Communication and Aging Division

Submission Deadline Dates:  Mon, 1/11 2021 12:00 AM EST - Thu, 4/1 2021 3:00 AM EST

Communication and Aging Division (CAD)
2021 NCA Call for Submissions (November 18-21, 2021: Seattle, Washington)

Submissions Open:  Monday, January 11, 2021

Submissions Close: 11:59pm (Pacific time) on Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The Communication and Aging Division (CAD) invites submissions for the 107th NCA Annual Convention, which is scheduled to be held in Seattle, Washington from Thursday, November 18 to Sunday, November 21, 2021.

CAD is interested in scholarship that examines issues related to aging and older adulthood (e.g., successful aging, aging and health, retirement, later life transitions, end of life discussions and care, age stereotypes and communication, the influence of media on aging, public policy and aging, and much more) as well as research in areas such as intergenerational communication in interpersonal and professional relationships, perceptions of aging and perceptions of generational cohorts across and between generational groups, communication across the life span, health-related issues in aging and communication, physician-elderly patient communication, cultural influences on aging and age perceptions, age and identity, and so forth. 

The convention theme for 2021 is Transformation and Renewal. Submissions directly related to the convention theme are strongly encouraged, and full details of the theme can be found in the official NCA Convention Call.

We welcome submissions in three formats: (1) individual papers, (2) paper sessions, and (3) panel discussions. These submissions should focus on issues related to communication, aging, and the lifespan. 

Please keep in mind two considerations regarding the personnel identified as participants in panel and paper sessions. First, participants should not serve in more than one capacity for any given session (e.g., a paper author should not also be chairing a session). Second, session coordinators/submitters should strive to include participants who are at different career stages and who represent different universities. NCA discourages the submission of session proposals that largely comprise colleagues from the same institution.

All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central. No matter which type of submission you create, please include any AV requests at the time of submission. For a definition of submission types, please refer to the step-by-step “How-to-Submit” instructions provided in the convention resource library. Please also familiarize yourself with NCA’s expectations for conference participants. In particular, keep in mind there is an expectation that if you submit your work you will register for and attend the conference, and that you are submitting original work that has not already been published, accepted for publication, presented at another conference, or submitted to another division.

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the Convention Resource Library.

Individual Papers

To ensure your paper receives proper consideration, please:

  • Enter title, paper description and author(s) information in the electronic form.
  • Specify whether you are a student author.
  • Limit your paper to a maximum of 25 pages of text (12 point font). The page limit does not include references and tables.
  • Remove all identifying author information from uploaded documents to ensure blind review.
  • Conform to APA guidelines and include an abstract and title in the uploaded document.
  • Indicate whether you are willing (or would prefer) to present your work in the Scholar-to-Scholar sessions.

Four papers will be selected for the Top Paper Panel, one of which will be a student-led paper (the first author must be a student while additional authors may or may not be students).

Please note that instructions on how to prepare an unidentifiable copy are provided in the Convention Library.

Paper Sessions

To ensure your paper session proposal proper consideration, please:

  • Include a title, brief description, chair (required)/respondent (optional), and rationale for the session. 
  • Include a title, description, and author information for each paper presentation.

Panel Discussions
To ensure your panel discussion proposal receives proper consideration, please:

  • Include a title for the panel, brief description, extended rationale for panel discussion, list of panel presenters, and a chair for the panel.

Contact Information for Program Planner

If you have any questions about submissions, please contact the 2021 CAD program planner, Lindsey Anderson via email at

Lindsey B. Anderson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Communication

University of Maryland

2130 Skinner Building

4300 Chapel Lane

College Park, MD 20742

We are looking forward to an exciting and engaging 2021 convention as we explore Renewal and Transformation.