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CSCA 2014 - Instructional Resources Interest Group - Call for Papers


Call for Submissions 2014

Central States Communication Association Conference

Minneapolis, MN


April 2 - April 6, 2014

The Instructional Resources Interest Group welcomes submissions of papers and panel proposals for the 2014 CSCA Conference. Any topic related to instructional resources, including all forms of technology, assessment, and instructional ideas, is welcomed; however, we encourage submissions that focus on the convention theme: “ELEVATE!” More specifically to the theme, we invite submissions that address the many ways that we can elevate our research, teaching, and fellowship.  By pushing the boundaries of traditional inquiry, we can elevate our understanding of communication. By pushing the boundaries of traditional instruction, we can elevate our ability to educate others about communication.  Our interest group strongly encourages undergraduate and graduate student papers. A wide range of topics is welcomed, although some suggestions include:

A variety of formats are also welcomed, including competitive paper panels, roundtable discussions, spotlight sessions, dialogue sessions, research café or breakfast nooks, senior/junior scholars, and research sessions. In anticipation of the conference theme, we strongly encourage (and enjoy!) the submission of panels that are co-sponsored with other CSCA units.

Awards: The Instructional Resources Interest Group presents two awards: top competitive paper award and top roundtable award. Each includes a certificate and a $50.00 prize.

Guidelines for Submissions:

Please note the following directions for paper and panel proposals:

Papers must conform to APA 6th edition standards and need a detachable title page that allows the author(s) identity/identities to be concealed. Remove all author references in the title of the document, text of the paper and in the file. Indicate if the author(s) is/are CSCA members.

  1. Remove authors identifying information from the document properties. 
  2. For all software, re-save the file and confirm that the document properties have been updated to remove any author(s) information.
  3. Before finalizing your submission, preview to make sure all information is correct.

Panel Proposals need a title, a brief abstract, name of person responsible for the program, as well as names, institutional affiliations, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of each panel participant. Indicate if participants are CSCA members. NOTE: Panel proposals must adhere to the 2014 CSCA Panel Proposal Request Form (available at

Please have all papers submitted electronically. An e-mail acknowledging receipt of paper and panel proposals will be sent for each submission. Please make all media requests at the time of submission and only request media if it is essential to your presentation, as all requests will be closely examined before approval. Laptop computers will not be made available for presentations.

Submissions must be received by October 4, 2013.

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Send all submissions electronically to:

Daria S. Heinemann-LaFave
Wayne State University