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2013 WSCA Convention

General Call for Papers

Call for Papers
WESTERN STATES COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION
2013 Convention -- Reno, Nevada
February 15 -- 19
Conference Theme:
GOING GLOBAL: COMMUNICATION IN THE NETWORK ERA

In 1962, Marshal McLuhan popularized the concept of the “global village,” which predicted that the ongoing development and spread of electric communication technologies would lead to an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. Fifty years later, we find ourselves immersed in a global networked environment much like the one McLuhan envisioned. The transition to this new world has been both swift and sweeping, and encompasses a wide array of social, political, and technological transformations. The rise of new information technologies and corresponding proliferation of information have dramatically impacted our personal, professional, and public lives and significantly altered our sense of ourselves, our world, and our place(s) in it. A commitment to charting the contours and consequences of these seismic changes for intercultural, interpersonal, family, health, organizational, strategic, political, rhetorical, media, and various other modes and methods of communication animates the 2013 conference theme: “Going Global: Communication in the Network Era.” Conference attendees are invited to interpret the theme broadly, while focusing on the many and varied ways that our teaching and scholarship are influenced by the forces of globalization and the emergence of the network era.
-- Brian L. Ott, WSCA President Elect and 2013 Primary Program Planner

CALL FOR:
Competitive Papers, Program Proposals, Pre-conference Proposals,
Workshop Proposals, Undergraduate Scholars' Research Conference (USRC),
and Graduate Students Workshop & Graduate Programs Open House

I.

Competitive Papers (deadline: received by 9/1/12) -- Submit to interest group

II.

Program Proposals (deadline: received by 9/1/12) -- Submit to interest group

III.

Pre-conference Proposals (deadline: received by 9/1/12) -- Submit to Brian L. Ott

IV.

Workshop Proposals (deadline: received by 9/1/12) -- Submit to Brian L. Ott

V.

Undergraduate Scholars’ Research Conference (USRC) (deadline: received by 12/1/12) -- Submit to WSCA Second Vice President.

VI.

Graduate Student Workshop & Graduate Programs Open House (deadline: received by 12/16/12) -- Submit to WSCA Second Vice President, Christina Granato Yoshimura.

For specific information about submitting to specific interest groups, visit the WSCA website http://www.westcomm.org/conventions/WSCA-2013-Reno/Reno.asp

 

 

 

 

I.

COMPETITIVE PAPERS

 

A.

Authors are encouraged to submit papers to the interest groups for competitive selection. Papers may employ any humanistic and/or scientific methodology(ies) and may address theoretical developments, critical analyses, disciplinary issues, pedagogical issues and research advancements. Submit each paper to one interest group only. (Note: Because not all interest groups sponsor competitive papers, interest group planners should be contacted prior to the submission of such papers.) Competitive Papers should not: (1) have been presented at anotherconference or convention; (2) have been published; and (3) have been accepted for publication.

 

B.

Submitted papers should include the following:

 

 

1.

A separate title page that includes the paper’s title, names of all authors, affiliation(s), email address(es), phone number(s), and audio-visual requests. This information should be included for each author. Equipment availability is extremely limited. See the WSCA policy on Audio-Visual Equipment at Conventions in the Policies and Procedures Manual on the web site http://www.westcomm.org/aboutus/PolicyandProcedureManual.pdf ;

 

 

2.

A 100-200 word abstract of the paper (with title appearing on this page);

 

 

3.

A maximum of 30 pages of text;

 

 

4.

No information in the paper that identifies the author(s) beyond that which appears on the title page.

 

C.

Submission: Specific information about submitting to interest groups appears on http://www.westcomm.org/conventions/wsca-2013-Reno/CallForPapers.

 

D.

Research in Progress: Some interest groups sponsor programs of “Research in Progress.” Papers submitted to these programs should be so designated on the cover page and should not exceed ten pages in length. Be sure that the interest group to which you want to send your paper accepts “research in progress” before submitting it.

 

E.

