Call for Papers

 116th Annual ECA Convention


Submission Deadline: October 16, 2024, 11:59pm PST

Call for Submissions

116th Eastern Communication Association Annual Convention

“Contemporary Problems, Creative Solutions”

Hyatt Regency, Buffalo, NY

March 26-March 30, 2025

Submission Deadline: October 16, 2024, 11:59pm PST

Known as the “City of Good Neighbors” for its welcoming and supportive community, Buffalo will be the site for the 2025 annual convention of the Eastern Communication Association. For the first time in 23 years, ECA will be held in the great state of New York! Please join us at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo from March 26-30, 2025, for the 116th ECA annual convention.

The Hyatt Regency is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Buffalo within walking distance to the waterfront, KeyBank Center, Buffalo Naval Park, Buffalo RiverWorks, Canalside, and Shea’s Buffalo Theatre. The property offers several amenities for guests, including on-site dining, a fitness center, and a business center.

The 2025 convention theme is Contemporary Problems, Creative Solutions. In our ever-changing world, contemporary problems and issues need to be addressed with creative solutions. Communication Studies scholars and practitioners are well-positioned to offer theoretical and practical insights to address contemporary problems. First Vice President’s Special Programming will focus on the communication surrounding contemporary problems and potential solutions in various areas including social justice, Artificial Intelligence, higher education enrollment, undergraduate and graduate program development, curriculum changes, current political climate, health disparities, and workplace communication issues, among other areas. I encourage submissions that interrogate the following:

  • How can Communication Studies scholarship, teaching, and practice provide creative solutions to contemporary societal, environmental, geopolitical, technological, and economic problems?
  • How can we best prepare undergraduate and graduate students to address these contemporary problems with creative solutions?
  • How can we extend Communication Studies scholarship, teaching, and practice to settings and situations outside our traditional contexts?

The 116th ECA convention will feature paper sessions, panel sessions, short courses, poster sessions, and roundtables. The 2025 convention will also feature the Basic Course Conference. This will be an exciting opportunity for all individuals who teach or direct the introductory communication courses at their respective institutions to engage with each other by sharing innovative basic course research, pedagogical strategies, and program initiatives.

I consider it an incredible honor to serve you and our incredible Association as the 2025 Primary Convention Planner. I am very excited to work with Interest Group Planners and my convention planning team to plan a wonderful ECA 2025. I certainly hope you will join us for a wonderful convention in Buffalo!

Jordan Atkinson, Ph.D.
University of Kansas

Convention Acceptance Notifications: January 2025

Undergraduate Scholars Conference

Call for Competitive Graduate Posters

Short Courses

2025 Interest Group Planners

American Society for the History of Rhetoric (ASHR) (Affiliate Organization)
David Hoffman
Baruch College - CUNY

Interpersonal Communication
Meredith Harrigan
SUNY Geneseo
Applied Communication
Erin Craw
UConn Stamford
Interpretation and Performance
Jennifer Shamrock
Monmouth University

Evan Schares
Villanova University
Argumentation & Forensics
Robert Green
Bloomsburg University

Kenneth Burke
Cem Zeytinoglu
East Stroudsburg University
Communication Administration
Andrew Herman
SUNY Geneseo

Media Communication

Roseann Pluretti
Queens University

Tanya Powers
Marist University

Communication Law & Ethics
Noura Hajjaj
SUNY New Paltz
Media Ecology (Affiliate Organization)
Ryan McCullough
West Liberty University
Communication and Technology
Joel Ward
Geneva College

Nonverbal Communication
Madison Neurohr
University at Buffalo
Communication Traits
Lynda McCroskey
California State University, Long Beach
Organizational Communication
Stratton Casey
Salisbury Univerity
Community College
Jenny Warren
Collin College
Philosophy of Communication
Joel Ward
Geneva College

Victoria Nabors
City Colleges of Chicago

Political Communication
Robert Stise
University of Delaware
Health Communication
Yadong Ji
Western Washington University

Rhetoric and Public Address
Tim Barney
University of Richmond

Institute of General Semantics (Affiliate Organization)
Thom Gencarelli
Manhattan College

Theory and Methodology
Doran Tucker
George Mason University
Instructional Communication
Cathlin Clark-Gordon
Seton Hill University

Voices of Diversity
Dan Strasser
Rowan University
Intercultural Communication


Thank you to the individuals listed here for their service to ECA and to our discipline.

ECA 2025 Planning Team

First Vice President-Elect & Primary Convention Planner

Jordan Atkinson, University of Kansas
(606) 422-3312

Second Vice President

Stephen M. Kromka, University of Tampa

Second Vice President (Local Arrangements)

Zachary Carr, University at Buffalo SUNY

Director of Sponsorship

Katherine Thweatt, SUNY Oswego

Basic Course Director

Caroline Waldbuesser, University of Missouri

Short Course Co-Directors

Candice Thomas-Maddox, Ohio University-Lancaster

Nikki Blau, Ohio University-Lancaster


Graduate Poster Session

Julia Weiss, University of Virginia’s College at Wise

James C. McCroskey & Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference

Sara Pitts, Alice Lloyd College

James Baker, Mission College

Past Conference Advisor

Leeanne Bell McManus, Stevenson University

Social Media Director

Colin Kearney
Christopher Newport University