Conference Activity

Recent Conference Presentations and Awards of Note

Jordin Clark at WSCA

2020 Western States Communication Association Convention

Katie Gibson: “A Rupture in the Courtroom: Collective Rhetoric, Survivor Speech, and the Subversive Potentiality of the Victim Impact Statement”

~Top Paper Award in ORWAC

Ziyu Long: “Tuishou (Pushing Hands) as Women’s Entrepreneuring from the Margin: A Feminist Institutional Work Analysis of Women’s Start-up Experience in China”

~ Top Paper Award in Organization Communication

Ziyu Long: “The Quarter-Life Crisis Before Graduation: An Explorative Study of Competing Discourses in GenZ’ Everyday Career Narratives”

~Top Paper Award in Organization Communication

Taylor Weigel: “Shifting Expectations: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Creation of an Enclaved Public Screen Through Instagram Stories”

~Top Debut Paper in Rhetoric, Culture, and Advocacy

Andrew Gilmore: “United by (Manchester) United: Re-theorizing Intercultural and Interpersonal Communication for Sojourner Survival”

~Top Paper Award in Communication Theory and Research

Kristin Slattery: “There’s No Luck Out Here’: Colonial Legacies in Wind River

~Top Student Paper in Media Studies


2019 National Communication Association Convention

Emily Amedée: “(Re)Communicating the University: Women and the Land Grant Promise”

~Top Student Paper, American Studies Division

Ben Pettis: “Finstas, Young Adults, and Stardom: The Construction and Presentation of Identities on Instagram”

~ Top Paper Award, NCA Master’s Education Section


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

2021 RSA Summer Institute (Syracuse, NY – VIRTUAL)


2021 International Communication Association Conference (VIRTUAL)


2021 International Association for Relationship Research Main Conference (Imperial College – London, UK)


2021 8th European Communication Conference  (Braga, Portugal [postponed from 2020])



2021 National Communication Association Convention (Seattle, WA)



2021 Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender Annual Conference (Norfolk, VA)
  • Conference Website
  • Submission deadline: June 6, 2021
  • Conference Dates: October 6-10, 2021


2021 Aspen Conference (VIRTUAL)


2022 Western States Communication Association Convention (Portland, OR)
2022 Society for Cinema and Media Studies (TBA)


2022 Rhetoric Society of America 20th Biennial Conference (Baltimore, MD)
  • Calls for Submissions
  • Submission Deadline: TBA
  • Conference Date: May 26-29, 2022
  • Note: this conference accepts individual paper abstract submissions, in addition to panel submissions