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CSCA 2022 - Call for Papers & Panels ... The Strategic and Applied Communication Interest Group

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Central States Communication Association
The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club
Madison, WI
March 30 – April 3, 2022 

The Strategic and Applied Communication Interest Group of the Central States Communication Association (CSCA) invites competitive papers, paper panels, and discussion panel submissions for the 91st Annual Convention in Madison, Wisconsin. A range of topics encompassing strategic and applied communication practices and scholarship, such as public relations, crisis, and risk communication, are welcome. We especially encourage members to address issues related to the convention theme, Re-Connect.

The Strategic and Applied Communication Interest Group highlights scholarship and pedagogy dealing with issues, strategies, and teaching materials related to strategic and applied communication practices and scholarship. The interest group encourages members to engage students and each other in the study, analysis, evaluation, and participation in strategic and applied communication activities. The interest group strongly encourages networking and relationship building among students, faculty, and professionals in strategic and applied communication.

Faculty, students, independent scholars, professionals, and community members are encouraged to submit and attend the convention. Institutional and community partnerships are especially welcome. Submissions inclusive of all methodological perspectives in the communication discipline are expected and embraced. Submissions that foreground the voices of marginalized groups and underrepresented scholars are particularly welcomed.

Competitive Papers: Only completed papers will be accepted. Author name(s) and identifying information must be removed. Papers should include a title and a brief abstract (required). Students should type “STUDENT” on the upper right-hand corner of the title page. If the paper will be a student debut, please type “DEBUT STUDENT” on the upper right-hand corner of the title page. To be considered a student debut paper:

  • the author must be an undergraduate or graduate student,
  • the paper must have single authorship, and
  • the paper must be the author’s first paper to be presented at CSCA.

The Dan Millar Top Student Paper Award ($50) will be presented to the highest rated student paper. The Top Paper Award ($50) will be presented to the highest rated paper submission. 

Panels: Preference will be given to panels with individuals representing multiple institutions rather than representing a single institution.

Paper Panels are those including completed papers encompassing a specific topic. These panels must have a chair, but a respondent is not always necessary. Generally, these panels will include at least four but no more than five panelists. Audience questions and reactions usually are reserved until after everyone on the panel has presented their paper.

Discussion Panels are those including four to seven panelists who provide a brief opening statement concerning a topic and then engage in discussion. These panels must have a chair to introduce the panelists and to moderate the discussion. Audience questions/participation are encouraged.

The Top Panel Award will be designated for the panel (discussion or paper) with the highest rated submission.

Please send submissions electronically through our online system via the CSCA website. All potential presenters must create a profile on the CSCA convention webpage (membership not required). All technology requests must be made at the time of submission. 

Questions about the Strategic and Applied Communication Interest Group, please contact the Chair: Dr. Ashleigh Day ( 

Questions about the general call or the 2022 conference, please contact the Primary Program Planner: Dr. Debbie Ford ( 

Deadline for submissions:  October 8, 2021, 11:59 PM CST

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