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ECA 110th Convention - G.I.F.T.S. (Great Ideas for Teaching Students) Call for Papers

110th Annual ECA Convention
Providence, Rhode Island
Omni Providence Hotel

Wednesday, April 10 – Sunday, April 14, 2019 

Creating our Future 

2019 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: G.I.F.T.S. (Great Ideas for Teaching Students)



Providence, RI was founded in 1636 by renegade preacher Roger Williams to escape religious persecution in Massachusetts. Providence was so named to express William’s appreciation of God’s protection. A more secular translation of Providence is “the foresight or care exercised by a person in the management of affairs or resources.” Providence is now proud to call itself “The Creative Capital” To honor the founding principles of Providence and the creative identity of Providence, it is appropriate our conference theme be “Creating Our Future.” The 110th Annual ECA Conference will be built around the idea of “Creating Our Future” through the management of resources emanating from our research and scholarly activities to transforms lives, communities, and organizations. 

In the 1970s, Providence began a creative process in which it removed bridges covering the Moshassuck and Woonasquatucket Rivers, which converge to become the Providence River and the head of Narragansett Bay. Uncovering these rivers led to the creation of a new Providence where the rivers were lined with cobblestone walkways, park benches, trees and flowering plants and a series of Venetian bridges connecting downtown Providence to the city’s East Side. The City’s revitalization process resulted in its centerpiece, the Water Place Park that includes an amphitheater and WaterFire experience. Providence is also proud of the influence of the many academic institutions on the city’s intellectual life, the city’s “cool” vibe and its much-lauded restaurant scene. 

With “Creating Our Future” in mind, I invite your submissions from across the communication discipline that reflect creative pedagogical ideas about teaching communication in college classroom settings to create the possibilities for the future of communication education. You are encouraged to submit an activity, assignment, project, game, or simulation that you have successfully used in the classroom. The activity should address specific communication theory(s), concept(s), skill(s) or learning objective(s) appropriate to the communication discipline at the college classroom level. Hybrid and online course environment pedagogies are also welcome here. 

Guidelines for Submission:

  1. Choose a “Great Idea” that you have successfully used in the classroom.
  2. Create a well-written, mistake-free proposal that includes the following:
    • The tile of your activity
    • The course(s) for which it is intended
    • The goals and objectives of the activity
    • A rationale for conducting this particular activity
    • Directions for the activity, including
      • any preparation/preliminary steps &/or materials needed
      • an explanation of the connection to concepts, theory, and/or skills covered in the activity
    • Typical results
    • How to debrief the activity
  3. The proposal should be no more than 1-2 pages long. A bibliography may be included, if relevant.
  4. Submissions must include a separate cover page with the submitter’s full contact information and institutional affiliation.
  5. Indicate any technology needs (keeping in mind that equipment rental is very expensive). Reasonable requests for technology support will not be met unless they accompany the proposal submission.
  6. A statement of professional responsibility (see below). 

Please send your complete submission using Attendee Interactive ( by October 15, 2018 as either a .doc/.docx or .pdf file. Questions or concerns can be sent to Andy Kai-chun Chuang at 

Submission must follow these guidelines or they will not be considered. 

Statement of Professional Responsibility

The following statement must be included with every submission of a paper or panel in order for it to be eligible for review. 

In submitting the attached paper or proposal, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. I/We agree to present this panel or paper if it is accepted and programmed. I/We further recognize that all who attend and present at ECA’s annual meeting must register and pay required fees. 


Andy Kai-chun Chuang
G.I.F.T.S. Planner, ECA 2019 

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