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The call for RMCA 2020 will go out in Fall 2019.  Until then, the information from the 
2019 conference below will give you a good idea of structure and timeline.

Here is a copy of the 2019 Program: Transitions, Transmissions, and Transgressions

RMCA 2019

33rd Annual Conference

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Pikes Peak Community College (Rampart Range Campus), Colorado Springs 


Transitions, Transmissions, and Transgressions


It is our pleasure to announce the 33rd Annual Rocky Mountain Communication Association’s (RMCA) 2019 Conference, “Transitions, Transmissions, and Transgressions” on April 13, 2019. We are honored to have Dr. Sherry Morreale from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs as our Keynote Speaker.

We live in a social and political climate that feels like an outgoing assault, either on our persons, our social media, our politics, our country from outside agents, or even what epistemologically or ontologically constitutes a “fact” or a “victim.” We are experiencing transitions in our personal, social, political, and national identities in a social media culture that is normalizing what has never been a norm and turning victims of transgression into transgressors and transgressors into victims. Should we even attempt to find normalcy in such a highly destabilized world or should we resist the creation of new social and cultural norms? How do these changes affect our interpersonal relations, family dynamics, professional environments, and public discussions? The RMCA 2019 Conference invites us to look at how communication as a social science and rhetorical tradition can help us to understand and cope with transitions, transmissions, and transgressions in an increasingly volatile and divisive time.

We invite paper submissions from all schools throughout the Rocky Mountain Region (Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming). Throughout our history, we have endeavored to create a supportive and encouraging atmosphere for undergraduate, graduate, and faculty from community colleges and universities alike. We welcome diverse perspectives that characterize our region, its history, and its rich array of educational institutions and missions.  

Paper and Panel Submissions 

“Transitions, Transmissions, and Transgressions” is a wide-ranging conference theme. Papers may explore this theme from numerous intellectual and methodological perspectives. And, of course, submissions outside this theme are welcome as well and will be given full consideration. Please consider the following guidelines when making your submission. The submission deadline is EXTENDED to Friday, March 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM MST. Paper and panel submissions should be submitted to: https://rmca.submittable.com/submit

Completed Papers should be in the range of 2,500-7,000 words in length, excluding notes and references. Papers submitted to this category will automatically be considered for the following awards, as decided by the RMCA board:

  • Outstanding Four-Year Student Paper(undergraduate)
  • Outstanding Two-Year Student Paper(undergraduate)
  • Outstanding Graduate Paper

Panel and Performance Proposals should provide the names of each panel participant(s), indicate a clear and unified theme for the panel, and a brief abstract of each panel presentation (or a description of the performance).

Thank you for your interest in this year’s RMCA conference. We look forward to seeing you in Colorado Springs, Colorado!


Rocky Mountain Communication Association Leadership Council

President - Leah LeFebvre, University of Alabama
RMCA President-Elect and Program Planner – Stephen Collins, Pikes Peak Community College
Immediate-Past President/Executive Director-Elect - Emily Stones, Regis University 
Executive Director - Arne G’Schwind, Regis University
Communications - Thomas Endres, University of Northern Colorado
Board of Governors Liaison - Sherry Dewald, Independent Consultant