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CSCA 2020 Convention - Call for Papers - Graduate Student Caucus

Graduate Student Caucus

Submission DEADLINE:  October 11, 2019 11:59 p.m. CST

Call for Papers and Panels

Central States Communication Association (CSCA)
Annual Convention Chicago O'Hare, Loews Hotel (Rosemont, IL)
April 14-19, 2020

Borders & Breakthroughs

The Graduate Student Caucus invites all graduate student members of CSCA to submit competitive papers, programs, and interactive panels to be considered for programming at the 2020 CSCA conference to be held in Chicago, Illinois. Our interest group focuses on celebrating graduate student work and providing development opportunities in relation to teaching, service, and scholarship. We encourage graduate students to embrace the convention theme, Borders & Breakthroughs. A border is a demarcation – geographic, political, conceptual, linguistic, etc. that separates one thing from something else. Breakthroughs transcend borders and create new possibilities for inquiry, teaching, learning, relating, and serving.

In addition to submitting work relating to borders and breakthroughs on research and teaching, this convention theme also extends to foundation in regard to service, collaboration, and conversation. Quality scholarship and creative ideas are our main goal. In an effort to encourage collaboration among graduate students, we have developed a Facebook page to create space for brainstorming, planning, and networking. Please visit, join, and participate in the conversations about the upcoming convention at: 

General Submission Information:

CSCA utilizes an online submission system the conference. Details will be available on the CSCA website closer to the submission deadline. For now, use the following guidelines to help structure your submission ideas. In order to avoid unnecessary problems with the submission and review process, please carefully follow the guidelines:

  1. Your submission implies that you agree to follow appropriate presentation guidelines if your paper/panel is accepted (i.e., it is generally unacceptable to not attend the conference or to read your paper to those in attendance). We look forward to engaging presenters, topics, and discussions. 
  2. Each submission should be made to only one unit.

Guidelines for completed individual papers and extended abstracts 

  1. Manuscript format:
    1. Complete papers should be a maximum of 25 pages double-spaced with 12 pt. font. This excludes references, figures, and tables. (You will include title, contact information, and abstract in the online system.)
    2. Extended abstracts should be between 5 and 12 pages double-spaced with 12 pt. font. This excludes references, figures, and tables.
      1. Accepted extended abstracts will be required to be resubmitted as a complete conference paper before the conference (date TBD).
    3. Please use APA format for referencing.
  1. As part of the online submission system, you will provide your contact information, allowing author identity to be concealed. In the system, indicate the CSCA membership status of author(s) and clearly identify whether your paper is an extended abstract submission.
  2. All submissions to the Graduate Student Caucus may not be co-authored with faculty mentors/advisors and should be current graduate students.

Guidelines for Panel Discussion Submissions

  1. A panel submission is a format that engages a group of panelists in a formal interactive discussion about a topic related to the graduate student caucus.
  2. 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 caucus, relevance of the topic to the theme, innovativeness, and overall contribution.

All media requests must be made at the time of submission. Please only request media if it is absolutely essential to your presentation. Laptop computers will not be made available for presentations.

Submissions for CSCA 2020 will begin August 1, 2019. You will find a link to the AI submission system at:

Submissions must be received online not later than October 11, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CST for consideration.  

For questions and comments, please reach out to: Austin Beattie, Chair

CSCA Graduate Student Caucus

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