Conference Activity

Recent Conference Presentations and Awards of Note

Jordin Clark at WSCA

2019 Western States Communication Association Convention

Savanna Renee Depew: “Home is where the Work is: The Role of Businesses in the Creation of a Sense of Belonging for Diasporic Communities”

~Top Student Paper

2018 National Communication Association Convention

Juliet SooGin Letteney: “The Polysemous Border between North and South Korea: Metaphors for Unification at the Demilitarized Zone”

~James L. Golden Outstanding Student Essay in Rhetoric from the National Communication Association

Thomas R. Dunn: Queerly Remembered: Rhetorics for Representing the GLBTQ Past (2016, University of South Carolina Press)

~Book of the Year by the NCA GLBTQ Communication Studies Division

Elinor Light:”Aesthetic Ruptures: Viewing Graffiti as the Emplaced Vernacular”

~NCA Visual Communication Division’s Outstanding Article of the Year Award

Dr. Karrin Vasby Anderson named Editor-Elect of the Quarterly Journal of Speech

Dr. Greg Dickinson named Editor-Elect of Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies


2018 Western States Communication Association Convention

Dr. Elizabeth Williams, co-authored with Andrew Ishak: “Exploring the Mindsets of Resilience in High Reliability Organizations”

~Top Paper Award from the Communication Theory and Research Interest Group

Jed Chalupa: ““Scapegoating to Preserve Hegemonic Ideology: An Examination of Criminal Minds’ Representation of Sex Work as a Means of Hegemonic Maintenance.”

~Top Paper Panel in ORWAC Division

Hayley Blonsley: “Facing the Rise of Modern Fascism: Disrobing White Supremacy in the Alt-Right Movement”

~Top Paper Panel in the Freedom of Expression and Political Communication Division for WSCA


2017 National Communication Association Convention

Dr. Tom Dunn: New Investigator Award from NCA’s Critical Cultural Studies Division

Dr. Allison Prasch: Golden Anniversary Monograph Award

~“Toward a Rhetorical Theory of Deixis,” Quarterly Journal of Speech 102, no. 2 (2016): 166-193.

Dr. Karrin Anderson: “Political Pornification Gone Global: Teresa Rodreguez as Fungible Object in the Spanish Regional Elections.”

~ Political Communication Division Top Paper Panel (coathored with Ignacio Moreno) 

Dr. Elizabeth Williams: Outstanding Edited Volume Award from the Organization Communication Division

Hailey Otis: “An Inflammatory Femme and a Queer Black Feminist Form: Ashleigh Shackelford’s Queering of Fat Activism Through the Polemic.”

~Top Paper Panel Award, Feminist and Women’s Studies Division


2017 Western States Communication Association Convention

Dr. Katie Gibson: “Memetic Celebration and ‘The Notorious R.B.G.’: Reimagining Feminist Dissent and Mobilizing Feminist Practice.”
~Top Paper, Organization for Research on Women and Communication

Hailey Otis: “Fat, Queer, and Visible: Tess Holliday and the Queering of Fat Acceptance Rhetoric.”
~Top Paper Panel, Organization for Research on Women and Communication

Jordin Clark: “Protesting Power Structures: Bodies in Space during the Black Friday Protest.”
~Top Paper Panel, Freedom of Expression and Political Communication



Upcoming Conferences/Calls for Submission

2019 International Communication Association Conference (Washington, D.C.) 



2019 International Association for Relationship Research – Mini-Conference and New Scholar Workshop (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)


2019 Aspen Conference
  • Conference Website
  • Submission Deadline: April 15, 2019
  • Conference Dates: July 27-29, 2019
2019 Organizational Communication Mini Conference (University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign, IL)
  • Conference Website
  • Submission Deadline: August 1, 2019 (Talks); August 25, 2019 (Posters)
  • Conference Date: October 4-6, 2019


2019 Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction Regional Conference (Tilburg University – the Netherlands)
  • Conference Website
  • Submission Deadline: June 9, 2019
  • Conference Date: October 14-15, 2019


2019 National Communication Association Convention (Baltimore, MD)




2019 Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender Annual Conference (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Conference Website
  • Submission deadline: June 1, 2019
  • Conference Dates: October 17-20, 2019


2020 #TEAMRHETORIC Conference (Texas A&M University – College Station, TX)


2020 Western States Communication Association Convention (Denver, CO)


2020 Society for Cinema and Media Studies (Denver, CO)



2020 Rhetoric Society of America 19th Biennial Conference (Portland, OR)

  • Calls for Submissions
  • Submission Deadline: July 15, 2019
  • Conference Date: May 21-24, 2020
  • Note: this conference accepts individual paper abstract submissions, in addition to panel submissions