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CSCA 2024 - Health Communication Interest Group ...Call for Submissions


Call for Papers and Panels

Central States Communication Association (CSCA) 

Annual Convention – Grand Rapids, MI, USA

April 2-7th, 2024


You are invited to submit competitive papers, panel discussions, and performance sessions for our 92nd Annual Convention in St. Louis, Missouri. Members are encouraged to reflect on the 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. In embracing the theme of incoherence, we are invited to explore the instances of incoherence in our community as well as within our research.

The Health Communication Interest Group invites submissions of competitive papers and panels to be considered for programming at the Central States Communication Association (CSCA) convention, April 2-7, 2024, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Our interest group focuses on helping researchers, practitioners, and the general public better grasp, appreciate, use, and articulate health communication research, practice, and teaching. Health communication scholars also monitor and evaluate the efficacy of community-based, communication-driven, and health-related applications. The interest group is dedicated to engaging in interdisciplinary collaboration to develop curricular innovations centering on health communication. Thus, scholarship, community outreach, and pedagogy comprise our mission.

We welcome submissions on all topics which advance our mission, especially those that address the conference theme, Incoherence: Failure, futures, and forgotten messages. We strongly encourage submissions that address contemporary health opportunities and threats, invite cross-unit participation and collaboration, and create new opportunities and experiences for conference attendees. We enthusiastically encourage submissions from students and panel submissions that include panelists from multiple institutions. The Health Communication Division offers three awards: top paper, top student paper, and top panel.

Submission Guidelines

Competitive Papers:

  • A Competitive Paper must be submitted electronically using the online system located on the CSCA website.
  • Papers must include a title page and brief abstract (150 words or less). Author names and any identifying information must be removed from papers prior to submission.
  • Graduate and undergraduate students should type “STUDENT” on the upper righthand 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, (1) the author must be a graduate or undergraduate student, (2) the paper must have single authorship, and (3) the paper must be the author’s first paper to be presented at CSCA. Please note whether the author is an undergraduate or graduate student.
  • If you would like your paper to be considered for the Inclusive Scholarship Award, type “INCLUSIVE SCHOLARSHIP” in the upper righthand 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.
  • Only completed papers conforming to current APA standards will be accepted.
  • Papers may not exceed 25 pages, excluding title, abstract, references, and appendices. Papers exceeding the maximum page limit will not be considered for review.
  • Individuals may submit no more than one lead authored paper.

Discussion and Paper Panels:

  • Discussion and paper panels must be submitted electronically using the online system located on the CSCA website:
  • Panel submissions must include the following: (a) title, (b) description (75 words or less), (c) rationale (75 words or less), and (d) a complete list of participants along with their institutional affiliations, contact information, and CSCA membership status. Panels should also include titles and brief abstracts (150 words or less) for each paper or explanation of each participant’s purpose/perspective.

All papers and panel proposals must be submitted electronically using Microsoft Word. Documents sent using any other format will be returned to the sender.

All technology requests must be made at the time of submission.

Deadline for submissions:  October 7, 2023, 11:59 PM CDT

Send submissions electronically through our online system via the CSCA website.

Questions about the Health Communication Interest Group, please contact the Chair: Dr. Sydney O’Shay (

Questions about the general call or the 2024 conference, please contact the Primary Program Planner: Dr. Kathy Denker (

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