Organizational Communication Division

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

ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION DIVISION

2021 Call for Submissions

 

NCA 107th Annual Convention

Call for Participation

“Renewal and Transformation”

November 18-21, 2021

Seattle, Washington

 

The Organizational Communication Division invites individual papers, paper sessions, panel discussions, and performance sessions addressing theory, research, critique, community engagement, and/or pedagogy of organizational communication in the national and international contexts. The study of organizational communication entails a diverse array of communicative concerns in, of, and around organizing and organization(s); and the Division welcomes a diverse range of theoretical and methodological approaches to scholarship. Accepted papers, panels, and performances will be scheduled for presentation at the National Communication Association's 107th annual convention, Nov 18th – 21st in Seattle, WA.

Submissions that advance the convention theme of “Renewal and Transformation” for organizational communication research, pedagogy, research methods, and service are welcome. The convention theme encourages scholars, teachers, performers, and practitioners to collectively “contribute to rebuilding and restoring our communities,” “replenish and advance our discipline,” and “take stock of our collective commitments to equity, justice, access, and dialogue.” Transformation symbolizes change in “structure” for the discipline and “challenges us to consider how to orient our disciplinary, academic, and community institutions in new and meaningful ways that honor all voices.” Consistent with the call from NCA first Vice President Roseann Mandziuk, the Organizational Communication Division invites rigorous and thought-provoking submissions that centralize these important conversations.

We believe that submissions envisioning powerful changes for improving the cultural and socio-economic conditions of different communities in relation to organizing and organizations will be helpful in enriching these conversations; this includes submissions focused on minoritized experiences. We emphasize the following approaches to organizational communication scholarship and teaching to guide our division toward transition and rebuilding:

Ableism and Crip Studies; Critical Pedagogy; Diversity and Workplaces; Environmental and Social Justice; Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Globalization and Neoliberalism; Healthism and Fat Studies; Indigenous Studies; Intersectionality; Non-Profit Organizations and Advocacy; Postcolonial and Subaltern Studies; Queer Studies; Race, Ethnic, and Class Studies; Social Movement and Activism; Theories from the Global South.

It is important to note that we highlight (but are not limited to) these approaches to guide conversation on transformation around issues of marginality. But we do recognize that organizational communication scholarship and teaching can be transformative in multiple other ways.

We encourage you to think creatively about designing paper sessions, panel discussions, and performance sessions to maximize participation and incorporate dialogue and discussion. 

Further, we welcome submissions that specifically focus on teaching related to organizational communication, and plan to have dedicated teaching sessions at NCA 2021. If your paper, performance or panel submission focuses on teaching, please add "Teaching" in your title as well as indicate the same in the abstract/description. 

The OCD is interested to work with other divisions to co-sponsor sessions. Please indicate in your submission if your proposal aligns with one or more of the NCA divisions and caucuses, such as Activism and Social Justice Division; African American Communication & Culture Division; American Studies Division; Asian/Pacific American Communication Studies Division & Caucus; Black Caucus; Critical and Cultural Studies Division; Disabilities Issues Caucus; Feminist and Gender Studies Division; Environmental Communication Division; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Communication Studies Division; Health Communication Division; Indigenous Caucus; International and Intercultural Communication Division; Latino/Latina Communication Studies Division; Performance Studies Division; Women’s Caucus. The OCD is also interested in submissions that engage the convention site, Seattle, in critical and meaningful ways. 

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to email the Program Planner, Mahuya Pal (mpal@usf.edu).

The Division invites four (4) types of submissions, and the specific requirements for each type follow (see the Convention Library at http://natcom.org/conventionresources/ for official definitions of submission types and other helpful information regarding submission). Please note the “Extended Abstract” as a separate format in the individual competitive paper submission. 

 

1. INDIVIDUAL COMPETITIVE PAPERS

DEFINITION: A stand-alone paper submitted directly by an author(s), which is reviewed individually and, if accepted, grouped into sessions by the unit planner.

REQUIREMENTS: Paper submissions must a) be original material, b) not have been published, c) not have been accepted for publication at the time of submission, and d) not have been publicly presented at any other scholarly conference or similar forum.

Your uploaded PDF paper file should not exceed 25 pages, excluding title page, abstract, references, tables, and figures. All papers must be double-spaced, using 12-point font and 1-inch margins. NO information identifying the author may appear in the paper. Please complete the required electronic submission fields including title, description, author(s), and keywords.

STUDENT PAPERS: Please indicate on the title page and in the relevant check box on NCA Convention Central if the paper is “student-authored.” (Please note that this designation means that all authors are students.) 

AUDIO VIDEO REQUESTS: Please indicate in the relevant check box any audio-visual needs at the time of submission. Unfortunately, late requests cannot be accommodated.

SCHOLAR-TO-SCHOLAR: Please indicate in the relevant check box on NCA Convention Central if you are willing for your paper to be considered for a Scholar-to-Scholar session. Scholar-to-Scholar sessions are especially appropriate for work that benefits from interactive media formats such as posters, laptop displays, and other experiential activities. Scholar-to-Scholar submissions will be reviewed by the Division as a competitive paper but presented during a Scholar-to-Scholar session.

