Convention Overview

Central States Communication Association
2017 Annual Conference


Minneapolis, MN
March 16 – March 18, 2017

has been selected as the theme for the 2017 Central States Communication Association convention in order to focus on one of the central ideas of the discipline, that we create (identity, relationships, knowledge, culture etc.) through our communication. The theme also celebrates what CSCA members can create together through their teaching ideas, service and innovative research.


We can explore how to create knowledge through our research across our planning units. Celebrating key communication research contributions to theory, methodology and the history of communication are important. Therefore, submissions dedicated to spotlighting significant communication research and creative contributions inclusive of all methodological perspectives in our discipline are encouraged.


We can create best teaching practices within the discipline and the association. Doing so entails promoting general education programs and communication skills across our planning units. Accordingly, submissions dedicated to communication pedagogy, communication competence, cultural diversity, assessment, instructional innovation and the integration of technology are encouraged.

Service and Creative Collaboration

Service and creative collaboration shape CSCA as we create new ways to serve communities. We must work together as a scholarly community to advocate for the communication discipline and to engage community. Service and creative collaboration help us realize who we are as a community of scholars—we embrace our friendships, colleagues and professional partners. We celebrate our mentors and meet new lifetime friends. Therefore, submissions dedicated to the service contributions of disciplinary advocates and networking opportunities across all planning units are encouraged.

Deadline for Submissions: October 3, 2016

Primary Program Planner: Blair Thompson (


Pre-Conference Information

Join us a day early and register for one or both of the CSCA preconferences on March 15, 2017!

Seats are limited. Register today.

Pre-Conference #1:  Nonprofit Communication

Time: 1-5:30 p.m.; Happy Hour with cash bar at 4:45 p.m.

Cost: $25   Learn more about the presenters here.

Pre-Conference #2: Beer Culture

Time: Panel presentation at 5:45 p.m.; beer tour departs at 7 p.m.

Cost:  $60  Learn more about the presenters here.

Questions? Contact Amy Aldridge Sanford, CSCA 2nd Vice President, at


Hotel Information

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Room reservations at a special CSCA discount rate are available! Click this special registration link and ensure that you have your room for the 2017 conference.

2017 Room Rates
Single or Double Room $139/night plus taxes and fees
Triple Occupancy $164/night plus taxes and fees
Quadruple Occupancy $189.25/night plus taxes and fees
Executive Suite $169/night plus taxes and fees (sleeps up to four guests)

Please note that the above rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to reserve now and to make sure you get the room type your prefer.


Minneapolis Information


The hotel is close to many local museums and tourist attractions. Watch this space for more details!


Over 50 restaurants are in a one-mile walking distance, although with the hotel's exquisite Prairie View Restaurant you might never want to leave!



The conference hotel is close to a shopping mall, a full-sized "city" Target, a large book store, and many high-end fashion outlets.

Outdoor Activities:

It will be cold when we visit Minneapolis, but don't worry! The sky tunnels will let you navigate from location to location while keeping warm!