Types of Membership in ICA

There are a variety of membership types within ICA. Learn more about these memberships below to find out which kind is best for you. For a complete explanation of membership benefits, please refer to ICA's Member Benefits Page. If you wish to change your membership type, email membership@icahdq.org

Note that the ICA membership year runs from 1 October to 30 September annually. New members joining mid-year receive full membership benefits upon enrollment, including online access to all previously published ICA journals. Dues are not pro-rated based on the date joined.


Individual Memberships

Regular Membership
Regular Membership in ICA is ideal for scholars and practitioners of all fields of communication research who have earned their PhD or for individuals who now work within their field.

Employment Exception Membership
Includes PhDs who are no longer students and do not have a permanent position but may be putting together a living wage by teaching part time in several universities during the same academic year; those who are only on a visiting appointment for one year but have no future employment at that or any other university or organization; those who are on a fixed term contract for less than 3 years such as research associates or research fellows; as well as other part time arrangements both within and outside academe.

**Your application must include letter(s) from your supervisor describing the condition of your employment.**

Student Membership
Individuals who qualify for Student Membership in ICA are currently enrolled in a school. This includes ABD candidates.

Emeritus Membership
When Active Members reach the age of 65 years, a transfer to Emeritus status may be requested if they have been Active Members for at least 20 years immediately prior to making the request. Emeritus Members shall pay dues in the amount specified for such membership, and shall enjoy the same rights and privileges as Regular Members.

Life Membership
Life membership in ICA is an excellent way to express one’s dedication to communication research. Life membership includes all of the member’s future conference fees and membership dues. Additionally, Life members may join as many Divisions and Interest Groups as they wish, at no extra cost.

Life memberships can be paid in a single installment or in four consecutive annual installments.

Sustaining Membership
Sustaining membership in ICA is a great way to show support for ICA’s students. The membership includes a regular membership, one conference registration, and a $40 donation to the Student Travel Fund. This donation helps to sustain and support ICA’s grant program: Each year, the ICA President-Elect and Executive Director award grants from the Student Travel Fund to students who are in need of financial support in order to attend the ICA conference.

All sustaining members will still need to register for conference if they plan to attend.


Group Memberships

Family Memberships
Family membership in ICA is designed for spouses or families who are all scholars or practitioners in the field of communication research. Up to three family members (two spouses and one descendent) may sign up for a Family membership. One family member is designated as the main membership holder. As such, that individual receives whichever journals the family wishes to receive by post. All journals are available online, free of charge, for all members to access.

Institutional Membership
A university department can join ICA as an Institutional member (please note that libraries are ineligible for membership). Institutional members are listed on our web site as official supporters of ICA. One contact person -- typically the department Chair-- receives one set of journals on behalf of the department. That person also receives the Membership ID# and password to access journals online. Dues for this type of membership are $250 USD.

Universities that do not pay or reimburse for individual faculty association memberships may take advantage of the Institutional membership as a group membership. Faculty to be associated with the membership should be listed on the application. The department is billed for all members on one combined invoice. The department is billed $150 above the initial $250 for each additional associate. Each associate is treated as a full member of ICA with individual privileges and their own unique member ID# and password. All receive their own journals and also gain access to the members-only section of the website and all past journals, just as a Regular ICA member can. They also get the reduced rate for our annual conference.

Association Membership
ICA invites associations to become an ICA Association member. Member Associations are listed on our web site as ICA supporters. One contact person--typically the President--receives one set of journals on behalf of the association. That person also receives the Membership ID# and password for access to the web site journals. All previously published ICA journals are archived online. Dues for this membership are $250 USD.

Applications for ICA membership should include the list of the Board of Directors, a copy of the association's bylaws, the association's statement of purpose and a list of its current members. The following application should also be included:   http://www.icahdq.org/join_us/Membership_Application_Association.pdf.

Member associations are also invited to host one panel session during the annual ICA conference. Submission guidelines are posted on the ICA web site at http://www.icahdq.org/conf/index.asp  in the Call for Papers each year. Panel submissions are accepted from 15 September to 1 November annually.

Individual members of the member association qualify for a discounted rate--equal to the ICA member rate--for the ICA annual conference. Each associate is given their own unique ID # and password which can be used to log in to the conference registration site. Individual members of the member association are not automatically entered into the ICA database: the association contact person may add anyone wishing to attend the conference to their membership roster by sending the individual's name and email address to membership@icahdq.org.

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