Section Awards Listing
Some divisions and interest groups issue awards specific to their respective research areas such as top papers and best articles or dissertations. Visit the section websites for details on those awards.
CAM Senior Scholar Award
Sponsored by the Communication, Adolescents and the Media Division
The Children, Adolescents, and Media (CAM) division is an intellectual forum for academics from all over the world who study the role of media in the lives of children and young people. The Senior Scholar Award recognizes an established scholar who has made significant contributions to the development and status of such scholarship. The successful nomination will have made clear, coherent, and sustained contributions to the advancement of Children, Adolescents, and Media scholarship over time. The Award is open to scholars from different backgrounds and disciplinary orientations and who are informed by a variety of theoretical and empirical approaches.
We allow self-nominations, as well as the nomination of others.
The Award is open to ICA members. Membership in the CAM division is encouraged but not required. Members of the Awards Committee may nominate, but nominees cannot serve on the Awards Committee.
All nominators must:
1. Submit a letter of nomination, not to exceed two pages. The letter must: (a) specify the relevant body of work and contributions made; (b) demonstrate and argue for the influence and impact of the body of work on the field of Children, Adolescents, and Media (to that end, a brief statement addressing citation impact is suggested);
2. Submit three (3) representative examples of the work cited;
3. Include an up-to-date CV for the individual nominated;
4. Have all materials submitted electronically to the Chair of the CAM division by February 15th.
Nomination packages should be emailed to CAM Chair Sahara Byrne (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than 15 February.
Herbert S. Dordick Award
Sponsored by the Communication and Technology Division
This Award honors the memory of Prof. Herbert S. Dordick (1925-1998), a distinguished telecommunications engineer, public/urban policy researcher and intellectual, teacher and mentor. The Dordick Dissertation Award recognizes the most outstanding doctoral dissertation in the area of communication and technology completed and defended in the preceding year, and is presented annually at the business meeting of the Communication and Technology (CAT) Division of the International Communication Association.
Dissertation Eligibility: Any doctoral dissertation in the area of communication and technology, completed and defended between 1 January and 31 December of the year prior to the Award is eligible for consideration.
ICA Membership: Dissertation authors need not be members of ICA or the CAT Division for their work to be considered, but Award recipients must be ICA members at the time the Award is given (i.e., the ICA annual conference in the year after completing the dissertation).
Nomination Eligibility: Dissertations may be nominated by their authors, by dissertation advisors, or by other academic/professional colleagues familiar with the dissertation project.
Completed nominations, including all required materials, must be received via email no later than 12:00 am GMT, 1 March 2016. Self-nominations are welcome. Nominations should be electronically submitted to Mike Yao (U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Chair of the ICA CAT Awards Committee, at email@example.com with with "Dordick Award Nomination" in the subject field. Nomination materials should include:
Full contact information for the dissertation author, including name, surface mail address, email address, and phone number;
A cover letter or statement (1-2 pages) by the nominator describing the significance of the work and its merit/suitability for the Award;
A one-page abstract of the dissertation;
A representative chapter or selected sections of the dissertation, OR a paper summarizing the dissertation study, problem/hypothesis and rationale, methods, and findings, of up to 30 pages in length (double-spaced, excluding references and figures; approximately 7,500 words).
Frederick Williams Prize
Sponsored by the Communication and Technology Division
Dr. Frederick Williams (1933-2010), former ICA President and founding Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, was a visionary who made significant and lasting impacts on new communication technology research. To honor his memory and outstanding contribution to our field, the Williams Prize is awarded on a year-by-year basis by the Communication and Technology (CAT) Division of the International Communication Association. It recognizes the major contributions and cumulative achievements of senior scholars who have advanced the study and the field of communication and technology.
Nominations are solicited from CAT members; however, nominees are not required to be CAT or ICA members. Self-nominations are welcome.
Nominations should be electronically submitted to Mike Yao (U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Chair of the ICA CAT Awards Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 12:00 am GMT on 1 March 2016, with "Williams Prize Nomination" in the subject line.
