Rocky Mountain Communication Association

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Welcome to the RMCA 2017 Conference registration and submission page!

We are pleased to announce the Rocky Mountain Communication Association’s (RMCA’s) 2017 Conference, entitled Messages of Healing: Hope Across Genres to be held on Saturday, April 8th at the University of Colorado, Denver at the Auraria campus in downtown Denver, Colorado.

We invite paper submissions from all schools throughout the Rocky Mountain Region and greater Colorado area. 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.  

RMCA 2017 Conference Theme: Messages of Healing: Hope Across Genres

In our discipline, we have long argued that our work should matter and does matter in how we make our world. Communication has the potential to improve or impair relationships. At its worst, it can build walls, incite violence, and tear apart relationships. Alternatively, thoughtful communication mends and warms us, educates the public, and advances political discourse.

Our conference theme, Messages of Healing: Hope Across Genres, should be interpreted broadly, since efforts to mend and advance society require a vast array of skills. Paper and panel proposals are encouraged to provide insightful analyses, reveal the unheard stories and voices that foster understanding, explore innovative solutions, and illuminate the resources that work for change. This year’s conference aims to cultivate and showcase our endeavors. 

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Carl R. Burgchardt

We are honored to have the esteemed Dr. Carl R. Burgchardt as our Keynote Speaker. He will speak to us about the role of rhetoric in our contemporary world and the evolution of RMCA, highlighting our discipline’s present strengths and relevance to the future. 

Dr. Burgchardt is one of RMCA’s first committee members. He teaches rhetorical criticism, critical methodology, history and criticism of United States oratory, and film criticism at Colorado State University. He received his bachelor’s degree from Penn State, and his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published essays and book reviews in the Quarterly Journal of Speech.  His book, Robert M. La Follete, Sr.:  The Voice of Conscience, won the Outstanding Scholarship Award from the Colorado Speech Association. And his edited collection of essays on rhetorical criticism, Readings in Rhetorical Criticism, is largely considered a standard in the field.

Please follow the links below for submissions and conference registration.

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


Emily Stones

RMCA President-elect and Program Planner