Western States Communication Association holds an annual convention, often around Presidents' Day weekend in February, at a location in one of our 12 western states. The location is selected 4+ years in advance by the Executive Council, upon the recommendation of the Time and Place Committee and with input from the Legislative Assembly.
Western's conventions involve about 750 students, faculty, and practitioners experiencing close to 200 research papers, symposium, presentations, short-courses, debates, and discussions. During our convention, we also recognize and reward outstanding contributions to the communication discipline, to its scholarship and teaching, and to WSCA.
The convention begins with pre-conference workshops Saturday morning and afternoon. The Undergraduate Scholars' Research Conference is Friday, and the Graduate Student Workshop and Graduate Programs Open House are Friday afternoon. The Kickoff Event and Welcome Reception are Friday late afternoon/early evening. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (until about noon) multiple panels are held simultaneously. The Keynote Speech is Saturday morning; the famous, not-to-be-missed Sock Hop is Saturday evening, and the Convention Luncheon is Sunday.
The first WSCA convention was held in 1929 in San Francisco. Conventions have been held annually since then, except for two years during World War II. The WSCA convention is where our unofficial slogan comes from: "Work hard; play hard!" We invite you to join us, and come West for the best! The 2018 conference theme is "Mindfulness and Communication"
President-Elect, Brian Heisterkamp, will be featuring several workshops on Friday, February 16. If you want to participate, sign up when you register for the conference. You may also be able to sign up at the convention. If the minimum numbers are not met, the workshop may be cancelled and those who registered will be notified and refunded.
The pre-conference workshops assembled by the presenters are timely, thoughtfully developed, informative, and should connect to the convention theme. To submit a workshop proposal, see Call for Papers on this site.