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An Update from Your 2020 Convention Planner

January 9, 2020

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had some relaxing and fun time with family and friends during the winter break.  By now, you should have received news regarding your ECA submissions.  And you are hopefully beginning to think about those fun spring days that emerge every year after the long winter, when we gather for our annual convention, friendship, and the exchange of great ideas. 

Great news:

Registration for the 2020 convention is now open!  Head over to to register for the convention and check out the exciting events we have planned.

An elegant convention-wide luncheon with an internationally-known academic superstar giving the keynote – for less than the cost of a sandwich or sushi outside the hotel?  Check!  ECA is underwriting most of the cost of what we hope will become a new convention tradition.  Please see the details when registering and plan to join us.

A workshop connecting faculty from all types of institutions on refreshing our teaching and re-tooling our courses?  Check!  Spend the afternoon on Thursday at the Connect Conference.

Innovative and visionary art?  Bourbon?  Guinness?  Baseball?  Check, check, check, check.  We have a fun lineup of field trips with something for just about everyone.

And these events requiring pre-registration don’t even begin to hint at the fantastic lineup of panels and programs we have scheduled for you.  The program will be ready later in January, and I can’t wait for you to see it.  I am extremely proud of this convention already.  You all really answered the call to be innovative, and the program will have so much to offer everyone.

Space is still available in the three research methods workshops.  Also, please note the post-convention session on grant funding and external partnerships, open to all attendees (including students just getting started), scheduled Sunday morning.  A minimum number of participants will be required for this session to run.  If you are interested in seeking external funding for your work and aren’t sure where to start, or if you’ve had disappointments and want to improve your chances, check the box and plan to attend this workshop with veteran grant-funded communication researchers.  It’s an amazing opportunity.

I can’t wait to see everyone in Baltimore, April 1-5. 


Jennifer Waldeck
First Vice President/Primary Convention Planner

PS:  Please be sure to sign up for our receptions if you would like to attend, and if you say “yes,” please be sure to stop by!  ECA underwrites much of the cost of these receptions for our members, and the count is so important for an accurate catering order.  Help us minimize waste and make sure that we have enough deliciousness for everyone.

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ECA Membership Renewal Notice for 2020

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