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[Duplicate] ECA - Instructional Communication Announcements and Elections - Volunteers Needed

Hi Everyone,

I hope that this message finds you all healthy and coping as well as possible given the circumstances. As we begin this week, I am (as I am sure you are) very sad to not be making plans to head to Baltimore for what would have been a wonderful conference. I suppose this is even more reason to look forward to our 2021 conference in Cambridge! Related to the cancellation of our convention, I have two important pieces of information to share:

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 (who will plan the 2022 conference in Buffalo) and a Secretary for 2021-2022. Please click the following link, Instructional IG Minutes 2019, to reveiw the 2019 business meeting minutes, which indicates that Katie Dunleavy will be our EC Representative until Thursday, 2022; We will need to elect a new representative at the 2021 convention, as their term will begin on Sunday of the 2022 convention. (Note: if you have any edits or corrections to make to the 2019 business meeting minutes, please email me).

If you are interested in running for Vice Chair or Secretary, please email me with a brief bio to include on the ballot by Sunday, April 5th.  Our secretary, James Baker, 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 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

Take care,


Sara LaBelle, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Assistant Dean of Academic Programming and Faculty Development
School of Communication
Chapman University

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