2015 Call


Call for Papers and Panels

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


The Instructional Resources Interest Group welcomes submissions of papers and panel proposals for the 2015 CSCA Conference. Any topic related to instructional resources, including all forms of technology, assessment, and instructional ideas, is welcomed; however, we encourage submissions that focus on the convention theme: “CONVERGENCE” More specifically to the theme, we invite submissions that address the convergence of scholarship, cultures, and academic institutions as well as illustrate the importance of coming together and including all voices. Through a convergence of scholarship, we may explore how scholars benefit from an awareness of what is taking place in the discipline outside their areas of expertise and from opportunities to examine points of overlap in their respective areas of study. Through a convergence of cultures, we may recognize and promote diversity within the discipline and the association. Through a convergence of institutions, we may bring together and promote the inclusion of scholars from all types of academic institutions. Our interest group strongly encourages undergraduate and graduate student papers. A wide range of topics is welcomed, although some suggestions include:

  • Using different paradigms to examine the same phenomenon
  • Looking at instructors’ use of new media in the classroom (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.)
  • Encouraging ways to seek panelists in non traditional settings-community colleges
  • Understanding culture codes of transferring to another institution
  • Discussing debate/competitive forensics
  • Understanding dual credit by following the same areas of competency and assessment
  • Converging assessment leap initiatives and common core
  • Looking at general education programs that are moving to competency based directions
  • Addressing different student needs/qualifications/higher level/individual needs
  • Encouraging and assessing peer learning
  • Finding access to technology for underprivileged student populations
  • Exploring best practices in large, blended, flipped, and/or online classrooms
  • Examining instructor agency in addressing financial changes at the universities
  • Breaking down silos to meet with other departments to satisfy general education needs. Converging across the curriculum.
  • Best practices of service learning across disciplines
  • Exploring open communication resources connected to issues of supplying own textbooks/not having textbooks in classrooms. Discussing utility of e-books
  • Convergence of assessment orientation-authentic assessment/different modalities of our discipline
  • Understanding pros and cons of various learning platforms (D2L, BlackBoard, Moodle, etc.)
  • Convergence on decisions based on course access information free vs. costs
  • Addressing compliance/convergence for ADA student inclusion (hearing impaired/visually impaired etc.)
  • Resources for disability services
  • Implementing quality control for online courses...quality matters?
  • Convergence for international students/ difficulty presenting/public speaking.  Ways to enhance international students learning in the classroom

A variety of formats are also welcomed, including competitive paper panels, roundtable discussions, spotlight sessions, dialogue sessions, research café or breakfast nooks, senior/junior scholars, and research sessions. In anticipation of the conference theme, we strongly encourage (and enjoy!) the submission of panels that are co-sponsored with other CSCA units.

Awards: The Instructional Resources Interest Group presents two awards: top competitive paper award and top roundtable award. Each includes a certificate and a $50.00 prize.

Guidelines for Submissions:

Please note the changes implemented to usual procedures and carefully follow NEW directions for paper and panel proposals:

Papers must conform to APA 6th edition standards and need a detachable title page that allows the author(s) identity/identities to be concealed. Remove all author references in the title of the document, text of the paper and in the file. Indicate if the author(s) is/are CSCA members.

  1. Remove authors identifying information from the document properties. 
    • For Microsoft Word (2003), click on “Properties” under the “File” menu and type over any author/company information in the document properties. 
    • For Word 2007, click on the “Office Button” in the upper-left corner of the window, select “Prepare,” then “Inspect Document” and make sure “Document Properties and Personal Information” is selected for inspection; complete removal. 
    • For Adobe Acrobat, select “Examine Document” in the “Document” menu, be sure “Metadata” is checked and then “Remove All Checked Items.”    
  2. For all software, re-save the file and confirm that the document properties have been updated to remove any author(s) information.
  3. Before finalizing your submission, preview to make sure all information is correct.

Only completed papers will be accepted. A competitive paper submission form must be submitted along with the paper (this form can be located on CSCA’s website).

Panel Proposals Must adhere to the NEW 2015 CSCA Panel Proposal Request Form (available at http://www.csca-net.org/). Discussion panels and paper panels must be submitted using the respective forms, and must meet all expectations noted. Any documents submitted without required information will be returned.

Please have all papers submitted electronically. An e-mail acknowledging receipt of paper and panel proposals will be sent for each submission. Please make all media requests at the time of submission and only request media if it is essential to your presentation, as all requests will be closely examined before approval. Laptop computers will not be made available for presentations.

Submissions must be received by October 3, 2014.

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Send all submissions electronically to:

Daria S. LaFave
Wayne State University
Email: dariaheinemann@hotmail.com