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CSCA - Interpersonal and Small Group Communication IG - 2013 Call for Papers Reminder

Dear Interpersonal and Small Group Communication Interest Group members,

As you gear up for your fall back-to-school rush, be sure to keep in mind the upcoming submission deadline for the CSCA conference in Kansas City. Planner Chad Edwards has some great ideas on tap, and based on our recent interest group meeting at the Cleveland conference it is clear we have a lot of great ideas for panels as well! Some that were offered at our business meeting:

*Making something positive out of the dark side of interpersonal communication
*Exploring the idea of ‘tough love’ in relationships
*Mentoring interpersonal communication scholars and teachers
*How to communicate positivity in interpersonal relationships
*Workplace relationships
*Interpersonal relationships in health communication
*Relationships and popular culture
*Impacts of technology on relationships in the classroom
*Panels consisting of papers that cross methodological boundaries

Of course, these are just some of the many ideas that could be used to form panel or paper submissions. Any and all quality submissions are encouraged. The interest group call is listed below. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to sending out your papers and proposals for review and building one of the best interest group programs ever.


Jimmie Manning
Chair, CSCA Interpersonal and Small Group Communication Interest Group

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2013 Call for Papers

The Interpersonal and Small Group Communication Interest Group is accepting papers and panel proposals for the 2012 CSCA convention to be held in Kansas City (April 2-7, 2013). We welcome submissions from undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty of all academic ranks. Submissions are encouraged that address the conference theme “Communicating the Possible.” For information on the 2013 convention, please visit the CSCA website at  We will feature a "top competitive paper" panel as well as present a monetary award and certificate to the top student paper and a certificate to the top debut paper.

We accept a variety of submission formats and topics. In addition to traditional formats, we encourage innovative panels that provide for interaction between the panelists and audience members. Theoretical essays, empirical reports, teaching workshops, roundtable discussions, spotlight and dialogue sessions, debates, seminars, high density programming, methodological and pedagogical issues are all welcome. Given the theme of the convention, we encourage submissions across the multiple methods that can be used for studying interpersonal communication and small groups. These methods range from traditional empirical studies to rhetorical criticism to autoethnography and performance. If you are interested in coordinating panel submissions with other divisions, creating a short course, or putting together a special topics panel, please contact Jimmie Manning prior to the submission deadline.

Please note the following Guidelines for Submission for competitive paper and panel proposals:

Papers will be submitted to blind review, must conform to APA standards, and require a title page sent as a separate file that allows authorial identity to be concealed. The title page file should contain a one page document with the paper title, name(s) of authors, CSCA member status, institutional affiliation(s), and contact information. The separate manuscript file should begin with a title page that only includes the title of the paper followed by all other elements included with an APA-style document. The manuscript document should mask all identifying author references in the text of the paper.
Students submitting papers should clearly mark the title page of their paper as a STUDENT submission in both files (on such papers, all authors should be graduate or undergraduate students at the time of submission). First time submitters should clearly mark DEBUT on the title page both files.

Panel proposals must include a panel title and the name of person responsible for the program, as well as names, institutional affiliations, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of each panel participant. Also indicate if each participant is a CSCA member. A rationale for the panel should be included as well as a 200 word abstract for each paper or explanation of each participant's purpose/perspective should also be included. Panel proposals must adhere to the 2013 CSCA Panel Proposal Request Form.
As you prepare your submission, please keep in mind that the only A/V equipment available will be a computer-compatible projector. All other equipment, including computers, DVD players, televisions, and so forth, must be provided by the panelist.

Submit papers and panel proposals *electronically* as MICROSOFT WORD attachments to Jimmie Manning at Please include “CSCA” as part of your subject line.

Deadline: Submissions must be received electronically by October 5, 2012. Only complete papers and/or program proposals will be considered.

If you have any questions or need additional information please contact:

Jimmie Manning
Associate Professor
Department of Communication
Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY 41076 859-916-0592

After August 15 via
Department of Communication
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115 815-753-1563
Jimmie Manning, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Communication Graduate Program
College of Informatics
Northern Kentucky University

Chair, Interpersonal and Small Group Interest Group, Central States Communication Association
Vice-President, Kentucky Communication Association
Alternative Scholarship Editor, Women & Language