Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions

 

Why Submit to the Annual Convention?

Submitting a proposal to the National Communication Association annual convention can be beneficial for several reasons.

  • Presenting at the convention allows you to share your research, ideas, and expertise with a wide audience of communication scholars and professionals.
  • It provides an opportunity to receive valuable feedback, engage in scholarly discussions, and network with others in the field.
  • Presenting at such a prestigious event can enhance your professional reputation and contribute to the advancement of knowledge within the field of communication.

Learn More     Frequently Asked Questions

 

Important Dates

January 30

Call for Submissions Opens

Mid-February

Reviewer Sign-up Opens

April 5

Submission Deadline (11:59 p.m. PT)  (Late submissions will not be accepted)

 

Reviewer Sign up Deadline

12 April to 8 May

Review Period

Late-June to early-July

Decision notifications sent to primary presenters

Early-mid July

Registration and Housing Opens

August 20

Online Program is Available

September 13

Early registration deadline

 

 

 

Submitting a Proposal

Convention Central is undergoing a transformation. All submissions should be made electronically via the new Convention Central. If you registered for the 2023 – 109th Annual Convention and used the app, you should be able to use the same username and password. The credentials for the former Convention Central are no longer valid.

Submissions are being accepted for in-person sessions and presentations only for the following submission types: film session, paper session, panel discussion, performance session, extended abstract, individual film, individual paper, and individual performance. The submission deadline is April 5, 2024.

IMPORTANT: Before you start your submission process:

  1. ALL presenters and program participants—members, nonmembers, and students—are required to register for and pay the appropriate registration fees. Registration will open in July.
  2. Read the Professional Standards for Convention Participants.
  3. Familiarize yourself with the convention submission system before you submit by reviewing the How to Submit videos in the Convention Resource library. (Coming Soon)
  4. Read the guidelines and requirements for proposal submissions carefully. Make sure to understand the submission deadlines, formatting guidelines, and any specific instructions provided by the NCA and your unit.
  5. AV information is required at the time of submission.
  6. NO identical submissions may be made to more than one unit. 
  7. NCA will only consider proposals that are original work that has not been presented at another conference and is not under consideration for another conference. Submitted material should not be published or accepted for publication at the time of submission.
  8. Prior to submitting a proposal that includes other presenters in any capacity, secure their permission to include them and confirm their commitment that they will register for, attend, and present at the convention upon acceptance of the program.
  9. You must have a Convention Central account to submit a proposal. To submit:
    • First, find your profile via Convention Central.

    • Follow the prompts to access your account or Create a Profile. IMPORTANT: Please do not create a profile prior to using the Find My Account feature to avoid creating duplicate accounts.

    • Once logged in, navigate to the section for submitting proposals for the NCA Annual Convention.

    • Prepare your proposal according to the specified format and content requirements. This may include providing a title, abstract, keywords, and relevant details about your presentation.

    • Use the platform's tools to upload any additional documents or media files that are required as part of your proposal submission.

    • Review your proposal to ensure all information is accurate and complete.

    • Submit your proposal through the platform as instructed. You will receive a confirmation message once your submission is successfully received.

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Divisions and Sections

 

The Activism and Social Justice Division (ASJD) of the National Communication Association promotes scholarship (research and teaching) that explores relationships among communication, activism, and social justice.

The ASJD seeks submissions that portray, research, or enhance the 2024 convention theme of Communication for Greater Regard. As NCA First Vice President Jeanetta D. Sims emphasizes, “Communication is both the conduit and manifestation for greater regard. For our 110th Annual Convention, we invite thought-provoking papers, panels, pre-conferences, posters, and programming that engage the three-fold nature of our collective, magnificent stewardship of communication for greater regard: (1) greater regard for what has been before us, (2) greater regard for what is presently around us, and (3) greater regard for what will be beyond us…An extension of “Communication for Greater Regard” is examining when and how communication functions with disregard. Thus, this Call also invites conversations about what has been ignored, dismissed, or devalued in our discipline alongside investigating what should be given more consideration. The convention theme is inclusive of submissions designed to foster a steady, significant look at what has been/is being disregarded.”

The ASJD invites anyone interested in activism and social justice to submit conceptual, theoretical, methodological, empirical, pedagogical, and exploratory/experimental work to the Division that explores freedom and how our communication scholarship can be broadened beyond current norms and practices to be more inclusive and welcoming of perspectives that have been historically marginalized, ignored, and/or belittled.

Submitters are asked to consider the following questions posed by Jeanetta D. Sims, NCA First VP and Primary Planner, among others related to the theme:

  • What does it seem the discipline has regarded for 100+ years? 
  • How does communication function in today’s climate to enrich greater regard, how has this shifted over the years, or does it need to shift in the future? 
  • How is greater regard currently exhibited in communication research, teaching, service, and practice? 
  • How are priorities and power structures shaped in the discipline and/or in human communication endeavors through greater regard or to create greater regard? 
  • What intentional contributions should we be actively undertaking to foster greater regard?

Papers that include data from participants must include concrete reflection on the demographic diversity of the sample (or lack thereof) and must speak in theoretically rich ways about the ways in which sample demographics shape the boundaries of the conclusions being reached, as per criterion of sample representativeness. This reflection must go beyond the limitations section in the discussion.

 

SUBMISSION INFORMATION

The ASJD will accept the following submission types: (1) individual paper; (2) paper session; (3) panel discussion; (4) individual film; (5) individual performance; (6) performance session; and (7) film session. All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central; emailed submissions will not be accepted.

  1. Individual Paper: Submissions must include a max 25 pages, double-spaced (excluding abstract, references, tables, figures, and appendices) uploaded copy of the paper. Submitters should NOT upload a separate cover page, or any file with identifying information in the document text or properties. Instructions on how to prepare an unidentifiable copy are provided in the Convention Library. ASJD will recognize both the Top Paper and Top Student Paper in the division. Submissions should include title, paper description (abstract), keywords, and author information in the appropriate sections of the electronic submission form. AV requests must be made at the time of submission. If all authors of a paper are students, select student in the electronic form. Submitters interested in being considered for Scholar-to-Scholar session (poster session) should indicate their interest in the electronic submission form.
  2. Paper Session: Submissions must include a title and overall session description. Submission must include the title, description (abstract) and author(s) of each paper. Panelists should represent multiple institutions. A session chair is required; respondent is optional. No person should fulfill more than one role (i.e., panelist, chair, respondent). Please provide a rationale for acceptance outlining the importance of the submission. AV requests must be made at the time of submission.
  3. Panel Discussion: Submissions must include a title and session description. Submissions must include the list of each presenter involved. Panelists should represent multiple institutions. A session chair is required. No person should fulfill more than one role (i.e., panelist, chair). Please provide a rationale for acceptance outlining the importance of the submission. AV requests must be made at the time of submission. No papers are presented as part of a panel discussion.
  4. Individual Film: Submissions must include a film title, description, keywords, and film maker information. AV requests must be made at the time of submission. As a supporting file, upload a copy of the script (no more than 100 pages) or a word document that contains a link to the film or film trailer. Do not upload a video file to NCA Convention Central. In the uploaded supporting file indicate the length of the film. Individual films should be no more than 20 minutes in length. If the film is longer than 20 minutes, consider developing a Film Session submission (see requirements in this call).
  5. Individual Performance: Submissions must include a title, description, keywords and performers information. Performances must be no longer that 20 minutes in length. AV requests must be made at the time of submission. As a supporting file, include a script, link to a video of the performance, or an outline of the performance.
  6. Performance Session: Submissions must include a session title and description. Submissions must include individual performance titles, description, and performers. Panelists should represent multiple institutions. A chair is required. No person should fulfill more than one role (i.e., panelist, chair). Please provide a session rationale for acceptance outlining the importance of the submission. In the supporting file please indicate the length of the performance(s) within this submission.
  7. Film Session: Submissions must include a session title and description, titles of each film, descriptions of each film and film maker(s) information. Panelists should represent multiple institutions. A session chair is required. No person should fulfill more than one role (i.e., panelist, chair). AV requests must be made at the time of submission. Do not upload film(s) to Convention Central. Rather, upload a word document that contains a link to the film(s), film trailer(s), or script(s). In the supporting file please indicate the length of the film(s) within this submission.

 

Papers and panels/sessions can be submitted only to one unit (i.e., division, section, caucus, or affiliate organization), and they should not have been presented previously at another conference or already accepted for publication.

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the Convention Resource Library.

 

For any questions regarding the Activism and Social Justice Division programming, please contact:

Leandra Hernandez
University of Utah
leandrahernandez11@gmail.com

Division Page      Submit Now

 

The African American Communication and Culture Division (AACCD) invites your individual papers, films, performances, panel discussions, paper sessions, and performance sessions for the NCA 109th Annual Convention. The convention theme, “Communication for Greater Regard,” is intended to facilitate our understanding and appreciation of how communication incorporates the depth of cultures, languages, histories, politics, struggles, and triumphs behind us, around us, and around the possibilities before us. As scholars, teachers, students, leaders, and community members, we encourage you to think critically about how “Communication for Greater Regard” can be communicated in our scholarship, activism, politics, and beyond to uplift and highlight the voices of the marginalized. 

Consequently, in reflection of the stated convention theme “Communication for Greater Regard,” the following topics are suitable: language, culture, and place; Black Lives Matter; HBCUs and other historically Black institutions; historical Black worship places/spaces/Black/Diasporic religion, religiosity, faith, and spirituality; “What happened to the neighborhood?”: urban development, improvement, and the effects of modern gentrification; voting rights and politics; economic crisis in the village; riots, revolutions, renegades, rallies, and revolts; the challenge of democracy and home-grown terror; health care reform; and/or utilitarian and pragmatic approaches to communication. Of course, ideas are not limited to the aforementioned list and may include intellectual conversations that push against the cannon of white heteropatriarchal discourse to expand Black theories and philosophies of communication. Finally, consider the ways in which the theme, "Communication for Greater Regard," summons us to reflect upon the practice of venerating our past, celebrating our present, and reimagining ways to push toward a better and more holistic future.

The AACCD encourages submissions that significantly contribute to the convention theme while promoting communication scholarship involving and/or affecting descendants of the African Diaspora. We are especially interested in intersectional scholarship, thus, are working to partner with other divisions to co-sponsor sessions. Please indicate in your submission if your proposal aligns with one or more of the following divisions or caucuses: 

  • Feminist and Gender Studies Division
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Communication Studies Division
  • American Studies Division
  • Disabilities Issues Caucus
  • Critical and Cultural Studies Division
  • Performance Studies Division
  • Activism and Social Justice Division
  • Black Caucus
  • Women’s Caucus
  • International and Intercultural Communication Division
  • Asian Pacific American Communication Studies Division & Caucus 

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Please find a description of each submission type and its requirements below. For more information on submission types and best practices, please visit the Convention Resource Library www.natcom.org/conventionresources

NOTE: Audio/Visual requests must be made at the time of submission. No A/V equipment will be provided unless the request is included with the program submission. There will be no exceptions to this policy. Requests should be kept to a minimum. Submitters should screen requests carefully and submit only those essential to the program. NCA will normally approve requests for the following equipment: LCD projector with screen, laptop speakers, and wired Internet connection. NCA will NOT normally approve requests for equipment such as laptops, overhead transparency projectors, CD players, VCR or DVD players, camcorders, satellite links, or teleconference/webinar equipment. 

 

Extended Abstract: An incomplete paper submitted directly by an author(s) for consideration and not part of pre-conceived paper sessions. Submissions are reviewed individually. Unit planners then group abstracts into sessions, either as works-in-progress sessions or with completed papers. The expectation of completing the paper before November would be outlined in the call for submissions. 

Extended Abstract Requirements:

  • A title and abstract that describes the work (250 words maximum) 
  • Rationale (75 words maximum)
  • Chair
  • Respondent (Optional)
  • Author, Title, and Abstract (350-word maximum) for each paper.

 

Individual Paper: A paper submitted directly by an author as a stand-alone paper and not part of a preconceived session. Individual papers are reviewed individually and then grouped into paper sessions by the unit planner for presentation. The AACCD will recognize the Top Paper and Top Student Paper. NOTE: The AACCD will only consider fully completed papers. 

Individual Paper Requirements:

  • A title and abstract (250 words maximum) 
  • Entry of all author(s) 
  • An uploaded copy of the paper:  The maximum length of an uploaded paper is 25 pages double-spaced, excluding references, tables, charts, and appendices. No information identifying the author(s) may appear in the body of your abstract or your paper upload. Instructions on how to prepare a blind copy are provided in the Convention Resource Library. 

 

Individual Performance: A performance submitted directly by the performer for consideration as an individual performance and not part of a pre-conceived performance session. Performances are reviewed individually, and unit planners then group performances into performance sessions.

Individual Performance Requirements:

  • A title and description (250 words maximum) 
  • Entry of all performer(s) 
  • An uploaded copy of the script or link to the performance should be included.

 

Individual Film: A film submitted directly by the filmmaker for consideration as an individual film and not part of a pre-conceived film session. Films are reviewed individually. Unit planners then group films into film sessions.

Individual Film Requirements:

  • A title and description (250 words maximum) 
  • Entry of all creators(s) 
  • A link to the full film. Please do not attach your film, as the servers cannot handle high volume. Instead, submit your URL address so we can access the film online. 

 

Paper Session: A preconceived and complete session of papers surrounding a particular topic in which each author(s) presents their paper. Paper sessions are submitted and reviewed for consideration as a whole. Paper Sessions representing diverse institutional affiliations and interdisciplinary perspectives are strongly encouraged. 

Paper Session Requirements:

  • A title and description (250 words maximum) 
  • Rationale (75 words maximum)
  • A Chair and Respondent
  • Author, Title, and Abstract (350-word maximum) for each paper.

 

Panel Session: A panel discussion is submitted as a preconceived and complete session of presenters discussing a topic or issue. There are no papers presented at a panel discussion. Panels representing diverse institutional affiliations and interdisciplinary perspectives are strongly encouraged. 

Panel Session Requirements: 

  • Title & Description (250 words maximum) 
  • Rationale (75 words maximum)
  • Chair
  • Respondent (optional)
  • An uploaded copy of the proposal with a title and abstract (150 words maximum) for each presenter.

 

Performance Session: A performance session is submitted as a pre-conceived and complete session with a performer(s), chair(s), and respondent (optional). The performance session is reviewed for consideration as a whole. Panels representing diverse affiliations are strongly encouraged.

Performance Session Requirements:

  • Session Title & Description (250-word maximum)
  • Rationale (75-word maximum)
  • Chair
  • Respondent (optional)
  • A Performance Title and Description (150-word maximum) for each performer

 

Film Session: A film session is submitted as a pre-conceived and complete session with the film(s), chair(s), and respondent (optional). The film session is reviewed for consideration as a whole. Film sessions representing diverse affiliations are strongly encouraged.

Film Session Requirements:

  • Session Title & Description (250-word maximum)
  • Rationale (75-word maximum)
  • Chair
  • Respondent (Optional)
  • A Film Title, description (150-word maximum), and link to the film for each filmmaker.

 

All submissions must be submitted electronically via NCA Convention Central. Emailed or mailed submissions will not be accepted. Submitters are also encouraged to view the NCA Professional Standards for Convention Participants located in the Convention Resource Library. 

Thank you for considering a submission to the African American Communication and Culture Division for the 2024 National Communications Association Annual Convention themed “Communication for Greater Regard.” We look forward to reviewing your submissions and meeting you in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

 

For questions or concerns about your submission specific to the AACCD call, please get in touch with the 2024 Program Planner: 

Dr. Symone Campbell
Vice Chair, African American Communication and Culture Division 
symonec12@gmail.com

Division Page      Submit Now

 

The American Studies Division invites submissions for individual papers, paper sessions, panel discussions, individual performances, and performance sessions that examine communication associated with the United States and the Americas, broadly construed. The America Studies Division sees the “United States” as non-unified and “America” as vast. These words name a geographical place with borders that shift over time, a nexus of power, a conjunction of cultures, an idea, and an ever-changing, ever-moving group of people. Because “America” exceeds standard categories of evidence, the American Studies Division encourages interdisciplinary scholarship that uses national, hemispheric, and global frameworks and grapples with big issues: environment and climate, labor, democracy, colonialism and empire, religion, capitalism, carcerality, indigeneity and migration, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and much more. Submissions related to the convention theme of "Communication for Greater Regard" are particularly welcome, as are those that affirm the interdisciplinary nature of American Studies scholarship. Co-sponsorship with other units and/or collaboration with outside organizations or local activists is also encouraged. 

The American Studies Division accepts the following submission types: Individual papers, paper sessions, panel discussions, individual performances, and performance sessions. All individual papers, paper sessions, panel discussion, individual performances, and performance session proposals must be submitted online using the NCA Convention Central system in order to be eligible for review. Individual authors may present only one paper or performance in the American Studies Division. However, authors presenting one paper or performance may also serve as chairs or respondents on other sessions. Any paper session, panel discussion, or performance session should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions.  Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author, or presenter) in a submission.

All submissions must be made through NCA Convention Central. Submissions must be uploaded to the site by 11:59 pm, Pacific Time, on Friday April 5, 2024. Please begin the submission process well in advance. Submitters who need assistance with the process can access how-to guides, sample submissions, webinars, and other useful resources from the NCA Convention Resource Library at www.natcom.org/conventionresources. Individual papers, paper sessions, panel discussions, individual performances, and performance sessions should only be submitted to one unit. All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission.

Submissions should clearly identify student papers on the electronic submission form and willingness to present at Scholar to Scholar sessions by checking the appropriate agreement box. Given increasing competition, limited program slots, and recent efforts to capitalize on the interactive and creative potential of Scholar to Scholar sessions, willingness to present in that forum is advantageous.

We are especially interested in scholarship that is intersectional; thus, we hope to partner with other allied divisions to co-sponsor sessions. Please indicate in the Special Requests box if your submission aligns with one or more of the following divisions or caucuses: 

  • Activism and Social Justice Division
  • African American Communication & Culture Division
  • Asian Pacific American Communication Studies Division & Caucus
  • Black Caucus
  • Caribbean Communication Caucus
  • Caucus on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns
  • Chinese Communication Association
  • Critical and Cultural Studies Division
  • Disabilities Issues Caucus 
  • Environmental Communication Division
  • Feminist and Gender Studies Division
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Communication Studies Division
  • Indigenous Caucus
  • International and Intercultural Communication Division
  • Japan-U.S. Communication Association
  • Korean American Communication Association 
  • La Raza Caucus
  • Latino/Latina Communication Studies Division
  • Performance Studies Division
  • South West Asian/North African, Middle East Caucus
  • Women’s Caucus

 

Individual Competitive Papers

Paper submissions should include:

  1. Title, a description/abstract of 250-500 words that will be included in the online program, author information, and keywords entered into the appropriate areas of the electronic submission form.
  2. A maximum of 25 pages, excluding notes, references, tables, charts, and appendices uploaded. Do not include information about the author(s) in the uploaded text including the title page, file extension, or a separate cover page.
  3. An indication of whether an author is a student in the appropriate area of the electronic form.
  4. If willing to present in the interactive scholar to scholar sessions, check the appropriate box on the agreement form.
  5. Any other NCA units that would be appropriate co-sponsors for this submission listed in the Special Requests box.
  6. AV requests must be made at the time of submission.

The American Studies Division offers two awards for competitive papers. Awards for the Top Faculty Paper in American Studies and Top Student Paper in American Studies are presented at the division's business meeting.

 

Paper Sessions

Paper session proposals should include:

  1. A session title
  2. A session description of up to 75 words for the convention program 
  3. A chair 
  4. A respondent (if appropriate)
  5. Titles, descriptions (up to 250 words), and authors' contact information for each paper presentation
  6. A rationale of up to 450 words for the paper session 
  7. Any other NCA units that would be appropriate co-sponsors for the proposal listed in the Special Requests box
  8. AV requests must be made at the time of submission

 

Panel Discussions

Panel discussion proposals should include:

  1. A title
  2. A description of up to 75 words for the convention program
  3. A list of presenters 
  4. A chair (required)       
  5. A rationale of up to 450 words for the session 
  6. Any other NCA units that would be appropriate co-sponsors for the proposal listed in the Special Requests box
  7. AV requests must be made at the time of submission

 

Individual Performances

Individual performances should include:

  1. A title
  2. Performer(s)
  3. A description (abstract) of the performance, not to exceed 100 words
  4. Keywords
  5. Uploaded file(s) of the script with a link to the video (NCA’s submission portal will not support direct video upload)
  6. Any other NCA units that would be appropriate co-sponsors for the proposal listed in the Special Requests box
  7. AV requests must be made at the time of submission

 

Performance Sessions

Performance sessions should include:

  1. A title for the session
  2. A description of up to 75 words for the convention program
  3. A session chair (and respondent, if desired)
  4. Titles, performers, 100-word abstracts for each of the performances, and, if available, links to video excerpts of the performances
  5. A 250-word rationale for the session
  6. Any other NCA units that would be appropriate co-sponsors for the proposal listed in the Special Requests box
  7. AV requests must be made at the time of submission 

 

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

 

Program Planner for 2024

Jake Dionne

Dionnedionne@uark.edu

Division Page      Submit Now

 

The Applied Communication Division explores how communication theory, research, and/or best practices help inform knowledge and theory about communication for practical issues. Applied communication research builds and tests communication theories, often in naturalistic settings, to better examine a wide range of diverse issues, including the communication needs of organizations, effective social interaction, improvement of health care understandings or delivery, implementation of behavioral interventions, training to improve communication, and activist efforts to achieve social change. Applied communication scholars use a variety of methodological and theoretical approaches to address applied communication issues.

Submissions directly related to the convention theme, “Communication for Greater Regard,” are encouraged. To “regard” something is to pay it attention or to perceive its value; so, this year’s convention theme gives us the opportunity to discuss and share how applied scholarship can explore how to address issues in areas that have historically received less scholarly attention and have thus been less “regarded” than others. This can relate to research concepts and contexts, as well as geographic regions, cultures, and peoples that have not received as much attention or been highly valued as domains of scholarly interest. Submissions that fall within this space are well-suited for this division. For more on the theme for 2024, see the NCA convention website.

The division also strongly encourages participation in Scholar-to-Scholar (S2S) interactive poster sessions. These S2S spotlight sessions bring together presenters into high-density interactive programs, providing sites for free-flowing dialogue, sharing ideas, and building community. In the S2S sessions, top scholars, journal editors, and leaders in the discipline congregate in one place to personally interact with presenters. To have your work considered for S2S check the appropriate agreement box on the electronic submission form. Only individual paper submissions are appropriate for this format.

Individual papers, paper sessions, and panel discussions may be theoretical, methodological, or empirical in nature. Papers should be written to conceal authorship. Only one paper may be submitted to the Applied Communication Division from any person submitting as first author. Individuals may serve as chairs, respondents, and/or panel members in addition to presenting a single paper. Paper sessions and panel discussions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions. Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author, or presenter) in a single submission.

Top papers and top student papers are formally recognized at the Applied Communication Division Business Meeting. Top student papers will also receive a monetary award.

 

Individual Competitive Paper

Submitted papers should include:

  1. A title
  2. A 250-500-word description of the paper
  3. Maximum length for uploaded papers: 25 pages, double-spaced (excluding abstract, references, tables, charts, and appendices)
  4. Follow APA style (1-inch margins on all sides, Times New Roman 12 pt. font)
  5. No information identifying the author may appear in the body of your description or your uploaded paper file. Instructions on how to prepare a blind copy are provided in the Convention Resource Library on the NCA Convention website (www.natcom.org/conventionresources).
  6. Identify student submissions on the title page and on the electronic submission form. Indicate if the student is a graduate or undergraduate student on the title page.

Paper Session**

  1. Submitted paper sessions should include:
  2. A title for the paper session
  3. A description of the session as a whole (no more than 75 words)
  4. A chair is required, and respondent is optional
  5. Titles, descriptions, and author(s) information for each paper to be presented on the session. Descriptions should be no more than 350 words.
  6. A rationale for the paper session justifying the significance and theme of the paper session as a whole.

Panel Discussion**

  1. Submitted panel discussions should include:
  2. A title for the panel
  3. A description for the panel as a whole (no more than 75 words)
  4. A chair and all presenters participating on the panel
  5. A rationale for the panel justifying the significance and theme of the session/panel as a whole. Panel discussion submissions should provide enough information to judge their relevance and quality.

** Paper sessions and panel discussion reviews are not blind. All participants should be identified.

 

Audiovisual Equipment: Participants are encouraged to keep equipment requests to a minimum. Requests must be submitted online at the same time as papers, paper session, and panel discussion submissions.

 

Program Planner:

Dr. Kurt Braddock, Vice-Chair, Applied Communication Division

Assistant Professor

School of Communication

American University

4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20016

braddock@american.edu

Division Page      Submit Now

 

The theme for NCA’s 110th Annual Convention is “Communication for Greater Regard." Our convention call asks us to “engage the three-fold nature of our collective, magnificent stewardship of communication for greater regard: (1) greater regard for what has been before us, (2) greater regard for what is presently around us, and (3) greater regard for what will be beyond us.” Scholarship examining the past, present, and/or future of communicating with greater regard in the context of argumentation and forensics, theory or praxis is encouraged.

This conference also asks us to have difficult “conversations about what has been ignored, dismissed, or devalued in our discipline alongside investigating what should be given more consideration.” In other words, what has our division’s scholarship and our society more broadly, treated with disregard. In a world filled with active disregard for things like truth, difference, change, inclusion, and so many others, it begs the question of whether a conversation about greater regard is possible without first addressing what, or who, is being disregarded.

Submissions from a range of theoretical and methodological approaches are welcomed. In addition to this year’s convention theme, our division explores argumentation theory, historical trajectories of argumentation, the role of speech and debate activities in the pursuit of public dialogue, argumentation pedagogy, and more.

The Argumentation & Forensics Division invites papers, paper sessions, and panel discussions. Panel discussions that emphasize interaction among participants and audience members are especially encouraged as they relate to debate coaching, debate formats, and argumentation and forensics pedagogy.

The Argumentation and Forensics Division also encourages members to consider submitting to Short Courses, Pre-conferences, Great Ideas for Teaching Students (G.I.F.T.S). and Research in Progress Roundtables.

Individuals may present only one paper in the Argumentation and Forensics Division, whether submitted as a paper or as a part of a paper session. Individuals may serve within the division as chairs, respondents, and/or participants on non-traditional panels in addition to presenting a single paper. With the exception of chair, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., respondent, author, or presenter) in the same submission. In addition, paper sessions and panel discussion sessions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions. Institutional diversity among participants is a priority for acceptance.

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the Convention Resource Library.

 

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:

  1. All submissions must be submitted electronically via NCA Convention Central.
  2. All submissions submitted to the division will be reviewed in an open competition.
  3. Each submission should be made to one unit only.
  4. Please identify student submissions of papers by selecting the correct box on the electronic submission form. Student papers will be considered for the Top Student Paper Award.
  5. The Argumentation & Forensics Division will award a Top Paper, Top Panel, and Top Student Paper award, as per division by-laws. Additional awards may be recognized and presented at the conference but solicited via other channels as well. More information about additional award categories will be available later in the spring.

Submitting a Competitive Individual Paper:

  1. Submitted papers should include:
  2. A title
  3. An abstract of no more than 250 words
  4. An uploaded main text of no more than 25 pages (double-spaced) in length using 12-point type, excluding tables and references
  5. Special/AV requests, if applicable

Special Note: No information identifying the author(s) may appear in the uploaded paper. Submitters will be required to upload material using NCA Convention Central. To ensure blind review, submitters must remove their name and all personal identifiers from their paper and the paper properties before uploading the document.

Please indicate whether you would be willing to present at SCHOLAR TO SCHOLAR by selecting the Scholar-to-Scholar box on the submission form.

 

Submitting a Paper Session:

A paper session consists of a group of presenters who present papers on a specific topic. Submitted paper sessions should include:

  1. A title for the session
  2. A session description of no more than 75 words
  3. A rationale for the session of no more than 250 words
  4. Titles, author(s) information, and abstracts for each presentation/paper (250 words maximum for each paper)
  5. Chair and respondent

 

Submitting a Panel Discussion:

A paper session consists of a group of presenters who present papers on a specific topic. Submitted paper sessions should include:

  1. A title for the discussion
  2. A discussion description of no more than 75 words
  3. A rationale for the discussion of no more than 250 words
  4. Participant's Names/Affiliations
  5. Chair and respondent

 

If you have any questions, please contact the program planner:

Kristen StoutHart, Missouri State University

Chair and Program Planner

Kristenstout@Missouristate.edu

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The purpose of the Asian/Pacific American Communication Studies Division (APACSD) is to advance research, scholarship, and creative activity that deepens our understanding of Asian/Pacific American (A/PA) concerns, to give voice to A/PA communities, and to empower A/PA faculty and students within the discipline. APACSD is committed to empowering historically marginalized voices within the caucus and supporting transnational connections between communities in the Americas and across the globe: including the Middle East, the Pacific Islands, Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, and indigenous communities across these spaces. Our work speaks to the complexity of culture, globalization, identity, and politics inside and outside the US.

APACSD seeks papers, panels, performance, and film sessions that connect to this year’s convention theme of “Communication for Greater Regard.” As NCA First Vice President Jeanetta D. Sims emphasizes, our 2024 convention theme challenges participants to cultivate care and concern in a communication process which we regard is deemed important, granted value, and given consideration through diverse scholarship. This convention theme allows us to engage in the nature of communication for greater regard that emerges from the A/PA communities’ particular historical and contemporary conditions. How does communication function from A/PA communities in the discipline to enrich greater regard, how has this shifted over the years, or does it need to shift in the future? How is greater regard currently exhibited in communication research, teaching, service, and practice from the A/PA communities? How are priorities and power structures shaped by A/PA communities through greater regard or to create greater regard? What intentional contributions should A/PA communities be actively undertaking to foster greater regard?

An extension of “Communication for Greater Regard” is also examining when and how communication functions with disregard. Thus, this call also invites conversations about what has been ignored, dismissed, devalued about A/PA communities in the discipline alongside investigating what should be given more consideration.

We welcome submissions that utilize diverse methodologies and theoretical perspectives, and we encourage panels/sessions that represent voices from multiple institutions. Please indicate in your submission if your work appeals to other divisions and caucuses for a co-sponsored panel. We welcome submissions that describe, explore, or enhance the convention theme, “Communication for Greater Regard.”

The Asian/Pacific American Communication Studies Division will accept the following submission types: Individual Papers, Individual Performances, Paper Sessions, Panel Discussions, Performance Sessions, and Film Sessions. All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central. Emailed or mailed submissions will not be accepted.

  1. Individual Papers: Submissions must include a max 25-page, double-spaced uploaded copy of the paper, with 1-inch margins using 12-point font (not including references, tables, figures, cover page, or footnotes). Each paper must contain an abstract (up to 250 words). Manuscripts must be original material, not presented at any other scholarly conference, and not published or accepted for publication at the time of submission. Submissions should include a title, paper description (abstract), keywords, and author information in the appropriate sections of the electronic submission form. AV requests must be made at the time of submission. If a student submission, please select student in the electronic form. All authors must be students, in this case.
  2. Individual Performances: Performance can be understood broadly that includes (but not limited to) poetry/spoken word, (auto)ethnographic embodiment, or any other creative activity. Submissions must include a complete performance script (references must be included, if applicable). Scripts should be a representative of 10-12-minute performance. Each script must contain an abstract (up to 250 words). Scripts must be original material, not presented at any other scholarly conference, and not published or accepted for publication at the time of submission. Submissions should include a title, performance description (abstract of 250-word maximum), keywords, and author information in the appropriate sections of the electronic submission form. AV requests must be made at the time of submission.
  3. Paper Sessions: Submissions should include a session title, a description of the session (75 words maximum), a rationale for the session (250 words maximum), and name and affiliation of the session chair (and respondent, if applicable). A session chair is required, while a respondent is optional. In addition, submissions must include titles, descriptions (250 words maximum) and author(s) information for each paper. Paper sessions should include individuals representing multiple institutions. Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author) in a submission. AV requests must be made at the time of submission.
  4. Panel Discussions: Submissions should include a session title, a description of the session (75 words maximum), a rationale for the session (250 words maximum), and name and affiliation of the session chair. A session chair is required. In addition, submissions should include the names and affiliations of each presenter involved. Panel discussions should include individuals representing multiple institutions. Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author) in a submission. AV requests must be made at the time of submission.
  5. Performance Sessions: Performance can be understood broadly that includes (but not limited to) poetry/spoken word, (auto)ethnographic embodiment, or any other creative activity. Submitted performance sessions should include a session title, a description of the session (75 words maximum) for the online convention program, a rationale for the session (250 words maximum), and name and affiliation of the session chair (and respondent, if applicable). A session chair is required, while a respondent is optional. In addition, submissions should include separate performance titles, performance descriptions (250 words maximum), and performer’s information for each performance included in the session. Performance sessions should include individuals representing multiple institutions. Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, performer, etc.) in a submission. AV requests must be made at the time of submission. 
  6. Film Sessions: Depending on the number of participants in a proposed film session, length of original films or mediated pieces must be considered to provide ample time for feedback and/or discussion. Submissions should include a session title, a description of the session (75 words maximum), a rationale for the session (250 words maximum), and name and affiliation of the session chair (and respondent, if applicable). A session chair is required, while a respondent is optional. In addition, submissions should include separate titles, descriptions (250 words maximum), creator’s information, and public accessible links for each film or mediated piece. Film sessions should include individuals representing multiple institutions.  Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, creator, etc.) in a submission. AV requests must be made at the time of submission.

 

For more information, please contact:

Andy Kai-chun Chuang, Ph.D.

APACSD/APAC Vice Chair & Program Planner

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NCA's Basic Course Division (BCD) promotes the teaching, assessment, administration, and scholarship of the basic course. Broadly, basic courses focus on teaching fundamental communication skills and theory to undergraduate students, often meeting a General Education requirement, and are taught to both non-major and major students. The BCD is concerned with a broad spectrum of issues relevant to the maintenance and development of quality basic courses to benefit students, instructors, researchers, and the discipline.

 

SUBMISSION TYPES

The BCD invites submissions that address its mission and encourages authors to consider the ways in which their submission aligns with this year's convention theme, “Communication for Greater Regard”. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 5, at 11:59 p.m. PT. The following submission types will be accepted:

 

Research Proposals (Extended Abstracts): Research idea (not a completed study) in the form of an extended abstract

Submissions should be no longer than 8 pages (typed and double-spaced) and include the following components: (1) introduction/rationale, (2) objectives of the proposed study, (3) review of literature overviewing the proposed study’s variables and/or theoretical framework, (4) potential hypotheses/research questions, (5) proposed research method/design, (6) expected results/implications, and (7) references.

When uploading your submission to NCA Convention Central, you will be asked to provide a title and description (< 75 words) to be used for the program. To ensure blind review, submitters must remove all author identification information before uploading the submission.

 

Individual Papers: Completed research study, critical essay, or other full-length academic paper

Submissions should be no longer than 30 pages (typed and double-spaced) including references, tables, figures, footnotes, and endnotes. Title pages and abstracts (< 200 words) do not count towards the page limit.

When uploading your submission to NCA Convention Central, you will be asked to provide a title and description (< 75 words) to be used for the program. To ensure blind review, submitters must remove all author identification information before uploading the submission.

In the submission portal, make sure to indicate whether the paper is solely student authored (no faculty coauthors). In addition, submitters should indicate their willingness to participate in Scholar to Scholar by checking the appropriate agreement box in NCA Convention Central.

*The highest rated individual paper will receive the “Top Paper Award.” The highest rated student authored individual paper will receive the “Dr. Lawrence W. Hugenberg Top Student Paper Award in the Basic Course” and will be forwarded for consideration for the “Donald P. Cushman Memorial Award.”

 

Panel Discussions: A group of panelists discussing a topic (no papers are presented)

Submissions should include a panel title, a rationale (< 250 words) describing the purpose and significance of the panel, and the name/affiliation of the chair who will facilitate the discussion. In addition, provide the name/affiliation of each panelist along with a brief description (< 100 words) of the unique contribution or perspective each person plans to share. Submitters are encouraged to include panelists from multiple institutions.

When uploading your submission to NCA Convention Central, you will be asked to provide a title and description (< 75 words) to be used for the program.

*The highest rated panel discussion submission will receive the BCD’s “Top Panel Award.”

 

Questions? Submission questions should be directed to the Vice Chair for the BCD:

Kara Burnett, Ed.D.

Professor and Course Coordinator,

kara.burnett@sinclair.edu 

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The Communication and Aging Division (CAD) invites submissions for the 110th NCA Annual Convention.

CAD is interested in scholarship that examines issues related to healthy and successful aging. Topics may include communication issues throughout the lifespan and contexts such as adolescents, young adults, adult children, retirement, later life transitions, end of life discussions, and intergenerational communication. We are also interested in the influence of media on aging, public policy, agism in the workplace, cultural influences on aging and identity.  

The convention theme for 2024 is Communication for Greater Regard.  “Regard is a word of Old French origin and is connected historically to New Orleans by the city’s fertile French roots—making this remarkable city an ideal location for learning, discussing, and contemplating communication for greater regard. Greater regard is a process of cultivating care and concern; that which we regard is deemed important, granted value, and given consideration. To be a “regarder” is to be one who watches, takes notice, and is expressive, often by increasing with thoughtful intensity amid a climate where less use of regard is occurring.” Jeanetta D. Sims, NCA Second Vice President.

Submissions directly related to the convention theme, including instances of disregard, are strongly encouraged, and full details of the theme can be found in the official NCA Convention Call.

 

Submission Requirements: We welcome submissions in three formats: (1) individual papers, (2) paper sessions, and (3) panel discussions. These submissions should focus on issues related to communication and aging, or lifespan by situating the scholarship in relevant literature and theoretical underpinnings. 

Please keep in mind two considerations regarding the personnel identified as participants in panel and paper sessions. First, participants should not serve in more than one capacity for any given session (e.g., a paper author should not also be chairing a session). Second, session coordinators/submitters should strive to include participants who are at different career stages and who represent different universities. NCA discourages the submission of session proposals that largely comprise colleagues from the same institution.

All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central. No matter which type of submission you create, please include any AV requests at the time of submission. For a definition of submission types, please refer to the step-by-step “How-to-Submit” instructions provided in the convention resource library. Please also familiarize yourself with NCA’s expectations for conference participants. In particular, keep in mind there is an expectation that if you submit your work you will register for and attend the conference, and that you are submitting original work that has not already been published, accepted for publication, presented at another conference, or submitted to another division.

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the Convention Resource Library.

 

Individual Papers

To ensure your paper receives proper consideration, please:

  • Enter title, paper description and author(s) information in the electronic form.
  • Specify whether you are a student author.
  • Limit your paper to a maximum of 25 pages of text (12 point font). The page limit does not include references and tables.
  • Remove all identifying author information from uploaded documents to ensure blind review.
  • Conform to APA guidelines and include an abstract and title in the uploaded document.
  • Indicate whether you are willing (or would prefer) to present your work in the Scholar-to-Scholar sessions.

 

Top papers from submissions will be selected to present on the Top Paper Panel, one of which will be a student-led paper (the first author must be a student while additional authors may or may not be students).

Please note that instructions on how to prepare an unidentifiable copy are provided in the Convention Library.

 

Paper Sessions

To ensure your paper session proposal proper consideration, please:

  • Include a title, brief description, chair (required)/respondent (optional), and rationale for the session. 
  • Include a title, description, and author information for each paper presentation.

 

Panel Discussions

To ensure your panel discussion proposal receives proper consideration, please:

  • Include a title for the panel, brief description, extended rationale for panel discussion, list of panel presenters, and a chair for the panel.

 

Contact Information for Program Planner

If you have any questions about submissions, please contact the 2024 CAD program planner, Kelly Tenzek via email at kellyten@buffalo.edu

Kelly E. Tenzek, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication

University at Buffalo, SUNY

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The new Communication Anxiety & Apprehension division of NCA promotes and furthers awareness, teaching, research, and scholarship of Communication Anxiety and Apprehension throughout the human experience across communication situations to promote understanding, empowerment, and advocacy. We are committed to exploring communication anxiety and apprehension across a variety of situations, through an array of approaches and methodologies, and with an intentional focus on learning more about these experiences to empower and support one another. We invite papers and interactive discussion panels and look forward to celebrating the important work we do. 

 

Submission Types

The CAA invites submissions that address its mission and encourages authors to consider the ways in which their work aligns with this year's convention theme of Communication for Greater Regard.  The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 5, at 11:59pm PT. We invite the following submission types:

 

Individual Papers - Completed research study, critical essay, or other full-length academic paper

 

Submissions should be no longer than 30 pages (typed and double-spaced) including references, tables, figures, footnotes, and endnotes. Title pages and abstracts (< 200 words) do not count towards the page limit.  To support thoughtful and equitable consideration of all work, submissions exceeding this limit will not be sent to reviewers. The paper must be in PDF format (no Word or Pages documents will be accepted for review). A paper may ONLY be submitted to one (1) NCA division or unit for review. All submissions must be original work, not previously presented at NCA or any other professional conferences, and not previously published.

When uploading your submission to NCA Submission Central, you will be asked to provide a title and description (< 75 words) to be used for the program. To ensure blind review, submitters must remove all author identification information before uploading the submission.

In the submission portal, make sure to indicate whether the paper is solely student authored (no faculty coauthors). In addition, submitters should indicate their willingness to participate in Scholar to Scholar by checking the appropriate agreement box in NCA Convention Central.

*The highest rated individual paper will receive the “Top Paper Award.” The highest rated student authored individual paper will receive the “Top Student Paper Award.” 

 

Panel Discussions - A group of panelists discussing a topic (no papers are presented)

Submissions should include a panel title, a rationale (< 250 words) describing the purpose and significance of the panel, and the name/affiliation of the chair who will facilitate the discussion. In addition, provide the name/affiliation of each panelist along with a brief description (< 100 words) of the unique contribution or perspective each plans to share. Please note that preference will be given to panels submissions that: connect to the convention theme, include panelists from multiple institutions, and do not have more than seven members so everyone has an opportunity to contribute. Please make sure that any uploaded documents are in pdf format. 

When uploading your submission to NCA Submission Central, you will be asked to provide a title and description (< 75 words) to be used for the program.

*The highest rated panel discussion submission will receive the CAA “Top Panel Award.”

 

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Dakota Horn, CAA Vice Chair and Program Planner, at dhorn@fsmail.bradley.edu

 

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The Communication and Law Division promotes the development of scholarship regarding communication in legal contexts. We encourage diverse approaches to scholarly investigations and invite submissions from scholars of communication as well as other legal professionals, activists, and scholars of law.

We invite you to submit work to be presented at the 2024 NCA Annual Convention to be held November 21-24 in New Orleans, LA.  Specifically, we encourage submissions of individual research and panel sessions that examine and promote the understanding of communication’s central role in legal institutions, discourses, and processes. 

All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central. Emailed or mailed submissions will not be accepted. For instructions on completing a submission, please refer to the step-by-step "How to Submit" instructions provided in the Convention Resource Library at https://www.natcom.org/convention-events/convention-resources/convention-resource-library.

Submissions must also follow the “Professional Standards for Convention Participants” (https://www.natcom.org/sites/default/files/NCA_Convention_Resources_Convention_Standards.pdf)

 

TYPES OF SUBMISSIONS

The theme for the 2024 NCA Convention is "Communication for Greater Regard." We welcome submissions that use the convention theme as an opportunity for inspiration, especially considering the vibrant communicative intersection of communication and law, although incorporation of this theme is not required.

The Communication and Law Division accepts three types of submissions for competitive review and possible presentation in New Orleans:

 

Individual Paper: Individuals may make only one individual paper submission to the Communication and Law Division. Each individual competitive paper submitted must adhere to the following requirements:

  1. No information identifying the author or authors should be included in the paper for purposes of anonymous review.
  2. Length should be no longer than 4500 words (excluding notes and citations). Individuals are encouraged to limit their page count to what would represent their own delivery of a 10-12 minute presentation. If you would like to submit an individual paper to the division that does not comply with the page requirement, please contact the division planner, Edwin S. Lee at eslee3@ua.edu  
  3. Enter title, description, author(s) information, and keywords into the electronic submission form. The title should be no longer than 20 words. Please identify a student paper submission on the electronic submission form (not in the body of the paper itself).
  4. Papers must be formatted using 12-pt. type, 1-inch margins on all four sides, using correct APA, MLA, Bluebook, or Chicago note-bibliography format/style.
  5. Upload a copy of your paper.
  6. Papers submitted for unit review may be referred for presentation in the Scholar-to-Scholar format (see: www.natcom.org/convention-events/convention-resources/convention-resource-library). If you wish to be considered for Scholar-to-Scholar, choose the appropriate agreement box during the electronic submission process. 
  7. AV requests must be made at the time of submission.

 

Paper Session: Each paper session submitted for consideration must include the following information:

  1. A title for the session (20 words maximum)
  2. A session description identifying the relevance to Communication and Law (75 words maximum)
  3. A session rationale (250 words maximum)
  4. The name of a chair who will be expected to coordinate with each individual author.
  5. Title, extended abstract (250-500 words), and author information for each paper.
  6. A respondent who will comment on the session as a whole (optional)
  7. Please note other units for possible co-sponsorship in the Special Requests tab.
  8. AV requests must be made at the time of the submission.

Note: individuals involved in the paper session should only have one role (whether presenter, chair, or respondent).

 

Panel Discussion: There are no papers presented at a panel discussion, although the chair is encouraged to provide brief opening remarks. The goal for the panel is to engage the audience in meaningful interaction. Each panel discussion submitted for consideration must include the following information:

  1. A title for the discussion (20 words maximum)
  2. A description for the discussion (75 words maximum)
  3. A rationale for the discussion (500 words maximum), adequately justifying its significance and relevance to furthering the goals of the Communication and Law Division
  4. A list of presenters and affiliations. Institutional diversity is strongly encouraged.
  5. The name of a chair who will be expected to coordinate with each presenter.
  6. Submissions are encouraged to include collaboration among presenters and audience members.
  7. Please note other units for possible co-sponsorship in the Special Requests tab.
  8. AV requests must be made at the time of the submission.

Note: individuals involved in the panel session should only have one role (whether presenter or chair).

 

EVALUATION GUIDELINES

The following criteria guide the review process for an individual paper, paper session, and panel discussion submissions:

  1. Demonstrates significance to the Communication and Law Division
  2. Clearly states the problem and/or purpose of the research
  3. Demonstrates methodological soundness and provides theoretical ground for claims
  4. Reviews or otherwise engages with relevant literature and/or other work
  5. Makes an important contribution to the area of communication and law
  6. Demonstrates a high quality of writing
  7. Represents the intersection of scholarship in the law/legal studies (including studies of law in other fields) and communication
  8. Submissions are encouraged but not required to consider "Communication for Greater Regard" in the content, structure, or collaboration within the session.
  9. Submissions are encouraged to help foment connections between scholarship in communication and law, and civic or other activist work beyond the space of the conference room
  10. Submissions are encouraged to highlight communication and legal labor and scholarship of people of color, LGBQ people, trans people, indigenous people, women, and members of other groups historically underrepresented and marginalized within the National Communication Association

 

Notes

Submitters to the Division are also encouraged to serve as chairs, respondents, and reviewers. Please contact Edwin S. Lee at eslee3@ua.edu to volunteer for one of these positions.

Submissions to the Communication and Law Division must not be sent to another unit.

 

Division Planner: Edwin S. Lee, University of Alabama, eslee3@ua.edu

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The Communication & Military Division (CMD) of the National Communication Association welcomes submissions for individual papers, extended abstracts, paper panel sessions, and panel discussions for the 2024 annual convention in New Orleans. The military as a context for exploring communication has a rich history that intersects many areas of scholarship that represent our discipline, including (but not limited to) media, politics and policy, family, interpersonal, cultural, organizational, and health communication. Critical analyses of military and war rhetoric, case studies, and examinations of the military as an organization may be particularly relevant to this year’s theme – “Communication for Greater Regard”. This year’s theme highlights the importance of learning, discussing, and contemplating communication for greater regard. Greater regard is a process of cultivating care and concern; that which we regard is deemed important, granted value, and given consideration. To be a “regarder” is to be one who watches, takes notice, and is expressive, often by increasing with thoughtful intensity amid a climate where less use of regard is occurring. Communication is both the conduit and manifestation for greater regard. What intentional contributions should we be actively undertaking to foster greater regard? An extension of “Communication for Greater Regard” is examining when and how communication functions with disregard. Thus, this Call also invites conversations about what has been ignored, dismissed, or devalued in our discipline alongside investigating what should be given more consideration. The convention theme is inclusive of submissions designed to foster a steady, significant look at what has been/is being disregarded.

 

Within the context of CMD, submitters are encouraged/challenged to consider:

  1. How regard and disregard are represented in communication and military research, as well as how communication practices - across contexts - might (dis)regard or (dis)empower military personnel, veterans, and their families.
  2. The intersection of gender, race, identity, health, and other factors that impact perceptions of regard, especially for historically excluded/marginalized groups who serve, have served, or support service members, and/or that have ignored, dismissed, or devalued.
  3. The rhetoric of regard and disregard as tools used by military to promote service or that limits or excludes participation or service.
  4. To what extent regard and disregard play in attending to and communicating the needs of our military personnel, veterans, and their families.
  5. The growing divide between our military and the nation’s populace and how does regard and/or disregard relate in terms of communication and understanding of that divide.
  6. How participants in the military and the very military posts/places/spaces they occupy constitute (1) greater regard for what has been before us, (2) greater regard for what is presently around us, and (3) greater regard for what will be beyond us.

 

We encourage submissions that describe and analyze innovative approaches to communication - especially as it relates to regard/disregard and military personnel, veterans, and their families - as well as ones that foster opportunities for collaboration. CMD welcomes work from all theoretical and methodological perspectives.  

CMD will accept Individual Papers, Extended Abstracts, Paper Sessions, and Panel Discussions. Submissions will be accepted through NCA Convention Central. Emailed submissions will not be accepted.

 

Individual Paper Requirements (papers can be co-authored; individual refers to one paper submission versus a panel of multiple papers):

  1. Title
  2. 250-500 word description of the paper
  3. Maximum of 30 pages (double-spaced, including references and images/tables/figures)

No information identifying the author(s) may appear in the paper upload. Instructions on how to prepare an identifier-free copy are provided in the Convention Library.

 

Extended Abstract Requirements:

  1. Extended Abstract: Title
  2. Study description, including introduction, methods, results, brief discussion, references. 
  3. Please include one (or both) of the following statements in your submission: (a) “I am willing to participate in a data blitz or works in progress session.” (b) “I plan to have the paper completed by November 2024 and want to be considered for a paper session.”
  4. Maximum of 4 pages (double-spaced, including references and images/tables/figures).

No information identifying the author(s) may appear in the paper upload. Instructions on how to prepare an identifier-free copy are provided in the Convention Library. Extended abstracts will not be considered for top paper awards. 

 

Paper Session Requirements:

  1. Title 
  2. Session description of no more than 75 words that explicates the panel’s theme or focus
  3. Name of Chair (required) and Respondent (optional)
  4. For each paper include a title, abstract (75 words max), and author(s)’ information.
  5. A rationale of no more than 250 words that states how the proposed session connects to the mission of the CMD division and/or theme of the conference. The more specific the description, the more helpful it is to reviewers.

 

Panel Discussion Requirements:

  1. Title
  2. Panel description of no more than 75 words that explicates the panel’s theme or focus
  3. Name of Chair (required) and Respondent (optional)
  4. List of all presenters 
  5. A rationale of no more than 250 words that states how the proposed panel connects to the mission of the CMD division and/or theme of the conference. The more specific the description, the more helpful it is to reviewers.

 

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. This document, along with other resources, like “how to submit” guides can be found in the Convention Resource Library (www.natcom.org/conventionresources).

Audio-visual equipment needs must be indicated at the time of the online submission. 

Standard equipment needs will be met by NCA. Presenters must provide their own laptops.

 

Thank you for considering submitting to the Communication & Military Division. We look forward to reviewing your submission. For questions or concerns about your submission specific to this section, please contact the 2024 Program Planner:

John M. Hinck, Vice Chair

NCA Communication & Military Division

USAF Air University

john.hinck@au.af.edu

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The Communication and Social Cognition (CSC) Division requests submissions of competitive individual submissions (full papers and extended abstracts), paper sessions, and panel discussions that highlight social cognition and communication—the psychological mechanisms that subserve the storage, processing, and retrieval of information as it pertains to the production and processing of messages in human interaction.

Submissions can have any research objective (e.g., empirical reports, methodological advancements, meta-analyses, theoretical syntheses) but must elucidate social cognitive processes in a communicative modality (face-to-face, mediated, et c.) or context (interpersonal, intergroup, health, etc.).

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Message production and processing, including linguistic analyses
  • Decision making
  • Risk perception and communication
  • Affective processes
  • Attitude formation and change
  • Media processes and effects
  • Impression formation and person perception
  • Stereotyping and prejudice
  • Activation and effects of knowledge structure(s)
  • Individual differences in communication production or processing
  • Persuasion and social influence
  • Computational methods that help uncover social cognitive processes

We encourage authors to draw on literature from various disciplines when applicable and to demonstrate relevant implications of their work. Consistent with the division’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) initiatives, we encourage scholarship that highlights, promotes, or expresses IDEA and relevant perspectives.

In consideration of NCA 2024’s theme – “Communication for Greater Regard” – submissions are encouraged, but not required, to integrate the conference theme, including presentations that consider “regard” as the importance, utility, and observation of and/or care and concern for communication theories, processes, and phenomena. 

 

INDIVIDUAL COMPETITVE SUBMISSIONS

All individual submissions should include a title, description, and indicate if programming the paper in the Scholar to Scholar format is acceptable by checking the appropriate agreement box in NCA Convention Central. Submitters should NOT upload a separate cover page, or any file with identifying information in the document text or properties. Underneath the abstract on the first page, please include a list of 3-6 keywords to assist with reviewer selection.

Papers: Full manuscripts will be considered that are a maximum of 25 double-spaced pages. excluding front matter, references, appendices, tables, and figures. 

  • Please ensure that full paper submissions have page numbers.

Extended Abstracts: Brief research reports of 1000 words or less will be considered. Front matter (e.g., title, abstract, keywords), references, appendices, tables, and figures do not count toward the 1000-word limit.

  • Extended abstracts should contain at least a preliminary data analysis with the expectation of presenting complete results at the time of the conference. 
  • Extended abstracts are not eligible for top paper awards. 
  • Please provide a word count as part of your submission.

Exclusively theoretical or methodological contributions are welcomed, but can only be submitted as full papers. All identifying information must be stripped from competitive individual submissions before the document is uploaded to NCA Convention Central. All AV requests must be made at the time of submission.

 

PAPER SESSIONS AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Proposals for paper sessions and panel discussions are welcomed. More than one institution should be represented in a proposed paper session or panel discussion. Respondents should only be included if absolutely necessary. If a respondent is included, the proposal should make clear the issues the respondent will address during the response. All AV requests must be made at the time of submission.

Paper sessions: All paper sessions must include a session title, session chair (who is not also an author or respondent on the session), an overall session description, session rationale, and the titles, abstracts, and author(s) of each individual paper presentation.

Panel Discussions: All panel discussions must include a panel title, panel presenter information, an overall panel description, panel rationale, and a chair who is not also a panelist or respondent on the panel.

 

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • All competitive individual submissions, paper sessions, and panel discussion proposals must be submitted online by Friday, April 5, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time using the NCA Convention Central website.
  • Emailed or mailed submissions will not be accepted. NCA Convention Central can be accessed via the NCA Convention website at www.xcdsystem.com/nca/member/index.cfm.
  • All submissions should adhere to the latest version of APA style.
  • All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission.
  • Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the NCA Convention Resource Library.
  • Please direct questions about submission or review processes to Kevin Kryston, CSC Division Research Committee Chair (kjk039@shsu.edu).

 

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The Communication and Sport Division seeks submissions that meet the call of the 110th convention theme, "Communication for Greater Regard." This call welcomes all scholarly, pedagogical, and service-related endeavors pertaining to connections between communication practices and their complex relationship to sport. Topics include (but are not limited to) the relationships between communication and the discourses surrounding sport, representations of athletes in media, interpersonal and group interactions within sport, identity-oriented relationships facilitated and/or impeded by sport, the social and communicative construction of sport as community, power relations within the practice of sport, and communicative practices leading to marginalization/exclusion or serving as a tool for inclusion in sport. Work from all epistemological, theoretical, and methodological traditions fit within the parameters of the divisional aims and scope. All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central. Emailed submissions will not be accepted. Refer to the Convention Resource Library for live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit.

The Communication and Sport Division accepts the following submission types: Individual Papers and Paper Sessions. We highly encourage submitters to indicate their interest in Scholar-to-Scholar presentations. Please indicate your preference for this when submitting.

 

Individual Papers: Submissions are limited to 25 double-spaced pages, not inclusive of notes, references, illustrations, or tables. Papers should follow either APA or Chicago Manual of Style. Copies must be uploaded into NCA Convention Central and must not include identifying information anywhere in the document text or properties. Instructions on how to prepare an unidentifiable copy are provided in the Convention Resource Library. Submissions should include title, paper description (abstract), keywords and AV requests. Submitters should NOT upload a separate cover page. Individual authors may not appear as the sole or lead author on more than one submission. The Top Paper and Top Student Paper will be recognized in our division meeting. Please note: The Communication and Sport Division does not accept extended abstracts.

 

Paper Sessions: Submissions must include a panel title, a rationale statement of 250 words or less, a session description for the online convention program of 75 words or less, abstracts for each paper of 120 words or less, a chair, and a respondent. Submitted panels should include each participant's name and affiliation. Submitters must include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions. Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, or presenter) in a submission.

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. We look forward to excellent submissions and the opportunity to showcase the best of our division in New Orleans!

 

Brandon C. Boatwright

Communication and Sport Division Vice Chair and Division Planner

Clemson University

Boatwr5@clemson.edu

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The Communication and the Future (CATF) Division is dedicated to exploring communication research as it intersects with future-oriented thinking.

“As we celebrate the 110th anniversary of NCA annual conventions, the 2024 Convention theme calls us to convene around “Communication for Greater Regard.” Regard is a word of Old French origin and is connected historically to New Orleans by the city’s fertile French roots—making this remarkable city an ideal location for learning, discussing, and contemplating communication for greater regard. Greater regard is a process of cultivating care and concern; that which we regard is deemed important, granted value, and given consideration. To be a “regarder” is to be one who watches, takes notice, and is expressive, often by increasing with thoughtful intensity amid a climate where less use of regard is occurring.” (Jeanetta D. Sims, Second Vice President, 2023).

We invite (1) Individual Competitive Papers, (2) Panel Discussions, and (3) Extended Abstracts that explore future developments in communication practices, publics, content, industries, and technologies. Special consideration will be given to submissions that reflect the convention’s theme, as well as those that advance future-oriented communication-related research. Submissions may explore the future of any chosen topic in the field of communication. All submitters will be required to review for the division.

Be it critical, interpretive, qualitative, or quantitative, the division seeks to synthesize examinations of new communication issues in conjunction with established theories in the field. For example, a suggested topic might be how new communication industries alleviate or exacerbate racism. Another may be the positive impact of a new technology to deliver effective communication to impact positive health behaviors. Or perhaps an examination of the environmental impact of specific communication practices or technologies on particular groups. All of these, and more, would be equally at home in a Communication and the Future session.

 

1. Individual Papers:

Maximum Length: 25 pages, not including end material; including a 100-200 word abstract (APA format). 

