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Friday February 22, 2019 Pre-Convention Workshops, Basic Course Conference, and Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference, Kick-Off

Saturday February 23 through Monday February 25, 2019 Convention

 

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 Friday 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 2019 conference theme is "Advocating with Evidence."

Pre-Conference Workshops

President-Elect organized an exciting slate of pre-conference workshops. Be sure to sign-up for them when you register for the convention.


Designing an Idea-Based Curriculum for the 21st Century

Facilitators: Jonathan Rossing, Lisa Silvestri, Juliane Mora, Casey R. Schmitt, Kristina                  $10.00

                   Morehouse, & Melissa Click

Friday, February 22, 2019                                                                                                       8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Gonzaga University recently constructed a new concept-based curriculum that seeks to cultivate learners who can think and solve problems like a disciplinary scholar. This session introduces this innovative concept-based curricular design, a model that disrupts norms of faculty-centered, siloed courses. The workshop focuses on the steps and guiding questions required to design such a curriculum as well as accompanying assessment practices. We will share insights, challenges, and strategies for generating buy-in.

Animals, Nature and Human Relationships: Analyzing Evidence and Advocating for Inclusion in Communication Studies

Facilitators: Nathalie "Lee" Crocker, Emily Plec, Susan Hafen, Elizabeth Craig, Aria Loberti,             $35.00

                   & Jeremy Gordon

Friday, February 22, 2019                                                                                                       8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Communication with the more-than-human world is an emerging area of study that includes animal and ecological interaction - sometimes termed "internatural communication.”  In this workshop, chapter outlines, assignments, and research activities will be initiated with the goal of developing an undergraduate textbook addressing this area of study. We invite participants with interests across our subdisciplines: interpersonal and family communication, organizational communication, media studies, health communication, environmental communication, intercultural communication, and rhetoric.

Assessment Matters: When Saying "I know what I'm doing so just trust me" Isn't Enough to Help Students Succeed

Facilitators: Audrey Deterding & Dayle Hardy-Short                                                                        $8.00

Friday, February 22, 2019                                                                                                   9:00 am - 12:00 pm

When you've realized that you need to know more about assessment but aren't sure how to begin, or how to translate your expertise and expectations into a student-centered assessment plan, then this is your workshop! Go beyond the pros and cons and get into the nitty-gritty of rubric development and design. We'll use the NCA developed student learning outcomes as a jumping off point to creating something practical and usable for you and your students.

Advocating for Environmental Stewardship: The Development of a Micro-Credentialing Program

Facilitator: Brent E. Adrian                                                                                                                 $5.00

Friday, February 22, 2019                                                                                                    9:00 am - 12:00 pm

This session will discuss Central Community College's pilot "e-Badge" on Leadership in Environmental Stewardship, which focuses on communication and education. Workshop participants will learn about the development of this environmental sustainability micro-credentialing program, and how to build a badging program unique to their local environments and institutions. To earn the award, students must complete learning options in eight proficiency areas. The evidence-based proficiencies are adaptable to any speech or English course and influencing change outside of the classroom is encouraged.  The workshop presenters will share methods of awarding badges to students so that they can be shared with potential employers and on social media. CCC will be launching three more e-Badges in 2019 that cover environmental problem-solving, symbiosis, and community engagement. The proficiencies and details for these e-Badges will also be shared.

Advocating with Visual Evidence: How to Improve Presentation Slide-Design with the Assertion-Evidence Approach

Facilitators: Peter Nello Miraldi & Lori Miraldi                                                                                    $30.00

Friday, February 22, 2019                                                                                                    9:00 am - 12:00 pm

This workshop will provide you with the knowledge and tools to create improved presentation slides. You will learn new slide-design techniques that have been found to improve presentation focus, delivery style, and the audience's comprehension and retention of information. You are encouraged to bring a laptop with one or more of your PowerPoint presentations so we can help you enhance your slides during this interactive workshop.


