116th Annual ECA Convention


Buffalo, NY, March 26 - 30, 2025

Call for Submissions

116th Eastern Communication Association Annual Convention

“Contemporary Problems, Creative Solutions”

Hyatt Regency, Buffalo, NY

March 26-March 30, 2025

Submission Deadline: October 16, 2024, 11:59pm PST

Known as the “City of Good Neighbors” for its welcoming and supportive community, Buffalo will be the site for the 2025 annual convention of the Eastern Communication Association. For the first time in 23 years, ECA will be held in the great state of New York! Please join us at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo from March 26-30, 2025, for the 116th ECA annual convention.

The Hyatt Regency is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Buffalo within walking distance to the waterfront, KeyBank Center, Buffalo Naval Park, Buffalo RiverWorks, Canalside, and Shea’s Buffalo Theatre. The property offers several amenities for guests, including on-site dining, a fitness center, and a business center.

The 2025 convention theme is Contemporary Problems, Creative Solutions. In our ever-changing world, contemporary problems and issues need to be addressed with creative solutions. Communication Studies scholars and practitioners are well-positioned to offer theoretical and practical insights to address contemporary problems. First Vice President’s Special Programming will focus on the communication surrounding contemporary problems and potential solutions in various areas including social justice, Artificial Intelligence, higher education enrollment, undergraduate and graduate program development, curriculum changes, current political climate, health disparities, and workplace communication issues, among other areas. I encourage submissions that interrogate the following:

  • How can Communication Studies scholarship, teaching, and practice provide creative solutions to contemporary societal, environmental, geopolitical, technological, and economic problems?
  • How can we best prepare undergraduate and graduate students to address these contemporary problems with creative solutions?
  • How can we extend Communication Studies scholarship, teaching, and practice to settings and situations outside our traditional contexts?

The 116th ECA convention will feature paper sessions, panel sessions, short courses, poster sessions, and roundtables. The 2025 convention will also feature the Basic Course Conference. This will be an exciting opportunity for all individuals who teach or direct the introductory communication courses at their respective institutions to engage with each other by sharing innovative basic course research, pedagogical strategies, and program initiatives.

I consider it an incredible honor to serve you and our incredible Association as the 2025 Primary Convention Planner. I am very excited to work with Interest Group Planners and my convention planning team to plan a wonderful ECA 2025. I certainly hope you will join us for a wonderful convention in Buffalo!

Jordan Atkinson, Ph.D.
University of Kansas

Convention Acceptance Notifications: January 2025

Registration coming soon!