Regional News and Notes

Regional News
November 9, 2021


The Central States Communication Association is seeking nominations for the following awards. All awards will be presented at the Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon and Business Meeting held in conjunction with the 2022 annual conference to be held March 30 – April 3 in Madison, WI. It is expected that a representative for any winning proposal attend the event to collect the prize.

2022 CSCA Hall of Fame Award Call 

The Central States Communication Association (CSCA) is seeking nominees for its 2022 Hall of Fame award. This award and membership in the CSCA Hall of Fame is given to those who have contributed to the discipline of Communication through meritorious scholarship, teaching/mentoring, participation at conventions, and service to the association.

In order to be nominated, the potential Hall of Fame recipient must be a current CSCA member and must have joined the association on or before 1996.

To nominate an individual for the Hall of Fame, a packet must be submitted containing (1) a letter of nomination citing the nominee’s accomplishments in light of the selection criteria, (2) a copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae, and (3) two additional letters of support. Nomination packets should be submitted as a single PDF document.

Nomination packets must be received by no later than February 1, 2022.

Queries and submissions should be addressed to the following:

Alberto González
President, Central States Communication Association

2022 CSCA Federation Prize Call

The Federation Prize promotes intellectual development and Communication scholarship by awarding a cash prize of (up to) $5,000 to selected research proposals authored by a CSCA member. If there are multiple submitters on a proposal, all authors must be current CSCA members. Proposals are evaluated by a selection committee of scholars representing diverse interests in communication and various methods of inquiry. The recipient is expected to provide a presentation of the research project in a special panel at the CSCA convention the year following the award presentation.

To be considered for the Federation Prize, applicants must submit a proposal. The proposal must include the following items:

  • A one-page title sheet, including the applicant’s name and contact information (name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address), the title of project, and a 200-word abstract. If there are multiple submitters, please list all of their names and contact information for each.
  • A single-spaced, three-page description of the project, including objectives, methods, a proposed timetable, qualifications of the applicant(s) to complete the project, and a rationale describing why the project merits CSCA funding.
  • A one-page budget, including the amount of money requested (up to $5000) and how the money will be spent. 
  • A brief (two-page) curriculum vitae for each applicant.
  • Names and contact information of three references

The materials must be received by December 1, 2021. Please make one document file (PDF) containing the materials outlined above and submit it via email to Dr. Kallia Wright: Please indicate “2022 CSCA Federation Prize Proposal” explicitly in the subject line.

Please direct any inquiries toward the Chair of the 2022 Federation Prize Committee, Dr. Kallia Wright, University of Miami, at the email address listed earlier in this call.

All applicants must consult their university grants/awards office when applying for the Federation Prize. The Central States Communication Association does not pay any overhead or administrative fees, nor can applicant salaries be listed as an expense. Any proposal including these items as part of the funding request will be disqualified. 

2022 CSCA Warren Award Call 

The Central States Communication Association is now accepting nominations for the 2022 Warren Mentorship Award. 

The award, named in honor of the late and beloved John T. Warren, recognizes a mid-career scholar who exhibits some of the many virtues John himself exuded as a mentor, scholar, and engaged member of the discipline. To that end, those who are nominated should excel in all aspects of their careers—teaching, research/creativity, service, and engagement—but first and foremost should demonstrate excellence as a mentor. 

Nominees for this award must (a) at least be in their 11th year of full-time academic work beyond their terminal degree but within their first 15 years; (b) be members of the Central States Communication Association at the time of application; (c) agree to attend the conference the year the award is presented; and (d) have an exemplary record of mentoring, research/creativity, service, and engagement. 

To be considered for the Warren Award, nominees must electronically submit a packet as a single PDF file. This packet should include the following items, arranged in this order: (1) a letter of nomination (self-nominations are welcome); (2) a teaching philosophy statement, not to exceed two pages; (3) evidence of teaching and mentoring excellence, not to exceed ten pages, that can include sample assignments, teaching evaluations, course syllabuses or descriptions, or other materials that indicate teaching and mentoring excellence; (4) a statement that summarizes the candidate’s program of scholarship, not to exceed one page; (5) a complete list of all publications, exhibits, grants or fellowships, and research/creativity awards; (6) a complete list of service contributions at the department, college, university, and disciplinary level; and (7) a one-page statement that documents engagement or impact beyond the classroom. 

The materials must be received by December 1, 2021. Please submit the packet (or any inquiries) to: Lance Lippert at, with “Warren Award” in the subject line. All applications submitted by the deadline will receive an email response confirming receipt of the working PDF file. 

2022 CSCA Pearson and Nelson Award Call 

We are now accepting nomination applications for the 2022 Central States Communication Association (CSCA) Pearson and Nelson Outstanding New Teacher Award. This award recognizes individuals early in their professional career who are showing distinction as teachers. Nominees may be teaching at any level, from grade school through graduate school. The committee reserves the right to award several individuals at different academic levels (e.g., K-12, community college, university), so individuals from all types of institutions are encouraged to apply.