Debut Award: The WSCA Executives Club Debut Award is made to the author or co-authors of a paper presented at the convention “who have not presented a paper at a state, regional, national or international convention, or published in any academic journal.” Papers presented at student-only conferences are exempt from this requirement. All authors of a co-authored paper must meet these eligibility requirements for a paper to be considered a Debut Paper. Papers eligible for the Debut Award should be marked “DEBUT” in the upper right-hand corner of the title page. Please also indicate whether each author is a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral student. Some interest groups also sponsor debut programs; papers need not be presented on a debut panel to be eligible for the Executives Club Debut Award.

 

F.

Competitive paper submissions must be RECEIVED by the interest group planner NO LATER THAN Saturday, September 1, 2012. Some interest groups allow or require that papers be submitted electronically, whereas others require paper submissions. BE SURE TO CHECK THE INTEREST GROUP CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE ACCEPTABLE FORMAT FOR SUBMISSION. For specific information about submitting to interest groups, visit the WSCA website at: http://www.westcomm.org/conventions/WSCA-2013-Reno/Reno.asp

 

II.

 

PROGRAM PROPOSALS

 

A.

Program proposals should focus on a unifying theme relevant to research, theory, or instruction in the area of the sponsoring interestgroup. Programs may consist of a chair, individual presenters, and a critic respondent in a format traditionally presented at conferences. However, debates, round table discussions, performance activities, or other unique formats are encouraged. Innovative program proposals, especially those that provide opportunities for interaction among participants and attendees, are encouraged. Programs co‐sponsored with other interest groups are also welcome. Programs that relate to the convention theme, “Going Global,” are encouraged.

 

B

Program proposals must contain the following:

 

 

1.

Thematic title of the program;

 

 

2.

Names, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and affiliations of all participants;

 

 

3.

Title and brief description of each presentation;

 

 

4.

Equipment needed for the program. Equipment availability is extremely limited. See the WSCA policy on Audio-Visual Equipment at Conventions in the Policies and Procedures Manual on the web site http://www.westcomm.org/aboutus/PolicyandProcedureManual.pdf (page 25)

 

 

5.

Program proposals must be RECEIVED by the appropriate interest group planner NO LATER THAN Saturday, September 1, 2012. Some interest groups allow or require that program proposals be submitted electronically; some allow paper submissions. Check the interest group call for papers for the acceptable format for submission. For specific information about submitting to interest groups, visit the WSCA website at
http://www.westcomm.org/conventions/WSCA-2013-Reno/Reno.asp

 

III.

 

PRE-CONFERENCE PROPOSALS

 

A.

Pre-conference proposals for the 2013 convention are invited. Those that relate to the general convention theme, “Going Global,” are encouraged.

 

B.

Pre-conferences will be held Saturday, February 16, 2013.

 

C.

Please send pre‐conference proposals electronically to the Primary Program Planner, Brian L. Ott at brian.ott@ucdenver.edu

 

D.

Be sure to include as much of the following information as possible:

 

 

1.

Title of the pre-conference;

 

 

2.

Names, e‐mail addresses, phone numbers, and affiliations of those planning the pre-conference;

 

 

3.

A rationale for the pre-conference;

 

 

4.

Relevant expertise;

 

 

5.

Equipment needed for the program. Equipment availability is extremely limited. See the WSCA policy on Audio-Visual Equipment at Conventions in the Policies and Procedures Manual on the web site http://www.westcomm.org/aboutus/PolicyandProcedureManual.pdf (page 25)

 

E.

A call for pre-conference participation will be published in a Fall issue of WSCA News.

 

F.

Address any questions, concepts, and concerns to the Primary Program Planner, Brian L. Ott at brian.ott@ucdenver.edu

 

IV.

 

WORKSHOP PROPOSALS

 

A.

A workshop is intended as a training or informational short course that can be presented in a three-hour or six-hour time block. A workshop topic may concern the presentation of teaching innovations; an area of research; a new theoretical perspective; the application of a body of knowledge; skill development; or another clearly focused topic. Workshop leaders are encouraged to advertise their workshops and solicit participation.

