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2019 Convention Submissions


Friday February 22, 2019 Pre-Conference Workshops, Basic Course Conference, and Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference
 
Saturday February 23 - Monday February 25, 2019 Convention
 

SUBMIT YOUR PAPERS & PROPOSALS


 

Persuasion and advocacy are critical components of personal, social, and civic action. The focus on advocacy for this coming convention is to call us collectively toward our foundations of standing-up for specific causes. When citizens fail to advocate and deliberate, relationships, organizations, and our society swiftly falter toward vapid messages surrounded by automaticity. Thus, there is fertile ground for papers on the decline of advocacy in our culture over recent decades as much as the pull toward excellence in public discourse. Every interest group within WSCA has compelling scholarly claims to how we advocate for our students, our profession, where we vest our concerns, and particularly how we pull together toward societal ethics. There is a clear need for more research on the strategies and tactics of persuasion. The hope here is that we will collectively inspire a renewed passion for the study of and education about responsible advocacy.

Advocacy without evidence is a particular concern for us. There is increasing concern that the failing of discourse is directly tied to the separation of the demands for evidence from the positions advocated. Thus, all conference attendees should feel invited to integrate the importance of evidence in responsible advocacy. No doubt, we have many perspectives and interpretations (and even criticisms) of the theme of “advocating with evidence” for our research, teaching, and communication consulting. All approaches to this theme are welcome.

Rodney A. Reynolds, WSCA President-Elect and 2019 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 9/1/18) Submit online at westcomm.org, Conventions, 2019 Submissions, select appropriate Interest Group (see below)
  2. Program Proposals (deadline: received by 9/1/18) Submit online at westcomm.org, Conventions, 2019 Submissions, select appropriate Interest Group (see below)
  3. Pre-Conference Proposals (deadline: received by 9/1/18) – Submit online at westcomm.org, Conventions, 2019 Submissions, select Pre-Conference Workshop
  4. Undergraduate Scholars' Research Conference (USRC deadline: received by 12/1/18) Submit online at westcomm.org, Conventions, 2019 Submissions.

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.

    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.)
  2. 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.
  3. Submission: Specific information about submitting to interest groups will be posted on the WSCA website at the completion of the February 2018 convention and presented in the WSCA News.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Competitive paper submissions must be RECEIVED by the interest-group planner NO LATER THAN Thursday, September 1, 2018. 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, we encourage proposals for a debate, a round table discussion, a performance activity, or innovative program proposal that provide opportunities for interaction among participants and attendees. We welcome programs co-sponsored with other interest groups. We intensely solicit programs that relate to the convention theme, “Advocating with Evidence.”
  2. Program proposals must contain the following:
    1. Thematic title of the program;
    2. Names and affiliations of all participants;
    3. Title and brief description of each presentation;
    4. Abstract -- 50-75 words for the convention program that identifies the content and purpose of the panel. Additional explanations or details should be in a separate panel leaflet or handout made available at the panel presentation;
    5. 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.

     

    Note that an AV 'request' is not a guarantee that AV will be available. If your submission was accepted, your interest group planner should inform you whether or not you will have AV.

    Program proposals must be RECEIVED NO LATER THAN Thursday, September 1, 2018. For specific information about submitting to interest groups, see the guidelines listed below on this page.

 

III. PRE-CONFERENCE/WORKSHOP PROPOSALS

  1. Pre-conference proposals for the 2019 convention are invited. Those that relate to the general convention theme, “Advocating with Evidence,” are encouraged.
  2. Pre-conferences will be held Friday, February 22, 2019.
  3. Please submit pre-conference proposals through westcomm.org, Conventions, 2019 Submissions AND as an attachment within an e-mail to the Primary Program Planner, Rodney Reynolds. Be sure to include as much of the following information as possible:
    1. Title of the pre-conference
    2. Names and affiliations of those planning the pre-conference
    3. A detailed 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.

Note that an AV 'request' is not a guarantee that AV will be available. If your submission was accepted, you should be informed you whether or not you will have AV.

A call for pre-conference participation will be published in the WSCA News during the summer.

Address any questions, comments, or concerns to the Primary Program Planner, Rodney Reynolds.

  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, Friday, February 22, 2019. 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 are encouraged and will be programmed on Sunday evening, February 24, 2019 after completion of the Western States Forensics Tournament.
  4. Workshop proposals should include the following:
    1. Title of the workshop
    2. Names and affiliations of all presenters
    3. A detailed 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, Brian Heisterkamp, current WSCA President, must approve it prior to any commitment to the individual.
  6. Workshop proposals should be submitted through westcomm.org, Conventions, 2019 Submissions AND sent as an email attachment to Rodney Reynolds and must RECEIVED NO LATER THAN September 1, 2018.

V. Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference

Click on this link for the USRC Call for Papers.

NOTE: For the USRC, all authors on the submitted papers must be undergraduate students at the time of submission and cannot be graduate students at the time of presentation. If papers have multiple authors, they must all be undergraduate students as well.

Interest Group Calls for Papers

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

Communication and Instruction
Hailey Gillen Hoke, Weber State University

Communication, Identities and Difference
Michelle Holling, California State University, San Marcos

Communication Theory and Research
Andy Gilmore, Colorado State University

Community College
Linda Cooley, Reedley College

Environmental Communication
Betsy Brunner, Idaho State University

Freedom of Expression and Political Communication
Krista Phair, Ohlone College

Health Communication
Elissa Adame, Arizona State University

Intercultural Communication
Gloria Pindi Nziba, California State University San Marcos

Interpersonal Communication
Melissa Tafoya, La Sierra University

Language and Social Interaction
Julianna Kirschner, Claremont Graduate University

Media Studies
Stephanie Gomez, Weber State University
Stacey Overholt, University of Utah

Organizational Communication
Julie Taylor, California State University, San Bernardino

Performance Studies
Amira De La Garza, Arizona State University

Rhetoric and Public Address
Roberta Chevrette, Middle Tennessee State University

Western Forensics and Argumentation Association
Duncan Stewart, University of Utah

Executives Club
Audrey Deterding, Missouri University of Science & Technology

ORWAC
Leslie Harris, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee


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