Tennessee Communication Association/ Kentucky Communication 2023 Conference

Friday, September 22-Saturday, September 23, 2023

Tennessee Tech University

Cookeville, Tennessee

Theme: Looking Forward: Exploring the Future of Communication Education

Higher education is shifting and adapting to the evolving needs of students. With change comes opportunity. This year’s theme is aimed at looking at the future of communication education. When submitting ideas for proposals, please think about this theme. This year’s annual conference will be a partnership conference with the Kentucky Communication Association. We encourage scholars and practitioners from Tennessee, Kentucky, and nearby states/areas to submit proposals to the conference. Everyone is welcome!

PAPERS, PANELS, and GIFTS Submissions

Please complete the form to submit a paper, panel, or GIFTS Session:

The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, June 30, 2023.

We seek GIFTS proposals that relate to the basic communication course (Fundamentals of Communication, Public Speaking).

  1. All GIFTS ideas must
    • Be original to the presenter,
    • Not duplicate any other previously published work, including your own previously published work
    • Have been implemented in the classroom.
  2. Presenters should bring printed handouts with an explanation of the GIFTS activity to the conference/presentation.
  3. The GIFTS idea should be able to be explained in 8 minutes or less.

9th Annual TCA Student Short Film Contest and Showcase

Please enter your students’ films in the Tennessee/Kentucky Communication Associations Short Film Contest and Showcase. Entries are due by Friday, June 30, 2023.

The categories are:

Commercials and PSAs that are 30 – 60-seconds

Documentaries that are 10-minutes or less

Short films that are 10-minutes or less

Only YouTube links and/or video files encoded H.264 MP4 in landscape 16×9 format will be accepted.

Include a word document with a short synopsis, category, college or university, and a title for each submission. Also include the name, email, and phone number of the director AND of the person entering the film.  Label the document file with the same name as your video file/title.

Submit video file and word document using WeTransfer (https://www.wetransfer.com). When you get to WeTransfer, email the submission to livingjm@etsu.edu.

It is free to enter. The top films will be put into a 1.5-hour showcase at the conference on Friday evening. Judges rate the entries, and the top entries will be in the showcase and the winners will be the top rated per category. All directors of the films chosen to be in the showcase will be given a Selected for Screening certificate. The director of the winning film in each category will be given a certificate and cash reward. After the showcase, the audience will vote for their favorite film, and the winner will be given the Audience Favorite certificate and cash award.

If you have questions, please contact James Livingston at livingjm@etsu.edu.

Student Scholarship

TCA prides itself for its support of student scholarship. Please pass this invite along to your students. Remember there are top student paper awards for undergraduate and graduate students. Please notate all student submissions as Undergraduate or Graduate student on the cover page.

Please upload student paper(s) here: : https://forms.gle/nY3eyzPRnSq52QKs5
You will need to sign in with a Google account to upload the student paper(s)

Membership and Conference Fees Information

Membership Payment Options

For Additional Information about the 2023 Conference:

Please contact the following individuals

Dr. Scott Christen

TCA President-Elect

Tennessee Tech University


Dr. Ruth Livingston

TCA Executive Director

Northeast State Community College


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