Call For Papers


New Jersey Communication Association
Call for Papers

22nd Annual Conference
Brookdale Community College
April 14, 2018

Our nation, indeed our world, has never been more polarized. People who disagree often take the posture of “agreeing to disagree,” then remaining silent. Our Democracy is not based on silence, but on the constructive sharing of different opinions. Communication scholars should be at the fore of fostering these discussions in a civil manner. The theme of the 2018 NJCA is “Opening Doors, Building Bridges: Promoting Civility.” This program theme encourages scholars to share ways they open their classrooms and their scholarship to the notion of difference and identify mechanisms and formats which successfully build bridges with others who may not be like-minded.

Join us April 14, 2018 at Brookdale Community College as we exchange ideas, pedagogy, and scholarly activities that will help us to promote civility in our classrooms, in public relations, journalism, media studies, organizational communication, political communication, sports broadcasting, talk radio, and interpersonal relationships. The convention will include a keynote address: “Hot Topics, Cool Heads: Promoting Civil Dialogue” featuring Dr. Clark D. Olson, Professor of Communication at the Hugh Downs School of Communication at Arizona State University.

We invite participation and contributions of scholars, teachers, students, administrators, and communication professionals, to submit extended abstracts or works in progress, full-length papers of 25 pages or less, panels, workshop ideas or other collaborative works for presentation.

Students at both the graduate and undergraduate level to are strongly encouraged to submit. An award for the best student paper at each level will be presented. A student poster session will also be a part of the conference. Poster submissions are welcome. Posters should ideally connect to the conference theme or a communication related topic. Posters should be able to stand or be laid on a table for display. They should be no less than 28″ by 38”. The poster can have no more than 200 words. The poster should tell a story that is self-explanatory through images. The images should show a relationship between each other. Send one paragraph with a 100-word summary of the project and school affiliation to Dr. Christopher Lynch ( If you submit a poster, you are expected to register and attend the conference.

*Please include the following information in your email and on the front page of your submission: name(s) of presenters, title of paper/panel, poster, abstract, 3-5 keywords/phrases, student status if relevant (graduate or undergraduate), school affiliation and department, address, phone number and email.
In addition, a statement of professional responsibility should be included on the cover or title page and should state the following: “In submitting the attached panel/paper proposal, I/we agree to present at the 2018 NJCA conference if it is accepted. I/we further recognize that all who attend and present at NJCA must register and pay the required fees.”

Submissions must be sent by February 20, 2018
to Prof. Barbara Baron, Brookdale Community College,