2015 Call


Call for Papers and Panels

2015 Central States Communication Association (CSCA)
Annual Convention in Madison, Wisconsin
April 15-19, 2015


The Interpersonal & Small Group Communication Interest Group is requesting panel and paper submissions for the 2015 annual convention of the Central States Communication Association. The convention’s theme, CONVERGENCE, invites the exploration of how we as communication scholars can converge through our scholarship, cultures, and academic institutions as well as highlight the importance of coming together as a discipline and including a multitude of voices. With convergence in mind, you are encouraged to plan dynamic sessions that incorporate different areas of communication, external audiences, and that represent the views of a range of institutions.  

The 2015 convention will include spotlights on scholarship programs, short courses, workshops, roundtable discussions, debates, symposiums, open forums, community programs, and traditional panel formats. For additional information about the convention, please refer to the CSCA website at http://www.csca-net.org

To receive full consideration, all proposals (e.g., panel, roundtable discussions, debate) and completed papers must be received by October 3, 2014. You WILL receive e-mail confirmation of my receipt of your manuscript.

Interpersonal & Small Group Interest Group proposals and completed papers (not to exceed 25 pages including references, tables, etc.) should be submitted via e-mail to the 2015 Interest Group Chair (Kathy Denker) at CSCAInterpersonal@gmail.com

Interpersonal & Small Group Communication Interest Group Submission Criteria

Submissions should:

(1)  be saved in either a Word document (.doc) or in Rich Text Format (.rtf)
(2)  follow APA 6th edition guidelines
(3)  include the 2015 Competitive Paper Submission Form, the 2015 Discussion Panel Submission Form, or the 2015 Paper Panel Submission Form. All of these forms will be available on the CSCA website: www.csca-net.org

Competitive Paper Submissions should:

(1)  have ALL identifying information removed from the text and the properties

a. right click on the file, go to properties, then to summary, delete author’s name, click on apply

(2)  have a separate file with the title page, including the title of the paper, author(s) affiliation, whether the author(s) are Central States Communication Association members, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address
(3)  for multi-authored papers, indicate who will be the contact person for the submission and who will be presenting at the convention on the title page
(4)  mark "Debut" on the title page if the author has not presented previously at a regional or national convention, and mark “Student” on the title page if the author is an undergraduate or graduate student
(5)have a separate file containing the manuscript void of identifying information, which should include the title and a one-paragraph abstract (~150 words) on the first page

Program/Panel Proposals should include:

(1)  a thematic title for the program
(2)  type of panel being proposed (e.g., roundtable discussion, spotlight, debate)
(3)  names of chair and respondents, if any
(4)  names, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, and institutional affiliation of all participants and indicate who will be the contact person for the submission
(5)  title and abstracts for each paper or presentation (if applicable)
(6)  program copy (a 75-word description) that can be included in the final program
(7) a detailed rationale for the program/panel

Equipment Requests: Equipment rental at conventions is very expensive, and CSCA has a limited budget. Please try to structure your presentations in such a way that equipment is not needed. If equipment is absolutely required, make your request at the time of the paper/panel submission (list on the title page and reiterate in your e-mail). Otherwise, your equipment request may not be accommodated.

Your submission implies that you agree to follow appropriate guidelines if your paper/panel is accepted (e.g., you will attend and present at the conference).