112th Annual ECA Convention


Virtual Convention

Wednesday, March 24 – Sunday, March 28, 2021

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Short Courses

Short Course Program Submission

2021 Eastern Communication Association Conference

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Wednesday, March 24 –  Sunday, March 28, 2021

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2020

Information about the 2021 ECA Conference Theme

Our vision for the 2021 ECA conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is to engage “Resilience” thoughtfully as a persistent response to overcoming obstacles, thriving despite challenges, and adapting to an ever-changing global landscape.  As we are embedded in a historical moment marked by “wicked problems,” we look forward to the opportunity to explore resilience for global communities and share possibilities for teaching, research, civic engagement, as well as in our professional and personal endeavors.  We recognize that inherent within resilience are conflict and struggle.  However, from this discomfort, resilience brings a power and a responsibility to share with the larger global community. Our hope is that through the conference experience, we will contribute to the ongoing “Resilience” conversation and reveal our persistence as we respond to the challenges of the 21st century.

Submission Instructions

Log into Attendee Interactive and click on "My Submissions." Click on "Create New Submission." Please include all required information as detailed below.  If the program is accepted, the short course syllabus (a slightly modified version of the submission document) will be posted on ECA’s website for review by potential participants.


Provide a title that clearly indicates the focus of the short course. It should be succinct and meaningful.


Please provide the following information for each presenter: First Name, Last Name, Title, Affiliation, and Contact Information


Provide a description (75 word maximum) that informs the reader of the intent as well as the content of the short course.  This description will appear in the convention program.

Target Audience

Describe the intended audience, why they would be interested, and how they would benefit from attending this short course. 

Short Course Outline

Provide a bulleted list of major topics with sub-topics (if applicable). 

Learning Outcomes

Provide a bulleted list the three to five major learning outcomes that participants will accomplish.  Each learning outcome should be a statement of what participants will be able to do or have learned upon completing the Short Course.  For example: Participants will be able to implement multiple class activities that demonstrate theory application in the persuasion course.

Teaching Methods

Describe the teaching methods and pedagogical strategies that will be used to accomplish the learning outcomes described above.  These methods could include lecture, small group discussion, group activities, case studies, etc.  For example, if participants will leave with a greater understanding of communication theory, what learning activities will help them to achieve that outcome? Submissions should identify each pedagogical strategy followed by a description of the activity that will be employed to achieve the learning outcome. 

Technology Needs

Indicate any technology needs (keeping in mind that equipment rental is very expensive and we may not be able to meet the need). Requests for technology support will not be met unless included in the proposal submission.

Statement of Professional Responsibility

Please include the Statement of Professional Responsibility with your submission: 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.

For more information or questions, contact:

Jordan Atkinson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication
Missouri Western State University