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Call for Papers 2017: Interpersonal Communication Interest Group

Thursday, May 19, 2016   (0 Comments)
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By Audrey Deterding, Interest Group Chair

Potential participants are invited to submit Competitive Papers and Program Proposals for WSCA’s Interpersonal Communication Interest Group to:



A. Overview:

Authors are encouraged to submit papers to the Interpersonal Interest Group 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/or research advancements.

 Please submit each paper to one interest group only.

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


B. What to Include:

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.

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 Process:

Please submit all papers directly to the Interpersonal Interest Group Program Planner at on or before 11:59PM PDT on Thursday, September 1st, 2016.


D. Research in Progress:

Papers submitted to these programs should be designated “RESEARCH IN PROGRESS” in the upper right-hand corner of the title page, and should not exceed ten pages in length. Please keep in mind that space for these panels will be extremely limited.


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. Finally, please indicate whether each author is a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral student.



A. Overview:

Program proposals should focus on a unifying theme relevant to research, theory, or instruction in the area of Interpersonal Communication. Programs may consist of a chair, individual presenters, and a critic respondent in a format traditionally presented at conferences. However, other unique formats are highly encouraged: debates, roundtable discussions, performance activities, etc.  Innovative program proposals that provide opportunities for interaction among participants and attendees are also encouraged, as well as programs co-sponsored with other interest groups, and programs that relate to the convention theme – “Collaboration, Innovation, and Convergence.”


B. What to Include:

1.  Thematic title of the program.

2.  Names, email 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


C. Submission Process:

Please submit all papers directly to the Interpersonal Interest Group Program Planner at on or before 11:59PM PDT on Thursday, September 1st, 2016.



A. Overview:

Members of the Interpersonal Communication Interest Group are encouraged to plan preconference programs or workshops, to participate (or encourage students to participate) in the Undergraduate Scholars’ Research Conference, and to participate in Graduate Students Workshop/Graduate Program Open House. 

B. Submission Process:

Keep in mind, however, that the Interpersonal Interest Group Program Planner does not oversee these programs or evaluate these submissions. For specific guidelines about pre-conference programs, workshops, or programs for graduate/undergraduate students, please refer to the WSCA website:


Audrey L. Deterding, Ph.D.

Chair & Program Planner, Interpersonal Communication Interest Group

Northern Arizona University

School of Communication

700 S. Knoles Dr.

Flagstaff, AZ 86011



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