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ECA 2023 ... Nonverbal Communication Interest Group Call for Submissions

Eastern Communication Association
114th Annual ECA Convention 

Hyatt Regency, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD
March 29-April 2, 2023

Convention Theme: “Harboring Innovation” 

Submission Deadline Date: October 16, 2022, 11:59 PM PST

The Nonverbal Communication Interest Group is seeking submissions for the 114th annual ECA Convention to be held in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor from March 29 to April 2, 2023. Let this year’s convention theme, “harboring innovation”, guide your submissions:

“Innovate”: To make changes in something established, especially by introducing new ideas, methods, or activities. To create transformation, revolution, metamorphosis.

Let this definition, provided by Jennifer Waldeck (Convention Program Planner), inspire your own submissions focused on innovative theories, research design, discussions, teaching, data collection, data analysis, measurement, etc. It is time to share how you have innovated in your research and/or in the classroom, and share ideas how our division needs to continue to innovate to remain relevant, cutting-edge, and unique.

We invite you all to submit relevant scholarship that touches upon the previously mentioned goals of ECA 2023 within the field of nonverbal communication. We are open to any method or topic within communication studies, as long as it relates to nonverbal communication (e.g., paralinguistic cues, facial expressions, body language, environmental communication, and the like).

ECA will again be using Attendee Interactive to manage submissions and reviews. All submissions should be uploaded through Attendee Interactive at the following site: The deadline for submissions remains the same, October 16, 2022 at 11:59 PM (PST). You may be prompted to create a new User ID and Password to submit your work. 

Submission website:

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

Submission Guidelines for Completed Papers 

Papers should be written in accordance with the University of Chicago Manual of Style or APA 7th edition (whichever is appropriate). The following fields need to be completed for individual submissions: 

  • Title
  • Description (aka. Abstract) including the Professional Responsibility Statement.
  • Student Paper marked when appropriate.
  • The word “Debut” marked on all papers written by authors who have not presented previously at a regional or national convention.
  • Special requests
  • Audio Visual Needs
  • Upload final paper or additional documents (file types accepted: Word or PDF).
  • If the paper has multiple authors, submitter should indicate who will be presenting at the convention.

Submission Guidelines for Panel/Program Proposals  

Please submit panel/program proposals is one MS Word file (.doc or .docx). Proposals should be written according to the University of Chicago Manual of Style or APA 7th edition (whichever is appropriate). Include the following items in all panel/program submissions: 

  • Thematic Title
  • Participants (Names & Affiliations) including chair and respondent.
  • Estimated Attendance
  • Special requests
  • Rationale
  • Audio Visual Needs
  • Upload supporting documents that include titles and abstract for each paper or presentation, program copy (no more than a 75-word description) as it should appear in the final program, and Statement of Professionalism (see below).

Include the following statement with submissions. 

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 Nonverbal Communication Interest Group can be directed to:  

Zachary R. Glowacki, Doctoral Student
Department of Communication
University at Buffalo, SUNY

We eagerly await your submissions and look forward to (re)-convening again soon!

Zachary R. Glowacki (NV Interest Group Chair)
Madison Neurohr (NV Interest Group Vice-Chair)

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