ICA Awards

Eight ICA awards are presented when qualified candidates are nominated; no award is presented if the nomination process does not produce qualified candidates with strong credentials. All awards and accompanying cash prizes, when appropriate, are presented to successful candidates as part of a combined awards ceremony and ICA annual members' meeting during the organization's annual conference.Click here to view past award recipients by year.

Nomination Procedure

The General Nomination Guidelines outline the criteria necessary to nominate a candidate for any of the ICA Research Awards. All nominators must be ICA members. Award specific criteria can be found in the detailed descriptions below for each of the awards. All nominees must be ICA members with the exception of those nominated for the:

  • Steven H. Chaffee Career Achievement Award
  • The James W. Carey Urban Communication Grant


Steven H. Chaffee Career Achievement Award

Award Recipients

The award honors a scholar (or small group of collaborating scholars) for a sustained contribution to theoretical development or empirical research related to communication studies over an extended period. The selection committee favors research that is innovative, asks conceptually rich questions, and elaborates new theoretical possibilities and/or compelling directions for empirical investigation. The body of work should comprise multiple publications and should have inspired second-generation work among a large number of other scholars. Rather than recognizing publication productivity or direct involvement in ICA, the award is designed to acknowledge the long term significance for communication studies of the recipient's scholarship. Most nominees are members of the discipline and belong to ICA, but other scholars are eligible, regardless of current membership or department affiliation. The winner has the option to present their research at the following year's ICA conference.

Nomination Procedures

To nominate, see also the General Nomination Guidelines . The following requirements apply to this award:

  1. The nominating letter(s) must specify the relevant body of work, the communication research problem it addresses, its conceptual and empirical contributions, its development over time and record of publication, and its influence on second-generation work by other scholars; and
  2. The copies of the publications must include three (3) representative examples from the body of work.

James W. Carey Urban Communication Grant

Award Recipients

This annual prize supports communication research that enhances urban social interaction and civic engagement in an age of global communication. It encourages applied research on the role of city and community at a time when communication technology alters the parameters of the urban landscape. The award is for proposals that feature innovation and creative approaches to reconciling the growing gap between tradition and modernity as suburban sprawl threatens the very nature of urban traditions.

In A Critical Reader Carey noted "I think all education, all scholarship is ultimately an aspect of citizenship." The form of urbanity and community was an intrinsic part of this theme in the scholarship of James W. Carey. He was concerned with the impact of time and spaced media upon the changing form of the urban domain and the consequence of accelerated change upon community.

This award facilitates research in progress or in the planning stages. It gives priority to projects that study places where traditional modes of communication are being juxtaposed with the new, including  the adoption of changes that may have a radical impact. Proposals from developing nations are encouraged.

The award is for the sum of $2,500 dollars. The proposals will be judged by a six person committee consisting of three members of the International Communication Association and three members of the Urban Communication Foundation who are also ICA members. The winners will be announced each year at the annual ICA business meeting. Award winners will be required to report to the UCF on the progress of their research the following year.  

Nomination Procedures

To nominate, see also the General Nomination Guidelines . The following requirements also apply to this award:

  1. Letter(s) of nomination, not to exceed two pages apiece, speaking directly to each of the award criteria from the description,
  2. Publication(s) relevant to the award,
  3. A description of the proposed research, not to exceed three pages
  4. CV(s) of the nominee(s).

Outstanding Book Award

Award Recipients

The following requirements also apply: The award honors a book published in the previous two calendar years (between January 1 and December 31). The selection committee judges each nominated book on several criteria including the importance of the problem it addresses to the fields represented in ICA and to communication studies as a whole, the quality of writing and argument, and the strength of evidence it presents. The committee will consider all the available book reviews, the reputation of the publisher, and any other submitted evidence regarding the book's quality from independent sources, along with nominating letters and their own assessment of the nominated books. Most award-winning books address a scholarly audience, but books aimed at a general readership but satisfying the criteria for the prize are also eligible--edited books are not eligible.

Nomination Procedures

To nominate, see also the General Nomination Guidelines . The following requirements also apply to this award:

  1. Nominating letters must specify why the book should receive the award, assess the importance of the book to the fields represented in ICA, and demonstrate the quality of its writing, argument and evidence.
  2. The packet should include copies of all available evidence of the book's quality from independent sources, such as reviews.
  3. Arrangements should be made with the publishers of nominated books for five copies to be shipped to

Michael L. Haley
International Communication Association
1500 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
USA.

Applied Research Award

Award Recipients

The Applied Research Award honors a scholar or group of scholars who has or have produced a systematic and outstanding body of research that addresses a significant communication problem of relevance to a public representing one or more groups of stakeholders relevant to a division(s) or interest group(s) of ICA. Individual or collaborative applied research programs which include community engagement, group and organizational interventions, or advocacy and/or political policy work at the local, national, international and/or global levels are all appropriate candidates for this award.

