LaGuardia Community College is Soliciting Presenters for its Conference on the Changing Communication Landscape

Long Island City, NY—November 14, 2013—LaGuardia Community College is sponsoring this spring an interdisciplinary conference delving into the changing communication landscape and is currently accepting proposals from educators, students and graduate students who are interested in presenting.  The deadline for submissions is December 15.

The conference, which will be held on March 28, will showcase current research and practice in the field of communication studies with a focus on the interactions of communications studies with other disciplines.

“The purpose of the conference is to promote dialogue around the changing landscape of communications and the interdisciplinary nature of communication studies,” said Joni Schwartz, assistant professor in the Humanities Department, who is overseeing the conference.

While proposals from all disciplines are welcome, the conference, titled “Can Anyone Hear Me? has a special interest in proposals that focus on the intersections of STEM and communication studies, social science research and communication studies, critical theory and innovative pedagogies.

Submitters are asked to identify one of the four conference “tracks” their proposal most closely pertains:

Oral Communication Across the Curriculum  – This track includes pedagogical ideas for the way in which communication skills are taught in all academic disciplines.  In a digital age, how does communication bridge the gap between new technologies and traditional approaches? In an employment climate that highly values effective communication skills, how are these skills taught in the college classroom? Ideas in progress are encouraged.

Assessing Oral Communication – This track includes pedagogical strategies and approaches to assessing the mastering of a variety of communication skills, including but not limited to: non-verbal communication, small group communication, marketing yourself in a digital age, public speaking, film and radio production, voice and diction, interpersonal communication, oral interpretation, argumentation and debate and intercultural competence.

Research in Communication Studies, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning – This track highlights current research that relates to communication in some facet. This could include qualitative, quantitative or mixed method approaches. Ethnography, case study, critical cultural studies, narrative analysis, and phenomenological studies are particularly encouraged. Research in progress will also be considered.

Student Presentations – Students are encouraged to propose poster presentations or papers related to any field of Communication Studies. Both graduate and undergraduate proposals will be considered.

Those who are interested are asked to submit a two to three page proposal that does not exceed 1,500 words.  State the paper’s title at the top of the first page and identify the paper as pedagogical, assessment, research or student poster presentation.

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The conference is sponsored by LaGuardia’s Communication Studies Program, in conjunction with the City University of New York’s League of Active Speech Professors, known as CLASP, an association for all instructors of Speech in CUNY.

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