Call for Short Courses

2022 Central States Communication Association Annual Convention

Madison, Wisconsin
March 28 - April 3, 2022

Pre-Conference: Diversity, Emotional Labor and Survival in Academia

March 30 – 1:00-4:00 pm
University Room
Capacity: 30

Ahmet Atay
Matthew Heinz
Tony Adams
Eddah Mutua
Elizabeth M. Lozano
Ashley R. Hall
Christopher Brown

This pre-conference aims to spotlight issues of historically marginalized faculty and graduate students. The two pre-conference panels seek to generate conversations of how to be an ally and how to engage with performative allyship and people who do performative diversity. More importantly, the goal of this pre-conference is to open a space to engage in a scholarly discussion on how to survive in academic settings.

Short Course 1: Connecting Educators for Cooperative Inquiry: Using Narrative Inquiry to Understand Educator and Student Learning Identities and Growth Experiences

March 31 - 9:30-10:45 am
Conference V
Capacity: 25

Laura D. Russell
Sarah E. Riforgiate
Tim McKenna-Buchanan
Mary Lahman

This short course is designed to introduce cooperative inquiry (CI) and create year-long educator cross-institutional learning communities. We will begin by sharing best practices from our three-year CI journey exploring pedagogy and educator/student growth stories, then we will establish CI groups and lead participants through narrative inquiry and collaborative activities. Reflection and research involving collaborative examination of educator and student growth invites insights from CI group members that enhance pedagogical practices, strengthen teaching effectiveness, build relationships, and provide encouraging support and affirmation.

Short Course 2: Teaching Strategies for Introduction to Communication and Sport

March 31 – 2:00-3:15 pm
Conference V
Capacity: 25

David A. Wendt
Bonnie Sierlecki
Scott Jensen

This short course introduces strategies for teaching the introductory course in communication and sport, including both a rationale for teaching the course, as well as content and assessment activities. The program approaches the course from a generalist perspective with a combination of oral, written, and group activities that are analytical, reflective, and advocacy in nature. The program will also include a review of texts and ancillary resources that can be incorporated into the course as it is described.

Short Course 3: Moving Beyond Communication and Understanding Connection is Key! Cancelled

March 31 – 3:30-4:45 pm
Conference V
Capacity: 25

Kevin M. Coleman

In the short course Moving Beyond Communication and Understanding Connection is Key! the audience learns how to move beyond communication and move toward connecting authentically with leaders, peers, subordinates, and civilians.  In addition, the attendees will understand the importance of finding common ground, how to do the difficult work of keeping communication simple, how to inspire people through connection, and how to live what they communicate as a leader.

Short Course 4: Reconnecting with Reality: The Role of Digital Literacy Skills in Revitalizing Civil Discourse in America

April 1 – 9:30-10:45 am
Conference V
Capacity: 25

Heather Walters
Kristen Stout

This short course is designed to enhance the use of the textbook Understanding Argument in a Post-Truth World (2019), co-authored by Heather Walters and Kristen Stout. Cognella Publishing will provide the Short Course attendees with free, reviewable copies of the text and course materials. The course will most notably address the challenges that today's student faces in applying those traditional argument concepts in a world increasingly driven by the prevalence of disinformation available in multiple online formats.  Our book treats the internet and online platforms (like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, etc.) as actual places where students both argue and gather information to support their arguments and positions.  We will provide the tools to direct students toward the information they need to effectively participate in everyday arguments and how to engage in productive civil discourse.  Our activities will explain why the study of argument is necessary to cultivate civility as we are re-entering a society replete with disinformation that is both polarizing and damaging.

Short Course 5: Reconnecting Democracy, Discourse, and Free Expression on Campus and in Communities

April 1 – 11:00 am-12:15 pm
Conference V
Capacity: 25

Leila Brammer

Discourse rests at the nexus of the entangling of academic inquiry, freedom of expression, democratic practices, and civic education. The testing and refining of ideas necessary for academic inquiry depends on the ability to seek out and engage multiple perspectives as well as difference and disagreement. Through an understanding of discourse theory and the limits of current models, participants will be able to reimagine and transform classroom, campus, and community discourse. The short course will cover principles and processes of free expression and discourse as well as provide models for fostering robust, inclusive, and productive discourse.

