Great Ideas for Teaching (G.I.F.T.)
Call for Submissions
Central States Communication Association (CSCA)
Annual Convention-St. Louis, MO
March 29-April 2, 2023
Intersections, Transitions, and Silenced Voices
Great Ideas for Teaching (G.I.F.T.) invites submissions of virtual and F2F classroom-tested teaching activities to share with novice and veteran communication instructors. G.I.F.T. sessions feature round-table presentations of teaching activities that demonstrate how to apply a myriad of communication theories and concepts. Traditionally, G.I.F.T. submissions have focused on public speaking, interpersonal, small group, organizational, and hybrid courses; however, we encourage creative submissions from any facet of our discipline, and especially encourage submissions related to the convention theme: Intersections, Transitions, and Silenced Voices. The top two submissions will be recognized with a cash award and a Certificate of Merit.
Given the increase in online teaching, particularly over the past two years, we plan to offer one GIFT session devoted exclusively to teaching activities completed in online (virtual/synchronous or asynchronous) classes. While the session will focus on assignments completed online, presenters will share their online activities in person at the conference.
Individuals who have their activities selected for presentation will share their ideas to groups of their peers. Typically, each presenter will have six to eight minutes to share the teaching activity. Presenters are expected to arrive with 25 hard copies of their assignments that will be distributed during their session; however, if that isn’t feasible, you may create an email sign-up list to reach out to individuals interested in connecting with you. All accepted submissions will also upload their materials to an electronic database for attendees to access.
Successful G.I.F.T. submissions must contain each of the following components:
In the online submission system, choose “competitive paper” as the submission type. You will be able to add (1) your name, (2) title of the activity, (3) school affiliation, (4) current CSCA membership status, (5) mailing address, (6) email address, and (7) phone number. Information for any additional authors – name, email, and school affiliation only – should be placed after the first author’s information.
Note: ALL submitters/potential presenters should create a profile on the CSCA online submission system site. Membership is not required to create a profile. This will make later steps in the process much easier.
Attach your MS Word file. The file should contain only the GIFT activity as outlined above and should not contain any information that might identify the authors. If your activity is meant for online teaching, please make this clear by typing “ONLINE ACTIVITY” at the top of your attached file.
Proposals not meeting these submission guidelines may not be distributed for review. If you have questions about G.I.F.T. or your individual submission, please contact G.I.F.T. chair and program planner Dr. Kate Ksobiech, firstname.lastname@example.org.