Complete Story


ECA - 2020 Convention - Call for Papers ... Communication and Technology Interest Group

Communication and Technology Interest Group

2020 Eastern Communication Association Conference

Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor, Baltimore


Submission Deadline: October 15, 2019 11:59 PST

The Communication and Technology Interest Group is requesting paper, panel, and interactive roundtable submissions for the 111th Annual ECA Convention in Baltimore, MD. The convention theme, Harboring Innovation, focuses on how we have innovated to remain relevant, cutting-edge, and unique both in our field, and compared to other disciplines in the social sciences. While communication technology seemingly goes hand-in-hand with the idea of innovation, submissions should consider how we are embracing innovation in our communication technology-related research, service, pedagogy, and/or practice. We invite submissions that innovate communication technology research, teaching, theory, as well as other applications that relate to the implications of technology-mediated communication for relationships, organizations, classrooms, communities, the environment, and other contexts.

Papers and panel/program proposals must be submitted electronically by Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Communication and Technology Interest Group at ECA utilizes Attendee Interactive to manage all submissions and blind-reviews. The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM PST.  You may upload and manage your submissions at:

The Communication and Technology Interest Group invites two types of submission and the specific requirements for each type follows:

Submission Guidelines for Individuals submitting Completed Papers 

Individual Paper: A completed paper reporting original research, an extensive literature review, or other form of scholarship. Papers should be written in accordance with the APA 6th edition. The following elements will be required for individual paper submissions: 

  1. A detachable 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 convention.
  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, submitter should indicate who will be presenting at the convention.

Submission Guidelines for Panel/Program Proposals  

Panel: A program where three to four speakers present individual papers on a specific topic area. The individual submitting the panel should identify a chair who has agreed to introduce each paper and moderate the presentation of papers and any discussion. Respondents are optional at the discretion of the panelists. Alternatively, Please submit panel/program proposals is one MS Word file (.doc or .docx). Include the following items in all panel/program submissions: 

  1. A thematic title for the program.
  2. Names of the chair and respondents (if any). Chairs should not also be designated as respondents.
  3. Names, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, and institutional affiliations of all participants.
  4. Titles and abstracts for each paper or presentation.
  5. A program copy (no more than a 75-word description) as it should appear in the final program.
  6. A detailed rationale for the program/panel.
  7. A statement of professional responsibility.

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

In submitting the attached paper/panel, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. I/We agree to present this paper/panel 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.  

For additional information about the upcoming convention, please visit ECA’s website All questions or concerns related to the Communication and Technology Interest Group can be directed to:  

Catie Clark-Gordon at This unit is limited in the number of sessions it programs, so prior consultation with the planner about session ideas might be useful in case any submitters have similar or complementary ideas.


Printer-Friendly Version