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ECA 2021 Convention - Instructional Communication Interest Group Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions

Instructional Communication Interest Group

Eastern Communication Association Annual Convention 

ECA 2021 – Cambridge, MA – March 24-28

The Instructional Communication Interest Group of the Eastern Communication Association is now accepting submissions for the 2021 conference in Cambridge, MA. The 2021 convention theme is “Resilience.” Toward that end, First Vice President Dr. Amanda G. McKendree invites ECA interest groups and members to develop programming for 2021 that engages “Resilience” thoughtfully as a persistent response to overcoming obstacles, thriving despite challenges, and adapting to an ever-changing global landscape. How have we met these challenges in instruction personally, professionally, and as a discipline?

In what ways does our scholarship and teaching respond to the challenges facing our learning communities locally and globally? How are we studying the powerful impact of public, private, and mediated messages on our relationships, organizations, communities, and the environment?

What challenges must be met specifically by communication scholars, practitioners, and teachers, and how are we responding with theories, questions, methods, data analysis techniques, and practices?

What opportunities exist for us to meet this moment in history with our research, service, pedagogy, and practice? What are you doing that is unique? How are you engaging with conflict and struggle through scholarship and teaching?  What efforts must be made to ensure that our work and our field are addressing the practical communication concerns of society that exist today and that might arise tomorrow? 

Our “Resilience” 2021 conference recognizes that as we are embedded in a historical moment marked by “wicked problems,” we look forward to the opportunity to explore resilience for global communities and share possibilities for teaching, research, civic engagement, as well as in our professional and personal endeavors.  We recognize that inherent within resilience are conflict and struggle. However, from this discomfort, resilience brings a power and a responsibility to share with the larger global community.

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., synchronous/asynchronous participation, motives for communicating, out-of-class communication)

- Meeting challenges of asynchronous teaching

- Hybrid models of instruction

- 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.

The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM. ECA will be using Attendee Interactive to manage submissions and reviews.

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). Individual submissions of complete papers should include the following elements. 

1. A detachable title page with the title of the paper and the author's affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and email address. If the paper has multiple authors, submitters should indicate who will be presenting at the convention. 

2. The word "Debut" marked on all papers written by authors who have not presented previously at a regional or national convention. 

3. A one-page abstract on the second page.

4. A Statement of Professional Responsibility (see below) on the second page. 

In Attendee Interactive, submitters will also be able to indicate if this is a student paper, special requests, and audio/visual requests. For the manuscript submission, Word and PDF will be accepted.

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: 

1. A thematic title for the panel/program.

2. Names of the chair and respondent. Chairs should not also be designated as respondents. 

3. Names, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, and institutional affiliations of all participants. 

4. Titles and abstracts for each paper or presentation. 

5. A program copy (no more than a 75 word description) as it should appear in the final program.  

6. A detailed rationale for the panel/program

7. A Statement of Professional Responsibility (see below). 

In Attendee Interactive, submitters will also be asked to indicate estimate attendance and will be able to indicate special requests and audio/visual requests.

ECA utilizes Attendee Interactive to manage submissions and reviews. ECA will send an email to members and update the Convention section of its website with a link to the submission link this summer.  To submit your work, you will be prompted to login using ECA-specific credentials (you do not use login credentials you may have created for any other association, such as NCA, that uses Attendee Interactive), or to create an account. 

You may only submit a single paper to one interest group or affiliate organization for consideration.

The following statement MUST be included with every submission of a paper or panel in order for it to be eligible for review. If it is not attached with a submitted document, the chair is responsible for obtaining a completed copy of this form prior to the paper/panel being officially programmed for presentation at the convention.

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.

Please email all questions to Dr. Steve Granelli at

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