2017 NWCA Conference

Thursday, April 20 – Saturday, April 22

Conference Theme: Communicating in an Informed Democracy


Conference Program


ONLINE Conference Registration

Use the above link to register for the conference online



Conference Registration Form

Use this form to mail in your conference registration

Hotel Reservation Information


Conference Guidelines


Papers, panel proposals, and workshops will be considered for conference presentation according to the following guidelines:


  1. The convention program is open to all NWCA members and those who want to become members.


  1. All submissions are due to the Division Chairs by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Please include a detachable title page with the author’s name, address, telephone number and email address, and submit electronically (i.e., in Word or .rtf format). Hard copies are no longer accepted. No faxes please. It is preferred that student papers are sent directly by the student; if faculty members do submit for their students, please cc the student along with the submission.


  1. Research that has already been published or presented at another conference is not eligible for submission.


  1. Special attention will be paid to papers and programs that support the convention theme, although unrelated themes and submissions are also encouraged. Proposals that creatively combine faculty and student work are especially welcomed.


  1. Paper length is limited to 25 pages of text.


  1. Faculty and students are especially encouraged to submit papers. Papers should be clearly marked in the upper right hand corner of their title and abstract pages; undergraduates should place a “U”, graduate students a “G” and faculty an “F”. This is necessary in order to be considered for the President’s Awards, Best Undergraduate Paper, Best Graduate Paper, Best Faculty Paper and Best Faculty/Student Collaboration.


  1. Panel proposals should focus on a unifying theme, which may be the conference theme. Panel proposals must include: (a) title and description of the program; (b) a brief paragraph stating the scholarly importance of the panel and its contribution to the NWCA conference program; (c) names, addresses, and affiliations of all panelists; and (d) a 200 word (max.) abstract of each paper on the panel. Roundtable discussants do not need to submit abstracts.


  1. Workshops are intended as training and/or information sessions that can be presented in 1 hour blocks. Submissions should include the workshop title, the problem or expertise addressed, an outline of the proposed content, any specific “takeaways” participants should expect, and the time block required. Include the name, address, and affiliation of workshop presenter(s).


  1. Presenters must supply any audio-visual equipment their presentation requires. The cost of renting such equipment on-site is expensive. Please consider this carefully when planning your proposal’s presentation details.


  1. We apologize, but we are unable to accommodate special scheduling requests.

Send your submissions to one of the following divisions as appropriate:



Submissions regarding the theory and practice of rhetoric in diverse artifacts, practices and traditions, or intersections with legal, political, historical, religious, gendered, philosophical, ethnic, poetic, and environmental contexts will be considered.


Send submissions to:

Brenda DeVore Marshall

Linfield College



This division encourages scholarship concerning educational practices in communication including classroom communication and the practice of competitive speech and debate. Papers that explore practices in teaching communication or participation in forensics are welcomed. Panels which present G.I.F.T.S – Great Ideas for Teaching Speech – are especially encouraged.



Send submissions to:

Brooke Adamson

Northwest Nazarene University



Submissions to this division should describe human interpersonal communication, or explore, develop, test, critique and/or refine one or more of the many theories of human communication. Theoretical essays and empirical research papers using any accepted qualitative or quantitative methodology will be considered.


Send submissions to:

Heather Robinson

Eastern Washington University



This division encourages scholarship addressing issues related to mass media, intercultural communication, popular culture, diversity and multiculturalism, and mediated persuasive campaigns. Essays and panels proposals that address topics related to media and cultural studies are also encouraged.


Send submissions to:

Christian Vukasovich

Oregon Institute of Technology



Submissions that explore organizational contexts and technical communication will be considered in this division. Organization and technical communication topics may include group or management communication, public relations, crisis response, investigations of how people communicate about technical topics, organizational criticism, and research that explores how we use technology to communicate.


Send submissions to:

Dan Peterson

Oregon Institute of Technology