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BASIC COURSE INTEREST GROUP
Call for Submissions
Central States Communication Association Conference
April 1 – April 6, 2014
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2013
The Basic Course Interest Group invites all members of CSCA to submit competitive papers and panels to be considered for programming at the 2014 CSCA convention in Minneapolis. Our interest group focuses on issues related to the pedagogy and administration of basic communication courses.
We welcome a range of topics encompassing the basic course. We especially encourage members to develop roundtable discussions, dialogue sessions, debates, and spotlight sessions related to the convention theme to elevate our research, teaching, and fellowship. Possible topics for papers and panels include: findings from the NCA basic course taskforce, connections with the national LEAP initiative, elevating paradigmatic conversations in introductory research, elevating presence/visibility of the basic course on campuses, elevating the basic course’s presence within CSCA and NCA, discussing the direction textbooks are going, graduate student perspectives co-sponsored with Graduate Student Caucus, and short courses on training and developing new basic course directors and on the difficulties of balancing university administrative and course pressures. We strongly encourage the submission of panels that are co-sponsored with other CSCA units as this year a co-sponsored paper session or panel will only count for half of one of our allotted slots.
Awards: The Basic Course Interest Group presents two awards. The Doug Trank Award is presented to the top rated paper and includes a $50.00 prize and a certificate. The Melissa Beall Award is presented to the top rated Panel or Roundtable Discussion and also includes a $50.00 prize and a certificate.
Guidelines for Submission
Papers: Only completed papers will be accepted. Papers must conform to APA standards and include a title page that is a separate document from the paper, allowing author identity to be concealed. Remove all author references in the text of the paper and in the properties of the paper. Students (including graduate students) should type "STUDENT" on the upper right-hand corner of the title page. Indicate if author(s) is/are CSCA members.
Panels: Individuals proposing panels must complete the 2014 CSCA Special Panel Proposal Request Form available at the CSCA website. Panel submissions could be Roundtable Discussions or Debates and must also include the following: (a) title, (b) abstract, and (c) a complete list of participants along with their institutional affiliations and contact information (address, e-mail, and telephone).
All submissions must be sent as e-mail attachments using Microsoft Word format with the subject line CSCA Submission – Paper or CSCA Submission – Panel as appropriate. Documents not sent in this format will be returned to the sender. An e-mail acknowledging the receipt of the paper or panel submissions 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).
Again, submissions must be received by FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2013.
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Send submissions electronically to:
School of Communication
Illinois State University
Normal, IL 61790
Office Phone: (309) 438-7578