2021 ABC Southwestern U.S. Regional Conference

March 17 - 20, 2021


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Call for Papers

See the full Call for Papers.  Paper submissions are closed.
See the Call for Posters. Poster submissions are closed.

Research papers or position papers related to business communication in the following areas are encouraged:


Communication Technology


Technology and Education



Innovative Instructional Methods


Business Education Issues



International Business Communication


Paradigm Shifts in Communication



Training and Development/Consulting


Interpersonal Communication



Nonverbal Communication


Executive/Managerial Communication



Legal and Ethical Communication Issues


Organizational Communication



All presenters should register by February 19.
$25 students
$50 all others

FBD will collect the registration fees for the ABC/ABIS joint online conference at:  https://www.fbdonline.org/Registration/Conference

Sign in to their site as you have always done. Note: If a cookie block appears on the FBD website, please enable it, the website is safe to continue.


Our reduced $50 regular member registration fee and a $25 student member registration is in effect for this online conference only, with no changes in the fee for early or late payment.  Registration closes March 16.

Please Note: The FBD system is set up so that everyone has to pay the FBD fee; however, this year that late fee has been set to $0.  Everyone will have to select that option, or you will not be able to finalize your registration.


Find the preliminary program here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UlaFWGcefiSKaIK_a4PsieMS59ybytUD/view?usp=sharing

Submission Instructions

Submit here.    (Submissions are closed.)    

Presenters and Co-Presenters must be either an "Organization Member" or "Organization Guest".  If you do not yet have an ABC membership or a guest account (free, but with no benefits), please create an account before submitting or registering by visiting the ABC membership page at: https://tinyurl.com/yaznm64k    

Note:  This will be a virtual conference.  All presenters must register.

VIEW SUBMISSION - Co-presenters and co-authors can see title, but cannot view the submission.

  1. Log in to the ABC site and click My Options.
  2. From the dropdown menu, click My Profile. 
  3. Select My Options, then My Presentations (at bottom of list—lower right corner).
  4. Click your desired submission

Submitter can edit and can accept the submission.  Click here for steps.

ACCEPTANCE - Submitters should accept or decline an approved invitation to present by following these steps:

  1. Log in to the ABC site and click My Options.
  2. From the dropdown menu, click My Profile. 
  3. Select My Options, then My Presentations (at bottom of list—lower right corner).
  4. Click your desired submission.
  5. Click Accept Approval or Decline Approval and follow the prompts. 


Submit your full paper here.  For questions about Proceedings, please contact Proceedings Chair Vincent Robles.
Deadline for submitting to Proceedings - January 16.

Awards & Recognition

Distinguished Paper Award    For research to be considered for the Distinguished Paper Award, you must also submit a completed paper here by the submission deadline, December 31, 2020.
2021 Winners - Laura Valenti, Nicholls State University and Stavros Sindakis, University of Sharjah, "A Qualitative Analysis of Top Performing Franchise Brands’ Email Communication Used in the Franchise Sales Process"

ABC-SWUS Marlin C. Young Outstanding Teacher Award   Click here for nomination details.
2021 winner - Marsha Bayless, Stephen F. Austin State University

Program Chair

Leslie Ramos-Salazar


Noah Franklin, West Texas A&M University

Seth Frei, Texas State University

Nancy Garcia, West Texas A&M University

Ashley Hall, Stephen F. Austin State University

Priyanka Khandelwal, West Texas A&M University

Christopher McKenna, Stephen F. Austin State University

Chynette Nealy, University of Houston Downtown

Lorelei Amanda Ortiz, St. Edward’s University

Gerald Plumlee, Jr., Southern Arkansas University 

Kenneth Robert Price, Texas A&M University – Kingsville

Aimee Kendall Roundtree, Texas State University

Kayla Sapkota, Arkansas State University at Beebe

Shane Schartz, Fort Hays State University

Danica L. Schieber, Sam Houston State University 

Crystal Shelnutt, University of West Georgia

James Ward, Fort Hays State University

Yong-Kang Wei, University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley 

Carol S. Wright, Stephen F. Austin State University