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CSCA 2021 Convention - Communication Education Interest Group Call for Papers and Panels

Call for Papers and Panels

Central States Communication Association (CSCA)
Annual Convention-Cincinnati, Ohio
March 23-28, 2021


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 “Inspire.” Papers and panels should connect their submission to the overall conference theme or specifically consider topics related to the following questions:

  • How have we, as educators, been inspired by current events? What discussions have these events inspired in our classrooms, offices, meetings?  
  • What stories from our students have inspired us to build new learning and development strategies? activities? pedagogical design? policies?
  • What does the research tell us about inspiring all learners?
  • How have online pedagogies inspired us?
  • What are strategies instructors can use to inspire creativity for students?
  • How do we see inspiration working in assessments now and into the future?
  • In times of stress, how do educators take a step back to become inspired?
  • As educators, how do we communicate inspiration to our students and colleagues? Where do we find this inspiration?


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 program planner (Samantha Dunn, 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 thematized panel with other papers, and the program 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 will be 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.

All authors or panelists on each submission should create a profile on the CSCA convention website prior to submission.

Submissions must be received by 11:59 PM, CDT, October 9, 2020

Send submission electronically through our online system via the CSCA website (


For questions about this call, contact the Communication Education Interest Group conference planner, Samantha Dunn (

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