2016 Call

Call for Papers and Panels

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


The Health Communication Interest Group invites submissions of competitive papers, programs, and panels to be considered for programming at the 2016 CSCA conference to be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Our interest group focuses on how health and well-being are embodied, expressed, and promoted through diverse communicative practices. We value scholarship from an array of research traditions. Moreover, we support research examining the communication between providers and receivers of care, development of health campaigns, promotion of ethics, and effects of media, popular culture, and technology on health.

All topics related to health communication are welcomed, especially those focusing on the convention theme, Foundation. The theme invites scholars to consider questions for research, teaching, and practice, such as: How do various areas of communication (e.g., interpersonal, family, small group, organizational) create a foundation of understanding? What foundations are needed to generate more holistic understandings of health, or better understand health across human lifespans? How is the foundation of health as a basic right impeded by legal and socioeconomic changes? How do we build health communication as a foundation in our classrooms? How might we re-envision health communication scholarship as a nexus for building partnerships with practitioners and educators in medicine and public health? How is patient care being redefined through the integration of Western and complementary alternative medical practices? How are ‘health’ and ‘wellbeing’ defined in public discourses and organizational practices, and what values do these conversations promote (or obscure) for selfcare? These questions represent just a few of the many possibilities inspired by the conference theme.

A variety of formats are welcome, particularly those involving competitive papers, panels, and roundtable discussions. In terms of panels, preference will be given to submissions with panelists representing multiple institutions rather than representing a single institution. We also welcome undergraduate and graduate student submissions. Awards will be given to the top student competitive paper and top non-student competitive paper.

Guidelines for Submission:

Competitive Papers:

     ● Only completed papers conforming to current APA standards will be accepted.
     ● Each paper submitted cannot exceed 25 pages, excluding references and appendices. Papers exceeding the maximum page limit will not be considered for review.
     ● Papers must include brief abstract and a title page that is a separate document from the paper to ensure blind review. Author names and any identifying information must be removed prior to submission.
     ● A Competitive Paper Submission Form must be submitted along with the paper. This form is located on the CSCA website: www.csca-net.org.
     ● The word “Student” should be marked on all papers written by student (including graduate student) authors. Student authored papers do not include those coauthored with faculty members.
     ● Individuals may not submit more than one lead authored paper.

Panels: Discussion and paper panels must be submitted using the respective forms
located on the CSCA website: www.csca-net.org.

Papers and panel proposals must be submitted electronically using Microsoft Word.
Documents sent using any other format will be returned to the sender

Additionally, all technology requests should be made at the time of submission.

Deadline: Submissions must be received by 11:59 pm on Friday, October 3, 2015.

An email acknowledging the receipt of paper and panel proposals will be sent following
each submission.

Submission: Send all papers and panel proposals electronically to: Malynnda A.
Johnson, University of Mount Union, at CSCAhealth@gmail.com . If you have questions
in the meantime, email Malynnda at majohnson734@att.net