Additional Information: The division is particularly supportive of theoretical efforts that go beyond the norm; beyond the usual; beyond the comfortable conceptual and theoretical; in short, be creative and critical in your thinking and writing of possible future developments for communication. Top Paper Awards and Student Top Paper Awards are given to individual papers that represent the best kind of research in accordance with the division’s mission. Special consideration will be given to those submissions that reflect the convention theme with a clear future-oriented application and focus. Work already published or accepted for publication should not be submitted. Papers must be submitted as a blind review copy (see instructions here).

Scholar-to-Scholar: It is strongly encouraged that paper submitters also check the designated box to participate in a Scholar-to-Scholar session. Scholar to Scholar (S2S) presentations create a unique opportunity for questions and exchanges not available in more formal sessions. Presenters have a 4’ by 6’ bulletin board on which they can pin their presentation; presenters should make their posters as visually appealing and easy to read as possible. Submissions will be peer reviewed and evaluated by the planner and other reviewers. To have your work considered for S2S, check the designated box during the online “Competitive Paper” submission process.

 

2. Panel Discussions:

A panel discussion is submitted as a preconceived and complete session for presenters discussing a topic/issue. There are no papers presented at a panel discussion. Panel discussion proposals must (a) include a specific overall title for the panel discussion; (b) include a description for the convention program (maximum 100 words); (c) a list of panelists and a session chair; (d) include a rationale for the overall proposed submission that outlines the importance of the panel discussion (maximum 500 words); and (e) per convention guidelines, submissions should not consist of panelists solely from one institution, unless the panel involves a special circumstance. Panel discussions will be competitively evaluated and special consideration will be given to those submissions that reflect the convention theme with a clear future-oriented application and focus.

 

3. Extended Abstracts:

The division is accepting submissions of extended abstracts of either a) completed projects or b) works in progress. Extended abstract submissions should be no more than 1500 words in text length (i.e., not including the title page, references, charts, or tables). Extended abstracts longer than 1500 words will not be reviewed. Work already published or accepted for publication should not be submitted. Extended abstracts must be submitted as a blind review copy (see instructions here). 

 

Audio/Visual Equipment:

All audiovisual equipment requests must be made at the time of submission. Late requests cannot be accommodated.

 

Submitting for Blind Review:

Competitive Papers, Scholar-to-Scholar, and Extended Abstract submissions MUST be submitted as a blind review copy. All personal information or references to personal information must be eliminated from the submission before uploading it into the system. Please include all personal information in the NCA Convention Central electronic forms and not with the submission itself. Many submitters fail to properly remove personal information from their paper's internal properties. Please examine the detailed instructions NCA provides on Preparing an Unidentifiable Copy for Submission.

***Our field remains committed to inter/multidisciplinary projects that may bridge interests from a number of divisions or interest groups. If you would like to be considered for co-sponsored panels (sponsored by more than one division), please note it in your abstract or cover page.

All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central. Emailed or mailed submissions will not be accepted. For instruction on completing a submission, please refer to the step-by-step “How to Submit” instructions provided in the Convention Resource Library. All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. 

 

Volunteer to Review:

We encourage faculty and graduate students interested in communication and the future to volunteer to review submissions. To volunteer, please email CATF Program Planner, Dallin Adams, at dallin.adams@utah.edu.

 

For more information, follow the CATF Facebook page. Questions? Contact CATF Program Planner, Dallin Adams, at dallin.adams@utah.edu. We look forward to your submissions.

Dallin R. Adams.

Vice-Chair/Planner, Communication and the Future Division

dallin.adams@utah.edu

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The Communication as Social Construction (CASC) Division invites individual (competitive) papers, panel discussions, and paper sessions that explicitly cite social construction literature and use social construction approaches to study face-to-face, cultural, and mediated communication. Referencing foundational texts of social construction is highly encouraged. Some influential scholars may include, but are not limited to the following: Burr, V.; Blumer, H.; Chen, V.; Davis, K.E.; Galanes, G.; Gergen, K.J.; Gergen, M.; Leeds-Hurwitz, W.; Littlejohn, S.W.; Pearce, W.B.; Spano, S.; and Tomm, K. Possible appropriate topics include: (1) the communicative construction of identity and relationships within any socially significant context; (2) the communicative construction of context itself; (3) the social construction of discord and the potential of communication to transform conflict into more harmonious relationships; (4) the social construction of regard, concern and esteem; (5) metatheoretical, theoretical, and methodological developments relevant to constructionist research, teaching, and application; (6) examinations of similarities and differences between social construction and other approaches to communication studies and practices, and (7) comparative analyses of approaches to communication as social construction across cultures or across levels of analysis. 

This year’s convention theme, “Communication for Greater Regard” invites us to explore the myriad opportunities for the role of social construction in our discipline.

Members of the Communication as Social Construction (CASC) Division are committed to promoting conversation and community among scholars whose work advances the idea that we create and recreate social worlds through interaction. Our division was created as a result of the NCA Summer Institute on Social Construction, “Catching Ourselves in the Act,” which was held in Albuquerque, NM, in August, 2006. CASC scholars take a Communication Perspective to acknowledge communication processes as central to academic inquiry and practice with recognition of the transformative potential of communication teaching and research. The division is interested in topics related to social constructions of identity and relationships, discord and transformative conflict, and social constructions of the contexts we live in today. Examples of socially constructed contexts to examine may include relationships, media, technology, health, organizations, the classroom, and culture. 

This year we especially welcome submissions that address, through the lens of social constructionism, questions posed in the broad convention call for participation by NCA Second Vice President Jeanetta D. Sims: What do we hold in esteem? What should be our priorities? What is the role of communication studies in creating a better society? What gets disregarded and why? This list is of course not exhaustive.

Please do not hesitate to contact our division program planner, Katya Lukianova, via e-mail at elukianova@uchicago.edu for more information or to discuss possible ideas for panels, especially ones that could enable us to collaborate with other NCA divisions and/or that uniquely fit with the convention theme. We welcome creative approaches to encouraging dialogue and exploring intersections with our communication colleagues and with others in communities beyond NCA. 

 

SUBMISSION FORMATS

CASC encourages scholars and practitioners interested in social construction to submit individual papers, paper sessions, and panel discussion proposals for competitive review and selection. In addition, we urge potential contributors to submit CASC-related work directly to other special programming outlets for the 2024 NCA convention; more information can be found on the NCA Convention Central website. Contact the appropriate planners with ideas or for more details. Papers, panels, or sessions that particularly emphasize the theme of the 110th Annual Convention: “Communication for Greater Regard”, are encouraged.

  

Individual Papers: The CASC Division is inviting two types of individual papers: Full Papers and Papers Under Construction. The requirements for each type of individual paper submission is detailed below:

FULL PAPER: Full papers are completed papers that follow the below criteria:

  1. Along with the title at the top of the first page, include the words “full paper”.
  2. No more than 25 pages, not including title page or references.
  3. Remove all information that could identify the author(s) from the uploaded file prior to submission.
  4. DO NOT include a cover page (Note: submitters will enter paper titles and author-related information on the website during the submission process).
  5. The first page of the uploaded submission file should contain only the paper’s title and description (of no more than 250 words). 
  6. Font needs to be Times New Roman, 12 pt., and double spaced.
  7. Student submitters will indicate “student paper” in the electronic submission form.

 

Papers Under Construction: The division has a “Works in Progress” panel consistent with our social constructionist philosophy. Papers included in this panel will engage in a more interactive session designed to both showcase and propel the research forward by engaging those seeking to complete a CASC-focused study. Individual (competitive) works in process must demonstrate a clear understanding and application of a social constructionist approach and must draw upon appropriate literature (as described above in the call). Submissions to “Papers Under Construction” must follow these criteria:

  1. Along with the title at the top of the first page, include the words “Paper Under Construction”.
  2. No more than 3 succinctly written pages, not including title page or references.
  3. Proposals must include five components: (a) Title; (b) a description of the research project; (c) a statement identifying where this project is in the research process; (d) an explanation of how this project is appropriate for the Communication as Social Construction Division; and (e) references of cited in the three page project description.
  4. Remove all information that could identify the author(s) from the uploaded file prior to submission.
  5. DO NOT include a cover page (Note: submitters will enter paper titles and author-related information on the website during the submission process.)
  6. Font needs to be Times New Roman 12 pt., and double spaced.

An honorarium of $100 will be divided amongst presenters in the Papers Under Construction session.

 

Panel Discussions: A panel discussion is a session with a group of panelists discussing a specific topic. Submissions must include:

  1. The panel title and list of presenters with their names, institutional affiliations, and email addresses. A chair is required. For a panel discussion to be considered for inclusion in the convention program, participants must come from more than one institution.
  2. An overall panel description of no more than 150 words.
  3. A rationale statement that provides an overall justification for the significance of the panel discussion of no more than 400 words.
  4. Panel discussions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions.  Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author, performer, filmmaker, or presenter) in a submission.
  5. If you think that the session might be a good candidate for co-sponsorship with another division, caucus, or affiliate organization, please identify the potential co-sponsor in the Special Requests box.

 

Paper Sessions: A paper session involves a group of presenters with titled papers/presentations centering on a common theme. Submissions must include:

The session title and designation of a chair (required).

  1. An overall session description of no more than 150 words.
  2. Titles, descriptions, and author(s) for each paper presentation. For a paper session to be considered for inclusion in the convention program, participants must come from more than one institution.
  3. A rationale statement that provides an overall justification for the significance of the paper session of no more than 400 words.
  4. If the session is a good candidate for co-sponsorship with another division, caucus, or affiliate organization, please identify the potential co-sponsor in the Special Requests box.
  5. Paper sessions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions.  Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author, performer, filmmaker, or presenter) in a submission.
  6. All AV requests must be made at the time of submission in the electronic submission form.

 

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, also are available in the Convention Resource Library.

Student submissions will be reviewed for a CASC student best paper award of $200.

 

For questions about this call, please contact the 2024 Vice-Chair and Program Planner of the CASC Division:

Ekaterina (Katya) Lukianova (she/her)

University of Chicago

elukianova@uchicago.edu

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The Communication Assessment Division is devoted to providing resources to NCA members in the vital area of assessment. The term “assessment” has multiple meanings, but whatever its definition, assessment impacts every communication department through state assessment requirements, program review, or regional accreditation requirements. We define assessment broadly, and assessment could refer to specific assignments, specific content within a course, an individual course, all sections of a course, department or program assessment, and/or the assessment of communication for general education.

The Communication Assessment Division is accepting submissions that are relevant to the convention theme, " Communication for Greater Regard ", and generally related to assessment processes. The convention theme offers several great opportunities for consideration of Communication for Greater Regard:

  • Finding a place for assessment within your classroom;
  • The history of assessment within the field (Institution and/or Department);
  • Assessing the impact of community engagement;
  • Advocating for stronger assessment and implementation of findings;
  • Understanding the people behind the assessment scores; and,
  • The impact assessment has on the departmental/field environments.

We highly encourage these types of submissions as well:

  • Community College Classroom/Program Assessment
  • K12 Educator Classroom/Program Assessment
  • Basic Course Assessment
  • Program review and Program-Level Assessment

 

To embrace the spirit of the conference, the Communication Assessment Division is accepting a variety of submission types.  We encourage discussion-based panels that allow individuals to share assessment ideas. We are also accepting Individual Papers, Paper Sessions, and Panel Discussions. Submissions for individual papers may deviate from a standard research paper format and may include assessment-related narratives, case studies, extended abstracts, research briefs, etc. 

A high intensity session may be formed depending on how many competitive papers we receive that focus on the scholarship of assessment. In addition, a “DATE” session (Developing Assessment Techniques for Excellence) on best practices in assessment may be held, depending on the types of submissions. Structured like a “GIFTS” session, this program will feature 10-15 best assessment practices. Each presenter will prepare a 2–3-page handout for distribution at the session and spend about 4-5 minutes describing the practice.  If you would like to submit a proposal to be added for the DATE session, please indicate that on the submission by following the instructions outlined below. 

All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central. Emailed or mailed submissions will not be accepted. For a definition of submission types, please refer to the Convention Resource Library (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources/).  We accept the following types of submissions:

  1. Individual Papers: Traditional research papers must include (a) title, (b) abstract (about 250 words or less), (c) author(s) information (make sure this information is not found in the uploaded individual paper), and (d) maximum 25 pages of text, exclusive of references or appendices. Members are also encouraged to submit alternative paper formats such as assessment-related narratives, case studies, extended abstracts, or research briefs.Copies must be uploaded into NCA Convention Central and must not include identifying information. Please indicate on your title page and on the electronic submission form if your paper is student authored. Submissions should indicate whether (or not) you are willing to present your materials in the Scholar-to-Scholar format by checking the agreement button on the electronic submission form. Instructions on how to prepare a blind copy are provided in the Convention Resource Library (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources/).  We could recognize a Top Paper in our division if one emerges. 
  2. Paper Sessions: Submissions must include (a) a title, (b) a session description of no more than 75 words, (c) a list of chair(s) and respondent(s), (d) titles, descriptions, and author(s) information for each paper, and (e) a rationale of no more than 250 words outlining the importance of the paper session. A session chair is required and should not be a session member. 
  3. Panel Discussions: Submissions must include (a) a title, (b) a description of no more than 75 words, (c) a list of presenters, and (d) a 250 word or less rationale for acceptance outlining the importance of the submission. A session chair is required and should not be a panel member. 
  4. DATE Session: Submissions must include (a) a title, (b) a two-paragraph description of your technique, and (c) a rationale including how it connects to best assessment practices in your uploaded document. Submitters should select “individual paper” as their submission type in NCA Convention Central. Please include the words, "DATE;" in the title of your paper.  For example, "DATE: How to survive doing assessment for program reviews."

 

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the Convention Resource Library.

Requests for audio-visual equipment are required at the time of submission but are not guaranteed.

Discussions and session proposals should include scholars from multiple institutions and a single person should not serve in more than one role per session.

For more information contact the Vice-chair and program planner: Narissra Punyanunt-Carter, n.punyanunt@ttu.edu or drcarterttu@gmail.com

 

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The Communication Centers Section of the National Communication Association welcomes submissions for individual papers, paper sessions, and panel discussions for the 2024 Annual Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The 2024 convention theme, "Communication for Greater Regard," provides special opportunities to come together in order to examine and discuss what we deem important, grant value, and give consideration as we cultivate care and concern in future directions for research, teaching, and the role of the Center. We invite papers, panels, and proposals that fit within one or more of the following themes:

  1. Greater Regard in scholarship. We invite provocative paper and panel submissions that examine how we create academic spaces for promoting and protecting greater regard for our communities and community members through scholarship and the Center. We encourage you to reach out to other units and find ways in which the work we do can complement, or be complemented by, the work of others to advance communication scholarship.
  2. Greater Regard in research and teaching. We invite submissions that explore how communication research and teaching can be transformative in deconstructing traditional white, ableist, heterosexist, U.S.-centric, cis-gendered, male-dominated, and colonial history in order to promote and protect greater regard for all. As we renew our priorities and transform the fabric of public discourse, we have the opportunity to engage in dialogues that envision powerful changes that could improve the communities in which we work, live, and serve. Submissions dedicated to examining future directions for research, teaching, and the Center are encouraged.
  3. Greater Regard in envisioning perspectives and practices in the discipline. Our discipline must honor both the centrality and individual aspects that promote greater regard and foster inclusive spaces of inquiry. We wish to explore opportunities to be part of important conversations and activities guiding this development and establish future directions on processes for cultivating care and concern for the discipline. Submissions dedicated to examining how the Center can serve as an agent for change as we reimagine the role of the Center in championing greater regard.

Papers or sessions that address the convention theme are encouraged as are papers or sessions that focus on the perennial concerns of Communication Centers. Specifically, the section is interested in submissions that consider Communication Centers from both theoretical and empirical perspectives in addition to submissions that explore programmatic dimensions.

The Communication Centers Section will accept the following submission types: Individual Papers, Paper Sessions, and Panel Discussions. All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central (https://www.xcdsystem.com/nca/member/index.cfm). Emailed or mailed submissions will not be accepted.

 

Individual Paper Requirements (papers can be co-authored; individual refers to one paper submission versus a session of multiple papers):

  1. A title
  2. A 250-500 word description of the paper
  3. Author(s) information
  4. Upload a minimum of 4 pages (double-spaced) including references and a maximum of 25 pages (double-spaced) of text not including title page and references. Completed papers are preferred. No information identifying the author(s) or their respective institutions may appear in the paper upload. Instructions on how to prepare an identifier-free copy are provided in the Convention Resource Library (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources).
  5. Papers must be uploaded into NCA Convention Central.

 

Regular Paper Session Requirements:

  1. A title
  2. A description of no more than 75 words
  3. A Chair (required) and Respondent (optional)
  4. Titles, descriptions, and author(s) information for each paper
  5. A rationale of no more than 250 words that states how the proposed session connects to the section and/or theme of the convention. The more specific the description, the more helpful it is to reviewers.
  6. Paper session proposals must be uploaded into NCA Convention Central.

No individual participant should act in multiple roles for sessions. Also, paper sessions and panel discussions should include participants from multiple institutions. 

 

Panel Discussions Requirements:

  1. A title
  2. A description of no more than 75 words
  3. A Chair (required) and Respondent (optional)
  4. All presenters
  5. A rationale of no more than 250 words that states how the proposed panel connects to the section and/or theme of the convention. The more specific the description, the more helpful it is to reviewers.
  6. Panel discussion proposals must be uploaded into NCA Convention Central.

No individual participant should act in multiple roles for sessions. Also, paper sessions and panel discussions should include participants from multiple institutions. 

Submit your Communication Centers GIFTS to the GIFTS section.

 

Thank you for considering submitting to the Communication Centers section. We look forward to reviewing your submissions! For questions or concerns about your submission specific to this section, please contact the 2024 Program Planner, Casey Riesberg, at: 

Casey Riesberg

University of Nebraska Omaha

clriesberg@unomaha.edu 

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The Communication Ethics Division invites submissions of scholarly research for presentation at the 110th annual convention of the National Communication Association in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 21-24, 2024. 

The division promotes research and teaching related to ethical issues in all aspects of human communication. 

This year’s theme is “Communication for Greater Regard,” which is elaborated in the official description of the theme:  "Communication is both the conduit and manifestation for greater regard. The theme of greater regard aims to spotlight sessions that convene conversation about the process of cultivating care and concern; that which we regard is deemed important, granted value, and given consideration."

We invite perspectives on communication ethics from across the discipline and from any methodological perspective or tradition. Papers that engage the theme are especially encouraged. 

We welcome submissions for individual papers and paper sessions. (More details on submission formats below.) 

All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central. For a definition of submission types, please refer to the step-by-step “How to Submit” instructions provided in the Convention Resource Library (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources/).

 

1. Individual Paper Requirements: These papers are stand-alone and are not associated with any other paper sessions or panel discussions. Please complete the required electronic submission fields including title, description, author(s), and keywords. Please indicate if your submission is a student paper on the electronic submission form. Paper submissions must include no more than a 30-page (excluding references), double-spaced uploaded copy of the paper. On your title page, please indicate what outside sources (if any) are funding your research. Copies must be uploaded to NCA Convention Central and must NOT include identifying information. Instructions on how to prepare an unidentifiable copy are provided in the Convention Resource Library (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources/). Papers that contain identifying information will be returned to the author for proper preparation. Based on the results of the peer reviews, the Division’s 2024 convention planner will use the individual papers to create a few paper sessions, including the top paper panel. Scholar-to-Scholar (S2S) is typically presented in a poster format. If your work lends itself better to visual presentation, one-on-one discussion, or you are looking for personal feedback on your ideas, check the Scholar-to-Scholar (S2S) agreement box in NCA Convention Central. At the convention, division/caucus leaders, journal editors and other experts, known as Wandering Scholars, will circulate at S2S and interact with participants and their work, seeking to energize, enhance, and expand collective thinking as they make connections with your presented work.

 

2. Paper Session Requirements: This session is composed of approximately 3-5 papers presented together, based on a particular theme. Paper sessions are evaluated as a whole. A respondent for these sessions is highly recommended while a chair is required. Submissions must include:

  • a session title
  • an overall session description
  • the name of the session’s chair (chair may also be a session author)
  • the name of the session’s respondent (if you have one)
  • a title, description (no more than 75 words) for each individual paper, and author’s information
  • a rationale for the session (no more than 250 words), outlining the importance of the submission as it relates to the convention theme and communication ethics research

 

3. Panel Discussion Requirements: This type of session is a group of approximately 3-6 people, creating a theme around which to discuss their particular ideas and/or expertise regarding communication ethics. Papers are not presented during a panel discussion. Submissions must include:

  • a panel title
  • a general description of the panel discussion topic (no more than 75 words)
  • the name of the session’s chair (chair may also be a panel presenter)
  • the name for each individual on the panel
  • a rationale for the panel discussion’s importance as it relates to the convention theme and communication ethics interests (no more than 250 words)

 

4. Performance Session Requirements: This session is composed of a single or multiple performances based on a particular theme. Performance sessions are evaluated as a whole. A respondent for these sessions is highly recommended and a chair is required. Submissions must include:

  • a session title
  • an overall session description
  • the name of the session’s chair (chair may also be a session performer)
  • the name of the session’s respondent (if you have one)
  • a title, description (no more than 75 words) for each individual performance, and performer’s information
  • a rationale for the session (no more than 250 words), outlining the importance of the submission as it relates to the convention theme and communication ethics research
  • the length of the performance

 

Please note audio-visual or other special requests within your submission.

 

The Communication Ethics Division recognizes excellence in communication ethics scholarship with an annual award for top conference papers. Based on reviewers’ responses, a top papers panel will be created by the Division’s convention planner. A top paper by a scholar(s) and a top paper by a graduate or undergraduate student will be presented. The top paper by a scholar(s) will receive a certificate of achievement, and the top student paper will receive a small cash award and certificate during the panel presentation. Both recipients are recognized during our business meeting.

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants, located in the Convention Resource Library, prior to submission. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are also available in the Convention Resource Library (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources/).

Any questions about this call or process may be directed to the Communication Ethics Division 2024 convention program planner, Miles Coleman (colemanm@rowan.edu). 

 

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The Community College Section of the National Communication Association promotes dialogue and research about the transformative role of communication education within community college settings.  Our section addresses topics unique to the intersection of two-year institutions and community, as well as the broader contexts of the communication discipline and higher education.  We sponsor conference programs, engage in relevant research, and share practical advice about a variety of topics including program and course development, student-centered pedagogical approaches, student demographics, administrative challenges, social justice, and the influence of community colleges within higher education.

The Community College Section is seeking submissions that highlight “Communication for Greater Regard” to promote conversation and research regarding the roles communication departments, programs, students, and faculty play in their diverse missions and objectives within community colleges.  Submissions that highlight collaboration between multiple interest groups, institutions, disciplinary areas, and community partners are strongly encouraged; we are especially interested in submissions that are related to the convention theme, “Communication for Greater Regard.” This includes, but is not limited to, scholarship that addresses questions such as: 

What does it seem the discipline has regarded for 100+ years? How does communication function in today’s climate to enrich greater regard, how has this shifted over the years, or does it need to shift in the future? How is greater regard currently exhibited in communication research, teaching, service, and practice? How are priorities and power structures shaped in the discipline and/or in human communication endeavors through greater regard or to create greater regard? What intentional contributions should we be actively undertaking to foster greater regard? An extension of “Communication for Greater Regard” is examining when and how communication functions with disregard. Thus, this Call also invites conversations about what has been ignored, dismissed, or devalued in our discipline alongside investigating what should be given more consideration.

 

The Community College Section will accept the following types of submissions: Individual Papers, Paper Sessions, Performance Sessions, Panel Discussions

ALL submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central. For definitions of submission types, please refer to the step-by-step “How to Submit” instructions provided in the Convention Library.

 

Individual Papers: Submissions must include a complete blind manuscript, article, or essay (30-page max). Copies must be uploaded into NCA Convention Central and must not include identifying information. Instructions on how to prepare a blind copy are provided in the Convention Resource Library.  If we receive more than ten papers, recognition for the Top Paper will be awarded. Submissions should include title, author(s) information, description of the paper (abstract), and keywords. AV requests must be made at the time of submission. Submitters should indicate their willingness to present in Scholar to Scholar in the appropriate form (Scholar to scholar is an interactive one-on-one presentation format (AKA poster sessions).

 

Paper Sessions: Submissions must include a session title, description, and author(s) information for each paper. A session chair is required, respondent is optional. Please provide a rationale outlining the importance of the submission in relation to 2024 convention theme & Community College Section areas of interest. AV requests must be made at the time of submission.

 

Performance Session: If you have a group of performances around a theme, please submit the collection as a Performance Session. Select Performance Session in NCA Convention Central as the submission type for this format. Submissions must include session title and description, individual performance titles, description of each performance (of no more than 75 words), a rationale of the performance fitting the conference theme of no more than 250 words, and the performers (include a session chair and respondent, if desired). AV requests must be made at the time of submission.

 

Panel Discussions: Submissions must include the title of the session, a session description and a rationale outlining the importance of the submission in relation to 2024 convention theme & Community College Section areas of interest. Please also include the names of participants (indicate panel chair--required). Participants should represent/demonstrate interactions between different institutions and community groups to strengthen acceptance possibilities.  NO panels composed of presenters all from one institution will be accepted!  No papers are presented as part of a panel discussion. AV requests must be made at the time of submission.

 

**Paper session, panel discussions, and performance sessions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions.  When possible, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author, performer, filmmaker, or presenter) in a submission.

 

ALL submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission.  Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the Convention Library.

ALL audio-visual equipment needs must be requested at the time of the online submissions.  Standard equipment needs will be handled as best as can be by NCA.  Presenters must supply their own laptop computer to hook up to projectors, or for other audio-visual requirements, must supply their own equipment.

While all submitters are required to sign an online statement indicating a willingness to attend the convention, it is your responsibility to attend.  If, for whatever reason, you are unable to attend and/or present your work, best practices require that you find a proxy to present the work.

 

For more information or for questions, please contact me directly:

Kerry Byrnes-Loinette

Collin College

kloinette@collin.edu

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The Critical and Cultural Studies Division views communication and culture as mutually constitutive, and we are dedicated to fostering critical and interdisciplinary approaches to a broad range of topics. We invite the submission of competitive individual papers, panel discussions, paper sessions, performance sessions, and film sessions that investigate topics related to identities, communities, cultures, infrastructure, technology, politics, economics, and/or spaces for the 2024 National Communication Association’s (NCA) Convention in New Orleans, LA. We encourage submissions that advance Critical/Cultural scholarship and connect with the convention’s theme of “Communication for Greater Regard.” 

We are especially excited by CCSD's potential to incorporate this year's conference theme into its planning. NCA First Vice President Dr. Jeanetta D. Sims says the following about the theme:

“As we celebrate the 110th anniversary of NCA annual conventions, the 2024 Convention theme calls us to convene around “Communication for Greater Regard.” Regard is a word of Old French origin and is connected historically to New Orleans by the city’s fertile French roots—making this remarkable city an ideal location for learning, discussing, and contemplating communication for greater regard. Greater regard is a process of cultivating care and concern; that which we regard is deemed important, granted value, and given consideration. To be a “regarder” is to be one who watches, takes notice, and is expressive, often by increasing with thoughtful intensity amid a climate where less use of regard is occurring.

Communication is both the conduit and manifestation for greater regard. For our 110th Annual Convention, we invite thought-provoking papers, panels, pre-conferences, posters, and programming that engage the three-fold nature of our collective, magnificent stewardship of communication for greater regard: (1) greater regard for what has been before us, (2) greater regard for what is presently around us, and (3) greater regard for what will be beyond us. A variety of questions and approaches, which are often both complementary and competing, exist for exploring this theme including: What does it seem the discipline has regarded for 100+ years? How does communication function in today’s climate to enrich greater regard, how has this shifted over the years, or does it need to shift in the future? How is greater regard currently exhibited in communication research, teaching, service, and practice? How are priorities and power structures shaped in the discipline and/or in human communication endeavors through greater regard or to create greater regard? What intentional contributions should we be actively undertaking to foster greater regard?

An extension of “Communication for Greater Regard” is examining when and how communication functions with disregard. Thus, this Call also invites conversations about what has been ignored, dismissed, or devalued in our discipline alongside investigating what should be given more consideration. The convention theme is inclusive of submissions designed to foster a steady, significant look at what has been/is being disregarded.”

Given CCSD's commitment to scholarship that examines and challenges agency and power relations in a variety of contexts, the 2024 convention's attention to REGARD is especially important for the kinds of work we collectively do. Submissions that emphasize materiality, reflexivity, and relationality are especially welcome. We are also open to submissions that engage with local, national, and transnational histories of structural violence and resistance.

Furthermore, we seek papers and sessions that align with CCSD’s commitment to empowering historically marginalized voices within our division and the association. We champion work that scrutinizes how discourses and practices impact individuals and communities, embodies insightful interpretation, and generates productive theorizing. The Division is especially interested in original scholarship that is daring, nuanced, imaginative, and visionary; work that has the potential to create anew or overturn fundamental paradigms. Submissions should challenge conventional wisdom, lead to unexpected insights which may offer us new methodologies, techniques, theoretical perspectives, and/or redefine disciplinary/area boundaries. We hope this year’s theme combined with reviewers who are excited for transformative research will encourage submitters to be ambitious in their analyses, to stray from primary paths of research into areas/scholarship previously unknown to them or historically and systemically excluded by our professional structures. 

We welcome submissions that utilize diverse methodologies and theoretical perspectives, and we very strongly encourage panels/sessions that represent scholarship from multiple institutions. This year, as always, we are interested in scholarship that also appeals to members of other divisions and caucuses. Please indicate in your submission what other divisions this submission would fall under so that we can appropriately match sponsoring divisions and caucuses. 

GENERAL SUBMISSION INFORMATION

  1. All submitters are invited to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful online resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available at the Convention Library.
  2. All papers, panels, and proposed sessions must be submitted electronically to the NCA Convention Central by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on Friday, April 5, 2024. Emailed or mailed submissions will not be accepted.
  3. Each submission should be made to one unit only. Submitters should offer co-sponsorship recommendations and rationales in the Special Requests box. They can also indicate if they would be willing to present their work at a Scholar to Scholar poster session.
  4. All audiovisual equipment needs must be requested at the time of submission. Late requests cannot be accommodated.
  5. With the exception of individual paper submissions, all submissions for sessions should include scholars representing multiple institutions rather than just one or two institutions. Additionally, a single person should not serve more than one role in a submission.
  6. Papers that include data from participants must include concrete reflection on the demographic diversity of the sample (or lack thereof) and must speak in theoretically rich ways about the ways in which sample demographics shape the boundaries of the conclusions being reached, as per criterion of sample representativeness. This reflection must go beyond the limitations sections in the discussion. Papers with data from participants that do not meet this requirement will not be paneled. 

 

TYPES OF SUBMISSIONS:

Competitive Individual Paper - Submitted papers should include:

  1. Paper title
  2. Author(s) full information
  3. A 75-word description of the paper for the program
  4. Abstract (150 words maximum) and approximately 5 keywords
  5. Maximum 25 pages of double-spaced text with 1-inch margins using 12 point font (not including abstract, references, and/or notes). To ensure proper peer review, please do not include any identifying information in the paper or the document’s “properties.”
  6. If the paper is a student submission, please indicate so on electronic submission form and not on the paper itself.

 

Paper Session - Submitted paper sessions should include:

  1. Session title
  2. Description of the session (75 words maximum) for the program
  3. A chair (required) and a respondent
  4. Titles, abstracts (150 words maximum), and author(s) full contact information for each paper
  5. Rationale for the session (250 words maximum). This should include an explanation for how the session relates to the CCSD and/or the convention theme and how the configuration of your panel evinces a material commitment to the themes espoused in your session. Co-sponsorships are always encouraged though not required.

 

Panel Discussion - Submitted panel discussions should include:

  1. Title of the panel
  2. Description of the panel (75 words maximum) for the program
  3. A list of presenters and full contact information, including a chair (required) and a respondent
  4. Rationale for the panel (250 words maximum) focused on the significance and coherence of the panel. Include an explanation for how the panel relates to the CCSD and/or the convention theme and how the configuration of your panel evinces a material commitment to the themes espoused in your session. If needed, a longer rationale (750 words maximum) can be uploaded as an attachment with your submission.

 

Performance Session - Performances are not submitted nor reviewed individually, the entire session is reviewed for consideration as a whole. Submitted performance sessions should include:

  1. Title of the session
  2. Description of the session (75 words maximum) for the program
  3. Rationale for the session (250 words maximum). This should include a discussion of how the session relates to the CCSD (and other divisions if co-sponsorship is suggested) and/or the convention theme and how the configuration of your panel evinces a material commitment to the themes espoused in your session. If needed, a longer rationale (750 words maximum) can be uploaded as an attachment with your submission.
  4. A list of title(s), description(s), and full contact information for performer(s) for each performance, and a session chair (required) and respondent

 

Film Session - Film(s) are not submitted nor reviewed individually, the entire session is reviewed for consideration as a whole. Submitted film sessions should include: 

  1. Title of the session
  2. Description of the session (75 words maximum) for the program
  3. A list of title(s), description(s) – include a link to the film or a trailer, and full contact information for participants, including a session chair (required) and respondent
  4. Rationale for the session (250 words maximum). This should include a discussion of how the session relates to the CCSD (and other divisions if co-sponsorship is suggested) and/or the convention theme and how the configuration of your panel evinces a material commitment to the themes espoused in your session. If needed, a longer rationale (750 words maximum) can be uploaded as an attachment with your submission.

 

BUSINESS MEETING: All reviewers, submitters, authors, and presenters are encouraged to attend the CCSD business meeting at the convention. During this session officers will present awards, members will elect new officers, and we will have time to fellowship with each other.

 

For more information or questions, please contact:

Dr. Marina Levina, CCSD Vice-chair

mlevina@memphis.edu

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The Economics, Communication, and Society Division (ECS) of the National Communication Association invites submissions for the 110th Annual Convention to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, from November 21st to 24th, 2024.

The ECS division promotes scholarship on multiple and diverse communicative dimensions of economic theory and practice as well as economies of communication. In particular, the division aims to support four major areas of research: the rhetoric of economics, cultural studies of the economy, the political economy of communication, and critical organizational communication. ECS invites scholarship that uses interdisciplinary methods and explores a range of topics. We are interested in work that intersects with other fields in communication (e.g., economics and the environment; cultural identity and economics; organizational communication; gender and the economy; media coverage of economic issues, etc.).

We invite submissions of (1) individual papers, (2) paper sessions, and (3) panel discussions. An individual should submit no more than one paper to ECS, and that paper should not have been submitted to another division for this convention, nor should the work have been presented at another conference. Submitters are not required to be members of ECS, but we strongly encourage you to join! Submissions should address one of the four broad research areas of the division: rhetoric of economics, cultural studies of the economy, the political economy of communication, and critical organizational communication.

The 2024 convention calls us to convene around the theme of “Communication for Greater Regard.” Regard is a word of Old French origin and is connected historically to New Orleans by the city’s fertile French roots. Likewise, regard is a communicative process of cultivating care for, of demonstrating concern about, and of assigning value to what is before us, around us, and beyond us. This theme likewise provides scholars the opportunity to reflect on matters of “disregard,” calling attention to what has been ignored, dismissed, or devalued within our disciplinary history. 

In this spirit, ECS encourages submissions that meaningfully consider the theme of "Communication for Greater Regard" as it applies to economics as well as discourses of the economy and communication's study thereof. Panels, papers, and discussion sections that engage the theme and location will be given special consideration by the program planner. 

All submissions must be made through NCA Convention Central. Submissions MUST be uploaded to the site by 11:59 pm Pacific Time on Friday, April 5, 2024Please begin the submission process well in advance.

Please feel free to send questions to the Economics, Communication, and Society Division’s Vice Chair for 2024, Kevin Musgrave (kmusgrave@semo.edu).

 

TYPES OF SUBMISSIONS AND SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Individual Papers:

Individual papers are completed, unpublished research papers. The Vice-Chair will organize accepted individual papers into thematic panels and assign a chair and respondent. Paper submissions guidelines are as follows:

  1. Please complete the required submission fields including title, abstract (maximum of 300 words), author(s), and keywords.
  2. Include the title and abstract on the first page of the paper upload.
  3. The maximum length for submitted papers is 25 double-spaced pages, excluding title page, notes, and illustrations.
  4. To ensure anonymous review, upload a copy of your paper that has all identifying information removed. To remove identifying data, make sure you: (a) Remove author(s) identifying information such as the title page or personal references. (b) Remove author(s) identifying information from the file title of the document. (c) Remove author(s) identifying information from the document properties. (d) Re-save the file and confirm that the properties changes have been updated.
  5. Preview your submission to ensure all information is correct before finalizing the submission.
  6. ECS encourages all paper submitters to mark the Scholar-to-Scholar option if their work can be effectively presented in a poster format. Papers that we otherwise would not have room to place in a session slot will be accepted if this box is checked on the electronic submission form.
  7. All audio/visual (A/V) requests must be made at the time of submission.

Completed papers that are accepted for presentation at the convention and then uploaded by the submitter should be available to respondents via NCA Convention Central prior to the convention. Students: please indicate on the submission form that your submission is a student paper. ECS encourages student submissions and aims to arrange panels involving both students and faculty members.

 

Paper Sessions:

A paper session involves a group of presenters with titled papers centering on a common theme. This submission type is ideal for scholars working on ongoing, or recently completed research as they move it forward. Paper sessions that include participants of varied career stages across different universities and geographical regions and those that include diversity of race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and other identity positions are strongly encouraged. ECS encourages submissions that are particularly resonant with the conference theme, for they may be candidates for additional panel slots selected by the overall convention planner. Proposals must include:

  1. A title and description (maximum of 75 words) for the paper session
  2. Names of a chair (required) and a respondent (optional).
  3. Titles, abstracts (maximum of 300 words), and author information (including affiliation) for each paper.
  4. A rationale (400-750 words) that provides an overall justification for the significance of the paper session.
  5. If the paper session is a good candidate for co-sponsorship with another division, caucus, or affiliate organization, please identify the potential co-sponsor on the special requests tab.
  6. All audio/visual (A/V) requests must be made at the time of submission.

 

Panel Discussions:

A panel discussion involves a group of panelists discussing a specific topic, but panelists do not present individually-titled papers. This submission type is ideal for presenting a current debate, question, or site of inquiry that multiple scholars can convene upon. We strongly encourage panel sessions that include participants of varied career stages across different universities and geographical regions, as well as those that include diversity of race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and other identity positions. ECS encourages submissions that are particularly resonant with the conference theme, for they may be candidates for additional panel slots selected by the overall convention planner. Proposals must include:

  1. A title and description (maximum of 75 words) for the panel discussion
  2. The names of a chair and all presenters (including affiliation)
  3. A rationale (500-1000 words) that provides an overall justification for the significance of the panel discussion.
  4. If the panel discussion is a good candidate for co-sponsorship with another division, caucus, or affiliate organization, please identify the potential co-sponsor on the special requests tab.
  5. All audio/visual (A/V) requests must be made at the time of submission.

 

Top Paper Awards

The ECS Division offers two awards for submitted papers: a top student paper and a top paper. Awards are presented at the ECS business meeting and top papers will be presented in a special session at the convention.

 

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

 

With (greater) regard,Kevin Musgrave, PhD, Southeast Missouri State University

Vice-Chair, Economics, Communication, and Society

Divisionkmusgrave@semo.edu

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The Emeritus/Retired Members section welcomes collaboration from members from all NCA divisions, sections, interest groups, and caucuses, on issues reflecting the convention theme and/or the continued research/impact on matters relevant to the academy and its members.

The 110th National Convention will return to New Orleans with the theme of "Communication for Greater Regard."  Embracing this theme, the E/R Members section invites submissions that creatively address one or more of its elements, and promote dialogue exploring  issues that may impact the academy  and beyond.  Examples of questions that may be considered:  What has our discipline held in “regard” during its 100+ of communication?  How does communication for greater regard exist in today’s world? In contrast, what has been disregarded, dismissed, devalued in our discipline? What should be given more consideration in our discipline to create greater regard?

 

The section will accept the following submission categories:

Panel Discussions: 

  • Include the title, session description, and rationale for inclusion.
  • Include a list of the presenters, with email address and affiliation.
  • Include the name of a chair and respondent (if appropriate.)
  • Include any AV requests.
  • Follow NCA electronic form requirements for submission

No papers are presented as part of a panel discussion.

 

Performance Sessions: 

  • Include the title, performance description, approximate length of performance, and a list of performers, including affiliation and email address.
  • Provide a rationale for the performance, suggesting its relevance to the convention theme.
  • Include the name of a chair and respondent (if appropriate.)
  • Include any AV requests.
  • Follow NCA electronic form requirements for submission

 

All submissions must be submitted to NCA Convention Central. All submitters are encouraged to review the NCA Ethical Standards for Convention Participants, prior to submission, on the natcom.org website.

For assistance in submitting, a helpful resource, including step-by-step instructions, can be found at the NCA Convention Resource Library on the organization's website.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 5, 2024 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.

 

Roberta Crisson

Emeritus/Retired Members Section Planner

roberta.crisson@live.kutztown.edu 

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The Environmental Communication Division (ECD) of the National Communication Association (NCA) promotes scholarship, research, dialogue, teaching, consulting, service, and awareness in the area of environmental communication. Environmental Communication assumes that all communication involves an environmental dimension, because symbolic and natural systems are mutually constituted. Humans are one part of the broader ecosystems and cultures we inhabit, both shaping and shaped by our corporeal, intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and physical alienation from and proximity to those spaces and communities. To explore these rich and significant connections, we encourage scholarship and pedagogy that showcases and advances our understanding of the production, reception, contexts, or processes of human communication regarding environmental issues. Some areas within environmental communication include: environmental/climate/energy justice, climate communication, energy communication, environmental colonialisms and anti-colonialisms, gender and nature, Indigenous ecological knowledges, mediated representations of environmental issues, ecological communication/rhetoric, racial ecologies, more than human communication/rhetoric, and more.

For the 2023 NCA Convention, ECD invites submissions in five general formats: (1) individual paper; (2) paper session; or (3) panel discussion (ex., roundtable/workshop); (4) film session; and (5) extended abstract.

Aceptamos ensayos en inglés o en español para apoyar investigaciones en varios idiomas. (We are accepting work in English or Spanish to support research in several languages.)

If you are interested in submitting in a language other than English or Spanish, please contact the Program Planner.

The theme for the year is “Communication for Greater Regard.” EC invites papers, panels, film sessions, and performances that delve into questions of where Environmental Communication scholarship and practice has placed regard historically, presently, and futuristically, and additionally—what has been disregarded.

With our call, we echo NCA’s vice president Jeanetta D. Sims inquiries of, “How does communication function in today’s climate to enrich greater regard, how has this shifted over the years, or does it need to shift in the future? How is greater regard currently exhibited in communication research, teaching, service, and practice? How are priorities and power structures shaped in the discipline and/or in human communication endeavors through greater regard or to create greater regard? What intentional contributions should we be actively undertaking to foster greater regard? 

We strongly encourage submissions that put these questions in conversation with environmental communication theories, methods, literatures, and topics. 

All submissions to the ECD will be competitively reviewed. Review criteria include: (1) writing quality, from clarity of prose to overall coherence; (2) topical relevance to ECD and the conference theme; (3) scholarly thoroughness (theoretical and analytical and/or empirical); and (4) overall contribution to environmental communication theory and/or practice that extends, nuances, and/or challenges ongoing scholarly conversations.

We especially encourage submissions from those who have not submitted to the ECD before. To promote robust participation, an individual cannot be included in more than two submissions to the division. In addition, each individual will be restricted to one role per session (i.e. chair, respondent, or presenter). To make maximum use of the ECD slots at the convention, the program planner will collaborate with program planners from other caucuses, divisions, and interest groups on co-sponsoring sessions. Submitters will be notified when co-sponsorship affects their submission. All AV requests must be made at the time of submission.

 

Submitting an Individual Paper (reviewed anonymously):

In preparing individual paper submissions, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Individual papers should be no more than 25 pages (double-spaced, 12-point font), excluding the abstract, keywords, and references.
  • Include an abstract, not exceeding 150 words to be included in the convention program, and up to 5 keywords.
  • No information identifying the author may appear in the uploaded paper file. To ensure anonymous review, submitters should remove their name(s) from the paper (including title page and headers) and the document’s embedded properties before uploading the document. Author information is collected elsewhere in the system. Instructions on how to prepare an unidentifiable copy are provided in the Convention Library.
  • Please indicate if author(s) is/are student(s). To be eligible for a top student paper award, all authors on a submission must be currently enrolled students at the time of submission. 
  • Papers that include data from participants must include concrete reflection on the demographic diversity of the sample (or lack thereof) and must speak in theoretically rich ways about the ways in which sample demographics shape the boundaries of the conclusions being reached, as per criterion of sample representativeness. This reflection must go beyond the limitation sections in the discussion.
  • Authors are encouraged to consider the “Scholar-to-Scholar” interactive presentation format, utilizing posters and emphasizing interactive discussion. If interested in this format, please check the agreement box at the time of submission. 

 

Submitting a Paper Session Proposal (not anonymous):

In preparing paper session submissions, please include the following information:

  • Title for the paper session
  • Name, job title, affiliation, and email for each paper author
  • A description of the session in two sentences to be included in the convention program
  • A rationale for paper session, not exceeding 400 words in length
  • 5 keywords
  • Titles for each paper to be presented
  • Abstracts, not exceeding 75 words, for each paper

Please note: Paper sessions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions.

 

Submitting a Panel Discussion Proposal (not anonymous):

In preparing paper session submissions, please include the following information:

  • A title for the panel discussion
  • Name, job title, affiliation, and email for each presenter
  • A description of the session in two sentences to be included in the convention program
  • A rationale for panel discussion, not exceeding 400 words in length. Rationales should include a brief description about the proposed format (e.g. Q&A, audience participation, workshop, etc.)
  • 5 keywords

Please note: Panel discussions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions.

 

Submitting a Film Session Proposal (not anonymous):

In preparing film session submissions, please include the following information:

  • A title for the film session
  • A rationale for the film session, not exceeding 400 words in length
  • A description of the session in two sentences to be included in the convention program
  • A title and brief (no more than a paragraph) description for each film to be included in the film session. Descriptions should also include total run time for each film.
  • Name job title, affiliation, and email address for each presenter
  • 5 keywords

Please note: Cumulative run time for all films in a single session should not exceed one hour in length. 

 

Submitting an Extended Abstract Proposal (anonymous):

Note: We are using the new extended abstract option as a way to support work in progress, especially for early career scholars (e.g., undergraduate students, graduate students; tenure-track assistant professors; postdocs; career-line, visiting, or non-tenure line instructors within approximately 6 years of receiving a graduate degree; and practitioners in early stages of their profession). Extended abstracts that are accepted for the conference will be slated for panels with 6-10 presenters, with shortened presentation times (5-7 minutes), and at least one respondent who can offer feedback on the works in progress.

In extended abstract submissions, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Extended abstracts should be no more than 5 pages (double-spaced, 12-point font), excluding the abstract, keywords, and references.
  • Include an abstract, not exceeding 150 words to be included in the convention program, and up to 5 keywords.
  • No information identifying the author may appear in the uploaded paper file. To ensure anonymous review, submitters should remove their name(s) from the paper (including title page and headers) and the document’s embedded properties before uploading the document. Author information is collected elsewhere in the system. Instructions on how to prepare an unidentifiable copy are provided in the Convention Library.
  • Please indicate if author(s) is/are students or early career.
  • Papers that include data from participants must include concrete reflection on the demographic diversity of the sample (or lack thereof) and must speak in theoretically rich ways about the ways in which sample demographics shape the boundaries of the conclusions being reached, as per criterion of sample representativeness. This reflection must go beyond the limitation sections in the discussion.

All submitters are encouraged to visit the Convention Resource Library (https://www.natcom.org/convention-events/convention-resources/convention-resource-library). Helpful resources, including instructions on how to submit, are available. All submissions must be made electronically through NCA Convention Central.

 

Thank you for your interest in submitting work to the Environmental Communication Division.

 

2024 NCA ECD Program Planner: Mariko Thomas, Skagit Valley College mariko.thomas@skagit.edu 

 

NCA ECD website: https://sites.google.com/view/ecdnca/home

NCA ECD FB page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1797821383794021/

NCA ECD Twitter: @ecdnca

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The Ethnography Division of the National Communication Association (NCA) invites submissions for the 2024 convention in New Orleans, Louisiana addressing the theory, research, and/or pedagogy of ethnographic research and its related approaches. Ethnography includes autoethnography, participant observation, narrative, and personal narrative, among other forms of scholarship, pedagogy, or activism.

This year’s convention theme is “Communication for Greater Regard,” which is elaborated in the official description:  "Communication is both the conduit and manifestation for greater regard. The theme of greater regard aims to spotlight sessions that convene conversation about the process of cultivating care and concern; that which we regard is deemed important, granted value, and given consideration."

Submissions that directly and creatively address the theme are encouraged. Such submissions may engage the concept in a variety of ways, including works that move beyond traditional research presentations and that engage audiences in interesting, perhaps provocative ways. Given the connections between ethnography and cultural understandings, and given the current historical moment of the field, we especially invite submissions that examine and interrogate intersectional power, privilege, and oppression in addition to bodies, relationalities, and communities culturally marked by race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, age, (dis)ability, nationality, and/or socioeconomic status.

 

The Ethnography Division will accept the following submission types:

 

Individual Papers: These papers are submitted directly by an author or authors for consideration as an individual paper and not as part of a pre-conceived paper session. The papers are competitively reviewed, and we will recognize the Top Paper in our division. Submissions must include a paper of no more than 30 double-spaced pages (excluding title page, abstract, and references but inclusive of all tables, images, and figures). Please remove all identifying information from the document properties before uploading the document to NCA Convention Central. Instructions on how to prepare an unidentifiable copy are provided in the Convention Library. Submitters should include title, description, keywords, author(s) information and AV requests in the appropriate electronic fields.

* Student submitters should indicate their student status on the title page and in the relevant box on the submission form. The Ethnography Division awards the highest ranked competitive student paper for each year’s convention with the John T. Warren Top Student Paper in Ethnography.

 

Paper Sessions: A paper session is submitted as a pre-conceived and complete session of papers. The papers are not submitted or reviewed individually and are not submitted by the author(s) but rather by the individual submitting the paper session. The paper session is reviewed for consideration as a whole. Submissions must include: 1) the session title; 2) an abstract of no more than 75 words; 3) a rationale of no more than 250 words; and 4) paper titles, abstracts (75 words), and author name(s) and affiliations for each paper. The 250-word rationale should articulate the importance of the paper session as a whole—what does it seek to accomplish? A session chair is required. Preference will be given to submissions that feature presenters from multiple institutions. AV requests should be made at the time of submission.

 

Panel Discussions: A panel discussion is submitted as a pre-conceived and complete session of presenters discussing a relevant topic or issue. There are no papers presented at a panel discussion. Submissions must include a: 1) session title; 2) names and affiliations of the panelists; 3) session description or abstract of 75 words; and 4) a 250-word rationale. The session rationale should include a summary of the topic or issue to be discussed and its relevance to the division and/or convention theme. The rationale should include an explanation for acceptance outlining the importance of the submission, and the credentials of presenters leading the discussion. A session chair is required, and a respondent is optional. Preference will be given to submissions that feature presenters from multiple institutions. AV requests must be made at the time of submission.

 

Performance Sessions: A performance session is a pre-conceived and complete session. The performance session is reviewed for consideration as a whole. Submissions must include 1) session title; 2) names and affiliations of the presenters or performers; 3) session description or abstract of 75 words; 4) a 250-word rationale outlining the importance of the session; and 5) title(s) and description(s) of each performance. A session chair is required, and a respondent is optional. Preference will be given to submissions that feature presenters from multiple institutions. AV requests must be made at the time of submission.

 

Individual Films: The Ethnography Division accepts short film submissions that explore, represent, and embody ethnographic research and the ethnographic spirit of inquiry. Individual films are not part of a pre-conceived film session and will be reviewed individually. These submissions must include: 1) a title page; 2) a description, abstract, or rationale of no more than 250 words; and 3) a URL link to the film on an accessible platform (for example, YouTube). As individual films will be paneled by the Division planner with other films or papers, submissions must adhere to a strict 10-minute time limit. Presenters may show an excerpt of the film to fit this time limit, and this should be noted in the submission along with the specific time frame of the excerpt for viewing. AV requests must be made at the time of submission.

 

Film Sessions: The Ethnography Division accepts film session submissions that explore, represent, and embody ethnographic research and the ethnographic spirit of inquiry. A film session is submitted as a pre-conceived and complete session of films. The films are not submitted or reviewed individually and are not submitted by the author(s) but rather by the individual submitting the film session. The film session is reviewed for consideration as a whole. Submissions must include: 1) the session title; 2) an abstract of no more than 75 words; 3) a rationale of no more than 250 words; and 4) film titles, abstracts (75 words), and filmmaker name(s) and affiliations for each film; 5) a URL link to each film on an accessible platform (for example, YouTube). A session chair is required, and preference will be given to submissions that feature presenters from multiple institutions. Please provide a rationale for acceptance outlining the importance of the submission. AV requests should be made at the time of submission.

 

Extended Abstracts: The Ethnography Division accepts extended abstracts for incomplete works in progress. The abstracts will be reviewed for inclusion in a works in progress panel. Submissions must include abstracts of no more than 750 words. Please remove all identifying information from the document properties before uploading the document to NCA Convention Central. Instructions on how to prepare an unidentifiable copy are provided in the Convention Library. Submitters should include title, description, keywords, author(s) information and AV requests in the appropriate electronic fields.

 

All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central. Emailed or mailed submissions will not be accepted. All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the Convention Library.

Paper session, panel discussions, performance sessions, and film sessions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions.  Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author, performer, filmmaker, or presenter) in a submission.

 

Need more information?

Please see the general convention call or contact the Ethnography Division Vice Chair and 2024 Program Planner, Tasha Dunn, at tasha.dunn@utoledo.edu

 

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Experiential Learning in Communication welcomes your submissions for our sessions in New Orleans, Louisiana. Experiential learning involves creating and facilitating direct, practical learning experiences for students and asking them to reflect on the learning process. This division focuses on the practice of experiential learning with the goal of understanding the process and impacts of the communication process in our world. Forms of experiential learning include:

  • Community-Based Learning
  • Internships and Practicum
  • Study Abroad
  • Service-Learning
  • Simulations (Immersive Technology, Narrative Experiences, etc.)

 

The division would like to especially encourage 1) research and essays related to the role, value, opportunities, challenges, and assessed outcomes of experiential learning, 2) research and essays that highlight the contribution of experiential learning to communication theory and practice, 3) SPARK interactive session contributions (a hallmark of the Experiential Learning Division) designed to share teaching and project ideas related to service-learning and other types of experiential pedagogy, 4) Play! Interactive session contributions (new to the Experiential Learning Division in 2023) designed to inspire learning through participating in games and engaged learning activities,  and 5) submissions from those in divisions across the association that feature experiential learning as a core pedagogy.

 

Reviewers will look for submissions that show evidence of:

  • Theoretical and/or practical contribution to experiential learning 
  • Highlight new directions in experiential learning practice
  • Connect experiential learning with other areas of the discipline

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central. Emailed or mailed submissions will not be accepted. For instruction on completing a submission, please refer to the step-by-step “How to Submit” webinars provided in the Convention Resource Library. All submitters are encouraged to also review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission located in the Convention Resource Library.

The Experiential Learning in Communication Division welcomes the following types of submissions:

  1. Individual Papers
  2. Individual SPARK: Innovations in Practice submissions
  3. Individual Play!: Innovations in Practice submissions 
  4. Paper Sessions

 

1. Individual Papers: Individual Paper submissions will withhold identifying information and submitters should:

  • Complete the required electronic submission fields including title, description (75-100 words), author(s), and keywords. Please indicate at the top of the manuscript if your submission is a student paper.
  • Upload a completed copy of your (30-page maximum) manuscript, double-spaced, 12-point font. The title page and file name should not include identifying information about the author(s). Indicate on the first page or with a header if you are a student. Student authored papers should select the student-authored status on the electronic submission form.
  • Students whose submission is based on a larger work (e.g., thesis or dissertation) should adhere to generally accepted standards for convention papers/research articles regarding length, organization, and style.
  • Please indicate if you are willing to present the paper in a Scholar-to-Scholar interactive format (poster session) by checking the appropriate agreement box. These highly interactive sessions encourage dialogue and discussion about your research results and teaching ideas. Presenters from across the Association are clustered together and share their ideas one-on-one with session attendees. Wandering Scholars will engage presenters and provide feedback on the projects.

Our Division offers a Top Paper Award. We also offer a Top Student Paper Award: The Dr. Rozell Duncan Award for Excellence in Research, which honors the memory and substantial contributions of Dr. Duncan to the Experiential Learning Division and to her students.

 

2. SPARK: Innovation in Practice Submission: SPARK submissions will withhold submitter names.

Submitters should select “Individual Paper” as the submission type when making a SPARK Submission. 

In order to ensure that your Submission is correctly reviewed, the first word of the Submission Title MUST be "SPARK."

This session, similar to GIFTS Discussion Circles, has been highly successful as it invites participants to share exemplary experiential learning practice innovations in a group setting where attendees can interact with the presenters. The concept is to “SPARK” new ideas for shaping experiential learning that might include specific projects, the development of a course with experiential learning at its core, innovations in Study Abroad experiences, techniques for reflection, suggestions for evaluating experiential projects, or tools and resources developed to support experiential learning (i.e, guides to working with community partners).

If accepted for inclusion in the SPARK Innovation in Practice Session, each presenter will give a 3-minute quick summation of their project/course. After the brief presentations, the audience will then visit presenters based on their interests/needs to learn more about specific projects.

Upload a completed copy of your (10-page maximum) SPARK submission, double-spaced, 12-point font. While you do not need to remove any identifying information about your university or program, submitters should not include their name in the supporting file document.

Your SPARK submission (10 pages maximum) must include the following in the uploaded supporting file document:

A two-to-three-page narrative that identifies the elements below that are relevant:

  • The form of experiential learning being employed
  • The goals of using experiential learning in this context
  • How this represents an innovation in practice (i.e. how the submission highlights an innovative project, pedagogical approach, partnership, related assignments, reflection practices, learning outcomes, assessment, etc.)
  • The participants –class, level of students, number of students
  • Any audience or community partners (if applicable)
  • The ways that reflection is used to connect service and learning or to advance the experiential learning cycle

Up to seven (7) pages of related material that help describe and highlight the project and helps reviewers assess the quality and scope of the project

  • Submitters will best determine what to include but you might consider such things as the course description, explanation of major assignments, reflection questions/prompts, examples of final projects, assessment data, reflections from students and/or community partners

Incomplete submissions will not be considered for the convention.

If accepted to the program, presenters agree to provide either electronic files or hard copies of a one-page handout to participants at the Spark session.

The Division offers a Top SPARK Award.

 

3. Play! Submission: Play! submissions will withhold submitter names.

Submitters should select “Individual Paper” as the submission type when making a Play! Submission. In order to ensure that your Submission is correctly reviewed, the first word of the Submission Title MUST be "Play!"

This session, similar to GIFTS Discussion Circles, invites participants to share exemplary experiential learning practice innovations in a group setting where attendees participate in games and activities that inspire learning through movement and engagement.

Play! sessions, new at the 2023 NCA convention, give everyone the opportunity to Play! John Dewey said, “Give the students something to do, not something to learn, and the doing is such of a nature as to demand thinking, learning naturally results.” In today’s world, the time to play and enjoy ourselves is necessary and sometimes elusive. This is also true in our classrooms. As educators, we forget that we can teach, learn and enjoy.

