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December 6, 2017

Eastern Communication Association

Registration to Open for ECA 2018 in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, also known as the City of Bridges, will be home to the 2018 Eastern Communication Association Convention. Registration will begin in January at, including a discounted early-bird rate. You are invited to visit our website to join or renew your membership for 2018 right now!

Pittsburgh has a unique topography, situated at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, which forms the Ohio River. When a city is located on water, bridges span the horizon.

The bridges of Pittsburgh play an important role in the city's infrastructure. Without the 446 bridges interlacing the city, Pittsburgh would be a region of isolated communities. Just as the bridges in the city connect communities, Communication has the opportunity to build bridges within and outside of our discipline, creating countless opportunities for research, teaching, and service.

The 2018 theme, Building Bridges, invites the exploration of cross-disciplinary research and encourages finding possibilities to connect our research to theory and practice, create new approaches to teaching, and collaborate with communities for service and civic engagement opportunities. How can we build bridges within our discipline? How do we communicate with and engage others when the bridges are broken? How does communication create opportunities for new connections and for building new bridges? What can we gain by fostering communication among our many communities to promote further connection?

We’re looking forward to hearing your thoughts, seeing you present your research, and engaging with you in the city of Pittsburgh. Together, we can build a wonderful bridge that connects us to our constituents and communities.

Unique Opportunity for ECA 2019 in Providence

The 2019 Eastern Communication Association convention (April 10-14 in Providence, Rhode Island) will be partially structured upon applied work that adheres to the scientific method. The work that we do should be making a difference in the lives of those around us. As a field, we should be asking questions about issues we face and solving those issues through communication. Convention Planner Katherine S. Thweatt is calling for applied projects that engage community partners to be conducted during 2018 for presentation at ECA 2019. The deadline for submissions is December 18, 2017. Dr. Thweatt will also challenge our membership to engage in traditional research that transforms our environments. For questions, or to submit a proposal, please contact Dr. Thweatt directly at


Western States Communication Association

WSCA’s 2018 conference will be hosted February 16-19, 2018, in Santa Clara, California, and will explore the theme “Mindfulness and Communication.” The conference kick-off event will include a discussion moderated by Heather Canary (San Diego State University) in which scholars John Crowley (University of Washington), Dan Huston (Concord Community College), Doug Kelley (Arizona State University), Kurt Lindemann (San Diego State University), and Jennifer Malkowski (California State University, Chico) will discuss how they have integrated mindfulness and other contemplative practices into their research and teaching. Mindfulness is a practice that focuses on non-judgmental, present moment awareness. It has been integrated into a wide range of Communication areas, including media studies, interpersonal, family, health, and organizational communication. Join more than 600 scholars participating in 150+ panels for this engaging conference. Registration is now open here.