 

B.

Workshops are scheduled for the first full day of the convention, Saturday, February 16, 2013. Participants pay a modest registrationfee. The fee is intended to cover only the direct costs (materials, etc.) incurred in conducting the workshop (see E below).

 

C.

Workshops of interest to members of the Western Forensic Association are encouraged and will be programmed on Sunday evening, February 17, 2013 after completion of the WSCA forensics tournament.

 

D.

Workshop proposals should include the following

 

 

1.

Title of the workshop;

 

 

2.

Names, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and affiliations of all presenters;

 

 

3.

Rationale and goals of the workshop;

 

 

4.

Outline and description of workshop activities;

 

 

5.

Room size and configuration requested (theater seating, etc.);

 

 

6.

Equipment requirements; Equipment availability is extremely limited. See the WSCA policy on Audio-Visual Equipment at Conventions in the Policies and Procedures Manual on the web site http://www.westcomm.org/aboutus/PolicyandProcedureManual.pdf (page 25)

 

 

7.

Maximum enrollment;

 

 

8.

Fee amount, set in accordance with WSCA policy (see below);

 

 

9.

Time-block requested (e.g., three hours, six hours).

 

E.

Guide to setting fees for workshop leaders: WSCA has set $5.00 as the base fee for any workshop. The first $5.00 of each registrant’s  fee is to cover administrative costs. Any fees above $5.00 should be set at such a level as to provide reimbursement to the workshop leader(s) only for the cost of materials, equipment, and any out-of-the-ordinary expenses. Costs for audio-visual and other equipment rental and costs of producing materials for participants must be covered within the overall fee that you specify. The Association cannot reimburse more money to a workshop leader than it receives from participant fees. Note: If a part or all of a fee is proposed as covering an individual’s expenses or as an honorarium, Brian L. Ott must approve it prior to any commitment to the individual.

 

F.

Workshop proposals should be sent as an email attachment to Brian L. Ott at brian.ott@ucdenver.edu and must be RECEIVED NO LATER THAN Saturday, September 1, 2012.

 

V.

 

9th ANNUAL UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARS RESEARCH CONFERENCE
The WSCA Second Vice President, Christina Granato Yoshimura, solicits submissions for the Undergraduate Scholars’ Research Conference to be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013. Undergraduate students are invited to submit papers reporting original research (i.e., critical investigation, experimentation, or analysis leading to the discovery or creation of new facts, theories or interpretation or significant revisions of already existing ones, or the practical applications of these new or revised conclusions). Diverse philosophical, theoretical and methodological approaches are welcome. All authors on papers submitted must be undergraduate students. An awards ceremony follows the last presentation. For those students whose papers are accepted, WSCA will pay $15 of the $25 USRC registration. Undergraduate student paper submissions must be received by the Second VP by Saturday, December 1, 2012; authors will be notified of paper acceptance by January 6, 2013.

 

VI.

 

GRADUATE STUDENT WORKSHOP & GRADUATE PROGRAMS OPEN HOUSE

 

On Saturday, February 16, 2013, the Second VP, Christina Granato Yoshimura, will host a workshop for advanced undergraduates and master’s students who are considering pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in Communication. The Workshop is designed (1) to introduce students to the benefits of graduate education, (2) to help them understand how to choose a graduate program that meets their needs, interests, and abilities, and (3) to gain insight into the realities of graduate school life by talking with current doctoral student peers and faculty mentors. In addition, the Second VP will host a Graduate Programs Open House on Saturday, February 16, 2013. Undergraduate and graduate students will meet with representatives from universities that have graduate programs in Communication. Faculty and current graduate students who are interested in participating in the Workshop,and graduate program directors and representatives at universities offering graduate programs in Communication, who wish to participatein the Open House, should contact the Second VP, Christina Granato Yoshimura, by Saturday, December 15, 2012.

 

 

 


 
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