Qualitative Data Analysis: The Backstage Steps of Crafting Qualitative Evidence

Facilitator: Sarah J. Tracy                                                                                                               $30.00

Friday, February 22, 2019                                                                                                     9:00 am - 12:00 pm

This workshop will provide step-by-step best practices for crafting evidence in qualitative research via organizing, coding, and analyzing. Participants will learn backstage practices of data analysis and receive worksheets and resources that will help them share what they have learned with collaborators, colleagues, and students. Note: participants may desire to additionally register for an affiliated more advanced workshop in the afternoon: "Evidencing Interpretation, Theory-building, and Claim-making in Qualitative Inquiry."

Evidence Interpretation, Theory-building, and Claim-making in Qualitative Inquiry

Facilitator: Sarah J. Tracy                                                                                                                  $30.00

Friday, February 22, 2019                                                                                                        1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This workshop is focused on providing qualitative researchers with a systematic, creative, and fun process for moving from findings, to theory building, to impactful claims that will resonate and connect with intended audiences. Participants will leave the workshop with inspiration, new skills, and worksheets from which to practice or teach qualitative interpretation and theory-building. Note: participants may desire to additionally attend an affiliated workshop in the morning: "Qualitative data analysis: The backstage steps of crafting qualitative evidence."

Advocating with Evidence through a Feminist Lens

Facilitators: Juliana Kirschner, Mary Dominico, Karen Foss, & Rebecca A. Litke                             $10.00

Friday, February 22, 2019                                                                                                        1:00 am - 4:00 pm

This pre-conference will provide feminist scholars the opportunity for sustained conversation around several topics. Four questions will be circulated in advance of the convention (see link below), and those who wish to participate will be asked to submit a short position paper (2-4 double-spaced pages) on one of those questions by February 1, 2019. At the conference, those who have written about the same question will be placed in a group together. Click here to access the questions and complete your homework assignment.

Developing Students into Self-Advocates and Intentional Learners: Responding Confidently to the Question "What are you going to do with that major?"

Facilitators: John McClellan & Matthew Sanders                                                                              $5.00

Friday, February 22, 2019                                                                                                        1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Students often struggle to provide satisfying responses to the question, "What are you going to do with that major?" However, the knowledge and abilities we teach in communication are what employers desire most from college graduates. This workshop is designed to help instructors and advisors find new ways to help students become advocates for themselves; capable of thoughtfully articulating why they are studying communication and why it is a useful and necessary major to pursue.

Getting it Right: Mindfulness Based Critical Thinking in Advocating with Evidence

Facilitators: George Nagel & Donna Smith                                                                                        $10.00

Friday, February 22, 2019                                                                                                        1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Mindfulness Based Critical Thinking in Advocating with Evidence is designed to be very interactive. Participants will be asked to center on an obstacle or issue in their lives and then apply the Elements of Thought and the Standards from the Richard Paul model of Critical Thinking to arrive at the best possible solution. Participants will then apply the critical thinking to the content and context of their choice. Socratic questioning will be taught then practiced by the participants. In addition, exercises in mindfulness that assist in creating an even clearer picture of the obstacle or problem will be experienced.

Teachers as Trickster-Advocates: Playful Use of Critical Communication Pedagogy in the Introductory Course

Facilitators: Nicholas A. Zoffel, Deanna Fassett, Keith Nainby, Raina Chelise, & Tyler Gidney       $5.00

Friday, February 22, 2019                                                                                                        1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

"Intro" (30 minutes)

Define “Trickster-Advocate” through the introductory course lens of public advocacy

Facilitators/participants introduce themselves, discuss a stimulus (i.e., through a facilitated activity, we will share textual/visual excerpt suitable for an introductory communication course that provides an opening for facilitators to model the role of the teacher as “trickster advocate.”) 

 

"Through" (110 minutes)

Participants explore in round-robin groups different trickster-advocate pedagogies:

The Socratic method as Public Advocacy,

Boal's forum theatre and static image work,

McGee's ideographs in political humor,

Bautista's "Uncomfortable Pedagogy" as experiential learning.

 

"Beyond" (30 minutes)

Participants share how playful strategies support pedagogy in introductory communication courses.

Open forum for participants to discuss learned strategies, best-practices, and ask questions to facilitators.

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