Basic Course Conference

ECA Bi-Annual Basic Course Conference
Deliberation: Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
April 22, 2015

The Basic Couse Conference is held every other year during the first day of the ECA Annual Convention. We are honored to offer this Conference (BCC15) during the 106th ECA Convention. The goal of the conference is to expand our understanding of pedagogy associated with the Communication Basic Course. The call for submission to the BCC15 is listed below but participants need not be presenters. We encourage your attendance in this crucial part of our discipline. Together, we can grow in our success and develop the potential of our students.


The BCC15 will include:

  • Traditional Panel Presentations
  • A Lunch and Keynote Address: Join us for lunch and listen to the University of Dayton’s Basic Course Program Director, Joseph Valenzano, who was awarded a Basic Course Program of Excellence by the National Communication Association and is editor of the Basic Course Annual.
  • Short Course(s)
  • Evening Gathering : Participants are encouraged to join us in the evening for a casual gathering where we can continue our discussions [*details tba]


We are seeking proposals for strong panels, round-table discussions, or workshop sessions for the Basic Course Conference to be held during the 106th ECA convention to be held at the Sheraton Society Hill, located in central Philadelphia.

The intent of the Basic Course Conference is to bring together a variety of perspectives on current issues of basic course pedagogy. As the basic course is constructed in many varieties and spanning a range of curriculum demands, the basic course conference looks for panels that bridge differences or offer innovations applicable to all. Submissions for the Basic Course Conference must emphasize interaction, discussion, and the vibrant exchange of ideas. We encourage submitters to consider creative panels and programs that explore related issues and questions, and how these topics and questions intersect with critical issues related to the basic course in all iterations.

The deadline for electronic submissions is October 15, 2014.

Submissions of any kind must be sent via e-mail as a Word (doc. or docx.) attachment(s) to


Competitive Submissions

Abstracts or incomplete papers are not acceptable in this category, and all papers submitted must include a description of the interactive / discussion component of the presentation. Submissions of completed papers of no more than 25 pages (excluding title page, abstract, references, and appendices) should include the following:

  1. A first page with the title of the paper and the author's affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and email address (No other pages should include any author identification of any kind).
  2. The word "Debut" marked on all papers written by authors who have not previously presented at a regional or national convention.
  3. The word "Student" marked on all papers written by only student authors. (In order for the paper to be considered a student paper, all authors must be students and no faculty may be listed as or have worked as a co-author).
  4. A one-page abstract on the second page.
  5. A statement of professional responsibility on the second page (see below).
  6. If the paper is multi-authored, please indicate who will be presenting the paper at the convention.
  7. Any and all requests for technology should be listed on the second page; no technology can be guaranteed and no late requests can be honored.

Program/Panel Proposals
Programs or panels that you submit in completed form should include the following:

  1. A title for the program/panel.
  2. The name of the Chair and Respondent (if any). Please do not have panelists act as chairs or respondents.
  3. The names, institutional affiliations, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of all participant panelists.
  4. A statement of professional responsibility (see below).
  5. A detailed rationale for the program/panel and the interactive /discussion aspect of the panel.
  6. Titles and abstracts for each panelist’s paper or presentation.
  7. Program copy (no more than a 75-word description) as it should appear in the final program.
  8. Any and all requests for technology; no technology can be guaranteed and no late requests can be honored.

Proposal Template (this should serve as an example option for submissions)

Statement of Professional Responsibility

When submitting any project to the BCC15, the following statement MUST be included. Papers and panels without this statement will not be reviewed or programmed.

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 2015 ECA Convention, pay fees, and present in Philadelphia. 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.

Questions about the BCC15 should be directed to Co-Coordinators (Tracey Quigley Holden, University of Delaware, and Annette M. Holba, Plymouth State University).

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