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2018 Convention Call from Communication and Instruction Interest Group

Monday, June 5, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Christina Yoshimura
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By Brandi Lawless, Interest Group Chair

The Communication & Instruction Interest Group of WSCA seeks submissions for competitive research papers and program panels. We especially encourage, and will give stronger consideration to, submissions that highlight this year’s convention theme: “Mindfulness and Communication.”

Proposals for scholarship and creative activity submitted to the Communication & Instruction Interest Group should address topics in communication education (how we teach the discipline of communication), instructional communication (how we use communication in the process of teaching), and/or critical communication pedagogy (engaging the critical paradigm to address questions of power).

These research trajectories share a focus on the constitution of knowledge through communication; they also share a focus on the distinctive communication contexts that emerge, or are entailed by, learning situations. Therefore, proposals centering on the theme of Communication and Mindfulness might explore, among other possibilities:

·       Communication and Mindfulness as it relates to reflexivity, and critical consciousness in the classroom

·       Communication and Mindfulness in association-wide teaching styles, no matter the subject area

·       Communication and Mindfulness in different delivery modes – online, hybrid, face-to-face

·       Designing and implementing service learning experiences that include Communication and Mindfulness

·       Communication and Mindfulness in pedagogical methods or bodies of knowledge

·       Communication and Mindfulness regarding classroom/ learning assessment

·       Communication and Mindfulness while working with students (undergraduate and/or graduate) in classrooms, and/or while conducting research

·       How any one course, interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, small group, or public speaking (to name a few) utilizes Communication and Mindfulness

·       Critiquing our Communication and Mindfulness practices

·       How we might use Communication and Mindfulness to address ethical dimensions of communication instruction

·       Communication and Mindfulness as a practice in study abroad experiences

·       Communication and Mindfulness in the development of creative assignments

The interest group encourages research that integrates multiple disciplinary perspectives and multiple methodologies.


I.    Authors are encouraged to submit original research essays to the C&I Interest Group. The Interest Group offers awards for Top Competitive Paper, Top Debut Paper and Top Student Paper. Please note if your competitive paper submission qualifies as a Debut Paper or a Student Paper when submitting. These individuals should mark their paper as STUDENT or DEBUT PAPER in the upper right corner of their cover page.

II.    Competitive papers should not have been presented previously at another conference, be accepted for publication, or have been published. Please use your ethical common sense.

III.    All manuscripts should be submitted by e-mail attachment. Please use PDF, or MS Word (.doc or .docx) format for all documents. Submitted manuscripts should include two separate attachments:

IV. Title page: A title page with title of manuscript, names of all authors, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and institutional affiliations for each author. Also include audio-visual requests and briefly explain how technology will be utilized in your presentation.  NOTE: Equipment availability is extremely limited. See WSCA Policy on the Use of Audio-Visual Equipment at Conventions.

V. Manuscript: The manuscript should include a 75-100 word abstract. The manuscript should not exceed a maximum of 30 pages of text (including references, appendices, tables, and charts). The essay should be prepared following the most recent APA, Chicago, or MLA guidelines.  ***Be sure to remove author names and any identifying information from the manuscript. Manuscripts with identifying information will not be considered for review.


I.    Programs connected to the conference’s theme are encouraged and generally expected. Programs may consist of a chair, individual presenters, and a respondent/facilitator. However, round-table discussions and other unique formats are encouraged.

II.    All program proposals should be submitted by e-mail attachment. Please use PDF or MS Word (.doc or .docx) format for all documents. Submitted program proposals should include the following: Program title, brief rationale, description of the program, and a list of presenters with contact information.

All proposals must be received by 12:00 Midnight on September 1, 2017. Please send them to Brandi Lawless at . For more information and instructions for submitting competitive papers, program proposals, and preconference panels and workshops, see the WSCA website ( 

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