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The W. Charles Redding Dissertation Award

The Organizational Communication Division (Division 4) of the International Communication Association (ICA) is pleased to announce the competition for the 2017 W. Charles Redding Dissertation Award. This annual competition includes a cash award for the winner and a certificate for the winner and his/her advisor. The award will be presented at the annual ICA convention in San Diego. Any dissertation project related to organizational communication is eligible for submission. The winning dissertation will be theoretically driven, methodologically rigorous, and make a significant contribution to our field. In the spirit of W. Charles Redding, the dissertation should present ideas that advance our understanding of organizing and communicating, and that make a difference in the lives of organizational members.

Rules of the competition:

1.     The advisor or chief supervisor of the dissertation should submit the dissertation to the Division 4 Secretary. Documents to be submitted must include: (a) one copy of the complete dissertation and (b) one copy of the student summary document, which is a 25-30 page paper (text) plus references, tables, graphs, etc. Summary documents with more than 30 double-spaced pages of text (12 pt. Times New Roman or equivalent font with 1-inch margins) will not be considered.

The shorter document, written by the student, should summarize the dissertation by discussing the (a) research issue/problem, (b) relevant literature, (c) key hypotheses and/or research questions, (d) research methods, (e) primary results, and (f) conclusions drawn from the investigation. There is no need for a letter of nomination from the advisor, and letters will not be forwarded to the awards committee.

2.     Because all dissertations will receive blind review by a panel of judges, the name of the author, advisor, and university should appear only in the e-mail and title page of the full dissertation. The awards committee will not be able to consider inappropriately anonymized summaries.

3.     Dissertations must have been successfully defended in the 2016 calendar year.

4.     Candidates for the award must be ICA Division 4 members, but membership may be in process at the time of submission.

5.     If an insufficient number of dissertations are received, the award panel reserves the right to carry over dissertations into the next annual competition. In case of a large numbers of submissions or strong competition, a Runner-Up Award may also be made.

6.     Submission deadline: Friday, February 24, 2017. All materials must be received by midnight U.S. Eastern Standard Time on that date. It is the responsibility of the advisor to ensure that the Acting Division 4 Secretary has properly received all submission materials. Please submit all materials electronically in either Word or PDF format. If the files are large, please make arrangements with the Secretary to send the files via a filesharing website like Dropbox.

Please email entries to committee chair Matt Koschmann with the following subject heading: REDDING DISSERTATION AWARD SUBMISSION. Please do not hesitate to email Matt at if you have any additional questions.

Organizational Communication Division Early Career Scholar Award 2017

This award recognizes the contributions of an early career scholar to organizational communication research. Because of a generous endowment gift from Linda Putnam to support beginning and early career scholars, the division will vote on renaming this award the Linda L. Putnam Early Career Scholar Award at our business meeting in San Diego.

Specifically, this award honors a scholar no more than six years past receipt of the doctoral degree for a body of work that has made a significant contribution to the field of organizational communication and shows promise for continued development. The selection committee judges the contributions and promise of an early career scholar based on the strength of her or his published work, including, but not limited to, its conceptual foundation, argumentative clarity, and rigor; its influence on the field (e.g., as judged by positive citations); the scholar’s productivity at a given career stage; and the promise of existing work serving as a springboard for continuing organizational communication scholarship.

Nomination Rules:

  • Each year, the division chair forms a selection committee of four scholars (ensuring national, gender, and epistemological diversity).
  • The nominee must be a member of the Organizational Communication Division at the time of nomination.
  • The award may not be given if the committee judges that no nominated candidate meets the criteria. In case of a tie, two awards may be given.
  • Nominees should not have received their doctoral degree more than 6 years prior to the current year in which the award will be made. For the award to be presented in 2017, the nominee should have received his or her doctorate no earlier than 2011.
  • Nominees will usually be in their 5th or 6th (final) year of eligibility. An eligible scholar may be nominated for the award no more than twice (and may win no more than once). Nomination packets will not be automatically reconsidered the following year even if the nominee is still eligible.
  • The award recipient will be announced during the division business meeting at the annual conference of the ICA and will receive a plaque.

Nomination Procedures:

  • Nominees for the 2017 award should be submitted via email to Division Chair Bart van den Hooff (  by March 1, 2017. Please use the subject “ICA Org Comm Early Career Nomination” and note the following: 
  •  Nomination packets must be submitted digitally to the committee chair as a single PDF file that includes:
  • A 1-2 page nomination letter,
  • Two additional letters of support addressing the criteria outlined above, and
  • The nominee’s current CV.

No additional material should be submitted and no material will be returned.




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