Call for Submissions

Leveraging the Strengths of our Discipline: Teaching, Scholarship, and Service.

82nd Annual Conference

The call for submissions for our 2018 conference will open on March 1, 2018. The theme of the conference will be Leveraging the Strengths of our Discipline: Teaching, Scholarship, and Service.

Below is our call for submissions from our 2017 conference, for your reference.

Communities of Discourse: Education, Application, and Innovation

The Ohio Communication Association is now accepting proposals for its 81st annual conference on October 6 and 7 at Clark State Community College. The theme for this year’s conference is “Communities of Discourse: Education, Application, and Innovation.” 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, short courses, and hands-on workshops. Cross institutional collaboration is strongly encouraged. We anticipate featuring innovative and original research and teaching ideas exemplifying 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

Wednesday, May 17

Below are the guidelines for each type of submission in detail. All submissions must be submitted through the OCA website. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Conference Coordinator, Julie Semlak, at semlakj@clarkstate.edu.

Competitive Poster Submission

What is a Competitive Poster Session?
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 Poster Session includes a judged competition; the top undergraduate and graduate posters are awarded a cash prize at the conference lunch/business meeting.

What type of project can I submit for a Poster Session?
Most posters report a completed research project, including the project objectives, methods, results, discussion/insights, conclusion, and references. However, to create ongoing communities of discourse, OCA encourages poster presentations exploring Education, Application, and Innovation in the classroom.

How do I submit a poster session for consideration?

  1. 250-500-word abstract explaining the project/research to be exhibited on the Poster. You do not need to submit a complete Poster now.
  2. An explanation/plan for how the Poster will be visually displayed (feel free to provide diagrams and/or samples if appropriate).
  3. 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?
Expectations of the Competitive Poster Presentation:

  1. All Posters should be ready for presentation at the appointed start-time, and taken down within 30-minutes of the end of the session.
  2. The author(s) must remain by his/her Poster for the duration of the session.
  3. The presenter will bring a stand-alone Poster (tri-fold poster boards work best).
  4. Many 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.
  5. Tables will be provided to exhibit the Poster, but there is no guarantee that there will be available wall space on which to tape the Poster.

Expectations of the Poster Content:

  • The Poster should include a clear title with authors and affiliations.
  • Research Projects should include: The research question/hypothesis/or object, research methods or the steps conducted in executing the project, and conclusions and/or insights resulting from the project.
  • References should be included in the Poster.
  • All materials should be well labeled and legible from 4 – 8 feet away.
  • Microsoft has developed information to help you develop an accessible poster presentation.
  • 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, “Communities of Discourse: Education, Application, and Innovation,” 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.
    • Submissions containing more than 30 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, “Communities of Discourse: Education, Application, and Innovation,” 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.

    SHORT COURSE/WORKSHOP

    Short Courses/Workshops allow participants to gain an in-depth understand of a topic in a 90-minute time block. Short Courses provide participants with hands-on experiences so attendees leave with knowledge and skills. Workshop topics should be of concern to OCA members, including teaching innovations, developing new skills, or incorporating service learning. Topics should be of concern to OCA members, and it is preferred that short courses include more than one presenter and represent more than one institution. Short Course that relate to the convention theme, “Communities of Discourse: Education, Application, and Innovation,” are encouraged.

    Submission of Short Courses/Workshops should include:

    • The title of the Short Course/Workshop.
    • Objectives of the Short Course/Workshop.
    • Short course/Workshop rationale and description.
    • 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. G.I.F.T.S. that relate to the convention theme, “Communities of Discourse: Education, Application, and Innovation,” 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.