Alabama Communication Association

Call for Papers: Alabama Communication Association 2016

Updated June 4, 2016


The Alabama Communication Association invites submissions of scholarly papers and Great Ideas for Teaching Students (G.I.F.T.S) presentations for its annual convention. We especially welcome original research by undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty / professional members from Alabama and the surrounding area. Unlike many conferences, we do not have a specific theme, but instead invite research from all areas of the communication discipline.

Papers: Papers of scholarly work (no more than 25 pages including tables, figures, and other material, but not including references) will be competitively evaluated. Papers that exceed this page limit will not be reviewed. Papers should be prepared for blind review; please remove all identifying information with only the title on the title page. Put title, name, and complete contact information in the body of the email.

Great Ideas for Teaching Students (G.I.F.T.S) presentations: Submissions should include a brief abstract of the activity and up to two pages of supporting materials that articulate the goal, justification/ rationale, directions, and explanation of how the activity connects to/with communication concepts, theories, and/or various skills. Presenters will be expected to bring handouts of the activity for the audience. As with the papers, please remove all identifying information and put title, name, and complete contact information in the body of the email.

Please limit submissions to two per individual. We will recognize the top faculty/professional paper, top graduate student paper, and top undergraduate paper. We also invite faculty members who would like to serve as respondents and graduate students who would like to serve as chairs to contact the conference planner with their areas of interest and expertise. Faculty who are willing to serve as paper reviewers should also contact the conference planner at the email address below.

Conference Costs:

Membership Type Membership Fee / Conference Registration
Student $20
Faculty/Professional $40
Visitor (does not include luncheon) $10

Registration includes lunch and cookie break.

Conference Timeline:

Submission Deadline: May 22, 2016 (midnight)

Acceptance/Rejection Notices sent out: June 5, 2016

Conference: July 23, 2016

Send all submissions and queries to the conference planner at

Payment can be made by sending a check or money order with the completed Membership Form to:

Dr. John Saunders
Department of Communication
207 Win Thompson Hall
University of Central Arkansas
Conway, AR 72035-0001

Alternately, we have a PayPal account to allow for other modes of payment. Please use the button below to send payment to our executive director at, then email the completed membership form to with a note explaining that you have paid via PayPal and the email address that you used to make the payment.

Membership and Convention Registration



Previous Conference Information

2015 Conference Program (University of Alabama)
2014 Conference Program (Troy University)
2013 Conference Program (University of Montevallo)
2012 Conference Program (University of South Alabama)
2011 Conference Program (Huntingdon College)