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CSCA 2024 - Community College Interest Group ...Call for Submissions


Call for Papers and Panels

Central States Communication Association (CSCA)

93rd Annual Convention – Grand Rapids, Michigan

April 2 – 7, 2024

Incoherence: Failures, Futures, and Forgotten Messages

The Community College Interest Group invites the submission of competitive papers, panels, roundtable discussions, and innovative programming for the 2024 CSCA convention in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The purpose of the Community College Interest Group is to deal with issues of general concern to members including the sharing of information on course development, teaching strategies and programs in the Community Colleges; promoting professional research-related instruction; encouraging co-curricular activities; and organizing panels and programs for the annual CSCA convention. Submissions that foreground the voices of underrepresented and marginalized groups especially welcome, and preference will be given to those panel submissions representing multiple institutions rather than representing a single institution.

A range of topics encompassing teaching and learning as well as discipline-related professional experiences at Community Colleges are welcome.  We especially encourage members to reflect on issues related to the convention theme of Incoherence: Failure, Futures, and Forgotten Messages. Our lives are filled with moments of incoherence. Some segments of incoherence occur at the individual level, as we explore how shared meaning is missed. Other sites of incoherence come from systems and structures working to obfuscate our understanding of ourselves, our relational partners, our communities, and our organizations. Sometimes, as our theories tell us, incoherence can be beneficial, illuminating, or productive.

Panels: We strongly encourage discussion panels to include 4-7 individuals that would appeal to a broad audience of community college educators. These panels must include a chair to introduce the panelists and to moderate the discussion.  Time for audience questions/ participation is encouraged.  Please include all participating panelists, institutions, and specific topics when applicable. If technology is needed, specify the needs at the time of submission.

 Papers: Only completed papers will be accepted.  

  • Include a title and a brief abstract (required).
  • 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:
    • the author must be a graduate student,
    • the paper must have single authorship, and 
    • the paper must be the author’s first paper to be presented at CSCA.
  • If you would like your paper to be considered for the Inclusive Scholarship Award, type “INCLUSIVE SCHOLARSHIP” in the upper right-hand corner of the title page. 
    • To be considered as an exemplar of inclusive scholarship, the paper must demonstrate academic rigor in the examination of communication and historically marginalized communities/populations.
    •  Additionally, make sure to select the Equity and Inclusion Scholarship option in submitting 
  • All technology requests must be made at the time of submission.

Submissions must be received by 11:59 PM, CDT, Saturday, October 7, 2023.

Send submissions electronically through our online system via the CSCA website. Submitters should be certain that all potential presenters create a profile in the CSCA convention webpage as part of their submission.  Membership in CSCA is not required to create a profile. 

Interest Group Planner: Julie Semlak,

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