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Call for Proposals for WSCA 2021 Virtual Events

Thursday, September 24, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Maria Blevins
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In lieu of our annual convention, the Western States Communication Association invites proposals from members for stand-alone virtual workshops, trainings, or seminars (referred to from this point forward as virtual events). We are interested in supporting creative, novel, and practical ideas for engagement while we are at a distance. These events will take place January-April of 2021.


The purpose of these virtual events is two-fold:


First, we want to offer members the opportunity to grow in their teaching, research, and service in connection with one another.  This could mean anything from a training to use a new methodological/analytic approach to workshops that connect current events meaningfully to our teaching, research, or service.


Second, we want to offer members the opportunity to build evidence for their engagement and leadership in communication studies.  With convention cancellation we know that some members might want new opportunities to evidence academic activity in reports to their departments and institutions.  Proposal of, acceptance of, or attendance in a virtual event that has been competitively reviewed by an academic association may meet this need.


In their proposals for virtual offerings, we ask that members include:


1.     Title of the virtual event

2.     Event organizer(s) and any additional speakers/trainers/hosts (names, affiliation, and contact information)

3.     Description of the virtual event that includes the following in 400 words or less:

a.     main goals of the event

b.     rationale for/benefits of the event (including which interest group(s) might be well-served by the event)

c.     summary of what will take place/be covered during the event

4.     Planned structure of the event that includes the following in 200 words or less:

a.     brief outline of event structure with time estimates to show length of event elements

b.     identification of the synchronous/asynchronous components of the event

c.     statement of the technological experience/proficiency of the person(s) organizing the event, particularly in terms of using the technology proposed for offering the event

5.     List of resources required for this event, including those needed to make it accessible and inclusive for as many interested members as possible

a.     Please include in this detailed list any costs associated with offering the event


Proposals and any questions should be sent to President-Elect Christina G. Yoshimura at by 11:59pm (Pacific) on Friday, October 30, 2020.  Proposals should be sent in .doc or .docx format so that identifying information can be edited out prior to review. A panel of reviewers from across interest groups/backgrounds will review and rank blinded proposals, and we hope to communicate decisions to all submitters by November 30, 2020. 


If you are not currently a member of WSCA but would like to submit a proposal, please go to our site to register at our reduced-for-COVID rates before submitting ( Only proposals from registered WSCA members will be reviewed.

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