Presenters will provide an activity or series of activities that participants can engage in. Stations will be set up around the room so that all participants can play and learn. A focus on having fun while learning is critical to the format of the submission. The format of Play! is intentionally designed to get participants engaged and moving while learning about how to use experiential activities in the classroom. As participants arrive, they will work through the stations, getting to “Play!” and learn about how they might use these activities in their own classrooms. 

If accepted for inclusion in the Play! session, each presenter will give a 3-5 minute quick summation and interaction with the attendees. Time will be called and participants will then visit another presenter based on their interests/needs to play again. Presenters are responsible for bringing whatever props or handouts they need to explain and demonstrate their activity. 

Upload a completed copy of your (3 page maximum) Play! submission, double-spaced, 12-point font. While you do not need to remove any identifying information about your university or program, submitters should not include their name in the supporting file document.

Your Play! submission must include the following in the uploaded supporting file document:

A one- to two-page narrative that identifies the elements below that are relevant:

  • The name of the activity or game;
  • Goals of using experiential learning in this context;
  • How to utilize the game or activity in a course. Provide details that give the reader a good sense of what the game or activity is, how it is used and other ways it could be used as applicable;
  • The participants –class, level of students, number of students; and
  • The ways that reflection is used to connect the activity to the course concepts to advance the experiential learning cycle.

You can provide up to three (3) pages of related material that help describe and highlight the activity and how it might be used in other communication courses. 

Incomplete submissions will not be considered for the convention.

If accepted to the program, presenters agree to provide either electronic files or hard copies of a one-page handout to participants at the Play! session.

 

4. Paper Sessions: Paper sessions, which feature three to five presenters and a chair are reviewed with identifying information included and should provide the following information in an uploaded document:

  • The title of the session
  • A 50–75 word description
  • If applicable, a suggestion of another NCA division that may be interested in co-sponsoring this session
  • A chair who will moderate the session
  • The title, brief abstract (50 words) and author(s) information for each paper presentation
  • A rationale of the session’s purpose and theme

* Please note that Paper Sessions should include a diversity of scholars and all session members should NOT be from the same college or university. Further, no participant in a session will have multiple roles (such as chair and presenter). If you fail to adhere to this the panel will not be accepted.

 

GENERAL CONVENTION POLICIES: Everyone who submits a paper or paper session to the Experiential Learning in Communication Division agrees to adhere to the following NCA convention policies:

  • No submission will be accepted after Friday, April 5, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time
  • All audio-visual requests must be submitted with the program proposal.
  • All submissions must be made to NCA Convention Central.

 

Whether advancing your own scholarship, looking for connections between your interests and those of other scholars, seeking new ideas for your own research and teaching, or reconnecting with old friends and colleagues, we look forward to your participation!

 

Please direct any questions to:

Wendy Raney, Experiential Learning Division Planner

wendy.raney@wsu.edu, (406) 439-2296

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The Family Communication Division invites you to submit individual papers, paper sessions, extended abstracts (work in progress), and panel discussions addressing theory, research, community engagement, and/or pedagogy relevant to family communication in national and international contexts. We encourage innovative and cross-disciplinary submissions. 

The Division welcomes scholarship from diverse (meta)theoretical and methodological approaches. We value and expect scholarship that embraces the diversity of families, includes marginalized identities and underrepresented groups, and acknowledges the effects of author positionality. We encourage members to embrace the 2024 NCA Convention theme ("Communication for Greater Regard") in creative ways. 

 

GENERAL SUBMISSION INFORMATION

  1. All paper and panel proposal submissions must be completed electronically through Convention Central (please refer to the step-by-step “How to Submit” instructions: http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources). 
  2. Please specify student and/or debut papers by marking them as "student" and/or "debut" in the upper right corner of the first page of the manuscript. "Student papers" are those authored exclusively by undergraduate and/or graduate students; "debut papers" are authored exclusively by those who are submitting to NCA for the first time. Please identify student papers by checking the appropriate box in Convention Central, as those papers will be considered for the top student paper award.
  3. Requests for any audiovisual needs must be requested at the time of submission. Note that these requests may not be able to be granted.
  4. Please designate paper presenters carefully. These designations, in part, determine when a paper can be paneled, so designating too many presenters can make it difficult to schedule. 

 

SPECIFIC SUBMISSION INFORMATION 

Below are guidelines for submitting (1) individual papers, (2) paper sessions, (3) panel discussions, and (4) research in progress: 

 

(1) Individual Papers are original papers written by an author or authors, submitted directly by the author(s), reviewed individually, and, if accepted, presented with other individual papers in a panel. Individual papers must be original material that has not been published or accepted for publication at the time of submission and has not been presented publicly at a scholarly conference. 

Please submit a single anonymous document including:

  1. A title, but not a title page or any other author-identifying information to protect the anonymous peer review process. (a) Please do not upload a separate document with author information—this gets added to the document sent to reviewers and means it is no longer anonymous. (b) Make sure that university and location information is removed from the method section.
  2. An abstract of 250 words or fewer. 
  3. A maximum of 30 pages of text, exclusive of references, tables, and figures. 
  4. Double-spaced text throughout in 12-point, Times New Roman font.

A note on presentation formats:

  1. Individual papers may also be considered for Scholar to Scholar sessions. In these sessions, scholars present their work through interactive media formats such as videos, slide shows, experiential activities, or posters. To be considered for a Scholar to Scholar session, please check the appropriate box on the submission form in Convention Central. Find more information about Scholar to Scholar sessions here: https://www.natcom.org/convention-events/convention-resources/convention-resource-library/scholar-scholar-faqs-and-tips.
  2. Individual papers may also be considered for paneling on high-density or roundtable sessions. To opt out of this consideration, please specify “traditional presentation only” in the upper right corner of the first page of the manuscript.

 

(2) Paper Sessions are a group of papers submitted as a preconceived session centered on a common theme. Papers are reviewed collectively and accepted as a group. 

Please submit a single document including:

  1. A title for the entire session.
  2. A session description (maximum length: 75 words).
  3. A rationale for the session (maximum length: 1000 words), justifying the significance and theme of the session. For sessions related to the conference theme, include the connection to the theme in the rationale. 
  4. A statement confirming that each presenter has committed to attend and participate. 
  5. For each paper, include: a title, a short description (of 75 words or fewer to be included in the NCA online program), authors, and their affiliations.  

Note: The Division encourages paper sessions to include authors who represent multiple institutional affiliations. Each person should not serve in more than one role in a session. 

 

(3) Panel Discussions involve a group of panelists who discuss a specific topic without formal paper presentations.  

Please submit a single document including:

  1. A title for the entire panel. 
  2. A list of presenters/authors and their affiliations.   
  3. A short description of the panel (maximum length: 75 words) to be included in the NCA program. 
  4. A rationale for the panel (maximum length: 1000 words), justifying the significance and theme of the panel. For panels related to the conference theme, include the connection to the theme in the rationale. 
  5. A statement confirming that each presenter has committed to attend and participate. 

Note: The Division encourages panel discussions to include authors who represent multiple institutional affiliations. Each person should not serve in more than one role in a session. 

 

(4) Research in Progress (Extended Abstract)

This type of submission is designed for projects that are fully conceptualized but prior to or in the early stages of analysis/interpretation/critique/data collection so that we may engage in discussions that support the development of exceptional research. 

  1. Submissions should be 500-700 words (excluding title, keywords, and references) and provide evidence of a fully rationalized research idea. 
  2. Authors should be prepared to read the submissions of the other presenters before the session in order to cultivate a productive discussion during the session itself (facilitated by a chair). 
  3. Please use the "Extended Abstract” option for Research in Progress submissions. 

 

Please contact the Family Communication Division Program Planner with questions or concerns: 

Lindsey Thomas Illinois State University School of Communication  ljthom3@ilstu.edu

 

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The Feminist and Gender Studies Division is interested in themes related to feminist and gender studies in communication. We encourage and support research, action, and understandings of the profession that address intersections of power, agency, representation, and voice, including (but not limited to) race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical ability, technology, nationality, and transnationalism. The division also welcomes work that challenges existing theoretical paradigms that have excluded the voices of marginalized experiences, especially those that intersect with gender and sexuality in myriad contexts globally.

This year’s convention theme is “Communication for Greater Regard,” which speaks to concerns about the politics and labor of care. Feminist and gender scholarship has always been concerned with how the refusal of collectivities communicates a disregard for the environment, labor, and caregiving. This call asks us to challenge the historical, local and contextual factors that shape knowledge production and simultaneously invites us to imagine a mutualistic future centered on the needs of feminized bodies – children, disabled individuals, caregivers. This call also asks us to consider what a refusal to police femininities might look like, particularly for trans, migrant, and impoverished individuals. Thus, the division encourages submissions that propel feminist and gender justice towards a greater regard for centering such precarities.

Innovative scholarship outlining specific strategies to foster, cultivate, engage, and deepen ongoing dialogue among feminists is especially appreciated. Research that addresses the intersection of various strands of national and transnational feminisms, the linked discourses of race-class-ethnicity-gender-sexuality, embodied feminist research and activism, feminist politics and scholarship, feminist historical movements and their significance to contemporary politics and perspectives, and interdisciplinarity is strongly recommended. 

While participants are encouraged to consider the 2024 theme Communication for Greater Regard, all submissions relating to feminism(s), Black feminism(s), womanism(s), women's studies, transnational feminism(s), non-Western feminism(s), women of color feminism(s), trans feminism(s), and queer feminism(s), among others, are welcome. Feminist perspectives on masculinities and comparative research on gender and sexuality across communication contexts are also encouraged.

For panels and sessions that include individual participants’ names, we encourage contributors to include their gender pronouns along with their affiliations.

The Division solicits for submission:

  1. Individual Papers
  2. Paper Sessions
  3. Panel Discussions
  4. Performance Sessions
  5. Film Sessions

Additional details about submissions in each format is included below

The Feminist and Gender Studies Division is especially interested in scholarship that is intersectional; thus, we will continue to partner with other divisions and caucuses to co-sponsor a wider variety of sessions. Please indicate in your submission if your panel discussion, paper session proposal, performance session, or film session aligns with one or more of the following divisions and caucuses: 

  • Activism and Social Justice Division
  • African American Communication & Culture Division
  • American Studies Division
  • Asian Pacific American Communication Studies Division and Caucus
  • Black Caucus
  • Disability Issues Caucus
  • Communication and Military Division
  • Critical and Cultural Studies Division
  • Caucus on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Communication Concerns
  • Environmental Communication Division
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Communication Studies Division
  • Health Communication Division
  • Indigenous Caucus
  • International and Intercultural Communication Division
  • Latina/o Communication Studies Division
  • La Raza Caucus
  • Performance Studies Division
  • Women's Caucus

 

Submissions must be made through NCA Convention Central.

  • All submissions must be completed by Friday, April 5, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time via the NCA Convention Central
  • Please observe NCA guidelines and do not submit the same submission to more than one division.
  • Sessions must include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from a single or couple of institution(s).
  • A single person should not serve more than one role on a session (i.e., chair, respondent, or presenter).
  • Participants are encouraged to keep equipment requests to a minimum. Requests for specific AV equipment must be submitted online at the time of submission.

 

Please contact Dr. Lamiyah Bahrainwala (she/her), 2024 Feminist and Gender Studies Division Program Planner at bahrainl@southwestern.edu if you have any questions. 

 

Individual Papers

  • No information identifying the author may appear in the uploaded paper file. To ensure anonymous review, submitters should remove their name(s) from the paper (including title page and headers) and the document’s embedded properties before uploading the document. Author information is collected elsewhere in the system.
  • Include both a TITLE and 250-word ABSTRACT of the paper on the cover sheet.
  • The maximum paper length is 30 double-spaced pages including front matter, back matter, and notes. Participants are reminded that the time limit for presentation for most papers at the convention is 12-15 minutes.
  • Please follow an appropriate scholarly style guide (e.g., MLA, Chicago, or APA)
  • Submissions must be uploaded into NCA Convention Central and must not include identifying information. Instructions on how to prepare an unidentifiable copy are provided in the Convention Library.

 

Scholar-to-Scholar Consideration: Please indicate if you are willing to present in a Scholar-to-Scholar session by checking the appropriate electronic agreement box. Similar to an interactive poster session, NCA’s “Scholar-to-Scholar” sessions highlight interactive forms of presentation that lend themselves well to visual modes of presentation and promote one-on-one engagement between presenters and audience members.

 

Top Paper Recognition:  The Division recognizes the top competitively submitted paper and the top student-authored paper submitted competitively. Students who are currently enrolled at an academic institution and who wish to be considered for the top student paper award should identify themselves as "student" when making their submission by clicking the appropriate box on the electronic submission form.

 

Paper Sessions

The paper session format encourages a thoughtful coordination of multiple papers around a central topic of interest to the FGSD. Typically, paper sessions should include at least four papers in addition to a chair and respondent. Due to the nature of paper sessions, the participants are not anonymous to the reviewing pool. Sessions must include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from a single or couple of institution(s). A single person should not serve more than one role on a session (i.e., chair, respondent, or presenter).

Paper Session Proposals must include:

  1. Paper session title.
  2. Session description of no more than 75 words.
  3. A rationale of no more than 250 words for the session. This statement should include an overall rationale for the significance of the session (including, when appropriate, a brief overview of relevant scholarship).
  4. A session chair must be included and should be identified along with their affiliation. If the session will include a respondent, also identify this person and their affiliation.
  5. The title and abstract for each paper to be presented along with each author’s affiliation.

Note: If the session is a good candidate for co-sponsorship with another division, caucus, or affiliate organization please, include that information in the special requests box. AV requests must be made at the time of submission.

 

Panel Discussions

Panel discussion formats encourage interaction among panelists and with audience members around a central topic of interest to the FGSD. No papers are presented during a panel discussion. Due to the nature of panel discussions, the participants are not anonymous to the reviewing pool. Sessions must include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from a single or couple of institution(s). A single person should not serve more than one role on a session (i.e., chair, respondent, or presenter).

Panel discussions must include:

  1. Panel discussion title.
  2. Session description of no more than 75 words.
  3. A rationale of no more than 250 words for the panel. This statement should include an overall rationale for the significance of the panel (including, when appropriate, a brief overview of relevant scholarship and rationale for the appropriateness of the participants for the topic).
  4. If this panel will be guided primarily by a series of questions/ prompts suitable to a roundtable discussion, please include a representative list of those questions as part of your proposal.
  5. The session chair must be identified along with their affiliation.
  6. Include each participant’s name and affiliation, and information about each participant that demonstrates their expertise as a panelist and the general scope of what they bring to the panel discussion.

Note: If the session is a good candidate for co-sponsorship with another division, caucus, or affiliate organization please, include that information in the special requests box. AV requests must be made at the time of submission.

 

Performance Sessions

The performance session format encourages multiple performances that engage a central topic of interest to the FGSD. Due to the nature of performance sessions, the author(s) are not anonymous to the reviewing pool. Sessions must include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from a single or couple of institution(s). A single person should not serve more than one role on a session (i.e., chair, respondent, or presenter).

Performance sessions must include:

  1. Performance session title.
  2. Session description of no more than 75 words.
  3. A rationale of no more than 250 words for the session. This statement should include an overall rationale for the significance of the session (including, when appropriate, a brief overview of relevant scholarship).
  4. A session chair must be included and should be identified along with their affiliation. If the session will include a respondent, also identify this person and their affiliation.
  5. The title, description, and brief abstract for each performance should be included along with each performer’s name and affiliation.

Notes: If the session is a good candidate for co-sponsorship with another division, caucus, or affiliate organization please, include that information in the special requests box. AV requests must be made at the time of submission.

 

Film Sessions

The film session format encourages multiple shorter films/videos that engage a central topic of interest to the FGSD.  Due to the nature of film sessions, the author(s) are not anonymous to the reviewing pool. Sessions must include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from a single or couple of institution(s). A single person should not serve more than one role on a session (i.e., chair, respondent, or presenter).

Film sessions must include:

  1. Film session title.
  2. Session description of no more than 75 words.
  3. A rationale of no more than 250 words for the session. This statement should include an overall rationale for the significance of the session (including, when appropriate, a brief overview of relevant scholarship).
  4. A session chair must be included and should be identified along with their affiliation. If the session will include a respondent, also identify this person and their affiliation.
  5. The title, description, and running time for each movie/video to be presented along with each filmmaker’s affiliation.
  6. Upload a word document that contains a link to the films and/or film trailers. Do not upload film(s) to Convention Central.
  7. AV requests must be made at the time of submission. Each participant is responsible for providing the technology for presenting their individual film/video.

Notes: If the session is a good candidate for co-sponsorship with another division, caucus, or affiliate organization please, include that information in the special requests box.

 

Dr. Lamiyah Bahrainwala

Feminist and Gender Studies Division Program Planner

bahrainl@southwestern.edu

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The Freedom of Expression division of the National Communication Association promotes the research and study of free expression and the First Amendment. The division provides an academic home for scholars interested in legal, ethical, rhetorical, historical, and/or other approaches to the study and application of free expression in society. The division welcomes investigation, analysis and dialogue among communication scholars concerned with issues pertaining to free expression. The division acknowledges achievements in scholarly excellence by awarding the Robert M. O’Neill Top Paper Award as well as a Top Student Paper Award. The division collaborates with and advocates for the journal Communication and Democracy, a peer-reviewed NCA journal that publishes original essays which make a significant contribution to theory and/or policy on all aspects of free speech. If you would like to join the Freedom of Expression listserv for announcements, discussion and collaboration, please contact the program planner or any division officers.

The Freedom of Expression Division welcomes submissions that reflect the 2024 NCA convention theme, "Communication for Greater Regard," and encourages submitters to tackle topics and engage in meaningful work about issues relating to freedom of expression. Please make sure you submissions are institutionally diverse and do not have participants fulfilling more than one role in a panel. We encourage individual papers, panel discussions, or paper sessions that explore scholarly and pedagogical issues surrounding historical and/or contemporary free speech issues (examples include, but are not limited to, the evolution of judicial opinions on various areas of the First Amendment, the influence of philosophical works on judicial thinking, the regulation of expressive opportunities within particular kinds of physical and virtual spaces, issues/cases pertaining to academic freedom, the impact of specific cases/decisions/dissents on public thought and policy, and/or current cultural examples that challenge First Amendment law or test free speech theories/boundaries). We look forward to creative proposals that offer intellectually engaging and challenging opportunities for audiences both within and beyond our academic communities. 

 

SUBMISSION INFORMATION

In order to avoid unnecessary problems with submission and review, please carefully read the following guidelines:

  1. Papers and sessions must be submitted electronically to NCA Convention Central. Compressed or Zip files will not be accepted. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the Convention Resource Library (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources).
  2. Each submission should be made to one unit only. Only one submission should be made to this division.
  3. All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission.

 

Submitting an Individual Paper

Submitted papers should include:

  • Title of the paper
  • Minimum of one keyword
  • 250-500 word abstract/description
  • Author(s) information, including affiliation
  • 1000-6000 words of main text uploaded as supporting file
  • Please identify student submissions on the electronic form

Note: No information identifying the author may appear in the abstract of your paper or your uploaded paper file.

 

Submitting a Panel Discussion

Submissions for a “roundtable” panel discussion should include:

  • Title for the panel
  • Minimum of one keyword
  • Panel description (75 words maximum) for the online convention program
  • Name and affiliation of chair and all panel discussants
  • Panel rationale (500 words maximum) adequately justifying the significance and theme of the panel and its fit with the division

 

Submitting a Paper Session

Submissions for a paper session should include:

  • Title for the paper session
  • Minimum of one keyword
  • Paper session description (75 words maximum) for the online convention program
  • Paper session rationale (500 words maximum) adequately justifying the significance and theme significance of the session and its fit with the division
  • Name and affiliation of chair and all individual paper presenters
  • Titles and abstracts (250 words maximum) for each individual paper

 

Audiovisual Equipment: Participants are encouraged to keep equipment requests to a minimum. Requests for specific equipment must be submitted online and meet the same submission deadlines for paper and panel proposals.

 

Program Planner: Ben Medeiros, State University of New York at Plattsburgh

Email: bmede001@plattsburgh.edu

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The purpose of the Game Studies Division is to promote scholarship that highlights communicative behavior in video games, simulations, virtual environments, analog games, and massive online worlds. Members are concerned with video game use and exposure effects, motivations for playing, games as a social laboratory, serious games, and the rhetorical, theoretical, critical, and feminist dimensions of this widely popular but still controversial technology.  

The Game Studies Division encourages creative submissions that describe and analyze innovative approaches to video or analog game-related issues as well as ones that foster opportunities for collaboration between attendees. Submissions that portray, research, or enhance the convention theme, “Communication for Greater Regard”, are also highly encouraged.

For 2024, The Game Studies Division will accept four types of submissions: Individual Papers, Extended Abstracts, Panel Discussions, and Performance Sessions. While some sessions will be traditional paper presentation sessions, Individual Papers and Extended Abstracts might also be programmed into high-density sessions in which 8 to 10 papers will be showcased in five-minute presentations (this will be determined based on number of submissions and slots available). Only Individual Papers will be eligible for Top Paper awards. Panel Discussions will be solicited as complete proposals that include four to six scholars about a topic of specific interest to Game Studies scholarship; panels will be chaired and moderated by the Division’s program planner. Performance Sessions are for play tests or play sessions that create opportunities for the expansion of game studies scholarship and/or connect to the conference theme. While the Game Studies Division accepts Panel Discussion and Performance Session submissions, there is no guarantee that the division will program these submissions.

Please refer to the requirements, below, when preparing your submission. All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central and align with our submission requirements.

For answers to common submission questions, please refer to the "Convention Submission Process" Instructions provided in the Convention Library

 

Individual Paper Requirements:

  1. Submissions must include a double-spaced document with 1" margins, written with Times New Roman or Arial 12 point font.
  2. A 30-page limit will be strictly enforced and it includes all paper elements, including the paper body, references, tables, and figures (papers do not need a title page or abstract, as these details are uploaded directly into the Convention Central platform).
  3. Submission of an Individual Paper requires that at least one author agrees to be a potential reviewer for this year's Game Studies Division submissions. Failure to review when called merits disqualification of the submission. Student submitters will be placed at a lower priority for being chosen to review. To sign up to be a reviewer, fill out this short form.
  4. The Game Studies Division strives to improve its diversity, equity, and inclusion through its scholarship. As part of that mission, all submissions are required to include a one or two sentence statement explaining how their citations include historically marginalized voices or subject matter. "I don't know" is an acceptable statement, and submissions will not be penalized or benefited from this statement. The statement should be placed at the top of the document following the words "Citation Statement." Example Statement From 2022:Citation Statement: “As this submission focuses on a game built by indigenous creators, and, according to Coyote & Crow LLC, 'raising the voices of women and marginalized people are at the core of our principles' (2022), I privilege the works of historically marginalized people, with a focus on indigenous, Deaf, or disabled communication scholars. Women scholars also feature heavily in the references below."
  5. Papers must be uploaded into NCA Convention Central and must not include identifying information. Instructions on how to prepare an anonymous submission are provided in the Convention Resource Library. Submission should include title, paper description, keywords, and AV requests. NOTE: NCA provides the opportunity for some papers to be recommended to their Scholar to Scholar (poster) session, and submitters should indicate their willingness to present in Scholar to Scholar when prompted in the system. Papers accepted as Scholar to Scholar (poster) sessions will be programmed by the NCA organizers for that program, rather than the Game Studies Division. 
  6. Student paper submissions must select "yes" to the question asking if the submission is a student paper.

The Game Studies Division will recognize the Top Papers (student and faculty) submitted to the division on a special paper session.

 

Extended Abstract Requirements: 

  1. Submissions must include a double-spaced document with 1" margins, written with Times New Roman or Arial 12 point font.
  2. Submissions must be no more than 2,500 words. The 2,500-word limit will be strictly enforced and it includes all paper elements, including the paper body, references, tables and figures (papers do not need a title page or abstract, as these details are uploaded directly into the Convention Central platform). Submissions must detail the current stage of the project and significance of the work.
  3. Submission of an Extended Abstract requires that at least one author agrees to be a potential reviewer for this year's Game Studies Division submissions. Failure to review when called merits disqualification of the submission. Student submitters will be placed at a lower priority for being chosen to review. To sign up to be a reviewer, fill out this short form.
  4. The Game Studies Division strives to improve its diversity, equity, and inclusion through its scholarship. As part of that mission, all submissions are required to include a one or two sentence statement explaining how their citations include historically marginalized voices or subject matter. "I don't know" is an acceptable statement, and submissions will not be penalized or benefited from this statement. The statement should be placed at the top of the document following the words "Citation Statement."Example Statement From 2022:Citation Statement: “As this submission focuses on a game built by indigenous creators, and, according to Coyote & Crow LLC, 'raising the voices of women and marginalized people are at the core of our principles' (About 2022), I privilege the works of historically marginalized people, with a focus on indigenous, Deaf, or disabled communication scholars. Women scholars also feature heavily in the references below."
  5. Extended Abstracts must be uploaded into NCA Convention Central and must not include identifying information. Instructions on how to prepare an anonymous submission are provided in the Convention Resource Library. Submission should include the title, paper description, keywords, and AV requests.
  6. Student extended abstract submissions must select "yes" to the question asking if the submission is a student paper.

Extended abstracts will not be considered for Top Paper awards in the Game Studies Division.

 

Panel Discussion Requirements:

  1. Submissions must include a panel title, the name, contact information, institutional affiliations of all proposed panelists, a panel description (analogous to an abstract, approximately 100 words), and a detailed rationale (for peer evaluation, approximately 1500 words). This information should be entered directly into the Convention Central platform: please do not upload any documents. Panels should include the Game Studies Division program planner as the panel chair, although a co-chair can also be named. Four to six panelists are recommended, and special consideration will be given to panels that are diverse with respect to institutional affiliation.

 

Performance Session Requirements:

  1. Submissions must include a session title, the name, contact information, and institutional affiliations of all proposed session runners, a session description (analogous to an abstract, approximately 100 words, including whether this session is a play test or play session), a detailed rationale (for peer evaluation, approximately 1500 words), and a link to the game or video of the game being played, if available. This information should be entered directly into the Convention Central platform: please do not upload any documents. Special consideration will be given to sessions that include evidence of how the session creates opportunities for the expansion of game studies scholarship and/or connects to the conference theme.

 

All submissions will be peer reviewed: individual paper and extended abstract submissions will be reviewed anonymously while panel submissions will include all panelists’ identifying information.

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants, available in the Convention Resources Library prior to submission. 

Specific questions can be directed to the division Program Planner, using the contact information below:

 

Ailea Merriam-Pigg

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Vice-Chair, Game Studies Division

merriampigg@wisc.edu 

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The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (GLBTQ) Communication Studies Division invites submissions for NCA's 110th Annual Convention. The theme for the convention is "Communication For Greater Regard.” Various types of submissions will be considered this year, including: (1) individual papers, (2) paper sessions, (3) panel discussions, (4) performance sessions, and (5) research in progress. 

“Communication for Greater Regard” comes at a time when a record number of anti-GLBTQ bills have been introduced across the country aiming to solidify discriminatory practices and policies into an already fractured system of histo-political violence toward queer and trans bodies. This year’s theme allows us to push back against such disregard through works that center queer worldmaking, queer joy, understanding, and consideration for those most impacted by such violence. We continue to challenge normative ways of knowing and being by remembering the bodies most impacted by a lack of “Regard” from anti-GLBTQ sentiments, policies, and attacks. For this reason, the division seeks papers that bring about understandings of experiences of, yet not limited to, queer people of color, non-monogamous queer subjects, non-Western sexual subjects, and transqueer humans.

The GLBTQ Communication Studies Division would like to invite submissions that engage the conference theme both nationally and internationally. In doing so, we encourage you to consider how the intersections of our identities (race, ability, gender, citizenship, class, religion, sexuality) help us think through the transformative possibilities of “Communicating for Greater Regard” for queer and trans people.

Because "Communication for Greater Regard" encompasses a variety of disciplinary perspectives, the GLBTQ Communication Studies Division is especially welcoming of submissions that spark dialogue between other units through innovative programming which considers queerness and transness as essential to the study of communication. We continue our interest in papers that center transnationality and decoloniality in its theorization of queerness and trans. The division aims to make connections with other divisions and/or caucuses to include co-sponsored panels. Please indicate in your submission if your proposal aligns with one or more of the following divisions or caucuses:

  • International and Intercultural Communication Division
  • Feminist and Gender Studies Division
  • Latino/Latina Communication Studies Division
  • African American Communication & Culture Division
  • Disabilities Issues Caucus
  • Critical and Cultural Studies Division
  • Performance Studies Division
  • Activism and Social Justice Division
  • American Studies Division
  • Family Communication Division
  • Interpersonal Communication Studies Division
  • Environmental Communication Division
  • Indigenous Caucus  
  • Caucus on LGBTQ Concerns
  • Black Caucus
  • La Raza Caucus
  • Women’s Caucus
  • Asian Pacific American Caucus & Studies Division

 

COMPETITVE SUBMISSION GUIDLINES

 

Individual Paper submissions should:

  • complete research papers (not only an abstract)
  • include a title and a description of no more than 300 words;
  • identify all authors(s);
  • list three keywords;
  • upload a copy of the paper, not to exceed 30 pages (12-point font), including notes references, figures, and/or tables;
  • not identify the author(s) anywhere in the description or the uploaded essay (student papers should be designated as "student authored" in the electronic submission process); and, indicate whether or not the author(s) would be willing to present in the Scholar to Scholar (S2S) sessions by checking the appropriate agreement box.
  • Student and student debut papers should be clearly marked in the upper right corner of the uploaded document. 

 

Paper Session proposals should:

  • provide a title for the session;
  • craft a session description for the convention program (less than 75 words);
  • enter a session chair (required) and respondent (optional);
  • include the title, description (less than 500 words), and author(s) for each paper presentation;
  • list three keywords; and,
  • provide a rationale for the session (less than 1000 words).

 

Panel Discussion proposals should:

  • provide a title for the panel discussion;
  • craft a session description for the convention program (less than 75 words);
  • enter a list of presenters and a session chair (required) and respondent (optional); and,
  • provide a rationale for the panel or performance, including each discussant's qualifications to address the proposed topics (less than 1000 words).

 

Performance Session proposals should:

  • provide a title for the session;
  • craft a session description for the convention program (less than 75 words);
  • enter a session chair (required) and respondent (optional);
  • include the title, description (less than 500 words), and performer(s) for each performance; and,
  • provide a rationale for the session (less than 1000 words);
  • please note that each submission should be made to one unit only. Also, ALL AV (audio/visual) requests must be made at the time of submission.

 

Research in Progress submission should:

  • be abstracts of a research project that is fully conceptualized but in the early stages of (or prior to) analysis/interpretation/critique/data collection/submission;
  • include a title;
  • identify all authors(s);
  • list three keywords;
  • be 500-700 words (excluding title, keywords, and references) and provide evidence of a fully rationalized research idea;
  • authors should be prepared to read the submissions of the other presenters before the session in order to cultivate a productive dialogue during the session itself (facilitated by a chair)
  • please use the “Extended Abstract” option for research in progress submissions.

 

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the Convention Library http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources/

 

If you have any questions about the submission process, please contact the unit planner, Dr. Taisha McMickens (Chaffey College) at Taisha.McMickens@chaffey.edu.

 

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The Group Communication Division examines group and intergroup communication across a variety of contexts. 

The Group Communication Division invites submission of competitive individual papers, extended abstracts, paper sessions, and panel discussions in topics that have general interest to the membership of the Division. The Division conceives of group communication broadly and welcomes submissions that focus on diverse group and intergroup contexts including, but not limited to, organizational work teams; crisis management teams; family, religious, educational, and recreational activities; non-profit groups; sports teams; student groups; activist and social movements; and online and virtual environments.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to: decision-making, information sharing, relational communication, language and argument, intergroup relations, conflict, collaboration, competition, coordination, identity, leadership, participation, facilitation, technology, and social networks.

The division welcomes papers and proposals from a wide range of research methodologies. We encourage the study of group communication across areas of the discipline and welcome proposals for panels that may be co-sponsored with another NCA unit. We also encourage papers that align with the 2024 NCA conference theme: Communication for Greater Regard.

 

GENERAL SUBMISSION INFORMATION:

In order to avoid unnecessary problems with the submission and review process, please carefully follow these guidelines:

  1. Completed papers (or extended abstracts), paper sessions, and panel discussions must be submitted electronically through NCA Convention Central. NCA Convention Central is linked from the main NCA webpage at www.natcom.org/convention.
  2. Each submission should be made to only one unit.
  3. All submissions should provide a list of keywords. Please also include keywords about methodology.

 

Guidelines for completed Individual Papers and Extended Abstracts

  1. Please complete the required electronic submission fields including title, description, author(s), and keywords.
  2. Upload a copy of your manuscript. 
  3. Before uploading your submission, remove title pages and any other material that identifies the author(s). 
  4. Clearly identify whether your paper is an extended abstract submission by using the phrase “Extended Abstract:” in the title on the first page of your uploaded manuscript. Additionally, if the paper is a student-authored paper please identify it using the label “Student Authored Paper:” in the title on the first page of your submission as well as indicating it on the electronic submission form in NCA Convention Central. To use this label all authors must be students.

Manuscript format:

  1. Complete papers should be a maximum of 25 pages double-spaced with 12 pt. font. This excludes title page, references, figures, and tables. Please use APA format for referencing.
  2. Extended abstracts should be between 5 and 12 pages double-spaced with 12 pt. font. This excludes title page, references, figures, and tables. Please use APA format for referencing.

 

Guidelines for Paper Session Submission

A paper session submission is a submission that includes 3 or 4 papers authored around a similar theme. Paper session submissions are not blind-reviewed. The reviewers will see the names of the presenters and participants. These sessions are reviewed based on overall quality, interest to the Group Communication Division, relevance of the topic to the division, innovativeness, and contribution.

  1. Enter the session title and a short description of the session for the online program.
  2. Enter Chair (required) and Respondent (optional).
  3. Enter titles, descriptions, and author(s) information for each paper to be presented. This section should provide the titles for each paper and explain its purpose and how it contributes to the general theme of the session.
  4. Enter keywords.
  5. Enter session rationale explaining why this paper session should be of interest to the Group Communication Division and what contributions it makes to group communication theory, research, practice and/or pedagogy.

Paper sessions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions.  Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author, performer, filmmaker, or presenter) in a submission.

 

Guidelines for Panel Discussion Submissions A panel submission is a format that engages a group of panelists in a formal, interactive discussion about a topic related to group communication theory, research, practice, and/or pedagogy.

Panel session submissions are not blind-reviewed. The reviewers will see the names of the presenters, participants, and organizers. These sessions are reviewed based on overall quality, interest to the Group Communication Division, relevance of the topic to the division, innovativeness, and overall contribution to understanding of group communication.  Innovative panel discussion topics and formats that encourage audience interaction are especially welcome.

  1. Enter the session title and a short description of the session for the online program
  2. Enter Chair (required) and Respondent (optional).
  3. Enter all presenters.
  4. Enter keywords.
  5. Enter session rationale explaining why this panel discussion should be of interest for the Group Communication Division and what contributions it makes to group communication theory, research, practice and/or pedagogy.

Panel discussions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions.  Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author, performer, filmmaker, or presenter) in a submission.

 

 Final Considerations:

  • Given our commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, papers that include data from participants must include a concrete reflection on the demographic diversity of the sample (or lack thereof) and must speak in theoretically rich ways about the ways in which sample demographics shape the boundaries of the conclusions being reached, as per criterion of sample representativeness. This reflection should go beyond the limitations sections in the discussion.
  • Please note that individuals should not be the lead authors for more than one submission in the Group Communication Division.
  • The same individual paper cannot be submitted to more than one division.      
  • Awards are made to top papers and top student paper. Extended abstracts are not eligible for top paper consideration.
  • A/V requests (e.g. LCD projector) should be made at the time of your submission.   
  • If you have any questions, please contact the program planner.

 

All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central. Emailed or mailed submissions will not be accepted.

 

Vice Chair and 2024 Program Planner:

Emily A. Paskewitz

E-mail: epaskewi@utk.edu

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The Health Communication Division invites submissions related to the practice, critique, theory, research, and teaching of health communication. We welcome a variety of theoretical, empirical, and methodological approaches in several formats, including Extended Abstracts for Research in Progress (Collaboration Spaces), Individual Papers, and Panel Discussions. This year, NCA First Vice President Dr. Jeanetta D. Sims encourages submitters to consider the following questions related to the convention theme “Communication for Greater Regard”:

  1. What does it seem the discipline has regarded for 100+ years?
  2. How does communication function in today’s climate to enrich greater regard? How has the shifted over the years, or does it need to shift in the future?
  3. When and how does communication function with disregard, including what has been ignored, dismissed, or devalued in the discipline?
  4. How is greater regard currently exhibited in communication, research, teaching, service and practice?
  5. How are priorities and power structures shaped in the discipline and/or in human communication endeavors through greater regard or to create greater regard?
  6. What intentional contribution should we be actively undertaking to foster greater regard?

 

We invite the following types of submissions:

  1. Research in Progress (Collaboration Spaces)
  2. Papers (a) Traditional Paper (b) Data Blitz
  3. Panels (a) Traditional Panels (b) Spotlight Panels

Submissions must observe NCA submission guidelines, as well as the specific requirements that follow. Student-only submissions (i.e., all authors are students) are eligible for the Top Student Paper Award, and student-led submissions (i.e., student is first author, faculty member is co-author) are eligible for the Top Paper Awards. All submitters will also be expected to review.

 

Research in Progress (Collaboration Spaces) Submission Requirements

This type of submission is designed for projects that are fully conceptualized but prior to or in the early stages of analysis/interpretation/critique/data collection so that we may engage in discussions that support the development of exceptional research. 

  1. Submissions should be 500-700 words (excluding title, keywords, and references) and provide evidence of a fully rationalized research idea. 
  2. Authors should be prepared to read the submissions of the other presenters before the session in order to cultivate a productive discussion during the session itself (facilitated by a chair). 
  3. Please use the “Extended Abstract” option for Research in Progress (Collaboration Spaces) submissions. 

 

Individual Paper Submission Requirements

Competitive individual papers will be accepted for presentation in traditional sessions or in Data Blitz sessions. In the Data Blitz presentation, each presenter will present study results for 3–4 minutes. Half of the session will be devoted to presentations and half to conversations with presenters. 

  1. Only complete papers will be considered. Papers should be no longer than 25 double-spaced pages with 1-inch margins and 12-point font (abstract, references, tables, and figures are not included in the 25-page limit). Papers must conform to APA 7th Edition guidelines and be uploaded as a pdf.
  2. All identifying author(s) information (names, institutions, hidden document properties) must be removed from the submission. If this requirement is not met, submissions will not be sent out for review.
  3. Specify if all authors are student authors on the electronic submission. 
  4. Specify if you would like your paper to be considered for the Data Blitz format on the title page.

 

Panel Discussion Submission Requirements

Our division welcomes submissions of panel discussions. These can take the form of a discussion panel of scholars or practitioners or a combination of both. We welcome the following types of panel submissions:

  1. Panels tied to key area(s) of focus in health communication and/or to the conference theme
  2. Spotlight Panels (mention this is the panel title when you submit) that: (a) engage with health communication as it relates to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion (e.g., mentoring/survival for those at the margins of the discipline), (b) combine scholars from multiple and diverse university structures to discuss teaching health communication, (c) showcase ways in which health is performed in everyday lives, locally and globally, (d) engage with topics that bridge issues of health across multiple NCA units (e.g., a panel on disparities for military-affiliated communities, which could be co-sponsored with the Communication and Military and Feminist and Gender Studies Division).

Please use the following guidelines for panel discussion submissions:

  1. Include a title, chair, 75-word abbreviated abstract of the panel, AV requests, and rationale for a spotlight panel (500-word maximum) or a title and a 250-word (maximum) abstract of each paper for a traditional panel. 
  2. Please include the names and affiliations of presenters. Panels should include at least five presenters, and presenters should be affiliated with at least three different institutions. A single person should not serve more than one role in a session (i.e., chair/facilitator, presenter).
  3. Submitters also have the option to upload supporting documents that include more details about the panel participants (e.g., short bios of the panelists). 
  4. Spotlight panel submissions should include a panel facilitator who will present themes and questions from the presentations to engage panel participants and the audience.

 

Submissions must be made through NCA Convention Central by Friday, April 5, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. PST. All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful resources, including live and recorded “how to submit” step-by-step instructions, are available in the Convention Resource Library.  

 

For questions, please contact:

Charee Thompson

Program Planner, Health Communication Division

Department of Communication, University of Illinois

Urbana-Champaigncharee@illinois.edu

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The Human Communication and Technology Division (HCTD) of the National Communication Association (NCA) invites the submission of individual papers, paper sessions, and panel discussion sessions regarding topics at the intersection of technology and human communication. 

Accepted papers and panels will be presented at the 2024 NCA Annual Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The HCTD promotes research, theory, pedagogy, and other applications regarding the implications of technologically-mediated communication for relationships, communities, classrooms, organizations, and other social contexts. Our members employ diverse methodological approaches and are concerned with a wide range of topics, including (but not limited to): computer-mediated communication, social media, online dating, (micro)blogging, virtual communities, gaming, mobile technologies, text messaging, virtual collaboration, information literacy, as well as international, intercultural, and interdisciplinary perspectives related to human communication and technology. The tie that binds research presented within the HCTD is an explicit focus on, and core placement of, questions pertinent to technologically mediated communication. The HCTD also welcomes submissions that speak to the 2024 convention theme, “Communication for Greater Regard.”

 

The HCTD will accept the following submission types: Individual Papers, Paper Sessions, and Panel Discussions.

  1. Individual Paper Requirements: Individual paper submissions will be competitively evaluated. Please complete the required electronic submission fields including title, abstract, author(s), keywords. Please indicate whether your submission is a student paper (i.e., all of the authors are students). Additionally, please indicate whether you want your paper to be considered for Scholar to Scholar presentation. Papers must (a) be prepared for blind review, removing any identifying information, (b) be no more than 8,000 words in length (excluding references, tables, and figures), and (c) be prepared using 7th Edition APA style. Instructions on how to prepare a blind copy are provided in the Convention Resource Library. Papers that include data from participants are encouraged to include a concrete reflection on the demographic diversity of the sample (or lack thereof) in a theoretically rich way within the discussion of the paper, including ways in which sample demographics shape the boundaries of the conclusions being reached. The Top Paper and the Top Student Paper will be presented at respective Top Paper and Top Student Paper panels and will be recognized at the HCTD’s business meeting. The Top Student Paper author(s) will also receive a cash award.
  2. Paper Sessions: Submissions that involve a thematic collection of papers will be competitively evaluated. Paper sessions must include (a) a title and description for the overall session; (b) a session chair (required) and respondent (optional); (c) titles, description (maximum 500 words), and authorship information for each paper involved in the session; and (d) a rationale for the overall proposed session submission that outlines the importance of the session (maximum 500 words). Paper sessions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions.  Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author, performer, filmmaker, or presenter) in a submission.
  3. Panel Discussions: Submissions that involve a group of panelists discussing a specific topic will be competitively evaluated. No papers are presented in a panel discussion. Panel discussions must include (a) a specific overall title for the panel discussion, (b) a description for the convention program (maximum 100 words), (c) a list of panelists and a session chair, and (d) a rationale for the overall proposed submission that outlines the importance of the panel discussion (maximum 500 words). Panel discussions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions.  Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author, performer, filmmaker, or presenter) in a submission.

 

All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central. For a definition of submission types, please refer to the step-by-step “How to Submit” instructions provided in the Convention Resource Library located on NCA’s website. All submitters are encouraged to review and adhere to the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful resources, including step-by-step instructions on how to submit are available in the Convention Resource Library (www.natcom.org/conventionresources). All AV requests must be made at the time of submission.

The HCTD also encourages our members to consider submitting extended abstracts regarding their works-in-progress directly to the NCA Research in Progress Roundtables series, in accordance with the guidelines specified within their call for submissions. While the NCA Research in Progress Roundtables are facilitated outside of HCTD, they are a great place to submit your works-in-progress regarding human communication and technology.

 

Please refer any questions to the HCTD Vice Chair & Program Planner:

Andrew C. High

The Pennsylvania State University

ach208@psu.edu

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The Instructional Development Division (IDD) of the National Communication Association invites submissions for our 110th Annual Convention. The theme for the 2024 NCA convention is "Communication for Greater Regard" and is an invitation to collaborate and connect as communication researchers, teachers, and practitioners. The NCA 110th Annual Convention theme encourages participants to discuss, contemplate, and learn more about communication for greater regard. According to NCA First Vice President, Dr. Jeanetta D. Sims, "Greater regard is a process of cultivating care and concern; that which we regard is deemed important, granted value, and given consideration. To be a ‘regarder’ is to be one who watches, takes notice, and is expressive, often by increasing with thoughtful intensity amid a climate where less use of regard is occurring.” More specifically, Dr. Sims states, “we invite thought-provoking papers, panels, pre conferences, posters, and programming that engage the three-fold nature of our collective, magnificent stewardship of communication for greater regard: (1) greater regard for what has been before us, (2) greater regard for what is presently around us, and (3) greater regard for what will be beyond us.” 

Honoring that theme, IDD welcomes all varieties of well-designed, theoretically, and/or methodologically-sound submissions related to instructional communication, pedagogy, and the teaching and/or learning processes at various developmental stages in individuals' lives and in varied instructional contexts. IDD will consider three types of competitively reviewed submissions: individual papers, panel discussions, and paper sessions. Submissions connected to the convention theme are strongly encouraged.

Individual paper submissions: include complete reports of original research, thematic reviews of literature, or theoretical essays/position papers. Papers must include all required fields on the electronic form (title, author(s), description, keywords, audiovisual, and scholar-to-scholar agreement). Submitters must upload a completed copy of their paper including an abstract and a maximum of 30 double-spaced pages (not including references, tables, figures, or appendices). References, tables, figures, or appendices do not count toward the 30-page maximum. There is no minimum page limit. Individual paper submissions should remove all identifying information (e.g., author name, university affiliation) from the PDF file that is uploaded. The paper must be in PDF format (no Word or Pages documents will be accepted for review). A paper may ONLY be submitted to one (1) NCA division or unit for review. All submissions must be original work, not previously presented at NCA or any other professional conferences, and not previously published. If you are willing to be considered for a Scholar-to-Scholar (S2S) session, please indicate this during the submission process (via NCA Convention Central). S2S papers should meet typical standards for high-quality scholarship. In S2S sessions, wandering scholars (e.g., experts in the field) engage participants, stimulate discussions, and provide personal feedback. The S2S format also allows presenters to experiment with alternative presentation formats such as video, interactive media, slide shows, experimental activities, as well as posters describing their scholarship. Awards will be presented for Top Papers and Top Student Papers. Please indicate whether this is a solely student-authored paper when submitting to NCA Convention Central in order to be included in the review for Top Student Papers.

Panel Discussions: are ideal for research or theoretical projects still under development (where fully-developed paper submission is not possible), and/or research topics that might stimulate and benefit from audience interaction and engagement with scholars serving as panelists. For the 2024 conference, we encourage “research in progress discussion panels” that highlight current scholarship that is still developing and might not be completed by the conference, along with innovative discussion panels highlighting important topics related to instructional communication. Proposals must contain: (1) a title; (2) description (75 words or less); (3) rationale for the panel (250 words or less); (4) list of individual presenters and a chair, along with their institutional affiliations; and (5) a brief abstract of each participant's role in the panel discussion (100 words or less) uploaded as a supporting file. Preference will be given to panels featuring representation from multiple institutions rather than those that include speakers from a single institution and, again, connection to the conference theme is strongly encouraged.  

Paper Sessions: should comprise 3-5 fully developed individual papers relevant to a common theme, topic, or research area. Proposals must contain: (1) session title; (2) description of the session; (3) name of session chair; (4) name of respondent (if applicable); (5) title and an abstract (125 words maximum) for each paper presentation along with author information; and (6) rationale for the session which describes the overarching theme of the papers that are being presented. Similar to panel discussions, preference will be given to integrated paper sessions that include authors/speakers from multiple institutions and connect to the conference theme.

All materials must be submitted online through NCA Convention Central. Emailed or mailed submissions will not be accepted. Proposals for special programming, short courses, pre conferences, seminars, or GIFTS (i.e., Great Ideas for Teaching Students) should be submitted directly to the program planners for those areas (see NCA Convention Central for contact information). Please confirm your email address listed in NCA Convention Central before submission as all correspondence will be sent to this email address.

 

For additional instructions on completing a submission, please refer to the step-by-step “Convention Submission Process” instructions provided in the NCA Convention Resource Library. All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission.

 

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Caroline Waldbuesser, IDD Vice Chair and Program Planner, at carolinewaldbuesser91@gmail.com

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The International and Intercultural Communication Division (IICD) of the National Communication Association invites scholarly submissions that examine, question, and/or critique communication in and across cultural, intercultural, and international contexts. Four kinds of submissions will be considered this year: (1) individual papers, (2) paper sessions, (3) panel discussions, and (4) performance sessions.

The National Communication Association’s 110th annual convention theme is "Communication for Greater Regard” and it will be held from November 21-24, 2024 in New Orleans, LA. The convention theme encourages scholars, teachers, practitioners, and performers in the field of international and intercultural communication to share new ideas, pursue new lines of inquiry, engage diverse theoretical and methodological approaches, foster interdisciplinary collaborations, and produce transformative scholarship through the theme of “Communication for Greater Regard.” Second Vice President Jeanetta D. Sims invites us to explore communication for greater regard in three ways: 1) greater regard for what has been done before us, (2) greater regard for what is presently around us, and (3) greater regard for what will be beyond us. Through its variety of theoretical and methodological approaches, the international and intercultural communication division is a great platform to examine the three-fold nature of communication for greater regard. Some of the questions Dr. Jeanetta Sims encourages us to address are: What does it seem the discipline has regarded for 100+ years? How does communication function in today’s climate to enrich greater regard, how has this shifted over the years, or does it need to shift in the future? How is greater regard currently exhibited in communication research, teaching, service, and practice? How are priorities and power structures shaped in the discipline and/or in human communication endeavors through greater regard or to create greater regard? What intentional contributions should we be actively undertaking to foster greater regard?

We also encourage our submitters to consider the following: How do international and intercultural communication scholars explore the past, the present, and the future of our field? What issues have been ignored/dismissed in our field and should be given attention/consideration? What are the new trends within international and intercultural communication? How can we reconcile past, present, and future trends to help our field move forward? How do we think about intercultural and international communication in the current political climate and crisis of wars? How do we move forward with international and intercultural communication while thinking about social justice? How is intercultural communication responding to racial justice movements, anti-Blackness, indigeneity, and hate crimes against Asian communities? How is technology influencing culture and politics? How do we develop critical intercultural ethics in the face of global pandemics and health crises? 

Members are encouraged to bridge the legacy of intercultural communication with action, advocacy, and praxis. For this reason, the division seeks submissions that challenge traditional notions of intercultural communication. Some intersectional intercultural communication topics to consider, including but are not limited to: Critical Health Communication; Risk and Crisis Communication; Critical Organizational Communication; Environmental Justice; Food Justice; Civic Engagement and Advocacy; Global and Transnational Communication; Critical Pedagogy and Education; Ethnomusicology and Culture; Queer and Trans Intercultural StudiesIntersectionality; Feminism, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Race and Ethnic Studies; Ableism and Crip Studies; Digital Cultures and Political Economy; Algorithmic Cultures; Games, Gaming, and Gamification; Privacy and Surveillance; Political Economy of Transmigration; Human Rights; Colonialism; Decoloniality; Indigeneity and Intersectionality in a Global Perspective; Refugees, Diasporas, and Displaced Persons; International Disputes, Borders and Borderlands; Security, Occupation, and Militarization. 

All submissions should be the author’s original work, not previously presented at this or other conferences, and not previously published. Submissions must be formatted as a PDF or Microsoft Word document to NCA’s Convention Central (https://ww4.aievolution.com/nca2201/).

The division welcomes all theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches.

Working with other divisions to co-sponsor sessions, the IICD is interested in innovative and interdisciplinary scholarship. Please indicate in your submission if your proposal aligns with one or more of the NCA divisions and caucuses, such as—but not limited to-- the Activism and Social Justice Division; African American Communication & Culture Division; American Studies Division; Applied Communication Division; Asian/Pacific American Communication Studies Division & Caucus; Black Caucus; Caucus on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns; Communication and Aging Division; Communication and Military Division; Communication and Sport Division; Critical and Cultural Studies Division; Disability Issues Caucus; Ethnography Division; Family Communication Division; Feminist and Gender Studies Division; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Communication Studies Division; Group Communication Division; Health Communication Division; Indigenous Caucus; Interpersonal Communication Division; La Raza Caucus; Latino/Latina Communication Studies Division; Mass Communication Division; Nonverbal Communication Division; Organizational Communication Division; Performance Studies; Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division; and Women’s Caucus.

 

CATEGORIES:  The following are the specific requirements for each submission category:

1-Individual Papers: Please complete the required electronic submission fields including your paper’s title, description (100-word limit), author(s), and keywords. Indicate whether your submission is a student paper (which means that all authors on the paper are students) and if you want to be considered for the National Communication Association’s Scholar to Scholar (S2S) Poster Session.

Upload your paper, limited to 25 double-spaced pages of text (title page, appendices, references, and tables are not counted within the 25-page limit). Longer papers must be edited to meet the 25-page limit. Only complete papers will be considered for this category. Uploaded paper documents should not contain identifying information (i.e., do not include author name or university affiliation). Instructions on how to prepare an unidentifiable conference paper submission are available here (https://www.natcom.org/convention-events/convention-resources/convention-resource-library/preparing-unidentifiable-copy).

Student and student debut papers should be clearly marked in the upper right corner of the uploaded document to be eligible for top student honors in the division as well as the Donald P. Cushman Award for top student paper in NCA. To be eligible for either award, ALL authors must be students.

Only one paper per author will be accepted, with one additional co-authored paper permitted for the division; if two solo-authored papers are submitted, the highest ranked will be accepted. The same paper may not be submitted to more than one NCA division.

Please note that for Paper Sessions and Panel Discussions, each person should only serve in one role within each submission. For example, one person should not be a panelist and a chair (or performer and a respondent), etc.

 

2-Paper Sessions: Submissions must include (a) a session title (b) a general description of the paper session as a whole, (c) a session chair, (d) a respondent, (e) title, abstract/description, and author information for each individual paper, and (f) rationale for the paper session that justifies its importance and relevance to the Division.

 

3-Panel Discussions: Submissions must include (a) a panel title, (b) a panel description, (c) a session chair, (d) the name of each presenter, and (e) a rationale outlining the importance of the submission and its relevance to the Division. Panel discussion submissions should provide sufficient information to judge their quality.

 

4-Performance Sessions: Submissions must include: (a) a title for the performance session, (b) a general description of the overall performance session, (c) a session chair, (d) title, description, and performer(s) for each performance, and (e) a rationale outlining the importance of the submission and its relevance to the Division. Performance session submission should provide sufficient information to judge their quality

 

All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central.

 

All submissions must list any A/V requirements at the time of submission. Proposals for GIFTS (Great Ideas for Teaching Students), pre-conferences, Research in Progress Roundtables, seminars, and short courses should be submitted directly to program planners for those areas. No submission should consist of members from only one institution. Check your email address listed in NCA Conventional Central before and/or after submission as all correspondence is digital. All submitters are encouraged to review the NCA Professional Standards for Convention. Participants should review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission, as well as the Code of Professional Ethics for the Communication Scholar/Teacher.

 

Contact: If you have any questions about submitting your scholarship to the International and Intercultural Communication Division, please contact the unit planner and vice chair, Dr. Gloria Pindi (California State University, San Marcos) at gpindi@csusm.edu. 

 

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The Interpersonal Communication Division invites the submission of competitive individual papers, paper sessions, and panel discussions having general interest to the membership of the division. The division conceives of interpersonal communication broadly and welcomes submissions related to communication across all types of personal relationships, interaction processes, methodological approaches, and metatheoretical perspectives. We also encourage interpersonal communication research that includes marginalized identities and underrepresented populations. Research that is interdisciplinary and demonstrates the relevance of interpersonal communication for other contexts is also welcome.

Competitive individual papers, paper sessions, and panel discussions submitted to the division may be theoretical, empirical, and/or methodological in nature, and the division encourages a variety of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches. As relevant, all authors of research studies are requested to report participant demographic information when possible (e.g., race, socio-economic class, sexual orientation, education levels). If demographic information is not available, researchers are asked to address in the discussion and limitations section of how the results may be biased toward group(s) of people whose identities are known and documented in the study. The division also encourages authors to consider the applied implications of their work when relevant. Finally, the division is encouraging authors to include a positionality statement that includes how the framing of their study and/or the interpretation of their results might be affected by their own identity or positionality.

This year, NCA’s First Vice President Dr. Jeanetta Sims encourages submitters to consider the convention theme of "Communication for Greater Regard" in their submissions. Consider these guiding questions as you put together your submissions: 

How does communication function in today’s climate to enrich greater regard, how has this shifted over the years, or does it need to shift in the future? How is greater regard currently exhibited in communication research, teaching, service, and practice? How are priorities and power structures shaped in the discipline and/or in human communication endeavors through greater regard or to create greater regard? What intentional contributions should we be actively undertaking to foster greater regard?

NOTE: All submissions must be completed electronically through NCA Convention Central, also accessible through the NCA website.

 

Competitive Individual Papers

  1. All submitted papers must follow these submission rules:
  2. Papers must include a title and an abstract of no more than 250 words.
  3. Author names, affiliations, and paper titles must be spelled correctly.
  4. Submitters must upload their paper to NCA Convention Central. 
  5. Papers may be a maximum of 30 double-spaced pages of text using 12-point font with 1-inch margins (not including tables, figures, cover page, and references). Please stay within the page limit as a matter of fairness to both the reviewers and other submitters.
  6. Authors are encouraged to include a positionality statement that includes how the framing of their study and/or the interpretation of their results might be affected by their own identity or positionality.
  7. To ensure that reviewers are unable to identify authors, submitters should remove their names from the cover page before uploading the document. In addition, no information identifying the author may appear in the uploaded paper. Submitters with paper information identifying the authors will be contacted to withdraw and correct their submission if noticed before the review period. Papers that include identifying information may be disqualified from consideration.
  8. To compete for the Top Student Paper Award, students submitting papers must indicate "Student Paper" on the electronic submission form during the submission process. NOTE: All authors must be students at the time of submission in order for the paper to be considered a student paper.
  9. Please specify any audiovisual needs at the time of submission.

 

Paper Session Proposals

Paper Session proposals that reference the convention theme of “Communication for Greater Regard" are particularly welcome, as are sessions that include members of other NCA divisions and interest groups.

Paper Session proposals must include the following:

  1. A 75-word abbreviated abstract of the session.
  2. Identification of a session chair (note that a session chair is required) and cannot also be a presenter/author in the session.
  3. A title and a 250-word (maximum) abstract of each paper.
  4. Identification of the authors of EACH paper.
  5. A rationale of the content and format of the session (including an explanation of why the paper session format is uniquely appropriate for your purposes). This statement must not exceed 750 words.
  6. Sessions should include individuals from multiple institutions.
  7. A single person should not serve more than one role in a session (i.e., chair, presenter).

If you believe your panel session would be a good fit for co-sponsorship with another unit, please note that with your submission.

 

Panel Discussion Proposals

The division welcomes panel discussion proposals. We are particularly interested in proposals that serve one of the following three goals: (1) contains an interactive and innovative format, (2) references the convention theme of “Communication for Greater Regard,” and/or (3) includes members of other NCA divisions, sections, and caucuses whose scholarship represent the interests of marginalized demographics or social groups. We also welcome roundtable submissions that address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion as it applies to the division and discipline. 

