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2025 CSCA Convention - Undergraduate Education & Administration (UE&A) Section ... Call for Papers and Panels

Call for Papers and Panels 

Central States Communication Association (CSCA) 

Annual Convention- Cincinnati, Ohio 

April 1-6, 2025 

Conference Theme:  Widening the Scope 

The Undergraduate Education & Administration (UE&A) Section invites submissions of competitive papers, panels, roundtable discussions, and innovative programming for the 2025 CSCA convention in Cincinnati, Ohio (submissions deadline is 11:59 pm CDT on October 5, 2024).

The purpose of the Undergraduate Education & Administration Section is to promote collaboration and highlight efforts of teachers, scholars, and administrators interested in academic institutions serving students at the undergraduate level. Our goal is to develop a strong network amongst our members to engage on topics related to curriculum/programming, pedagogy, scholarly relationships, and academic organizations within an undergraduate-focused communication program.

The section is open to all CSCA members interested in undergraduate programs. Membership to UE&A does not count as one of your three interest groups. You may be a section member in addition to any of the interest groups to which you already belong. 

Any topics related to issues facing undergraduate institutions are welcome. We are especially looking for papers and panels that support the conference theme of Widening the Scope, such as exploring connections outside our discipline, examining broader applications, etc. We welcome panels and papers that integrate both education and administration, panels that address concerns of undergraduate institutions in higher education, and ways in which this section can best serve our CSCA constituents. Our conference planner is seeking unique ways to address the conference theme, so different panel formats (i.e. debates, roundtables) and co-sponsorships are welcome.   

Papers: Only completed papers will be accepted. Papers must include a title and a brief abstract. 

Author name(s) and identifying information must be removed from the paper prior to submission. 

Graduate students should type “STUDENT” on the upper right-hand corner of the title page. If the paper will be a graduate student debut submission, 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.

The Inclusive Scholarship Award is sponsored by the CSCA Equity & Inclusion Committee (EIC).  Its purpose is to highlight the most promising work by scholars in the areas of equity and inclusion. If you would like to be considered for the Inclusive Scholarship Award, please clearly articulate, in at least one paragraph in the abstract, how the respective scholarship explicitly addresses equity and inclusion. Additionally, be sure to select the Inclusive Scholarship option when you submit your paper.

Panels: We welcome Paper Panels, Discussion Panels, Debate Panels, or other innovative formats you think would be appropriate for discussing issues related to undergraduate education. We especially favor panels that represent a diversity of panel participants and educational institutions. No one person should serve more than one role on a panel (e.g., a chair should not be a paper presenter or discussant on the same panel). Spotlight panels highlighting particularly unique or successful undergraduate programming would also be welcome. 

All panel submissions must include the following: (a) panel title, (b) overall panel description (75 words or less), (c) rationale for the panel (75 words or less), and (d) a complete list of participants along with their institutional affiliations, contact information (address, e-mail, and telephone), whether they are CSCA members, and brief abstracts of their discussion points or paper (75 words or less).

All submissions must be sent electronically through the CSCA online submission site. Submissions must be received by 11:59 pm CDT on October 5, 2024. For all submissions, technology requests must be made at the time of submission. Please only request technology if it is essential to your presentation. Laptop computers will not be made available for presentations. Information about the technology policy, and submission details can be found at (under the convention tab). All submitters are encouraged to create a profile on the CSCA online submission site. This will help to facilitate the ease of the entire submission and notification process. 

Awards: At the discretion of the unit leaders, awards may be presented to Top Paper and Top Panel.

Send questions or concerns to the Undergraduate Education & Administration Section chair: Beth Ribarsky, University of Illinois Springfield,   

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