2019 Conference Call for Submissions

83RD ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Submissions for the 2019 Conference are now closed. We thank you for your interest, and hope to see you at the conference in October.

Enhancing Our Communities Through Communication

The Ohio Communication Association is now accepting proposals for its 83rd annual conference on October 4 and 5 at Xavier University. The theme for this year’s conference is “Enhancing Our Communities Through Communication.” The theme was selected to represent the evolution of OCA as an organization.

Communication professionals, faculty, administrators, undergraduate, and graduate students are invited to attend the conference and are encouraged to submit proposals. The conference planning committee would like to showcase creative and valuable ideas in our G.I.F.T.S. (Great Ideas for Teaching Students) sessions, research presentations, posters sessions, themed panel discussions/presentations, and hands-on workshops and short courses. Cross institutional collaboration is strongly encouraged. We anticipate featuring innovative and original research and teaching ideas to exemplify the best Ohio and our neighboring states offer.

Submissions are encouraged in the following areas:

  • Debut presentations by faculty and students
  • G.I.F.T.S. (Great Ideas for Teaching Students)
  • Demonstrations of innovative instructional methods
  • Teaching or research challenges
  • Program assessment and issues of accreditation
  • Statewide issues or concerns for the discipline
  • Further developing OCA to meet the needs of its constituents
  • Specific university, private college, community college, or high school issues or concerns
  • Workshops for undergraduate or graduate success in the discipline
  • Hands-on workshops on topics relating to research or to specific topic areas (technology in the classroom, best practices for teaching online, using a flipped classroom, the at-risk student, etc.)

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If your school would like to become an OCA Partner, please contact Erin Hollenbaugh, Kent State University at Stark, at ehollen2@kent.edu or click here. Partner benefits include a table at the Opportunity Fair, program advertisement, a dedicated webpage on www.ohiocomm.org, and more!

Submission DEADLINE

Monday, May 27

All submissions for the 2019 Ohio Communication Association Annual Conference must be submitted through the OCA website. Below are the guidelines for each type of submission in detail. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Conference Coordinator, Elycia Taylor, at etaylo10@cscc.edu.  

Please see specific guidelines for individual submission types.

Submission Types (Details)

RESEARCH PAPER

The OCA believes a fundamental part of the research process is sharing results with the community. In that spirit, OCA’s individual paper session allows researchers to present their current research projects to its members. All research methodologies are accepted, and authors are encouraged to consider the conference theme, “Enhancing Our Communities Through Communication,” when developing submissions.

OCA will judge undergraduate and graduate papers for a monetary award; these awards will be presented at the general business meeting.

All Competitively Submitted Papers should include:

  • A title page with the author name(s) and affiliations removed. Do not include any information which could identify the authors or affiliations in your submission text.
  • An abstract.
  • A copy of the completed paper, not to exceed 20 pages of text (double spaced) excluding references, tables, etc.
  • Submissions containing more than 20 pages of text will not be considered for presentation.
DISCUSSION or RESEARCH PAPER PANEL

Discussion or research paper panels are an opportunity for members to showcase their work or ideas for the organization. All panels should focus on a unifying theme relevant to research, theory, or instruction. Programs may consist of a chair, individual presenters, and a critic/respondent in a traditional conference format. However, discussions, performances, and other unique formats are encouraged, as is providing for opportunities for interaction between participants and attendees.  Panels that relate to the convention theme, “Enhancing Our Communities Through Communication,”are encouraged.

Submissions of Panels should include:

  • A rationale and description of the panel.
  • If your panel will include the presentation of papers, include the titles of each paper being presented.
  • A description of any specific materials the participants will receive.
  • Do not include any information which could identify the presenters or affiliations in your submission text.
WORKSHOP or SHORT COURSE

Workshops and short courses allow participants to gain an in-depth understanding of a topic in a 50 minute time block. Workshops and Short Courses provide participants with training or hands-on experiences so attendees leave with knowledge and skills. Topics should be of concern to OCA members, including teaching innovations, developing new skills, or incorporating service learning. It is preferred that short courses include more than one presenter and represent more than one institution. Workshops and short courses that relate to the convention theme, “Enhancing Our Communities Through Communication,”are encouraged.

Submission of Worships and Short Courses should include:

  • The title of the workshop or short course.
  • Objective(s) of the workshop or short course.
  • A brief rationale and description of the workshop or short course suitable for inclusion in the program.
  • A description of any specific materials the participants will receive.
  • Do not include any information which could identify the presenters or affiliations in your submission text.
G.I.F.T.S.

Great Ideas for Teaching Students (G.I.F.T.S.) are activities, assignments, projects, games, simulations, and/or assessment techniques which have been tested in the classroom. We encourage submissions that address a specific communication theory, skill, or learning objective for both traditional and non-traditional classrooms. If accepted, the presenter should expect to create a handout to accompany a 7-minute presentation of their G.I.F.T.S. Submissions that relate to the convention theme, “Enhancing Our Communities Through Communication,”are encouraged.
 
Submission expectations include:

  • Rationale and student learning outcome(s).
  • Explanation of how G.I.F.T.S. addresses a specific student learning outcome.
  • A copy of the actual assignment and instructions.
  • Do not include any information which could identify the presenters or affiliations in your submission text.
COMPETITIVE POSTER SUBMISSION

A competitive poster session is a graphic presentation of one’s research. Authors illustrate their findings by displaying graphs, photos, diagrams and a text. During the competitive poster session, authors will hold discussions with attendees who are circulating among the poster boards. The OCA competitive poster session includes a judged competition. The top undergraduate and graduate posters are awarded a cash prize.
 
What type of project can I submit for a Competitive Poster Session?
OCA encourages poster presentations spotlighting innovative research in all stages. While competitive posters may report a completed research project, we also encourage those seeking feedback for projects to participate in our competitive poster sessions. Posters which relate to the conference theme, "Enhancing Our Communities Through Communication” are encouraged.
 
How do I submit a competitive poster for consideration?

  • 250-500 word abstract explaining the project/research to be exhibited on the poster. While you are welcome to submit a complete poster at this time, it is not necessary.
  • An explanation/plan for how the poster will be visually displayed (feel free to provide diagrams and/or samples if appropriate).
  • Do not include any information which could identify the authors or affiliations in your submission text.

 
If I get accepted to present at the conference, how do I prepare to present my poster?

  • All posters should be ready for presentation at the beginning of the poster judging session. All posters should remain on display throughout the Opportunity Fair.
  • The author(s) must remain by his/her poster for the duration of the poster judging session.
  • OCA will provide each poster presentation with a poster stand and foam board backing.
  • Authors should prepare a five-minute explanation of their poster, allowing ample time for questions and in-depth discussions. Authors find it helpful to present a brief introduction to answer the obvious questions and allow the remainder of the time for more in-depth discussions.

 
If I get accepted to present at the conference, what are the expectations of the poster content?

  • The poster should include a clear title with authors and affiliations.
  • Posters should include an explanation of the research problem, steps taken by the author(s), and future directions. Posters may include specific research questions/hypotheses, methods, conclusions/insights, feedback being solicited, and/or references.
  • All materials should be well labeled and legible from a distance of 4 – 8 feet away.
  • Microsoft has developed information to help you develop an accessible poster presentation.

The submission deadline has passed, and we are no longer accepting proposals.