Convention Overview


Central States Communication Association
2016 Annual Conference


Grand Rapids, MI
April 13 - 17, 2016


Foundation has been selected as the theme for the 2016 Central States Communication Association convention in order to celebrate a place where colleagues can discuss new teaching ideas, friends can reconnect, and all of us can maintain and build grounding and stability as communication scholars.


We can explore research foundations across our planning units. Celebrating key communication research contributions to theory, methodology and the history of communication are important. Therefore, submissions dedicated to spotlighting significant communication research and creative contributions inclusive of all methodological perspectives in our discipline are encouraged.


We can celebrate the foundation of best teaching practices within the discipline and the association. Doing so entails promoting general education programs and communication skills across our planning units. Accordingly, submissions dedicated to communication pedagogy, communication competence, cultural diversity, assessment, instructional innovation and the integration of technology are encouraged.

Service and Creative Collaboration

Service and creative collaboration shape CSCA as our foundation. We must work together as a scholarly community to advocate for the communication discipline and engage community. Service and creative collaboration help us realize who we are as a community of scholars—we embrace our friendships, colleagues and professional partners. We celebrate our mentors and meet new lifetime friends.     Therefore, submissions dedicated to the service contributions of disciplinary advocates and networking opportunities across all planning units are encouraged.  

Deadline for Submissions: October 3, 2015

Primary Program Planner: Shawn T. Wahl


Hotel Information

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
187 Monroe Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49503

Rate Information

Classic Room, Two Queen Beds                 $134.00
Classic Room, One King Bed                      $134.00

Hotel and Room Highlights
  • Free Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Makers
  • Spacious Work Spaces
  • 24 hour in-room dining
  • 42” High-Definition Televisions
  • The “Grand Bed” with Pillow Top Mattress, Down Pillows and Plush Sheets
  • Luxurious Bath Products
  • Fitness Center, Indoor Swimming Pool, Hot Tubs, Tennis and Racquetball Courts, and Sauna
  • Spa and Salon
  • Hotel Shops


Grand Rapids Highlights

Attractions: Grand Rapids Art Museum and Gerald R. Ford Museum, only a few minutes’ walk from the hotel.

Dining: Various restaurants, pubs, and coffee shops in walking distance of the hotel.

Shopping: Ample shopping opportunities downtown including clothing stores, bookstores, and specialty shops.

Outdoor Activities: A variety of parks, and biking and walking trails in the area.