and began publishing it as an open-access journal.

The submission process for Volume 35 (2023) is now open. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 1, 2022.

Current Volume: Volume 34 (2022)

Research articles in this volume address technology; modern adjustments to the teaching of public speaking; value messaging at universities; motivation; and administration of the basic course. The Basic Course Forum addresses the long-term impacts of educational shifts brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Print version now available

The print version of Volume 34 is available for $15. Order here.

Front Matter


Editor's Page
Brandi N. Frisby



Examining Motivation in Turbulent Times: A Self-Determination Theory Replication
Jessalyn I. Vallade, Renee Kaufmann, and T. Kody Frey



Prepared to Pivot: Creating a Resilient Basic Course Program
Nicholas T. Tatum and Melissa A. Broeckelman-Post

Back Matter


Call for Manuscripts
Brandi N. Frisby


Brandi N. Frisby
Editorial assistant
Hayley C. Hoffman
Review Board
Lindsey B. Anderson
LeAnn M. Brazeal
Melissa A. Broeckelman-Post
Nate S. Brophy
Daniel Chick
Troy Cooper
Katherine J. Denker
Jayson Dibble
John F. Hooker
Angela M. Hosek
Marian L. Houser
Stephen Hunt
Adam C. Jones
Renee Kaufmann
Stephanie Kelly
Jeffrey H. Kuznekoff
Joe C. Martin
David T. McMahan
Stevie M. Munz
Scott A. Myers
Suzy Prentiss
Narissra M. Punyanunt-Carter
Rasha Ramzy
Kristina Ruiz-Mesa
Cheri J. Simonds
Nicholas T. Tatum
Jill C. Underhill
Joseph M. Valenzano III
Jessalyn I. Vallade
Tiffany R. Wang
Joshua N. Westwick
Andrew D. Wolvin
Anna Wright

Call for Editors, Volumes 36-38

The Basic Communication Course Annual is seeking an editor to begin work in January 2023 for a three-year term to run Volumes 36-38. Download the call for editors for more information.