Panel Discussion proposals must include the following:

  1. A 75-word abbreviated abstract of the panel.
  2. Identification of a panel chair (note that a panel chair is required).
  3. A list of presenters and their affiliations.
  4. A rationale of the content and format of the discussion panel (including an explanation of why the discussion panel format is uniquely appropriate for your purposes). This statement must not exceed 750 words.
  5. The panel discussion should include individuals from multiple institutions.
  6. A single person should not serve more than one role in the panel discussion (i.e., chair, presenter).

 

Research in Progress: This type of submission is designed for projects that are fully conceptualized but prior to or in the early stages of analysis/interpretation/critique/data collection so that we may engage in discussions that support the development of exceptional research. We encourage students and emerging researchers to utilize this submission type as more seasoned researchers will be providing constructive feedback during the session. 

  1. Submissions should be 500-700 words (excluding title, keywords, and references) and provide evidence of a fully rationalized research idea. 
  2. Authors should be prepared to read the submissions of the other presenters before the session in order to cultivate a productive discussion during the session itself.
  3. Please use the "Extended Abstract” option for Research in Progress submissions. *Note audiovisual aids will likely not be used for this panel type. 

 

PRIOR TO SUBMISSION, all submitters are encouraged to review the NCA Professional Standards for Convention Participants document posted on the NCA Convention Resource Library website.

 

HELPFUL RESOURCES, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available on the NCA Convention Resource Library website. 

 

For More Information, Contact:

Dr. Josh Pederson

University of Alabama

jrpederson@ua.edu

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The Language and Social Interaction (LSI) Division promotes research and teaching on language and discourse processes in social interaction. The 110th Annual Convention of the National Communication Association (NCA) to be held in New Orleans, LA, November 21-24, 2024, will engage with the theme “Communication for Greater Regard”. This theme invites submissions that “examines the process of cultivating care and concern, that which is deemed important, granted value and given consideration". The LSI Division invites submissions of individual papers, extended abstracts, paper sessions, and panel discussions. We encourage submissions that address the convention’s theme and integrate one or multiple LSI theoretical and methodological perspectives.

Submissions to the LSI division may be empirical, theoretical, methodological, or exploratory in nature but should take an approach that is grounded in at least one of the following traditions: applied linguistics, conversation analysis, discourse analysis, ethnography of communication, ethnomethodology, membership categorization analysis, discursive psychology, narrative analysis, pragmatics, social psychology of language, social semiotics, sociolinguistics, or speech act theory. All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central. The submission deadline is April 5, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

Individual Papers and Extended Abstracts: An individual paper is a paper submitted by an author or authors that is not part of a preconceived paper session. Both complete papers (no longer than 25 pages in length, double spaced, excluding references) and extended abstracts (1500-3000 words) will be considered. Extended abstracts should provide a rationale for the study, state the main analytic point(s) or argument(s) of the paper, and include a brief analysis of at least one data extract. Recognition for the top three individual papers will be given, including awards for top paper and top student paper. Only full papers will be considered for the awards. Please complete the required electronic submission fields including title, description, author(s), and keywords. Upload a copy of your paper or abstract. All identifying author information (names, institutions, hidden document properties) should be removed from your paper or abstract document before uploading. Please indicate on the electronic submission form whether your paper submission should be considered a student-authored paper and if you would like to be considered for presentation in Scholar to Scholar.

Paper Sessions: A paper session is a preconceived and complete session of papers surrounding a topic, in which each presenter (3-5) presents a paper. Paper sessions are submitted and reviewed for consideration. Paper session submissions should include: 1) a session title; 2) an overall session description; 3) chair(s) and respondent(s) (if applicable); 4) titles, author(s), and abstracts for each paper; 5) a rationale for the value of the session. Paper sessions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions. Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, or presenter) in a submission.

Panel Discussions: A panel discussion is a preconceived and complete session of presenters discussing a topic or issue. Panel discussions should include: 1) a panel title; 2) an overall panel description; 3) participant contact information; 4) a rationale for the value of the panel. Panel discussions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions. Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, or presenter) in a submission.

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful resources, including step-by-step instructions on how to submit, definitions of different submission types, and how to prepare a blind submission, are available in the NCA Convention Resource Library at www.natcom.org/conventionresources. All submissions must be made online through NCA Convention Central, and must list any A/V requirements at the time of submission. Check your email address listed in NCA Convention Central before or after submission, as all correspondence goes there.

 

Further information about the LSI division can be found at our website. For questions about this call, please contact the Vice-Chair of the LSI division:

Leah Wingard: wingard@sfsu.edu

 

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The Latino/Latina Communication Studies Division of the National Communication Association invites submissions for the 110th Annual Convention to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 21-24, 2024. According to our mission statement, the Latino/Latina Communication Studies Division “fosters the study of communication issues and their attendant intersections with matters of concern for Latina/o communities throughout the Americas” (http://www.natcom.org/interestgroups/). We embrace a wide range of methodological and theoretical perspectives, including quantitative, qualitative, rhetorical, critical, and performance approaches, among others.

This year’s convention theme “Communication for Greater Regard,” challenges scholars to consider what issues, policies, and/or topics need to be communicated to ensure greater regard for Latina/o/x communities. This call invites scholars to address the scholarship, art, and/or activism that best represents the needs and/or current status of Latina/o/xs and the communication practices, performances, and discourses that they engage at the structural or personal level. Submissions that engage and collaborate with local community stakeholders are especially encouraged. In sum, we invite submissions that center “communication” in ways that carve out new directions for Latina/o/x scholarship, and we invite submissions that challenge this conference theme directly.

We welcome submissions in English, Spanish, and Portuguese that address issues pertinent to and meaningful for our division.

We will accept four types of submissions: 1) competitive individual papers (referred to in the submission process as "individual papers"), 2) paper sessions, 3) panel discussions, and 4) performance sessions. Please indicate on the submission if you will need AV equipment for the session.

 

1. Competitive Individual Papers: These are full papers submitted individually, which will be reviewed and, if accepted, paneled by the program planner alongside other competitively selected papers. These should NOT be merely abstracts or extended abstracts, but rather complete papers. When preparing a submission, please observe the following:

  • On the first screen of the submission process, there will be a question that allows students to indicate that it is a student paper. If you are an undergraduate or graduate student, please use this question to specify that this is a student paper. 

  • Include a title, a 250-300 word abstract, and up to 5 keywords. 

  • No information identifying the author may appear in the uploaded paper file. To ensure anonymous review, submitters should remove their name(s) from the paper (including title page and headers) and the document’s embedded properties before uploading the document. Author information is collected elsewhere in the system. Instructions on how to prepare an unidentifiable copy are provided in the Convention Library.

  • Do not include a title page in your submission.

  • The paper should be no more than 25 pages (double-spaced, 12-point font), excluding the abstract, keywords, and references.

  • Scholar-to-Scholar Consideration: Please indicate if you are willing to present in a Scholar-to-Scholar session by checking the appropriate electronic agreement box. Similar to an interactive poster session, NCA’s “Scholar-to-Scholar” sessions highlight interactive forms of presentation that lend themselves well to visual modes of presentation and promote one-on-one engagement between presenters and audience members.

Top Paper Recognition: The Division recognizes the top submitted paper and the top student-authored paper submitted competitively. Students who are currently enrolled at an academic institution and who wish to be considered for the top student paper award should identify themselves as "student" when making their submission by clicking the appropriate box on the electronic submission form. To be eligible for a top student paper award, all authors on a submission must be currently enrolled students at the time of submission. 

 

2. Paper Sessions: In this type of submission, a group of papers are submitted as a complete session. Papers are reviewed and accepted as a group. Each author, if accepted, would then present her/his/their own paper. These papers should be centered on a common theme. When preparing a submission, please include:

  • A session title, overall session description, and rationale for the paper session of no more than 250 words.

  • A title and description of no more than 250 words for each individual paper, as well as the name and institutional affiliation of each author.

  • A chair is required, and her/his/their name and institutional affiliation should be included. If the participants have secured a respondent, that information should also be included.

  • Paper sessions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions. Further, a single person should not serve in more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author, performer, presenter, etc.) in a submission.

 

3. Panel Discussions: A panel discussion is submitted as a pre-conceived and complete session of presenters discussing a topic/issue. There are no papers presented at a panel discussion. Panel discussion submissions should include:

  • A panel title and general abstract of no more than 75 words for the discussion.

  • A rationale for the discussion of no more than 250 words.

  • The names and institutional affiliations of all participants.

  • Panel discussions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions. Further, a single person should not serve in more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author, performer, presenter, etc.) in a submission.                                                                                  

  • A chair is required, and should be listed, along with her/his/their institutional affiliation.

 

4. Performance Session: A performance session is submitted as a completed panel of performances centered on the convention theme/issue. Performance submissions should include:

  • A performance title and general abstract of no more than 250 words.

  • The names of participants and institutional affiliations of each participant

  • Full scripts of the proposed performances.

  • Performances should be no longer than 15 minutes 

  • Performance sessions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions. Further, a single person should not serve in more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author, performer, filmmaker, presenter, etc.) in a submission.

 

For assistance with all stages of the submission process, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, please visit the Convention Library (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources/). In particular, please be sure to review the “NCA Professional Standards for Convention Participants” prior to submission. All submissions must be made online through NCA Convention Central. Convention Central will close Friday April 5, 2024, at 11:59 PM Pacific Time. No late submissions will be accepted. Be sure to submit early to avoid any potential last-minute problems.

 

Thank you for your interest in submitting to and supporting the Latino/a Communication Studies Division. We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2024!

 

Robert Gutierrez-Perez, Ph.D.

NCA 2024 Program PlannerLatina/Latino Communication Studies Division 

rgutierrez@csusm.edu

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La División de los Estudios de la Comunicación Latina/o | División Latina/o de los Estudios de la Comunicación (Latino/Latina Communication Studies Division) de la Asociación Nacional de la Comunicación (National Communication Association) abre la convocatoria de solicitudes al CVI Congreso Anual que se llevará a cabo en New Orleans, Louisiana, del 21 al 24 de noviembre 2024. Según nuestra misión, nuestra división “fomenta el estudio de los problemas de la comunicación y sus intersecciones concomitantes con asuntos de particular interés a las comunidades latinas por todo el continente americano” (http://www.natcom.org/interestgroups/). Tomamos una amplia gama de perspectivas metodológicas y teóricas, incluyendo enfoques cuantitativos, cualitativos, críticos, retóricos y performance, entre otros.

Este año abrimos la convocatoria a propuestas en ingles, español y portugués que aborden temas pertinentes y significativos a nuestra cámara, y especialmente a aquellos que combinen el enfoque de nuestra misión con el tema del congreso, “Comunicación para una mayor consideración.”

Aceptaremos cuatro tipos de presentaciones: 1) competitive individual papers (ensayos individuales competitivos), 2) paper sessions (foros de ponencias), 3) panel discussions (foros de discusión). 4) performance sessions (sesiones de performance). Por favor indique si necesitará equipo audiovisual.

 

1. Competitive Individual Papers: Ensayos completos, entregados individualmente, que serán evaluados y, si aceptados, agrupados junto a ensayos similares. Este tipo de solicitud no esta compuesta únicamente por un resumen—se solicitan ensayos completos. Al preparar su solicitud, favor de considerar:

  • En la primera página de la solicitud se le permite a estudiantes (graduados o de licenciatura) indicar su estatus estudiantil. Se les solicita a los estudiantes identificar su estatus como estudiante.

  • Por favor incluya el título de su ensayo, un resumen de 250 a 300 palabras, y tres palabras clave.

  • Antes de entregar su solicitud, asegúrese de eliminar información que identifique el nombre de lxs autores para garantizar un proceso justo. En la pagina web “NCA Convention Central” podrá ingresar el título, la descripción, y otra información relacionada a los autores.                                                                                                                                               

  • No incluyo una pagina titulo.

  • El ensayo no debe superar las 25 paginas.

 

2. Paper Sessions: En este tipo de solicitud se entrega un grupo de ensayos que serán evaluados como una mesa y, si aceptados, cada autor presentara su propio ensayo. Estos ensayos deberán tratar un tema en común. Al preparar su solicitud, favor de incluir:

  • El título y la justificación para la sesión, de menos de 250 palabras

  • El título y resumen de menos de 250 palabras por cada ensayo, al igual que el nombre la afiliación institucional de cada participante.

  • Cada sesión requiere un(a/x) director (chair) y su afiliación institucional. La solicitud también puede incluir a alguien encargado/a/x de dar una respuesta a la mesa (respondent).

  • Sesiones deben estar formadas por individuos de varias instituciones, en vez de individuos únicamente de una o dos instituciones. Adicionalmente, una sola persona no debe realizar mas de dos funciones en una misma solicitud.

 

3. Panel Discussions: El foro de discusión se entrega como una sesión completa y preconcebida de ponentes que discutirán un tema. En el foro no se presentan ensayos. Solicitudes deben incluir:

  • El título del foro y un resumen general de menos de 75 palabras.

  • La justificación para la discusión, de menos de 250 palabras.

  • Los nombres y afiliaciones institucionales de todo/a/xs lxs participantes.

  • Los foros deben estar formados por individuos de varias instituciones, en vez de individuos de solamente una o dos instituciones. Adicionalmente, una sola persona no debe realizar mas de dos funciones en una misma solicitud.

  • Cada solicitud requiere a alguien designado/a/x como director (chair) junto con su afiliación institucional.

 

4. Performance Session: Una sesión de performance es un foro completo enfocado en un tema. Solicitudes deben incluir:

  • El título del performance y un resumen de menos de 250 palabras.

  • Los nombres de los participantes y sus afiliaciones institucionales.

  • Guiones en completo del performance.

  • Cada performance debe limitarse a 15 minutos. 

  • Cada sesión debe estar formada por individuos de varias instituciones, en vez de individuos de solamente una o dos instituciones. Adicionalmente, una sola personal no debe realizar mas de dos funciones en una misma solicitud.

 

Para ayuda durante el proceso de envío, incluyendo instrucciones paso-a-paso grabadas en vivo, visite la biblioteca del congreso (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources/). Asegúrese de revisar “NCA Profesional Standards for Convention Participants,” o Normas Profesionales para Participantes del Congreso, antes de enviar su solicitud. Todas las solicitudes deben hacerse por medio de NCA Convention Central. Convention Central cerrará el viernes 5 de abril de 2024 a las 11:59 p. m., hora del Pacífico. No se aceptan envíos tardíos. Asegúrese de enviar su solicitud con anticipación para evitar problemas de última hora.

 

Mil gracias por su interés y por su apoyo a La División de los Estudios de la Comunicación Latina/o | División Latina/o de los Estudios de la Comunicación ¡Esperamos verte en New Orleans, Louisiana!

 

Robert Gutierrez-Perez, Ph.D.

NCA 2024 Planificador del ProgramaLatina/Latino Communication Studies Division 

rgutierrez@csusm.edu

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The Mass Communication Division provides a forum in which scholars and teachers with diverse interests and approaches can come together to contribute to the study of mass and mediated communication. We invite submissions focusing on various questions about the consumption and production of media, the nature of media content in the form of images, narratives and codes, and the influence of media on individuals and societies across a wide range of contexts ranging from traditional to new media, health to politics, sports to science, and environment to ethics. All methodologies are respected and welcome.

The Mass Communication Division invites submissions that delve into the 2024 conference theme, "Communication for Greater Regard." Researchers are encouraged to submit papers, panels, or paper sessions that explore the profound role of communication in fostering greater regard among individuals and communities. Human communication serves as a cornerstone for understanding, respecting, and valuing one another, thereby contributing to the cultivation of a society marked by empathy and consideration. As we reflect on the theme "Communication for Greater Regard," participants are urged to investigate the ways in which communication shapes our perceptions of regard, cultivates mutual understanding, and contributes to the collective well-being of diverse communities. This year's theme challenges scholars to engage in thought-provoking inquiries that capture the richness and complexity of communication's role in fostering greater regard in our interconnected world. 

The division is especially interested in papers and panels that support diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.

 

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday April 5, 2024 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.

 

If you submit your work, we strongly encourage you to review for our division. Sign up to review by clicking on or copying and pasting this URL to the brief sign-up form into your browser window: https://forms.gle/qY2yCPVdBkLNmX4v8

All submissions should be made via NCA Convention Central. Emailed or mailed submissions will not be accepted. For instructions on completing a submission, please click on or copy and paste this URL into your browser window to view “Convention Submission Process” content: https://www.natcom.org/convention-events/convention-resource-library

Please review the NCA Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to registering your submission. We request that all Mass Communication Division participants adhere to the standards. Please copy and paste this URL into your browser window to view the content: https://www.natcom.org/sites/default/files/annual-convention/NCA_Convention_Resources_Convention_Standards_0.pdf

 

I. SUBMITTING INDIVIDUAL COMPETITIVE PAPERS

Please complete the required fields in NCA Convention Central including title, author(s), description, and keywords. You must also upload a copy of your paper. Before uploading your paper into the system, please keep the following in mind:

  1. Paper length is limited to 30 pages, including tables, figures, references, and any other paper material. Papers should be double-spaced and use 12-point font. Longer papers will not be considered and attempts to circumvent page limits by adjusting font or line spacing will also be rejected. Extended abstracts of papers will not be considered, except for ‘Research Escalator’ submissions (see below).
  2. Do not include any author identifying information anywhere in the uploaded paper file (including the file name and title page).
  3. New This Year: Your paper must include a title page that follows the provided template: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YtKsHthj9QEAxnNj4fxCvAirRLHS5iVX/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=116310800760725927571&rtpof=true&sd=true. The title page will not count towards your page limit. 
  4. You will provide the title of your paper and your name, affiliation, and keywords in the appropriate sections of the Convention Central form. To aid in the review process, when registering your paper, please include 3 keywords that describe your paper's topic and methodology in the "Keyword" field of the submission screen.
  5. You should not include an abstract in the paper file that you upload to the system. You will enter a description (75 words) during the paper submission process.
  6. Submissions that meet one or more of the inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) goals in the NCA Mass Communication Division’s IDEA mission statement (URL) may include the standard IDEA statement listed on the provided title page template. This is only for tracking purposes and will not impact the submission’s likelihood of acceptance.
  7. Submissions can be designated as a “student paper” only if all authors are students; this excludes papers with faculty co-authors. Student registrants MUST check a box in the paper submission process designating the paper as a “student paper” to be considered for the top student paper panel and Division student paper awards.
  8. Submissions will be checked for plagiarism. Those manuscripts found to contain plagiarized material, in any form, will not be accepted for presentation.
  9. A/V requests must be made at the time of submission; we regret that late requests cannot be accommodated.
  10. If you are willing to have your competitive paper submission considered for presentation in a Scholar-to- Scholar session, you should designate this willingness at the time of paper submission by checking the appropriate agreement box. Scholar-to-Scholar sessions are designed to provide for alternative forms of presentation, one-on-one interaction, and neighborhoods of knowledge and invite interactive media formats such as posters, laptop displays, and other experiential activities. Paper submissions considered for Scholar-to-Scholar sessions will be reviewed with the other Mass Communication submissions and may be programmed either as traditional paper presentations or as part of a Scholar-to-Scholar session.
  11. If your paper submission is accepted, you agree to present the submission that was accepted. You are welcome to make updates to the submission prior to the conference presentation, but you are not allowed to present a completely different paper than the one that was accepted.

 

Questions regarding competitive paper submissions should be directed to: 

David Stamps

Assistant Professor

Bentley University

dstamps@bentley.edu

 

Hilary Gamble

Associate Professor 

Auburn University Montgomery

hgamble@aum.edu

 

II. SUBMITTING RESEARCH ESCALATOR SUBMISSIONS

Research Escalator Sessions provide undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity for less developed research to be workshopped with a faculty mentor (with the goal of making the paper ready for submission to a conference or journal). Those interested in the Research Escalator session should submit an extended abstract (500-600 words, excluding references, tables, and figures) of their paper. Submissions should not be complete research studies; instead, the abstract should be a proposed study or one in its early stages. If your abstract is selected for mentorship, you will be expected to send the most recent version of your full paper to your mentor 6 weeks prior to the conference so that they have sufficient time to review your piece. Please only submit 1 research escalator per conference. Extended abstracts will only be considered for research escalator sessions.

During the convention, time will be set aside specifically for the research escalator sessions. Submitters will meet with their mentors in one-on-one meetings to discuss feedback on the manuscript. At the end of the session, submitters will give a short “recap” of new directions/goals as well as highlight the main points they took away from their mentorship sessions to all research escalator participants.

New This Year: Your extended abstract must include a title page that follows the provided template: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YtKsHthj9QEAxnNj4fxCvAirRLHS5iVX/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=116310800760725927571&rtpof=true&sd=true *Note: If you would like a mentor with a specific type of methodological or content expertise, please describe your ideal mentor in the Author Note section of the title page.

 

Questions regarding research escalator sessions should be directed to:

David Stamps

Assistant Professor

Bentley University

dstamps@bentley.edu

 

Hilary Gamble

Associate Professor 

Auburn University Montgomery

hgamble@aum.edu

 

III. SUBMITTING PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Please follow the online directions for submitting your panels. Please include a panel title, all presenters’ names and affiliations, a general description (75 word limit) and extended rationale (400 word limit). A session chair is required.

Panels with a focus related to this year's convention theme, “Communication for Greater Regard,” are especially encouraged. Panels must include participants from multiple institutions, and no individual may serve in multiple roles in the panel (e.g. no chairs serving as respondents). Please keep in mind that panel discussions will not involve presented papers but will instead focus on dialogue.

New This Year: Your panel discussion proposal must include a title page that follows the provided template: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YtKsHthj9QEAxnNj4fxCvAirRLHS5iVX/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=116310800760725927571&rtpof=true&sd=true *Note that panel participant identifying information for panel sessions is required, so you may disregard the comment warning individuals not to include author identifying information in their submissions.

 

Questions regarding panel discussion sessions should be directed to: 

David Stamps

Assistant Professor

Bentley University

dstamps@bentley.edu

 

Hilary Gamble

Associate Professor 

Auburn University Montgomery

hgamble@aum.edu

 

IV. SUBMITTING PAPER SESSIONS

Please follow the online directions for submitting paper sessions. Include a session title; a general description (75 word limit); individual paper titles, descriptions, and author(s) information with the submission (75 word limit for each individual abstract); and extended rationale (400 word limit). A session chair is required. No individual may serve multiple roles (e.g., author on multiple papers, chair and author, etc.)

Submissions with a focus related to this year's convention theme, “Communication for Greater Regard,” are especially encouraged. Submissions must include participants from multiple institutions, and no individual may serve in multiple roles in the panel.

New This Year: Your paper session proposal must include a title page that follows the provided template: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YtKsHthj9QEAxnNj4fxCvAirRLHS5iVX/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=116310800760725927571&rtpof=true&sd=true *Note that author identifying information for paper sessions is required, so you may disregard the comment warning individuals not to include author identifying information in their submissions.

 

Questions regarding paper sessions should be directed to: 

David Stamps

Assistant Professor

Bentley University

dstamps@bentley.edu

 

Hilary Gamble

Associate Professor 

Auburn University Montgomery

hgamble@aum.edu

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The Master's Education Section works to promote dialogue and scholarship regarding Master's level education in the communication discipline. We welcome both scholarly work on any communication topic created by Master's students and scholarly work by non-Master's students (e.g., professors, instructors, administrators) that deals with the education of Master's students.

The section accepts individual papers, paper sessions, and panel discussions at NCA's Annual Convention that promote new scholars' work and/or improve Master's level education.

Possible paper and panel discussion topics may include: outstanding communication research conducted by Master's students, unique approaches to Master's education, mentoring Master's students, exit options for Master's students, different career paths for students with Master's degrees, or other unique issues related to Master's programs in communication studies. Papers reflecting this year's theme of “Communication for Greater Regard” will be considered for theme-related panels. We encourage you to also consider submitting proposals to the appropriate calls for Great Ideas for Teaching Students (G.I.F.T.S), Short Courses, Preconferences, and Research in Progress Roundtables. The calls for these are found in the list of calls for the 110th Annual Convention.

All submissions must be made via Convention Central (https://www.xcdsystem.com/nca/member/index.cfm).

For a general definition of submission types, please refer to the step-by-step “How to Submit” instructions provided in the Convention Resource Library (https://www.natcom.org/conventionresources).

 

Individual Paper Submissions:

Individual paper submissions should not exceed 25 pages in length (excluding title page, references, figures, and tables) and be typed double-spaced using 12-point font. Please use a sans serif font (e.g., Calibri, Arial) for accessibility. Submitters should note if they are willing to have their submissions considered for “Scholar-to-Scholar” programs by checking the appropriate agreement box. Requests for AV equipment must be made on the form at the time of submission. Papers will be evaluated based on their clarity, completeness, relevance to the section’s purposes, quality of scholarship, and significance to the discipline.

Before uploading a paper for review, remove title page sections, document properties, and any other material that identifies the author(s). Instructions on how to prepare an anonymous copy are provided in the Convention Resource Library.

Please be sure to include information on ALL co-authors when completing electronic submission forms. 

 

Top Student Panel and Paper Award:

We anticipate hosting a panel of top-quality work by Master’s students, during which we will present a Top Paper award to the best paper submitted by a Master’s student.

To submit work to be considered for the Top Paper panel, papers must be clearly marked “STUDENT PAPER” on the first page of the uploaded document. Students (and any co-authors) submitting work to be considered for this panel must not have received and/or completed all the requirements for a Master’s degree in a communication discipline before April 5, 2024.

 

Paper Sessions:

Paper sessions will be evaluated for feasibility and appeal in addition to the criteria below. 

Paper sessions should include a title for the entire session, a description of no more than 75 words, names and affiliations of chair and respondent, titles, abstracts, and author(s) for each paper presentation, and a rationale of no more than 250 words that addresses relevance to the Master's Education Section. 

 

Panel Discussions:

Panel discussions will be evaluated for feasibility and appeal in addition to the criteria below. 

Submitted panel discussions should include a title, a description of no more than 75 words, a list of presenters and their affiliations, the roles/contributions of each presenter (e.g., Chair, Discussant, Moderator), and a rationale of no more than 250 words that addresses the panel’s relevance to the Master’s Education Section.

Panel discussion proposals must be specifically identified as such and must also include a statement confirming that each presenter has committed to attend and participate in the convention.

Sessions should include individuals from multiple institutions.

 

Final Guidelines:

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants (https://www.natcom.org/sites/default/files/annual-convention/NCA_Convention_Resources_Convention_Standards.pdf). These standards will be used in the review process.

A single person should not serve more than one role in a session.

Those who need assistance with the submission process should consult the NCA Convention Resource Library webpage (https://www.natcom.org/convention-events/convention-resources/convention-resource-library).

 

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the section planner:

Jenna LaFreniere

Associate Professor

Department of Communication Studies 

Texas Tech University

jenna.lafreniere@ttu.edu 

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The purpose of the Nonverbal Communication Division is to unite theory, research, and practice of nonverbal communication, honor scholarship in the study of nonverbal communication, and create inter-divisional links between the Nonverbal Communication Division and other National Communication Association (NCA) divisions. The Nonverbal Communication Division is looking for submission of individual papers and panel discussions that advance understanding of nonverbal communication through research and teaching.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS 2024NEW THIS YEAR: We are accepting individual paper submissions!

The Nonverbal Communication Division invites the submission of competitive individual papers, paper sessions, and panel discussions having general interest to the membership of the division. All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central. Emailed or mailed submissions will not be accepted. For a definition of submission types, please refer to the step-by-step “How to Submit” Instructions, provided in the Convention Resource Library (www.natcom.org/conventionresources).

 

INDIVIDUAL PAPERS must include: 

  1. Papers must include a title and an abstract of no more than 250 words.
  2. Author names, affiliations, and paper titles must be spelled correctly.
  3. Submitters must upload their paper to NCA Convention Central. 
  4. Papers may be a maximum of 30 double-spaced pages of text using 12-point font with 1-inch margins (not including tables, figures, cover page, and references). 
  5. To ensure that reviewers are unable to identify authors, submitters should remove their names from the cover page before uploading the document. In addition, no information identifying the author may appear in the uploaded paper. Papers that include identifying information may be disqualified from consideration.
  6. To compete for the Top Student Paper Award, students submitting papers must indicate "Student Paper" on the electronic submission form during the submission process. NOTE: All authors must be students at the time of submission in order for the paper to be considered a student paper.
  7. Please specify any audiovisual needs at the time of submission.

PANEL DISCUSSION PROPOSALS must include:

  1. Submissions should include an overall description of the purpose of the panel discussion and a one-paragraph rationale for acceptance, outlining the importance of the submission.
  2. Panel discussion proposals should include a listing of the chair (required) and the presenters and their affiliations. 
  3. In order to improve the likelihood of acceptance for the convention, it is recommended that not all the panelists have the same institutional affiliation.
  4. All panel discussion proposals must be submitted online via the NCA Convention Central website by the deadline.
  5. Be sure to indicate any audio-visual equipment requests (e.g., LCD projector, screens, and speakers) at the time of your submission. Presenters are responsible for providing their own laptop or computer.
  6. Prior to submission, all submitters are encouraged to review materials provided in the Convention Resource Library, such as (a) the Professional Standards for Convention Participants and (b) the live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR NONVERBAL DIVISION AWARDS

Since this is the first year the Nonverbal Communication Division is accepting Individual Papers, we intend to award a Top Paper Award and Top Student Paper Award from the submissions received. However, we reserve the right to consider Individual Papers accepted for presentation in other divisions for its Top Paper Awards as well. If you have a paper on nonverbal communication you should consider submitting it to the Nonverbal Division; however, if you submit a paper on nonverbal communication that is accepted in another division, please do the following to help ensure that it can be considered for an award from the Nonverbal Communication Division.

1. Include the word “nonverbal” or related appropriate terms, such as “facial expressions” or “gestures”, in the title of the paper.2. Contact the Program Planner of the Nonverbal Communication Division (Brianna Lane, brianna.lane@cnu.edu) with your name and the title of your paper, after you receive notification of the paper’s acceptance in another division.

 

LOCATION-SPECIFIC PANEL IDEAS

The Nonverbal Division has a tradition of hosting at least one panel that brings together nonverbal scholars across disciplines from universities in or near the convention location (New Orleans, Louisiana) and/or that focuses around a topic particular to the location of the convention. If you have ideas for a panel theme that would be appropriate or recommendations of scholars in the convention area whose work may be of interest to the members of the division, please send those ideas and recommendations directly to the program planner, Brianna Lane, (brianna.lane@cnu.edu), by the conference submission deadline.

 

Questions?

Contact the 2024 Nonverbal Communication Division Program Planner:

Brianna Lane, Ph.D.

Christopher Newport

Universitybrianna.lane@cnu.edu

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The Organizational Communication Division invites submissions for the 2024 convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, related to the practice, critique, theory, research, and teaching of organizing and organizational communication. We welcome diverse theoretical, topical, and methodological approaches to organizational scholarship in several formats, including Individual Papers, Paper Sessions, Discussion Panels, Performance Sessions, and Extended Abstracts for the Research Escalator.

This year, our theme is "Communication for Greater Regard." According to Jeanetta Sims, NCA's second vice president: "Regard is a word of Old French origin and is connected historically to New Orleans by the city's fertile French roots—making this remarkable city an ideal location for learning, discussing, and contemplating communication for greater regard. Greater regard is a process of cultivating care and concern; that which we regard is deemed important, granted value, and given consideration. To be a "regarder" is to watch, take notice, and be expressive, often by increasing with thoughtful intensity amid a climate where less use of regard occurs."

In keeping with this theme, we encourage you to reflect on the theories, practices, and scholars we hold in deep regard as you think about developing your paper sessions, panel discussions, and performance sessions. 

At this milestone convention, we request submissions for special panel discussions entitled With Highest Regard: Celebrating the Contributions of our Living Legends. These panel discussions are designed to celebrate the work of a featured living legends of organizational communication, whose work and theories we build upon each day. Just as four scholars of different academic generations reviewed the impact of Dr. Brenda Allen's work on their work and practice during a special session in 2022, we encourage others to identify scholars whose work has shaped the field we love.

Further, we welcome submissions focusing on topics, practices, and theories that organizational communication has disregarded in our work. Are there organizations, research concepts, or organizational practices that have been made invisible?

We are also interested in interdisciplinary and co-sponsored sessions. Please indicate if your proposal aligns with one or more NCA divisions and caucuses.

 

Submissions must be made through NCA Convention Central by Friday April 5, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

  • Submissions must observe NCA submission guidelines.
  • Sessions should strive to include a diverse set of participants with respect to personal identities, ranks, institutions, institution type, and so forth.
  • Emailed submissions will not be accepted.
  • Panel, paper, and performance session submitters will also be expected to review.

 

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to email the program planner, Maria A. Dixon at madixon@smu.edu.

 

Individual Papers

An individual paper is a full manuscript, submitted directly by an author or authors, which is reviewed individually and, if accepted, grouped into sessions by the program planner. Individual papers are eligible for consideration for Top Paper awards.

Paper submissions must be original material; not have been published or accepted for publication at the time of submission; not have been publicly presented at any other scholarly conference or similar forum; and not have been submitted to any other division. For research involving human participants, please indicate that research complied with the requirements for the protection of human participants, including IRB approval and oversight.

Submissions should not exceed 30 pages (including tables, images, and figures, but excluding title page, abstract, references). All papers must be double-spaced, using 12-point, Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins, and follow the guidance of the 7th edition of the APA style guide. 

We encourage submitters to use the accessibility-checking functionality in their word processor or PDF reader ahead of submission (e.g., https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/improve-accessibility-with-the-accessibility-checker-a16f6de0-2f39-4a2b-8bd8-5ad801426c7f).

Please remove any information that would identify the author(s), including in the document properties. Please complete the required electronic submission fields, including title, description, author(s), and keywords.

Criteria by which competitive individual papers will be evaluated include the paper's theoretical, empirical, practical, and/or pedagogical contribution; analytical and, as relevant, methodological rigor; importance (e.g., significance, timeliness, novelty) of the topic or issue; appeal to division members; writing clarity and coherence; and potential for development into a full research paper. 

  • Student authors: Please indicate on the title page and in the relevant check box on NCA Convention Central if the paper is student authored. (Please note that this designation means that all authors are students.) Student works are eligible to be considered for Student Top Paper awards.
  • Audio/Visual Requests: Please indicate in the relevant check box any audio-visual needs at the time of submission. Late requests cannot be accommodated.
  • Scholar-to-Scholar: Please indicate on NCA Convention Central if you are willing for your paper to be considered for a Scholar-to-Scholar session. Scholar-to-Scholar sessions are interactive, with media formats such as posters, laptop displays, and other experiential activities. Scholar-to-Scholar submissions will be reviewed by the Division as a competitive paper but presented during a Scholar-to-Scholar session.

 

Research Escalator Extended Abstracts

The Research Escalator provides an opportunity for authors with works-in-progress to discuss and get feedback from experienced scholars, with the goal of making the paper ready for submission to a conference or journal. Those interested in the Research Escalator session should submit an extended abstract (500-750 words, not including references). If accepted, participants are expected to send the full paper to the scholar(s) assigned to their paper no later than 6 weeks before the convention. 

Anyone can submit an abstract for the Research Escalator session. However, we especially encourage graduate students, early career scholars, and those interested in learning more about the journal publishing process to submit. To be considered for this category, please be sure to use the Extended Abstract submission option in Convention Central. Accepted presenters are expected to register for the convention and participate in the small group discussion with their mentors and other authors.

 

Paper Sessions

Paper sessions are preconceived, complete sessions of papers (usually 3 to 5) focused on a particular topic, in which each presenter has a titled presentation and delivers their own work. Paper sessions are reviewed as a whole. Submitters should include participants from differing institutions and are highly encouraged to include cross-disciplinary and diverse perspectives and maximize opportunities for discussion and dialogue.

Submissions must include:

  1. A title and 75-word description for the entire session
  2. The name of the session's chair (required) and respondent (if applicable)
  3. Information for each individual presenter's paper (including paper title, author names and affiliations, and 200-word abstracts)
  4. A 400-word rationale that elaborates on the focus, purpose, importance, and relevance of the session
  5. AV requests

 

Panel Discussions (Regular)

A panel discussion is a preconceived, complete session in which a panel of presenters addresses a particular issue, often in a conversational style, but without individually titled presentations. Like paper sessions, panel discussions are reviewed as a whole. Submitters should include participants from differing institutions and are highly encouraged to have cross-disciplinary and diverse perspectives and maximize opportunities for discussion and dialogue.

Submissions must include:

  1. A title and 75-word description for the entire panel
  2. The name of the panel's chair (required) and respondent (if applicable)
  3. A list of the presenters, including their affiliations
  4. A 400-word rationale that elaborates on the focus, purpose, importance, and relevance of the panel
  5. AV requests

 

Living Legend Panel Discussions 

These sessions highlight the work of a late-career or retired member of the organizational communication division whose work is considered foundational in our current theorizing and practice. Panelists could examine how the Living Legend's work has influenced their research or its evolution across the expanse of its career. 

Like paper sessions, panel discussions are reviewed as a whole. Submitters should include participants from differing institutions and are highly encouraged to have cross-disciplinary and diverse perspectives and maximize opportunities for discussion and dialogue.

Submissions must include:

  1. A title and 75-word description for the entire panel
  2. The name of the panel's chair (required) and respondent (if applicable)
  3. A list of the presenters, including their affiliations
  4. A 400-word rationale that elaborates on the focus, purpose, importance, and relevance of the panel
  5. AV requests.

 

Performance Sessions

A performance session is a preconceived, complete session of performances (usually 3 to 5) focused on a particular topic, in which each presenter has a titled performance and delivers their work. Performance might entail poetry reading, dance, music, theatre, skits, and expression of research through art, among other ideas. Performance sessions are reviewed as a whole. Submitters should include participants from differing institutions and are highly encouraged to have cross-disciplinary and diverse perspectives and to maximize opportunities for discussion and dialogue.

Submissions must include:

  1. A title and 75-word description for the entire session
  2. The name of the session's chair (required) who curates the session and brings together the performances through a research narrative and also the name of the respondent (if applicable)
  3. Information for each individual presenter's performance (including Author names and affiliations). Each performance should be 15 minutes at maximum.
  4. A 400-word rationale that elaborates on the focus, purpose, importance, and relevance of the session to the division
  5. AV requests
  6. Links to video excerpts or performance scripts (if available)

 

Criteria by which competitive paper sessions, panel discussions, and performance sessions will be evaluated include the panel's theoretical, empirical, practical, and/or pedagogical contribution; importance (e.g., significance, timeliness, novelty) of the topic or issue; qualifications of presenters including multiple and diverse perspectives; appeal to division members; and overall coherence of the panel.

Submissions must be completed electronically through the NCA Convention Central online system, https://www.xcdsystem.com/nca/member/index.cfm.

Please refer to the step-by-step "How to Submit" instructions in the Convention Resource Library for instructions on completing a submission. All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants before submission.

 

For questions, please contact:

Maria A. Dixon

Program Planner, Organizational Communication Division

Southern Methodist University

madixon@smu.edu

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The Peace and Conflict Communication Division (PCCD) of the National Communication Association encourages submissions related to research, teaching, and practice at the intersections of the study of communication peace, conflict, power, and identity. Submissions to this Division often explore topics in conflict management, negotiation, mediation, and bullying. Peace and Conflict Communication scholars study processes and effects of communication using a variety of research methods, concepts, and pedagogical or andragogical approaches to understand and promote peace in personal, organizational, local community, national, and global contexts.

2024 Convention Theme: “Communication for Greater Regard”

Jeanetta D. Simms, Second Vice President of NCA describes the theme in this way: “Greater regard is a process of cultivating care and concern; that which we regard is deemed important, granted value, and given consideration. To be a ‘“regarder” is to be one who watches, takes notice, and is expressive, often by increasing with thoughtful intensity amid a climate where less use of regard is occurring.”

 

Submission Information:

The PCCD will consider the following submission types: (1) individual paper; (2) paper session; (3) and panel discussion. All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central.

  1. Individual Paper: Submissions must include a max 25 pages, double-spaced (excluding abstract, references, tables, figures, and appendices) uploaded copy of the paper. Submitters should NOT upload a separate cover page, or any file with identifying information in the document text or properties. Instructions on how to prepare an unidentifiable copy are provided in the Convention Library. PCCD recognizes the Top Paper and Top Student Paper (Undergraduate and/or Graduate) in the Division. Submissions should include title, paper description (abstract), keywords, and author information in the appropriate sections of the electronic submission form. AV requests must be made at the time of submission. 
  2. Paper Session: Submissions must include a title and overall session description. Submission must include the title, description (abstract) and author(s) of each paper. Panelists should represent multiple institutions. A session chair is required; respondent is optional. No person should fulfill more than one role (i.e., panelist, chair, respondent). Please provide a rationale for acceptance outlining the importance of the submission. AV requests must be made at the time of submission.
  3. Panel/Roundtable Discussion: Submissions must include a title and session description. Submissions must include the list of each presenter involved. Panelists should represent multiple institutions. A session chair is required. No person should fulfill more than one role (i.e., panelist, chair). Please provide a rationale for the importance of the discussion. AV requests must be made at the time of submission. No papers are presented as part of a discussion.

Papers and panels/sessions can be submitted only to one unit (i.e., division, section, caucus, or affiliate organization), and they should not have been presented previously at another conference or already accepted for publication.

Prior to making your submission, you are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants (URL: NCA Convention Standards)

Helpful resources, including step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the Convention Resource Library (Convention Resource Library)

 

For any questions regarding the Peace and Conflict Communication Division programming, please contact:

Mark Finney

Emory & Henry College

mfinney@ehc.edu

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The Performance Studies Division promotes the study, criticism, research, praxis, teaching, public awareness, and application of the artistic, humanistic, and cultural principles of performance. Division scholars and artists pursue performance as an object of inquiry, a heuristic metaphor for analysis, a method of research, and an artistic medium. 

The Performance Studies Division invites submissions of individual papers, proposals for contributed performances, paper sessions, performance sessions, film sessions, extended abstracts, and/or panel discussions for the NCA 110th Annual Convention to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana from Thursday, November 21 to Sunday, November 24, 2024. The Convention theme is "Communication for Greater Regard.”

NCA Second Vice President Jeanetta D. Sims writes, “Regard is a word of Old French origin and is connected historically to New Orleans by the city’s fertile French roots—making this remarkable city an ideal location for learning, discussing, and contemplating communication for greater regard. Greater regard is a process of cultivating care and concern; that which we regard is deemed important, granted value, and given consideration. To be a “regarder” is to be one who watches, takes notice, and is expressive, often by increasing with thoughtful intensity amid a climate where less use of regard is occurring. An extension of “Communication for Greater Regard” is examining when and how communication functions with disregard. Thus, this Call also invites conversations about what has been ignored, dismissed, or devalued in our discipline alongside investigating what should be given more consideration. The convention theme is inclusive of submissions designed to foster a steady, significant look at what has been/is being disregarded. “

We warmly encourage all your submissions, especially those that put the theme of “Communication of Greater Regard” center stage, engaging with the complexities highlighted by Dr. Sims. The ideas at the heart of this year’s theme engage in a three fold nature of what our collective, magnificent stewardship of communication for greater regard- (1) greater regard for what has been before us, (2) greater regard for what is presently around us, and (3) greater regard for what will be beyond us. What does it seem the discipline has regarded for 100+ years? How does communication function in today’s climate to enrich greater regard, how has this shifted over the years, or does it need to shift in the future? How is greater regard currently exhibited in communication research, teaching, service, and practice? How are priorities and power structures shaped in the discipline and/or in human communication endeavors through greater regard or to create greater regard? What intentional contributions should we be actively undertaking to foster greater regard? These and other themes are at the center of some of the most exciting and dynamic work being done by performance scholars across the country. The Performance Studies Division is uniquely equipped to both examine and embody the ways that these concepts intersect with communication writ large and performance in particular. 

In keeping with our efforts to promote intersectional and cross disciplinary work, please consider if your proposal might be of value in one or more of the following interest groups: Feminist and Gender Studies Division; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Communication Studies Division; American Studies Division; African American Communication & Culture Division; Disabilities Issues Caucus; Critical and Cultural Studies Division; Activism and Social Justice Division; Black Caucus; Women’s Caucus; International and Intercultural Communication Division; Latino/Latina Communication, and Asian Pacific American Communication Studies Division and Caucus. Indicate on your submission where we might cross list or co-sponsor on your submission document. You are encouraged to suggest relevant connections with NCA divisions and caucuses not listed here, as well.

The Performance Studies Division will privilege session/panel proposals that include: breadth of affiliation (across multiple institutions and/or other scholarly and/or activist or performance communities); breadth of method (across paradigmatic, aesthetic, and practical approaches); breadth of scope (across topics both within and outside established scholarly subjects); and breadth of participation that brings together multiple scholars in high density panels. 

I believe the future of the Performance Studies Division will be built on inclusion and come wrapped in an invitational spirit. As Vice Chair and program planner for the 2024 convention, I encourage applicants to continue to include early-career scholars and graduate students in your proposals. In addition, I am strongly encouraging applications to include undergraduate students/ensemble performances in your proposals. 

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants. Submitters can also access "how-to" guides, sample submissions and other resources from the Convention Resource Library on the convention web site or attend a "how-to" webinar. Please remove identifying information from your submission when possible. 

I look forward to receiving your proposals and hope to see you in New Orleans! 

 

Andrea M. Baldwin, Senior Lecturer

Department of Communication and Studio Arts

University of Houston- Clear Lake 

Baldwin@uhcl.edu

 

The Division invites seven types of submissions; please read the descriptions below carefully prior to submission to determine the most appropriate category: 

 

1) Individual Papers (Debut and Competitive): Only completed essays may be submitted as Debut or Competitive papers. If you would like to submit an extended abstract that will be a completed paper by the time of the conference, please see number 7, below. The Division will recognize the top Student Paper and the top Competitive Paper with awards. Participants who would like their work considered for one of these awards should select Individual Paper as the submission type in NCA Convention Central. It is expected that authors contributing individual papers will make performance studies scholarship central, not merely adjacent to their project. 

Submissions should include: 

  • The title of the paper
  • Author(s)
  • A description (abstract) of the paper, not to exceed 100 words
  • Keywords
  • An uploaded file of the paper.
  • Requests for A/V equipment 

NOTES:

  • To submit a Student Paper, authors may not have presented a paper previously at NCA. Participants must include the words STUDENT PAPER on the first page of the uploaded file. 
  • To submit a Competitive Paper, participants must include the words COMPETITIVE PAPER on the first page of the uploaded file.
  • The uploaded manuscript should be prepared for anonymous peer review and the manuscript must not have been presented at another conference.
  • Performance scripts may be considered as Student or Competitive Paper submission only if they are accompanied by and contextualized through a discussion of the conceptual, theoretical, and/or methodological issues evoked, enacted, critiqued, and/or investigated by the performance. Participants wishing to have scripts considered as Student or Competitive submissions should submit them as Individual Papers and include the appropriate category on the first page of the uploaded file. 

 

2) Contributed Performances: The Division invites submission of completed performance scripts and sample video clips to be considered for inclusion on a "Contributed Performances" session. The contributed performance session is designed for short solo (7 to 9 minute) or multiple participant (10 to 15 minute) performances. Everyone contributing a performance should carefully prepare the embodied and aesthetic aspects of their in-person presentation.

Submitters should select Individual Performance as the submission type in NCA Convention Central and follow the instructions below: 

  • The title of the performance
  • Performer(s)
  • A description (abstract) of the performance, not to exceed 100 words
  • Keywords
  • Uploaded files(s) of script with link to video (upload limits are not likely to support direct video upload).
  • Requests for A/V equipment 

NOTES:

  • Upload the performance script and link to a video sample (no longer than 3 minutes) to NCA Convention Central. The most complete submissions (i.e., script and link to sample clip) will be given preference.
  • Other types of performance panels (e.g., multiple performances addressing a unified subject or theme, one person, or full-cast shows) should be submitted as a Performance Session (see below). 

 

3) Paper Sessions: Participants wishing to submit a collection of papers addressing a common theme should submit the collection as a Paper Session. Select Paper Session in NCA Convention Central as the submission type for this format.

Proposals should include: 

  • A title for the session
  • A session chair (and respondent, if desired)
  • Titles, author(s), and descriptions (abstracts) of all papers (abstracts should not exceed 100 words.)
  • A description of the entire session for the online convention program (not to exceed 75 words)
  • A rationale for the session (not to exceed 250 words)
  • Requests for A/V equipment 

 

4) Performance Sessions: If you have a group of performances around a theme or a longer form solo performance, please submit as a Performance Session. Select Performance Session in NCA Convention Central as the submission type for this format.

Proposals should include: 

  • A title for the session 
  • A session chair (and respondent, if desired)
  • Title(s), performer(s), and description(s) (abstract) of the performance(s) (not to exceed 100 words)
  • A description of the overall session for the online convention program (not to exceed 75 words)
  • A rationale for the session (not to exceed 250 words)
  • Requests for A/V equipment
  • Link to video excerpt(s) (if available)
  • Performance script(s) (if available) 

 

5) Film Sessions: If you have a group of films/multimedia works around a theme, please submit as a Film Session. Select Film Session in NCA Convention Central as the submission type for this format.

Proposals should include the following:

  • A title for the session
  • A session chair (and respondent, if desired)
  • Title(s), creator(s), and description(s) (abstract) of the film(s)/multimedia work(s) (not to exceed 100 words) 
  • A description of the overall session for the online convention program (not to exceed 75 words)
  • A rationale for the session (not to exceed 250 words)
  • Requests for A/V equipment
  • Link to video excerpt(s) (if available)
  • Script(s) (if available) 

 

6) Panel Discussions: Panel discussions are preconceived complete sessions in which participants address a single significant issue or topic. No papers are presented; rather, the participants offer position statements, performances, and/or engage in a discussion addressing the topic. Select Panel Discussion in NCA Convention Central as the submission type for this format.

Proposals should include the following:

  •  A title for the session
  • A session chair (and respondent, if desired)
  • A list of participants and their affiliations
  • A description of the session for the online convention program (not to exceed 75 words)
  • A rationale for the session (not to exceed 250 words)
  • Requests for A/V equipment 

 

7) Extended Abstracts: New this year, extended abstracts will be considered for papers and performance scripts that will be completed before the convention. Extended abstracts should be between 1,000-1,500 words (not including references).

The abstract should include the following elements, using relevant subheadings:

  • The purpose of the project
  • A rationale for the project’s significance
  • A brief and concise review of relevant literature (no more than two paragraphs)
  • The guiding research questions
  • The proposed methodology for the project
  • Desired next stages or outcomes for the project (from conceptualization to published/funded/implemented project/performance)

NOTES: 

  • Two weeks before the conference, final papers or scripts should be sent to panel respondents.
  • Accepted extended abstracts may be grouped with other extended abstracts or added to paper panels, at the discretion of the division planner. You may indicate your preference.

 

In all categories, be as specific as possible about A/V equipment requirements. 

 

For additional information or clarifications, contact Ariel Gratch at argratch@utica.edu

 

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The Philosophy of Communication, Theory, and Critique Division provides an academic home for research that addresses the study of communication within/through perspectives developed at the intersection of philosophical and communication theory, broadly defined. The division is open to all traditions of philosophical inquiry (ancient, medieval, modern, contemporary, postmodern, western, eastern, analytic, continental, as well as new and/or under-explored arenas of philosophy of communication, etc.) and is supportive of communicological, critical, dialogical, hermeneutic, narrative, phenomenological, psychoanalytic, semiotic, and other methodologies that examine, theorize and/or, critique communicative experience. We welcome studies of philosophers of communication, existing or new philosophical frameworks, and examinations and critiques of communication phenomena.

The Philosophy of Communication Division invites competitive papers and paper sessions that develop philosophical understandings of communication. We encourage submissions in areas of communication ethics, corporate communication, crisis communication, environmental communication, health communication, mass media, political communication, rhetoric, technology, and/or utilitarian and pragmatic approaches to communication. These suggestions are intended to inspire creativity in response to the convention theme but are not meant to be exhaustive. The division is open to and encourages any work dealing with themes of philosophy of communication in the context of relating place to communities, liberation, advocacy, individuals, and environments.

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Communication for Greater Regard

From the Convention description: Communication is both the conduit and manifestation for greater regard. The theme of greater regard aims to spotlight sessions that convene conversation about the process of cultivating care and concern; that which we regard is deemed important, granted value, and given consideration.

We invite perspectives that engage philosophy of communication, critical approaches to philosophy of communication as well as traditional, new, or less-regarded theoretical approaches. We value submissions that lean into the Convention theme of Communication for Greater Regard that might, for example, explore, celebrate, critique and/or trouble what has been regarded, that ask what should we attend to with greater regard; critiques of the field that can help us cultivate care and concern; for example. Submissions are welcome from across the discipline and from any methodological perspective or tradition. Papers that engage the theme are especially encouraged. 

 

Competitive Individual Papers

Competitive individual papers that explore problems and themes that address the philosophy of human communication or are of general relevance to the division are welcome, as well as those that embrace the conference theme with intellectual depth and originality. Submitters must upload an unidentifiable copy for the peer review process. To aid anonymity, submitters must remove their names from the cover page and other areas of the paper (including references) before uploading the document. Instructions detailing how to prepare an unidentifiable copy for submission are available in the Convention Resource Library located at http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources/.

The division gives out both “Top Paper” and “Top Student Paper” awards. There is a cash award for the top student paper winner. If you want to compete for the top student paper award, please indicate “Student Paper” by selecting the appropriate field during the electronic submission process (all authors must be students). All submissions will be reviewed according to the following criteria: Relevance to the Division, Originality and Clarity of Thesis, Quality of Analysis, Contribution to the Understanding of Human Communication, and Quality of Writing.

ALL competitive individual paper submissions must include these elements: 1. A title; 2. An abstract of no more than 250 words; 3.) A maximum of 30 double-spaced pages in 12-point font (not including tables, figures, cover page, and references).

 

Paper Sessions  

Complete paper session proposals addressing problems and themes that address the philosophy of human communication or are of general relevance to the division are welcome, as well as those that embrace the conference theme with intellectual depth and originality. Paper session proposals that thematize a particular philosophical problematic or philosopher are particularly welcome.

ALL paper session proposals must include these elements: 1. Session title; 2. A 75-word abstract of the overall session; 3. A session rationale that addresses the content and format of the session (including a justification of why the session is appropriate for the Division) that does not exceed 500 words; 4. Titles of papers and no more than 250-word abstracts for each paper; 5. Name and affiliation of all paper authors. 

ALL paper sessions should represent diversity in institutional affiliation. Priority will be given to paper sessions including participants from multiple institutions.

Additionally, no paper session participant should hold more than one role in the submission (for instance, the chair should not also be the respondent and no presenter should also serve as chair).

 

All submitters are expected to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants, located in the Convention Resource Library, prior to submission. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are also available in the Convention Resource Library at www.natcom.org/conventionresources/

 

Please specify any audiovisual needs for papers and paper sessions at the time of submission.  

 

For more information contact:  Melinda Farrington Associate Professor, Saint Vincent College, Melinda.farrington@stvincent.edu.

 

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The Political Communication Division (PCD) supports the work of scholars and practitioners engaged in the research, teaching, and practice of political communication. The scope of the PCD is broad, as the study of communication and politics may encompass the communicative activity of citizens, political figures, public and governmental institutions, the news media, media platforms, political campaigns, advocacy groups, and social movements. Research presented in PCD sessions regularly addresses topics including but not limited to: media platforms and politics; political rhetoric; political advertising, campaigns and debates; political participation; civic engagement; the public sphere; gender and politics; race, ethnicity, and politics; political attitudes and behaviors; and international and comparative politics.

PCD invites submissions that advance political communication theory and research. PCD recognizes and encourages research that addresses political communication topics in all contexts and levels of analysis, employing a wide variety of methodologies. We welcome submissions engaging the convention theme of "Communication for Greater Regard." However, a connection to the theme is not a condition of acceptance. If your paper or panel has a strong connection to the theme, you may also consider submitting to the special convention theme via NCA Convention Central. PCD prioritizes diversity and inclusion and seeks submissions that expand the division's diversity of voices, scholarship, theoretical approaches, and methodologies. Papers that include data from participants are encouraged to include reflection on the demographic diversity of the sample (or lack thereof) and speak in theoretically rich ways about how sample demographics shape the boundaries of the conclusions.

PCD will accept 1) individual papers (full papers and work-in-progress papers), 2) paper session proposals, and 3) panel discussion proposals. All submissions must be completed through the NCA Convention Central online system; submissions via other means will not be accepted. Audio-visual requests must be made at the time of submission. The same paper or proposal may not be submitted to multiple divisions. Deadline: Friday, April 5, 2024, at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.

 

Individual Papers and Works-In-Progress: PCD will accept completed papers and papers and projects in progress. We have expanded the work-in-progress option to include projects that will be complete by the NCA 2024 and a limited number of projects that will not be complete and could benefit from scholarly discussion and feedback. IMPORTANT: When submitting either type of paper, select "Individual Paper" as the submission type in the NCA system, then INCLUDE THE TYPE OF PAPER IN THE TITLE of your paper so that reviewers know which type of individual paper they are evaluating. For example, a title might read, "Intersectional Identities in Congressional Campaigns- INDIVIDUAL PAPER-IN-PROGRESS." 

Details about each paper type are below:

  1. Individual Full Paper: A full individual paper should include a completed manuscript (for example, the texts/data have been fully analyzed) and follow the division's traditional individual paper submission format. These fully completed individual papers will be considered for the division's Top Paper and Top Student Paper awards. In the uploaded paper file, submissions must include an abstract page with the paper title, a 100- to 200-word abstract, and up to 5 topical and methodological keywords about the paper. The main text of an individual full paper should not exceed 8,000 words, not including title/abstract page, references, tables, notes, etc. Papers should be submitted in Times New Roman 12-point font with 1-inch margins. No information identifying the author(s) may appear in the uploaded paper document. Instructions on preparing an unidentifiable copy are provided in the Convention Resource Library. IMPORTANT: Submissions of this format MUST include the words "Individual Full Paper" in the TITLE of the paper.
  2. Individual Paper-in-Progress: A paper-in-progress should include details about a paper in progress at the time of submission that will be completed by NCA 2024. Successful papers will overview ongoing (but not yet completed) projects rather than work that has not yet been started. In the uploaded paper file, a paper-in-progress submission must include an abstract page with the paper title, a 100- to 200-word abstract, and up to 5 topical and methodological keywords about the paper. The main text of a paper-in-progress paper should include sufficient but concise information about the main research questions/objectives, the project's significance, background literature/theory, the method/texts, preliminary analysis or expected results, and a timetable for completion of the paper. The paper-in-progress submissions must be 1,500-2,000 words, not including title/abstract page, references, tables, notes, etc. Papers-in-progress, while short, should be of high quality, and the projects they overview should be feasible to complete by NCA 2024. Papers should be submitted in Times New Roman 12-point font with 1-inch margins. No information identifying the author(s) may appear in the uploaded paper document. Instructions on preparing an unidentifiable copy are provided in the Convention Resource LibraryIMPORTANT: Submissions of this format MUST include the words "Individual Paper-In-Progress Paper" in the TITLE of the paper.
  3. Individual Research-in-Progress Roundtable Submission: This is a category for PCD designed to connect emerging and senior scholars and foster discussion about research projects yet to be completed. A small number of projects from emerging scholars (defined as graduate students and junior faculty) will be accepted for roundtable sessions. Projects that expand the diversity of voices and topics of study are strongly encouraged. Individual research-in-progress submissions should consist of an extended abstract of 1,500-2000 words (excluding references) that includes 1) rationale for the project's significance, 2) explanation of how the project enhances the diversity of PCD and/or its relevance to PCD, 3) a brief review of relevant literature, 3) guiding research questions or hypotheses, and 4) proposed methodology, 5) 3-5 topical and/or methodological keywords. Papers should be submitted in Times New Roman 12-point font with 1-inch margins. No information identifying the author(s) may appear in the uploaded paper document. Instructions on preparing an unidentifiable copy are provided in the Convention Resource Library. IMPORTANT: Submissions of this format MUST include the words "Individual Paper-In-Progress" in the TITLE of the paper and marked as "STUDENT" or "JUNIOR FACULTY" on the first page. 

