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ECA 2014 Convention - Call for Short Courses

Eastern Communication Association (ECA) 2014 Convention

Call for Short Courses

The 105th Annual ECA Convention theme is Communities of Dissent: A “Lively Experiment” in Dialogue, Diversity, and Discourse.  The submission deadline is October 15, 2013.  The convention will be held in Providence, Rhode Island at the Omni Providence on April 23-27, 2014. 

Short Course submissions are encouraged to consider 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.  Dissent can be transformational, a lively experiment in tolerance and freedom of conscience. When accepted and encouraged, dissent can be an important monitoring force, providing correctives for unethical behavior, unfavorable decision-making, and insensitivity to others’ needs. Dissent can also be dangerous, undermining sound and orderly government, and fueling conflict and aggression. 

Short Course Information

  • Short courses are 90-minutes in length and run as a part of the regular convention schedule.
  • Presenters are required to supply all materials for their courses.
  • The short course should be formatted as a workshop that encourages participant interaction.
  • Participants pay a fee to ECA for course participation.

Short Course Submission Guidelines:  Completed submissions should include the following:

  • Short course title
  • Names, institutional affiliations, mailing addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers for all presenters
  • A detailed rationale for the short course including the goal (the purpose of the panel) and the outcome (what attendees should know/be able to do at the conclusion of the short course)
  • Course description (no more than 100 words) as it should appear in the final program
  • Indicate any technology needs (keeping in mind that equipment rental is very expensive)  Please read ECA’s technology policy as you consider your technology needs: ECA Technology Policy  Reasonable requests for technology support will not be met unless they accompany the proposal submission.
  • Professional responsibility statement:  “In submitting the attached paper or proposal, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility.  I/We agree to present this paper or program/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 the required fees.”

Please submit materials electronically to:

Kristen Lynn Majocha, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
450 Schoolhouse Road
Johnstown, PA  15904

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