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RMCA 2018

32nd Annual Conference

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Regis University, Denver

Make Communication Great Again:  Reclaiming the Role of Discourse




It is our pleasure to announce the 32th Annual Rocky Mountain Communication Association’s (RMCA’s) 2018 Conference, “Make Communication Great Again: Reclaiming the Role of Discourse.”  We are honored to have the acclaimed Dr. Tracey Owens Patton at the University of Wyoming as our Keynote Speaker.

Greatness can represent a transhistorical permanence represented through discourse. Representation embodies what we standing for. By questioning our historical communication representations, this theme asks us to consider what we have been, what we are no longer, and what we could be. This theme explores the interplay between contextual timeframes -- past, present, and future. Proposals are welcome that address representation and assumptions centralized on the prefiguration, configuration, or refiguration of communication.

To make communication great again, we cannot constrain its understanding. Therefore, applying to the conference should not necessarily involve adhering to the theme; rather we want to enable refigurations of communication that demonstrate the power of communication in any and all contexts as well as its future. We invite papers and presentations that contribute to the greater field.

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 

Make Communication Great Again”: Reclaiming the Role of Discourse 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 Friday, February 23, 2018 at 12:59 PM MT. 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 Denver, Colorado!


 Rocky Mountain Communication Association Leadership Council

Immediate-Past President - Robert Affeldt, Adams State University

President - Emily Stones, Regis University

 RMCA President-Elect and Program Planner - Leah LeFebvre, University of Alabama

 Executive Director - Arne G’Schwind, Regis University

Communications - Thomas Endres, University of Northern Colorado

Board of Governors Liaison - Sherry Dewald, Red Rocks Community College