 For either type of individual paper submission, please be sure to mark the following options in your submission, if applicable:

  • Student Papers: Student papers (papers in which every author is a student) should be prominently marked STUDENT on the abstract page and the first page of the text. Additionally, those submitting a student paper should check the appropriate agreement box on the online submission form.
  • Scholar to Scholar: Scholar to Scholar sessions encourage alternative forms of presentation, one-on-one interaction, and communities of knowledge. Your submission will be reviewed by our division but may then be scheduled during a larger NCA Scholar to Scholar session to allow more flexibility in your presentation format (e.g., posters, laptop displays). If you would like your submission to be considered for Scholar to Scholar, check the box on the NCA Convention Central form as you submit. For more information on Scholar to Scholar, visit https://www.natcom.org/convention-events/convention-resources/convention-resource-library/scholar-scholar-faqs-and-tips

 

Paper Sessions: A paper session includes titled paper presentations centered on a common theme. Paper session proposals will be evaluated based on the importance of the issue/topic, the session's relevance to the field of political communication, the theoretical or empirical contribution, and coherence. Please provide the following information during the submission process:

  • A title and 75- to 100-word description of the session for the online convention program
  • The name of the session's chair and respondent
  • A title and 100- to 200-word abstract for each paper
  • A list of the author(s) for each paper, including each author's affiliation
  • A 250- to 300-word rationale for the entire session 

 

Panel Discussions: A panel discussion is a seminar-type conversation in which a group of panelists discuss a specific topic that is explained in a general description and extended rationale, but without titled individual presentations. It includes a group discussion of a specific topic without papers. Panel proposals will be evaluated based on the importance of the issue/topic, the session's relevance to the field of political communication, the theoretical or empirical contribution, and coherence. Please provide the following information during the submission process:

  • A title and 75- to 100-word description of the entire panel for the online convention program
  • The name of the panel's chair (required) and respondent (if applicable)
  • A list of all presenters, including each presenter's affiliation
  • A 250- to 300-word rationale for the entire panel

 

Paper sessions and panel discussions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions. Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, author) in a submission.

 

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on submitting, are available in the Convention Resource Library.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the program planner:

Dr. Cynthia Peacock, University of Alabama

Vice-Chair and Program Planner

NCA Political Communication Division

cpeacock@ua.edu

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The Public Address Division (PAD) of the National Communication Association invites submissions for the 110th Annual Convention to be held in New Orleans, LA from November 21-24, 2024.

PAD supports research into multiple forms of political and cultural rhetoric, including verbal, visual, performative, or blended texts across a range of contexts. The word “contexts” here is meant to signal the division’s investment in a wide array of spatial and temporal situations, from the local to the national and transnational; the past, present, and future; as well as diverse rhetorical traditions and practices. PAD welcomes work that both addresses topics and uses methods that cross or bridge disciplinary boundaries and discursive domains (e.g., memory, decoloniality, religion, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, race, and/or ability). Submitters are not required to be PAD members to submit their work. 

We invite the following presentation formats: (1) individual papers (also known as “competitive papers”); (2) individual films; (3) individual performances; (4) paper sessions; and (5) panel discussions. An individual should make no more than one submission to PAD. Papers must not have been presented at another convention, nor can the same submission be made to more than one division at this convention. Individual papers must be submitted as pdfs to ensure the anonymity of the author.

The theme for NCA 2024 is “Communication for Greater Regard.” As NCA Second Vice President Jeanetta D. Sims writes: “A variety of questions and approaches, which are often both complementary and competing, exist for exploring this theme including: What does it seem the discipline has regarded for 100+ years? How does communication function in today’s climate to enrich greater regard, how has this shifted over the years, or does it need to shift in the future? How is greater regard currently exhibited in communication research, teaching, service, and practice? How are priorities and power structures shaped in the discipline and/or in human communication endeavors through greater regard or to create greater regard? What intentional contributions should we be actively undertaking to foster greater regard?” PAD program planners strongly encourage submitters to consider how they might engage the conference theme and public address in their submissions.

All submissions must be uploaded through NCA Convention Central by 11:59 pm, Pacific Time, on Friday April 5, 2024. Please begin the submission process well in advance. Submitters who need assistance with the process can access how-to guides, sample submissions, webinars, and other useful resources from the NCA Convention Resource Library web site at www.natcom.org/conventionresources.

 

TYPES OF SUBMISSIONS AND SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

 

A. Individual Papers

Individual papers are completed, unpublished research papers. The Vice Chair(s) will organize accepted individual papers into thematic panels and assign a chair and/or respondent.

For the submission of Individual Papers, please note:

  1. Complete the required electronic submission fields including title, description, author(s), and keywords. The planner will consult the keywords to select appropriate reviewers so please use terms that are broad and common (e.g., “civil rights,” “presidency,” and "disability”). The most common rhetoric-area specializations indicated by reviewers include: 17th and 18th Century; 19th Century; 20th Century; Africa; African American Rhetorics; Archives/Archival Methods; Argumentation; Asian American Rhetorics; Class/Economics; Colonialism/Postcoloniality/Decoloniality; Digital Rhetorics; Disability; Ecological Rhetorics/Environment; Epideictic Rhetorics; European Rhetorics; Figures and Tropes; Gender (Feminisms/Masculinities/Trans); Health and Medicine; Indigenous Rhetorics; LGBTQ; Latina/o/x Rhetorics; Legal Rhetorics; Legislative Rhetorics; Memory; Mexico/Central America/South America; Middle Ages and Renaissance; Middle East and North Africa; Pan Asia; Pedagogy; Political Campaigns and Advertising; Premodern Era; Presidency and Presidential Rhetorics; Race/Racialization; Religion; Sexuality; Social Movements/Protest; South Asia; Sports; Visual Rhetorics.
  2. Include a title and a 250-300 word abstract with the paper upload.
  3. Recall that the maximum length for submitted papers is 25 double-spaced pages, excluding notes and illustrations.
  4. To ensure anonymous review, upload a pdf copy of your paper with all identifying information removed. To remove identifying data, make sure you: (a) Remove author(s) identifying information on the title page or in personal references (b) Remove author(s) identifying information from the title of the document (c) Remove author(s) identifying information from the document properties and/or metadata. This information will be removed differently depending on the program you use to write your paper/proposal (i.e., Word on Mac, Word on PC, etc.). Usually, a quick Google search will help you identify the simplest way to remove this data from your file(s) (d) Once you have removed these properties/metadata, re-save the file and confirm any author(s) identifying information has been removed before uploading (e) Before finalizing your submission, preview your submission to make sure all information is correct.
  5. All paper submitters to PAD are encouraged to consider marking the “Scholar-to-Scholar” option if their work can be effectively presented in a poster format. Some papers that we otherwise would not have room to place in a session slot will be accepted if this box is checked on the electronic submission form. Often, those who do not select this option may have qualified for “Scholar-to-Scholar” but were rejected rather than programmed. Please check this box if you are willing to participate in this presentation format.
  6. Undergraduate and Graduate Students: please indicate on the electronic submission form that your submission is a student paper so that it can be considered for the division’s Robert Gunderson Award for Top Student Paper in Public Address.
  7. Awards: The Public Address Division offers two awards for the top submitted papers. In addition to the Gunderson Award for Top Student Paper, the Wrage-Baskerville Award honors the Top Paper in Public Address. Awards are presented at the Division’s business meeting at the convention, and top papers are presented in a special session, often immediately before or after the business meeting.

 

B. Individual Films

An individual film is a short film—no longer than 10 minutes—appropriate to be shown in a programmed session of the Public Address Division.  The Vice Chair(s) will organize accepted films into sessions.

Proposals for Individual Films must include:

  1. A title, description of no more than 150 words, keywords, and film maker information. Please make note of the list of the most common rhetoric-area specializations in section A.1 above as you consider your keywords. 
  2. A request for appropriate AV support.
  3. A supporting file that (A) indicates the length of the film, (B) provides a 250-450 word rationale for the film’s relevance to public address scholars, (C) includes either a copy of the script (no more than 50 pages) or a link to the film or film trailer, and (D) any pertinent copyright, permission, or viewing considerations that showing the film might invoke.
  4. Submitters should not attempt to upload a video file to NCA Convention Central.

 

C.  Individual Performances

An individual performance is a creative presentation of scholarship appropriate to the Public Address Division. It may include multiple participants but cannot exceed 15 minutes. The Vice Chair(s) will organize accepted performances into sessions.

Proposals for Individual Performances must include:

  1. A title, description of no more than 150 words, keywords, performer information, and a description of any space needs essential to the performance (i.e., approximate room size or square footage). Please make note of the list of the most common rhetoric-area specializations in section A.1 above as you consider your keywords. 
  2. Request for appropriate AV support.
  3. A supporting file that (A) indicates the length of the performance, (B) provides a 250–450-word rationale for the performance’s relevance to public address scholars, and (C) includes either a script, a link to a video, or a detailed outline of the performance.

 

D. Paper Sessions                                      

A paper session involves a group of presenters with titled papers centering on a common theme. Paper sessions that include participants from differing career stages, universities, and geographical regions and include presenters with diverse genders, races, ethnicities, sexualities, abilities, and other identity positions are strongly encouraged. Sessions composed exclusively or almost exclusively of colleagues from the same institution are unlikely to be accepted. Sessions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from a single or couple of institution(s). Further, a single person should not serve more than one role in a session (i.e., chair, respondent, or presenter).

Please Note: If you are submitting a panel, please upload a separate .docx or .pdf file that includes the names and affiliations of all presenters, chairs, and respondents. Convention Central will anonymize all submissions, and per NCA guidelines, reviewers must have access to this information to assess the panel composition. For reference, review forms for these sessions include the following question: "As well as you can possibly judge, does the submission include scholars of varied career stages across different universities and geographical regions, diversity of gender, ethnicity, and other identity positions? Keep in mind that sessions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from a single or couple of institution(s)."

Proposals must include:

  1. A title and description for the session of no more than 75 words.
  2. The names of a designated chair and a respondent.
  3. Titles, abstracts of 250-300 words, and author information for each paper.
  4. A rationale of 250-450 words. This statement should provide an overall justification for the significance of the paper session.
  5. If the session is a good candidate for co-sponsorship with another division, caucus, or affiliate organization, please identify the potential co-sponsor on the special requests tab.

 

E. Panel Discussions

A panel discussion involves a group of panelists discussing a specific topic. Panelists in a discussion session do not title their individual presentations or present papers. Interactive panel sessions that include participants of varied career stages across different universities and geographical regions and those that include diversity of gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, ability, and other identity positions are strongly encouraged. Panel discussions composed exclusively or almost exclusively of colleagues from the same institution are unlikely to be accepted. Sessions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from a single or couple of institution(s).

Please Note: If you are submitting a panel, please upload a separate pdf file that includes the names and affiliations of all presenters, chairs, and respondents. Convention Central will anonymize all submissions, and per NCA guidelines, reviewers must have access to this information to assess the panel composition. For reference, review forms for these sessions include the following question: "As well as you can possibly judge, does the submission include scholars of varied career stages across different universities and geographical regions, diversity of gender, ethnicity, and other identity positions? Keep in mind that sessions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from a single or couple of institution(s)."

Proposals must include:

  1. A title and description for the panel of no more than 75 words.
  2. The name of a designated chair and a list of all presenters.
  3. A rationale of 250-450 words. This statement should provide an overall justification for the significance of the panel discussion.
  4. If the panel is a good candidate for co-sponsorship with another division, caucus, or affiliate organization, please identify the potential co-sponsor on the special requests tab.
  5. Request for appropriate AV support.

 

EVALUATIVE STANDARDS

In preparing your submission, please consider these criteria, which will guide the review process:

  • Relevance to the Public Address Division. How relevant is the submission to the aims and goals articulated in the conference call?
  • Quality of the project. Will the submission make an important contribution to knowledge in public address? This criterion involves engagement with appropriate primary and secondary source material; originality and significance of contribution; and coherence, rigor, and soundness of argument.
  • Quality of writing or creative activity and/or coherence of session design. How well is the submission presented? This criterion focuses on clarity of expression, developmental flow, and stylistic artistry, and, for paper sessions and panel discussions, the conception and articulation of the session plan.

 

SUBMITTING PAPERS TO RESPONDENTS

Completed papers that are accepted for presentation at the convention and then uploaded by the submitter will be available to respondents via NCA Convention Central prior to the convention.

 

Please feel free to send questions to the Public Address Division's Co-Vice Chairs for 2024:

Tom Dunn: Thomas.Dunn@colostate.edu

Ryan Neville-Shepard: rnevshep@uark.edu 

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Public Dialogue and Deliberation Division 2024 Call for Submissions

The Public Dialogue and Deliberation division (PDDD, or PD3) is a vibrant and growing community of scholars, teachers, and practitioners who research, conceptualize, and facilitate public dialogue and deliberation, to support democratic engagement and social justice. We invite your contributions for the 110th NCA convention to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, from November 21-24, 2024. We welcome contributions that engage meaningfully with the 2024 NCA convention theme of “Communication for Greater Regard,” and that demonstrate the rich potentials for public dialogue and deliberation scholarship, teaching, and practice to contribute to our understandings of what we hold in regard as a society and how we do so.

NCA Second Vice President Dr. Jeanetta D. Sims encourages us to engage the three-fold nature of our collective, magnificent stewardship of communication for greater regard: (1) greater regard for what has been before us, (2) greater regard for what is presently around us, and (3) greater regard for what will be beyond us. She also encourages us to address some of the following questions in our submissions: 

  • What does it seem the discipline has regarded for 100+ years? 

  • How does communication function in today’s climate to enrich greater regard, how has this shifted over the years, or does it need to shift in the future? 

  • How is greater regard currently exhibited in communication research, teaching, service, and practice? 

  • How are priorities and power structures shaped in the discipline and/or in human communication endeavors through greater regard or to create greater regard? 

  • What intentional contributions should we be actively undertaking to foster greater regard?

  • What has been disregarded, ignored, dismissed, or devalued in our discipline?

Our division has much to contribute to these conversations. We invite you to think creatively about designing panels and presentations that are inclusive of marginalized and underrepresented voices, that maximize participation, and that incorporate dialogic and/or deliberative principles into the conference experience. We especially encourage submissions from students.

We also highly encourage PD3 members to submit ideas for cross-divisional panels and other events (such as Short Courses, Pre-conferences, Great Ideas for Teaching Students, Research in Progress Roundtables, and the Convention Theme call) that can occur outside of the PD3's allotted programming slots. Please contact the program planner (see below for contact information) with ideas for Short Courses and Pre-conferences. To ensure their success, proposals for these events should be developed and submitted with sufficient time to identify others interested in collaborating.  

Submissions must be made through NCA Convention Central by Friday, April 5, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

The Public Dialogue and Deliberation Division accepts three formats for submissions: (1) Individual Papers; (2) Innovations in Practice Extended Abstracts; and (3) Panel Discussions. We welcome submissions that use any of a wide range of research methods - qualitative, social scientific, or rhetorical. We also welcome work that connects scholars, students, and community partners. For a general definition of submission types, please refer to the step-by-step “How to Submit” Instructions provided in the NCA Convention Resource Library. All submissions should include a title, description, author(s) information, keywords and AV requests. Complete student submissions (including an Individual Paper OR an Innovations in Practice Extended Abstract) will be considered for a Top Student Paper award. This honor includes a monetary award of $100 and the designation as a Top Student Paper in the division’s 2024 convention program.

Please see specifications below for each of the different types of possible PD3 submissions:

 

INDIVIDUAL PAPERS

An individual paper is a full manuscript, submitted directly by an author or authors, which is reviewed individually and, if accepted, grouped into sessions by the program planner. 

Paper submissions should typically be no longer than 30 pages (including tables, images, and figures, but excluding title page, abstract, and references). All papers must be double-spaced, using 12-point, Times New Roman font, and 1-inch margins. A copy must be uploaded into NCA Convention Central as an Individual Paper and must not include any identifying information. Instructions on how to prepare an anonymous copy are provided in the Convention Library.

Criteria by which competitive individual papers will be evaluated include the paper’s theoretical and/or practical contribution; importance (e.g., significance, timeliness, novelty) of the topic or issue; appeal to division members; and writing quality and coherence.

  • Student authors: Please indicate on the title page and in the relevant check box on NCA Convention Central if the paper is student authored. (Please note that this designation means that all authors are students.) Student submissions are eligible to be considered for Top Student Paper awards.

  • Audio/Visual Requests: Please indicate in the relevant check box any audio-visual needs at the time of submission. Late requests cannot be accommodated.

  • Scholar-to-Scholar: Please indicate on NCA Convention Central if you are willing for your paper to be considered for a Scholar-to-Scholar session. Scholar-to-Scholar sessions are interactive, with media formats such as posters, laptop displays, and other experiential activities. Scholar-to-Scholar submissions will be reviewed by the Division as a competitive paper but presented during a Scholar-to-Scholar session.

Following our commitment to fostering interactive opportunities that strive to enact the ideals of dialogue and deliberation, our 2024 sessions will feature high-density sessions involving short (5-7 minute) engaging presentations followed by a substantial period of moderated discussion among presenters and session attendees. For PD3 sessions, the moderator replaces the traditional conference role of a respondent, with the goal of fostering dialogic and deliberative engagement with the presentation ideas among all session attendees.

 

INNOVATIONS IN PRACTICE EXTENDED ABSTRACTS

Submissions of Innovations in Practice should highlight and detail an innovation related to design, pedagogy, facilitation, or assessment that advances our understanding of the practical aspects of public dialogue or deliberation. These innovations can be situated in spaces such as classrooms, public meetings, college campuses or schools, or other contexts in which public dialogue or deliberation takes place. Submissions are typically no longer than 10 to 15 pages and must indicate “Innovations in Practice” on the first page of the submission. All papers must be double-spaced, using 12-point, Times New Roman font, and 1-inch margins. Files must be uploaded into NCA Convention Central as Extended Abstracts and must not include identifying information. Instructions on how to prepare an anonymous copy are provided in the Convention Library.

 

PANEL DISCUSSIONS

A panel discussion is a preconceived, complete session in which a panel of presenters addresses a particular issue, often in a conversational style, but without individually titled presentations. Panel discussions are reviewed as a whole. Submitters should include participants from differing institutions and are highly encouraged to include cross-disciplinary and diverse perspectives to maximize opportunities for discussion and dialogue.

Submissions must include:

  1. A title and 75-word description for the entire panel
  2. The name of the panel’s chair (required) and respondent or facilitator (if applicable)
  3. A list of the presenters, including their affiliations
  4. A 400-word rationale that elaborates the focus, purpose, importance, and relevance of the panel
  5. AV requests

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the Convention Resource Library: http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources/ 

If you have any questions/ideas for short courses/preconference sessions, please contact PD3 Vice Chair and division planner Dr. Justin Reedy at jreedy@ou.edu.

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The Public Relations Division (PRD; @PRprofs) of the National Communication Association (NCA) invites submissions of individual papers, research paper sessions, and panel discussion proposals that investigate key issues in public relations. Only completed papers and fully developed paper and discussion panel proposals will be considered.

Submissions should promote a greater understanding of contemporary issues in public relations theory and practice. All methodological approaches are acceptable: qualitative, quantitative, rhetorical, critical, historical, pedagogical, etc. Fully developed paper sessions and panel discussions with an interdisciplinary focus that might be of interest to members from other divisions and interest groups will receive special consideration. Please note that the same individual paper, paper session, or panel discussion can be submitted to one division only.

The 110th Annual Convention theme Communication for Greater Regard” offers public relations scholars special opportunities to come together and to examine and discuss future directions for public relations research, pedagogy, and the public relations discipline as it relates to our understanding, learning, discussing, and contemplating communication for greater regard. Greater regard is a process of cultivating care and concern; that which we regard is deemed important, granted value, and given consideration. 

We are looking for research that explores public relations from multiple theoretical, practical, and pedagogical perspectives and examines points of overlap, discussing potential directions where public relations research and teaching should be headed. Today, public relations discipline is positioned at a place of transformation, moving away from traditional to digital public relations. Online and digital public relations deals with such challenges as technology integration, online communities and networked publics, online information consumption, digital and social media management, content creation and content marketing, social listening and social analytics, celebrity and non-celebrity influencers, distributed public relations functions via integration of marketing, human resources, and customer services responsibilities, among others.

We hope that this convention will provide opportunities for public relations scholars to be part of important conversations guiding this development. We encourage submissions dedicated to examining future directions and discipline transformation, as well as research dedicated to the integration of ideas. 

Papers that explicitly address the convention theme “Communication for Greater Regard” will be given special consideration. Subjects related to the convention theme might include but are not limited to the role and presence public relations has in the following areas:

  • The state of public relations: Past, present, and future directions for theory, research, and applications

  • Digital public relations and new technologies in PR

  • Artificial intelligence or virtual reality and PR

  • Social listening and media analytics

  • Emerging technology risks, challenges, and benefits of social and digital media

  • Big data and public relations research

  • Social networks and public relations

  • Networked publics

  • Fake news, misinformation and disinformation, ethical challenges, and opportunities in PR

  • Civil society, social capital, and public relations

  • Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Crisis, risk, issue and conflict communication

  • Health and public relations campaigns

  • Local, national, and global public relations efforts for advocacy

  • Polarized society and public relations ethics

  • Public relations measurement and research

  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in PR

  • International public relations

  • Government, education, and nonprofit public relations

  • Sports and entertainment public relations

  • Public relations profession and leadership

  • Public relations pedagogy

 

Students

Students are encouraged to submit papers. The Top Three student papers have traditionally received recognition and may receive a cash award (depending on funding availability). The top student paper will also be submitted for the NCA Cushman Award.

To be considered for these awards, the submissions must be authored solely by students. If a student paper is based on a larger work (e.g., thesis or dissertation), please revise it to adhere to generally accepted standards for convention papers/research articles regarding length, organization, style, etc. (follow the guidelines below).

 

Special Award for Top DE&I Paper 

In 2023, PRD added a top paper award for the paper that examines issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion within the field of public relations. Special consideration will be given to the paper that advances theory and/or the profession as it relates to DE&I and successfully incorporates the convention theme of “Communication for Greater Regard. Both faculty and student papers will be considered for this award, which will be chosen by the Selection Committee. 

 

SUBMISSION INFORMATION

  1. Papers, sessions, and panels must be submitted electronically to the NCA Convention Central website via the 2024 NCA Convention home page by 11:59 P.M. PST on April 5, 2024.
  2. Emailed and paper submissions will not be accepted.
  3. For a definition of submission types, please refer to the step-by-step “How to Submit” instructions (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources).
  4. Requests for specific equipment must be submitted online at the time of submission. Failure to do so may result in being scheduled into a room with no A/V equipment.
  5. Please note the NCA Convention Resource Library website has additional information about the convention, including a guide for how to submit to NCA Convention Central and a description of alternative formats, including Scholar-to-Scholar.

 

Instructions for Submitting an Individual Paper

  1. Submitted papers must be original and should NOT have been previously presented, published, and/or scheduled for presentation at any other conference. In addition, submitted papers should not be under review at a journal or any other publication outlet. 
  2. The author(s) must be responsible for the work created in the submission. Therefore, using generative AI tools to produce a literature review, analyze data, report statistics/results/findings, or create any component of the study/submission is strictly prohibited.
  3. To ensure blind review, authors MUST remove personal information from documents before uploading papers. No information identifying the author should appear anywhere on the paper, including personal information in the File/Properties field.                                        
  4. Write a 100–150-word abstract for the paper (as part of the title page). Do not put your name on the title page or anywhere else in the paper.                             
  5. Indicate if the submission is a student-only authored paper prominently on the title page. Student papers must be entirely written by student authors to be considered for the student paper competition, or to receive special “student paper” consideration.          
  6. The body of the research paper should not exceed 8,000–9,000 words. The maximum paper length is 25 double-spaced pages, excluding title page, references, figures, and tables. Papers that exceed the page limit may be eliminated from consideration. 
  7. Submissions should adhere to the standards of the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). Standard formatting includes 1-inch margins, all double-spaced text including references, ragged-right margins on body text, and 12-point Times New Roman or similar serif font.
  8. Indicate whether you are interested in being considered for a Scholar-to-Scholar session.
  9.  Papers that have been submitted to other conferences, divisions, and journals will be automatically disqualified. Papers with track changes still present will be automatically disqualified. Papers that are incomplete will be automatically disqualified. Papers that are submitted later than the official NCA deadline will also be automatically disqualified.

 

Instructions for Submitting Paper Session Proposals

A paper session is submitted as a pre-conceived and complete session of papers. The papers are not submitted or reviewed individually and are not submitted by the author(s) but rather by the person submitting the paper session. The entire paper session proposal (rather than individual papers) is reviewed for consideration as a whole.

Important: Paper sessions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions. Further, a single person should not serve in more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author/presenter) in a submission.

Submission requirements provided by April 5, 2024, 11:59 P.M. PT:

  1. A title for the paper session.
  2. A session description (150 words maximum).
  3. A session chair (required) and respondent (optional).
  4. Enter paper title, paper description (250–500 words), and paper author(s) for each paper to be presented.
  5. A fully developed session rationale (500–750 words).

In the rationale, clearly indicate whether the session will introduce completed research and completed papers. All papers should be completed by the time of presentation at NCA. If appropriate, include suggestions and a rationale for appropriate co-sponsors and/or interdisciplinary collaborators on the Special Requests tab. Paper session proposals that explicitly address the conference theme are preferred.

 

Instructions for Submitting Panel Discussion Proposals

A panel discussion is submitted as a pre-conceived and complete session of presenters discussing a topic/issue. Papers are not presented at a panel discussion.

Important: Panel discussions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions. Further, a single person should not serve in more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author/presenter) in a submission.

Submission requirements provided by April 5, 2024, 11:59 P.M. PT:

  1. A title for the panel discussion
  2. A panel description (150 words maximum). 
  3. A session chair (required) and respondent (optional)
  4. A list of the panel participants, including their names, titles, and affiliations.
  5. A fully developed session rationale (500–750 words)

In the rationale, provide details about the significant issues and debates in the field of public relations that will be discussed. Panel discussion proposals that explicitly address the convention theme are preferred.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the Convention Library.

Program Planner: Jae-Hwa Shin, University of Southern Mississippi (jae-hwa.shin@usm.edu)

 

ABOUT NCA PUBLIC RELATIONS DIVISION

The NCA Public Relations Division provides an environment for public relations scholars and practitioners, as well as students, to explore how communication influences the organization–stakeholder relationship. This division welcomes research from diverse communication-based disciplinary areas and embraces a range of research methodologies, theoretical foundations, and topic areas.

The Public Relations Division promotes research, teaching, service, and ethical practice of public relations as public relations seeks to build and maintain beneficial relationships among organizations and stakeholders.

Public relations best practices that are grounded in theory are essential in the 21st century in which communication technology has created a globalized world that is bringing people and organizations closer to one another while paradoxically creating tensions resulting from this increasing proximity.

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The Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division of the National Communication Association is dedicated to the study of theoretical, critical, and empirical questions related to the fields of rhetorical and communication theory. In supporting this mission, the Division invites individual papers, paper sessions, and panel discussions that address all aspects of rhetorical and communication theory. 

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Individual papers, paper sessions, and panel discussions are encouraged to engage the 2024 convention theme: “Communicating for Greater Regard.” To regard is to grant someone or something one’s attention in a particular way, whether due to care, concern, admiration, or fear. As scholars of rhetoric and communication theory, we are uniquely positioned to consider the complicated history of calls to consider people, environments, time, space, and more with greater regard. We are prepared to consider how the call for greater regard can operate in service of humanity and those we share our planet with and in other cases can operate against those we share our planet with and the humanity of others. The 2024 convention theme provides scholars of rhetoric and communication theory to regard “regard” with greater care and concern.

We invite submissions that courageously interrogate, (re)define, explore, collaborate, and envision how our scholarship can deliberately engage in calls for greater regard, while simultaneously acknowledging historical and cultural patterns that have utilized communication to systematically discriminate against people, places, times, and more with heightened regard. We encourage submissions that explore how, for whom, and in what contexts a focus on “communicating for greater regard” affirms a telos toward life, empowerment, and hope. We actively seek submissions that expansively consider the heuristic of “regard” as one that circulates uniquely within different global contexts, communities, and cultures.

 

GENERAL SUBMISSION INFORMATION

In order to avoid unnecessary problems with submission and review, please carefully read the following guidelines:

  1. All submitters are encouraged to review the “Professional Standards for Convention Participants” in the NCA Convention Resource Library (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources/) prior to submission.
  2. All submissions must be made online via NCA Convention Central.
  3. Individual Papers, paper sessions, and panel discussion submissions must be complete by April 5, 2024, 11:59 P.M. PT. Please begin the submission process well in advance of this deadline.
  4. Submitters needing assistance with the submission process can access “how-to-submit” guides and other useful resources from the Convention Resource Library on the convention website or attend a “how-to-submit” webinar (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources/).
  5. Each submission should be made to one unit only. (That is, do not submit the same submission to different units.)
  6. A person should be the first author on no more than one submission to the Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division.
  7. Submissions are received with the expectation that, if selected, participants will attend the 2024 NCA convention in New Orleans, LA.

 

SPECIFIC SUBMISSION INFORMATION

1. Individual papers. Please complete the required electronic submission fields including title, description, author(s), and keywords. Upload a copy of your paper. The uploaded file should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words in length (inclusive of notes and references) and should reflect the substance of one's planned remarks. Papers over 5,000 words in length will not be considered. Uploaded papers should include:

  • A paper title.

  • A brief description/abstract (150-200 words) – This will be printed in the online program, if selected for presentation at NCA.

  • Author(s) names should be removed to facilitate anonymous review (for Word documents, please go to file –> properties –> summary to remove your name from the document). 

  • Student-authored papers should be designated by including "Student-Authored" on the first page of the paper and by selecting the appropriate designation on the electronic submission form. The Nichols-Ehninger Award will be given to the top-ranked student paper presented on the Division's programs during the 2024 convention. To be considered for this award, the paper must be marked "Student-Authored" on the first page, and, if multiple-authored, all authors must be students.

2. A paper session is a session of papers organized by the submitter around a coherent theme. Paper sessions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from a single or a couple of institution(s) and a single person should not serve more than one role for the session (i.e., chair, respondent, or presenter).  Submitted paper sessions should include: 

  • A title for the session as a whole. 

  • A brief overview or description of the session (150-200 words) – This will be printed in the online program, if selected for presentation at NCA.

  • Author(s) for each of the individual paper presentations (name, title & affiliation) including an abstract of each author’s contributed paper (no more than 250 words). 

  • A detailed, well-reasoned and supported rationale for the session as a whole (400-1000 words).

  • A session chair (a person responsible for welcoming the audience, introducing presenters, monitoring time, etc.) is required.  

3. A panel discussion is a discussion focused on a coherent theme, but participants do not present individually titled papers. Panel discussions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from a single or a couple of institution(s). Alternative and creative panel formats emphasizing interaction among participants and audience members are welcome. Submitted panel discussions should include: 

  • A title for the panel.

  • A brief overview or description of the discussion (150-200 words) – This will be printed in the online program, if selected for presentation at NCA.

  • A detailed, well-reasoned and supported rationale for the panel as a whole including a brief description of each presenter's qualifications (400-1000 words). **Presenters' qualifications do not count toward the rationale word limit.**

  • A session chair (a person responsible for welcoming the audience, introducing presenters, monitoring time, etc.) is required.

Important Note: Only those individual papers, paper sessions, and panel discussion submissions that conform to these guidelines will be considered for the 2024 convention; for example, individual papers significantly exceeding the 5,000 word length limit (inclusive of notes and references) will be rejected.

 

AUDIOVISUAL EQUIPMENT

NCA policy entails providing reasonable A/V support of presentations at its annual convention. However, submitters should screen requests carefully and submit only those that are essential to the program. Participants are therefore encouraged to keep equipment requests to a minimum. Submitters must request A/V equipment at the same time they submit and organize programs. For more information about NCA policies on audio-visual materials, see the NCA Convention Resource Library webpage (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources/).

 

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Friday April 5, 2024, 11:59 P.M. PT

If you have questions about this call, please contact the Rhetorical and Communication Theory Vice-Chair, Diana Martinez, Associate Professor of Communication at Pepperdine University, at diana.martinez@pepperdine.edu (when e-mailing, please put "NCA RCT" in the subject line). All who submit their work to the Division are warmly invited to attend the Division's business meeting at the convention. At the meeting, the RCT Division will present the Early Career Award, the Mentorship Award, and the Nichols-Ehninger Award, and a new slate of officers will be presented for election.

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The Spiritual Communication Division is an ideal space to address the Convention's theme of Communication for Greater Regard. 

We are particularly interested in submissions that center spiritual communication for greater regard towards marginalized communities such as LGBTQIA+ folks, Black, Indigenous and people of color, refugees and asylum seekers, disabled and/or neurodivergent people, communities from the Global South, and so on. Inquiries should be intentionally intersectional and interrogate systems and structures of oppression – well beyond harmful tokenizing. 

The Spiritual Communication Division is a supportive and expanding community of interdisciplinary scholars, educators, and students, and spiritual and religious practitioners who encourage the active exchange of ideas and scholarly work that examines or interrogates communication from a spiritual perspective and conceives of spiritual communication broadly. Our division is centered on the interdisciplinary study and research of spirituality in its communicative, theological, historical, cultural, and comparative contexts. Spiritual communication has the capacity to unite diverse communities through the recognition of our interconnectedness. By addressing spirituality broadly through myriad experiences, practices, beliefs, and traditions, spirituality provides a template for examining how a meaningful life could be lived and also involves attempting to live a meaningful life.

In our commitment to interdisciplinarity and inclusivity, we welcome new members, members from other NCA divisions and interest groups, and welcome submissions addressing spirituality from within any religious/spiritual tradition. The division also welcomes a diverse range of theoretical, methodological, and pedagogical approaches to scholarship, and when relevant, the division encourages authors to consider the experiential or applied implications of their work. We welcome submissions from all levels of academic participation and acknowledge achievements in excellence with top paper and other submission awards.

The Spiritual Communication Division invites submissions of individual papers, individual performances, paper session proposals, panel discussion proposals, performance proposals, and film and media proposals that address the theory, research, practices, and/or pedagogy of spiritual communication. Submissions of individual papers, paper sessions, panel discussions, individual performances, performance sessions, individual film and media projects, and film and media sessions addressing the thematic integration of NCA’s 110th Annual Convention overarching theme are particularly encouraged. We especially seek submissions that demonstrate excellence in one or more of the following areas: 

  1. Direct relevance to the convention's theme: 
  2. History of a recognized area of spiritual communication and the potential for the future development of such area(s);
  3. Challenges or obstacles faced by under-represented spiritual groups and how they have (or have not) been addressed or negotiated; 
  4. Engagement with and/or advancement of the understanding of diverse methodological and theoretical perspectives on spirituality.

 

As we are interested in scholarship that is intersectional, interdisciplinary, and cross-disciplinary, we aim to partner with other divisions and caucuses to co-sponsor a wider variety of sessions. Please indicate in the special requests box of your submission if your panel discussion, paper session proposal, or performance session aligns with other divisions and caucuses, including but not limited to: Activism and Social Justice Division; African American Communication & Culture Division; American Studies Division; Asian/Pacific American Communication Studies Division & Caucus; Black Caucus; Critical and Cultural Studies Division; Disabilities Issues Caucus; Ethnography Division; Environmental Communication Division; Family Communication Division; Feminist and Gender Studies Division; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Communication Studies Division and Caucus; International and Intercultural Communication Division; La Raza Caucus; Latino/Latina Communication Studies Division; Peace and Conflict Communication Division; Performance Studies Division; and the Women’s Caucus.

 

In completing your submission to the Spiritual Communication Division, please observe the following guidelines: 

  1. All submitters are encouraged to review the "NCA Professional Guidelines for Convention Participants" (https://www.natcom.org/sites/default/files/annual-convention/NCA_Convention_Resources_Convention_Standards_0.pdf) prior to submission;
  2. All papers, performances, paper session proposals, panel discussion proposals, and performance proposals must be submitted online through NCA Convention Central. Submissions will not be accepted by email, mail, or fax;
  3. The division invites five types of submissions, and the specific requirements for each are explained below.
  4. Please see the Convention Resource Library at http://www.natcom.org.conventionresources/ for further information about the submission process. All submitters must clearly indicate into which of the seven categories (individual paper, individual performance, paper session, panel discussion, performance session, film and multimedia projects; film and multimedia sessions) the submission fits by selecting the appropriate submission type on the online form; 
  5. NCA Convention Central closes on April 5, 2024, 11:59 P.M. PT;
  6. Session submissions should have multiple institutional affiliations represented. Additionally, participants should not serve in more than one role within each session.

 

SUBMISSION INFORMATION

The Spiritual Communication Division solicits for submission:

  1. Individual Competitive Papers
  2. Individual Competitive Performances
  3. Paper Sessions
  4. Panel Discussions
  5. Performance Sessions
  6. Film and Multimedia Projects
  7. Film and Multimedia Sessions

 

Individual Competitive Papers: Competitive papers, submitted directly by an author(s), are reviewed individually and, if accepted, grouped into sessions by the unit planner. Paper submissions should adhere to the following guidelines: 

  • Submitted papers should include a title and a 150 to 250-word abstract.

  • A maximum length of 25 pages, double-spaced (excluding abstract, references, tables, figures, and appendices). Submitters are reminded that the time limit for presentation of most individual competitive papers at the convention is 12–15 minutes.

  • No information identifying the author(s) may appear on the uploaded document. To ensure anonymous review, submitters should remove their name(s) from the paper (including title page and headers) and the document’s embedded properties before uploading the document. Instructions on how to prepare an unidentifiable copy are provided in NCA’s Convention Resource Library. 

  • Identify student submissions on the title page and in the relevant checkbox on NCA Convention Central. Indicate on the title page of the uploaded paper copy if the submitter is a graduate or undergraduate student.

  • Identify debut papers (submitted by authors who have not presented work previously at NCA) on the title page and of the uploaded paper copy.

  • Please indicate any audio-visual needs you have at the time of submission in the relevant box on NCA Convention Central as late requests cannot be accommodated; 

  • Please indicated if you are willing for your paper to be considered for a Scholar-to-Scholar (S2S) session in the relevant checkbox on NCA Convention Central. S2S submissions will be reviewed by the division as a competitive paper but presented during an S2S session. S2S sessions are especially appropriate for work that benefits from interactive media formats such as posters, laptop displays, or other experiential activities.

 

Individual Competitive Performances: An individual performance submitted directly by a performer(s), which is reviewed individually and, if accepted, grouped into sessions by the unit planner. Performance submissions should adhere to the following guidelines: 

  • Include a performance title, description, and participant(s);

  • Upload a copy of your performance script (maximum 25 double-spaced pages) or a word document with the URL to the performance video. Please do not upload any video directly into NCA Convention Central.

  • Please indicate on the submission document if the performance is by a "student"

  • Please indicate any audio-visual needs you have at the time of submission in the relevant box on NCA Convention Central as late requests cannot be accommodated.

 

Individual Competitive Film and Multimedia Projects: An individual film or media project submitted directly by a content creator, which is reviewed individually and, if accepted, grouped into sessions by the unit planner. Film and multimedia submissions should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Include a film or multimedia project title, description, and participant(s).

  • Upload a copy of your film or multimedia project script (maximum 25 double-spaced pages) or a word document with the URL link to the film or project. Please do not upload any video or media files directly into NCA Convention Central.

  • Please indicate on the submission document if the performance is a "student" project.

  • Please indicate any audio-visual needs you have at the time of submission in the relevant box on NCA Convention Central as late requests cannot be accommodated.

 

Paper Sessions: A preconceived and complete session of papers focused on a particular topic, in which each presenter (3-5 presenters per session) has a titled presentation and delivers his or her own work. Paper sessions are reviewed as a whole, and submitters are strongly encouraged to include participants from different institutions as well as cross-disciplinary or divisional perspectives. Paper session proposal submissions should adhere to the following guidelines: 

  • A title and overall description of the entire session (up to 100 words, excluding the title);

  • The name of the panel's chair required and respondent (if applicable); 

  • A title, description (up to 100 words each), and author(s) for each individual presenter's paper;

  • A rationale that addresses the focus, purpose, importance, and relevance of the session to the division, convention, or discipline (up to 300 words);

  • A statement, uploaded as a supporting document, indicating that each participant agrees to attend the convention.

  • Note: If the paper session is a good candidate for co-sponsorship with another division, caucus, or affiliate organization, please include that information in the special requests box.

 

Panel Discussions: A preconceived and complete session in which a panel of presenters addresses a particular issue, often in a seminar-style conversation, but without individually titled presentations. Like paper sessions, panel discussions are reviewed as a whole, and submitters are strongly encouraged to seek out participants from different institutions as well as cross-disciplinary or divisional perspectives. Panel discussion proposal submissions should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • A title and overall description of the entire session (up to 100 words, excluding the title);

  • The name and contact information of the panel's chair required and respondent (if applicable); 

  • A rationale that addresses the focus, purpose, importance, and relevance of the session to the division, convention, or discipline (up to 300 words);

  • A statement, uploaded as a supporting document, that each participant agrees to attend the convention.

  • Note: If the panel is a good candidate for co-sponsorship with another division, caucus, or affiliate organization, please include that information in the special requests box.

 

Performance Sessions: A performance session is an applied/interactive/performative session, often in a workshop/seminar-style conversation, that engages and encourages attendees to participate or interact through experiential activity related to the particular issue. Like paper or panel sessions, performance sessions are reviewed as a whole, and submitters are encouraged to seek out participants from different institutions as well as cross-disciplinary or divisional perspectives. Performance session proposals should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • A title and overall description of the entire session (up to 100 words, excluding the title);

  • The name and contact information of the panel's chair required and respondent (if applicable); 

  • A rationale that addresses the focus, purpose, importance, and relevance of the session to the division, convention, or discipline (up to 300 words);

  • Title, description, and performer names for each performance;

  • A statement, uploaded as a supporting document, that each participant agrees to attend the convention.

  • Note: If the performance session is a good candidate for co-sponsorship with another division, caucus, or affiliate organization, please include that information in the special requests box.

 

Film and Multimedia Project Sessions: A preconceived and complete session with filmmakers, chair, and respondent (optional). Film sessions are submitted and reviewed for consideration as a whole. Submitted film sessions should include:

  • A title and overall description of the entire session (up to 100 words, excluding the title);

  • The name and contact information of the panel's chair required and respondent (if applicable); 

  • A rationale that addresses the focus, purpose, importance, and relevance of the session to the division, convention, or discipline (up to 300 words);

  • Title, abstract/description, and presenter names for each film or multimedia project;

  • A statement, uploaded as a supporting document, that each participant agrees to attend the convention.

  • Note: If the film or multimedia session is a good candidate for co-sponsorship with another division, caucus, or affiliate organization, please include that information in the special requests box.

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The Student Section is seeking submissions from students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Student Section endeavors to highlight competitive emerging student scholars' work in the field of Communication Studies. Within the Student Section, it is particularly important to continually examine how we organize our program for the convention in ways that make our call. Our panels reflect the diverse amount of inquiry and scholarship within and related to our field. We also welcome scholarship by students from all forms of academic institutions.

With this in mind, we especially welcome scholarship highlighting the 2024 New Orleans, Louisiana Theme of “Communication for Greater Regard.” As NCA First Vice President Jeanetta D. Sims emphasizes, “Communication is both the conduit and manifestation for greater regard. For our 110th Annual Convention, we invite thought-provoking papers, panels, pre-conferences, posters, and programming that engage the three-fold nature of our collective, magnificent stewardship of communication for greater regard: (1) greater regard for what has been before us, (2) greater regard for what is presently around us, and (3) greater regard for what will be beyond us…An extension of “Communication for Greater Regard” is examining when and how communication functions with disregard. Thus, this Call also invites conversations about what has been ignored, dismissed, or devalued in our discipline alongside investigating what should be given more consideration. The convention theme is inclusive of submissions designed to foster a steady, significant look at what has been/is being disregarded.”

The Student Section also invites competitive scholarship outside of the convention theme. We invite individual paper submissions (including paper submissions and scholar-to-scholar sessions), performance session submissions, and panel discussion submissions.

The Student Section will award two Top Paper distinctions, one to an Undergraduate submission and one to a Graduate submission. Guidelines for top paper selection are available upon request.

To provide as many students' opportunities as possible, students may only submit (or be the author of) one piece of scholarship per submission type to the student section.

Regardless of submission type, all must meet the following requirements:

  • All submissions must be submitted online to NCA Convention Central.
  • All submissions must be completely authored by students. In other words, at the time of submission, all authors must be enrolled as a graduate or undergraduate students.
  • Please do not submit the same submission to more than one division.
  • Audio/visual equipment for your submission must be made at the time of submission.
  • If you are an undergraduate student, please write "UNDERGRADUATE" in the footer of your paper.

 

Submission Descriptions

SUBMITTING AN INDIVIDUAL PAPER - A paper is submitted directly by an author(s) for consideration as an individual paper and not part of a pre-conceived paper session (the Student Section does not accept paper sessions). Papers are reviewed individually. Papers can be quantitative, qualitative, rhetorical, or conceptual - but a full study/paper must be submitted.

Submitted competitive papers should include:

  1. A title
  2. A 250-word abstract of the paper
  3. Author(s) information entered into the electronic submission form
  4. 3-5 keywords
  5. Upload a complete manuscript with no more than 30 pages of the main text (not including title page, notes/appendices, and/or references).
  6. Remove all information identifying the author(s) from the paper, title, and description. Also, remove author information from the document's "Properties."
  7. SCHOLAR-TO-SCHOLAR SUBMISSIONS: If you believe your individual paper could be presented in a non-traditional format, check the box in NCA Convention Central to indicate your willingness to present research in a scholar-to-scholar session. Doing so may increase the chance of your submission being slotted for presentation. Your presentation should be able to utilize an interactive element (e.g., laptop displays, poster session, experimental activities). It should be formatted in a way that you can display your work and receive feedback from other scholars). For more information on Scholar-To-Scholar submissions, see the following website from NCA: https://www.natcom.org/convention-events/convention-resources/convention-resource-library/scholar-scholar-faqs-and-tips

 

SUBMITTING A PERFORMANCE SESSION - A performance session is submitted as a pre-conceived and complete session with a performer(s), chair(s), and respondent (optional). The performance session is reviewed for consideration as a whole. Performance sessions are designed for 1 hour and 15-minute sessions. Performances can involve single performers or multiple performers (consideration will be given to multiple performers to give students more opportunities). Submitters should select Performance Session as the submission type in NCA Convention Central and follow the instructions below:

  1. The title of the session
  2. A 250-word description of the session
  3. Maximum 500-word rationale for the session
  4. 3-5 keywords
  5. A title & description for each performance in the session
  6. Performers(s) full contact information
  7. Upload a complete script of each performance

 

SUBMITTING A PANEL DISCUSSION - A panel discussion is submitted as a pre-conceived and complete session of presenters discussing a topic/issue. There are no papers presented at a panel discussion. A panel discussion consists of a group of panelists openly discussing a specific topic. The student section does not accept paper sessions, only individual papers. Still, we are happy to offer recommendations for other divisions for paper sessions if that is something students are interested in submitting. We highly recommend you have written out notes and thought of what you might contribute before your presentation and a list of questions that will be discussed among the panelists. Panel Discussions relating to the convention theme “Freedom” and relevance to graduate student life are highly encouraged. Each panel discussion should focus on how to encourage audience participation and discussion.

Submitted panel discussions should include:

  1. A title for the Panel Discussion
  2. A rationale statement (500 words maximum).
  3. A description of each panelist, their relationship to the discussion topic, and their expertise in relation to the discussion topic(s) (i.e., professional or personal) (100 words maximum for each panelist).
  4. A panel description for the online convention programs (75 words).
  5. Submitted panels should also include a chair and each presenter's name and affiliation. The chair can be a faculty member or a graduate student.
  6. Submissions must include presenters from multiple institutions.
  7. A single person should not serve more than one role in a submission (i.e., a presenter should not also be chair).
  8. All participants in the panel must be students.

 

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants before submission. For additional information on how to submit, check the NCA Convention Resource Library website (www.natcom.org/conventionresources) for more details.

 

If you have a question about the call or if a submission is appropriate for the section, all questions can be directed to the Student Section Vice-Chair:

Julie Sisler

Vice-Chair, Student Section

University of Oklahoma

Julie.sisler@ou.edu

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The Theatre, Film, and New Multi-Media (TFNMM) Division is a supportive, diverse, and expanding community of educators, scholars, artists, administrators, critics, and students who encourage the active exchange of ideas.  We pursue all areas of creativity, research, and teaching while exploring the new trends and technologies through which our disciplines interface. The integration of TFNMM is currently reflected on Broadway; in resident and university theatre and opera productions; in classrooms, rehearsal halls, screens, stages, and soundstages around the world; and in the increasing number of NCA Convention presentations devoted to the multidisciplinary nature of TFNMM.  Therefore, we recognize—and celebrate as mutually supportive activities—the importance of teaching, scholarship, artistic practice, advocacy, and mentoring in TFNMM.

Specifically, the TFNMM Division strives to explore and establish the dynamic connections (1) between theatre and related disciplines, such as film, electronic media (television and radio), new multi-media production or performance (gaming and game creation, online programming and performance, social media, and more), plus other areas of communication; and (2) within the varied and collaborative arts of theatre and film, plus their history, theory, and practice.  New members are welcome from other institutions as well as NCA divisions and interest groups.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE CONVENTION THEME & TFNMM DIVISION CALL

The NCA 110th Annual Convention will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana November 21-24, 2024. The Theatre, Film, and New Multi-Media Division joins with the First Vice President in inviting paper, panel, performance, and film submissions that examine questions related to “Communication for the Greater Regard.”

NCA First Vice President Jeanetta Sims elicits a response with this provocation:

“Regard is a word of Old French origin and is connected historically to New Orleans by the city’s fertile French roots—making this remarkable city an ideal location for learning, discussing, and contemplating communication for greater regard. Greater regard is a process of cultivating care and concern; that which we regard is deemed important, granted value, and given consideration. To be a ‘regarder’ is to be one who watches, takes notice, and is expressive, often by increasing with thoughtful intensity amid a climate where less use of regard is occurring.

Communication is both the conduit and manifestation for greater regard. We invite submissions that engage the three-fold nature of our collective, magnificent stewardship of communication for the greater regard: (1) greater regard for what has been before us, (2) greater regard for what is presently around us, and (3) greater regard for what will be beyond us. A variety of questions and approaches, which are often both complementary and competing, exist for exploring this theme including:

What does it seem the discipline has regarded for 100+ years? How does communication function in today’s climate to enrich greater regard, how has this shifted over the years, or does it need to shift in the future? How is greater regard currently exhibited in communication research, teaching, service, and practice? How are priorities and power structures shaped in the discipline and/or in human communication endeavors through greater regard or to create greater regard? What intentional contributions should we be actively undertaking to foster greater regard?”

Students and scholars in our fields of theatre, film, and multi-media are well-suited to address these themes because of the connection these areas have to community, advocacy, environment, and people. We call for submissions of high quality, integrated, scholarly works of research, performance, improvisation, film, and/or multi-media that focus on “Communication for the Greater Regard.”

We are especially interested in proposals that push the limits of what “new” multi-media has been, what it is, and it will be. Scholarly and creative topics for submissions might include diverse topics such as artificial intelligence (AI), social media (TikTok, YouTube, etc.), video games, virtual reality, and any other multi-mediated forms of communication. We look forward to your submissions.

 

The TFNMM Division invites a variety of types of submissions for the 2024 NCA Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Please use NCA Convention Central for your submission of:  

  • Panel discussions, such as discussion forums, workshops, and debates;
  • Theme-based paper sessions;
  • Individual paper submissions; 
  • Individual film submissions;
  • Individual performance submissions; 
  • Extended Abstract submissions;
  • New multi-media submissions;
  • Performances and/or screenings of (and conversations about) mediated texts or films, special readings, and theatrical, musical, and/or dance-related performances;
  • Special annual TFNMM Division programs.
  • All proposals must be submitted online through NCA Convention Central.
  • For Individual Paper Submissions, only use PDF files.  They are the most reliable format for submission uploads.    
  • All A/V equipment needs must be requested at the time of submission to secure availability; no exceptions to this policy.  AV equipment provided by NCA includes: laptop audio, LCD projector, and Internet connections.  NCA does not provide equipment, such as laptops, transparency projectors, VCR or DVD players, camcorders, satellite links, or teleconference/webinar equipment.  On-site rentals may be possible, but at each individual’s or institution’s expense.
  • No paper or panel sessions should consist of participants from only one institution.
  • No individual may fill more than one role in any given session.  
  • All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants and A Code of Professional Ethics for the Communication Scholar/Teacher prior to submission and to access helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, in the Convention Library (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources/).

First, the TFNMM Division encourages Convention theme-based panels, papers, and performances.  Please develop sessions that deal explicitly and provocatively with the theme “Communication for the Greater Regard” and sessions that fit within the mission of our division.

Second, the TFNMM Division invites multidisciplinary proposals that encourage both cross-disciplinary scholarship within and outside our division, including co-sponsorships.  In order to broaden our perspectives and increase participation, session Chairs are encouraged to seek presenters, panelists, or performers from our divisions’ disciplines as well as from other general institutions or NCA divisions and interest groups. Co-sponsorships empower two or more units to promote sessions together and, therefore, to increase attendance.  

Please contact Kevin Brown (brownkevin@missouri.edu) for assistance communicating with the 2024 vice chair of programs for any unit(s) you wish to contact for co-sponsorship(s).  

Third, Scholar-to-Scholar (S2S) sessions are encouraged to expand our sessions.  Innovative visual and aural work, multi-media projects, and interactive presentations lend themselves particularly well to the S2S format.  Please send your proposals initially to the TFNMM Division, checking off the S2S box alone or in concert with other possible presentation formats, and we will send your proposals on to the S2S unit if we are unable to locate an available and appropriate forum for your work.  This way, we expand our opportunities to serve the division and you and, if one or more S2S sessions are accepted from our division, we are able to provide “wandering scholars” to offer feedback to S2S presenters.  Please remember, a S2S session is not a subordinate presentation format; rather it expands our options for accepting excellent work when other available and appropriately coordinated forums cannot be located.  

 

GROUP PERFORMANCES, PANEL DISCUSSIONS, & THEME-BASED PAPER SESSIONS, WORKSHOPS, AND EXERCISES

The TFNMM Division encourages creative and engaging performances—theatrical, musical, and/or dance-related; film-related; electronic or mediated; poetic, interactive, or other; we also encourage various uses of current and traditional technologies. You may submit multiple files with your submissions, if you, for example, have a recording or script.  All group performance submissions must include the following: 1) a title, 2) a short abstract of no more than 75 words, 3) a script and/or recording/pictures (please provide URL link to recording/pictures), 4) the length of the performance, and 5) NCA A/V equipment requests.

Please use mp3 or mp4 files for recorded performances.  Note that the size limit for uploaded files in Convention Central is 200MB.  Submitters with larger files should upload a Word doc/docx with a link to the file on another platform.

 

Panel discussions, including discussion forums, workshops, debates, screenings of (and conversations about) mediated texts, special readings and performances of various kinds, should include the following:  1) panel title, 2) a short description of no more than 75 words, 3) a rationale, 4) names of Chair(s), Presenters, Panelists, Performers, Respondent(s), their affiliations, and contact information, including email addresses and phone numbers, and 5) NCA A/V equipment requests.

All theme-based paper sessions should list the following:  1) session title, 2) a short description of no more than 75 words, 3) a rationale, 4) a title and comprehensive abstract of each paper, 5) names of author(s), Chair(s), Respondent(s), their affiliations, and contact information, including email addresses and phone numbers, and 6) NCA A/V equipment requests. 

 

INDIVIDUAL PAPER SUBMISSIONS

The TFNMM Division encourages short presentations that will lead to intriguing and important conversations.  For presenters, we encourage the use of visual communication, the extemporaneous style of delivery (rather than reading), and audience interaction. 

All individual paper submissions must include the following:  1) a title, 2) a short abstract of no more than 75 words, 3) the uploaded paper text or an extended comprehensive abstract, 4) whether this is a student paper, 5) whether this is a debut paper, and 6) NCA A/V equipment requests.

Completed papers are encouraged but extended comprehensive abstracts also will be accepted and judged competitively.  Uploaded supporting files for individual paper submissions should not include any identifying information in the file to ensure anonymous reviews.

Include a maximum of 25 double-spaced pages exclusive of references, appendices, and footnotes.  “Debut” indicates a submission by a presenter who has never presented a paper at a regional or national conference.  Debut awards may be presented.  The top student debut paper will receive the NCA TFNMM Division's “Debut Scholar Award,” which will be submitted for the NCA Cushman Award.

 

INDIVIDUAL FILM SUBMISSIONS

All individual film submissions must include the following: 1) a title, 2) a short abstract of no more than 75 words, 3) a script and/or recording (please provide URL link to completed film), 4) length of film, and 5) NCA A/V equipment requests.

Individual films should be no longer than 10 minutes in length. However, you may edit your film to an appropriate length for the conference. Uploaded supporting files should not include any identifying information in the file to ensure anonymous reviews.  Presentation time at the convention may be less than 10 minutes depending upon the number of presenters and films.

Note that the size limit for uploaded files in Convention Central is 200MB. Submitters with larger files should upload a Word document with a link to the file on another platform.

 

INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE SUBMISSIONS

All individual performance submissions must include the following: 1) a title, 2) a short abstract of no more than 75 words, 3) a script and/or recording/pictures (please provide URL link to recording/pictures), 4) length of the performance, and 5) NCA A/V equipment requests.

Individual performances should be no longer than 10 minutes in length.  However, you may edit your performance to an appropriate length for the conference. Completed scripts/performances are strongly encouraged.  Please include a URL link of photos/videos of your performance, if available. Uploaded supporting files should not include any identifying information in the file to ensure anonymous reviews.

 

NEW MULTI-MEDIA SUBMISSIONS

New multi-media submissions include creative and/or scholarly works such as video essays, documentaries, audio papers, photo essays, social media posts and/or other forms of media used in new ways that push the limits of what media can communicate. We are especially interested in proposals that push the limits of what “new” multi-media has been, what it is, and it will be. Scholarly and creative topics for submissions might include diverse topics such as artificial intelligence (AI), social media (TikTok, YouTube, etc.), video games, virtual reality, and any other multi-mediated forms of communication.

All new multi-media submissions must include the following: 1) a title, 2) a short abstract of no more than 75 words, 3) a script and/or recording/pictures (please provide URL link to recording/pictures), 4) length of the performance/presentation, and 5) NCA A/V equipment requests. Multi-Media presentations should be no longer than 10 minutes in length.

Please include a URL link of photos/videos of your project/performance, if available. Uploaded supporting files should not include any identifying information in the file to ensure anonymous reviews.

 

EXTENDED ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS

Extended Abstracts: Extended abstracts will be considered for papers, short plays, performances, films, and other forms of multi-media creative and scholarly work, both completed and in progress. Extended abstracts should be between 1,000-1,500 words (not including references). If your abstract is accepted, two weeks before the conference final papers or scripts must be sent to panel respondents. Accepted extended abstracts may be grouped with other extended abstracts or added to paper panels, at the discretion of the division planner. You may indicate your preference.

