109th Annual ECA Convention

Building Bridges

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

April 25-29, 2018

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Call for Papers

Submission deadline: October 15, 2017

Pittsburgh, also known as the city of bridges, will be home to the 2018 Eastern Communication Association Convention. Pittsburgh has a unique topography, being situated at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela, which forms the Ohio River. When a city is located on water, bridges span the horizon.

The bridges of Pittsburgh play an important role in the city's infrastructure. Without the 446 bridges interlacing the city, Pittsburgh would be a region of isolated communities. Just as the bridges in the city connect communities, communication has the opportunity to build bridges within and outside of our discipline, creating countless opportunities for research, teaching, and service.

The 2018 theme, Building Bridges, invites the exploration of cross-disciplinary research and encourages finding possibilities for connecting our research to theory and practice, creating new approaches to teaching, and collaborating with communities for service and civic engagement opportunities. How can we build bridges within our discipline? How do we communicate and engage others when the bridges are broken? What are ways in which communication creates opportunities for new connections and for building new bridges? What can we gain by fostering communication among our many communities in order to promote further connection?

We’re looking forward to hearing your thoughts, seeing you present your research, and engaging with you in the city of Pittsburgh. Together, we can build a wonderful bridge that connects us to our constituents and communities.

At the convention we will have traditional panels, large group meetings, and our traditional receptions. We will continue the “Going Green” theme by offering both a printed version and a downloadable app. of the program. I will continue to work on finding ways to engage the community at the convention.

Please include the updated Statement of Professional Responsibility on all submissions:

In submitting the attached paper or proposal, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. If this submission is accepted and programmed, I/We agree to register for the 2018 ECA Convention, pay fees, and present in Pittsburgh. I/We understand that presenters with last minute emergencies must make arrangements as possible for an alternate presenter as well as communicate their absences to both the Interest Group Planner and ECA VP; no shows will be removed from the official program.

To have time to confirm programming into the 2018 convention, notification of acceptance will not be given until the review process and initial session programming is drafted. (We do not wish to rank acceptances by sending out select notifications and having others wait.) Please expect to hear back about proposal acceptances no sooner than the traditional time of:

NOTE: A single paper or panel should only be submitted to a single interest group or affiliate organization for consideration.

Convention Acceptance Notifications: January 15, 2018


Thank you to the individuals listed here for their service to ECA and to our discipline.

First Vice President & Primary Convention Planner
                      Leeanne M. Bell McManus
                         Stevenson University
                              (724) 448-2263

Second Vice President
Janie Harden Fritz
Duquesne University

Second Vice President
(Local Arrangements)

Susan Mancino
Duquesne University

Community Relations Coordinator
Kasey Hudak
Penn State University Lehigh Valley

Director of Sponsorship

Mary C. Toale
SUNY Oswego

Graduate Poster Session
Andrew Spieldenner
Hofstra University

Program Designer/Mobile Coordinator
Chip Rouse
Stevenson University

Short Course Director

Tim Brown
West Chester University

Technology Coordinator

Douglas C. Strahler
Slippery Rock University

Student Coordinator
Stephanie Verni
Stevenson University

James C. McCroskey & Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference
Robert Sidelinger                  Brandi Frisby
Oakland University               University of Kentucky


                                       ECA 2018 INTEREST GROUP PLANNERS


American Society for the History of Rhetoric (ASHR) (Affiliate Organization)
Michelle Gibbons
State University of New York at Delhi

Intercultural Communication
Doreen Jowi
Bloomsburg University

Applied Communication
Alexander Lancaster
Weber State University

Interpersonal Communication
Meredith Marko Harrigan
SUNY Geneseo

Argumentation and Forensics
Jade Olson
University of Maryland

Interpretation and Performance Studies
Kathryn Hobson
James Madison University

Communication Administration
Andrew Herman

Kenneth Burke
Brian Gilchrist
Mount St. Mary’s University

Communication Law & Ethics
Martin Wallenstein
CUNY-John Jay

Media Communication

Nicholas Scott Smith
Wayne State University

Communication and Technology
Rodney A. Carveth
Morgan State University

Media Ecology (Affiliate Organization) 
Roxanne M. O’Connell
Roger Williams University

Communication Traits
Cristina González Alcalá
Summit Education Initiative

Nonverbal Communication
Zach Carr
SUNY Buffalo

Community College
Kerry Byrnes-Loinette
Collin College

Organizational Communication
Molly Eilkholt
West Virginia University

GIFTS (Great Ideas for Teaching Students)
Michael J. Stutz
Three Rivers Community College

Philosophy of Communication
Inci Ozum Sayrak
Duquesne University

Health Communication
Hannah Ball
Chapman University

Political Communication
Kristin English
Georgia College and State University

Institute of General Semantics (Affiliate Organization)
Lance Strate
Fordham University

Rhetoric and Public Address
Valerie Schrader
Penn State Schuylkill

Instructional Communication
Daniel Mansson
Penn State Hazelton

Theory and Methodology
Craig Maier
Duquesne University

Instructional Communication
Daniel Mansson
Penn State Hazelton

Voices of Diversity
Shaun Anderson
Loyola Marymount University