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ECA 2014 Convention - James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference - Call for Submissions

Deadline: December 20, 2013

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Last Call for Papers
Fourth Annual
James C. McCroskey and
Virginia P. Richmond
Undergraduate Scholars Conference

In Conjunction with the
105th Eastern Communication Association Convention

Submission Deadline: December 20, 2013
Submission Email: ECAundergrad@gmail.com
Submission Format: .doc or .pdf

Communities of Dissent: A “Lively Experiment” in
Dialogue, Diversity, and Discourse

We are pleased to invite you to attend the 4rd annual James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference to be held in Providence, Rhode Island, at the Omni Providence April 25th and 26th, 2014. ECA’s convention theme, “Communities of Dissent: A “Lively Experiment” in Dialogue, Diversity, and Discourse” explores the expression and suppression of dissent across communication contexts—relational, organizational, mediated, social, and political—and the attendant implications for such concerns as relational quality, community identification, civic engagement, public dialogue, accountability, and justice.

Papers for the Undergraduate Scholar’s Conference will be accepted from every sub-discipline in the field of communication. Students should only submit one paper/poster/panel to the undergraduate conference. We will also offer a range of presentation formats including:

•     Competitive Paper Presentations

•     Competitive Poster Sessions

•     Panel Discussions

Guidelines for each of these are attached to this call. 

Faculty, please note that the deadline for submissions is December20th so please consider creating assignments that could be used for the convention.

Submissions of Completed Papers Should Include:

1) A title page with the title of the paper and the author(s)’ affiliations, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses.

2) Mark "Debut" if the author has not presented previously at a regional or national convention.

3) A one-page abstract on the second page.

4) Please indicate your willingness to present your paper as a competitive paper presentation, competitive poster presentation, or both.

Competitive Paper Presentation

Competitive Paper Presentations are similar to formal presentations where the authors explain their research in a 10 to 15 minute oral presentation. In this presentation format, 3 or 4 papers will be presented together containing a general theme that links the papers together. Furthermore, these presentations will be followed by a response from a top-scholar in the field of communication.

5) Contact information for student(s)’ faculty sponsor(s).

6) Statement of professional responsibility should follow the abstract on the second page of the submitted manuscript.

“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 Undergraduate Scholar’s Conference must register and pay required fees.”

7) Your manuscript should be e-mailed to ECAundergrad@gmail.com by December 20th by 5:00 PM EST. Please note that this is later than the traditional ECA paper deadline.

(If a paper or panel is multi-authored, please indicate who will be presenting at the convention. In case someone has many presentations that overlap, this helps the First Vice President determine how to slot people.)

Competitive Poster Submissions

1) A title page with the title of the paper and the author(s)’ affiliations, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses.

2) Mark "Debut" if the author has not presented previously at a regional or national convention.

3) A one-page abstract on the second page (if a completed paper).

4) Some projects are better represented visually in a poster session and may not involve a full-length paper. These poster proposals should include a justification for why the student(s) project would make a strong poster (lack of paper completion is not a strong justification).

Competitive Poster Presentation

Competitive Poster Presentations involving an author or group of authors standing next to a physical poster that visually explains the crux of the paper. Individuals will walk around reading the posters and talking to the author(s) about the study. One of the nice things about poster sessions is that they tend to be low key and full of energy. If you have never presented at an academic conference, poster sessions are a less stressful first foray into the academic community. You may even want to consider making a handout that summarizes your study to individuals who talk to you about your study.

5) Contact information for student(s)’ faculty sponsor(s).

6) Statement of professional responsibility should follow the abstract on the second page of the submitted manuscript.

“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 Undergraduate Scholar’s Conference must register and pay required fees.”

7) Your manuscript should be e-mailed to ECAundergrad@gmail.com by December 20th by 5:00 PM EST. Please note that this is later than the traditional ECA paper deadline.

(If a poster proposal is multi-authored, please indicate who will be presenting at the convention. In case someone has many presentations that overlap, this helps the First Vice President determine how to slot people.)

Submissions of Program/Panel Proposals Should Include

1) A thematic title for the program.

2) Names of chair and respondents, if any.

3) Names, mailing address, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, and institutional affiliation of all participants. Panels with reflecting the convention theme and/or diversity of perspectives or institutional affiliations will be viewed positively.

4) Title and abstracts for each paper or presentation.

5) Program copy (a 75 word description) as it will appear in the final program.

6) A detailed rationale for the program/panel.

7) Contact information for student(s)’ faculty sponsor(s).

8) 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 Undergraduate Scholar’s Conference must register and pay required fees.”

8) Your panel proposal should be e-mailed to ECAundergrad@gmail.com by December 20th by 5:00 PM EST.

Please note that this is later than the traditional ECA paper deadline.

(If a paper or panel is multi-authored, please indicate who will be presenting at the convention. In case someone has many presentations that overlap, this helps the First Vice President determine how to slot people.)


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