Communication Ethics Division

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

The Communication Ethics Division invites submissions of scholarly research for presentation at NCA’s 107th Annual Convention in Seattle, Washington, November 18-21, 2021. We promote research and teaching related to ethical issues in all aspects of human communication and encourage educational programs that examine communication ethics. Our members come from across the discipline and have a wide variety of methodological perspectives. We believe that in an age of diversity and difference communication ethics plays a significant role in our professional and civic lives.

This year’s theme, “Renewal & Transformation,” invites us to think about how we can transform the world and strengthen communities following a year of turmoil. Examples of such work might include papers, panel discussions, or performances that address one of the following areas:

1). Scholars, activists, and practitioners in the field of communication ethics who employ creativity and innovation to help diverse community groups solve problems, move beyond impasses, and advance our knowledge of the communication discipline.

2). How communication ethics is central to human action that can transform the world. This year’s theme provides an opportunity for critical reflection on the key role of communication in re-constructing the human communication environment across multiple domains.

3). Pedagogical considerations for how communication ethics can constructively transform our lived environments

4). The role of communication ethics in transforming the constructive practices of communication in workplaces, public institutions, and civic spaces, as well as through technological devices.

5). Communicative care directed toward constructively transforming relationships as an imperative for communication ethics. Communicating well has the potential to increase wellbeing and help people manage the stresses of everyday life, renewing and transforming relationships. As we consider the wellbeing of Others, what are the ways communication protects and promotes the wellbeing of Others? How do we care for the Other and respond well? Focusing on the wellbeing of the Other—through renewal and transformation—will provide new insights in communication ethics and care.

We welcome submissions for individual papers and paper sessions centered on communication ethics and the possibilities of play for various outlets of communication scholarship including panel discussions, performances, and films. Submissions that include local activists and practitioners and/or creative formats (e.g. poetry, debate, discussion) are especially encouraged.  We also welcome the opportunity for co-sponsored panels (e.g., Interpersonal Communication Division and Communication Ethics Division) as we look to expand the collective range and inclusivity of communication ethics. Given the prominence of ethics in the NCA mission and the NCA Credo for Ethical Communication, we believe that communication ethics is a highly important connection that runs through our diverse and rich field. Individuals interested in co-sponsoring are encouraged to indicate this in the special requests box and to contact the Communication Ethics Division 2021 convention program planner, Matt Mancino (mattmanc@iu.edu).

All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central. For a definition of submission types, please refer to the step-by-step “How to Submit” instructions provided in the Convention Resource Library (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources/).

1. Individual Paper Requirements: These papers are stand-alone and are not associated with any other paper sessions or panel discussions. Please complete the required electronic submission fields including title, description, author(s), and keywords. Please indicate if your submission is a student paper on the electronic submission form. Paper submissions must include no more than a 30-page (excluding references), double-spaced uploaded copy of the paper. On your title page, please indicate what outside sources (if any) are funding your research. Copies must be uploaded to NCA Convention Central and must NOT include identifying information. Instructions on how to prepare an unidentifiable copy are provided in the Convention Resource Library (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources/). Papers that contain identifying information will be returned to the author for proper preparation. Based on the results of the peer reviews, the Division’s 2021 convention planner will use the individual papers to create a few paper sessions, including the top paper panel. Scholar-to-Scholar (S2S) is typically presented in a poster format. If your work lends itself better to visual presentation, one-on-one discussion, or you are looking for personal feedback on your ideas, check the Scholar-to-Scholar (S2S) agreement box in NCA Convention Central. At the convention, division/caucus leaders, journal editors and other experts, known as Wandering Scholars, will circulate at S2S and interact with participants and their work, seeking to energize, enhance, and expand collective thinking as they make connections with your presented work.

2. Paper Session Requirements: This session is composed of approximately 3-5 papers presented together, based on a particular theme. Paper sessions are evaluated as a whole. A respondent for these sessions is highly recommended while a chair is required. Submissions must include:

a) a session title

b) an overall session description

c) the name of the session’s chair (chair may also be a session author)

d) the name of the session’s respondent (if you have one)

e) a title, description (no more than 75 words) for each individual paper, and author’s information

f) a rationale for the session (no more than 250 words), outlining the importance of the submission as it relates to the convention theme and communication ethics research

3. Panel Discussion Requirements: This type of session is a group of approximately 3-6 people, creating a theme around which to discuss their particular ideas and/or expertise regarding communication ethics. Papers are not presented during a panel discussion. Submissions must include:

a) a panel title

b) a general description of the panel discussion topic (no more than 75 words)

c) the name of the session’s chair (chair may also be a panel presenter)

d) the name for each individual on the panel

e) a rationale for the panel discussion’s importance as it relates to the convention theme and communication ethics interests (no more than 250 words)

4. Performance Session Requirements: This session is composed of a single or multiple performances based on a particular theme. Performance sessions are evaluated as a whole. A respondent for these sessions is highly recommended and a chair is required. Submissions must include:

a) a session title

b) an overall session description

c) the name of the session’s chair (chair may also be a session performer)

d) the name of the session’s respondent (if you have one)

e) a title, description (no more than 75 words) for each individual performance, and performer’s information

f) a rationale for the session (no more than 250 words), outlining the importance of the submission as it relates to the convention theme and communication ethics research

g) the length of the performance

Please note audio-visual or other special requests where indicated for all submission types.

The Communication Ethics Division recognizes excellence in communication ethics scholarship with an annual award for top conference papers. Based on reviewers’ responses, a top papers panel will be created by the Division’s convention planner. A top paper by a scholar(s) and a top paper by a graduate or undergraduate student will be presented. The top paper by a scholar(s) will receive a certificate of achievement, and the top student paper will receive a small cash award and certificate during the panel presentation. Both recipients are recognized during our business meeting.

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants, located in the Convention Resource Library, prior to submission. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are also available in the Convention Resource Library (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources/).

NCA Convention Central will open Monday, January 11, 2021, and will close at 11:59 PM Pacific time on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Notification of acceptance will occur mid- to late June, 2021.

Any questions about this call or process may be directed to the Communication Ethics Division 2021 convention program planner, Matt Mancino (mattmanc@iu.edu).