2015 Call

Call for Papers and Panels

2015 Central States Communication Association (CSCA)
Annual Convention in Madison, Wisconsin
April 15-19, 2015


Submission Deadline: October 3rd, 2014 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 2015 CSCA conference to be held in Madison, Wisconsin. 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, Convergence, through a convergence of scholarship, cultures, and academic institutions as well as papers and panels that illustrate the importance of coming together and including all voices.

We welcome a variety of formats, including competitive graduate student papers, collaborative graduate student roundtable discussions, short courses, and spotlight sessions. To re-emphasize the spirit of convergence, we also invite you to contact us if you have an idea for sessions that will benefit graduate student members. Possible topics for papers and panels include: understanding the adviser/advisee relationship, preparing MA students for careers outside of academia, discussing funding and grant opportunities, how-to write successful funding applications, discussing matters of difference in graduate school. The list does not stop here though. We encourage submissions of papers and panels that reflect a convergence of voices within the caucus and across caucuses.

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.
  2. 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.
  3. All submissions to the Graduate Student Caucus may not be co-authored with faculty mentors/advisors and should be current graduate students.
  4. 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 2015 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.

Submissions must be received by October 3rd, 2014 at 11:59 PM Central Standard Time.

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

Send all submissions electronically to: CSCAgradcaucus@gmail.com

Sara Baker
Department of Communication Studies
University of Nebraska-Lincoln