Short Courses

116th Eastern Communication Association Annual Convention

“Contemporary Problems, Creative Solutions”

Hyatt Regency, Buffalo, NY

March 26-March 30, 2025

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

Short Course Co-Planners: 

Nicole Blau, Ohio University

Candice Thomas-Maddox, Ohio University

What are Short Courses?

Short courses are 75-minute interactive workshops designed to provide training and/or strategies for application of information.  In short courses, you may cover topics such as teaching innovations, research ideas or methods, application of theory, skill development, or other topics of interest to communication instructors and scholars. The focus of short courses should be on practical application.

We encourage individuals to incorporate the theme "Contemporary Problems, Creative Solutions" into their course proposals. Topics can focus on current issues, scholarship, teaching, or outreach initiatives. Questions to consider when addressing the convention theme include: In what ways can communication studies scholarship, teaching, and practice contribute to the solution of contemporary societal, ecological, geopolitical, technological, and economic problems? How can we prepare undergraduate and graduate students to provide creative solutions to these contemporary problems? What are some ways we can apply Communication Studies scholarship, teaching, and practice to settings and situations outside the traditional contexts of our discipline?

Submission Requirements

Proposals for short courses will be submitted via ECA’s Attendee Interactive convention site.  The following fields are required for all submissions: 

  • Title - Title of the short course.
  • Participants - Names, full addresses, email addresses, and affiliations of all presenters/participants.
  • Description - A brief description (approx. 150 words) of the short course.
  • Categories – Indicate if any presenter(s) are Lambda Pi Eta members.
  • Short Course Information - specific information about your short course:
    • AV Equipment – Are there any technology needs to present the course?
    • Learning Objectives – What are the pedagogical goals of the course?
    • Outline of Topics – What topics/content will be covered in the course?
    • Special Requests – Are there special needs required (room set-up, etc.)?
    • Target Audience – Who would benefit from attending this course?
    • Teaching Methods – What pedagogical strategies will be used to accomplish each learning outcome (e.g., lecture, group discussion, activity)? Estimated time allocated to each learning objective?

Once all required information has been entered, you will be asked to “Preview the Submission” and “Finalize” the submission.  To finalize and submit the proposal, you must agree to the following ECA Statement of Professional Responsibility:

In submitting the attached short course, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. I/We agree to present this short course 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.

Additional Submission Information:

ECA uses Attendee Interactive to manage submissions and reviews.  The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, October 16, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. PST. 

All submissions must be uploaded to Attendee Interactive which can be accessed at LINK COMING SOON. Please note that your Attendee Interactive login and your ECA Membership login may be different.  If you do not already have an ECA Attendee Interactive account, you will be prompted to create an account with a new User ID and password to submit your proposal.

Convention Acceptance Notification: January 2025

All short course proposals will be competitively reviewed and selected.  Any questions about short courses, and short course proposals should be sent to Nicole Blau at and/or Candice Thomas-Maddox at

Thank you,
Nicole Blau and Candice Thomas-Maddox

ECA Short Course Co-Planners

All Short Courses

None at this time.