Nomination letters should include:
The nominee's full contact information, including name, surface mail address, email address, and phone number;
A 1-2 page discussion of the nominee's major contributions to the study of communication and technology, and suitability for recognition as a recipient of the Prize; and
A list of the nominee's selected works, publications, distinctions, accomplishments or other evidence that demonstrate the significance of the nominee's work and its influence on the field of communication and technology.
C. Edwin Baker Award for the Advancement of Scholarship on Media, Markets and Democracy
Sponsored by the Communication Law and Policy and Philosophy, Theory and Critique Divisions
The Communication Law and Policy and Philosophy, Theory and Critique Divisions of the International Communications Association seek nominees for the annual C. Edwin Baker Award for the Advancement of Scholarship on Media, Markets and Democracy. We encourage self-nominations, as well as the nomination of others.
The Baker Award recognizes work that has made significant contributions to the development, reach and influence of such scholarship. While the awards committee favors research that consists of multiple projects and publications that have made a clear, coherent and sustained contribution to the advancement of such scholarship over time, single works and/or activities that have been highly influential in the field may also qualify someone for nomination. More specifically, nominees for this award will have accomplished one or more of the following:
1. opened up new theoretical and/or methodological territory in research on any aspect of the interrelations between media, markets and democracy;
2. made other important contributions to the advancement of scholarship on these inter-relations;
3. engaged in activism that advanced scholarship on these inter-relations.
The award is open to ICA members and to anyone else whose research can be shown to have a connection with the work of the ICA and its various divisions. Members of the Awards Committee may nominate, but no ICA member who makes a nomination or who is nominated for an award can serve on the committee judging the nomination.
All nominators must:
1. Submit letter(s) of nomination, not to exceed two pages each. These letter must: (a) specify the relevant body of work and/or other contributions made; (b) address the work’s and/or activity’s contributions to scholarship of media, markets and democracy (in the case of research, this will involve theoretical and methodological assessments of that work); and (c) make a case for its influence and impact on the advancement of such scholarship.
2. Submit representative examples of the work cited, along with a CV, to the chair of the awards committee (as noted on the ICA website).
3. Have all materials electronically submitted by 11:00 pm EST, 31 July.
The Baker Award was established in 2010 through an endowed fund created from the estate of Professor C Edwin Baker (1947-2009), who was the Nicholas F. Gallichio Professor of Law and Communication at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and is intended to honor the enormous contribution made by Professor Baker to communications scholarship. The Divisions gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Professor Baker’s sister Dr Nancy Baker.
The prize will be to the value of US $500 per annum. The selection committee will comprise: the Chairs of Philosophy of Communication and Communication Law and Policy divisions (ex officio), Dr. Nancy Baker, and 4 nominated members.
Emerging Scholar Award in Ethnicity and Race in Communication
Sponsored by the Ethnicity and Race in Communication Division
The Emerging Scholar Award in Ethnicity and Race in Communication is sponsored by the Department of Media Studies at Stockholm University. Established in 2013, the award's first recipient was Susan Harewood of the University of Washington - Bothell. The award identifies and recognizes younger scholars who are developing strong and important dossiers of research in the field of ethnicity and race in communication.
Teresa Award for the Advancement of Feminist Scholarship
Sponsored by the Feminist Scholarship Division
The Teresa Award for the Advancement of Feminist Scholarship was established in 2007 through an endowed fund created by Dr. Yoo Jae Song of Ewha Women's University in Korea to honor her mother, Dr. Teresa Kyuguen Cho, a Korean American and a pediatrician, who passed away in Philadelphia in 2006 at the age of 83.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Sponsored by the Global Communication and Social Change Division
The Division for Global Communication and Social Change is soliciting nominations for its Lifetime Achievement Award. The Award honors established scholars in any one or more of the research fields that pertain to the division*. A full nomination package should comprise a signed rationale from the nominator (who shall not be the person nominated), a signed, supporting statement and rationale from one other person (who shall not be the person nominated), a resume of the person nominated including a complete list of his or her publications. While submissions are electronic, the Awards Committee also requires that signed hard copies of the nominator's rationale, and the supporting statement be snail-mailed.
