Submission Guidelines

***NEW SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 7, 2020***

All submissions should be sent to vacas@gmu.edu. All submissions are reviewed by VACAS division or section chairs. However, as spelled out below, the process for submitting work differs for faculty/graduate students and undergraduate students.

(1) Proposals from Faculty/Graduate Students:

(a) Individual paper submissions — Please email a 250-300 word abstract of your paper (or completed paper) to vacas@gmu.edu. New deadline: February 7, 2020.

(b) Panel submissions – Please submit a 300-500 word proposal for your panel which includes (1) A title; (2) A list of panelists and their institutional affiliations, including panel chair and (optional) respondent;  (3) Titles and abstracts for each paper or presentation; (4) A rationale of no more than 250 words that states the relevance of the topic for your unit and how panelists will make the topic interactive for the audience (handouts, links to websites, paper distribution, etc.). Panel submissions should be emailed to vacas@gmu.edu. New deadline: February 1, 2020.

Note: Issue-based discussion panels, or roundtables, are welcome as well. We view faculty/graduate student panels as a particularly good venue for discussing pressing issues or challenges facing communication students, graduate students, and faculty in Virginia and beyond.

 

(2) Undergraduate Student Proposals:

(a) Panel submissions (submitted by faculty sponsor) — Faculty members are encouraged to submit panels showcasing their students’ papers, analyses, or research. Undergraduate panels can also provide a venue for discussing and reflecting on students’ experiences within the professional fields of communication (including in internships or co-curricular activities).

 

To submit a proposal for an undergraduate panel, the faculty sponsor should submit a 300-500 word proposal for the panel which includes (1) A title; (2) A list of panelists and their institutional affiliations, including panel chair and (optional) respondent;  (3) Titles and abstracts for each paper or presentation; (4) A rationale of no more than 250 words that states the relevance of the topic for our unit and how panelists will make the topic interactive for the audience (handouts, links to websites, paper distribution, etc.). Panel submissions should be emailed to vacas@gmu.edu. New deadline: February 7, 2020.

(b) Individual poster presentations (submitted by individual undergraduate students)—Undergraduate students are encouraged to submit a 250-300 word abstract describing their research or criticism paper, for inclusion in our undergraduate poster presentation sessions.  These poster presentation abstracts should be emailed to vacas@gmu.edu. Abstracts are due by February 7, 2020. The finished poster must then be submitted to the section or division chair by March 10, 2020. [Please let us know if you need advice on how to create these posters!] Those undergraduate students who are unable to finish their poster by March 10, 2020 will be invited to discuss their research at an undergraduate “works-in-progress” roundtable session where they will receive guidance and feedback from VACAS faculty members.