 

RESEARCH ENGAGEMENT & DEVELOPMENT SESSION (a.k.a. RESEARCH ESCALATOR): EXTENDED ABSTRACTS 

We invite the submission of extended abstracts to be scheduled in an extended panel session, providing an opportunity for less experienced researchers to discuss and get feedback from more veteran scholars about a paper-in-progress (with the goal of making the paper ready for submission to a conference or journal). 

Those interested in the Research Escalator session should submit an extended abstract (2-3 double-spaced pages, plus references); if accepted, participants are expected to send the full paper to the scholar(s) assigned to their paper no later than 6 weeks before the convention. 

Anyone can submit an abstract for the Research Escalator session; however, we especially encourage graduate students and/or people inexperienced with the journal publishing process to submit. If you wish your submission to be considered for this category please add “EXTENDED ABSTRACT” to your title page and submit via the individual competitive paper submission. Accepted presenters are expected to register for the conference and participate in the small group discussion with their mentors and other authors. 

Criteria by which competitive individual papers will be evaluated include the paper's theoretical, empirical, practical, and/or pedagogical contribution; analytical and, as relevant, methodological rigor; importance (e.g., significance, timeliness, novelty) of the topic or issue; appeal to division members; writing clarity and coherence; and potential for being developed into a full research paper. 

 

2. COMPETITIVE PAPER SESSIONS

DEFINITION: A preconceived and complete session of papers focused on a particular topic, in which each presenter (3 to 5 papers) has a titled presentation and delivers their own work. Paper sessions are reviewed as a whole. Submitters should include participants from differing institutions and are highly encouraged to include cross-disciplinary and diverse perspectives as well as to maximize opportunities for discussion and dialogue.

SUBMISSIONS MUST INCLUDE:

1)  A title and 75-word description for the entire session

 

2)  The name of the session's chair (required) and respondent (if applicable)

 

3)  Information for each individual presenter's paper (including Author names)

 

4)  A 250-word rationale that elaborates the focus, purpose, importance, and relevance of the session

 

5)  AV requests

 

3. COMPETITIVE PANEL DISCUSSIONS

 

DEFINITION: A preconceived and complete session in which a panel of presenters addresses a particular issue, often in a seminar-style conversation, but without individually titled presentations. Like paper sessions, panel discussions are reviewed as a whole. Submitters should include participants from differing institutions and are highly encouraged to include cross-disciplinary and diverse perspectives and maximize opportunities for discussion and dialogue.

SUBMISSIONS MUST INCLUDE:

1) A title and 75-word description for the entire panel

 

2) The name of the panel's chair (required) and respondent (if applicable)

 

3) A list of the presenters

 

4) A 250-word rationale that elaborates the focus, purpose, importance, and relevance of the panel

 

5) AV requests

 

4. COMPETITIVE PERFORMANCE SESSIONS

This is a new session for the OCD division. A preconceived and complete session of performances focused on a particular topic, in which each presenter (3 to 5 performances) has a titled performance and delivers their own work. Performance might entail poetry reading, dance recitals, songs, street theatre, skits, expression of research through art among other ideas. Performance sessions are reviewed as a whole. Submitters should include participants from differing institutions and are highly encouraged to include cross-disciplinary and diverse perspectives as well as to maximize opportunities for discussion and dialogue. Further, a single person should not serve in more than one role (i.e., chair/curator, respondent, author, performer, presenter, etc.) in a submission.

SUBMISSIONS MUST INCLUDE:

1) A title and 75-word description for the entire session

 

2)  The name of the session's chair (required); a chair is a curator whose job would be to bring the performances together through a research narrative; and also the name of the respondent (if applicable)

 

3)  Information for each individual presenter's performance (including Author names). Each performance should be no longer than 15 minutes.

 

4)  A 250-word rationale that elaborates the focus, purpose, importance, and relevance of the session to the division.

 

5)  AV requests

 

6) Link to video excerpts (if available)

 

7) Link to performance scripts (if available)

 

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 11:59 P.M. Pacific Time

All submissions open on January 11, 2021 and must be completed electronically through the NCA Convention Central online system linked through the NCA convention website at www.natcom.org/convention. Submissions will not be accepted via email. For instruction on completing a submission, please refer to the step-by-step “How to Submit” instructions provided in the Convention Resource Library. All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission.

Criteria by which competitive paper sessions, performance sessions, panel discussions will be evaluated include the panel's theoretical, empirical, practical, and/or pedagogical contribution; importance (e.g., significance, timeliness, novelty) of the topic or issue; qualifications of presenters including multiple and diverse perspectives; appeal to division members; and overall coherence of the panel.

 

Please contact the program planner if you need clarification regarding submission requirements. 

 

Mahuya Pal, Program Planner, Organizational Communication Division

University of South Florida

mpal@usf.edu