The 84th Pennsylvania Communication Association Conference
“Pondering Our Past, Forging Our Future”
September 27-28, 2024
Penn State Schuylkill

As we consider the conference theme Pondering Our Past, Forging Our Future, we reflect on the traditions of the past that have made our discipline what it is today while recognizing the importance of moving forward in a world where we face new challenges daily. The 84th PCA conference will highlight work that focuses on the history and tradition of the communication discipline, collective memory, new media, current issues, and challenges we face as we communicate in the twenty-first century. 

Please see the draft program by clicking the following link DRAFT PROGRAM.

PCA recommends the following locations for lodging. Please refer to the list below and click on the button for more detailed information.

  • The Stone House Bed & Breakfast
  • The Bismarck Bed & Breakfast
  • The Maid’s Quarters Bed, Breakfast & Tearoom
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Frackville
  • Country Inn & Suites by Radisson

Please see Become a Member section for registration information.


  • Dr. Valerie Schrader, Pennsylvania Communication Association Vice President,
  • Dr. Janie Harden Fritz, Pennsylvania Communication Association Executive Director


The Pennsylvania Communication Association (PCA) invites paper, panel, and poster submissions exploring the role of communication in our past, present, and future. All research methodologies and philosophical perspectives are welcome. Papers, panels, and posters addressing related issues, thinkers, and theories are welcome.

The deadline for all submissions is May 15, 2024.

If you are submitting work to the following interest groups, please use this form to submit your paper or panel:

  • Applied Communication
  • Communication Education
  • Communication Ethics
  • Communication Honor Societies
  • Health Communication
  • Interpersonal & Organizational Communication
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Media, Society & Technology
  • Performance Studies
  • Philosophy of Communication
  • Rhetoric & Public Address
  • Strategic Communication/IMC
  • Undergraduate Student Research

If you are submitting a paper to the Undergraduate or Graduate Writing Competitions, please use this form to submit your paper:

If you are submitting to the Poster Session, please use this form to submit your poster abstract: *Please note that the forms require you to log into Google.

Questions about the 84th PCA conference at Penn State Schuylkill can be directed to Valerie Schrader, PCA Vice President and Conference Planner, at

Interest Council chair emails can be found on the association’s website.