2016 Call 

Call for Papers and Panels

2016 Central States Communication Association Annual Convention
Grand Rapids, Michigan April 13-17, 2016


Foundation has been selected as the theme for the 2016 Central States Communication Association convention in order to celebrate a place where colleagues can discuss new teaching ideas, friends can reconnect, and all of us can maintain and build grounding and stability as communication scholars.

The Argumentation and Forensics Interest Group invites submissions for participation at the 2016 Conference. October 3, 2015 is the deadline for submission. Proposals that incorporate the conference theme of “Foundation” are encouraged but not mandatory. Some areas of interest discussed at the 2015 business meeting include: upcoming political campaigns and debates, pedagogy of argumentation, public advocacy, or popular culture, debates on current events related to the discipline (United States Federal Government should pay for a student’s community college education.), graduate or undergraduate student paper panel, and the current culture of forensics. Competitive paper submissions are encouraged.

The Argumentation and Forensic Interest group gives awards for the Top Paper, Top Graduate Student Paper, Top Panel Award (goes to the person who submitted the panel), and a Lifetime Award for Outstanding Contributions to Argumentation and Forensics at Central States Communication Association.

Guidelines for Submission:

(1)  Papers: Only completed papers will be accepted. Papers must conform to the most current APA standards and include a title and a brief abstract. The word “STUDENT” should be marked on all papers written by student authors. Student authored papers do not include those co-authored with faculty members. Author names and any identifying information must be removed prior to submission. A Competitive Paper Submission Form must be submitted as a separate attachment along with the paper. This form is located on the CSCA website: www.csca-net.org

(2)  Panels: Discussion and paper panel submissions must include the following: (a) title, (b) description (75 words or less), (c) rationale (75 words or less), and (d) a complete list of participants along with their institutional affiliations, contact information (address, e-mail, and telephone), and if they are CSCA Members. Paper panels should also include titles and brief abstracts (100 words or less) for each paper. Submitters must use the Discussion Panel Form or Paper Panel Form. These forms are located on the CSCA website: www.csca-net.org

All papers must be submitted electronically using Microsoft Word. Documents sent using any other format will be returned to the sender. An e-mail acknowledging receipt of paper and panel proposals will be sent for each submission. All media requests must be made at the time of submission. Please only request media if it is absolutely essential to your presentation, as media requests will be closely examined before approval. Laptop computers will not be made available for presentations. Your submission implies that you agree to follow appropriate presentation guidelines if your paper/panel is accepted (i.e., it is generally unacceptable to read your paper to those in attendance).

Submissions must be received by October 3, 2015.

Send submissions electronically using Microsoft Word to the following:

Mike Bauer, Mbauer2@bsu.edu, Ball State University