ICA Awards 2013

Chair of Awards Committee: Gail Fairhurst

David Seibold

Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award

Barbara Pfetsch (GERMANY), Chair
Bertrand Faure (FRANCE)
Rebecca Meisenbach (USA)
Andrea Hollingshead (USA)
Keren Eyal (ISRAEL)

Winner: David Seibold, UC Santa Barbara (USA)

During his more than 35 years as a communication scholar David Seibold has been an exemplary role model as a scholar, teacher, and advisor. He has been an outstanding mentor supporting his students and junior colleagues during all stages of their careers. His scholarly work has been highly recognized and he has received many teaching awards. Prof. Seibold has had an impact on many of his former students who have become successful senior communication scholars in notable universities. His former students have also made significant impacts through their leadership in major communication organizations. David Seibold has made a major contribution to communication studies by not only encouraging young scholars to do excellent research but also through their service to the Communication discipline.

Joseph B. Walther

Steven H. Chaffee Career Achievement Award

Wolfgang Donsbach (GERMANY), Chair
André Caron (CANADA)
Annie Lang (USA)
Steven Wilson (USA)

Winner: Joseph B. Walther, Michigan State U (USA)

Joseph Walther has made a remarkable original contribution to which he has focused his empirical tools over a sustained period of time. Walther's research has consistently asked how computer-mediated communication impacts interpersonal relations and communication patterns. He published his initial version of the Social Information Processing Theory, a theory that describes how people form relationships online, in 1992. This work provided a theoretical framework for research in interpersonal communication spanning multiple research domains. His more recent theories such as Hyperpersonal Communication have grown to encompass fast paced technological innovation in CMC. This work has resulted in more than 100 publications, in peer-reviewed flagship journals of the field. In short Joe Walther's work embodies the spirit of the Steve Chaffee Career Productivity Award – focused, sustained, creative, original research.

Atkin, Smith, Silk

Applied Research Award

Anne Ellerup Nielsen (DENMARK), Chair
Jean Saludadez (PHILIPPINES)
Margaret Peters (AUSTRALIA)
George Cheney (USA)
Hans-Bernd Brosius (GERMANY)

Winners: Charles Atkin, Sandi Smith and Kami Silk, Michigan State U (USA)

The nominees for the Applied Research Award have all been engaged in significant and honorable research projects and they consequently all deserve recognition as candidates for the 2013 annual award. However, the committee finds that the research program carried out by Charles Atkin, Sandi Smith and Kami Silk stands out for several reasons. The research focuses on the applied communication problem of translating emerging science to reduce breast cancer risk. The team has pursued a systematic longitudinal research program that is theoretically informed and socially important targeting particularly young women at all levels of society. Their research is also highly productive in several important senses, with an integrative character that embraces multiple scientific disciplines, associated practitioners and relevant political leaders. Furthermore, the public visibility of the project correlates with its capacity to get public funding and re-funding. The committee therefore celebrates the research program of Atkin, Smith and Silk to be a true model for applied communication research with expansive intellectual and practical impacts.

Sarah Banet-Weiser

Outstanding Book Award

Caroline Hatcher (AUSTRALIA), Chair
Sally Planalp (USA)
Stephen Coleman (UK)
Christian Licoppe (FRANCE)
Manuel Ayala (MEXICO)

Winner: Sarah Banet-Weiser, U of Southern California (USA)
(2012) Authentic: The Politics of Ambivalence in a Brand Culture. (New York: NYU Press).

This is an engaging analysis of the role of branding in our everyday lives. The way in which Banet-Weiser wove the narrative together, starting with the construction of self and moving across creativity, politics (green movement) and finally religion was both subtle and coherent. This book is a well-written and nuanced analysis with great examples and interesting implications.

Jake Jensen

Young Scholar Award

Dmitri Williams (USA), Chair
Eun-Ju Lee (KOREA)
Robyn Remke (DENMARK)
Sandi Smith (USA)
Paul Leonardi (USA)

Winner: Jake Jensen, U of Utah (USA)

Jake is an exceptionally accomplished scholar who shows outstanding research productivity. Jake's work moves beyond more traditional message/reception research and considers the complicated ways in which we respond to and consume communication and information. It’s methodologically rigorous and theoretically complex, leading to sophisticated and interesting findings. Many on the committee noted that in addition to the theoretical contributions, his research can directly assist those who work with cancer prevention, treatment, and public education.

W.L. Bennett

Outstanding Article Award

Chin-Chuan Lee (HONG KONG), Chair
Pieter Maeseele (BELGIUM)
Marlene Marchiori (BRAZIL)
Philip Howard (USA)
Daniel O’Keefe (USA)

Winner: Lance Bennett, U of Washington (USA) & Alexandra Segerberg, Stockholm U (SWEDEN)
(2012) The Logic of Connective Action: Digital Media and the Personalization of Contentious Politics. Information, Communication & Society, Vol. 15, No. 5, 739-768.

This article proposes a theoretical framework for understanding the role of communication processes in different kinds of collective action. In addition to showing how these organizational differences require different theoretical and analytical approaches, the article establishes an argument for thinking about communication as an organizational process.

Leyla Nasibova

James Carey Urban Communication Grant

Myria Georgiou (UK), Chair
Lawrence Wood (USA)
Matthew Matsaganis (USA)
Susan Drucker (USA)

Winner: Leyla Nasibova, Aalto U (FINLAND)

The James W. Carey Urban Communication Grant Committee is delighted to give this grant to Leyla Nasibova for her proposal "Collaborative Design & Action Framework for Social & Urban Transformation in Cape Town." The project proposes the use of communication in connecting citizens across economic and racial divides in Cape Town. Nasibova proposes a collaborative project, with the participation of an NGO, an element of strength that this collaboration could support the application of research results. This is an innovative project that takes an established area of planning research (participatory design) into a direction foregrounding communication in the process. It is also a creative approach, especially in its focus on reconciling gaps between tradition and modernity.

Taylor and Every

ICA Fellows Book Award

Joseph Turow (USA), Chair
Ellen Wartella (USA)
Dafna Lemish (USA)
Janet Fulk (USA)
Don Ellis (USA)

Winner: James R. Taylor & Elizabeth J. Van Every, U of Montreal (CANADA)
(1999) The Emergent Organization: Communication as Its Site and Surface. Routledge Communication Series, 368.

This book has been highly influential within the field of organizational communication and beyond. The central perspective of the work has become, in the words of one committee member, “one major lens for viewing organizational communication . . . [with] a very strong and loyal following among a significant segment of the field.” One amazing achievement of the book is that the authors turned away from a common approach in organizational communication up until that time, which was to argue for the contributions communication theory could make alongside theories from management or sociology. Instead, through an argument carefully grounded in language and discourse theories, phenomenology, social studies of technology, conversation analysis, and semiotics, they arrived at communication as the logically necessary mechanism for any organizing (whether social or material) to be accomplished. Taylor and Van Every did something that goes beyond the realm of organizational studies: they developed an original thesis that ultimately reconciles the study of conversations and the study of texts.