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68th Annual Convention


  • Panel/Program Submissions deadline: September 15th
  • Paper Submission deadline: December 1st
  • Research Symposium ends: December 1st
  • Faculty Research-in-Progress: December 15th
  • Student Research-in-Progress: December 15th

BEA2023, co-located with NAB Show, is an academic media convention with over 250 sessions on media pedagogy, collaborative networking events, hands-on technology workshops, research and creative scholarship and the Festival of Media Arts.   BEA2023 will primarily be an in-person convention with some virtual participation options.

 The BEA2023 Convention Spotlight is….. Retracing the Future
This year’s convention spotlight concludes the three-year exploration of the future which invoked the following themes: Facing the Future (2021)Embracing the Future (2022), and Retracing the Future (2023). Retracing the Future in BEA2023 encourages us to look forward and plan for a future that will continue to evolve at rapid pace – but it encourages us to do so while looking back into our history and understanding how we arrived at the present moment.  Simultaneously engaging with the past, present, and future allows us move forward with purpose, intentionality, justice, and hope….and just the right amount of caution. What have we learned from the multiple social and other challenges we have face in the distant and recent past? How can we use what we have learned to inform creative solutions and opportunities? What new or tried-and-true instructional models and practices can be created, combined, or adapted to best meet our students’ and our society’s needs in the long term?  What media models and practices will be most beneficial and effective for industry partners, practitioners, and the citizens of a democratic society? What should we bring back, update, or set aside? What should we do/create/teach now? BEA2023 stands firmly in the present, committed to a just and inclusive future, and highly aware of how our past has brought us to where we are now. By Retracing the Future, BEA 2023 encourages us to take a 360-degree look into the past, present, and future of electronic media practices, education, and research.

Retracing the Future serves as a spotlight for the convention, but papers are not limited to this area of research.  Papers should be submitted to the division that best fits that division’s goals and objectives.  Each division selects up to four papers for BEA2023 presentation and additional papers may be selected for the Scholar-to-Scholar digital research (poster) session.

Paper Submission Process -- Once you login with your BEA login and password, follow the steps below:

  1. Submit a paper… Click on the link for “Submit or Edit a Paper or Program Proposal.”
  2. Select an Interest Division… Read the division descriptions and select the division to which you will submit your research. Papers may NOT be submitted to more than one division in the same year.

  3. Submit the title & abstract… Follow the guidelines to add a title and abstract

  4. Adding co-authors… At the prompt, add any co-authors to the paper.  Note: If your co-author(s) aren’t BEA members, have them create All Academic accounts first so you can easily search and link them to the paper.
  5. Review & Upload… Review your information and upload your paper.

Programming Opportunities (All sessions are one-hour in length)

  • Panel/Research Presentation Sessions: These are the standard interest division sponsored convention format sessions with a moderator, 3-4 presenters and, if desired, a respondent.
  • Workshops:  Workshops should involve specialized training and professional development.
  • Technical Demonstrations: Equipment or software manufacturer/vendors are invited to bring in the latest communication technology to demonstrate. Faculty who have worked with the technology are encouraged to talk about their experiences with the equipment/software in the classroom or lab.
  • Showcases: These sessions highlight student work in which faculty have been involved. Showcases are to be more "show" than "tell."
  • Other ideas?  Contact us if you have other alternative innovative ideas for program sessions, such as off-site tours or technical training at and we would be happy to talk about them.



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