*The Division for Global Communication and Social Change exists to encourage and debate research on issues of production, distribution, content and reception of communications at global, "glocal," transnational, transcultural, international and regional levels. Within this purview it encompasses work across a wide variety of theoretical and methodological approaches, concerning communication in cultural, economic, political or social contexts, including strategic communication for development, social change or social justice.
Award Nomination Instructions
Nomination packages should be sent electronically to the chair of the division.
Nomination packages should be emailed as soon as possible and no later than 1 March. Signed hard copies of the nominator's rationale and the supporting statement should be snail-mailed to arrive no later than 1 March.
Amanda L. Kundrat Health Communication Thesis of the Year Award
Sponsored by the Health Communication Division and National Communication Association
The Health Communication Division at ICA in partnership with the Health Communication Division at the National Communication Association (NCA) annually recognizes the outstanding doctoral dissertation and masters thesis in the area of health communication. The Outstanding Masters thesis award has been named in honor of Amanda L. Kundrat. A cash award is given in the amount of $500 each for the top dissertation and top thesis. Calls for nominations are typically issued in the winter for dissertations and theses that have been completed (defended) in the 16 months up to December 31st of the preceding year. Dissertations and theses can only be nominated once.
The nomination packet should be submitted to the Chair of the ICA Health Communication Division and include:
1. a cover letter with the name, postal address, telephone number and email address of the nominee and his or her advisor(s) and completion date of the dissertation or thesis, and
2. a manuscript that acts as an integrated summary of the thesis or dissertation not exceeding 30 pages (double-spaced, one-inch margins on all sides) excluding references and title page. The summary paper should describe the study's rationale, theoretical framework, research questions, relevant literature, methods, results and conclusions. The summary paper should include a title page that contains only the title and the abstract. Care should be taken to mask the identity of the author within the text of the paper. Complete theses or dissertations or chapters of same will not be accepted for review.
Evaluation and Award Procedures:
A panel of elected officers of the ICA and NCA Health Communication Divisions evaluates the nominations and selects the award recipients, with the ICA Division Chair serving as the award coordinator. The awards are announced at the Health Communication Division business meeting during the ICA conference.
Gene Burd Outstanding Dissertation in Journalism Studies Award
Sponsored by the Journalism Studies Division
This annual prize recognizes and rewards doctoral dissertation research that explains, enlightens, inspires, and improves the practice and study of journalism and communication. The winning dissertation should seek and reveal new insights, and reinforce the Journalism Studies Division’s stated aims for “scholarly effort that advances our understanding of how journalism works; and helps clarify, define and question core ideas in our field, such as news, media and journalism.” The award is named after Gene Burd, Professor of Journalism at the University of Texas, who endowed it to help reinforce the Journalism Studies Division’s purpose in supporting scholarly work that advances our understanding of journalism. The award is open to a diversity of methods and topics within journalism studies.
Amount of prize: $1,000, made possible through the generous support of Gene Burd and the Urban Communication Foundation.
Application Procedure: The nominated work must have been completed and defended within the two years prior to the award year (e.g., 2012/2013 for the award in 2014). Each nomination should include: 1) an 8-10 page summary of the dissertation, addressing a) the problem addressed by the work; (b) its theoretical framework; (c) the method used; (d) key findings; (e) and a statement explaining its contribution to journalism studies; 2) a copy of the full doctoral dissertation; and 3) two supporting letters from faculty mentors. One of these letters must be a nomination from the graduate student’s degree advisor that includes a statement articulating the impact of the nominated dissertation and its contribution to the field of journalism studies. All materials must be submitted as PDF files.
The winner will be announced at the annual business meeting of the Journalism Studies Division of the International Communication Association. The nomination period opens 15 November and closes 15 February each year.
Please send PDF nomination materials via email to the Chair of the Journalism Studies Division of ICA by 15 February.
