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2016 Convention Call for Papers

February 27- March 1

Conference Theme: Collaboration, Innovation, and Convergence

The 2016 conference theme encourages us to imagine, engage, and create intellectual discourses marked by restraint and empowerment.  More than mere amalgamations, our synergy should enable the transcendent power of communication to recognize and overcome the inherent risks of transformation and advancement.  The theme also pays historical tribute to our past and present WSCA family: scholars and teachers who elevated and enriched, daring to merge and/or diverge, invent and medi8, constantly adapting to an ever-changing environment.  Our efforts are inextricably tied to the rigorous theoretical, pedagogical, and applied labor of others.

“Collaboration, Innovation, and Convergence” should be interpreted broadly, celebrating the construction of knowledge that is possible when disciplines, scholars, students and teachers, join together, embrace change, and overcome predicaments of the present.  Alternatively, participants may choose to think outside the box or never get in the box and totally ignore the conference theme. Regardless, all participants should send their best work to WSCA’s annual convention to be held February 25-March 2 at the Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego, California.

– Mark Bergstrom, WSCA President-Elect and 2016 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

  1. Competitive Papers (deadline: received by 9/1/15) Submit to Interest Group (see below)
  2. Program Proposals (deadline: received by 9/1/15) Submit to Interest Group (see below)
  3. Pre-Conference Proposals (deadline: received by 9/1/15) – Submit to Mark Bergstrom
  4. Workshop Proposals (deadline: received by 9/1/15)Submit to Mark Bergstrom

Specific information about submitting to interest groups is listed further down on this page.

I. COMPETITIVE PAPERS

  1. Authors are encouraged to submit papers to the interest groups for competitive selection. Papers may employ any humanistic, scientific, and/or other methodology(ies) and may address theoretical developments, critical analyses, disciplinary issues, pedagogical issues, and/or research advancements.
  2. Submit each paper to only one interest group. (NOTE: Not all interest groups sponsor competitive papers. Therefore, authors should contact interest group planners prior to paper submission.)

    Competitive Papers should not: (1) have been presented at another conference or convention; (2) have been published; or (3) have been accepted for publication.

  3. Submitted papers should include the following:
    1. A title page that includes the paper’s title; names, affiliation(s), email address(es), phone number(s) of all authors; and audio-visual requests. Equipment availability is extremely limited and expensive. See the WSCA policy on Audio-Visual Equipment at Conventions in the Policies and Procedures Manual.
    2. On a separate page, include a 100-200 word abstract of the paper (with the paper’s title appearing above the abstract);
    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.
  4. Submission: Specific information about submitting to interest groups will be posted on the WSCA website at the completion of the February 2015 convention and presented in the WSCA News during April 2015.
  5. Research in Progress: Some interest groups sponsor “Research in Progress” Programs. 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” programs before submission.
  6. 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. Only one debut paper per interest group should be forwarded for consideration. 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.
  7. Competitive paper submissions must be RECEIVED by the interest-group planner NO LATER THAN Tuesday, September 1, 2015. 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, see the guidelines listed below on this page.

II. PROGRAM PROPOSALS

  1. Program proposals should focus on a unifying theme relevant to research, theory, or instruction in the area of the sponsoring interest group. Programs may consist of a chair, individual presenters, and a critic/respondent in a traditional conference format. However, debates, roundtable 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, “Collaboration, Innovation, and Convergence,” are encouraged.
  2. 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 and expensive. See the WSCA policy on Audio-Visual Equipment at Conventions in the Policies and Procedures Manual.

    Program proposals must be RECEIVED by the appropriate interest group planner NO LATER THAN Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Some interest groups allow or require that program proposals be submitted electronically, whereas others require paper submissions. Check the interest group call for papers for the acceptable format for submission. For specific information about submitting to interest groups, see the guidelines listed below on this page.

III. PRE-CONFERENCE PROPOSALS

  1. Pre-conference proposals for the 2016 convention are invited. Those that relate to the general convention theme, “Collaboration, Innovation, and Convergence,” are encouraged.
  2. Pre-conferences will be held Saturday, February 27, 2016.
  3. Please send pre-conference proposals as an attachment within an e-mail to the Primary Program Planner, Mark Bergstrom. 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 detailed (i.e., at least 1-2 page) rationale for the pre-conference
    4. A brief (50-75 word) description of the pre-conference for potential inclusion in the conference program
    5. Pre-conference leader's (or leaders') relevant expertise
    6. Equipment needed for the pre-conference. Please remember that equipment availability is extremely limited and expensive. See the WSCA policy on Audio-Visual Equipment at Conventions in the Policies and Procedures Manual.
  4. A call for pre-conference participation will be published in the WSCA News during the summer.
  5. Address any questions, comments, or concerns to the Primary Program Planner, Mark Bergstrom.

IV. WORKSHOP PROPOSALS

  1. 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.
  2. Workshops are scheduled for the first full day of the convention, Saturday, February 27, 2016. Participants pay a modest registration fee. The fee is intended to cover only the direct costs (photocopying, materials, etc.) incurred in conducting the workshop (see E below).
  3. Workshops of interest to members of the Western Forensic and Argumentation Association (i.e., WFAA) are encouraged and will be programmed on Sunday evening, February 28, 2016 after completion of the WFAA tournament.
  4. Workshop proposals should include the following:
    1. Title of the workshop
    2. Names, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and affiliations of all presenters
    3. A detailed (i.e., at least 1-2 page) rationale that outlines the workshop's goals
    4. A brief (50-75 words) outline and description of workshop activities for potential inclusion in the conference program
    5. Room size and configuration requested (e.g., theater seating, tables of eight, etc.)
    6. Equipment required for the workshop. Please remember that equipment availability is extremely limited and expensive. See the WSCA policy on Audio-Visual Equipment at Conventions in the Policies and Procedures Manual.
    7. Maximum enrollment number
    8. Fee amount, set in accordance with WSCA policy (see below)
    9. Time-block requested (i.e., three hours or six hours)
  5. 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 designed to cover the association’s 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 is specified. WSCA 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, Paul Mongeau, current WSCA President, must approve it prior to any commitment to the individual.
  6. Workshop proposals should be sent as an email attachment to Mark Bergstrom and must RECEIVED NO LATER THAN September 1, 2015.

Interest Group Calls for Papers

Please note that each interest group name links to the Call for Papers

Communication and Instruction
Juliane Mora, Indiana University

Communication Theory and Research
Ryan Guy, Modesto Community College

Community College
Mark Staller, Bakersfield College

Environmental Communication
Maria Blevins, Utah Valley University

Freedom of Speech and Legal Communication
Krista Phair, Ohlone College

Health Communication
Leslie Hine, University of New Mexico

Intercultural Communication
Shinsuke Eguchi, University of New Mexico

Interpersonal Communication
J. Jacob Jenkins, California State University Channel Islands

Language and Social Interaction
Ekaterina Moore, University of Southern California

Media Studies
Louis Rumpf, National University

Organizational Communication
Hamilton Bean, University of Colorado, Denver

Performance Studies
Benny LeMaster, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Rhetoric and Public Address
Kathleen McConnell, San Jose State University

Western Forensic and Argumentation Association
Robert Layne, University of Utah

Executives Club
Sara Hayden, University of Montana

ORWAC
Katie Gibson, Colorado State University

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