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ECA - Communication Technology IG - Email re: elections

Hi Comm Tech IGers,

I hope that this message finds you all healthy and safe! This week, we all would have been heading to Baltimore for our conference! Although I will miss you all, we still have to attend to some interest group business virtually, in light of the circumstances.

  1. Although we will not be convening for a business meeting, we still have elections to conduct to move our IG forward. Specifically, we need to elect a Vice Chair Elect (who will plan the 2022 conference in Buffalo) and a EC representative.

If you are interested in running for Vice Chair or EC Rep, please email me with a brief bio to include on the ballot by Monday, April 6th.  I will compile an online ballot and distribute it for voting by April 10th (so please continue to check for emails from our IG).

  1. There have understandably been quite a few questions about submission, awards, and whether or not accepted papers can be submitted to NCA. Jennifer Waldeck, ECA First Vice President, has asked the interest group chairs to share the following information related to these questions and concerns:

Next year’s convention will be built based on a new call for papers and a completely new submission process. THEREFORE, everyone is free to submit their work previously accepted for ECA2020 elsewhere.  You could, for instance, list your acceptance at ECA and note the meeting was canceled – then list it as accepted at another convention.  You should seek direction from your own Tenure & Promotion committees/chairs/deans and/or be extremely clear so as not to raise problematic questions. 

APA has also provided guidance here:

Jennifer will be issuing certificates for Top Papers within the next month (pdf by email given current circumstances).  If you are recognized as such, you should list this on your vita despite the fact you couldn’t present the paper.

I think that is all for now – I thank you all in advance for volunteering for our two open service positions to the Interest Group.  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at



Cathlin Clark-Gordon, PhD
Vice Chair, Communication Technology Interest Group
Director of Strategic Communication and Research
WRC Senior Services

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