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Call for Papers

Organizational Communication Interest Group

111th Annual Eastern Communication Association Convention

Harboring Innovation

April 1-April 5, 2020

Baltimore, MD

Convention Submission Deadline: October 15, 2019

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

The 2020 conference will feature a series of research workshops that are being offered for ECA attendees. Dr. Andrew Hayes, Professor of Psychology and Communication, will be facilitating two half-day research workshops: “Integrating Mediation and Moderation Analysis: Fundamentals using PROCESS” and “Mediation Analysis with Distinguishable Dyadic Data.”  

We also have Dr. Heather Stuckey, Associate Professor of Medicine, Humanities, and Public Health Sciences at the Penn State Hershey College of Medicine, who will conduct a workshop on “Best Practices for Qualitative Communication Research.”  Pre-registration information is coming soon and both workshops are being offered by ECA at nominal cost to attendees.  If you are a rhetorical scholar, Steve Granelli, the Innovations in Rhetorical Criticism programming director, is working on some exciting and interesting offerings as well. 

Dr. Hayes will also be offering a keynote address, “From Graduate School to Retirement:  Creating, Managing, and Refreshing a Meaningful Academic Career.”  His keynote will be addressed to scholars at all career stages, from graduate to Full Professor, on managing your career and finding motivation and direction at various transitions. These are just a few of the plans that truly illustrate the 2020 conference theme, “Harboring Innovation.”

Toward that end, we invite work that focuses on how we have innovated and how we need to innovate to remain relevant, cutting-edge, and unique— especially in relation to other social science disciplines. In what ways does our scholarship and teaching keep the field at the forefront of studying the powerful impact of public, private, and mediated messages on our relationships, organizations, communities, and the environment? What disruptions are communication scholars, practitioners, and teachers responding to with innovative theories, questions, methods, data analysis techniques, and practices? What opportunities exist for us to innovate with our research, service, pedagogy, and practice? What are you doing that is unique? How are you leading the way? How are you responding to your environment to ensure that your work and our field are addressing the practical communication concerns of society that exist today and that might arise tomorrow?

Our “Harboring Innovation” 2020 conference will provide a venue to showcase how we are innovating, and to deliberate the ways in which we must innovate to ensure that the communication discipline continues to make an important impact at all levels of society.

The Organizational Communication Interest Group welcomes proposals, regardless of affiliation, for individual papers, panels, workshops, round table discussions, symposiums, debates, open forums, community programs, or any other creative sessions.

All submissions must be completed electronically through the ECA Attendee Interactive online system (


Individual submissions of complete papers should include the following elements:

  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, please indicate who will be presenting at the convention.


Submission of program/panel proposals should include the following elements:

  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.


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 programed. 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 Organizational Communication Interest Group can be directed to:  Michael Sollitto (, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

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