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ECA 2024 - Applied Communication Interest Group Call for Papers

The Applied Communication Interest Group is seeking paper and panel submissions for presentation at the 2024 annual meeting of the Eastern Communication Association. In keeping with the convention theme and Convention Program Planner Jeanne Persuit’s vision for this year’s convention, let these questions guide your paper and panel submissions: 

  • How can the communication discipline move ideas and theories into a wider body of knowledge?
  • How do theories currently shape the practice of communication?
  • How do historical currents shape the terrain of applied communication research?
  • What current trends and movements are changing the direction of teaching, learning, practicing, and theorizing communication?

This interest group invites submissions of papers, panels, and roundtable/program proposals that focus on how communication theory, research, and practice contribute to addressing pragmatic, social issues to harbor a better future. The Applied Communication Interest Group is committed to helping the general public solve socially relevant problems and to test the usefulness of communication theory in "real-world" settings. Research should highlight the connection between theory and practice by demonstrating theoretical applications and the usefulness for potential users to understand and implement recommendations will be accepted.

All submissions should be uploaded and processed through Attendee Interactive. The deadline for submissions is September 18, 2023, at 11:59pm PDT.

Submission link for Applied Communication Interest Group


Submission Guidelines for Completed Papers

Papers should be written in accordance with APA 7th edition. The following fields will be completed for individual submissions:

  1. A detached 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 our regional or national conference. 
  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, the submitter should indicate who will be presenting at the convention. 

Submission Guidelines for Panel/Program Proposals

Proposals should be written according to APA 7th edition. Include the following items in all panel/program submissions: 

  1. A thematic title for the panel.
  2. Names of the chair and respondents (if any).
  3. Names, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, and institutional affiliations of all panelists.
  4. Titles and abstracts for each paper. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words.
  5. A program copy (no more than a 75-word description) as it should appear in the final ECA 2024 program. 
  6. A detailed rationale for the program/panel. Rationales should not exceed 1000 words.
  7. A statement of professional responsibility.

Statement of Professional Responsibility

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

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.

Convention Acceptance Notifications: January 2024.

For additional information about the upcoming convention, please visit ECA’s website:

All questions or concerns related to the Applied Communication Interest Group can be directed to Dr. Jordan Atkinson (University of Kansas) at or Dr. Erin Craw at

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