2018 Annual Conference

83rd Annual International Conference
October 24-27, 2018
Miami, Florida, USA      

Celebrating Diversity and Culture in Business Communication

See the 2018 Miami photos here!


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Image courtesy:  Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau


Program & Presidential Address

Click here for a downloadble pdf of the conference program. 

Presidential Address

Download ABC's Guidebook for Conference Info On-the-Go!


Learn more about workshops.

Conference Forum

Would you like to upload handouts?  Would you like to connect with ABC members to find a roommate for the conference or share transportation to/from the airport? Maybe you would like to discuss the conference before heading to Miami?  Visit the conference forum, which is private and available to ABC members only.

Lunch and Learn with Cengage Learning

Thursday, October 25

Cengage Learning is sponsoring a Lunch and Learn.  Enjoy a Cengage-provided lunch and take this opportunity to learn how the accessibility and affordability of course materials influence how many students meet your desired learning outcomes.  

Additional details will be posted by early August.   Sign-ups are limited with conference registration.  Want to add this option after you have already registered?  Find steps here.


Click here for registration details.

Lodging & Location

Enjoy the tropical ambiance of South Florida at our conference venue:

Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay, 1633 North Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL 33132.
One block north of Adrian Arts/Omni Metro
Rates: Single/Double $199 (plus 13% tax; subject to change). Includes internet and health club access.

Click here to reserve.        Should you require a roll-in shower or other needs for accessibility, please reserve directly with the hotel by calling (305)374-3900.       

Conference delegates are responsible for making their own reservations and paying for their lodging, travel, and other expenses.


To view your submission, log into the ABC site and click My Profile, then click My Options. Next, select My Presentations (at bottom of list—lower right corner). Click your Miami submission. Co-presenters and co-authors will see title, but cannot view the submission.

Submitter can edit and can accept the submission.  Click here for steps.

Click here for Submission Guidelines.  (Submissions closed.)
Click here for sample submission form.

Presenters and Co-Presenters must be either an "Organization Member" or "Organization Guest".  If you do not yet have an ABC membership or a guest account (free, but with no benefits), please create an account before submitting or registering by visiting the ABC membership page at: https://tinyurl.com/yaznm64k     

Call for Proposals

See the call for proposals
Convocatoria (Call for Proposals in Spanish)

Focus - Teaching, Research, Consulting, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Click here to visit session types and roundtable calls.
Click here for poster size and tips.


Learn about Proceedings here.  Log in and then submit your full paper by June 30.  Find past conference Proceedings on the ABC Publications page.
Proceedings ? - Contact Leigh Ann Whittle, Chair, Proceedings Editorial Review Board.


Silent Auction

Plans are underway for the C. R. Anderson Foundation Silent Auction held at the ABC annual international conference.  The auction is a great way to involve our graduate students.  This year, 100% of auction proceeds will go towards supporting our graduate students travel grants.  Click here to tell us what you are bringing to the auction or to donate. 

ABC affiliate C. R. Anderson Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.  Your donations and contributions are deductible to the extent allowed by U. S. tax law.

Questions about the silent auction?  Contact auction co-chairs Clive Muir or Dirk Remley.


A Biscayne Bay float? A tasty outing to Little Havana?  A visit to Coconut Grove?  A walk through the pop art of Wynwood Walls area?  Hitting South Beach?! 

Sign up for "on your own" outings with ABC mates on the conference forum.  You may like to start your own "excursion" thread there, but to get started, check out the forum threads.  All transportation is on your own.  Read of some options in Transportation & Travel Tips.

Want to get further away?

Transportation & Travel Tips

Airport to Conference Venue via Public Transit-one way is about $2.25.  At Miami International Airport, take free MIA Mover (every 5 min.) to Miami Airport Metro.  Purchase Metro fare card at station or online.  Travel South to Government Center.  Exit Metro and take the free Metro Mover-Omni Loop (every 6 min.).  Exit at Adrian Airts/Omni Metro.  Go 1 block north to hotel.       (Wheelchair accessible.)

Cab to hotel is about $35.  Lyft or Uber is about $20.

Renting a car?  For tolls, consider purchasing a SunPass mini sticker transponder to pre-pay tolls.

Miami transit tips.   

Apps to navigate public transportation:  Miami-Dade Transit Tracker and the Miami Trolley App.

Trolley stops near hotel are free and fully accessible with lift.    Wynward stop immediately in front of the hotel travels to Wynwood Walls area with walls and buildings decorated with street art.  Biscayne stop within the block has stops that include museums and Bayside Marketplace.  Load the mobile app for more details.    Learn more about trolley here.
Metro Mover (one block north at Omni Center) is free and fully accessible.  Stops include Museum stop and Bayside Marketplace. 
Public bus (one block north at Omni Center) is fully accessible with lift.  Cost about $2.25. 

Click here for a virtual visit to Miami.  Images courtesy:  Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau
Click here for Miami fun facts.


Conference Contacts

Becky Crews and Susan Schanne