Call for GIFTS sessions

Call for Panelists
G.I.F.T.S. (Great Ideas for Teaching Students)
New York State Communication Association 
October 14-16, 2016 - 74th Annual Conference
Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center - 356 Villa Roma Road, Callicoon, NY 12723


Great Ideas For Teaching Students (GIFTS) always provides an excellent opportunity for faculty members and/or graduate students to share classroom-tested “great ideas” with other educators. With an emphasis on “empathy” and “inspiration”, this year’s conference theme aligns closely with the pedagogical goals of many educators. Submissions may be an activity, assignment, project, game, or simulation addressing a specific communication theory, concept, skill, or learning objective.


The GIFTS Presentation


A GIFTS presentation is a concise depiction of a teaching idea that can be explained or demonstrated to a small audience in 6-8 minutes. Presenters should be prepared with a brief, comprehensive handout for interested participants and should plan on presenting without access to audio/visual equipment.


Submission Guidelines


Please submit a one-paragraph abstract of your “great idea” as well as a 1-2 page description of the activity itself. This proposal should include your goal, rationale, directions, explanations, and the typical results. Submissions should include the submitter’s name, institutional affiliation, email address, and telephone number.

A statement of professional responsibility should be included with the submission stating the following: “In submitting the attached proposal, I/we agree to present at the 2016 NYSCA conference — if it is accepted. I/we further recognize that this reflects a commitment that all attendees and presenters at NYSCA’s annual meeting must register for the conference and pay the required fees.”

Submissions should be emailed as a Word document attachment to: no later than July 3, 2016. Selected panelists will be notified via email.