To apply for this combination panel, please select EXTENDED ABSTRACT in the submission choice option.  If you have any questions about this special program, please reach out to Kevin Brown (brownkevin@missouri.edu).  We are happy to help you with your submission, so don't hesitate to reach out for help or to ask further questions.

 

TFNMM DIVISION ANNUAL AWARDS

Based on submissions received, the TFNMM Division offers the following possible awards annually: top student paper(s); top film(s); and top paper(s). When warranted, we also recognize and reward mid-career and lifetime achievement.

 

NCA SPECIAL PROGRAMMING

In addition to submissions to the TFNMM Division, we also remind submitters about traditional NCA programming, which expands your opportunities. For example, you are invited, as always, to check the calls for G.I.F.T.S., Pre-conference Events, Short Courses, Teachers on Teaching, and so on. 

 

Please submit your proposals via NCA’s Convention Central by the closing date of April 5, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.    

 

2023 PROGRAM CHAIR CONTACT INFORMATION

Dr. Kevin Brown

Department of Theatre

University of Missouri

Columbia, MO 65211

brownkevin@missouri.edu

 

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109th NCA Convention Theme: Communication for Greater Regard

The 2024 Convention theme calls us to convene around “Communication for Greater Regard.” Regard is a word of Old French origin and is connected historically to New Orleans by the city’s fertile French roots—making this remarkable city an ideal location for learning, discussing, and contemplating communication for greater regard. Communication is both the conduit and manifestation for greater regard. The theme of greater regard aims to spotlight sessions that convene conversation about the process of cultivating care and concern; that which we regard is deemed important, granted value, and given consideration.

 

About the T&D Division

The Training & Development (T&D) Division provides a home for those within and outside of academia interested and involved in training, learning, and organizational development. We contribute scholarship and applications to develop people, teams, and organizations. We help with organizational and cultural development, onboarding, behavioral and skills training, change management, leadership development, coaching, and conflict resolution, among other development areas. We strive to enhance corporations, governments, non-profit organizations, and our shared greater society.

We strive to create a world where scholarly discourse, informed application, and continuous learning promote responsible communication practices. We enhance the efforts of professional communication researchers and practitioners dedicated to applying communication and adult learning theory in multiple learning environments.

We establish the crucial connection between academic and professional landscapes.

 

Types of Submissions Accepted

The T&D Division invites submissions on topics relevant to the research, theory, and practice of training, learning, and development. We encourage creative submissions that unite separate areas of study and integrate ideas throughout the communication discipline. We appreciate entries that analyze highly relevant current trends, share best practices, examine future directions for research and teaching, and offer a vision for our discipline.

We prioritize submissions that appeal to the broader NCA audience and showcase the integration of theory and practice to offer practical and immediate benefits for our audiences. We accept individual papers, paper sessions, and panel discussions.

 

Individual Papers

Description: An original paper unrelated to other entries (i.e., not submitted as part of a preconceived paper session).

 

Process: The individual, competitive papers undergo review and are later grouped into paper sessions by the program planners. Accepted submissions should emphasize practical, applied implications and be delivered at the convention extemporaneously or conversationally.

 

In a single PDF please include the following:

  • A title

  • A description of no more than 350 words

  • Three (3) keywords

  • An entry that does not exceed 25 double-spaced pages in 12-point font. The page limit does not include tables or references.

  • Special requests and AV (audio/video) needs

 

Please DO NOT include any identifiable information to enable blind review.

 

Paper Sessions

Description: A group of papers presented as a cohesive session linked by a theme, methodological approach, or another salient factor. We especially encourage multiple viewpoints and voices across academic and nonacademic institutions (e.g., scholars at different universities and practitioners at diverse organizations).

 

Process: We review all papers collectively as a complete session. Please include:

  • A title for the session

  • A session description of no more than 75 words

  • A rationale for the session of no more than 350 words

  • Titles, author(s) information, and abstracts for each presentation/paper (350 words maximum for each paper)

  • Chair (required) and respondent (optional), along with institutional affiliation

  • Special requests and AV (audio/video) needs

 

Panel Sessions

Description: A roundtable panel or other alternative presentation formats (e.g., brief entries related to a common theme). Sessions can center around themes, methodological approaches, or other unifying factors related to training and development. We especially encourage multiple viewpoints and voices across academic and nonacademic institutions (e.g., scholars at different universities and practitioners at diverse organizations). Higher-density panels with many strong discussants are strongly preferred.

 

Process: Submissions for panels should include:

  • A title for the session

  • A session description of no more than 75 words

  • A rationale for the session of no more than 500 words

  • Chair (required) and respondent (optional), along with institutional affiliation

  • A list of presenters and their affiliations

  • A review of the core content/perspectives/topic area to be covered by the presenters and their background in the area(s)

  • A brief review of how you plan to drive engagement with our audience

  • Special requests and AV (audio/video) needs

Additional tips:

Please dedicate at least 30 minutes to facilitate dialogue and discussion on the panel topic. When outlining your rationale, pay special attention to how the session will enhance the T&D field and attract participation and active involvement from members of the T&D division and convention attendees.

 

Additional Submission Information

  • Please electronically submit all entries to NCA’s Convention Central

  • Please identify student submissions of papers by selecting the correct box on the electronic submission form

  • AV requests must be made at the time of submission

 

Ways to Earn an Award for Top Papers and Panels

  • Demonstrate the relevance to the communication-based T&D field, especially with theory and practice

  • Create a professional and sound entry (e.g., adherence to scholarly norms)

  • Potential to attract and involve many attendees from T&D and other NCA divisions

 

Potential Ideas for T&D Submissions

While the T&D division will accept submissions on topics relevant to the research, theory, and practice of training, learning, and development, we especially invite entries centered on the conference theme, Communication for Greater Regard. Here are some potential questions to help you brainstorm:

  • How might T&D applied research and practice encourage communication for greater regard from personal, team, organizational, and cultural barriers that may inhibit successful learning and development?

  • What role can consultants play to break the boundaries between academic and non-academic spaces?

  • How might T&D professionals offer communication for greater regard?

Listed below are other ideas to help you brainstorm:

Other potential ideas: Skill development, supervisory, management and leadership training, learning and development, team development, communication skills, individual and/or executive coaching, consulting, development and change engagement, intercultural, diversity and international training contexts, training ethics, training and development processes (including the preparation, execution, assessment and critique of T&D programs).

Papers can be in a variety of formats including research reports, case studies, theoretical developments or critiques, critical analyses, essays, and literature reviews.

 

Submission Resources

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants (https://www.natcom.org/sites/default/files/NCA_Convention_Resources_Convention_Standards.pdf) prior to submission. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available at the Convention Resource Library (https://www.natcom.org/convention-events/convention-resources/convention-resource-library).

 

Have Questions?

Contact your program co-planners for more Information:

Bolton Morales (bomorale@gmail.com)

Leanna Hartsough (hartsola@ucmail.uc.edu)

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The Undergraduate College and University Section (UCUS) invites submissions for extended abstracts, individual papers, paper sessions, and panel discussions for the National Communication Association’s 110th Annual Convention in New Orleans, LA, November 21-24, 2024. UCUS addresses the interests of faculty and administrators in small to mid-sized undergraduate colleges and universities. It offers a forum for exploring teaching, research, and administration, and particularly for exploring how these areas are related.

Please note: this section is for issues and research focused on undergraduate education or undergraduate colleges and universities and is NOT the “student section” of NCA. If you are a student seeking to submit a paper to this section, please be sure your research addresses the specific focus of the section (as identified above). We suggest you confer with your communication faculty for assistance in determining the proper venue for your research or email the planner of this section.

For this year’s convention theme, Communication for Greater Regard," NCA Second Vice President, Jeanetta D. Sims, writes, Communication is both the conduit and manifestation for greater regard. For our 110th Annual Convention, we invite thought-provoking papers, panels, pre-conferences, posters, and programming that engage the three-fold nature of our collective, magnificent stewardship of communication for greater regard: (1) greater regard for what has been before us, (2) greater regard for what is presently around us, and (3) greater regard for what will be beyond us. A variety of questions and approaches, which are often both complementary and competing, exist for exploring this theme including: What does it seem the discipline has regarded for 100+ years? How does communication function in today’s climate to enrich greater regard, how has this shifted over the years, or does it need to shift in the future? How is greater regard currently exhibited in communication research, teaching, service, and practice? How are

priorities and power structures shaped in the discipline and/or in human communication endeavors through greater regard or to create greater regard? What intentional contributions should we be actively undertaking to foster greater regard?

An extension of “Communication for Greater Regard” is examining when and how communication functions with disregard. Thus, this Call also invites conversations about what has been ignored, dismissed, or devalued in our discipline alongside investigating what should be given more consideration. The convention theme is inclusive of submissions designed to foster a steady, significant look at what has been/is being disregarded.

Submissions will be evaluated based on the following criteria: Relevance to the Section, Contribution to Knowledge, Execution (submission is theoretically and methodologically sound), Writing Quality, and Connection to Convention Theme (REGARD. Submissions will be accepted in the following four categories: extended abstract, individual paper, paper session, and panel discussion.

We are interested in scholarship that cuts across other subdisciplines and will work to partner with other divisions to co-sponsor sessions where applicable. Please identify in your submission if your proposal aligns with one or more of the other units or sections of NCA. 

 

IMPORTANT SUBMISSION NOTES: All submissions must be completed electronically through NCA Convention Central, accessible through the NCA website. Audio-visual requests (e.g., LCD projector and screen) must be made at the time of submission. The same abstract, paper, or proposal may not be submitted to more than one unit or section. The system will not accept late submissions. Submission Deadline: Friday April 5, 2024, 11:59 P.M. PT

 

EXTENDED ABSTRACTS: We welcome extended abstracts in two forms: 1. Research proposal that will not be completed by NCA 2024, and 2. Research in progress that will be completed by NCA 2024. Author(s) should clearly note on the cover page which form of extended abstract they are submitting (see submission instructions below). Although "research" is included in the descriptions, submissions may include empirical research, theoretical developments or critiques, or critical analyses. Submitted abstracts should include the following:

  1. A title, a 250-word (maximum) abstract, and the extended abstract in PDF format. 
  2. Identify whether the extended abstract will not be completed by NCA 2024 (i.e., research proposal) OR will be completed by NCA 2024 (i.e., research in progress) on the first page of the paper. 
  3. Extended abstracts should be double-spaced (12 pt. font) and not exceed 12 pages of text (not including references or end materials such as appendixes or tables). 
  4. For anonymous review, papers must remove identifying information in the uploaded document.

For detailed information on submitting an unidentifiable copy, please consult the NCA Convention Resource Library (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources/).

 

INDIVIDUAL PAPERS: We welcome papers addressing issues of interest to faculty and administrators at undergraduate institutions. Papers should be “stand-alone” items, not ones that are part of a preconceived paper session. Each paper is reviewed individually. Papers may include empirical research reports, theoretical developments or critiques, or critical analyses. Accepted papers will then be assigned to a panel at the convention with other competitively selected papers. Submitted papers should include the following:

  1. A title, a 250-word (maximum) abstract, and a completed paper in PDF format.
  2. Identify whether the paper is a student-authored paper on the first page of the paper.
  3. Papers should be double-spaced (12 pt. font) and not exceed 25 pages of text (not including references or end materials such as appendixes or tables).
  4. For anonymous review, papers must remove identifying information in the uploaded document.
  5. Identify consideration for Scholar to Scholar (see below).

For detailed information on submitting an unidentifiable copy, please consult the NCA Convention Resource Library (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources/).

 

  • Scholar to Scholar:

Scholar to Scholar is an interactive presentation format where participants display their work using creative posters, digital slides, and other media to engage in conversation with “wandering scholars” in attendance. Your submission will be reviewed by our division but may then be scheduled during a larger NCA Scholar-to-Scholar session. S2S sessions are particularly suitable for those interested in more individual scholarly discussion, those seeking personal feedback on their work, and those who might want to present with alternative formats. If you would like your submission to be considered for Scholar to Scholar, check the appropriate agreement box on the NCA Convention Central form as you submit.  For more information on Scholar to Scholar, visit https://www.natcom.org/convention-events/convention-resources/convention-resource-library/scholar-scholar-faqs-and-tipsPAPER SESSIONS: A paper session is submitted as a complete session of titled papers centered on a common topic or theme. These papers are not submitted or reviewed individually but are reviewed in total. The session should include participants from different institutions. Submitted paper session proposals should include the following:

  1. A title for the overall session.
  2. An overall description of the session of no more than 150 words.
  3. A rationale of no more than 300 words for the whole session.
  4. A list of author(s) information with their affiliations, paper title, and a 100-200-word description for each paper to be presented.
  5. List a chair (required) who is not a panelist.
  6. List a respondent (optional).

 

PANEL DISCUSSIONS: A panel discussion is submitted as a preconceived and complete session of presenters discussing various aspects of a specific topic or issue. Only the panel itself is given a title, and no papers are presented during this roundtable discussion. The session should include participants from different institutions. Submitted panel discussion proposals should include the following:

  1. One title for the panel session.
  2. An overall description of no more than 150 words for the whole panel.
  3. A rationale of no more than 300 words for the whole panel.
  4. A list of the presenters and their affiliations, and a brief description of no more than 100 words for each presenter as to their expertise on, or contribution to, the discussion topic should be included as a supporting file.
  5. List a chair (required) who is not a discussion panelist.

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants available on the Convention Resource Library page at http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources/ before submission. Submitters can access “how-to” guides, sample submissions, and other useful resources.

Per NCA policy, all those who submit papers, paper sessions, and panel discussions agree to attend the NCA convention to present should their submissions be accepted.

Please submit questions regarding submissions for UCUS directly to:

Erin Vicente, Brandeis University Undergraduate College and University Section Program Planner 2024

evicente@brandeis.edu

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The Visual Communication Division invites submissions for the 110th Annual National Communication Association Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana on November 21-24, 2024.

The division aims to explore the theories and practices of visual communication, including the use, display, and manipulation of still and moving images, graphic design, symbols, visual perception, visual spaces, and material culture. The Visual Communication Division invites submission of individual papers, paper sessions, panel discussions, works-in-progress/research escalator papers (new for 2024), and performance sessions. Panel and performance formats that encourage audience interaction and conversation are particularly welcome. Questions regarding the submission of alternative format panel ideas for review should be sent to the program planner prior to the submission deadline.

The theme for NCA’s 110th Annual Convention is "Communication for Greater Regard." Our NCA First Vice President, Jeanetta D. Sims, describes greater regard as “a process of cultivating care and concern; that which we regard is deemed important, granted value, and given consideration. To be a ‘regarder’ is to be one who watches, takes notice, and is expressive, often by increasing with thoughtful intensity amid a climate where less use of regard is occurring.” Importantly, the theme also makes space for us to consider “when and how communication functions with disregard.” 

Submissions that develop the conference theme of “Communication for Greater Regard” are highly encouraged, particularly those which explore the centrality of visual communication theory and practice to broaden our scholarship beyond white, Western, heterosexist, ableist, and cisgendered norms. While the division wishes to promote scholarship that advances insight on the convention theme in a number of its presentation sections, well-developed projects and panels that address the theory and practice of visual communication in a substantial way, but do not address directly the convention theme, also are welcome. 

Individuals may present only one paper in the Visual Communication Division, whether submitted as an individual paper or as a part of a paper session. Individuals may serve within the division as chairs, respondents, and/or participants on non-traditional panels in addition to presenting a single paper. However, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author, performer, or presenter) in the same submission. Paper sessions, panel discussions, and performance sessions that include individuals representing multiple institutions are highly preferred. 

The division presents an award for the top individual paper submitted to the conference each year (paper sessions, panel discussions, and performance sessions are not considered for this award). Individual paper submissions from students are considered for the Cushman Award for top student paper. We will also announce calls for the division’s annual book, dissertation and published paper award in 2024 (these are not submitted through the convention system). 

The division looks forward to reviewing the exceptional work being done by folks from across the discipline and country, and to convening in New Orleans for engaging discussions.

 

GENERAL SUBMISSION INFORMATION:

  1. All submissions must be submitted electronically via NCA Convention Central: @LINK HERE. Email submissions and late submissions are not accepted.
  2. All submissions to the division will be peer reviewed using a standardized evaluation form. Those peer reviews will form the basis of acceptance or rejection for programming by the division planner. 
  3. Each submission should only be under review to the Visual Communication Division. Submitters should not send the same materials to multiple divisions and/or affiliate groups. 
  4. Requests for specific AV equipment or other accommodations must be entered online at the time of submission for paper, session, and discussion proposals. The division will try its best to communicate those requests to the conference planner but cannot guarantee that all requests will be fulfilled.
  5. Submitting a paper, panel, or performance is a commitment to attend the convention if the work is accepted for presentation. All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants (https://www.natcom.org/sites/default/files/NCA_Convention_Resources_Convention_Standards.pdf) prior to submission.
  6. Helpful resources, including recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the Convention Resource Library: https://www.natcom.org/convention-events/convention-resources/convention-resource-library.

 

SUBMITTING A COMPETITIVE INDIVIDUAL PAPER:

Individual papers are original pieces of written research completed by the author(s) prior to the submission deadline that they wish to subject to peer review for the convention. Individual papers should include: a title; an abstract of no more than 350 words; and a main text of no more than 25 double-spaced pages using 12-point type (excluding tables and references). Please identify student submissions by selecting the correct box on the electronic submission form. Please indicate whether you would be willing to present at a Scholar to Scholar session by selecting the Scholar to Scholar box on the submission form.

Note: To ensure blind review, submitters must remove their name from their paper and the paper properties before uploading the document to NCA Convention Central. Author information must be provided in NCA Convention Central's submission digital interface, but that information will be concealed from reviewers.

 

SUBMITTING A PAPER SESSION:

A paper session consists of a group of presenters who present completed research papers on a specific topic. Papers may be completed prior to the submission of the panel discussion, but full papers are not required to be submitted to the NCA Convention Central for peer review. However, final papers should be completed, if accepted, prior to the convention on a timeline coordinated with the panel organizer, chair, and respondent. Paper session proposals should include: a title for the session; a session description of no more than 75 words; a rationale for the session of no more than 350 words; title, author(s) information, and abstracts for each paper (350 words maximum for each paper); and session chair/respondent information.

 

SUBMITTING A PANEL DISCUSSION:

A panel discussion may include roundtable panels, as well as other alternative presentation formats. Panel discussion proposals should include: a title for the panel; a panel description of no more than 75 words; a rationale for the panel discussion of no more than 500 words; a list of presenters and their affiliations; and a chair for the panel discussion.

 

SUBMITTING A WORK-IN-PROGRESS/RESEARCH ESCALATOR PAPER:

Research escalator papers are original pieces of written research that are ongoing works in progress the author(s) wish to workshop at the convention. Work-in-progress papers should include: a title; an abstract of no more than 350 words; and a main text of no more than 3 double-spaced pages using 12-point type (excluding tables and references). The main text of these papers should include proposed theoretical framework and methods, data collection status and any preliminary findings. Work-in-progress/research escalator papers are intended primarily for students and early career researchers who want to workshop their paper with senior scholar(s) at the convention and do not intend to submit for publication prior to the convention. Please identify student submissions by selecting the correct box on the electronic submission form. 

Note: To ensure blind review, submitters must remove their name from their paper and the paper properties before uploading the document to NCA Convention Central. Author information must be provided in NCA Convention Central's submission digital interface, but that information will be concealed from reviewers.

 

SUBMITTING A PERFORMANCE SESSION:

A visual communication performance may be interpreted broadly but could include scripted monologues, group productions, or visual production projects. Performance session proposals should include: a session title; a session description of no more than 75 words; a session rationale of no more than 500 words; title and description for each performance a list of presenters and their affiliations; any supplemental supporting documentation that would help peer reviewers and the division planner determine the quality of the proposal (e.g., a video or script); and any chair/respondent information (if applicable).

Note: If you wish to provide a video, please upload a word document with the URL to where the video can be viewed online. Due to file size limitations, submitters cannot upload videos to NCA Convention Central.

 

QUESTIONS:

Please address questions to the Program Planner: Dr. W. Patrick Wade at wwade@gsu.edu

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The purpose of the Asian/Pacific American Caucus (APAC) is to advance research, scholarship, and creative activity that deepens our understanding of Asian/Pacific American (A/PA) concerns, to give voice to A/PA communities, and to empower A/PA faculty and students within the discipline. APAC is committed to empowering historically marginalized voices within the caucus and supporting transnational connections between communities in the Americas and across the globe: including the Middle East, the Pacific Islands, Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, and indigenous communities across these spaces. Our work speaks to the complexity of culture, globalization, identity, and politics inside and outside the US.

 

APAC seeks papers, panels, performance, and film sessions that connect to this year’s convention theme of “Communication for Greater Regard.” As NCA First Vice President Jeanetta D. Sims emphasizes, our 2024 convention theme challenges participants to cultivate care and concern in a communication process which we regard is deemed important, granted value, and given consideration through diverse scholarship. This convention theme allows us to engage in the nature of communication for greater regard that emerges from the A/PA communities’ particular historical and contemporary conditions. How does communication function from A/PA communities in the discipline to enrich greater regard, how has this shifted over the years, or does it need to shift in the future? How is greater regard currently exhibited in communication research, teaching, service, and practice from the A/PA communities? How are priorities and power structures shaped by A/PA communities through greater regard or to create greater regard? What intentional contributions should A/PA communities be actively undertaking to foster greater regard? 

 

An extension of “Communication for Greater Regard” is also examining when and how communication functions with disregard. Thus, this call also invites conversations about what has been ignored, dismissed, devalued about A/PA communities in the discipline alongside investigating what should be given more consideration.

 

We welcome submissions that utilize diverse methodologies and theoretical perspectives, and we encourage panels/sessions that represent voices from multiple institutions. Please indicate in your submission if your work appeals to other divisions and caucuses for a co-sponsored panel. We welcome submissions that describe, explore, or enhance the convention theme, “Communication for Greater Regard.” 

 

The Asian/Pacific American Communication Caucus will accept the following submission types: Individual Papers, Individual Performances, Paper Sessions, Panel Discussions, Performance Sessions, and Film Sessions. All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central. Emailed or mailed submissions will not be accepted. 

 

1. Individual Papers: Submissions must include a max 25-page, double-spaced uploaded copy of the paper, with 1-inch margins using 12-point font (not including references, tables, figures, cover page, or footnotes). Each paper must contain an abstract (up to 250 words). Manuscripts must be original material, not presented at any other scholarly conference, and not published or accepted for publication at the time of submission. Submissions should include a title, paper description (abstract), keywords, and author information in the appropriate sections of the electronic submission form. AV requests must be made at the time of submission. If a student submission, please select student in the electronic form. All authors must be students, in this case. 

 

2. Individual Performances: Performance can be understood broadly that includes (but not limited to) poetry/spoken word, (auto)ethnographic embodiment, or any other creative activity. Submissions must include a complete performance script (references must be included, if applicable). Scripts should be a representative of 10-12-minute performance. Each script must contain an abstract (up to 250 words). Scripts must be original material, not presented at any other scholarly conference, and not published or accepted for publication at the time of submission. Submissions should include a title, performance description (abstract of 250-word maximum), keywords, and author information in the appropriate sections of the electronic submission form. AV requests must be made at the time of submission. 

 

3. Paper Sessions: Submissions should include a session title, a description of the session (75 words maximum), a rationale for the session (250 words maximum), and name and affiliation of the session chair (and respondent, if applicable). A session chair is required, while a respondent is optional. In addition, submissions must include titles, descriptions (250 words maximum) and author(s) information for each paper. Paper sessions should include individuals representing multiple institutions. Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author) in a submission. AV requests must be made at the time of submission.

 

4. Panel Discussions: Submissions should include a session title, a description of the session (75 words maximum), a rationale for the session (250 words maximum), and name and affiliation of the session chair. A session chair is required. In addition, submissions should include the names and affiliations of each presenter involved. Panel discussions should include individuals representing multiple institutions. Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author) in a submission. AV requests must be made at the time of submission.

 

5. Performance Sessions: Performance can be understood broadly that includes (but not limited to) poetry/spoken word, (auto)ethnographic embodiment, or any other creative activity. Submitted performance sessions should include a session title, a description of the session (75 words maximum) for the online convention program, a rationale for the session (250 words maximum), and name and affiliation of the session chair (and respondent, if applicable). A session chair is required, while a respondent is optional. In addition, submissions should include separate performance titles, performance descriptions (250 words maximum), and performer’s information for each performance included in the session. Performance sessions should include individuals representing multiple institutions. Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, performer, etc.) in a submission. AV requests must be made at the time of submission.

 

6. Film Sessions: Depending on the number of participants in a proposed film session, length of original films or mediated pieces must be considered to provide ample time for feedback and/or discussion. Submissions should include a session title, a description of the session (75 words maximum), a rationale for the session (250 words maximum), and name and affiliation of the session chair (and respondent, if applicable). A session chair is required, while a respondent is optional. In addition, submissions should include separate titles, descriptions (250 words maximum), creator’s information, and public accessible links for each film or mediated piece. Film sessions should include individuals representing multiple institutions.  Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, creator, etc.) in a submission. AV requests must be made at the time of submission.

 

GENERAL SUBMISSION INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

  1. All papers, performances, panels, and proposed sessions must be submitted electronically to the NCA Convention Central by Friday, April 5, 2024, at 11:59 pm Pacific Time. Emailed or mailed submissions will not be accepted.
  2. Submissions (PDF) must be uploaded into NCA Convention Central and must not include identifying information. Instructions on how to prepare an unidentifiable copy are provided in the Convention Library: https://www.natcom.org/convention-events/convention-resources/convention-resource-library/preparing-unidentifiable-copy
  3. All submitters are invited to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission: https://www.natcom.org/sites/default/files/NCA_Convention_Resources_Convention_Standards.pdf 
  4. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the Convention Resource Library: https://www.natcom.org/convention-events/convention-resources/convention-resource-library 
  5. Manuscripts must be original material, not presented at any other scholarly conference, and not published or accepted for publication at the time of submission.
  6. Submitters must commit to attending and presenting their papers at the convention.
  7. Each submission should be made to one unit only. Submitters can make co-sponsorship recommendations in the Special Requests box. They can also indicate if they would be willing to present their work at a Scholar-to-Scholar poster session.
  8. All audiovisual equipment needs must be requested at the time of submission. Late requests cannot be accommodated.
  9. To ensure proper peer review, authors and submitters of individual papers and individual performances should remove any identifying information from their entire file. Individual papers and individual performances with identifying information may be withdrawn from the review process.
  10. Paper sessions should NOT include individuals from only one institution, but multiple institutions should be represented.

 

For more information, please contact:

Andy Kai-chun Chuang, Ph.D.APACSD/APAC Vice Chair & Program Plannerandykaichunchuang@gmail.com 

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Please note that individual paper submissions should be sent to the African American Communication and Culture Division. The Black Caucus accepts paper sessions, panel discussions, and individual performances.

*Additionally, please do not submit repeat papers, panels and/or abstracts to several caucuses and/or divisions*

 

The Black Caucus invites paper sessions, panel discussions, and individual performances for the National Communication Association's 110th Annual Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana from November 21 through November 24, 2024. The submission deadline is April 5, 2024, at 11:59 PM Pacific Time. 

The Black Caucus is centrally concerned with advocacy, policy, law, ethics, practice, and procedures regarding the practical and philosophical matters of what it means to identify as Black and/or African American in communication contexts in and outside academia. The interests of the Caucus also encompass the substance of intersectionality as it shapes individual and collective communicative experiences across the Diaspora.

The Black Caucus is especially interested in critical work attending to COVID-19 communication and disparities; education, electoral politics, and their effects on national and international race relations, policies, and politics; policing and the carceral system, community relations and political action; sexual, gender, and racial violence; and other social, cultural, and political concerns. 

The Black Caucus also seeks paper sessions, panel discussions, and individual performances that engage the convention theme: “Communication for Greater Regard.” As a caucus —that embraces scholarship, research and discourse that is rooted in the history of the Black diaspora, which has routinely been disregarded in the scholastic field — this theme encapsulates our core essence to showcase and uplift Black experiences and scholarship. NCA First Vice President, Jeanetta Sims states:

“Regard is a word of Old French origin and is connected historically to New Orleans by the city’s fertile French roots—making this remarkable city an ideal location for learning, discussing, and contemplating communication for greater regard. Greater regard is a process of cultivating care and concern; that which we regard is deemed important, granted value, and given consideration. To be a “regarder” is to be one who watches, takes notice, and is expressive, often by increasing with thoughtful intensity amid a climate where less use of regard is occurring.”

Accordingly, submissions engaging with the conference theme may address but are certainly not limited to the following topics: criminal justice reform, misogynoir, environmental racism, voter suppression, digital divide and equality.

The Black Caucus is very much interested in collaborating with other caucuses and divisions. If you have paper sessions or panel submissions that you think maybe a fit with the Black Caucus and with another division or caucus, please clearly indicate in your submission.

All submissions must be made through NCA's Convention Central. Emailed or mailed submissions will not be accepted. For a definition of submission types, please refer to the step-by-step “How to Submit” Instructions provided in the Convention Library. The following are general guidelines for submissions to the Black Caucus:

 

1) Paper Sessions: Submissions must include a session title, a session description, a session rationale, titles and abstracts or descriptions of each paper. All papers should include complete author information (affiliation, name, email address, physical address, and phone number). A session chair is required. Please provide a rationale for acceptance by outlining the importance and relevance of the submission to the convention theme and to the Black Caucus.2) Panel Discussions: Submissions must include a title and a detailed description of the session. Submissions must include the name of each presenter and the title of each presenter's contribution.  A session chair is required. Please provide a rationale for acceptance outlining the importance and relevance of the submission to the convention theme.

 

2) Panel Discussions: Submissions must include a title and a detailed description of the session. Submissions must include the name of each presenter and the title of each presenter's contribution.  A session chair is required. Please provide a rationale for acceptance outlining the importance and relevance of the submission to the convention theme.

 

3) Individual Performances: Submissions should include the following:

  1. The title of the performance 
  2. Name/s and affiliations of performer(s) 
  3. A 100-word description (abstract) of the performance or script where appropriate
  4. Keywords 
  5. Uploaded files(s) of the script (where appropriate) and link to video. The accompanying video should not exceed 2 minutes and 30 seconds as it is meant to be a sample of the intended performance.
  6. A rationale for acceptance outlining the importance and relevance of the submission to the convention theme.
  7. Other types of performance panels (e.g., multiple performances addressing a unified subject or theme, one person, or full-cast shows) should be submitted as a Performance Session to the Performance Studies division.

 

Audio Visual requests must be made at the time of submission. Paper sessions and panel discussions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions.  Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author, performer, filmmaker, or presenter) in a submission.

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants (https://www.natcom.org/sites/default/files/NCA_Convention_Resources_Convention_Standards.pdf) prior to submission and view the Helpful Resources, which include live and recorded step-by-step instructions for making submissions. All instructions are available in the Convention Library.

For more information, please contact Aisha Powell, Ph.D. (aisha.powell@morgan.edu)

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The Caribbean Communication Caucus (CCC) is one of the newest caucuses in the Association. The Caribbean is a uniquely diverse region that has been crucial in the histories of the Americas and Europe. The Caribbean’s rich and complex diversity, cultures, histories, politics, religions, and environments are not yet widely researched within the Communication discipline.

 

The Mission of the Caribbean Caucus

The mission of the CCC is to “elucidate the complexities of Caribbean cultures, identities, and histories, including the diaspora, from Caribbean communication perspectives and methodologies. 

 

The Submission Descriptions

The Caucus invites submissions that align with the convention's theme: “Communication for Greater Regard” with the focus on “greater regard" as encompassing conscientious and intentional practices of respect, consideration, care, concern, empathy, understanding, and sensitivity. “Greater regard” emphasizes fostering positive and constructive environments for interaction and engagement. 

We encourage submissions that underscore the significance, relevance, and value of communication research related to the Caribbean and the Diaspora, with a focus on building a community among communication scholars interested in political and/or social issues pertinent to the region. We seek submissions that facilitate discussions on decolonizing the discipline by embracing and privileging knowledge, agency, cultures, identities, and histories beyond North American and European perspectives. The CCC is also interested in cross-cultural and intersectional scholarship and welcomes collaboration with partners from other divisions and caucuses. We particularly value partnerships that advance cross-cultural and intersectional work, supporting NCA scholars in African, Indigenous, Asian, Latinx Diaspora, and Creole scholarship pertaining to the Caribbean. Authors are encouraged to indicate in their submissions if their scholarship aligns with any specific divisions or caucuses and express interest in potential partnerships. Furthermore, the Caribbean Communication Caucus invites submissions that contribute specifically to the convention theme—"Communication for Greater Regard."

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

A description of each submission type and requirements is listed below. For more information on submission types and best practices, please visit the Convention Resource Library at www.natcom.org/conventionresources.

 

Audio/Visual Requests

Audio/Visual (A/V) requests must be made at the time of submission. No A/V equipment will be provided unless the request is included with the program submission. There will be no exceptions to this policy. Requests should be kept to a minimum. Submitters should screen requests carefully and submit only those essential to the program. NCA usually approves requests for the following equipment: LCD projector with screen, laptop speakers, and wired Internet connection. Usually, NCA will NOT approve requests for equipment such as laptops, overhead transparency projectors, CD players, VCR or DVD players, camcorders, satellite links, or teleconference/webinar equipment. 

 

SUBMISSIONS

Individual Paper: A paper submitted directly by an author as a stand-alone paper and not part of a preconceived session. Individual papers must advance topics/issues/areas of interest that fit into the mission and purpose of the Caribbean Communication Caucus. Individual papers are reviewed and then grouped into paper sessions by the unit planner for presentation.

Individual Paper Requirements:

  • A title and abstract that describes the work (250 words maximum) 
  • Entry of all authors 
  • An uploaded copy of the paper: The maximum length of an uploaded paper is 25 double-spaced pages, excluding references, tables, charts, and appendices. No information identifying the author(s) may appear in the body of your abstract or your paper upload. Instructions on how to prepare a blind copy are provided in the Convention Resource Library. 

 

Individual Performance: A performance submitted directly by the performer for consideration as an individual performance and not part of a preconceived performance session. Performances are reviewed individually, and unit planners group performances into performance sessions.

Individual Performance Requirements:

  • A title and abstract that describes the work (250 words maximum) 
  • Entry of all performers 
  • An uploaded copy of the script or link to the performance should be included.

 

Individual Film: A film submitted directly by the filmmaker for consideration as an individual film and not part of a preconceived film session. Films are reviewed individually. Unit planners will group films into film sessions.

Individual Film Requirements:

  • A title and abstract that describes the work (250 words maximum) 
  • Entry of all creators
  • Link to the entire film. Please do not attach your film, as the servers cannot handle high volume. Instead, submit your URL address so we can access the film online. 

 

Paper Session: A preconceived and complete session of papers surrounding a particular topic in which each author(s) presents their own paper. Paper sessions representing diverse institutional affiliations and interdisciplinary perspectives are strongly encouraged. Paper sessions are submitted and reviewed for consideration as a whole. 

Paper Session Requirements:

  • A title and abstract that describes the work (250 words maximum) 
  • Rationale (75 words maximum)
  • A Chair and Respondent
  • Author, Title, and Abstract (350-word maximum) for each paper.

 

Panel Discussion: A panel discussion is submitted as a preconceived and complete session of presenters discussing a topic or issue. Panels representing diverse institutional affiliations and interdisciplinary perspectives are strongly encouraged. There are no papers presented at a panel discussion. 

Panel Discussion Requirements: 

  • Chair
  • Respondent (optional)

 

Performance Session: A performance session is submitted as a preconceived and complete session with a performer(s), chair(s), and respondent (optional). The performance session is reviewed for consideration as a whole. Panels representing diverse affiliations are strongly encouraged.

Performance Session Requirements:

  • Session Title & Description (250-word maximum)
  • Rationale (75-word maximum)
  • Chair
  • Respondent (optional)
  • A Performance Title and Description (150-word maximum) for each performer

 

HOW TO SUBMIT

All submissions must be submitted electronically via the NCA Convention Central. Visit the  Convention Resource Library | National Communication Association (natcom.org) for the submission process.

Emailed or mailed submissions will not be accepted. Submitters are also encouraged to view the NCA Professional Standards for Convention Participants located in the Convention Resource Library. 

All submitters are encouraged to review the NCA Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission.

 

Inquiries 

Inquiries about your submission should be directed to the 2024 Conference Program Planner, Vice-Chair: Dr. Maggie Williams, mgwill22@umd.edu. Additional queries may be directed to the Chair, Dr. Kristina Ruiz-Mesa, kruizme@calstatela.edu.  

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The Human Rights Campaign (n.d.) recently noted that they have “seen more than 300 anti-LGBTQ+ bills introduced in states across the country” (para. 1). Our rights and freedoms are slowly being chipped away at and we are constantly under attack. NCA’s theme this year is “Communication for Greater Regard” and as the advocacy and political action arm of NCA, the Caucus on LGBTQ Concerns encourages everyone to think about how communication can serve to show regard, bring value, and consideration to voices that have historically been disregarded in the larger landscape of sociological, political, and cultural spaces. A focus on the theme is welcome, however, all submissions engaging the work of the caucus are invited.

 

CAUCUS SUBMISSION CRITERIA

The Caucus on LGBTQ Concerns welcomes submissions of competitively selected individual papers (completed papers and extended abstracts), individual performances, paper sessions, performance sessions, and panel discussions that foster political awareness and public advocacy on issues relevant to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities. Voices from these communities and their allies are particularly valued.

As the advocacy and political action arm for LGBTQ-identified individuals in the National Communication Association, The Caucus on LGBTQ Concerns invites submissions that actively work to shed light on the broad needs, voices, and identities across diverse LGBTQ communities. Submissions are encouraged to focus on ways communication scholars can show regard in understanding the past, present, and future endeavors in the practice, scholarship, and society in accordance with the caucus’s mission to advocate on behalf of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals and communities. Submissions should consider communication studies’ role regarding LGBTQ rights, interests, and communities. The Caucus on LGBTQ Concerns therefore enthusiastically invites all members of the communication community to submit work that explores LGBTQ advocacy in the context of communication scholarship and in its role of informing global citizenship.

All submissions must be made electronically through NCA Convention Central.

The NCA Convention Central submission deadline is Friday, April 5, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  1. All individual papers, paper sessions, performances, and panel discussions must be submitted electronically to NCA Convention Central. Formats for uploaded files include Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, PDF, and JPG.
  2. For Individual Papers, NCA Convention Central will also ask you to indicate whether or not you would like your paper to be considered for Scholar-to-Scholar (S2S). If you check this box during submission, the unit planner may forward your paper to the S2S unit if it includes visual images that may be more appropriate for table display and interactive discussion with “wandering scholars.” Note that NCA will not provide audio-visual equipment for S2S displays. All individual papers can be considered for S2S. Submitted Panel Discussions, Paper Sessions, and Individual Performances will not be sent for consideration for S2S.
  3. Each submission should be made to only one unit (i.e., division, caucus, affiliate).
  4. Paper sessions, panel discussions, and performance sessions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions. Additionally, when submitting sessions, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, performer, or presenter) in a submission.

 

SUBMITTING AN INDIVIDUAL PAPER

Extended Abstracts:  The Caucus will be accepting Extended Abstracts for individual papers. These are for “Works in Progress.” 

  1. A title for the paper (without author(s) information for blind review)
  2. Submit 1,500-3,000 words including notes and references. Within the body of the extended abstract, you must explain what materials you aim to add by the conference. The abstract should contain all the relevant parts of the full paper like background/context, literature review, methods, and expected findings. We should be able to get a sense of the theoretical framework as well as the trajectory of your argument. Although you will not need to submit a completed paper for the conference, you will need to be far enough along with the project to present at NCA. Note: this is separate and different from Scholar-to-Scholar (see above). 
  3. Author(s) information 
  4. Keywords
  5. Please make sure that no information identifying the author(s) are included with uploaded materials.

 

Completed Papers: Submitted papers must include:

  1. A title for the paper (without author(s) information for blind review)
  2. A 250–500-word description/abstract and an uploaded copy of the paper with no more than 25 double-spaced pages of text, not including references.
  3. Author(s) information 
  4. Keywords
  5. Please make sure that no information identifying the author(s) are included with uploaded materials.

 

SUBMITTING A PAPER SESSION

Submitted paper sessions must include:

  1. A title for the session
  2. A very basic session description (75 words max.)
  3. A list of chair(s) and/or respondent(s)
  4. Titles and descriptions (150 words max.) along with author(s) for each paper
  5. Keywords
  6. A session rationale (500 words max) including the session’s relevance to the Caucus

 

SUBMITTING A PANEL DISCUSSION

Submitted panel discussions must include:

  1. A title for the panel
  2. A very basic panel description (75 words max.)
  3. A list of presenters
  4. A panel rationale (500 words max.) including the panel’s relevance to the Caucus

 

SUBMITTING AN INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE

Submitted Performances must include:

  1. A title for the performance
  2. The name of the performer(s)
  3. A 250–500-word description of the performance
  4. A working script or draft of the performance (not to exceed 20 minutes when performed)

 

SUBMITTING A PERFORMANCE SESSION

Submitted Performance Sessions must include:

  1. A title for the session
  2. A very basic session description (75 words max.)
  3. A list of chair(s) and/or respondent(s)
  4. The name of the performer(s)
  5. Titles and descriptions (150 words max.) of each performance
  6. A session rationale (500 words max) including the session’s relevance to the Caucus

 

REQUESTING AUDIOVISUAL EQUIPMENT

If you are considering a request for AV equipment, please read NCA’s Audio-Visual Equipment Policy, available in the Convention Resource Library on the NCA Website. NCA normally approves requests for internet, laptop audio, and LCD projectors, and this request must be made at the time of submission.

 

RESOURCES AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participation prior to submission. Helpful resources (including the Professional Standards for Convention Participants), such as live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, and definitions of submission types are available in the NCA Convention Library (www.natcom.org/conventionresources).

 

QUESTIONS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE 2024 PROGRAM PLANNER

Kelsy Adams, Adjunct Faculty and Education Consultant

Vice Chair, Caucus on LGBTQ Concerns

Ringling College of Art + Design

Kadams2@c.ringling.edu

 

Reference

Human Rights Campaign. (n.d.). United Against Hate. https://www.hrc.org/campaigns/the-state-legislative-attack-on-lgbtq-people

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The Disability Issues Caucus (DIC) invites competitive individual papers (not abstracts), paper sessions, panel discussions, and performance session proposals examining disability and communication. This year's convention theme, "Communication for Greater Regard," offers scholars opportunities to come together and to examine and discuss future directions for research, teaching, and the communication discipline itself.  This year's convention theme offers DIC members the opportunity to explore multiple areas of the discipline, and we invite provocative paper, panel, performance, and film submissions that examine questions about COMMUNICATION FOR GREATER REGARD as they relate to the intersection of communication and disability. 

The theme challenges submitters to engage in the three-fold nature of our collective, magnificent stewardship of communication for greater regard: 1) greater regard for what has been before us, 2) greater regard for what is presently around us, and 3) greater regard for what will be beyond us. A variety of questions and approaches, which are often complementary and competing, exist for exploring this theme including: What does it seem the discipline has regarded for 100+ years? How does communication function in today's climate to enrich greater regard, how has this shifted over the years, or does it need to shift in the future? How is greater regard currently exhibited in communication research, teaching, service, and practice? How are priorities and power structures shaped in the discipline and/or in human communication endeavors through greater regard or to create greater regard? What intentional contributions should we be actively undertaking to foster greater regard?

The theme of the 110th Annual Convention provides an opportunity for DIC members to be "regarders"--people who watch, take notice, and are expressive, often by increasing with thoughtful intensity amid a climate where less use of regard is occurring. 

The DIC is particularly well-positioned to explore these questions and foster these conversations because disability is inherently intersectional. The caucus frequently showcases critical/cultural and interdisciplinary scholarship. We are looking for proposals that focus on intersections of disability, communication, communication ethics, communication pedagogy, and other areas of disability discourses, including culture and identity. We also welcome submissions that examine directions for disability in terms of future research, teaching, and for the transformation of the discipline; and those dedicated to examining how disability and communication can be generative to the advancement of the discipline. The DIC prioritizes critical/cultural scholarship over deficit and rehabilitation approaches to disability.

As in the past, the DIC continues to encourage submissions that support various kinds of connections between divisions, sections, and other caucuses within NCA as well as interdisciplinary research. We are open to jointly sponsoring panels with other NCA units. If you are planning a panel that might be co-sponsored with other units, please contact Stacy Nowak at stacy.nowak@gallaudet.edu and note that each submission should be made to one NCA unit/affiliate only. Units that have expressed interest in collaboration and intersectionality include, but are not limited to:

  • Activism and Social Justice Division

  • African American Communication & Culture Division

  • American Studies Division

  • Asian Pacific American Communication Studies Division and Caucus

  • Black Caucus

  • Communication and Military Division

  • Critical and Cultural Studies

  • Ethnography Division

  • Feminist and Gender Studies Division

  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Communication Studies Division

  • Indigenous Caucus

  • International and Intercultural Communication Division

  • Language and Social Interaction Division

  • Latino/Latina Communication Studies Division

  • Performance Studies 

  • Theatre, Film, and Multimedia

  • Women's Caucus

 

While proposals responsive to the convention theme are encouraged, all proposals relevant to the caucus' mission are welcome.

Papers that include data from participants must include concrete reflections on the demographic diversity of the sample (or lack thereof) and must speak in theoretically rich ways about the ways in which sample demographics shape the boundaries of the conclusions being reached, as per criterion of sample representativeness. This embedded reflection must go beyond the limitations sections in the discussion. Papers with data from participants that do not meet this requirement will not be paneled.

 

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:

  1. All submissions (including individual papers) must be submitted electronically to NCA Convention Central, linked from the NCA Convention website (www.natcom.org/convention). No email submissions will be accepted.
  2. Submissions must be in one of the following file formats: Microsoft Word, PDF, or RTF. Individual paper submissions must be submitted as PDFs.
  3. If you wish for a paper to be considered as a student paper, please check the appropriate box on the electronic submission form.
  4. Paper sessions, panel discussions, performance sessions, and film sessions, including individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions, will be prioritized. Further, a single person should not serve in more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author, performer, filmmaker, or presenter) in a submission.
  5. Concerning panel discussions, submissions offering topics that are fruitful for generative discussion within a 75-minute session slot will be prioritized over topics that are too broad for the amount of time allotted. See specific directions for information that will be helpful to include in the panel rationale and description.
  6. For assistance with all stages of the submission process, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, please visit the Convention Library: http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources 

 

Please be sure to review the “NCA Professional Standards for Convention Participants” prior to submission. All submissions must be made online through NCA Convention Central. Convention Central will close Friday, April 5, 2024, at 11:59 PM Pacific Time. No late submissions will be accepted. Be sure to submit early to avoid any potential last-minute problems.

 

SUBMITTING A COMPETITIVE INDIVIDUAL PAPER:

Submitted papers must be complete papers with appropriate references and/or citations and with all references indicating author or institutional identity (including title page) removed from the uploaded document to allow for anonymous peer review. Submissions should include the following content: 

  1. A title
  2. A 100-250-word description or abstract of the paper
  3. Less than 10,000 words (excluding notes and references). A max 30-page (including notes and references) double-spaced uploaded copy of the paper.
  4. A check in the appropriate agreement box indicating whether you are willing to have your submission considered for the Scholar-to-Scholar sessions (a high-density format that allows for interaction between scholars and individuals and small groups).

 

SUBMITTING A PAPER SESSION:

Submitted paper sessions should include:

  1. A title for the session
  2. A chair for the session, their institutional address, and their email address
  3. A list of presenters, their institutional addresses, and their email addresses
  4. Titles and descriptions (350 words maximum) for each paper presentation
  5. A session description (75 words maximum)
  6. A session rationale (250 words maximum)

 

SUBMITTING A PANEL DISCUSSION:

Submissions for a panel discussion should include:

  1. A title for the panel
  2. A chair for the session, their institutional address, and their email address
  3. A list of presenters, their institutional addresses, and email addresses
  4. A panel rationale (500 words maximum) justifying the significance and theme of the panel as a whole and including an estimate of how the session time will be used.
  5. A panel description (75 words maximum.)

 

SUBMITTING A PERFORMANCE SESSION PROPOSAL:

Submissions for a performance proposal should include:

  1. A title for the session
  2. A chair for the session, their institutional address, and their email address
  3. A list of the performer(s)/respondent(s), their institutional addresses, and email addresses
  4. A session description including a statement identifying how the panel will use its time (500 maximum)
  5. Any special requirements for setting, audiovisual requirements, and other production considerations
  6. A performance abstract (75 words maximum)

 

SUBMITTING A FILM SESSION PROPOSAL:

Submissions for a film session proposal should include:

  1. A title for the session
  2. A chair for the session, their institutional address, and their email address
  3. A list of titles for each film, descriptions of each film and each film maker(s) institutional addresses and email addresses.
  4. Links to each film(s) or film trailer(s). Do not upload film(s) to Convention Central!
  5. A session description including a statement identifying how the panel will use its time (500 maximum)
  6. Any special requirements for setting, audiovisual requirements, and other production considerations
  7. A film session abstract (75 words maximum)

 

AWARDS:

The caucus will provide up to two awards for outstanding competitive papers: one for Top Paper and one for Top Student Paper. If both the top papers are student papers, then they will each receive Top Paper awards. These awards each include a monetary prize. The caucus reserves the right to not provide any award in cases where qualifying entries are of insufficient number or quality.

 

AUDIOVISUAL EQUIPMENT:

Participants are encouraged to keep equipment requests to a minimum. Requests for specific equipment must be submitted online, at the same time as the proposal.

 

ACCESSIBILITY:

Convention presentations must be accessible to as wide an audience as possible and should include at minimum the following (or the appropriate equivalent): large print copies of papers (17 point font or larger), oral delivery that will accommodate ASL interpretation, and audio description of visual images.

The NCA Convention website (www.natcom.org/convention) has a wealth of information about how to submit proposals to NCA Convention Central. All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants before submission. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the Convention Resource Library.

If you need assistance in this process, seek information beyond what is available in the Convention Resource Library, or require accommodations to provide you with access to the submission process, please contact Stacy Nowak at stacy.nowak@gallaudet.edu.

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The Leadership and Membership Circles of the Indigenous Caucus of the National Communication Association welcome submissions for the 110th Annual Convention to be held from November 21-24, 2024. The annual convention will be held on the unceded homelands of the Houma, Choctaw, and Chitimacha peoples.

The Indigenous Caucus was formed in 2020, held its first circle and morning ceremonies at the 2021 convention, and hosted its first gathering of panels at the 2022 convention. We are honored to invite you to participate in our continuing collective by submitting your scholarly and creative work for consideration. In addition to papers and panels accepted via this process (see below), the Caucus will host a Grand Gathering (what might be understood as a “business meeting”), morning ceremonies, and other events to uplift Indigeneity and Indigenous sovereignty, maintain good relations with lands, waters, and more-than-human kin, and combat the pervasive anti-Indigenous erasure organizing settler culture and institutions, including the National Communication Association, the communication discipline, and the North American university at large. Please join the Caucus to be included in announcements about our activities. The Caucus is open to all who commit to undoing our individual and institutional complicities in settler colonialism and centering Indigeneity in service of sovereign worlds beyond colonialism. 

The Indigenous Caucus is committed to engaging Indigenous lands, waters, peoples, knowledges, and relations from interdisciplinary and international perspectives in service of Indigenous sovereignty and futurity. Relatedly, the Indigenous Caucus is also committed to building sustained relationships among and between Native American and Indigenous Studies and Communication Studies. We welcome scholarship (expansively defined to include research, praxis, and creative work) that aligns with these commitments and builds upon Indigenous epistemologies and methodologies to advance Indigenous Communication scholarship and activism in connection with the theme for the 2024 convention, “Communication for Greater Regard.” 

In light of the 2024 convention theme, we encourage submissions that interrogate the discursive and material meanings, practices, and enactments of Indigenous Communication for Greater Regard. Given our commitment to Indigenous, place-based ways of knowing and combating anti-Indigenous violence and erasure, scholarship that examines and challenges colonialism and imperialism in a variety of contexts in service of greater regard of/for Indigenous communication is central to much of our collective labors. We seek submissions that foreground Indigenous communication in the contemporary and challenge dominant nation-state discourses and policies that often dictate what deserves greater regard within a limited and limiting colonial framework. We especially encourage submissions that directly engage with place-, land-, and water-based theorie- praxes of Indigenous peoples, communities, and Nations who are working toward and enacting greater regard of/for Indigenous communication on their own terms. We also encourage submissions that consider expansive understandings of Indigeneity, such as in South American, African, and Palestinian contexts. Submissions may interrogate a range of topics, including, but not limited to: Indigenous autonomy and self-determination; sovereignty and decolonization; Indigeneity as and within contemporary struggle; Indigenous activism, resistance, and resurgence; Indigenous education and pedagogy; Indigenous medias and technologies; Indigenous languages, traditions, and spiritualities; two-spirit, queer, and trans Indigenous approaches; border imperialism; Freedmen and associated histories of anti-Blackness; and Indigenous theorizing to rupture disciplinary norms of knowledge production invested in colonialism and whiteness. To honor the complexities of Indigenous thought and work toward Indigenous visibility and validation in the western academy, submitters should center and draw upon Indigenous theories, epistemologies, and methodologies in their scholarship and citational practices. 

We invite submissions within four general formats: (1) individual papers; (2) panel discussions (e.g., roundtable/workshop); (3) performance sessions; and 4) film sessions. All submissions will be competitively reviewed. Review criteria include: (1) writing quality; (2) relevance to Indigenous Communication and the conference theme; (3) use of Indigenous epistemologies and methods; and (4) overall contributions to creating space for Indigeneity within and beyond NCA.

To promote robust participation, an individual cannot be included in more than two submissions to the division. In addition, each individual will be restricted to one role per session (i.e. chair, respondent, or presenter). To make maximum use of the Indigenous Caucus slots at the convention, the program planners will collaborate with program planners from other caucuses, divisions, and interest groups on co-sponsoring sessions. All AV requests must be made at the time of submission.

 

Individual Papers (reviewed anonymously) 

Submitted papers should include:

  • Title of paper

  • Abstract (150 words maximum) to be included in the convention program

  • 5 keywords 

  • Author(s) name(s) and Tribal (non)affiliation(s), ancestry, and kinship if relevant. Note: no identifying information of the author(s) may appear in the uploaded paper file accompanying the submission

  • An anonymized essay not exceeding 25 double-spaced pages (excluding abstract, figures, references, and/or notes) and written in an accessible font (ex., Arial)

  • Indication of student authorship 

 

FYI: Authors are encouraged to consider the “Scholar-to-Scholar” interactive presentation format, utilizing posters and emphasizing interactive discussion. If interested in this format, please check the agreement box at the time of submission. 

 

Panel Discussions (not anonymous) 

Submitted panel discussions should include:

  • Title of the panel discussion

  • Name, job title, professional affiliation, Tribal (non)affiliation(s), ancestry and kinship (if relevant) and email for each participant 

  • Description of the panel discussion (75 words maximum) to be included in the convention program 

  • Rationale for panel discussion (400 words maximum) that indicates the relevance to the Indigenous Caucus 

  • 5 keywords

  • Note: this can be a workshop, panel discussion, roundtable, or another format. Please specify the medium in the description.

 

Performance Sessions (not anonymous) 

Submitted performance sessions should include:

  • Title of the performance session

  • Name, job title, professional affiliation, Tribal (non)affiliation(s), ancestry and kinship (if relevant) and email for each participant 

  • Description of the performance session (75 words maximum) to be included in the convention program 

  • Rationale for performance session (400 words maximum) that indicates the relevance to the Indigenous Caucus 

  • 5 keywords

  • Note: we are open to broad understandings of performance, including an individual or series of performances, a showcase of creative work, and multiple formats (music, art, dance, digital media, etc.)

 

Film Sessions (not anonymous)

Submitted film sessions should include:

  • Title of the film(s) to be screened

  • Name, job title, professional affiliation, Tribal (non)affiliation(s), ancestry and kinship (if relevant) and email for each participant 

  • Description of the film session (75 words maximum) to be included in the convention program 

  • Rationale for film session (400 words maximum) that indicates the relevance to the Indigenous Caucus 

  • 5 keywords

Note: we encourage sessions that include both film(s) screening and time for discussion and/or a panel of respondents

 

All submitters are encouraged to visit the Convention Resource Library (https://www.natcom.org/convention-events/convention-resources/convention-resource-library ). Helpful resources, including instructions on how to submit, are available. All submissions must be made electronically through NCA Convention Central.

Requests for accommodations to promote accessibility and inclusion can be sent directly to NCA.

NCA Program Planners: Indigenous Caucus Leadership Circle (collective representation by Amira de la Garza, La Royce Batchelor, Michael Lechuga, Danielle Endres, B. Liahnna Stanley, Eean Grimshaw, Colby Miyose, Ashley Cordes, Sarah Dweik, Margret McCue-Enser, Amy May, Dalaki Livingston, and Kinny Torre).

 

Correspondence to:

Eean Grimshaw (eean.grimshaw@oit.edu)

Colby Miyose (colby.miyose@hawaii.edu)

Sarah Dweik (sxd5679@psu.edu)

Amy May (amay11@alaska.edu)

"The Indigenous Caucus was created in political response to the ongoing violences of Indigenous erasure, colonialism, imperialism, and whiteness that pervade and uphold academe, and by extension, our conferences, as white settler institutions. The Caucus’s overarching goals are to mobilize political activism and advocacy in support of Indigenous autonomy, governance, and sovereign Indigenous lands, waters, and lives across the globe, as well as holding ourselves and scholarship accountable to these commitments both in and beyond the academy. As an Indigenous-centered space, the Caucus aims for leaning into the poetics of Indigenous brilliances for scholarly interventions regarding Indigenous agency, activism, political struggles, and rhetorics of Indigeneity. Research is tied to lands, waters, and skies that gift us life; Indigenous cultural, spiritual, and political systems; ancestry, lineage, and identity; decolonial gender and sexual variance; and critically reflexive relationships with the content of research. All of these elements are inextricably woven together. The Indigenous Caucus serves to 1) demand space for Indigenous voices, experiences, and knowledges where conventions are held; 2) demand space for Indigenous presence to be honored and uplifted within and beyond the academy; and 3) to labor against settler colonial expansion to (re)surge Indigenous leadership and agency despite and in spite of professional disciplinary organizations that efface Indigeneity on unquestioned settler bases."

We use the term Indigenous to refer to people and kinship networks who are the original peoples of a place and still hold claims and relationships to that place, and those who are disconnected, reconnecting, or simply cannot access their Indigenous lineage or geographies due to historic and ongoing violence. There is no one agreed-upon definition of Indigenous by all communities that use the term. The term Indigenous is used globally by many different communities and can have different meanings depending on the particular places, peoples, histories, and epistemologies involved. For example, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians), Pacific Islanders, Māori, Ainu, Nuhua, Maya, Mapuche, Bedouin, Hmoung, Basque, Sami, Cherokee Freedmen, and Iñuit, kinship networks, and Nations are examples (albeit very few) of Indigenous peoples. Indigenous peoples living in traditional homelands, relocated territories, and in diaspora have past, present, and future ties to homelands; landbases; and/or practicing semi-sovereign governments and communities. The Leadership Circle deliberately adopts a capacious understanding of Indigenous and Indigeneity that is rooted in kinship, relationships, and land for Indigenous peoples. Our understanding is open and affirming of the many Indigenous communities across the world.

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The Latino/Latina Communication Studies Division of the National Communication Association invites submissions for the 110th Annual Convention to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 21-24, 2024. According to our mission statement, the Latino/Latina Communication Studies Division “fosters the study of communication issues and their attendant intersections with matters of concern for Latina/o communities throughout the Americas” (http://www.natcom.org/interestgroups/). We embrace a wide range of methodological and theoretical perspectives, including quantitative, qualitative, rhetorical, critical, and performance approaches, among others.

