Registration Is Now Open

Early registration will remain open until 4 May 2012, giving you the chance to add preconferences, special events, and excursions to your basic registration. Plus, you get the lowest possible price. Click here to register.

Preconference: Organizational Communication
Junior Scholar Workshop

This preconference provides opportunities for networking and community building among the early-career scholars, while also offering a forum to meet mid-career and senior scholars. Learn more...

Excursions:
Grand Canyon Ground Tour

On arrival at the south rim of the Grand Canyon, your group will enjoy a guided tour of the rim. The first stop will be Mather Point, which gives you your first glimpse of the Canyon from one of the most impressive and accessible vista points on the rim. From this overlook you can see an extraordinary view of the inner canyon. Learn More...

Preconference: Occupy@ICA

The now global Occupy Movement which began in Wall Street, New York, represents a major yet diffuse effort to give voice to critical concerns about economic inequality, corporate power, permanent militarization, and the erosion of democracy. This now large movement demands attention from a wide array of communication sub-disciplines, theories, and methods. Read More...

ICA Annual Conference - Communication and Community

24-28 May 2012 at Phoenix, Arizona


Register for Conference

The early registration period offers the lowest conference prices. For nonmembers, save money by joining ICA and then register for conference at the discounted member registration rate. Early registration closes at 11:00 pm EST on Friday 4 May 2012.   Click to view Registration Prices.

When you register, you will have the option to add more events to your basic registration. Learn more about:


Apply for a Travel Grant

Faculty and student ICA members are invited to apply for an ICA Travel Grant by clicking the link above. Recipients are selected based upon financial need. Requests are accepted from 15 January through 1 March of each year. Recipients will be notified by 1 April of each year to facilitate travel planning.


Please Note: ICA reserves the right to use images or recordings of conference or conference-related events and its participants. Authorization is implicit upon attendees’ registration to the conference or other such events.

Conference Submissions


Check Acceptance Status

Acceptance notifications were sent to submitters on 15 January 2012.If you did not receive notification at your email account, check the Message Center in the Paper Management System to view all sent correspondence.

Please note: If you are a coauthor and did not make the submission online, you will not receive an email notification. Please check with the submitting author. Still having problems? Contact: conference@icahdq.org

Accepted authors will have the option to upload revised papers from 1 April to 30 April 2012.


Submission References

Hotel and Travel


Book Your Hotel Stay

The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel is the site of the 2012 ICA Annual Conference and ICA attendees are eligible for a special rate of $115 USD per night. The Sheraton will begin accepting reservations on 15 January 2012 for eligible dates 21-28 May 2012. The host hotel always fills quickly, so make your reservation early!


Flights to Phoenix

For both American and United Airlines, valid travel dates are 19 May to 2 June 2012.

  • American Airlines
    American Airlines offers a 5% discount on the lowest published airfare to all ICA attendees. Attendees must specify the promotion code "3252BX". Contact American Airlines at 1-800-433-1790.

  • United Airlines
    United offers discounts up to 10% for ICA attendees. Attendees must specify the meeting code "587MF". Call United Meetings with inquiries at 1-800-521-4041.


Rent a Car

With so many unique attractions and natural wonders in Arizona, this year we are offering promotions on car rentals for those who wish to explore. AVIS has special rates for ICA attendees when they use the Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) number D418902. Book online or call Avis at 1-800-331-1600 to make a reservation. Eligible rental dates are 19 May to 2 June 2012.

Virtual Conference

14 May - 8 June 2012


Entering its second year, the 2012 virtual conference is an innovative way to explore and experience the delivery of research, changing the way we see and provide feedback on scholarly work. While retaining the most popular and useful formats from last year, this year's conference incorporates some exciting changes to make the online experience as rich and rewarding as possible:

    28 Hours of Sessions Streamed Live

    For those who are not able to attend in Phoenix, there will also be 28 hours of live streaming of sessions to the web. The schedule of these sessions will be available on the ICA website in early March 2012 and will include the main highlights of the conference – such as the opening/closing plenaries—as well as a sampling of other sessions including the new extended sessions. The interactive aspect of conference is not forgotten in the Virtual Conference. Participants in Phoenix and around the world will be invited to join the chat sessions and converse with colleagues during the live streaming.

    Fifty Featured Academic Papers

    New this year,each division has selected two papers for the online session. In some cases, division and interest group planners selected the papers because the subject matter lent itself well to online presentation; in others, they are the top papers in the group. These papers will be posted to the Virtual Conference site and available to download for all virtual conference and regular conference participants in addition to their “in-person” presentation at the conference in Phoenix. A forum for discussion follows each paper in which the paper’s respondent, author, and any other interested participants engage in an online discussion through message postings over the duration of the virtual conference.

    Registering for the Virtual Conference

    All "on-the-ground" attendees in Phoenix will have free access to the virtual conference. Those who are unable to make it can register online. All registrants to the virtual and “on-the-ground” conference in Phoenix will be given a special web link and access code for the virtual conference. Participants are encouraged to sign in frequently and respond/interact to the questions and comments made by those who participate and attend the virtual conference.

Exhibitor, Advertiser, & Sponsorship Information


Our Exhibit Area is designed to bring a high volume of traffic to our exhibitors. The Exhibit Area is near Registration, the Wireless Cyber Cafe, and the Food & Beverage Break Area where conference attendees are ever-present.


With varying levels of committment, sponsorship is a great way to publicize your organization to our conference attendees.

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