Call for Papers
Submission deadline: October 15, 2017
Pittsburgh, also known as the city of bridges, will be home to the 2018 Eastern Communication Association Convention. Pittsburgh has a unique topography, being situated at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela, which forms the Ohio River. When a city is located on water, bridges span the horizon.
The bridges of Pittsburgh play an important role in the city's infrastructure. Without the 446 bridges interlacing the city, Pittsburgh would be a region of isolated communities. Just as the bridges in the city connect communities, communication has the opportunity to build bridges within and outside of our discipline, creating countless opportunities for research, teaching, and service.
The 2018 theme, Building Bridges, invites the exploration of cross-disciplinary research and encourages finding possibilities for connecting our research to theory and practice, creating new approaches to teaching, and collaborating with communities for service and civic engagement opportunities. How can we build bridges within our discipline? How do we communicate and engage others when the bridges are broken? What are ways in which communication creates opportunities for new connections and for building new bridges? What can we gain by fostering communication among our many communities in order to promote further connection?
We’re looking forward to hearing your thoughts, seeing you present your research, and engaging with you in the city of Pittsburgh. Together, we can build a wonderful bridge that connects us to our constituents and communities.
At the convention we will have traditional panels, large group meetings, and our traditional receptions. We will continue the “Going Green” theme by offering both a printed version and a downloadable app. of the program. I will continue to work on finding ways to engage the community at the convention.
Please include the updated Statement of Professional Responsibility on all submissions:
In submitting the attached paper or proposal, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. If this submission is accepted and programmed, I/We agree to register for the 2018 ECA Convention, pay fees, and present in Philadelphia. I/We understand that presenters with last minute emergencies must make arrangements as possible for an alternate presenter as well as communicate their absences to both the Interest Group Planner and ECA VP; no shows will be removed from the official program.
To have time to confirm programming into the 2018 convention, notification of acceptance will not be given until the review process and initial session programming is drafted. (We do not wish to rank acceptances by sending out select notifications and having others wait.) Please expect to hear back about proposal acceptances no sooner than the traditional time of:
NOTE: A single paper or panel should only be submitted to a single interest group or affiliate organization for consideration.
Convention Acceptance Notifications: January 15, 2018
ECA 2018 CONVENTION PLANNERS
Thank you to the individuals listed here for their service to ECA and to our discipline.
First Vice President & Primary Convention Planner
Leeanne M. Bell McManus
Second Vice President
|Second Vice President
Community Relations Coordinator
|Director of Sponsorship
Mary C. Toale
Program Designer/Mobile Coordinator
|Short Course Director
Douglas C. Strahler
James C. McCroskey & Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference
ECA 2018 Interest Group Planners
American Society for the History of Rhetoric (ASHR) (Affiliate Organization)
State University of New York at Delhi
Weber State University
Communication Law & Ethics
Communication and Technology
Rodney A. Carveth
Morgan State University
Cristina González Alcalá
Summit Education Initiative
Michael J. Stutz
Three Rivers Community College
GIFTS (Great Ideas for Teaching)
Institute of General Semantics (Affiliate Organization)
Penn State Hazelton
Meredith Marko Harrigan
Interpretation and Performance Studies
James Madison University
Mount St. Mary’s University
Nicholas Scott Smith
Wayne State University
Media Ecology (Affiliate Organization)
James C. Morrison
West Virginia University
Philosophy of Communication
Inci Ozum Sayrak
Georgia College and State University
Rhetoric and Public Address
Penn State Schuylkill
Theory and Methodology
Voices of Diversity
Loyola Marymount University