This year’s convention theme “Communication for Greater Regard,” challenges scholars to consider what issues, policies, and/or topics need to be communicated to ensure greater regard for Latina/o/x communities. This call invites scholars to address the scholarship, art, and/or activism that best represents the needs and/or current status of Latina/o/xs and the communication practices, performances, and discourses that they engage at the structural or personal level. Submissions that engage and collaborate with local community stakeholders are especially encouraged. In sum, we invite submissions that center “communication” in ways that carve out new directions for Latina/o/x scholarship, and we invite submissions that challenge this conference theme directly. Additionally, submissions that align with the caucus goals of centering advocacy, cultural promotion, networking, mentorship, and professional development will be prioritized, and paper/presentation/performance panels are encouraged.

We welcome submissions in English, Spanish, and Portuguese that address issues pertinent to and meaningful for our division, and especially those that combine a focus on our mission with a challenge to the conference theme, “Communication for Greater Regard.”

We will accept four types of submissions: 1) competitive individual papers (referred to in the submission process as "individual papers"), 2) paper sessions, 3) panel discussions, and 4) performance sessions. Please indicate on the submission if you will need AV equipment for the session.

 

1. Competitive Individual Papers: These are full papers submitted individually, which will be reviewed and, if accepted, paneled by the program planner alongside other competitively selected papers. These should NOT be merely abstracts or extended abstracts, but rather complete papers. When preparing a submission, please observe the following:

  • On the first screen of the submission process, there will be a question that allows students to indicate that it is a student paper. If you are an undergraduate or graduate student, please use this question to specify that this is a student paper.

  • Include a title, a 250-300 word abstract, and up to 5 keywords.

  • No information identifying the author may appear in the uploaded paper file. To ensure anonymous review, submitters should remove their name(s) from the paper (including title page and headers) and the document’s embedded properties before uploading the document. Author information is collected elsewhere in the system. Instructions on how to prepare an unidentifiable copy are provided in the Convention Library.

  • Do not include a title page in your submission.

  • The paper should be no more than 25 pages (double-spaced, 12-point font), excluding the abstract, keywords, and references.

  • Scholar-to-Scholar Consideration: Please indicate if you are willing to present in a Scholar-to-Scholar session by checking the appropriate electronic agreement box. Similar to an interactive poster session, NCA’s “Scholar-to-Scholar” sessions highlight interactive forms of presentation that lend themselves well to visual modes of presentation and promote one-on-one engagement between presenters and audience members.

  • Top Paper Recognition: The Division recognizes the top submitted paper and the top student-authored paper submitted competitively. Students who are currently enrolled at an academic institution and who wish to be considered for the top student paper award should identify themselves as "student" when making their submission by clicking the appropriate box on the electronic submission form. To be eligible for a top student paper award, all authors on a submission must be currently enrolled students at the time of submission. 

 

2. Paper Sessions: In this type of submission, a group of papers are submitted as a complete session. Papers are reviewed and accepted as a group. Each author, if accepted, would then present her/his/their own paper. These papers should be centered on a common theme. When preparing a submission, please include:

  • A session title, overall session description, and rationale for the paper session of no more than 250 words.

  • A title and description of no more than 250 words for each individual paper, as well as the name and institutional affiliation of each author.

  • A chair is required, and her/his/their name and institutional affiliation should be included. If the participants have secured a respondent, that information should also be included.

  • Paper sessions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions. Further, a single person should not serve in more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author, performer, presenter, etc.) in a submission.

 

3. Panel Discussions: A panel discussion is submitted as a pre-conceived and complete session of presenters discussing a topic/issue. There are no papers presented at a panel discussion. Panel discussion submissions should include:

  • A panel title and general abstract of no more than 75 words for the discussion.

  • A rationale for the discussion of no more than 250 words.

  • The names and institutional affiliations of all participants.

  • Panel discussions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions. Further, a single person should not serve in more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author, performer, presenter, etc.) in a submission.

  • A chair is required, and should be listed, along with her/his/their institutional affiliation.

 

4. Performance Session: A performance session is submitted as a completed panel of performances centered on the convention theme/issue. Performance submissions should include:

  • A performance title and general abstract of no more than 250 words.

  • The names of participants and institutional affiliations of each participant

  • Full scripts of the proposed performances.

  • Performances should be no longer than 15 minutes

  • Performance sessions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions. Further, a single person should not serve in more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author, performer, filmmaker, presenter, etc.) in a submission.

 

For assistance with all stages of the submission process, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, please visit the Convention Library (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources/). In particular, please be sure to review the “NCA Professional Standards for Convention Participants” prior to submission. All submissions must be made online through NCA Convention Central. Convention Central will close Friday April 5, 2024, at 11:59 PM Pacific Time. No late submissions will be accepted. Be sure to submit early to avoid any potential last-minute problems.

Thank you for your interest in submitting to and supporting the Latino/a Communication Studies Division. We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2024!

Robert Gutierrez-Perez, Ph.D.

NCA 2024 Program Planner

La Raza Caucus

rgutierrez@csusm.edu

 


 

Convocatoria 2024 NCA

Fecha Inicio: 8 de enero, 2024

Fecha Fin: 27 de marzo, 2024

 

La División de los Estudios de la Comunicación Latina/o | División Latina/o de los Estudios de la Comunicación (Latino/Latina Communication Studies Division) de la Asociación Nacional de la Comunicación (National Communication Association) abre la convocatoria de solicitudes al CVI Congreso Anual que se llevará a cabo en New Orleans, Louisiana, del 21 al 24 de noviembre 2024. Según nuestra misión, nuestra división “fomenta el estudio de los problemas de la comunicación y sus intersecciones concomitantes con asuntos de particular interés a las comunidades latinas por todo el continente americano” (http://www.natcom.org/interestgroups/). Tomamos una amplia gama de perspectivas metodológicas y teóricas, incluyendo enfoques cuantitativos, cualitativos, críticos, retóricos y performance, entre otros.

Este año abrimos la convocatoria a propuestas en ingles, español y portugués que aborden temas pertinentes y significativos a nuestra cámara.

Aceptaremos cuatro tipos de presentaciones: 1) competitive individual papers (ensayos individuales competitivos), 2) paper sessions (foros de ponencias), 3) panel discussions (foros de discusión). 4) performance sessions (sesiones de performance). Por favor indique si necesitará equipo audiovisual.

 

1. Competitive Individual Papers: Ensayos completos, entregados individualmente, que serán evaluados y, si aceptados, agrupados junto a ensayos similares. Este tipo de solicitud no esta compuesta únicamente por un resumen—se solicitan ensayos completos. Al preparar su solicitud, favor de considerar:

  • En la primera página de la solicitud se le permite a estudiantes (graduados o de licenciatura) indicar su estatus estudiantil. Se les solicita a los estudiantes identificar su estatus como estudiante.

  • Por favor incluya el título de su ensayo, un resumen de 250 a 300 palabras, y tres palabras clave.

  • Antes de entregar su solicitud, asegúrese de eliminar información que identifique el nombre de lxs autores para garantizar un proceso justo. En la pagina web “NCA Convention Central” podrá ingresar el título, la descripción, y otra información relacionada a los autores.

  • No incluyo una pagina titulo.

  • El ensayo no debe superar las 25 paginas.

 

2. Paper Sessions: En este tipo de solicitud se entrega un grupo de ensayos que serán evaluados como una mesa y, si aceptados, cada autor presentara su propio ensayo. Estos ensayos deberán tratar un tema en común. Al preparar su solicitud, favor de incluir:

  • El título y la justificación para la sesión, de menos de 250 palabras

  • El título y resumen de menos de 250 palabras por cada ensayo, al igual que el nombre la afiliación institucional de cada participante.

  • Cada sesión requiere un(a/x) director (chair) y su afiliación institucional. La solicitud también puede incluir a alguien encargado/a/x de dar una respuesta a la mesa (respondent).

  • Sesiones deben estar formadas por individuos de varias instituciones, en vez de individuos únicamente de una o dos instituciones. Adicionalmente, una sola persona no debe realizar mas de dos funciones en una misma solicitud.

 

3. Panel Discussions: El foro de discusión se entrega como una sesión completa y preconcebida de ponentes que discutirán un tema. En el foro no se presentan ensayos. Solicitudes deben incluir:

  • El título del foro y un resumen general de menos de 75 palabras.

  • La justificación para la discusión, de menos de 250 palabras.

  • Los nombres y afiliaciones institucionales de todo/a/xs lxs participantes.

  • Los foros deben estar formados por individuos de varias instituciones, en vez de individuos de solamente una o dos instituciones. Adicionalmente, una sola persona no debe realizar mas de dos funciones en una misma solicitud.

  • Cada solicitud requiere a alguien designado/a/x como director (chair) junto con su afiliación institucional.

 

4. Performance Session: Una sesión de performance es un foro completo enfocado en un tema. Solicitudes deben incluir:

  • El título del performance y un resumen de menos de 250 palabras.

  • Los nombres de los participantes y sus afiliaciones institucionales.

  • Guiones en completo del performance.

  • Cada performance debe limitarse a 15 minutos.

  • Cada sesión debe estar formada por individuos de varias instituciones, en vez de individuos de solamente una o dos instituciones. Adicionalmente, una sola personal no debe realizar mas de dos funciones en una misma solicitud.

 

Para ayuda durante el proceso de envío, incluyendo instrucciones paso-a-paso grabadas en vivo, visite la biblioteca del congreso (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources/). Asegúrese de revisar “NCA Profesional Standards for Convention Participants,” o Normas Profesionales para Participantes del Congreso, antes de enviar su solicitud. Todas las solicitudes deben hacerse por medio de NCA Convention Central. Convention Central cerrará el viernes 5 de abril de 2024 a las 11:59 p. m., hora del Pacífico.. No se aceptan envíos tardíos. Asegúrese de enviar su solicitud con anticipación para evitar problemas de última hora.

Mil gracias por su interés y por su apoyo a La Raza Caucus.

¡Esperamos verte en New Orleans, Louisiana!

 

Robert Gutierrez-Perez, Ph.D.

NCA 2024 Planificador del Programa

Latina/Latino Communication Studies Division

rgutierrez@csusm.edu

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The SWANA Caucus invites Paper Sessions and Panel Discussions for the National Communication Association's 110th Annual Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, from November 21st through November 24th, 2024. The SWANA Caucus is also very much interested in collaborating with other caucuses and divisions. If you have an individual paper, paper sessions, or panel submissions that you think would fit with the SWANA Caucus and with another division or caucus, please clearly indicate this in your submissions for the SWANA Caucus to cosponsor.

The purpose of the Southwest Asian and North African (SWANA) Caucus is to advance research, scholarship, and creative activity that deepens our understanding of issues facing the SWANA region and its diasporic communities, to give voice to SWANA peoples and related concerns, and to empower SWANA faculty and students within the discipline. The label is an effort to shift away from labels (e.g., Middle Eastern, Near Eastern, Arab World or Islamic World) that have colonial, Eurocentric, and Orientalist origins. Communities identifying with the label include, but are not limited to: Arabs, Iranians, Turks, Kurds, Nubians, Sudanese, Armenians, Circassians, Druze, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Yazidis, Azeris, Turkmen, Afghans, Copts, Imazighen, and other identities and their intersections (see also here, for a map: https://sfpl.org/uploads/files/pdfs/swana-map.pdf)

The SWANA Caucus takes a deeply intentional de-colonial and indigenous-centered commitment that provides a unique and critical intervention to SWANA-related inquiry within the Communication discipline. The interests of the Caucus also encompass the substance of intersectionality as it shapes individual and collective communicative experiences across the Diaspora. The importance and relevance of the submission to the SWANA Caucus goals and concerns must be made clearly.

All methodologies and epistemological frameworks welcome, but with preferred prioritizing of the realities and lived experiences of communities in the region. Although not required, the SWANA Caucus encourages submissions that also engage the convention theme: “Communication for the Greater Regard”. As noted in the official description, “Greater regard is a process of cultivating care and concern; that which we regard is deemed important, granted value, and given consideration…Communication is both the conduit and manifestation for greater regard.” Accordingly, submissions engaging with the conference theme may address but are certainly not limited to the following topics: How does communication function in today’s climate to enrich greater regard, how has this shifted over the years, or does it need to shift in the future? How is greater regard currently exhibited in communication research, teaching, service, and practice? How are priorities and power structures shaped in the discipline and/or in human communication endeavors through greater regard or to create greater regard? What intentional contributions should we be actively undertaking to foster greater regard?

 

The SWANA Caucus will accept the following types of submissions:

For a definition of submission types, please refer to the step-by-step “How to Submit” Instructions provided in the Convention Library. In addition to cosponsored submissions, the following are general guidelines for submissions to the SWANA Caucus:

 

Paper Sessions: Submissions must include a title and overall session description (75-word maximum) for the online convention program. Submissions must include titles, descriptions (250 words maximum) and author(s) information for each paper, as well as a rationale for the session outlining the importance of the submission (250 words maximum). A session chair is required, while a respondent is optional. Paper sessions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions. A single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author) in a submission.

Panel Discussions: Submissions must include a title and session description (75-word maximum) for the online convention program. Submissions must include the names and affiliations of each presenter involved. A session chair is required. Please provide a rationale (500-word maximum) outlining the importance of the submission. Panel discussions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions. Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author) in a submission.

 

Other submission details:

Audio Visual requests must be made at the time of submission. All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants (https://www.natcom.org/sites/default/files/NCA_Convention_Resources_Convention_Standards.pdf) prior to submission and view the Helpful Resources, which include live and recorded step-by-step instructions for making submissions. All instructions are available in the Convention Library.

If a student submission, please select student in the electronic form. All authors must be students, in this case.

All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central. Emailed or mailed submissions will not be accepted.

 

Any questions?

For more information, please contact Amnee Elkhalid, Ph.D. (elkhalid@uark.edu) or Sarah Dweik (sxd5679@psu.edu). 

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The mission of NCA's Women's Caucus has been to provide "advocacy for women's improved status, voice, and opportunities in the discipline. We are committed to exploring the diversity and complexities of women's lives in terms of their academic and professional experiences." 

As we move forward in this caucus, we ought to do so in ways that actively affirm gender variance and celebrate gender expansive research that centers on historically excluded gender identities. As such, we will prioritize submissions that utilize intersectional approaches and center gendered experiences at the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, ability, nationality, non-Western epistemologies, and language. We welcome work that engages activism and challenges structures rooted in heteronormativity, whiteness, colonialism, and other forms of marginalization.

The 110th conference theme is “Communication for Greater Regard,” this theme is meant to be explored both in meaning and praxis. NCA’s Second Vice President, Jeanetta D. Sims asks us to consider, “What constitutes great regard? Greater regard for what has been before us? Greater regard for what is presently around us? and Greater regard for what will be beyond us? As we think about this theme, we might also consider the ways we can create together spaces in which we could exchange perspectives about what has been ignored, dismissed, or devalued in our discipline alongside investigating what should be given more consideration. Now, as researchers, educators, practitioners, and activists how do we think greater regard is currently exhibited in communication research, teaching, service, and practice?

The Caucus regularly works to co-sponsor panels with other divisions or sections or caucuses. We highly encourage all submissions to designate 2-3 other divisions, sections, or caucuses relevant to its themes and/or goals. All panel submissions should demonstrate the possibility of inspiring meaningful dialogue, collaboration, and opportunities that will help us facilitate all the communicative nuances of Communication for Greater Regard. We invite panels that challenge us to examine how we communicate and navigate in ways that make an impact in our institutions, discipline, communities, and world. The Caucus is committed to working alongside other NCA divisions and caucuses that are interested in creating opportunities for students, recent graduates, and/or scholars who have not previously participated in NCA programming. 

 

The Women’s Caucus looks forward to seeing you all next year in New Orleans!

 

Submissions must be made through NCA Convention Central:

  • All submissions must be completed by Friday, April 5th at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.

  • Please observe NCA guidelines and do not submit the same submission to more than one division.

  • Sessions must include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from a single or couple of institution(s).

  • A single person should not serve more than one role in a session (i.e., chair, respondent, or presenter).

  • Requests for specific AV equipment must be submitted online at the time of submission.

 

Please contact Nivia Escobar Salazar, Ph.D. the 2024 Program Planner at nikescob@iu.edu or 301.820.1160 if you have any questions.

 

Panel Discussion Sessions only:

No individual papers will be accepted. Submit all panels to the Caucus through NCA Convention Central. Each panel submission will be assessed for fit with the Caucus's desire to affirm gender variance and celebrate gender expansive research.

Panel discussion submissions should include a panel title, a panel description of no more than 250 words, a rationale for acceptance, and names/affiliations of each panel participant. A chair is required. AV requests must be made at the time of submission.

We ask that you limit yourself to submitting only one panel as a presenter to the Caucus, (with an exception to this is being paneled in Womentoring since these are large group panels).

Students and first time NCA presenters should follow the general guidelines for submission, but also identify your submission as "STUDENT" or "DEBUT" in ALL CAPS in the rationale field.

Sessions should include individuals from multiple institutions rather than individuals from a single or couple of institutions. Further, a single person should not serve more than one role in a session (ie: Chair, respondent, or presenter).

Reminder: Please designate your ideal co-sponsorship with another division, caucus, or affiliate organization please, include that information in the special requests box.

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants (URL: https://www.natcom.org/sites/default/files/NCA_Convention_Resources_Convention_Standards.pdf) prior to submission.

Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the Convention Resource Library (URL: https://www.natcom.org/convention-events/convention-resources/convention-resource-library/scholar-scholar-faqs-and-tips).

 

Nivia Escobar Salazar, Ph.D.

2023 Program Planner 

nikescob@iue.edu

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LAMBDA PI ETA (LPH), the National Communication honors society, invites outstanding papers authored by undergraduate students in all areas of communication scholarship. Papers may be co-authored, as long as at least one co-author is an LPH member. All contributors must be undergraduate students at the time the paper is written. Only completed papers will be considered.

Papers may be submitted by students who have been approved for membership by their college chapter but have not yet been formally inducted. However, the student must be inducted by the end of the academic year. Top papers submitted by LPH members will be considered for the Stephen A. Smith Awards. Both the top individual paper and the top co-authored papers will receive a cash prize.

Submissions that emphasize the convention theme of Communication for Greater Regard will be given special presentation consideration.

Individual Paper Submission requirements: Maximum length of papers is 25 double spaced pages. Papers should include a title and a 200-250 word abstract. Both single author and co-authored papers are allowed. Whether sole authored or co-authored, all papers must be the work of undergraduate students at the time they were written. Co-authored papers that include a graduate student or faculty member as one of the authors will not be accepted. All papers must be submitted online, using NCA Convention Central. Uploaded files must be PDF.

Scholar to Scholar: The Scholar to Scholar format allows undergraduate LPH members to present their papers in a highly visible and interactive poster-style format. Wandering scholars (e.g., experts in the field) typically engage participants in discussion and provide feedback about their work. If you would like for your paper to be considered for Scholar to Scholar, check the designated box during the online submission process. Audiovisual equipment is not provided for the Scholar to Scholar format.

Panel submissions: A title and abstract of no more than 75 words. Panel submissions should include a list of presenters and their affiliations, along with the name of a chair and respondent (session chair is required, respondent is optional). Panels submitted to Lambda Pi Eta should be oriented toward highlighting undergraduate student work. Papers/individually titled presentations are not presented in a panel discussions.

Removing Identifying Information: To ensure anonymous review, submitters should remove their name, university affiliation, and LPH chapter affiliation from the paper before uploading to Convention Central. Identifying information should only be included on the form you complete prior to uploading your paper.

Reminder about Professional Standards: NCA upholds the highest ethical and professional standards for convention participants. Students are reminded to choose an original topic/method to submit this work to only one professional conference. All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the Convention Resource Library.

Sean X Ahern

Wayne State College

seahern1@wsc.edu

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Mission of NCA-Forum. NCA-Forum's (NCA-F) mission is to improve the quality of public discourse on salient issues of shared interest to the NCA membership. This means that NCA-F addresses pressing issues of Communication at the present moment, and uses its panels to feature best practices in service of BIPOC teachers-activists-scholars, their scholarship, their ethical leadership across the discipline, and their recent, significant innovations in communication research across the discipline.

NCA-F supports this mission by a) Providing opportunities for NCA members to view, participate in, and study a variety of topics through the lenses of social justice activism, participation, discussion, and deliberation b) Enabling NCA members to exercise institutional and community leadership—as scholars, teachers, administrators, and engaged citizens—on these topics; and c) Gaining prominence for our discipline by showcasing its commitment to improving the quality of communication research and teaching in the United States and beyond.

We also welcome submissions related to this year's convention theme, "Communication for Greater Regard." As NCA First Vice President Jeanetta D. Sims emphasizes, “Communication is both the conduit and manifestation for greater regard. For our 110th Annual Convention, we invite thought-provoking papers, panels, pre-conferences, posters, and programming that engage the three-fold nature of our collective, magnificent stewardship of communication for greater regard: (1) greater regard for what has been before us, (2) greater regard for what is presently around us, and (3) greater regard for what will be beyond us…An extension of “Communication for Greater Regard” is examining when and how communication functions with disregard. Thus, this Call also invites conversations about what has been ignored, dismissed, or devalued in our discipline alongside investigating what should be given more consideration. The convention theme is inclusive of submissions designed to foster a steady, significant look at what has been/is being disregarded.”

NCA-Forum Call For Presentations. We seek panel discussions, paper sessions, and performance/alternative sessions that advance our mission and/or engage this year's convention theme. The core objective of NCA-Forum is to present topics, scholarship, and discussions that will be of interest to the many constituencies of NCA. We are particularly interested in submissions with a clear and critical purpose, asking what is (and what is not) the role of communication, communication studies, and communication instructors/scholars in our current moment.

We encourage colleagues to develop submissions that reflect actively on the conference theme of "Communication for Greater Regard." We especially welcome any submissions that foster intra- and cross-disciplinary collaborations, that feature discipline-wide topics, and that amplify the voices of marginal scholars and scholarship. Collaboration is encouraged at a variety of levels, including between other NCA units/caucuses, between generational divides, and between the academic/non-academic community of Communication Studies, including affiliates and community practitioners. We also encourage (but do not require) submitters to employ creative and non-traditional formats for their research/scholarship/creative expression.

NCA-Forums will accept paper sessions, panel discussions, and performance sessions. All sessions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions. Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author, performer, filmmaker, or presenter) in a submission.

  • Format for Panel discussion: Submissions must include a title, a 250-word session description, a 250-word rationale, keywords, the names of all participants, and a session chair. Submitters must also include a 750 word (or less) rationale for the session as it relates to the above call. This rationale should be submitted as a separate .doc,.docx, or .pdf file and uploaded to NCA Convention Central at the time of submission. The rationale should clearly establish why/how the submission is a good fit for the NCA-Forum mission and call, and why it reflects a topic of importance to the plurality of NCA's membership.
  • Format for Paper sessions: Submissions must include a title for the session, a 250-word session description, a 250-word description for each paper, title of each paper, the names of all authors, keywords, and a session chair. Submitters must also include a 750 word (or less) rationale for session as it relates to the above call. This rationale should be submitted as a separate .doc,.docx, or .pdf file and uploaded to NCA Convention Central at the time of submission. The rationale should clearly establish why/how the submission is a good fit for the NCA-Forum mission and call, and why it reflects a topic of importance to the plurality of NCA's membership.
  • Format for Performance sessions: Submissions must include a title, a 250-word session description, a 250-word rationale, the names of all performers, respondent/s, keywords, and a session chair. Submitters must also include a 750 word (or less) rationale for session as it relates to the above call. This rationale should be submitted as a separate .doc,.docx, or .pdf file and uploaded to NCA Convention Central at the time of submission. The rationale should clearly establish why/how the submission is a good fit for the NCA-Forum mission and call, and why it reflects a topic of importance to the plurality of NCA's membership.

There are no top papers awarded in this division.

All AV requests must be made at the time of submission.

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful resources, including step-by-step webinars on how to submit, are available in the Convention Resource Library.

For further questions, please contact: Atilla Hallsby

 

Evolving from the Carnegie Foundation's extensive work on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL), NCA's Scholarship of Teaching and Learning series highlights work that represents study and reflection of teaching and learning processes. All methods (e.g., qualitative, quantitative, ethnographic, critical) used within the field of communication are appropriate for SOTL studies. The SOTL series is not limited to teachers and scholars with a background in communication education or instructional communication, but rather is open to research on teaching and learning in multiple content areas and settings within, as well as outside, the communication classroom.

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning series seeks submissions that portray research or enhance the convention theme of Communication for Greater Regard. Research submissions that cut across disciplines are encouraged. More importantly, such submissions should address or illustrate the unique features of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: (1) questions about teaching practice(s) and student learning, defined broadly, (2) appropriate methodological tools for gathering and analyzing data to answer those questions, (3) results that are reported in a way to encourage reflection and critical examination by peers, and (4) reflective practice on the part of the teacher(s) following the process of inquiry.

Submissions that are more typical instructional studies, and do not include the above items, should be submitted to another division. The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning calls for interpretive considerations of teaching practices and how teaching can be improved or extended inside and outside of the classroom.

INFORMATION FOR SUBMISSIONS:

Individual (competitive) papers, panel discussions, and paper sessions will be accepted. All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central. E-mailed or mailed submissions will not be accepted. For a definition of submission types, please refer to the step-by-step “How to Submit” instructions provided in the Convention Resource Library. All submissions will be evaluated based on content, adherence to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning philosophy (see above paragraphs), composition, relevance to theme, and overall impression. AV requests must be made at time of submission.

Individual (competitive) paper submissions should include a title, author(s), a 50–100-word description, and keywords in the electronic submission form. Papers should not include more than 30 pages of uploaded text (double-spaced, including tables, references, etc.). Submit competitive papers through NCA Convention Central under "Individual Paper.”  If you are submitting a student paper, please put “Student” on the upper right-hand corner of the title page and mark “Student” on the electronic submission form. Submitted “student papers” must be solely authored by a student or students. To ensure blind review, please remove your name(s) from the paper before it is uploaded; instructions on how to prepare a blind copy are provided in the Convention Resource Library. Recognition for Top Paper(s) will be awarded.

Please indicate if your submission would be appropriate for the Scholar-to-Scholar (Interactive Media Formats - Posters, Laptop Displays, Experiential Activities, etc.) by checking the appropriate agreement box on the electronic submission form. Scholar-to-Scholar encourages alternative forms of presentation, one-on-one interaction, and neighborhoods of knowledge. After review, your submission may be scheduled during the Scholar-to-Scholar session to allow you more flexibility in your presentation format.

Panel discussions must include a title, chair, list of presenters and affiliations, a panel description, keywords, and a rationale for acceptance outlining the purpose and significance of the proposed topic/discussion. Additionally, panel discussions must list a session chair.

Paper sessions consist of 3-5 papers around a common topic. All paper session proposals must include an overall title for the session, session description, keywords, a chair, as well as a title, description and author(s) for each paper, and a rationale for acceptance outlining the purpose and significance of the proposed topic/discussion. 

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission in the Convention Resource Library. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are also available in the Convention Resource Library.

The submission deadline is Friday, April 5, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

Discussions and session proposals should include scholars from multiple institutions and a single person should not serve in more than one role in a discussion or session. 

Specific Scholarship of Teaching and Learning submission questions can be directed to Joy L. Daggs, SOTL Program Planner.

 

 

Short Courses are extended convention sessions that offer participants an intense, pedagogically driven experience. Short Course proposals may address theories or concepts, research practices or methods, pedagogical techniques, a specific teaching content area, or other specialized topics of interest to communication teachers, practitioners, and scholars. Proposals that engage communication research and pedagogy within an interdisciplinary context are also encouraged. Short courses should strive for application and practicality. 

The goal of any Short Course should be to enrich the communication knowledge base of the course participants within a well-structured seminar atmosphere. This year, we are encouraging proposals that focus on one or more aspects of the convention theme: “Communication for Greater Regard.” We invite Communication scholars, researchers, and instructors to submit proposals to share their thoughts, experiences, and methods to help people understand how greater regard is so critical to our understandings of and behaviors in the communication process. We would like to include a diverse set of presenters who explore and examine multiple perspectives of greater regard during the short course program. International scholars and researchers are especially encouraged to apply to share their perspectives on the impact of greater regard on their communication processes. All submitters are encouraged to be thoughtful and provocative in the integration of the convention theme.  

Because of the competitive nature of Short Courses, submitters who have presented several times in the past few years should be cautioned against resubmitting the same course. Short Course proposals that meaningfully reflect intentional inclusiveness are especially encouraged. 

Submitters must select Panel Discussion as the submission type for Short Courses in NCA Convention Central. 

Short Course proposals will be evaluated based on the compelling nature of the topic, the soundness of the underlying instructional plan, and the extent to which the convention theme is incorporated, although incorporating the theme is not a requirement for acceptance. Providing sufficient detail in the proposal is necessary so that reviewers can adequately evaluate: 

  1. The intended topic, 
  2. The overall lesson plan, 
  3. The credibility of the presenters, and 
  4. What knowledge, practice, or understanding the participants can take away 

A clear statement should accompany the proposal indicating whether the Short Course has been presented within the past five NCA conventions and if so, how many times the course has been offered. If you have presented within the past five NCA conventions, please include how you have updated your content. 

 

PROGRAM PLANNER
Sean Upshaw
University of Texas
sean.upshaw@austin.utexas.edu

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We invite you to celebrate classroom innovation and connection by sharing your great ideas for teaching students with our community of talented teachers and scholars during the NCA’s 110th Annual Convention in New Orleans, LA. This year’s convention theme of “Communication for Greater Regard” gives us an opportunity to explore and share how we utilize our classrooms to support greater regard. Our class spaces allow us to examine and consider the concept of greater regard, to (re)imagine what greater regard can be, and to identify strategies for attaining greater regard.

Great Ideas For Teaching Students (G.I.F.T.S) offers pedagogical activities, assignments, projects, games, simulations, and/or assessment methods that serve to address communication theories, concepts, and skills. We encourage submissions from across the discipline that reflect creative pedagogical ideas about teaching communication in traditional, online/hybrid, hyflex, and non-traditional (consulting venues, community engagement initiatives, etc.) settings. Further, we invite submissions that reflect inclusive teaching practices, social justice pedagogy, and equity-focused teaching. Additionally, we encourage teaching ideas that focus on students that may have been disregarded in the past and are deserving of our greater regard. Finally, we will prioritize submissions that highlight the convention theme and support the success and wellbeing of the diverse student populations we serve.

This year we are especially interested in G.I.F.T.S. that focus on Greater Regard. For example:

  • Assignments and readings that challenge traditional notions of cultivating care and concern that preserve the status quo;
  • Assignments and activities that promote greater regard in inquiry—that is, assignments that foster student curiosity and provide students an opportunity to examine what is deemed important, granted value, or given consideration and to do so in thoughtful, intentional, and creative ways;
  • Pedagogical ideas that provide access to different modes of learning as well as assignments that center the praxis of greater regard;
  • Pedagogical practices that create opportunities for self-reflexivity by exploring how we understand greater regard (e.g., Who is/are regarded? What does greater regard mean for different people? How can we attain greater regard?) and create personal and collective opportunities to become or remain regarders;
  • Activities that promote intersectional understandings of greater regard in and outside of the classroom; and
  • Art, narrative, and service-learning based projects that create opportunities for students to engage in the practice of greater regard and/or to promote greater regard in the larger community

Each GIFTS must include the following information:

a. Proposal title/Activity title

b. Learning objectives and recommended courses

c. Steps/Procedures

d. Scholarly or community resourced support

e. Assessment recommendation

Please follow the steps below to submit:

1. Go to NCA Convention Central

2. Fill out the form from the following link (this can be in lieu of a separate proposal since the form asks you to address items a-e above) https://www.natcom.org/sites/default/files/NCA_Convention_GIFTS_Proposal...

3. Save the form as a PDF (NCA accepts ONLY PDF format)

4. Fill out the submission fields in Convention Central and select “Individual Paper” as the submission type

5. Attach the PDF form (from step 2) as supporting file

All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central. Emailed or mailed submissions will not be accepted. For instruction on completing a submission, please refer to the step-by-step “How to Submit” instructions provided in the Convention Resource Library. All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission.

Special Note: This year, we will be continuing a tradition of awarding certificates to the Top Ten GIFTS – as determined by peer reviews.

For questions, please contact one or both of the G.I.F.T.S Planners---Suzy Prentiss or Stephanie Kelly.

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The 2024 Convention theme calls us to convene around “Communication for Greater Regard.” Regard is a word of Old French origin and is connected historically to New Orleans by the city’s fertile French roots—making this remarkable city an ideal location for learning, discussing, and contemplating communication for greater regard. Communication is both the conduit and manifestation for greater regard. The theme of greater regard aims to spotlight sessions that convene conversation about the process of cultivating care and concern; that which we regard is deemed important, granted value, and given consideration.

Keeping in focus with this year’s convention theme, we invite pre-conference submissions that challenge our members to thoughtfully interrogate the notion of greater regard by exploring factors that contribute to decisions and experiences related to greater regard within communication contexts. We invite pre-conference submissions that engage the three-fold nature of our collective, magnificent stewardship of communication for greater regard: (1) greater regard for what has been before us, (2) greater regard for what is presently around us, and (3) greater regard for what will be beyond us.

Pre-conferences convene for a half or a full day before the regular convention program begins. All pre-conferences must be conducted in person. Full day proposals are for eight hours and half-day proposals are for three hours. Please note that each accepted pre-conference can request up to $50 reimbursement for materials. Meals are not provided to participants.

Proposals should contain:

  • Pre-conference title
  • Expected attendance number and expected interest groups (e.g., associations, caucuses, divisions, sections, and other NCA affiliated entities), with rationale for each
  • Brief (approximately 250-words) abstract of the event for inclusion in the convention program
  • An extended explanation of the topic, its significance, its appropriateness for a pre-conference, and its relevance to the conference theme
  • Pre-conference description and tentative schedule; please specify full-day or half-day designation
  • Please indicate any audio-visual requirements.
  • If an off-site location is requested, please note this, and submit your plan/budget for securing your location.

Pre-conference registration will be $40 for students and $80 for all other registered attendees.

Proposals will be reviewed by the pre-conferences committee and evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Addresses issues related to greater regard, including but not limited to, care, concern, importance, value, trust, and consideration within communication scholarship and that strongly relates to or expands upon the conference theme
  • Presents a clear, persuasive, argument for the topic’s importance and the role of communication scholarship in advancing greater regard within the discipline
  • Articulates a rationale for why a pre-conference format is appropriate
  • Presents a feasible plan for executing the pre-conference

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants before submission. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the Convention Library online:

Proposals must be submitted via NCA Convention Central to the Pre-conferences special series by Friday, April 5, 2024 at 11:59 pm, Pacific Time.

For more information, please contact the lead pre-conference planner, Dr. Shavonne Shorter, at sshorter@umw.edu. In the email subject line, please include “NCA Pre-conferences 2024.”

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Research in Progress Roundtables (RPR) are an opportunity for NCA members to engage in a lively discussion about research “in progress” with fellow members who have similar interests. Led by senior scholars and comprised of participants from multiple subdisciplines, RPR provide more than an opportunity for members to receive feedback on their work; they are conversational spaces intended to foster mentorship, collaboration, and disciplinary connections. Research “in progress” extends beyond a single study or product and includes larger projects that challenge theoretical and methodological boundaries and innovate communication praxis.

RPR will be held at the NCA Annual Convention and participants will convene for a 75-minute conversation. Each RPR will have approximately six participants and be led by a senior scholar who has expertise on the topic. Participants will share a brief description of their research in progress (5-7 minutes each). Then, discussion will follow among the group. There is no expectation that participants will have made substantial progress on the project between the time of submission and the Convention (e.g., collected data, completed analysis).

Preparing an abstract: To be considered for RPR, please prepare an extended abstract of 1,000-1,500 words (not including references). The abstract should include the following elements, using relevant subheadings:

  1. The purpose of the research project
  2. A rationale for the project’s significance
  3. A brief and concise review of relevant literature (no more than two paragraphs)
  4. The guiding research questions or hypotheses
  5. The proposed methodology for the project
  6. Desired next stages or outcomes for the project (from conceptualization to published/funded/implemented project)
  7. Two other subdisciplines that can strengthen the impact of the project

RPR will prioritize strong submissions:

  1. From members who are associated with NCA’s caucuses (Asian/Pacific American Caucus, Black Caucus, Disability Issues Caucus, Indigenous Caucus, Caucus on LGBTQ Concerns, La Raza Caucus, and/or Women’s Caucus) and from researchers who identify as members of under-represented groups. Please address your caucus membership(s) and/or positionality, if you are comfortable doing so, and if you want this to be taken into consideration in matching projects/researchers with senior scholars.
  2. That explicitly addresses the experience of marginalized communities, either theoretically or methodologically.
  3. Reflecting the convention theme, “Communication for Greater Regard.” Submitters are encouraged to consider how their work addresses the possibilities, meanings, and scope of greater regard.

How to submit:

  1. All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available at the Convention Resource Library website.
  2. Submissions should be made through NCA Convention Central as an "Individual Paper" and submitted to the Research in Progress Roundtable.
  3. Please indicate if you are a “STUDENT” in Convention Central system.
  4. Submissions should not include the author’s name or institutional affiliation in the body or properties of the document.

Questions? Please reach out to the 2024 RPR program planner, Dr. Darrin J. Griffin, with any questions.

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The American Forensic Association (AFA) is now seeking submissions for the upcoming 2024 National Communication Association (NCA) convention. The convention will take place Thursday, November 21- Sunday, November 24, 2024, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The AFA is an association of educators committed to supporting forensic pedagogy. The AFA is interested in promoting and supporting research that enhances the theory and practice of argumentation, advocacy, and competitive debate and public speaking competition.

The AFA encourages submissions that reinforce the convention theme of “Communication for Greater Regard”. NCA First Vice President Jeanetta D. Sims, in introducing the theme for the convention, notes that "greater regard is a process of cultivating care and concern; that which we regard is deemed important, granted value, and given consideration. To be a ‘regarder’ is to be one who watches, takes notice, and is expressive, often by increasing with thoughtful intensity amid a climate where less use of regard is occurring.” The AFA encourages submissions that explore these themes for forensics professionals and forensics education. For more information, see the convention call at www.natcom.org/convention.

The AFA will accept the following submission types: individual papers, panel discussions, and paper sessions. All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central. For a definition of submission types, please refer to the step-by-step "How to Submit" instructions provided in the Convention Resource Library (https://www.natcom.org/convention-events/convention-resources/convention-resource-library) on the NCA Convention website. Individual papers, panel discussions, and paper sessions submitted to the division may be theoretical, empirical and/or critical in nature. The AFA encourages a diversity of methodological approaches.

We encourage panel discussion proposals that include authors with diverse institutional affiliations, and to include the name of a Chair and a Respondent who are not one of the presenters. Participants should not have more than one role on a panel.

  • Individual Papers: Individual papers should be less than 6,000 words and written to conceal authorship and institutional affiliation. Instructions on how to prepare an unidentifiable copy can be found in the Convention Resource Library. Papers should be accompanied by a description of no more than 150 words. Proposals must include author, description, keywords, and AV requests (if any) in the electronic submission form.
  • Panel Discussions: Panel discussion proposals must include a panel title, a 150-word rationale of the content and format of the panel, a brief description of the panel discussion, and panelist contact information. A Chair is required for a panel discussion. We encourage panel discussion proposals that include participants with diverse institutional affiliations. Proposals must specify if any AV capabilities are required.
  • Paper sessions: Paper sessions should include a session title, a rationale for the session, an overall description of the session, titles and abstracts of papers to be featured, and participant contact information. Sessions should include participants with different institutional affiliations. Proposals also should include the name of a Chair and, if included, a Respondent who is not one of the presenters. Proposals must specify if any AV capabilities are required.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 5, 2024 at 11:59 PM PT.

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission, located in the Convention Resource Library (https://www.natcom.org/sites/default/files/annual-convention/NCA_Convention_Resources_Convention_Standards_0.pdf). Helpful resources, including step-by-step instructions on how to submit are also included in the Convention Resource Library.

The AFA point of contact is Prof. Joseph Gantt (jgantt@lclark.edu).

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The American Society for the History of Rhetoric (ASHR) invites submissions for the 110th NCA Annual Convention, “Communication for Greater Regard,” held November 21-24, 2024 in New Orleans, LA. Submissions will open in January 2024 on the NCA Convention Central. All Submissions must be uploaded by Friday, April 5, 2024 at 11:59 PM (PST).

ASHR’s mission is to promote the study of the theory and practice of rhetoric across periods, languages, and cultural contexts. Conceiving of the history of rhetoric in expansive, pluralistic terms, ASHR promotes conversation and scholarship that treats any aspect, facet, and tradition of the history of rhetoric, drawn from formal or informal archives, and informed by a diversity of theoretical and methodological traditions. 

Although ASHR welcomes any submission that fits our general mission, we are particularly interested in scholarship that engages with the convention’s theme “Communication for Greater Regard” in historical contexts and/or related to the history and historiography of rhetoric. Specifically, submissions might engage in (but are not limited to) the following lines of inquiry:

  1. Examination of how various historical figures, rhetors, communities, social movements, and/or texts have cultivated care and concern for others;
  2. Exploration of which theoretical approaches, historical methods, and/or modes of interpretation invite scholars to exercise greater regard toward their objects of inquiry and the historical record;
  3. Excavation and analysis of how disregard has contributed to our histories of rhetoric;
  4. Exhortations for how historians of rhetoric might embrace “regarding” as a mode of analysis and scholarly engagement. 

 

SUBMISSION FORMATS:

  • Individual Papers: ASHR asks for complete papers of no more than 8,000 words (including references). Please remove all author-identifying information from the paper and include an abstract of no more than 250 words. Submissions should ensure to include title, abstract, keywords, and author information in the appropriate sections of the electronic submission form. If all authors are students, please select “Student Paper” in the submission form to be considered for the ASHR Top Student Paper award. Annual awards will be presented at the ASHR Business Meeting and featured on the ASHR website.
  • Paper Sessions: ASHR invites cohesive proposals for paper sessions. The proposal should include (1) a session title, (2) a 200-300 word thematic description and overall rationale for the panel, (3) a paper title and 250-word description for each paper, (4) a designated chair, (5) respondent (optional), and (6) participant contact information. Please do not submit full papers with paper session proposals. 
  • Panel Discussions: While ASHR generally prefers papers and paper sessions, we will also review proposals on timely, well-grounded, and focused topics particularly suitable for discussion format. Panel discussion proposals should include: (1) a panel title, (2) a 200-300 word thematic description, (3) a 200-300 word rationale justifying the session topic and requirement for a discussion format, (4) designated chair, and (5) participant contact information.

PRACTICAL AND ETHICAL REMINDERS:

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in NCA’s Convention Resources Library.

By way of general reminders:

  • For all submission types, A/V requests should be made at time of submission.

  • Paper session proposals should include individuals representing multiple institutions and no single person should operate in more than one role (e.g., chair, respondent, or presenter).

  • Submitting a proposal is a commitment to register for and attend the 2024 NCA convention. 

  • Prior to submitting a proposal that includes other presenters in any capacity, secure their permission to include them and confirm their commitment that they will register for, attend, and present at the convention upon acceptance of the program.

  • ASHR will only consider proposals that are original work that has not been presented at another conference and is not under consideration for another conference. Submitted material should not be published or accepted for publication at the time of submission.

  • A paper or panel proposal may not be submitted to more than one NCA interest group or affiliated organization.

 

MORE INFORMATION: Please visit ASHR’s website (https://ashr.org/) for information about the Society, upcoming events, the journal (Journal for the History of Rhetoric), resources, and more.

 

ASHR NCA Unit Planner 2024
Dr. Allison Prasch, Associate Professor
Department of Communication Arts
University of Wisconsin-Madison
aprasch@wisc.edu 

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Theme: Communication for Greater Regard

 

The Association for Business Communication (ABC) invites scholarship that addresses all areas of communication in business contexts, professional communication practices, application of theory in organizational or business settings, training and development of communication in organizational settings, communication management, leadership and communication, and/or business communication pedagogy.

We encourage creative submissions that describe, analyze, and/or apply innovative approaches to communication within business settings and/or business related courses. We seek papers and panels that will attract and foster opportunities for dynamic collaboration between conference attendees.

  • Individual Papers:  
    From theory to practice; from industry to classroom and beyond. The ABC affiliate call for conference papers seeks work that helps to make distinct contributions to both theory and application of business communication concepts and/or best practices in both applied organizational and educational settings. A wide range of topics, approaches, and methodologies are welcomed and encouraged.

    Paper submissions should be no more than 25 pages in length, exclusive of notes, citations, and tables. Title, author information, and a 100-200 word abstract are submitted in the electronic submission form separately from the uploaded text document. The paper submission must be uploaded into NCA Convention Central and should not include any identifying information. Instructions on how to prepare an unidentifiable copy are provided in the Convention Library. Submitters should NOT upload a separate cover page, or any file with identifying information in the document text or properties. 

    Research that is appropriate for interactive settings may be designated for Scholar-to-Scholar consideration. If interested in participating in Scholar-to-Scholar (poster style sessions), check the appropriate agreement box during submission. Student work should be designated at submission (all authors must be students for submission to be considered “student work.”) 

  • Panel Discussion Proposals*:  
    From theory to practice, from industry to classroom and beyond. The ABC affiliate call for panel discussion seeks panel proposals that highlight specific applications of business communication theory and best practices in applied organizational and/or educational settings. Panel discussions should encourage conversation and present opportunities for collaboration and network building amongst scholars and practitioners working in the world of business communication. Panels should have a clear theme and be focused on a specific topic/context/industry and should include contributions from experts or emerging scholars in the given area of focus.

    Submissions should include a session title, 300-500 word rationale and an overview description of the planned program. The submission materials should provide a complete list of participants (including name, affiliations, and email addresses), as well as a summary of the participant's expertise and anticipated contribution to the panel. A session chair is required and should be named in the submission materials. All AV requests must be made at the time of submission. Please note, papers are not to be presented as part of a panel discussion.

*Panel submissions should make an effort to include individuals representing multiple institutions/organizations rather than individuals from a single institution.

Submission Process for papers and panel proposals:  Submissions will be accepted as of Tuesday, January 30, 2024. The deadline for electronic submission through the NCA Convention Central portal in accordance with NCA policies is by Friday, April 5, 2024 at 11:59 pm (Pacific Time). Submissions will be reviewed by scholars with appropriate background in business communication related research and applications. All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the Convention Resource Library. For further information, contact the program planner, Rory McGloin, Ph.D., rory.mcgloin@uconn.edu

^^^The Association for Business Communication, established in 1935 as an international organization committed to fostering excellence in business communication scholarship, research, education, and practice, has been an affiliate organization of the NCA since 2008. The ABC annual convention is held in October each year and NCA conference attendees are encouraged to visit www.businesscommunication.org to learn more about ABC and its conference.

Program Planner:
Rory McGloin, Ph.D.
University of Connecticut
rory.mcgloin@uconn.edu

 

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The Association for Chinese Communication Studies (ACCS) invites submissions that investigate topics pertaining to Chinese Communication Studies for the NCA 110th Annual Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. Specifically, the ACCS seeks submissions that portray, research, or enhance the convention theme "Communication for Greater Regard" from Chinese culture and communication perspectives. As you work on your submission, the ACCS asks you to consider the questions in this year's call for participation: What does it seem the discipline has regarded for 100+ years? How does communication function in today’s climate to enrich greater regard, how has this shifted over the years, or does it need to shift in the future? How is greater regard currently exhibited in Chinese Communication research, teaching, service, and practice? How are priorities and power structures shaped in the discipline and/or in human communication endeavors through greater regard or to create greater regard? What intentional contributions should we be actively undertaking to foster greater regard? 

As NCA 2nd VP Jeanetta D. Sims explains, communication is both the conduit and manifestation for greater regard: (1) greater regard for what has been before us, (2) greater regard for what is presently around us, and (3) greater regard for what will be beyond us. An extension of “Communication for Greater Regard” is examining when and how communication function with disregard. Thus, the call also invites conversations about what has been ignored, dismissed, or devalued in our discipline alongside investigating what should be give more consideration. 

Submissions are invited in, but not limited to theoretical, empirical, and practical research that is related to Chinese communication studies in the following areas: intercultural/cross-cultural communication, critical cultural studies, rhetorical studies and comparative rhetoric, new media studies across/within Chinese communities, media flows and issues of representation, globalization/localization, health and wellbeing, environmental communication, intercultural communication competence, cultural adaptation, identity development and intersectionality, and activism, among others utilizing a range of approaches and epistemological, ontological, and axiological groundings. Submissions from multiple theoretical perspectives, utilizing different methodologies, and cutting across multiple (sub)disciplines are encouraged. Submissions should demonstrate their connection with and contribution to Chinese Communication Studies. 

The ACCS will accept the following submission types: Individual Papers. In order to avoid unnecessary problems with submission and review, please carefully read the following guidelines:

  1. All submissions must be made electronically via NCA Convention Central. Emailed or mailed submissions will not be accepted. For instructions on completing a submission, please refer to the step-by-step "How to Submit" Instructions provided in the Convention Resource Library (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources). All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission.
  2. Manuscripts must be original material and have not been presented at any other scholarly conference, published, or accepted for publication at the time of submission.
  3. Each submission should be made to one unit only.

 

INDIVIDUAL PAPER REQUIREMENTS

An individual paper is a stand-alone paper submitted directly by an author(s), which is reviewed individually and, if accepted, grouped into sessions by the unit planner. Paper submissions must a) be original material, b) have not been published, c) have not been accepted for publication at the time of submission, and d) have not been publicly presented at any other scholarly conference, convention, or like forum.

Submitted papers should be uploaded into NCA Convention Central and include, in the appropriate sections of the electronic submission form:

1. A title

2. All author(s) for the paper. If all authors are students, please identify student-authored submissions on the electronic submission form.

3. A 200-250-word abstract description of the paper

4. A maximum of 25 pages of text (not including references, appendices, or footnotes) uploaded as a supporting file. Uploaded files MUST NOT include information identifying the author(s) on the cover page, in the title, body, abstract of paper, or in the document properties. Instructions on how to prepare an unidentifiable copy are provided in the Convention Resource Library (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources).

5. Please indicate on the title page and in the relevant check box on NCA Convention Central if the paper is “student-authored.”

 

As ACCS session space is limited, all individual paper submitters are encouraged to choose the option that states willingness to participate in the scholar-to-scholar series. This will increase the likelihood of your paper’s acceptance.

Submissions Open: January 30, 2024

Submissions Deadline: Friday, April 5, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time

 

INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE ACCS?

Founded in 1991, the Association for Chinese Communication Studies (ACCS) is an ethnically inclusive, non-profit professional organization with a mission to promote teaching excellence and research prosperity, enhance academic exchange, facilitate career development of young scholars and graduate students, and build a sense of community among global scholars in the field of Chinese Communication Studies.

*The ACCS is an Affiliate of the NCA.

Faculty and students interested in Chinese Communication Studies are encouraged to join the ACCS. Visit the ACCS website for information about the association and how to join: https://www.chinesecommunicationstudies.com 

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The purpose of the Association for Communication Administration (ACA) is to promote discussion, study, criticism, research, and application of effective principles of education administration for the communication disciplines. Our mission is to promote knowledge vision, and skill in leadership for communication administrators. 

The Association for Communication Administration (ACA), in affiliation with the National Communication Association, invites submissions for NCA's 110th Annual Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. The convention’s theme “Communication for Greater Regard.” Greater regard is a process of cultivating care and concern; that which we regard is deemed important, granted value, and given consideration. To be a “regarder” is to be one who watches, takes notice, and is expressive, often by increasing with thoughtful intensity amid a climate where less use of regard is occurring.

Papers and panels addressing any area of administration are invited for submission, but papers and programs that address the convention theme are especially encouraged. 

Submission Information: 

  • Individual papers are those submitted directly by an author(s) for consideration and not as part of a pre-conceived paper session. Papers are reviewed individually. Papers should include a title and a description and contain no author-identifying information in the uploaded document. Specifically, submissions must include a max 25-page, double-spaced uploaded copy of the paper. Copies must be uploaded into NCA Convention Central and must not include identifying information, separate cover page, or any file with identifying information in the document text or properties. Submissions should include title, paper description (abstract), keywords, and author information in the appropriate sections of the electronic submission form. AV requests must be made at the time of submission. Please indicate your willingness to participate in Scholar to Scholar by clicking the appropriate agreement box during the submission process.
  • Paper sessions are sessions submitted as pre-conceived and complete presentations of a number of papers. The papers are not submitted or reviewed individually; instead, the entire session is submitted for consideration as a whole. Paper sessions should include a title, an overall description, a rationale, participant contact information, a chair, and titles and descriptions for each paper presentation.
  • Panel discussions are panels submitted as pre-conceived and complete sessions of persons discussing a topic or issue. No papers are presented as part of a panel discussion. Panel discussions should include a title, an overall panel description, a rationale, a chair, and participant contact information.

AV requests must be included on all submissions.

Paper session and panel discussions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions. Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author, performer, or presenter) in a submission.

Deadline for Submissions: All submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, April 5, 2024.

Only online submissions are accepted.  Please submit your papers/proposals to NCA Convention Central.

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the Convention Resource Library (https://www.natcom.org/convention-events/convention-resources/convention-resource-library).

Inquiries should be directed to John McArthur via email: john.mcarthur@furman.edu.

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The Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine (ARSTM) invites submission of individual papers, paper sessions, and panel discussions for the 2024 NCA convention. We invite submissions that respond to the convention theme—Communication for Greater Regard—as it pertains to the rhetoric of science, technology, and medicine.

The purpose of ARSTM is to promote research, teaching, and civic engagement that explores the communicative and persuasive dimensions of scientific, technical, and medical texts, genres, practices, materials, and settings. ARSTM is concerned with how scientific, technological, and medical discourses shape and are shaped by broader rhetorical, cultural, historical, and material forces.

Submissions may cover any area of the rhetoric of science, technology, and medicine, including but not limited to the rhetorical analysis and criticism of (1) scientific, technological, and medical texts, materials, practices, and genres; (2) the production, deployment, invocation, and contestation of scientific ideas and technological visions in political, professional or disciplinary, and literary or social contexts (e.g., policy debates, controversies, popular culture); (3) discourses of reason and rationality, including reflexive engagement with the rhetoric of science as a field; and (4) issues of social justice as they intersect with scientific, technological, and medical problematics.

 

General Submission Information

All submissions must be made electronically through NCA Convention Central. Emailed or mailed submissions will not be considered. 

Submission Types

Submissions may take the form of individual papers, paper sessions, or panel discussions.

  • Individual Paper submissions are for a single paper, which may have one or more authors. If accepted, the individual paper will be scheduled on a panel with other individual papers. Individual paper submissions should include a title, a paper description for the online convention program (75 words maximum), and an extended abstract of 500-1000 words (inclusive of footnotes/endnotes and references/works cited). The extended abstract should clearly outline connections to relevant scholarly conversations pertaining to the rhetoric of science, technology, and medicine, the contributions of the proposed project to that scholarship, the project's methodology, and the texts or evidence (however broadly defined) on which claims will be based. Only PDF files will be accepted.

    TOP STUDENT PAPER AWARD INFORMATION: To be considered for the Ploeger Award for top student paper (detailed below), Submitters must submit a complete paper of no more than 25 pages of 12-point and double-spaced text, excluding references or endnotes, including a maximum of100-word abstract. All authors must be students at the time of submission to be considered for this award. Submitters should indicate they are students by selecting the appropriate box on the electronic submission form. 

  • Paper Sessions are pre-conceived and complete sessions of papers. The papers are not submitted or reviewed individually and are not submitted by the author(s) but rather by the person submitting the paper session. The entire paper session is reviewed for consideration as a whole. Paper sessions must include chairs; respondents are optional. Paper Session submissions should include a title for the session, a session description for the online convention program (75 words maximum), a list of presenters, their institutional affiliations, and e-mail addresses, titles, and descriptions (250 words maximum) for each paper, and a session rationale (500 words maximum) justifying the theme of the session and the session's significance to scholarship addressing rhetoric, science, technology, and medicine. 
  • Panel Discussions are submitted as pre-conceived and complete sessions of presenters discussing a topic/issue. There are no papers presented at a panel discussion.

    Panel Discussion submissions should include a title for the panel, a panel description (75 words maximum) for the online program, a list of presenters, their institutional addresses and e-mail addresses, and a panel rationale (500 words maximum) justifying the theme of the panel and its significance to scholarship addressing concerns related to rhetoric, science, technology, and medicine. 

 

Joanna Ploeger Memorial Essay Award

Established in 2007 in honor of the late ARSTM past President Joanna Ploeger, this award recognizes the top student papers submitted to ARSTM in a given year. Each year the award recipient's work will be featured on the ARSTM top papers panel at NCA. Award recipients also receive a plaque and are recognized at the ARSTM business meeting.

  • To be considered for the Ploeger Award, applicants must submit a completed individual paper following the submission guidelines above. Proposals and works-in-progress submissions cannot be considered for the Ploeger Award.

  • Ploeger Award submissions must be marked as “student-authored” on the electronic submission form at NCA Convention Central. Submissions not marked as "student-authored" will not be considered for the Ploeger Award.

 

Additional Notes

  • A paper, session, or panel may only be submitted to one NCA unit.

  • Individuals may present only one paper on ARSTM-sponsored panels, whether submitted as an individual paper or as part of a session. However, individuals may chair or respond to other panels in addition to presenting a single paper.

  • Individuals should serve only one role on a panel (i.e. a chair should not also serve as a respondent; a presenter should not also serve as a chair). 

  • Paper Sessions and Panel Discussions should be comprised of individuals from multiple institutions. ARSTM highly encourages the papers and panels of diverse presenters at different stages in their careers. 

  • Papers should not have been accepted for publication before the time of submission.

  • Each submission should express a coherent project that addresses relevant concerns related to scholarship in rhetoric, science, technology, and medicine. Submissions should exhibit sound methodology. Extended abstracts should clearly outline the contributions of the proposed project, and its methodology, scope, and texts. 

  • Student papers should be marked as “student-authored” on the electronic submission form. Debut submissions should clearly indicate "Debut” status on the cover page of the uploaded document.

  • Equipment requests are available, and we encourage you to make any requests you require for accessibility. Requests for specific equipment must be submitted online and meet the same submission deadlines for papers, sessions, and panels.

 

PROGRAM PLANNER:
Dr. Nathan R. Johnson
University of South Florida
Email: nathanjohnson@usf.edu

ARSTM Web: http://www.arstmonline.org/

ARSTM listserv: arstm@artsservices.uwaterloo.ca

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The Chinese Communication Association (CCA), a long-time affiliate of the National Communication Association (NCA), invites submissions for the 110th NCA annual convention to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 21-24, 2024. The conference is held in person. CCA does not accept online presentations or video recordings.

We invite submissions of full papers broadly related to all areas of Chinese communication themes, including but not limited to intercultural/international communication; crisis communication; the influence of new technologies and social media on communities; and contemporary communication issues in public and corporate policy, civic affairs, health, science, environment, sports, or entertainment. Submission of papers pertinent to the convention theme, “Communication for Greater Regard,” is particularly encouraged. CCA embraces all theoretical and methodological approaches.

For the CCA paper competition, each qualified submission will be reviewed by two reviewers. Papers will be evaluated on originality and importance of topic; adequacy of literature review; clarity and appropriateness of methods; soundness of analysis; validity and strength of conclusion and discussion; clarity and organization of writing; and relevance to the field of Chinese communication. CCA will present a top faculty paper award and a top student paper award based on the results of the reviews. Papers submitted with both faculty and student authors will be considered faculty papers and are not eligible for student paper competitions.

