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10/04/2013

ECA 2014 Convention - Instructional Communication Interest Group (ICIG) Call for Submissions

The Instructional Communication Interest Group (ICIG) of the Eastern Communication Association invites you to submit your papers and panel proposals for the 2014 Eastern Communication Association's annual convention to be held in Providence, RI, April 23-27, 2014. The ICIG invites program proposals and research papers exploring any aspect of issues related to instructional communication.  Appropriate topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Instructor behaviors
  • Student learning outcomes
  • Student participation and involvement
  • Student retention
  • Assessment

Accepted papers and programs that relate to the convention theme of Communities of Dissent: A '"Lively Experiment" in Dialogue, Diversity, and Discourse will receive priority scheduling. Panels co-sponsored with other interest groups will receive special consideration. All people submitting a proposal either for a panel or a paper are encouraged to make themselves available to chair or act as a respondent in other panels.
 
All papers and proposals should be sent ELECTRONICALLY to the interest group chair, Daniel H. Mansson, at dhm14@psu.edu. All submissions must be received by October 15, 2013 in order to be considered. Please include “ECA submission” followed by your paper/proposal title in the subject line of your submission(s). Acceptance of a paper or panel proposal obligates authors and/or presenters to attend the conference and present the paper.

I. COMPETITIVE PAPERS
 
A. Competitive papers should not have been presented previously at another conference, (with the exception of a student-only conference), be accepted for publication, or have been published (with the exception of a student-only publication).
 
B. Submitted papers should include two separate attachments:
 
1. Title page, which should include the title of the paper, the names of all authors, AND each author's address, phone number, email address, and affiliation. Please indicate which author will be presenting at ECA.
 
a. Please label all debut papers with the phrase "DEBUT PAPER" in the upper right-hand corner of the title page. To qualify as a debut paper, the author or co-authors should not previously have presented a paper at a state, regional, national or international convention, or published in any academic journal. The paper also should not have been accepted for presentation or publication. Papers presented at student-only conferences are exempt from this requirement. All authors of a co-authored paper must meet these eligibility requirements for a paper to be considered a Debut Paper. Please indicate whether each author is a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral student.
 
b. When appropriate, put "STUDENT" in the upper right-hand corner of the title page; indicate whether the paper comes from a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral student.  All authors must be students to be considered a student paper.
 
2. A manuscript that includes: (a) a 250-500 word abstract of the paper (with title appearing on this page) and (b) a maximum of 25-pages of text, excluding references and tables. No information in the paper that identifies the author(s) beyond that which appears on the title page. Please remove any identifiers, such as the author's name, from the paper and electronic file from the header or on the file label. Any paper that exceeds 25-pages will not be reviewed or considered for presentation. Please follow APA 6th edition format guidelines.
 
II. PROGRAM PROPOSALS
 
A. Program proposals should focus on some unifying theme or concept relevant to research, theory, or practice in the area of instructional communication.
 
1. Programs may consist of a chair, individual presenters, and a critical respondent; however, round-table discussions, performance venues, or other unique formats are encouraged.

2. In alternative program formats, respondents may be included or omitted as appropriate.

3. Innovative program proposals, especially those that provide opportunities for interaction among participants and attendees, are encouraged.

4. Programs co-sponsored with other interest groups are also welcome. Programs that relate to the convention theme, Communities of Dissent: A '"Lively Experiment" in Dialogue, Diversity, and Discourse, are encouraged.

5. The panel organizer is expected to take responsibility for communication with the interest group chair, alert him to any changes or problems and to ensure that panelists register for the conference and deliver their papers.
 
B. Program proposals should include the following:
 
1.  A thematic title of the program.

2.  A one-page rationale for the panel and explanation of how the papers are thematically linked.

3.  The name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and affiliation of ALL participants.

4.  The title and brief (1-2 paragraph/s) description of each presentation.

5.  A program copy description of the panel (no more than a 75-word description) as it should appear in the final program.
 
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
 
The title page of each submission must include the following statement of professional responsibility:
 
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.
 
All papers and panel proposals should be sent ELECTRONICALLY (in MSWord or RTF format) to the interest group chair, Daniel H. Mansson, at dhm14@psu.edu. All submissions must be received by October 15, 2013 in order to be considered. Please use the following guidelines to name the files:
 
1. Choose a descriptive word from the title. Do not use your first or last name.
 
2. For the main program proposal, use the descriptive word followed by “mss” and the file type after a period.
 
3. For the title page, use the descriptive word followed by “ttl” and the file type after the period.
 
FINAL NOTE:
Equipment availability is extremely limited. We cannot guarantee any equipment. Presenters are encouraged to provide their own projector. Laptops will not be provided.
 
QUESTIONS
Please direct any questions to Daniel H. Mansson at dhm14@psu.edu.

Daniel H. Mansson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Communication Arts & Sciences
Penn State Hazleton
76 University Dr.
Memorial 108
Hazleton, PA 18202
(570) 450-3540