Nominees must (a) be in their first five years of full-time teaching; (b) be members of CSCA at the time they apply; and (c) attend the conference the year in which the award is presented (2022 in Madison, WI). Nominees who have more than five years teaching experience at two or more levels, but no more than five years at their most recent teaching level, may also be considered. Prior recipients are not eligible.

To be considered for the Pearson and Nelson Award, nominees must electronically submit a nomination packet not to exceed 25 pages excluding cover page, index page, curriculum vita, and/or divider pages. Packets that exceed the page limit will be returned without review. Nomination packets must include (1) a letter of nomination citing the nominee’s accomplishments; (2) the nominee’s current curriculum vita; (3) three letters of support from students, colleagues, supervisors, and/or administrators; (4) course/instructor evaluation summaries from no more than three recent academic terms (e.g., comments and ratings with explanation of rating scale norms); (5) a description of the nominee’s teaching load, including student advising; and (6) at least two samples of personal instructional materials/resources. All of these materials must be combined into a single PDF file and submitted to the committee chair.

The materials must be received by December 1, 2021.

Please submit the materials and any inquiries electronically to: Kristina Scharp at referencing Pearson and Nelson Award in the subject line. All applications submitted by the deadline will receive an email response confirming receipt of their materials.

2022 CSCA Kay Award Call

Dr. Jack Kay (1951–2015) was a distinguished member of the Communication community. He was a past president of the Central States Communication Association, Michigan Association of Speech Communication, Nebraska Speech Communication Association, and Delta Sigma Rho/Tau Kappa Alpha. He served as (a) Provost and as Executive Vice President at Eastern Michigan University; (b) Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Interim Chancellor at the University of Michigan-Flint; (c) Associate Provost for Student Services; Interim Dean of the College of Urban, Labor, and Metropolitan Affairs; Interim Dean of the College of Fine Performing and Communication Arts at Wayne State University; and (d) Chair of the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

As a Communication scholar, Dr. Kay published extensively in argumentation, rhetoric, and political communication. He researched and spoke on issues of race, diversity, and the language of oppression, presenting frequently about anti-Semitism and other expressions of hate on the internet. His publications include the book Argumentation: Inquiry and Advocacy, and many book chapters, journal articles, and newspaper editorials. His contributions to doctoral advising were recognized by Wayne State University’s Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award.

The Jack Kay Award for Community Engagement and Applied Communication Scholarship recognizes individual Communication scholars (dyads and groups/teams are not eligible) who have achieved notable records of success in applying their work to confront issues of social injustice, inequality, intolerance, and prejudice. The award, thus, recognizes and celebrates a significant body of engaged, applied, and/or activist Communication scholarship. The award is made possible through a generous gift from the Michigan Association of Speech Communication.

The following materials should be submitted with a nomination:

1. A curriculum vitae.

2. A narrative (maximum of three pages) that describes how the scholarship (which includes research and/or teaching) demonstrates community engagement, addresses social justice issues, and explains impacts that it has had or can have on public policy, social activism, judicial reform, and other avenues of social change.

3. A list of published scholarship that is germane to the award, along with one or two exemplars to showcase.

4. Up to two examples of public scholarship (e.g., reports, white papers, newspaper editorials, and/or videos)

All materials must be submitted electronically by December 1, 2021, to Sandy Pensoneau-Conway ( Please reference the Jack Kay Award in the subject line. Self-nominations are most typical. Per association bylaws, nominees must be CSCA members at the time of the nomination, and the award recipient must attend the Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon and Business Meeting held at the 2022 conference in Madison, WI to receive the award and accompanying honorarium to support the person’s engaged scholarship.

2022 CSCA Cooper Award Call 

The prestigious Cooper Award is named after former CSCA President Pamela J. Cooper and is presented to one M.A. level graduate teaching assistant and one Ph.D. level graduate teaching assistant in recognition of excellent teaching by a graduate student. At the annual convention, the recipients each receive a cash award and a plaque.

To be considered for the Cooper Award, nominees must submit materials electronically (not to exceed 12 pages, excluding cover page, index page, and/or divider pages), which must be the original work of the graduate teaching assistant. The electronic packet must include (1) no more than two letters of nomination/support; (2) a one- to two-page statement of the nominee’s teaching philosophy; (3) a description of the nominee’s teaching experiences, including courses taught and course responsibilities; (4) evidence of the nominee’s teaching effectiveness, including peer/supervisor evaluations, a narration of a pedagogical challenge you overcame, or other evidence; and (5) teaching materials, including syllabi, assignment sheets, handouts, or web pages. We are especially interested in innovative approaches to teaching brought on by our need to teach during the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of clear evidence that end-of-semester student evaluations, also known as SETs, show racial, cultural, and gender bias, the Cooper Award committee will not accept student evaluations (SETs) as part of Cooper Award applications. On the application, please note whether the application is for the M.A. award or the Ph.D. award.

