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ECA 2022 Convention - Applied Communication Interest Group Call for Papers

Eastern Communication Association

113th Annual Convention

April 7 to 9, 2022

Philadelphia, PA

The Applied Communication Interest Group of the Eastern Communication Association is now accepting submissions for the 2022 conference. The 2022 convention theme is “(Re)union,” marking our first in person ECA after two years of being unable to physically gather. Toward that end, First Vice President Dr. Pamela J. Lannutti invites ECA interest groups and members to develop programming for the 2022 convention that focuses on “(Re)union” in a variety of ways, including… 

Reuniting colleagues who have similar research and teaching interests,

Reuniting colleagues who have made significant contributions through their collaborative work,

Reuniting colleagues who have shared mentorship experiences,

Building new unions within ECA to move our discipline forward,

Building new unions between ECA and the larger communities in which our members live and work,

Creating opportunities to connect around shared research and teaching interests,

Opportunities for reflection on the effects of the global pandemic on our teaching, research, and professional development and how to move forward,

Deliberation on how communication scholars and educators contribute to a post-pandemic world.

This interest group invites submissions of papers, panels, and roundtable/program proposals that focus on how communication theory, research, and practice contribute to addressing pragmatic, social issues to harbor a better future. The Applied Communication Interest Group is committed to help the general public solve socially relevant problems and to test the usefulness of communication theory in "real-world" settings. Research should highlight the connection between theory and practice by demonstrating theoretical applications and the usefulness for potential users to understand and implement recommendations will be accepted.

The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2021 11:59 (ET).

All submissions should be uploaded and processed through Attendee Interactive.

Submission website:

Submission Guidelines for Completed Papers

Papers should be written in accordance with APA 7th edition. The following fields will be completed for individual submissions:

  1. A detached title page with the title of the paper and the author's affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and email address.
  2. The word “Debut” marked on all papers written by authors who have not presented previously at a regional or national conference.
  3. A one-page abstract on the second page.
  4. A statement of professional responsibility on the second page.

If the paper has multiple authors, the submitter should indicate who will be presenting at the convention.

Submission Guidelines for Panel/Program Proposals

Proposals should be written according to APA 7th edition. Include the following items in all panel/program submissions:

  1. A thematic title for the panel.
  2. Names of the chair and respondents (if any).
  3. Names, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, and institutional affiliations of all panelists.
  4. Titles and abstracts for each paper. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words.
  5. A program copy (no more than a 75-word description) as it should appear in the final ECA 2022 program.
  6. A detailed rationale for the program/panel. Rationales should not exceed 1000 words.
  7. A statement of professional responsibility.

Statement of Professional Responsibility

The following statement MUST be included with every submission of a paper or panel in order to be eligible for review: 

In submitting the attached paper or proposal, I/We recognize that an accepted paper, panel, or poster is considered a professional responsibility. If this submission is accepted and programmed, I/We agree to register for the ECA convention, pay fees, and present the work. I/We understand that presenters with last minute emergencies should take all possible measures to arrange an alternate presenter, and communicate their plans to both the Interest Group Planner and ECA VP. 

Convention Acceptance Notifications: January 2022.  

For additional information about the upcoming convention, please visit ECA’s website

All questions or concerns related to the Applied Communication Interest Group can be directed to:

Kati Sudnick, PhD, University of North Carolina Wilmington

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