The nomination should provide evidence of how communication research is applied not only from conventional publications but also from such materials as technical reports, news media coverage, and testimonials from those making use of the research or those it has affected. The researcher(s) may have implemented the studies or collaborative interdisciplinary work (which may combine the efforts of researchers and/or practitioners) in association with or independent from a government or established institution, possibly to refine or to criticize current policy or communication practice.

Nomination Procedures

To nominate, see also the General Nomination Guidelines . The following requirements apply to this award:

  1. Nominating letters must specify the applied communication problem the research program addresses, indicate how it has contributed to public discourse on the topic, and make an argument for the over-all quality of the research.
  2. The submission must include copies of three (3) publications and/or technical reports, along with copies of evidence of the program's effectiveness.

Accompanying books should be sent to:
Michael L Haley
ICA
1500 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

Outstanding Article Award

Award Recipients

The award honors an article published in a refereed journal during the previous two calendar years (between January 1 and December 31). Theoretical articles and empirical articles are eligible, as are review articles that effectively redefine a problem. Selection criteria include coherence of argument, quality of conceptual development, and effective use of evidence. The selection committee prefers articles that promise to be influential over time, within a particular field of communication and also across fields.

Nomination Procedures

To nominate, see also the General Nomination Guidelines . The following requirements apply to this award:

  1. Nominating letters must indicate why the article promises to be influential within a particular field of communication and across fields.
  2. The copies of the article must indicate the details of publication, including the name of the refereed journal, the date, and page numbers. The packet should include information about the circulation and impact of the journal, if available.

Young Scholar Award

Award Recipients

The award honors a scholar no more than seven years past receipt of the Ph.D. (for example, if the award is to be presented in 2009, the nominee should have received their Ph.D. degree no sooner than January 1, 2002) for a body of work that has contributed to knowledge of the field of communication and shows promise for continued development. The selection committee judges the contribution and promise of young scholars based on the strength of published work, including its conceptual foundation and argumentative clarity, on the scholar's productivity at a given career stage, on the rigor of the research produced so far, and on the promise of existing work serving as a springboard for continuing scholarship.

Nomination Procedures

To nominate, see also the General Nomination Guidelines . The following requirements also apply to this award:

  1. Nominating letters must indicate how the scholar has contributed to the field within communication, including the strength of conceptual foundations, argumentative clarity, rigor of research, and promise of continuing scholarship. Only one nomination letter is required. The nomination letter must be no longer than 2 pages.
  2. Nominations must include the nominee's vita.
  3. Nominations must include links to 3 representative examples from the nominee's body of work.

B. Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award

Award Recipients

Initiated in 1988 following the death of its namesake, this award honors outstanding scholars, teachers, and advisors who serve as role models in those capacities and who have had a major impact on the field of communication. Most importantly, recipients of this award have influenced the discipline through their former students, who themselves are important figures in the communication discipline.

Nomination Procedures

To nominate, see also the General Nomination Guidelines . The following requirements apply to this award:

  1. Material in support of nominees for this award must include a comprehensive academic vita that highlights the results of the nominee's mentorship.
  2. Letters from a nominee's former students are a welcome component of the nominating materials for this award.

ICA Fellows Book Award

Award Recipients

Open to all ICA members, this award recognizes those books that have made a substantial contribution to the scholarship of the communication field as well as the broader rubric of the social sciences and have stood some test of time.

Nomination Procedures

To nominate, see also the General Nomination Guidelines . The following requirements apply to this award:

  1. Any book nominated must have been available for at least the immediate past five years prior to the conference at which the award is presented (i.e., if the award is to be presented in 2008, the book must have been available from 2003 or earlier).
  2. The letter of nomination must demonstrate that the book has had a substantial influence on the communication field, that it integrates multiple interests, and that the author(s) is recognizably a communication scholar.
  3. A copy of the author's curriculum vitae, book publication information, an abstract of the content, and the table of contents must accompany the nomination letter.
  4. The nomination material also may include letters of support and any other appropriate information.
  5. Arrangements should be made with the publishers of nominated books for five copies to be shipped to

    Michael L. Haley
    International Communication Association
    1500 21st Street NW
    Washington, DC 20036
    USA.

There may be one, none, or several awards in a given year. A Word About ICA Fellows


Deadlines

The deadline for all nominations is 11:00 p.m. EST on 31 January of each year in question. Complete submissions, including letters and required supporting materials, must reach the ICA offices by the deadline. No extensions are allowed, and incomplete nomination packets will not receive consideration for any award.


Award Committees



ICA Division & Interest Group Awards

Many ICA divisions and interest groups have separate awards that they award based on other criteria and application processes. Learn more about awards given by divisions and interest groups including nomination guidelines by clicking here.

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