2021 CCA Conference and More Details

Key Note Speaker

How to Have an Adventure in Communication

Shayla Thiel-Stern, Ph.D., started her career on the digital news team that launched The Washington Post to the web 25 years ago and since then has worked in academia, digital marketing, nonprofit organizations, public media, music and more.

In this keynote talk, she will discuss the importance of understanding what fulfills you as a communicator, researcher and human who constantly moves among different worlds – particularly the academic, the “professional” and the personal. Navigating these worlds, maintaining responsibilities to your field, your profession, your friends and family and yourself and not burning out is probably an impossible proposition. So, what can you do about it? Might the answer be in the pivot?

Thiel-Stern reflects on her career, shares wisdom based on her experiences and gives you the peptalk you may not have known that you needed when you signed up for this conference.


Dr. Thiel-Stern is the Director of Content Strategy for Level2, a health-tech startup company helping people put type 2 diabetes into remission. Previously, she has been Vice President of Content Marketing for ServeMinnesota/AmeriCorps, Editorial & Content Director at PBS Next Avenue, Senior Digital Strategist at Fast Horse, Content Producer at washingtonpost.com, Weekend Announcer at Iowa Public Radio, and Affiliate Sales Manager for Cars.com. She was an Associate Professor in the University of Minnesota Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication and an Assistant Professor in the DePaul University College of Communication. Thiel-Stern earned a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Iowa. She has published extensively in popular and academic media, including two books – From the Dance Hall to Facebook: Teen Girls, Media and Moral Panic, 1905-2010 (U. of Massachusetts Press 2014) and Instant Identity: Adolescent Girls and the World of Instant Messaging (Peter Lang, 2007). She lives in Minneapolis, MN with her family, dogs and cats.

Dear CCA Community,

The Executive Committee of the Carolinas Communication Association is writing to announce that the 2021 annual conference will transition to an online-only virtual format. The Executive Committee reached this decision after much deliberation and in pursuit of shared understanding. As always, the health and safety of our members is the priority in our decision making process.

The Executive Committee also consulted with membership about a virtual conference and a full 80% of respondents expressed their interest in attending a virtual option, amidst our ongoing COVID 19 public health pandemic, which continues to impact both conference travel and institutional budgets. We are grateful for our members’ input and their support.

Together, we believe that a virtual conference is the best way to convene our community during these challenging times. We look forward to gathering in a digital space in the Fall of 2021. And our hope remains to be back in person in 2022 in Aiken, South Carolina.

We will be in touch before April 1, 2021, with more information about the specifics of the CCA 2021 virtual conference. We are grateful to our community for their enduring support and we are excited for what’s ahead.

The Executive Committee of the Carolinas Communication Association


We are very much looking forward to the virtual 2021 Carolinas Communication Association conference. We on the Executive Committee are writing to share about the specifics of the upcoming conference experience.

We invite your paper submissions (8-20 pages), panel submissions and Great Ideas For Teaching Students (GIFTS) submissions. A reminder that all paper submissions are automatically eligible for top faculty awards (faculty), top graduate paper awards (graduate students) and top undergraduate paper awards (undergraduate students). We also invite digital posters of research by undergraduates, graduate students and faculty. Submitters are kindly asked to indicate whether their status (faculty, graduate student or undergraduate student) on the title page of their submission. We are an inclusive, welcoming conference and we look forward to receiving your work.

In addition, in view of the COVID 19 pandemic, we would also like to offer submitters the opportunity to submit extended abstracts (250 words to 750 words) of work in progress. Extended abstracts can be submitted in any of the aforementioned categories (paper, panel or GIFTS) and should be clearly labeled as extended abstracts. While extended abstracts will not be eligible for awards, all submissions will be considered for programming as part of CCA 2021.

We aim to maintain the May 15, 2021, submission deadline, and we ask that all submissions are emailed to Dr. Peter Joseph Gloviczki, 1st Vice President of CCA, <pgloviczki@coker.edu> as attachments. Feel free to send any submission questions to Dr. Gloviczki. He is glad to be helpful.

Once refereed, all submitters will be notified of the status of their submissions. We will ask that accepted participants record a brief, explanatory video of their work and upload the video to YouTube. We imagine each video will be somewhere between two and twelve minutes in length. Once uploaded, please share a link to the video via email with Dr. Gloviczki. Dr. Gloviczki will then include that link in the conference program. Our hope is that conference participants will be able to view the videos ahead of time and that the conference date/time (via Zoom) will primarily be used to discuss the work. Acceptance of work carries with it the expectation that accepted authors will both submit a link to a video of their work to Dr. Gloviczki and participate in the live Zoom experience.  We believe this two-step process (recorded video and live Zoom) is a dynamic way to share work via digital modalities and we are excited to utilize it.

We view the Zoom experience during the conference days (September 24-25, 2021) as a conversational space. Participants will have the opportunity to dialogue about posted videos, which will be organized into relevant sessions. We aim to hold both the keynote session and the business meeting live via Zoom during the conference days. We are excited to convene our community virtually in 2021.

As always, feel free to be in touch with any questions. We look forward to receiving your submissions!

The Executive Committee of the Carolinas Communication Association