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CSCA 2020 Convention - Call for Papers -Communication Education Interest Group

Communication Education 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 Communication Education Interest Group is dedicated to the advancement of practical, pedagogical, methodological, and theoretical interests of its members. The Interest Group equally values the educational viewpoints and perspectives of its constituents, which include K-12, community college, and four-year college and university educators. The Interest Group seeks to promote dialogue among its diverse members and other interest groups at CSCA.

Submission for the upcoming conference should center around the theme of “Borders and Breakthroughs.” Papers and panels should connect their submission to the overall conference theme or specifically consider topics related to the following questions:

  • What borders do students experience in learning environments? How can instructors help students overcome these borders?
  • What students are on the borders of higher education and our classrooms? What can administrators and instructors do to create more equitable, inclusive learning experiences for these students?
  • How can research in instructional communication reach beyond our borders by engaging in dialogue with other fields of communication?
  • What practical, pedagogical, methodological, and theoretical breakthroughs have been made in instructional communication? What breakthroughs still need to be made?
  • How can instructors best facilitate breakthroughs in learning for students in instructional environments?


Submissions are limited to the formats described below. However, if you have an idea for an innovative panel format that is not outlined herein, contact the Communication Education Interest Group planner (Nick Tatum; for authorization to submit an alternative format.

Paper Submissions.

Only completed papers will be accepted. Papers must include a title and brief abstract (<100 words). Paper length (excluding title page and abstract) should not exceed 30 pages. If accepted for presentation, each paper will be put onto a thematic panel with other papers, and the Interest Group planner will assign a respondent and a chair.

Special Notes:

  • If the paper is authored solely by graduate and/or undergraduate students, the submitter should type “STUDENT” on the upper right-hand corner of the title page.
  • If the paper is a graduate student debut paper (i.e., the student has never before submitted to CSCA), 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 if accepted.

Discussion Panels Submissions.

Discussion panels are those including 4 - 7 panelists who provide a brief opening statement concerning a topic and then engage in discussion, often with the entire attending audience. These panels must have a chair to introduce the panelists and to moderate the discussion.

Special Notes:

  • Preference will be given to those with panelists representing multiple institutions rather than representing a single institution.
  • Submitters are encouraged to highlight in their proposals what other interest groups could co-sponsors the discussion (when applicable).


The Communication Education Interest Group offers three awards based upon reviewer evaluations of outstanding submissions.  Those awards include the Top Competitive Paper (see “paper submissions” above), the Top Competitive Panel (see “discussion panel submissions” above), and the Gustav Friedrich Award for top student competitive paper (student paper submitted within “paper submissions” above; accompanied by a $100 cash award).

All technology 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 must be received by 11:59 p.m. CST on October 11, 2019.

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

CONTACTFor questions about this call, contact the Communication Education Interest Group Chair and planner, Nick Tatum (

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