Submissions for the 2019 Conference are now closed. We thank you for your interest, and hope to see you at the conference in October.
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:
If your school would like to become an OCA Partner, please contact Erin Hollenbaugh, Kent State University at Stark, at email@example.com or click here. Partner benefits include a table at the Opportunity Fair, program advertisement, a dedicated webpage on www.ohiocomm.org, and more!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see specific guidelines for individual submission types.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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?
If I get accepted to present at the conference, how do I prepare to present my poster?
If I get accepted to present at the conference, what are the expectations of the poster content?