Only two candidates can be nominated by one department. Students who were graduate teaching assistants during the past academic year, as well as current M.A. and Ph.D. students, are eligible. Graduate teaching assistants at colleges and universities in the CSCA region are eligible. In addition, graduate teaching assistants advised by faculty outside of the CSCA region are also eligible, but they, their nominating faculty, or their department should be CSCA members. Per association bylaws, all recipients must be CSCA members at the time of the nomination. Cooper Award winners are also expected to attend the 2022 conference in Madison, WI to receive their award. The recipients of the Cooper Award are recognized at the Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon and Business Meeting.

All materials must be submitted electronically by December 1, 2021. Please reference the Cooper Award in the subject line and whether your application is for the M.A. or Ph.D. award. When the materials are received, you will receive a confirmation email indicating that your submission is under review. Please submit all application materials in a single PDF to:

Stephen Spates
Cooper Award Committee Chair
Department of Communication
Missouri State University

CSCA Undergraduate Honors Research Conference

The association is also pleased to announce its call for submission for the 2022 Central States Communication Association President's Undergraduate Honors Research Conference (UHRC), to be held Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2 during the virtual 91st annual CSCA convention in Madison, WI. The UHRC offers undergraduate students an opportunity to share their original research projects and provides a forum through which they can inquire about graduate study, meet graduate faculty, and interact with some of the leading scholars in the discipline of Communication. The UHRC features a graduate school open house.

Outstanding papers will be recognized, including through a Top Paper Award. In conjunction with the National Communication Association, the UHRC will also recognize the Lambda Pi Eta Top Paper Award. Created in 2019, the Lambda Pi Eta Top Paper Award recognizes the outstanding research of undergraduates at the regional level. The award will be presented to the Lambda Pi Eta member with the highest ranked individually authored paper at the Undergraduate Honors Research Conference.

The UHRC is open to students who were enrolled as undergraduates during the 2021 calendar year (spring, summer, and/or fall). Submissions must have been completed by those students (not coauthored with faculty) during the aforementioned year.

Submission instructions:

1. The paper should have a title page with a title and author contact information.

2. On your cover page, please indicate that you are an inducted Lambda Pi Eta member as it helps us identify competitive submissions eligible for this award.

3. Faculty advisor name (optional) may be listed on the title page.

4. The paper should be saved as a PDF document.

5. Papers may be submitted by the author or the faculty advisor.

Submissions must be received no later than Friday, 11:59 PM (CST), January 14, 2022.

Queries and submissions should be addressed to the current CSCA President:
Al González


2022 Eastern Communication Association Conference 
Philadelphia Marriott Old City 
April 7 - 9, 2022

ECA 2022

The 2022 ECA convention will be an opportunity for (re)union! If all goes well, the 2022 convention will be our first “in person” ECA after two years of being unable to gather our community together. We seek to make ECA 2022 an occasion of joyous reconnection and opportunity to build new connections among our community members. We also seek to make ECA 2022 a location of reflection, deliberation, and learning as we emerge from the global pandemic and consider how we, as Communication educators and scholars, will contribute to a post-pandemic world.

Register by March 1, 2022, to receive a discounted rate.

For more information, go to: 


Western States Communication Association's Undergraduate Scholars’ Research Conference Call for Submissions

Submission Deadline: Thursday, 12/2/2021, 3:00 a.m. EDT

Dr. Shawna Malvini Redden (California State University, Sacramento), WSCA Second Vice President, invites submissions to the 18th Annual Undergraduate Scholars' Research Conference (USRC), to be held Friday, February 18, 2022, in Portland, Oregon. Undergraduate students are invited to submit papers reporting original research (e.g., critical investigation, analysis, or experiment leading to the discovery or creation of new facts; theories or interpretation, or significant revisions of already existing facts; or the practical applications of these new or revised conclusions). Diverse philosophical, theoretical, and methodological approaches are welcome. 
The USRC is an extraordinary opportunity for undergraduate students to showcase their scholarly work and to receive feedback from experienced scholars in the field. Undergraduate students benefit from participating in the research conference by crafting and sharing a professional presentation, meeting other undergraduate scholars in the field, and learning about graduate studies in Communication. The conference concludes with an awards ceremony.

Students are especially encouraged to submit papers that fit the theme of the convention: Cultivate. 

Submission Guidelines

Paper Submissions

All authors on the submitted papers must be undergraduate students at the time of submission and cannot be graduate students at the time of presentation. Students should not submit more than one paper for which they serve as the primary author. Co-authored papers are welcome, but all coauthors must be undergraduate students.

Please use our submission system at to submit work. If you are new to the system, please create a log in account and follow the submission steps.

Submit: A single PDF formatted file, which should include a title page without any identifying information, an abstract of no more than 200 words, the body of the paper, and references. Papers should be no more than 25 pages in total length. Papers will be judged anonymously by expert reviewers for completeness, intellectual rigor, and overall quality. 

Submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, December 2, 2021. 

Conference Registration

For those students whose papers are accepted for presentation to the conference, WSCA will provide a complimentary registration to the rest of the WSCA convention. The registration fee for the USRC is $15 for each presenter.

Please contact Dr. Shawna Malvini Redden, WSCA 2nd Vice President, by e-mail (