2016 Call

Call for Papers and Panels

2016 Central States Communication Association (CSCA)
Annual Convention in Grand Rapids, Michigan
April 13-17, 2016



Submission Deadline: October 3rd, 2015 at 11:59 PM Central Standard Time

The Graduate Student Caucus invites all graduate student members of CSCA to submit competitive papers, programs, and interactive panels to be considered for programming at the 2016 CSCA conference to be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Our interest group focuses on celebrating graduate student work and providing development opportunities in relation to teaching, service, and scholarship. This year we especially encourage graduate students to embrace the convention theme, Foundation. In addition to submitting work relating to foundation on research and teaching, this conference theme also extends to foundation in regards to service and collaboration. Service and collaboration help us to see who we are as a community of scholars. Submissions dedicated to service and collaboration in regards to networking opportunities are encouraged.

Quality scholarship and creative ideas are our main goal. In an effort to encourage collaboration among graduate students, we have developed a Facebook page to create space for brainstorming, planning, and networking. Please visit, join, and participate in the conversations about the upcoming convention at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cscagradcaucus/

General Submission Information:

In order to avoid unnecessary problems with the submission and review process, please carefully follow the guidelines:

  1. 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 or panel will be sent for each submission.
  2. Completed papers, extended abstracts, and panel discussions must be submitted electronically to CSCAGradCaucus@gmail.com.
  3. Your submission implies that you agree to follow appropriate presentation guidelines if your paper/panel is accepted (i.e., it is generally unacceptable to not attend the conference or to read your paper to those in attendance). We look forward to engaging presenters, topics, and discussions. 
  4. Each submission should be made to only one unit.

Guidelines for completed individual papers and extended abstracts

  1. Manuscript format:
    1. Complete papers should be a maximum of 25 pages double-spaced with 12 pt. font. This excludes title page, abstract, references, figures, and tables. Papers must include a title page and abstract.
    2. Extended abstracts should be between 5 and 12 pages double-spaced with 12 pt. font. This excludes title page, references, figures, and tables.
    3. Please use APA format for referencing.
  1. Before submitting your submission, please include a title paper that is a separate document from the paper, allowing author identity to be concealed. On the title page, indicate the CSCA membership status of author(s) and clearly identify whether your paper is an extended abstract submission.
  2. All submissions to the Graduate Student Caucus may not be co-authored with faculty mentors/advisors and should be current graduate students.
  3. A Competitive Paper Submission Form must be submitted along with the paper or extended abstract. This form is located on the CSCA website: www.csca-net.org.

Guidelines for Panel Discussion Submissions

  1. A panel submission is a format that engages a group of panelists in a formal interactive discussion about a topic related to the graduate student caucus.
  2. Panel session submissions are not blind reviewed. The reviewers will see the names of the presenters, participants and organizers. These sessions are reviewed based on overall quality, interest to the caucus, relevance of the topic to the theme, innovativeness, and overall contribution.
  3. Discussion panels and paper panels must be submitted using the respective forms located on the CSCA website: www.csca-net.org.
  4. Individuals proposing discussion panels must complete and use the 2016 CSCA Panel Proposal Request Form available on the CSCA website.
    • Panel submissions must also include the following: (a) title, (b) description/rationale (no more than 1 page), (c) a complete list of participants along with their institutional affiliations, contact information (address, e-mail, and telephone), and if they are CSCA members. For panel proposals, we strongly recommend collaboration with graduate students from multiple institutions.

Awards: The Graduate Student Caucus presents certificates to the top (3) competitive graduate student papers and the top graduate student panel at the annual Business Meeting. The top paper and panel will earn a $50 award.

All technology requests must be made at the time of submission.

            Submissions must be received by October 3, 2015.

Send submissions electronically using Microsoft Word to the following:

Jennifer Kienzle, CSCA Graduate Student Caucus