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CSCA 2020 Convention - Call for Papers Reminder - Basic Course Interest Group

Basic Course Interest Group

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

Call for Papers and Panels

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

Borders & Breakthroughs

The Basic Course Interest Group invites the submission of competitive papers, panels, roundtable discussions, and innovative programming for the 2020 CSCA convention in Chicago-O’Hare, Illinois. The purpose of the Basic Course Interest Group is to support research and facilitate discussion of issues related to the pedagogy and administration of the introductory communication courses.  The Basic Course Interest Group is seeking proposals that explore the conference theme of Borders & Breakthroughs. We encourage the submission of topics that blend the conference theme of Borders & Breakthroughs with topics relating to the Basic Course.

This theme lends itself in many ways to pertinent Basic Course issues. From pedagogy, our students, assessment, and campus environments, we all experience borders and breakthroughs. This conference is providing us with the opportunity to bring those to light, discuss them, collaborate and perhaps experience a breakthrough of our own. Would you consider submitting one of the following… 

The Basic Course Interest Group will accept the following submission types:

(1)    Paper
(2)    Paper Session
(3)    Panel Discussion

Papers: Only completed papers will be accepted. All papers must include a title and a brief abstract. Graduate students should type “STUDENT” on the upper right-hand corner of the title page. If the paper will be a graduate student debut, please type “DEBUT STUDENT” on the upper right- hand corner of the title page. To be considered a graduate student debut paper, (1) the author must be a graduate student, (2) the paper must have single authorship, and (3) the paper must be the author’s first paper to be presented at CSCA. Indicate if author(s) are CSCA members. Author names and any identifying information must be removed prior to submission.

Paper Session: These consist of a group of presenters with (3-5) paper presentations centered on a common theme. Submissions should include an overall session title, session description (75 words), and a rationale statement (250 words or less) as well as author name(s), affiliation, paper title and abstract for each paper.

Panels: Panels should consist of a group of panelists discussing a specific topic. Audience discussion and participation are strongly encouraged. Following the guidelines from the CSCA website, panel discussions should include an overall panel title, a rationale statement, and a panel description for the online convention program. Submitted panels should include a chair and each presenter’s name, affiliation, and brief description of the specific contribution or perspective of each presenter. Preference will be given to submissions with panelists representing multiple institutions rather than a single institution.  

Basic Course G.I.F.T.S.: In partnership with the G.I.F.T.S. Interest Group, we are striving to create and co-sponsor a joint session on Basic Course Great Ideas for Teaching Students. Please see the call for the G.I.F.T.S. Interest Group, submitting your proposal following the directions in the call.


The Basic Course Interest Group generally offers two awards at each convention: The Douglas M. Trank Award for the top competitive paper, and the Melissa Beall Award for the top competitive panel. The teams honored with each of these awards will receive their award during the business meeting. 

All technology requests must be made at the time of submission.

Submissions must be received by October 11, 2019 – 11:59 p.m. CST.

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

If you have questions please contact interest group program planner, Kevin Stoller at

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