Rocky Mountain Communication Association

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Welcome to the RMCA 2016 Conference registration and submission page!

We are pleased to announce RMCA's 30th annual conference, Communicating in Controversial Contexts: Social Science and Rhetorical In(ter)ventions to be held on Saturday, April 9th at the University of Northern Colorado’s beautiful campus in Greeley, Colorado.

Conference Theme:  Communicating in Controversial Contexts

This year’s conference commemorates RMCA’s 30th Anniversary and its tradition of inviting both new and veteran teachers and scholars from across Colorado to converse about the central role that rhetoric (communication, media studies, etc.) plays in educating and advancing public discourse—as a social science, humanity, and practical art.

Now more than ever (with the coming election year), we face many pressing political, social, and cultural issues that cry out for critical perspective and analysis.  These issues include our current economy, immigration, the Ferguson incident, gay marriage, educational reform, emerging technologies, and many others.

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.  

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Carl R. Burgchardt, Colorado State University

It is fitting (and we are honored) that this year we should have Dr. Carl R. Burgchardt as our Keynote Speaker.  Dr. Burgchardt is one of RMCA’s first committee members and historians.  Dr. Burgchardt teaches rhetorical criticism, critical methodology, history and criticism of United States oratory, and film criticism at Colorado State University.   

Paper and Panel Submissions

The submission deadline for papers, panels, and award nominations is Friday, February 19th, 2016.  The pre-registration deadline is Friday, March 25, 2016. Authors of accepted papers and panels are expected to register for the conference by the pre-registration deadline.

Please follow the links below for submissions and conference registration.

“Communicating in Controversial Contexts” 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. 

Thank you for your interest in this year’s RMCA conference, and we look forward to seeing you in Greeley, Colorado.

Robert Affeldt

RMCA President-elect and Program Planner