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ECA 110th Convention - Instructional Communication Interest Group Call for Papers

Call for Papers

ECA 2019 – Providence, RI – April 10-14

Instructional Communication Interest Group

The Instructional Communication Interest Group of the Eastern Communication Association is now accepting submissions for the 2019 conference in Providence, RI. The 2019 convention theme is “Creating Our Future.”

Topic areas appropriate for the Instructional Communication Interest Group include, but are not limited to:

  • Effective teaching (i.e. the relationship between instructor behaviors and student outcomes)
  • Student involvement (e.g., in-class participation, motives for communicating, out-of-class communication)
  • Assessment studies
  • Scale development and testing studies
  • Meta analyses
  • Comprehensive literature reviews
  • Teaching activities
  • Theory/model testing and development
  • Instructor outcomes (e.g., job satisfaction, burn-out)
  • Mentoring relationships

The Instructional Communication Interest Group welcomes submissions from quantitative, qualitative, critical, and rhetorical scholars.

Below are guidelines for competitive paper and panel submissions.

ECA will now be using Attendee Interactive to manage submissions and reviews. This is the same system used by the National Communication Association so you may be familiar with it. The deadline for submissions remains the same, October 15, 2018 at 11:59 PM. You will be prompted to create a new User ID and Password to submit your work. An email will be sent to the membership in the next couple of months to announce when Attendee Interactive will be open for submission. Additional information, including a link to the submission page, will be sent to ECA members on the day the submission website opens. 

The Interest Group invites two types of submission and the specific requirements for each type follows. 

Submission Guidelines for Completed Papers 

Papers should be written in accordance with the University of Chicago Manual of Style or APA 6th edition (whichever is appropriate). The following fields will be completed for individual submissions: 

  • Title
  • Description (aka. Abstract) including the Professional Responsibility Statement.
  • Student Paper
  • Debut Submission
  • Special requests
  • Audio Visual Form
  • Upload final paper or additional documents (file types accepted: Word or PDF).

Submission Guidelines for Panel/Program Proposals  

Please submit panel/program proposals is one MS Word file (.doc or .docx). Proposals should be written according to the University of Chicago Manual of Style or APA 6th edition (whichever is appropriate). Include the following items in all panel/program submissions: 

  • Thematic Title
  • Participants (Names & Affiliations) including chair and respondent.
  • Estimated Attendance
  • Special requests
  • Rationale
  • Audio Visual Form
  • Upload supporting documents that include titles and abstract for each paper or presentation, program copy (no more than a 75-word description) as it should appear in the final program, and Statement of Professionalism (see below).

Include the following statement with submissions.

In submitting the attached paper/panel, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. I/We agree to present this paper/panel 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. 

Please email all questions to Dr. Jordan Atkinson at

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