Short Course 6: Creating Cultural Connections: Using the XandY Simulation to Teach Cultural Diversity

April 1 – 3:00-4:15 pm
Parlor 638
Capacity: 25

Aimee Lau
Jerralyn Moudry
Jessica Lynn Gehrke

For the past 20 years, professors at Wisconsin Lutheran College have utilized an intercultural simulation called "XandY" as a part of the curriculum for COM 101 (Introduction to Communication), our Basic Course class. Every semester, the activity is conducted just prior to discussions of the chapter on cultural diversity and communication. This simulation has provided rich experiences for students that are remembered long after the semester has concluded. In Fall 2021, we also utilized the simulation in our COM 309 (Intercultural Communication) course, highlighting different variables for students who may have participated in the simulation in COM 101, therefore further challenging our students. In this short course, we will share the theoretical and empirical support for the pedagogical choice of using simulations in the classroom, offer participants an opportunity to participate in "XandY" and debrief the experience, and finally, share information regarding materials and preparation necessary to set up and conduct the simulation.

Short Course 7: I’m a College Instructor, Not a Therapist!

April 1 – 4:30-5:45 pm
Parlor 638
Capacity: 25

Adriane Stoner
Kristen Pengelly

Has teaching through a pandemic left you feeling overwhelmed? In this short course, we will discuss the expanded role of university instructors in a world of dwindling campus resources and examine how to develop a safe space where students feel seen and heard--all while acknowledging the importance of setting boundaries to support our own mental health. Using elements of trauma-informed teaching, we will outline strategies to help create an empathetic and productive environment for learning.

Short Course 8: Re-connect(ing) Communicating Finances in the Family: Talking and Taking Action

April 2 – 12:30-1:45 pm
Conference V
Capacity: 25

Roberta Davilla Robbins
Andrew Frank Thompson

Communicating about finances can create stress and anxiety.  Individuals, couples, and families all must make financial decisions by active conversational engagement, de facto decision-making, or by non-action among other strategies.  The short course topic, Re-connect(ing) Communicating Finances in the Family: Talking and Taking Action, provides strategies for individuals, couples, and families to re-connect through discussion about the often overlooked or totally avoided topic of financial communication.  The short course facilitators will re-connect the content of the book, Communicating Finances in the Family: Talking and Taking Action, to teaching strategies that move the attendees (and their students/clients) from seeing money as a "problem" to money as a "path" to achieving financial goals. This topic applies to family, interpersonal, small group, community, and conflict management courses.

Short Course 9: How Positivity Techniques Reconnect Your Awareness Influencing Your Behaviors

April 2 – 2:00-3:15 pm
Conference V
Capacity: 25

Annette Fog

Do you want to BE more positive? A simple principle of life is that whatever you practice, you will improve at. This course will practice positive techniques that allow you to connect to your awareness, so you will have more thoughtful behaviors. This will be a value-add boost of your productivity, communication, and morale! There are multiple positive techniques in this course that will allow you to assess how positive you currently are, and how to make small adjustments to create a more positive YOU!

Short Course 10: Incorporating Networks Perspectives into Communication Courses

April 2 – 3:30-4:45 pm
Conference V
Capacity: 25

Bailey C. Benedict
Henry Seeger
Seungyoon Lee

Interest in networks –like social networks, computer networks, and virus transmission networks– is growing among public and scholarly communities. This short course will describe how instructors in different subfields in Communication can integrate networks perspectives into their classes. A general overview of networks perspectives will be provided, addressing key network concepts and theories that can be utilized when teaching Organizational, Health, Interpersonal, and Political/Mass Communication. Attendees will participate in a sample lesson and activity on visualizing networks, calculating network metrics, and analyzing network structure and flow. Resources for delivering the lesson and facilitating the activity will be supplied to attendees.

Short Course Submissions for 2022 have closed.

Is there a topic or subject area that deserves in-depth attention? Have you been wanting to lead a session with interested others on a topic that re-connects with your passion? You are invited to submit Short Course proposals for the 2022 CSCA convention in Madison. Short Courses are special sessions that engage sustained examination and discussion of a focused topic or area.

Please include:

  • Title
  • Short Course description – approximately 75-100 words
  • Rationale - approximately 100-200 words (including your assessment of level of interest among members), and
  • Your complete contact information.

The deadline for submitting Short Course proposals is October 8, 2021, 11:59 pm CDT.

Please send submissions via the submission site:

Questions? Contact Debbie Ford, First Vice President & 2022 Conference Planner: