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CSCA 2022 - Call for Submissions ... Great Ideas for Teaching (G.I.F.T.)

Hi, CSCA GIFT Interest Group!

We look forward to hearing about all your great ideas for teaching, especially in online or virtual settings, in your GIFT submissions for CSCA this year! The deadline is coming up in just a few weeks (Oct. 8), so we look forward to getting your submissions soon.

In addition, I’m looking for reviewers for our GIFT submissions. If we get the number of reviewers we’ve had in the past, each reviewer will have no more than four submissions to review (and you get good ideas for your own classrooms as a bonus). Please fill out this Google Form to sign up to be a reviewer. Thank you in advance! Here’s the call again, as a reminder:

Great Ideas for Teaching (G.I.F.T.)
Call for Submissions

2022 Central States Communication Association
The Madison Concourse Hotel
Madison, WI
March 30 – April 3, 2022


Great Ideas for Teaching (G.I.F.T.) invites submissions of virtual and F2F classroom-tested teaching activities to share with novice and veteran communication instructors. G.I.F.T. sessions feature round-table presentations of teaching activities that demonstrate how to apply a myriad of communication theories and concepts. Traditionally, G.I.F.T. submissions have focused on public speaking, interpersonal, small group, organizational, and hybrid courses; however, we encourage creative submissions from any facet of our discipline and especially encourage submissions related to the convention theme: Reconnect. The top two submissions will be recognized with a cash award and a Certificate of Merit.

Given the increase in online teaching, particularly over the past year, we plan to offer one GIFT session devoted exclusively to teaching activities completed in online (virtual/synchronous or asynchronous) classes. While the session will focus on assignments completed online, presenters will share their online activities in person at the conference.

Individuals who have their activities selected for presentation will share their ideas to groups of their peers. Typically, each presenter will have six to eight minutes to share the teaching activity. Presenters are expected to arrive with 75 hard copies of their assignments that will be distributed during their session. You will also submit to an electronic database.

Successful G.I.F.T. submissions must contain each of the following components:

  • Title of the activity
  • Course(s) for which this activity is intended
  • Objective(s) of the activity
  • Rationale for conducting the activity
  • Description of the activity, including any preparation/preliminary steps and materials needed
  • Debriefing of the activity, including typical results
  • Appraisal of the activity, including any limitations or variations
  • References and/or Suggested Readings

Additional requirements:

  • Submissions must be no longer than two pages of actual written text within accepted publishing guidelines (not including references/bibliographies or handouts). 
  • Submit all proposals Microsoft Word file attachments no later than 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday October 8, 2021, using the Online Submission System
  • If your submission is accepted, you are expected to attend the convention to present your activity. However, if multiple authors submit a joint activity, only one author need attend.

In the online submission system, choose “competitive paper” as the submission type. You will be able to add (1) your name, (2) title of the activity, (3) school affiliation, (4) current CSCA membership status, (5) mailing address, (6) email address, and (7) phone number. Information for any additional authors – name, email, and school affiliation only – should be placed after the first author’s information.

Attach your MS Word file. The file should contain only the GIFT activity as outlined above and should not contain any information that might identify the authors. If your activity is meant for online teaching, please make this clear by typing “ONLINE ACTIVITY” at the top of your attached file.

Proposals not meeting these submission guidelines may not be distributed for review. If you have questions about G.I.F.T. or your individual submission, please contact G.I.F.T. chair and program planner Dr. Rachel Murdock at

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