Call for Papers

New Jersey Communication Association
Call for Papers

This year, people around the globe tried to return to a world they remembered before a life-altering pandemic hit in 2020 and forced them into routines that were anything but….routine.

However, what they found was that the pandemic changed so much about the way they live.

The theme of our 2023 Conference examines this gap, looking at how humans are exploring new ways to communicate, work, send messages, teach and learn, and gather news and information.

Many colleges and universities are calling for compassion and understanding to accommodate faculty and students who are still bridging this gap. However, that has created a challenge of balancing empathy with academic integrity and educational best practices.

The workplace is somewhat unrecognizable to what it was just a few years ago. Leading organizations and a cohesive workforce in the aftermath of a global health crisis require unmatched communication skills. Organization leaders need to reassure and motivate employees, connect with customers and communicate how their vision fits into what they see as the new normal.

Misinformation is at an all-time high, as politicians, journalists), corporations, and other entities have taken to social media to not only share what they believe to be “news,” but to also push specific agendas. This has created a great need for more news literacy and institutional credibility.

We seek a variety of submissions for our 2023 Conference that will contribute to or extend the notion of communicating and messaging post-pandemic.

For more info about the upcoming 2023 Conference, click here.


Proposal submitters are expected (if scheduled) to register and attend the conference. If a submitted paper has multiple authors, please indicate at the time of submission which author(s) will present the paper at the virtual conference.

All submissions must include this statement of professional responsibility (on the submission’s cover page and in the body of the email): In submitting the attached panel/paper proposal, I/we agree to present at the 2023 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 are to be emailed to Professor Bill Kolbenschlag at In addition to the statement of professional responsibility provided above, please include this information in the email’s body:

  • Name(s) of presenter(s)
  • Title of paper/panel/poster/session
  • Abstract
  • 3-5 keywords/phrases
  • Student status if relevant (graduate or undergraduate)
  • School affiliation and department
  • Mailing address
  • Phone number
  • Email address

Papers should be 25 double-spaced pages or less. They may be completed papers or summaries of in-progress work. Provide a running head (partial title) for identification.

All other panels, roundtables, workshops, and other session formats should include the session title, thematic summary, presenters’ names (and brief individual abstracts if appropriate), and a statement of justification (i.e., the value of this session).

Submissions must be sent by Friday, March 10, 2023
to Professor Bill Kolbenschlag at