Instructional & Developmental Communication Division

Conference Call for Papers 

Davide Girardelli – Vice-chair

University of Gothenburg

Department of Applied Information Technology

Göteborg (Sweden)

email: davide.girardelli [at] ait.gu.se



The Instructional and Developmental Communication Division (IDD)’s mission focuses on the importance of creating environments conducive for learning via the use of effective behaviors. Because instructional communication occurs in the classroom, but also outside of the classroom in a variety of contexts (e.g., organizational training and development, health behavior education, interpersonal skills training, technology training, crisis preparedness training). 

IDD promotes the study of instructional communication constructs utilizing various theories and methodologies to better understand instructional processes and outcomes (e.g., teacher-student interaction, instructional technology, optimal methods of information dissemination, information literacy). Additionally, the division provides teacher-scholars an opportunity to submit and share their ideas for effective instruction through unique teaching practices and activities. 

Division members actively research topics ranging from information literacy, classroom participation, power and influence in instructional settings, and technology in education. Our division provides exciting opportunities to collaborate, network, enhance research, be mentored, engage in service on an international level, and improve and rejuvenate everyday teaching practices.

This year, the conference theme (Engaging the Essential Work of Care: Communication, Connectedness, and Social Justice) calls for our examination of how care forms the fabric of our social and interconnected lives. From the moment that we enter this world we are completely dependent on the care of others; as we move through our lives, the care of our teachers, doctors, leaders, and artists shape us into the adults that we are today.

The Instructional and Developmental Communication Division seeks three types of submissions:

1. Papers (submit as an Individual Submission)

Completed papers that deal with instructional, developmental, or both areas of scholarship will be considered. Papers should be a maximum of 8,000 words all-inclusive (abstract, figures, tables, appendixes, endnotes, references, etc.). Longer papers will not be reviewed. Include a title page with NO identifying information. Papers that are submitted with identifying information will not be reviewed. Please indicate on the title page the world count and if this is a Student paper. Study proposals and extended abstracts will not be reviewed. Please double-space your manuscript, and use standard 1-inch/2.54-cm margins and 12-point font (preferably Times New Roman).

2. Panels (submit as a Session)

A group of presenters organized around a thematic instructional or developmental communication topic may submit a panel proposal. In this panel proposal, include a) 75 word program description, b) 400 word panel rationale, c) names and affiliations of presenters, d) title and 150 word abstract for each presenter/paper. Panel submissions should include contributions from at least two different countries; not more than one contributor from a single faculty, department or school; and generally be mindful to consider panelist diversity. Please double-space your manuscript, and use standard 1-inch/2.54-cm margins and 12-point font (preferably Times New Roman).

3. Great Ideas for Teaching Students (GIFTS; submit as an Individual Submission)

Scholars may submit teacher and student tested ideas for effectively teaching a wide variety of communication concepts and contexts (e.g., health communication, research methods, theory, gender, organizational communication, PR). Accepted GIFTS will be presented in high-density panels, which will consist of 1-2 minute oral previews of the GIFT and then groups will breakout for discussion with presenters. To submit a GIFTS, please include a) title of activity, b) intended course, c) learning goal/objectives, d) description of activity, and e) evaluation of activity. The submission should be a maximum of 1,000 words all-inclusive (abstract, figures, tables, appendixes, endnotes, references, etc.). Longer GIFTS will not be reviewed. Place “GIFTS” in the title (e.g., GIFTS: Teaching Communication Theory Using Social Media). Include a title page with NO identifying information. GIFTS that are submitted with identifying information will not be reviewed. Indicate on the title page the world count and if this is a Student paper. Please double-space your manuscript, and use standard 1-inch/2.54-cm margins and 12-point font (preferably Times New Roman).

Only completed proposals that follow ALL submission guidelines will be considered.

Submission deadline: please see the ICA general guidelines.

For more information, feel free to contact Davide Girardelli by email at davide.girardelli [at] ait.gu.se

We ask all paper submitters to also volunteer as reviewers for the division. We need you!