The Pennsylvania Communication Association (formerly SCAP) promotes teaching, research, service and development in all areas of human communication. The Speech Communication Association of Pennsylvania was founded in 1939. John Henry Frizzell of Pennsylvania State University was the first President. The state journal, the Annual, is now in its 74th year.

For more than 20 years, we have recognized important Pennsylvanians such as Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers), Governor William Scranton, Governor Ed Rendell, Lieutenant Governor Mark Schweiker, Dr. Sam Hazo (Poet Laureate of Pennsylvania), and other as outstanding speakers of the year. The Association recognizes its own members for their contributions to the field, as well as students and the institutions for their efforts in speech communication.

Join us in the promotion of teaching, research, service, and development of all areas of human communication.


PCA promotes teaching, scholarship, service, and an ongoing commitment to the discipline of human communication. The Association believes in:

Advancing and developing communication curricula
Responding to student and societal needs
Attending to and caring for the student inside and outside of the communication classroom

Promoting communication scholarship within the Keystone State
Providing a disciplinary commitment to Pennsylvania scholars, reaching out to the larger discipline
Being a dwelling place of Pennsylvania communication scholarship history

Connecting the larger community to the communication discipline
Supporting efforts to professionalize students in communication fields
Serving our students inside and outside of formal institutional structures

Commitment to the Discipline
Nurturing the grassroots application of communication in the wider community
Caring for the discipline on the local academic campus
Supporting the larger discipline at the regional, national, and international levels