 

Eligibility

You do not need to be a CCA member to submit a paper to the CCA competition. If your paper is accepted for presentation, however, you will need to register for the NCA convention and become a CCA member in order to be part of the program. If you win a top faculty paper or a top student paper, you will be awarded one-year free CCA membership.   

For the CCA membership, visit https://www.cca1.org/membership. Detailed information about the NCA convention and NCA membership can be found at https://www.natcom.org/

 

Individual Paper Preparation and Submission Guideline

Submissions should be in English. Each paper should be no more than 25 double-spaced pages in length, excluding references, tables and figures. All papers should use 12-point Times New Roman font, and have 1-inch margins. Author’s identification information should be removed from the paper to ensure blind review. AV requests must be made at the time of submission. 

In the electronic submission form, enter the paper title, description (abstract) of no more than 250 words, 5-8 keywords, and author(s) information. Please indicate if this is a student submission in the first tab of the electronic submission form. AV requests must be made at the time of submission.

Per the NCA Professional Standards for Convention Participants, you should only submit work that has not been published or has not been accepted for publication at the time of submission, you should submit only original work that has not been presented at another conference and that is not concurrently under consideration for another conference, and you should submit your proposal to only one NCA interest group or affiliate.

Special note: submissions not meeting the above criteria will not be considered for review and will automatically be disqualified from the competition.

 

Submission & Deadline

Please submit your paper online using the NCA submission site. All submissions must be made by 11:59 pm (Pacific Time), April 5, 2024.  

 

Call for Reviewers

For those who do not plan to submit a paper to the CCA session this year, please consider serving as an ad-hoc reviewer for CCA. Please send us an email, indicating your preferred methodology and areas of expertise. Your service as a CCA reviewer is greatly appreciated.

 

CCA/NCA Session Planners’ Contact Information
CCA Vice President; Research & Conference Chair 
Trisha Lin, Ph.D.
Professor
College of Communication
National Chengchi University
Email: trishlin@nccu.edu.tw

 

NCA-CCA Conference Chair
Shaohai Jiang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Communications and New Media
National University of Singapore
Email: cnmjs@nus.edu.sg 

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS ON COMMUNICATION THEORY AND PRACTICE IN EASTERN EUROPE, CENTRAL-EASTERN EUROPE, RUSSIA, CIS and FORMER SOVIET REPUBLICS of CENTRAL ASIA and CAUCASUS

The Communication Association of Eurasian Researchers (CAER) welcomes submissions that focus on various aspects of communication in, with, and about Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Russia, CIS and Former Soviet Republics; or submissions that use theoretical perspectives that have originated in this region. While any work will be considered, work that engages the official theme for the NCA 110th Annual Convention, “Communication for Greater Regard,” in the context of our regional focus upon Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia and/or reflecting on communication and its historical challenges in these regions will receive special consideration. Please read more about this year’s theme at the NCA Convention website via https://www.natcom.org.

We welcome any methodological approaches and theoretical perspectives that may advance our understanding of communication discipline, including papers about communicative or rhetorical behavior, social interaction, theoretical contributions, any form of mediated or face-to-face form of communication or interaction between people from the above-listed countries and cultures. However, submissions should not be limited to these areas as long as they are related to the above-mentioned regions in some way. In addition to the traditional types of submissions, we encourage innovative methods that may not use traditional presentational formats or require the literal presence of such participants. We also encourage paper sessions and panel discussion submissions that include presenters from multiple institutions and/or multiple countries. We welcome diversity and strongly encourage inclusion of underrepresented global and local perspectives, samples, and participants. 

We accept submissions in four formats: individual papers, extended abstracts, paper sessions, and panel discussion proposals. All submissions must be written in English and must be submitted via NCA Convention Central. Emailed or mailed submissions will not be accepted. Furthermore, please be familiar with NCA Professional Standards for Convention Participants https://www.natcom.org/sites/default/files/NCA_Convention_Resources_Convention_Standards.pdf

  • Individual Paper: An individual paper is a fully-developed, complete paper. Extended abstracts should contain sufficient information for review; although abstracts will be considered, priority will be given to full papers. You should not submit a paper that has been published or accepted for publication at the time of submission. Selected paper submissions may be sent to the Scholar to Scholar sessions, which provide a format especially appropriate for visual and aural work, multimedia projects, and interactive presentations. If you wish your paper to be considered for the Scholar to Scholar sessions, please check the appropriate agreement box during the submission process. Authors will enter their submission information to include title, author(s), paper description (for the convention program), and uploaded abstract or completed paper file.  Please note that you must remove ALL identifying information from your uploaded paper file prior to submission. Uploaded files should not exceed 25 pages of primary text, excluding abstract, title page and works cited page(s).
  • Extended Abstract: You may submit an extended abstract that reflects on a study that is not fully completed yet, but will be completed one month prior to the time of convention. Extended abstracts should be at least 1000 words long (this word count is for the main text excluding references, tables, or other additional materials) and include clear description of theoretical and methodological approach of the study. 
  • Paper Session: A paper session is submitted as a pre-conceived and complete session of papers centered around a common subject, theme, concept, or idea. All paper session proposals must include an overall description of the session, a paper session rationale, the title of each proposed paper, author(s) name and contact information, and an abstract for each paper. A session chair is required.
  • Panel Discussion: A panel discussion is submitted as a pre-conceived and complete session of presenters discussing a topic/issue. All panel discussion submissions must include the entry of each presenter involved, title, and session description for the online program. A session chair is required. Please provide a rationale for acceptance outlining the importance of the submission.

If you are not a member of NCA, you will be able to create a user name and password for NCA Convention Central by using the "Create an Account" link on the main sign-in page of NCA Convention Central. If you're willing to join our team of reviewers, please email planners and officers; marta.lukacovic@angelo.edu or jonesa7@dewv.edu and provide details about your area of expertise.

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful resources (including the Professional Standards for Convention Participants), such as live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the NCA Convention Library (www.natcom.org/conventionresources).  For information or questions regarding CAER-NCA call for submissions, please contact Dr. Lukacovic (marta.lukacovic@angelo.edu). For more information about CAER, please visit our website: https://caergroup.org

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The Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) is the primary national association promoting policy topic intercollegiate academic debate. CEDA encourages scholarship which promotes and develops understanding of argumentation and debate in contexts including academic debate, political debate, legal argumentation, and debate in the public sphere. 

Submissions for presentation and discussion of issues important to competitive debate practice and the teaching of debate and argumentation, as well as argumentation theory, philosophy of argument, advocacy, decision making, argument across cultures, and argument in applied contexts are welcomed, as are interdisciplinary linkages within and beyond the field(s) of communication. 

Submissions which address the 2024 Convention theme, "Communication for Greater Regard," are strongly encouraged. CEDA will accept the following submission types: individual papers, paper sessions, panel discussions, and performance sessions. All submissions must be made electronically via NCA Convention Central. Mailed or emailed papers will not be accepted. For guidance, please refer to the step-by-step “How to Submit” Instructions (and other helpful information) provided in the NCA Convention Resource Library: https://www.natcom.org/convention-events/convention-resources/convention-resource-library

  • Individual Papers: Submitters should list the title, paper description, and authors in the appropriate section of the electronic form. Submissions must include a complete, double-spaced, uploaded copy of the paper. Copies must not include identifying information. Instructions on how to prepare an anonymous copy are provided in the NCA Convention Resource Library. Abstracts will be considered, but completed papers are preferred. Papers will be anonymously reviewed. CEDA will recognize the Top Individual Paper submitted.
  • Paper Sessions: Submissions must include a session title and session description; and the entry of each paper title, description and authors involved. A session chair is required. A respondent is optional. Please provide a rationale for acceptance outlining the importance of the submission. Paper sessions should include individuals representing multiple institutions. 
  • Panel Discussions: Submissions must include a session title, session description and identification of each presenter involved. A session chair is required. Please provide a rationale for acceptance outlining the importance of the submission.
  • Performance Session:  A performance session is submitted as a pre-conceived and complete session with a performer(s), chair(s), and respondent (optional).  Debate formats are appropriate for performance sessions.  Submissions must include session title and session description, individual performance titles and description/s, with identification of each participant involved; and a rationale for acceptance outlining the importance of the submission. If submitting a debate submission, repeat the session title and description as the individual performance title and description in the appropriate section of the electronic form.

 

AV / Technology requests must be made at the time of submission.

The submission deadline is April 5, 2024 - 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. 

 

Need more information? 

Please contact the Cross Examination Debate Association Unit Planner, Rebecca Steiner, at rstei25@emory.edu

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The International Listening Association (ILA) unit of the National Communication Association invites submissions for competitively selected papers, paper sessions, and panel discussions that address any aspect of listening. Submissions examining inter-divisional connections in research or pedagogy between listening and other NCA divisions will be given special consideration. The purpose of the International Listening Association (ILA) is to understand and promote the study and practices of listening which is defined as the process of receiving, constructing meaning from, and responding to spoken and/or nonverbal messages within a variety of contexts.

As NCA First Vice President Jeanetta D. Sims, encourages a program that focuses on the Convention Theme “Communication for Greater Regard.” “Communication is both the conduit and manifestation for greater regard. For our 110th Annual Convention, we invite thought-provoking papers, panels, pre-conferences, posters, and programming that engage the three-fold nature of our collective, magnificent stewardship of communication for greater regard: (1) greater regard for what has been before us, (2) greater regard for what is presently around us, and (3) greater regard for what will be beyond us…An extension of “Communication for Greater Regard” is examining when and how communication functions with disregard. Thus, this Call also invites conversations about what has been ignored, dismissed, or devalued in our discipline alongside investigating what should be given more consideration. The convention theme is inclusive of submissions designed to foster a steady, significant look at what has been/is being disregarded.”

The ILA unit welcomes submissions that address the connections between the theme and the pedagogical, applied, and theoretical aspects of listening. Panels and submissions that are interactive and promote the practical application of listening theory and practice are especially welcomed. In addition to unit submissions, you are encouraged to consider special series including Great Ideas for Teaching Students, (G.I.F.T.S.,) Short Courses, Preconferences, and Research in Progress Roundtables. 

All submissions must be submitted electronically via NCA Convention Central. Emailed or mailed submissions will not be accepted. For a definition of submission types, please refer to the step-by-step “How to Submit” Instructions provided in the Convention Resource Library(https://www.natcom.org/convention-events/convention-resources/convention-resource-library). Additionally, review and abide by the NCA Professional Standards for Convention Participants, (https://www.natcom.org/sites/default/files/annual-convention/NCA_Convention_Resources_Convention_Standards_0.pdf.)

All submitted individual papers may also be selected for the Scholar-to-Scholar format. The Scholar-to-Scholar format is designed for engaging "neighborhoods of knowledge." While posters are an acceptable format for Scholar-to-Scholar presentations, other interactive media can also be utilized including video, slide shows, and experiential activities. If you would like to be considered for Scholar to Scholar, please check the correct agreement box during the submission process.

 

DEADLINE FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS: Friday, April 5, at 11:59 p.m. PST.

 

SUBMISSION TYPES

  • Individual Papers should include a title, and a description of the paper (limit to 250 words), and be a maximum of 25 double-spaced 12-point font pages of text (not including tables, figures, cover page, and references).  Papers outside of this requirement may not be accepted and/or even reviewed. To ensure blind review, submitters should remove their names from the cover page before uploading the document, and no information identifying the author may appear in the paper copy. Instructions on how to prepare an unidentifiable copy are provided in the Convention Resource Library, (https://www.natcom.org/convention-events/convention-resources/convention-resource-library.) Any audiovisual needs must be specified at the time of submission. Submitters must upload one copy of their paper to NCA Convention Central. 

    Competitive individual papers will be considered for ILA sessions and Scholar to Scholar (S2S). Submitters may identify if they would like their papers to be considered for S2S by checking the appropriate agreement box.

  • Panel Discussion Proposals must include the following four components: 1) a title and a 75-word abbreviated description of the panel that will appear as the session description in the online convention program (if accepted) 2) a panel session chair with affiliation indicated, 3) a list of presenters and their respective affiliations, and 4) a rationale (500 words maximum) of the content and format of the panel.
  • Paper Session Proposals must include the following four components: 1) a title and a 75-word abbreviated description of the paper session that will appear as the session description in the online convention program (if accepted)  2) a paper session chair with affiliation indicated, 3) a title and 250-word description and author information for EACH paper, and 4) a session rationale justifying the importance and relevance of the session. 

 

Please note that all sessions should include individuals from multiple institutions and a single person should not serve in more than one role, (e.g. chair, presenter, or respondent.)

Cross-disciplinary approaches to listening that include members of other NCA divisions and groups are particularly encouraged.

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants, (https://www.natcom.org/sites/default/files/annual-convention/NCA_Convention_Resources_Convention_Standards_0.pdf,) prior to submission. Helpful resources including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit are available in the Convention Resource Library(https://www.natcom.org/convention-events/convention-resources/convention-resource-library.)

 

CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Philip C. Tirpak
Instructor of Communication Studies
Northern Virginia Community College
Annandale Campus
Ph: 703.323.3478 (office)
ptirpak@nvcc.edu; listenusa@gmail.com

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The Japan-U.S. Communication Association (JUCA) invites individual paper submissions for competitive review for the 110th NCA Annual Convention (November 21–24, 2024, in New Orleans, Louisiana). Papers may address issues in any area of communication, including communication technology, social media, digital, pop culture, mass media, journalism, public relations, advertising, interpersonal, small-group, organizational, international, rhetoric, politics, health, peace, environment, cultural identity, gender, and critical/cultural studies. All methods are welcome. However, they must be related to Japan or Japanese people/culture in some way, such as Japanese indigenous communication, Japan–U.S. communication or relations, and communication between Japanese and people of any nation. Individual papers reflecting the 2024 convention theme, “Communication for Greater Regard,” are particularly desired. The convention theme invites paper and panel submissions that examine the stewardship of communication for greater regard for what has been before us, what is presently around us, and what will be beyond us, as well as other topics that relate to the convention theme.

We encourage submissions of complete papers, but we will also review extended abstracts of works in progress. An extended abstract ideally includes all components of a research paper except for results and discussion/conclusion, or the equivalent degree of completion for qualitative or critical scholarly works. Authors whose extended abstracts are accepted by JUCA must complete their papers and resubmit them. All authors must submit their revised/complete papers by October 7, 2024, to Koji Fuse and the respondent assigned to their competitive paper session. Instructions on how to upload a completed paper will be emailed to you in September 2024.

Students and debut scholars are especially encouraged to submit their work. Awards will be presented to the best student paper (with monetary award), as well as the top paper, but only complete paper submissions will be eligible for the awards.

Panel discussion, defined as “a pre-conceived and complete session of presenters discussing a topic/issue,” will also be reviewed for consideration. However, because JUCA’s session planning gives a strong preference to individual papers over panel discussions, those who consider submitting a panel discussion proposal must contact Koji Fuse or Rebecca Britt before their submissions. Panel discussions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions. Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author, or presenter) in a submission.

Acceptance requires that paper authors join JUCA and register and present their papers at the NCA convention unless an emergency arises. Joining JUCA is free. The JUCA membership application form is available at http://sites.google.com/site/japanuscommunication/. Click on “Join JUCA” on the menu of the website. It is the responsibility of authors to find a replacement to present their paper if they are unable to attend the convention. All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central. General information is available at the NCA 110th Annual Convention website, and various resources for submitters are also available in the Convention Library. All submitters are encouraged to review the document titled “NCA Professional Standards for Convention Participants” in the library. Keep in mind that your manuscript must be original, unpublished material. In other words, you must not submit the same paper to another conference or NCA division, a paper you already presented before at any other scholarly conference, or a paper already published or accepted for publication. Follow the below instructions and guidelines for your submissions.

 

INDIVIDUAL PAPERS

  • The title of the paper.

  • Student paper? If yes, check the appropriate box.

  • Entry of all author(s) in the electronic form.

  • A 250–500 word description of the paper.

  • A maximum of 25 double-spaced pages of text, excluding the cover page, tables, figures, and references. The paper must be uploaded as a supporting file. Self-identifying information must be removed in the uploaded file to ensure a fair blind-review process. The cover page must not include any self-identifying information but must indicate whether you are willing to make a virtual presentation. Be sure to also eliminate other references to your particular coursework or institution before uploading your paper. For more detail, see “Preparing an Unidentifiable Copy for Submission.”

  • Willing to present in a Scholar-to-Scholar format (i.e., poster presentation)? If yes, check the appropriate box.

  • Request for audio-visual equipment. Indicate what audio-visual equipment you will need for your presentation.

 

PANEL DISCUSSIONS

  • The panel title.

  • A description of the panel.

  • A detailed rationale for the panel (about 1,000 words) that includes a reference list. 

  • Information to be included in the Supporting File section: (a) a list of all participants/presenters, proposed chair, and their contact information; (b) a 75–100 word abstract for each person’s contribution; and (c) confirmation that all participants/presenters and the proposed panel chair will attend the panel if accepted.

  • A list of confirmed co-sponsors, if any, in the Special Requests box.

 

DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m. PDT on April 5, 2024.

 

CONTACT

Koji Fuse
Mayborn School of Journalism, University of North Texas
Address: 1155 Union Circle #311460, Denton, TX 76203
Email: Koji.Fuse@unt.edu

 

OR

 

Jiro Takai
School of Education, Nagoya University
Address: 1 Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 464-8601, Japan
Email: jtakai@cc.nagoya-u.ac.jp

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The Kenneth Burke Society Interest Group is seeking submissions for the 2023 NCA Annual Convention. The Kenneth Burke Society seeks to promote research in the theory and application of Burkean scholarship; submissions to this division should directly engage the works of Kenneth Burke. Papers and panels that engage with the 2023 convention theme, "Communication for Greater Regard" will be given special consideration. The Kenneth Burke Society is particularly interested in promoting scholarship beyond the white, male, cis, etc. centered scholarship that has often defined Burke Studies. Therefore, submissions that connect Burkean scholarship to other scholarly traditions and NCA divisions are particularly welcome. The Kenneth Burke Society Interest Group will accept the following submission types: Individual Papers, Paper Sessions, and Panel Discussions. All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central. Both Paper Sessions and Panel Discussions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from a single or couple of institution(s). Further, a single person should not serve more than one role on a session (i.e., chair, respondent, or presenter). Emailed or mailed submissions will not be accepted. For a definition of submission types, please refer to the step-by-step “How to Submit” Instructions provided in the Convention Resource Library (www.natcom.org/conventionresources).

  • Individual Papers: Submitters must include the title, paper description, keywords, and author information in the appropriate sections of the electronic submission formSubmissions must include a 30-page maximum, double-spaced copy of the paper. Copies must be uploaded into NCA Convention Central and must not include identifying information. Instructions on how to prepare an anonymous copy are provided in the Convention Resource Library. Recognition for the Top Paper will be awarded. Student papers must be clearly marked "student" to be considered for Top Student Paper. 
  • Paper Sessions: Submissions must include a session title and descriptionSubmissions must include the entry of each paper/author(s) involved and a corresponding abstract. A session chair is required. Please provide a rationale for acceptance outlining the importance of the submission.3.    Panel Discussions: Submissions must include a session title and descriptionSubmissions must include the entry of each presenter involved. A session chair is required. Please provide a rationale for acceptance outlining the importance of the submission.

AV requests must be made at the time of submission. All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission (https://www.natcom.org/sites/default/files/NCA_Convention_Resources_Convention_Standards.pdf). Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the Convention Resource Library (www.natcom.org/conventionresources).

 

PROGRAM PLANNER:  Andri Kosasih, kosasiha@duq.edu

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The Korean American Communication Association (KACA), an affiliate organization of NCA, promotes research, teaching, scholarly community, and professional development in Korean communication studies, which includes, but is not limited to, research about Korea, about Korean diasporas, and about cross-cultural or international comparative studies that include Korea or its diasporas.   

KACA seeks submissions that advance the 2024 NCA Convention Theme "Communicating for the Greater Regard." For the 2024 conference, we particularly welcome panels, papers, performances, and abstracts that seek to build community and structures of support. We are especially interested in round table sessions that address the needs of Korean communication studies as a field and of scholars who participate in these spaces. 

Questions that you might consider are: How do we better articulate Korean communication studies? How can we better support one another as graduate students and as early career, mid-career, and senior colleagues? How do we strengthen community and effect change in the discipline of communication studies? What fields of study and which scholars are historically marginalized and rendered invisible in Korean communication studies, and how can we work together to communicate for the greater regard in order to produce greater equity and to make structural change? 

For session submissions, we value panels that reflect the heterogeneity of Korean communication studies - institution, institution type, location, generation, diasporic experience, marginalized positionalities within the diaspora and in Korea, and racial difference. 

This year, in the spirit of communicating for the greater regard, KACA will accept extended abstracts on projects-in-progress by graduate students and early career faculty. Please note that extended abstracts will only be considered for a possible research-in-progress mentoring panel. That should be noted in your rationale, and acceptance will also be dependent upon receiving a sufficient number of abstracts to program a session. The purpose of a research-in-progress panel is to provide feedback from senior faculty, who can help address absences with scholars’ academic mentors. For instance, many graduate students do not have faculty mentors in their departments with knowledge about Korean communication studies, and a research-in-progress mentoring session can help to address these gaps. 

In continued partnership with the Korean Foundation for International Cultural Exchange, one paper session will be dedicated to papers that receive KOFICE’s external funding. The submission process happens apart from this call. Please look for the call for grant proposals. 

To clarify, KACA membership is not required for submission, although it is expected upon acceptance. Furthermore, submissions do not have to be solely about Korean contexts. For example, a panel that includes participants who discuss queer experiences in Korea and other countries can be relevant to Korean communication studies. This allows for co-sponsorships with other affiliated associations and interest groups. As another example, a paper could be comparative, examining US and Korean participants’ beliefs about brand messaging, and this would be considered relevant for KACA. Finally, Korean communication studies does not have to be about Korea as the site of study, but it can be about its diasporas or about transnational connections - Zainichi, Korean American, Joseonjok, Koreans in Kazakhstan, mixed race, adoptees, interracial or interethnic relationships, etc.  

In order to lean into this conference’s theme, we are especially interested in submissions that are centered around how we build community and structures of support. This can include professional support, such as advice on topics such as, but not limited to, the job market and its impacts on future careers, tenure and promotion, mentoring as a critical practice, intersectional discrimination in the classroom and in the department, mutual support for leadership, organized presence in the field, publication in journals and books, and supportive peer review practices. It can also include discussions about how to effectively mentor, to organize for award committee participation and for award recognition, to move into leadership pipelines, and to support one another through mentorship and external letters - support, recommendation, and tenure review. It can include discussions that build community, such as envisioning an inclusive KACA - epistemology, life experience, linguistic community, generation, class, gender, race, sexuality; such as developing mutual cooperation - inviting each other for book talks, nominating one another for awards, co-authoring; and such as using social time and play to strengthen jeong (情) through joyful time together. 

Given the interests this year, we especially welcome panel discussions that are mindful of inclusivity, but KACA accepts many types of submissions: (1) panel discussions, (2) paper sessions, (3) performance panels, (4) individual papers, and (5) extended abstracts. All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central and conform to submission expectations of NCA. Submissions received via email or other means will not be accepted. 

  • Panel Discussions: Submissions must include a title, a rationale (400-500 words), session description (75 words), and a chair (respondent is optional). Submissions must include a list of each presenter and their institutional affiliations. Please provide a clear rationale for the importance of the panel with respect to the mission of KACA and/or the NCA Convention Theme. There will be a strong preference for sessions that reflect the heterogeneity of our field and its members. 
  • Paper Sessions: Submissions must include a title, panel rationale (400-500 words), description (75 words max), and a chair (respondent is optional). For each paper on the panel, include the title, description (abstract of 150 words or less), and authors with contact information. Please provide a clear rationale for the importance of the panel with respect to the mission of KACA and/or the NCA Convention Theme. There will be a strong preference for sessions that reflect the heterogeneity of our field and its members. 
  • Performance Panels: Submissions must include a title, a rationale (250 words or less), and description (75 words), chair (respondent optional), and panel title. Each performance must include a title, abstract (100 words or less), performance titles, and the names of the performers with their contact information. Please provide a clear rationale for the importance of the panel with respect to the mission of KACA and/or the NCA Convention Theme. There will be a strong preference for sessions that reflect the heterogeneity of our field and its members. 
  • Individual Papers: Submissions are limited to completed papers that are no longer than 30 double-spaced pages. Copies must be uploaded to NCA Convention Central and must be anonymized. Instructions on how to prepare an unidentifiable copy are provided in the Convention Library. Please consider possible co-sponsorships when submitting your paper so that KACA can deepen its relationship with NCA interest groups. All methodologies and Korea/n-related interests are welcome. 
  • Extended abstracts: Submissions must be between 1,000-1,500 words and represent work-in-progress. The proposal should include a purpose, a rationale, a brief review of relevant literature, guiding research questions, proposed methodology, and desired outcomes. Please note that acceptance will be contingent upon receiving a sufficient number of extended abstracts to constitute a research-in-progress session. The abstracts will not be “presented” but rather discussed in groups with senior colleagues. 

 

Deadline for all submissions is April 5, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the Convention Resource Library. All submitters are encouraged to review the Convention Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and the NCA Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission.

You do not need to be a member of the NCA or the KACA to submit an individual paper, paper session, or panel discussion. However, if accepted, at least one author will need to (1) register for the NCA convention, (2) join or be an existing member of KACA, and (2) attend the convention to present the work. 

For additional information or questions, please contact the KACA NCA Planner, David C. Oh (dcoh@syr.edu)

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The Media Ecology Association welcomes submissions for the 2024 National Communication Association convention, centered on the theme of "Communication for Greater Regard."

Regard is a word of Old French origin derived from the Medieval re-garder meaning to take notice of, consider intensely, look after, or esteem. In this sense, the theme of regard invites submissions that call attention to how we can attend to media ecologies that are often taken for granted, overlooked, or lost in our use of media and communication technologies. As such, the theme of regard encourages us to bring background media environments to the foreground of public discussion or, to paraphrase McLuhan and Fiore (1968)[1], attend to the water in which we swim when we communicate.

The theme of communication for greater regard also calls scholars and students of media ecology to delve deeper in understanding who we as a field of inquiry hold in high regard, what questions we regard most important for media ecology to explore, and how we choose to regard them in advancing media ecological inquiry. This call therefore invites submitters to reflect on the ontological, epistemological, and axiological dimensions of media ecology as a conversation that brings public awareness to mediating forms and their effects.

Submissions might also consider how media ecological inquiry is pursued without regard, or what had been dis-regarded by our field, inviting conversations about what issues have been ignored, dismissed, or devalued in discussions of media ecology, the implications of such disregard, and how we might try to converse about such topics.

Papers and panels that deal with topics related to the theme are encouraged (though not required). Submissions from scholars of diverse intellectual backgrounds and traditionally underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. Proposals that link traditionally distinct thinkers or disciplines to media ecology, extend established ideas or concepts, or otherwise advance existing approaches to the field, are also welcomed.

Please email all questions or concerns related to the Media Ecology Division call for papers to Austin Hestdalen via email (ahestdal@pnw.edu).

 

Submission Method and Deadline

Online submission will be accepted through the NCA Convention Central website beginning January 30, 2023. The absolute deadline for submissions is April 5, 2024 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.

 

Types of Submissions

Scholars and students of media ecology are encouraged to submit individual papers, paper sessions, and/or proposals for panel discussion that address the convention theme as it relates to the study of media ecology. (Strict adherence to the NCA convention theme is, again, not a requirement for submission). The MEA program will accept the following three types of submissions: individual papers, paper sessions (common theme paper presentations); and panel discussions (common topic roundtable discussion).

  • Individual Papers: All paper submissions should include an uploaded file between 20 and 25 pages (double-spaced) in length, including references and tables, and have (a) a title; (b) a 250–500-word description; and (c) no personal identification of the author in the abstract or throughout the paper upload. Please remove all personal identification before uploading the document online. Individual papers will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria: (a) a firm grounding in the established literature; (b) sound arguments with well-substantiated ideas; (c) clear expression of ideas; (d) a clear media-ecological orientation; and (e) a contribution to the general understanding of media ecology. If your submission is a student paper, please be sure to indicate this by noting “STUDENT” on the cover page. Likewise, if this is your first presentation in for the Media Ecology division at NCA, please be sure to note “DEBUT” on your paper. Submitters should also indicate their willingness to present as part of a Scholar-to-Scholar (S2S) program session.

  • Paper Sessions: Paper sessions comprise a group of authors presenting on a common theme. Paper Session proposals must include (a) a session title and description describing the session’s overall focus; (b) indicate the session chair and respondent; (c) the title of each paper on the session and author information; (d) an abstract of no more than 75 words for each paper; and (e) a rationale of no more than 250 words for the session. Paper sessions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions. Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author, or presenter) in a submission.

  • Panel Discussions: Panel Discussions comprise a group of panelists brought together to discuss a specific topic, author, book, or case. Submitters may use the exact same text for both the abstract and rationale if they do not wish to create a separate rationale (reviewers will use the rationale when evaluating this type of panel). Complete panel discussion proposals in this format will therefore include (a) a panel title describing the panel’s overall focus; (b) a list of all presenters, with their affiliations; (c) an abstract of no more than 250 words; and (d) a rationale of no more than 250 words. Panel discussions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions. Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author, or presenter) in a submission.

All panel discussion or paper session proposals will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria: (a) solid organization and preparation, with clear indication of the focus and rationale of the panel; (b) clear, strong integration/coherence among the topics of the individual papers or presentations; (c) interest to MEA members; (d) a clear media-ecological orientation; and (e) a contribution to the general understanding of media ecology. All submitters are also asked to consider creative collaborations and co-sponsorship with other units. Co-sponsorhip opportunities should be noted in the "special requests" tab. As a standard practice, paper sessions consisting of competitively refereed and accepted complete papers will receive priority ranking and scheduling privilege. Also, since we have limited panel allocations and hope to engage more of our colleagues in the MEA’s program, we urge all prospective contributors to send in only one submission—one complete paper or participation on only one proposed panel. Please also note that NO identical submissions may be made to more than one unit.

 

NCA Policy: Audio/Visual Equipment

NCA policy entails providing reasonable A/V support of presentations at its annual convention. However, equipment requests must be kept to a minimum because of their high cost. Submitters must therefore adhere to the following guidelines:

  • A/V equipment requests MUST be made at the same time as the paper or panel’s submission, and will be screened by the program planner.

  • NCA will normally approve requests for the following equipment: laptop audio, Internet connection and LCD projectors.

  • NCA will NOT normally approve requests for equipment such as laptops, transparency projectors, VCR or DVD players, camcorders, satellite links, or teleconference/webinar equipment. Individuals may, of course, elect to rent equipment for the convention at their own expense.

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful resources (including the Professional Standards for Convention Participants), such as live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the NCA Convention Library (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources).

 

Program Planner: 
Austin Hestdalen
Assistant Professor
Purdue University Northwest
ahestdal@pnw.edu 

 

[1] McLuhan, H. M. & Fiore, Q (1968). War and Peace in the Global Village. Gingko Press.

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The purpose of the National Forensic Association is to promote intercollegiate forensics, a goal which encompasses its concern for forensic theory, practice, and pedagogy.  Members are concerned with the theoretical, ethical, and practical issues which undergird the practice of intercollegiate Individual Events and Lincoln-Douglas debate.

The National Forensic Association particularly encourages submissions which portray, research, or enhance the NCA convention theme "Communication for Greater Regard". Special consideration will be given to papers, panels and/or performances that examine issues and ideas pertaining to the theme as it intersects with communication and/or forensics. 

The National Forensic Association will accept the following submission types: Individual Papers, Paper Sessions, Panel Discussions, Individual Performances and Performance Sessions. The NCA encourages submitters to make an effort to increase institutional diversity within session participants and that individuals fill only one role per submission (someone should not be a presenter and respondant for the same submission, for example). Review criteria for Individual Papers and Performances may include (but is not necessarily limited to): timely and relevant topics to the NFA membership, valuable level of scholarly contribution (a multi-faceted concept), overall execution and writing, script & production time (for performance-based submissions) and overall impression. Review criteria for Paper Sessions, Panel Discussions, Individual Performances and Performance Sessions may include (but is not necessarily limited to): timely and relevant topics to the NFA membership, session design, originality, valuable level of scholarly contribution (a multi-faceted concept), and overall impression.

All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central. Emailed or mailed submissions will not be accepted. For a definition of submission types, please refer to the step-by-step "How to Submit" instructions provided in the Convention Library (www.natcom.org/conventionresources). The Convention Central portal will open for submission on January 30, 2024. The deadline for submission is Friday, April 5, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. PST. 

Below is a brief overview of submission guidelines per session type:

  • Individual Papers Requirements: Submitters should include the title, paper description, author information and keywords in the appropriate sections of the electronic form. Submissions must include a 30-page (maximum), double-spaced uploaded copy of the paper.  Only completed papers will be accepted as individual paper submissions. Abstracts are not appropriate for this format.  Projects involving original research rather than reflection pieces are given acceptance priority. Copies must be uploaded into NCA Convention Central and must not include identifying information.  Instructions on how to prepare a blind copy are provided in the Convention Resource Library (www.natcom.org/conventionresources).

  • Paper Sessions: Submitters should include the session title and session description in the electronic submission form. Submissions must include the entry of each paper, including title, paper description, and authors involved. A session chair is required. Please provide a rationale for acceptance outlining the importance of the submission. While individual paper sessions can be included, planning works much better if there are multiple papers included in the session proposal. 

  • Panel Discussions: Submitters must include a session title and description, and entry of each presenter involved.  A session chair is required.  Please provide a rationale for acceptance outlining the importance of the submission. To the extent possible, specific information explaining the unique contribution each panelist will make to the discussion is desirable.

  • Performance Session: Submitters must include a session title and description, and title(s) and name(s) of performer(s), along with production time of each performance or session. A session chair and respondent are required. Please provide a rationale for acceptance outlining the importance of the submission. To the extent possible, specific information explaining the unique contribution each performer will make to the performance/discussion is desirable.

  • Individual Performance: Submitters must include a title, description, performer(s) name(s), script, along with the production time of the performance. Please provide a rationale for acceptance outlining the importance of the submission. To the extent possible, specific information explaining the unique contribution this performance will make to the convention theme and/or sponsoring organization.

AV information is required at the time of submission.

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission.  Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the Convention Library (www.natcom.org/conventionresources).

 

PLANNER

Dr. Nicole Freeman
Vice President for Professional Relations
National Forensic Association
(660)-543-4858
nfreeman@ucmo.edu

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The National States Advisory Council invites submissions of scholarly research for presentation at NCA’s 110th Annual Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 21-24, 2024. We promote research and teaching related to the work of state communication associations. This year’s theme, “Communication for Greater Regard,” allows us the opportunity to think about greater regard through the lens of our personal growth, interests, and needs. The purpose of this panel is to examine greater regard as the process of cultivating care and concern for our growth and professional development as we move between associations at different levels with different audiences. We seek individuals who have connections and experiences with associations to submit ideas for a panel to discuss how all of our Communication associations are connected, what they regard or disregard, how they have enabled, or how they should or could facilitate our growth.

For this call, we welcome individuals who have experience with conferences on multiple levels to join us. Please email Brad Bailey at brad.bailey@mgccc.edu with your name and the different associations you are connected with. The subject line must include “NCA NSAC Panel Proposal.” Do not submit materials via NCA Convention Central.

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants, located in the Convention Resource Library, prior to submission (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources/).

Notification of acceptance will occur late June to early July 2024.

 

PLANNER
Brad Bailey
brad.bailey@mgccc.edu

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The NFHS Speech, Debate, Theatre and Academic Association (NFHS SDTAA) is a professional organization specifically for directors, coaches and adjudicators of high school speech, debate, theatre and academic competition programs and activities. The NFHS SDTAA provides many educational services to the k-12 interscholastic speech, debate and theatre community through the website, https://www.nfhs.org/activities-sports/speech-debate-theatre/.

The NFHS SDTAA invites submissions of panel discussions in the general practice, theory or pedagogy of communication education for this annual convention of NCA. Although sessions may focus on issues and areas of interest both in and out of the classroom, preference will be given to programs that deal with the co-curricular/extra-curricular side of high school speech, debate and theatre. Titles of submissions to the NFHS SDTAA unit could focus on the conference theme, “Communication for Greater Regard".

Panel Discussions (submitted as a preconceived and complete session of presenters discussing a topic/issue with no papers presented) – Submitted panel discussion proposals should include a title, a list of presenters including their affiliations and titles and an abstract of no more than 75 words for the online convention program.  Please provide a rationale for acceptance outlining the importance of the submission.

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit are available in the Convention Resource Library.

Questions about submissions should be directed via email to James Weaver at jweaver@nfhs.org or via phone at 317-972-6900.

NCA 2024 Program Planner:
James Weaver
NFHS Director of Performing Arts
National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)
E-mail: jweaver@nfhs.org

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Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide (PPDD), an NCA affiliate organization, invites submissions on the myriad challenges and opportunities presented by the nexus of information and communication technology, society, and life in the digital age.

PPDD engages a broad diversity of individuals and organizations to spearhead a multi-associational, multi-disciplinary partnership among scholars, practitioners, and policymakers to make significant contributions in closing the digital divide and addressing the many other challenges and opportunities presented by the digital age. Fully interdisciplinary and international, PPDD is the only academic professional organization in the world focused solely on the digital divide and on connecting research to policymaking and practice to strategize actions and catalyze solutions to this pressing societal concern. PPDD works to identify new areas of necessary, productive research focus to foster greater understanding and enlighten policy and practice going forward so that all global citizens can participate fully in the digital, networked age.

Submissions are welcome from researchers, policymakers, and practitioners at all stages of their careers, from any theoretical and methodological approach, and across multiple disciplines engaged in work that informs issues related to the myriad challenges and opportunities presented by the nexus of information and communication technology, society, and life in the digital age and, thus, the digital divide, including but not limited to:

  • gaps in access and connectivity

  • digital inclusion

  • digital exclusion

  • digital (dis)engagement

  • challenges and opportunities, including consequences of the pandemic

  • social and cultural aspects of the divide

  • the skills and digital/information literacy needed to interpret, understand, and navigate information presented online

  • misinformation and disinformation

  • effective use by individuals and communities

  • the impact of socioeconomic factors on user behavior

  • the role of motivation, attitudes, and interests

  • differences in patterns of usage

  • characteristics and conceptualizations of non-users

  • the ways in which people use the Internet to create content

  • different forms of capital and power relationships

  • the impact of new and evolving technologies

  • the mobile divide

  • the interplay of influence with mobile technologies

  • algorithms and inequality

  • human-computer interaction, human factors, and usability

  • social media

  • digital games

  • apps

  • socioeconomic and cultural effects

  • social equity, social and economic justice, and democracy

  • the ethics of digital inequality

  • community informatics

  • social informatics

  • social planning

  • international development

  • indigenous populations

  • education

  • ICTs and well-being

  • health

  • disability and accessibility

  • politics, digital government, digital citizenship, smart cities/citizens/government, civic engagement, adoption issues, and (in)equality

  • global citizenship

  • policy and its impacts, including information/telecommunications policy, net neutrality, and open access

  • public access initiatives

  • practitioner-oriented topics considering aspects of design, management, implementation, assessment, and collaboration

  • architectural challenges and deployment experiences

  • Internet access cost analyses

  • the application of research to communities, practice, and public and private

 

Submission Process:  Electronic submission is required in accordance with NCA policies by Friday, April 5, 2024 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. Submissions will be accepted as of January 30, 2024 through NCA Convention Central. For questions, please contact the program planner, Susan Kretchmer, Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide, at susan.kretchmer@ppdd.org. Submissions will be reviewed by scholars with appropriate expertise in the myriad challenges and opportunities presented by the nexus of information and communication technology, society, and life in the digital age and the digital divide.  All submitters are encouraged to review the NCA’s Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission.  Helpful resources, including step-by-step submission instructions and how to create a blind copy, are provided at the Convention Resource Library: http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources/.

  • Individual Papers:  Submissions should be no more than 25 pages in length, exclusive of notes, citations, and tables.  Title, author information, and a 100-200 word abstract are submitted separately from the uploaded text document, which should be stripped of any identifying text or document coding to facilitate blind review.  Research that is appropriate for alternative media or interactive settings may be designated for Scholar-to-Scholar consideration. If interested in participating in Scholar to Scholar, check the appropriate agreement box. Student work should be designated at submission in order to qualify for appropriate awards. All authors must be students for submission as student work.

  • Paper Session Proposal:  Submissions should include a session title, 200-500 word rationale and an overview description of the planned program. Provide a complete list of papers including title, abstract, and author information (name, affiliations, and email address). A chair is required.

  • Panel Discussion Proposals:  Submissions should include a session title, 200-500 word rationale and an overview description of the planned program.  Provide a complete list of participants including identifying information (name, affiliations, and email address) as well as a summary of the participant's anticipated contribution to the panel. A chair is required.

  • Works-in-Progress:  As PPDD wishes to encourage cutting-edge and highly topical work that may not be in full-paper form eight months prior to the Convention, we will consider 250-word abstracts of works-in-progress. Please submit your abstract in accordance with the instructions above for Individual Papers submissions.

 

Program Planner:
Susan Kretchmer
Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide
susan.kretchmer@ppdd.org

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Pi Kappa Delta supports comprehensive approaches to forensics pedagogy and practice. We support a broad diversity of speech and debate events, forms, and formats and we work to nurture the institutional and financial capacity of the entire community. With all of this in mind, we invite submissions for the 110th Annual Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana (November 21-24, 2024), that focus on any aspect of forensics pedagogy, practice, strategic planning, or any issues important to the forensics community. Submissions may employ any standard research methodology, including rhetorical, historical, empirical, performative, or social science methods. Pi Kappa Delta particularly welcomes submissions that reflect in a creative manner the NCA Convention theme, "Communication for Greater Regard." Again this year, we are accepting (and ENCOURAGING) both undergraduate and graduate papers and panel submissions as well as performance panels.

Pi Kappa Delta will accept Individual Papers, Extended Abstracts, Paper Sessions, Performance Sessions, and Panel Discussions.  We would like to commend both a new submission area and an encouragement to look anew at an existing category. 

NEW THIS YEAR: Extended Abstract – "An incomplete paper submitted directly by an author for consideration and not part of a pre-conceived paper session. Submissions will be reviewed individually." The expectation is to complete the paper by November 1, 2024, and be submitted to the convention planner.  

PKD also seeks to commend the Performance Session as a potential consideration for joint faculty and student performances that speak to the unique nature of the forensics experience.   

All submissions must be completed via NCA’s Convention Central and should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions. Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author, performer, or presenter) in a submission. E-mailed or mailed submissions will not be considered. Please refer to the step-by-step "How to Submit" instructions provided in the Convention Resource Library at www.natcom.org/conventionresources. All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the Convention Resource Library.

General Requirements for Submissions:

  • Individual Papers: Please complete the required electronic submission fields including title, description, author(s), and keywords. Please indicate if your submission is a student paper and if you want to be considered for Scholar to Scholar on the electronic submission form. Individual papers must be no longer than 30 pages in length, must be completed, with an abstract, and must be uploaded to NCA Convention Central. Uploaded papers must be stripped of any identifying information. (Instructions on how to prepare a blind copy are provided in the Convention Resource Library).

  • Paper Sessions: Paper session submissions must include a title; session description; rationale for acceptance (that outlines the disciplinary importance of the proposed session); keywords; a title, description, and author information for each paper presentation. A Session Chair is required.

  • Panel Discussion: Panel discussion submissions must include a title, panel description, rationale for acceptance (that outlines the disciplinary importance of the proposed panel); keywords, and a list of panelists and their affiliations. A Panel Chair is required.

  • Performance Session: A performance session is submitted as a pre-conceived and complete session and must include a title, session description, rationale for acceptance, keywords, performance(s) title(s), description(s), performer(s), chair(s) and respondent (optional). The performance session is reviewed for consideration as a whole.

If you will require AV technology for your presentation, please notify us with your submission.

Program Planner:
Ryan Louis
Independent Scholar
ryanclouis@gmail.com

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The Religious Communication Association (RCA) welcomes submissions for the 2023 National Communication Association Convention, November 21-24, 2024, in New Orleans, Louisiana. RCA opens its portion of the New Orleans meeting on Wednesday, November 20, 2024, one day before the NCA meeting officially begins on Thursday.

RCA is an interfaith 501 (c) (3) independent from NCA. As an affiliate organization, RCA proudly showcases religious communication scholarship during the NCA meeting and its separate one-day program before the NCA convention begins. Submissions to Convention Central will be considered simultaneously for NCA panels and inclusion in RCA Conference’s programming on November 20, 2024. Submission to the NCA review process for programming indicates your agreement to attend the preceding RCA Conference should your paper be programmed there.

The standards for acceptance for NCA and RCA are equally stringent. NCA allows multiple program sessions to RCA. This relationship and arrangement allow RCA to strengthen scholarly inquiry and foster meaningful dialogue among colleagues with increased presentation opportunities.

The 110th Annual Convention theme of the National Communication Association is “Communication for Greater Regard.” As NCA First Vice President Jeanetta D. Sims emphasizes, “Communication is both the conduit and manifestation for greater regard. For our 110th Annual Convention, we invite thought-provoking papers, panels, pre-conferences, posters, and programming that engage the three-fold nature of our collective, magnificent stewardship of communication for greater regard: (1) greater regard for what has been before us, (2) greater regard for what is presently around us, and (3) greater regard for what will be beyond us…An extension of “Communication for Greater Regard” is examining when and how communication functions with disregard. Thus, this Call also invites conversations about what has been ignored, dismissed, or devalued in our discipline alongside investigating what should be given more consideration. The convention theme is inclusive of submissions designed to foster a steady, significant look at what has been/is being disregarded.”

RCA is also particularly interested in cross-sponsoring with other NCA units and affiliates. In your submission, please indicate if your paper/session/panel proposal involves potential inter-divisional cooperation within RCA or between RCA and other NCA divisions or affiliate groups.

The Religious Communication Association accepts submissions in various formats: competitive individual papers, paper sessions, and panel discussions.

  • Individual Papers: Individual papers should include an uploaded abstract and are limited to 25 double-spaced pages, excluding notes. Only completed papers will be considered. Individual paper uploads should not contain identifying information (author name, university affiliation, etc.). Note that the same paper may not be submitted to more than one division or planning unit, but there are no limits on the number of unique papers one individual may submit to NCA.Student Papers should be marked as such to be eligible for the RCA Student Paper of the Year Award and the Donald P. Cushman Award for the top student paper at the NCA convention. For multi-authored works to be eligible for these awards, all authors must be students. INDICATE if the paper is a STUDENT PAPER (undergraduate or graduate) by checking the appropriate box on the NCA Convention Central form. Review the “Scholar-to-Scholar” description below and indicate your willingness to present your paper as part of this Scholar-to-Scholar exchange if you think this is an appropriate venue for your scholarship. Choosing this option does not exclude your paper from consideration as a competitive paper. This option is an ADDITIONAL consideration and increases your chances for presentation acceptance at NCA.

  • Paper Sessions: These theme-based submissions should include (1) a session title, (2) a list of presenters with their institutional affiliations (multiple institutions must be represented), (3) titles and full abstracts for each individual presentation, (4) a detailed session description for the online convention program, and (5) a thoroughly developed rationale arguing for the significance and relevance of the session. A session chair is required and should not present a paper during the session. A respondent is optional. In your rationale, please indicate if your paper/session/panel proposal involves potential inter-divisional cooperation within RCA or between RCA and other NCA divisions or affiliate groups.

  • Panel Discussions: Panel discussions should include (1) a panel title, (2) a list of presenters and their institutional affiliations (multiple institutions must be represented), (3) a detailed session description for the online convention program, and (4) a thoroughly developed rationale describing the format of the discussion and arguing for the significance and relevance of the panel. Proposals for panel discussions are encouraged to demonstrate creative adaptation of the discussion format. A session chair is requiredIn your rationale, please indicate if your paper/session/panel proposal involves potential inter-divisional cooperation within RCA or between RCA and other NCA divisions or affiliate groups.

  • Scholar-to-Scholar Sessions: A one-on-one interactive format for communication and discussion will be employed. Individual papers are submitted for public display in dedicated sessions with engagement by selected “wandering scholars” (experts in the field). This format is appropriate for presentations such as videos, interactive media, slide shows, experiential activities, and posters. Please check the appropriate approval box on the electronic submission form if you want to be considered for Scholar-to-Scholar. Choosing this option does not exclude your paper from consideration as a competitive paper. Selecting this option is an ADDITIONAL consideration and increases your chances for presentation acceptance at NCA.

Submit ALL papers/sessions/panels to RCA online via NCA’s Convention Central site. Audio-visual requests must be made at the time of submission. Due to the excessive number of requests, late requests WILL NOT be accommodated. All participants should review the “Professional Standards for Convention Participants,” which will further clarify expectations. The “Professional Standards for Convention Participants” site includes live and recorded step-by-step instructions on submitting and is available in the NCA Convention Library (www.natcom.org/conventionresources ).

 

Program Planner:
Annette Madlock
annettemadlock@gmail.com

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Russian Communication Association                                      

The Russian Communication Association (RCA) welcomes submissions that focus on communication in, with, and about Russia for the 110th NCA Annual Convention. This year's official theme is “Communication for Greater Regard,” which has relevance for communication frameworks and interaction within Russia and beyond. Please read more about this year’s theme at the NCA Convention website: https://www.natcom.org/nca-110th-annual-convention-communication-greater-regard

We welcome any theoretical perspective or methodological approach that may advance our understanding of communication discipline, including, but not limited to: critical/cultural studies, rhetoric, media, intercultural, interpersonal, organizational, peace and conflict, gender and sexuality, political, and performative. For example, papers about communicative or rhetorical behavior, social interaction, theoretical contributions to mediated or face-to-face form of communication or interaction within the context of Russia would be appropriate. However, submissions should not be limited to Russia alone as long as they are related to it in some way. In addition to the traditional types of submissions, we encourage innovative methods that may not use traditional presentational formats or require the literal presence of such participants. We also encourage panel discussion submissions that include presenters from multiple institutions and (or) multiple countries.

We accept submissions in multiple formats: Individual Papers, Paper Session, Panel Discussions, Individual Performance/Performance Sessions, and Individual Film/Film Sessions. For definitions of submission types, please refer to the step-by-step “How to Submit” Instructions provided in the Convention Library. All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central. Emailed or mailed submissions will not be accepted. 

  • Individual Papers: Full papers and extended abstracts may be submitted for consideration. Extended abstracts should contain sufficient information for review. You should not submit a paper that has been published or accepted for publication at the time of submission. Superior paper submissions may be programmed in the Scholar to Scholar Series, which provides a format especially appropriate for visual and aural work, multimedia projects, and interactive presentations. If you’d like your paper to be considered for Scholar to Scholar, please check the appropriate agreement box during the submission process. Authors will enter their submission information including title, author(s), paper description (for the convention program), and upload an extended abstract or a completed paper file. Please remove ALL identifying information from your uploaded paper/abstract file prior to submission. Instructions on how to prepare a blind copy are provided in the Convention Library. Uploaded files should not exceed 25 pages of primary text, excluding abstract, title page and works cited page(s).

  • Paper Session: A paper session is submitted as a pre-conceived and complete session of papers centered around a common subject, theme, concept, or idea. All paper session proposals must include an overall description of the session, a paper session rationale, the title of each proposed paper, author(s) name and contact information, and an abstract for each paper. A session chair is required. 

  • Panel Discussion: A panel discussion is submitted as a pre-conceived and complete session of presenters discussing a topic/issue. Submitters will enter their submission information including panel title, participants (including chair, presenters and/or respondent) and their contact information, a panel description (for the convention program), and a detailed rationale (around 1,000 words) outlining the importance of the submission. There are no papers presented at a panel discussion. 

  • Individual Performance: A performance submitted directly by the performer for consideration as an individual performance and not part of a pre-conceived performance session. Submitters will enter their submission information including performance title, performer information and their contact information, and a performance description (for the convention program). Please make sure to indicate the expected length of the performance. 

  • Performance Session: A performance session is submitted as a pre-conceived and complete session with a performer(s), chair(s), and respondent (optional). Submitters will enter their submission information including performance title, participants (including chair, performers and/or respondent) and their contact information, a performance description (for the convention program), and rationale outlining the importance of the performance session.

  • Individual Film: A film submitted directly by the filmmaker for consideration as an individual film and not part of a pre-conceived film session. Submitters will enter their submission information including film title, participant(s) and their contact information, film's description (for the convention program) and approximate length of the film. Please make sure to include a link to the film in a word document as part of the upload rather than a file of the film since the file may be too large to process. 

  • Film Session: A film session is submitted as a pre-conceived and complete session of film(s). Submitters will enter their submission information including session title, participants (including chair, film titles and/or respondent) and their contact information, a film session description (for the convention program), rationale outlining the significance of the session, and link(s) to the films in the session. 

A Convention Central account is required to submit a proposal. First click on “Find My Account” on the main sign-in page of NCA Convention Central. You will be able to create a profile if your account is not found. The best student and faculty submissions will be recognized, and top papers will be considered for publication in the RCA-sponsored Russian Journal of Communication. If you would like to join our team of reviewers, please email Evgeniya Pyatovskaya (epyatovskaya@usf.edu) and provide details about your area of expertise.All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. All scheduled participants are required to present their work during the conference. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the Convention Library.

 

Program Planner:
Evgeniya Pyatovskaya
epyatovskaya@usf.edu

 

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The Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction welcomes individual papers that address theoretical, methodological, and application issues of the symbolic interactionist approach.  Individual papers and paper sessions developing theory or discussing research practice relating to the convention theme are especially encouraged. A definition of each submission type is available in the "How-to-Submit" PowerPoint in the NCA Convention Resource Library.

Individual Papers: Paper abstracts will be accepted, but completed papers are preferred. Copies must be uploaded to NCA Convention Central and must not include identifying information in the uploaded document.  The page limit to the uploaded document is 30 pages including tables, references...etc.  All submissions must include an author, description, keyword and AV requests in the electronic submission form. Please include Scholar-to-Scholar as an option for presentation.

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants (https://www.natcom.org/sites/default/files/annual-convention/NCA_Convention_Resources_Convention_Standards_0.pdf)  prior to submission. Helpful resources (including the Professional Standards for Convention Participants), such as recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the NCA Convention Library (www.natcom.org/conventionresources).

Program Planner:
Shing-Ling Sarina Chen
sarina.chen@uni.edu

 

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The Urban Communication Foundation promotes research that enhances our understanding of communication patterns in the urban environment and encourages collaboration between communication scholars, urban planners, and policy makers. We support diverse and interdisciplinary research strategies that recognizes noteworthy scholarship in this area, and invite participation from all scholars and practitioners studying the various forms of urban communication.

We encourage submissions that connect to the convention theme, "Communication for Greater Regard" in relation to the urban environment.  We invite individual papers, paper sessions, and panel discussions that links communication scholarship to our understanding of the urban environment.  We welcome theoretical and applied research and panels that explore how our work as communication scholars can have an impact on social and public policy in urban centers. We actively seek new opportunities to disseminate our work. We are intentionally “eclectic” and open to new and alternative approaches.  Also, we encourage submission focusing on scholarship beyond the dominant traditional normative perspectives and encourage postcolonial and any other work that recognizes the rights of marginal communities to urban spaces.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • The communication of cultural and social differences in the city (e.g. gender, class, race, ethnicity, sexuality)

  • Negotiations, divides, conflicts in urban contexts (e.g. political, religious, economic, ethnic)

  • Identity politics and intercultural communication in the city

  • Political, countercultural, and social movements in the urban environment

  • Power and urban space (e.g. urban regeneration, segregation, gentrification)

  • Aesthetic, semiotic, rhetorical and discursive dimensions of urban spaces and places

  • Visual, material, aural, sensorial, and multimodal aspects of urban space

  • Urban space and the communication of memory, heritage, tradition

  • Spaces of production, consumption and/or citizenship

  • The relationship between urban, suburban, and rural spaces

  • Representing and communicating the city (e.g. tourism and travel media, city and place branding, cinematic and televised urban spaces)

  • Urban media ecologies

  • Media and technology usage in cities and their role in the experience of urban space (e.g. geo-location, new public and private spaces, augmented reality)

  • The presence of media and technology in the urban environment (e.g. new forms of architecture, security/surveillance technologies, screens, mobile media and communication devices)

  • The relationship between cities and the media, cultural, and creative industries (e.g. strategies of attraction of media companies into cities, impacts on communities and urban landscapes, connectivity and infrastructure, the local/global nexus)

  • Renewal vs gentrification

 

Submission Method and Deadline
Online submission will be accepted through the NCA Convention Central website beginning in January. Submission correspondence is required through Convention Central.

 

Types of Submissions
Interested colleagues are encouraged to submit individual papers, paper sessions, and/or panel discussion proposals that address the convention theme as it relates to urban communication. (Conformity with the NCA convention theme is not a requirement for submission). UCF has limited program times but will consider the following three types of submissions: individual papers, paper sessions (common theme paper presentations); and panel discussions (common topic roundtable discussion).

  • Individual Papers: All paper submissions should include an uploaded file less than 25 pages (double spaced) in length, including references and tables, and have (a) a title; (b) a 250–500-word description; and (c) no personal identification of the author in the abstract or throughout the paper upload. Please remove all personal identification before uploading the document online.  Needs to be prepared for anonymous review.  If your submission is a student paper, please be sure to indicate this.

    Paper Sessions are composed of a group of authors with papers to present centered upon a common theme. Paper Session proposals must include (a) a session title and description describing the session’s overall focus; (b) indicate the session chair and respondent; (c) the title of each paper on the session and author information; (d) an abstract of no more than 75 words for each paper; and (e) a rationale of no more than 250 words for the session.

  • Panel Discussions are composed of a group of panelists who discuss a specific topic. Submitters may use the exact same text for both the description and rationale if they do not wish to create a separate rationale (reviewers will use the rationale when evaluating this type of panel). Complete panel discussion proposals in this format will therefore include (a) a panel title describing the panel’s overall focus; (b) a list of all presenters, with their affiliations; (c) an description of no more than 250 words; and (d) a rationale of no more than 250 words.

    All panel discussion or paper session proposals will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria: (a) solid organization and preparation, with clear indication of the focus and rationale of the panel; (b) clear, strong integration/coherence among the topics of the individual papers or presentations; and (c) relation to UCF mission. All submitters are also asked to consider creative collaborations and co-sponsorship with other units. Paper session and panel discussions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions.  Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author, or presenter) in a submission.

NCA Policy: Audio/Visual Equipment
NCA policy entails providing reasonable A/V support of presentations at its annual convention. However, equipment requests must be kept to a minimum because of their high cost. Submitters must therefore adhere to the following guidelines:

  • A/V equipment requests MUST be made at the same time as the paper or panel’s submission, and will be screened by the program planner.

  • NCA will normally approve requests for the following equipment: laptop audio, Internet connection and LCD projectors.

  • NCA will NOT normally approve requests for equipment such as laptops, transparency projectors, VCR or DVD players, camcorders, satellite links, or teleconference/webinar equipment.

Individuals may, of course, elect to rent equipment for/at the convention at their own expense.

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission, including the anti-harassment policy. Helpful resources (including the Professional Standards for Convention Participants), such as live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the NCA Convention Library (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources).

Finally, the Urban Communication Foundation is very competitive.  We usually only host two panels per convention. However, we sometimes organize a preconference and encourage submissions there as well.  This call usually appears in the summer.

 

Program Planners:

Peter Haratonik
pharatonik@gmail.com

And/Or

Erik Garrett
garrette@duq.edu

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