Call for Participants - Graduate Studies Sponsored Panel


The Graduate Studies Committee of the Association for Business Communication (ABC) invites graduate students to submit proposals for the Graduate Studies sponsored panel at our upcoming conference in San Diego, California, October 27-31, 2020. Graduate students will find a welcoming group of researchers, teachers, professionals, and fellow graduate students at the conference.

ABC is dedicated to graduate student development and provides numerous benefits to graduate student members. These benefits include a waiver of the base annual conference registration fee for those graduate student presenters who register early (workshops and excursions are optional extras). Membership is encouraged, but not required for the Marty Baker Graham Research Grant to help graduate students complete a dissertation, an annual Outstanding Dissertation award, and connections for the job search process.

The theme of the Graduate Studies sponsored panel is “Emerging Trends in Business and Professional Communication.” Graduate students are often engaged in boundary-pushing and field-expanding work. This panel hopes to highlight those contributions of graduate students to business and professional communication scholarship. Within the context of business and professional communication, possible topics could relate to the following:

* innovative pedagogy
* digital communication
* social media
* visual communication
* interpersonal communication
* team communication
* crisis communication
* globalization
* ethics
* other topics of related interest

We are especially interested in proposals that focus on digital issues. These topics can be approached via a wide variety of theoretical lenses and methodological approaches. Those chosen to participate in the panel will automatically receive the Graduate Student Travel Grant from ABC, which typically offers $400 to offset the cost of attending the conference. (The travel grant is contingent on attending and participating in an in-person conference.) If you will be a graduate student at the time of the conference, please submit a proposal for the Graduate Student Panel!

To submit a proposal, submit a 500-word abstract to this form by June 15, 2020. Beyond your title and abstract, the form will ask for your name, institutional affiliation, email address, and a description of your presentation in 60 words or fewer that will be included in the program if your proposal is selected. You will receive a decision about your abstract by July 15, 2020. If you have questions or concerns, please email Graduate Studies Chair Stephen Carradini ( 

For more information about ABC and the Annual International Conference, visit the following sites:

Association for Business Communication
ABC 2020 International Conference in San Diego

Key dates

Submission of abstract deadline: Monday, June 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time
Notification of panel acceptance: July 15, 2020
Conference dates: October 28-31, 2020