Kyoon Hur Dissertation Award
Sponsored by the Mass Communication Division
DEADLINE: 31 January 2017
The ICA Mass Communication Division's dissertation award, named in honor of the late Dr. K. Kyoon Hur, is designed to encourage and acknowledge the best in doctoral research and dissertation writing in mass communication. The Kyoon Hur Dissertation Award is given in odd-numbered years. As a result, the next award offering would be in 2017 (annual meeting in San Diego)
Nominations for the award are invited from programs and institutions granting a PhD in any aspect of mass communication. The rules for the competition are as follows:
1) Dissertations completed between November 1 and October 31 (inclusive) for 2 years prior to the conference year are eligible for consideration. For the next competition, dissertations completed between 1 November 2014 and 31 October 2016 are eligible. Completion means that the final examination (dissertation defense) has been held and passed.
2) The dissertation advisor, graduate program director, or the student may make nominations. In the case of a self-nomination, a cover letter from the advisor (see below) must accompany the nomination.
3) The following materials MUST be submitted with all nominations:
- a cover letter attesting to the quality of the work which includes the name, address, telephone, and e-mail address of the nominee and his or her advisor(s),
- a manuscript that acts as an integrated summary of the thesis or dissertation not exceeding 30 (thirty) pages of text (double spaced, 12-point font, 1 inch margins) and 50 pages total (including all references, tables, appendix, etc.). Full theses or dissertations or chapters of theses or dissertations will >not be accepted for review. Submissions that do not meet the guidelines will be returned. The manuscript should clearly identify and include the rationale, theoretical framework, research questions, relevant literature, methods, results, and conclusions. The submitted paper should include a cover sheet that contains only the title and the abstract. Care should be taken to mask the identity of the author within the text of the paper.
4) All materials must be received by 31 January 2017 and should be submitted via email to the ICA Mass
Communication Division Chair:
Department of Strategic Communication
PLEASE NOTE: The subject matter of the dissertation is more important than the title of the department program under whose auspices it was written. Although it is expected that most nominations will come from programs in communication, speech, journalism, broadcasting, media psychology, or the like, it is possible that qualifying dissertations on mass communication topics will be submitted from other social sciences, humanities or health sciences programs.
Dissertation advisors and department administrators should be selective in their nominations. The award is for the highest level of scholarship. Although there are many good dissertations in the field, nominations should be made with an eye to their competitiveness among the very best. The award will be presented to the winner at the 2017 annual ICA meeting in San Diego (please plan to attend the business meeting of the Mass Communication Division if you are nominated for this prestigious award).
If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with the Mass Communication Division Chair - Lance Holbert (email@example.com).
W. Charles Redding Dissertation Award
Sponsored by the Organizational Communication Division
This annual award honors an outstanding dissertation that is theoretically driven, methodologically rigorous, and makes a significant contribution to the field of organizational communication. In the spirit of W. Charles Redding, the winning dissertation will present ideas that advance our understanding of organizing and communicating, and that make a difference in the lives of organizational members. This annual competition includes a cash award to the winner and a certificate for the winner and his/her advisor. The award is presented at the annual ICA conference each year. Any dissertation project related to organizational communication is eligible for submission. Dissertations must have been successfully defended in the calendar year prior to the conference. For example, if the conference is in 2015, the dissertation should have been successfully defended and deposited in 2014.
The dissertation advisor should email two documents to the Division Secretary:
1. the complete dissertation
2. a summary document written by the dissertation author (30 double-spaced pages plus references, tables, graphs, etc.)
Submission instructions and deadlines can be found on the Division website at: http://org.icahdq.org/ohana/website/?p=22188010. Submission deadlines are in early February of each year. The Division Secretary coordinates the award. Contact information for the Division Secretary can be found at: http://org.icahdq.org/ohana/website/?p=14744362
Candidates for the award must be members of the ICA Organizational Communication Division. Membership may be in process at the time of submission. If an insufficient number of dissertations are received in any given year, the award panel reserves the right to carry over dissertations into the next annual competition. If there are a large number of submissions or competition is strong, Honorable Mention Awards may also be made.
Bob Heath Top Paper Award
Sponsored by the Public Relations Division
In 2003, the Public Relations Division established the Heath Top Paper Award, in honor of the scholarly achievements of Professor Robert Heath from the University of Houston, USA. Dr. Heath's 20-year record, achieving ten top paper rankings, spanned the history of the PR Division. No other scholar has achieved this level of accomplishment or recognition.
Heath's sustained quality of refereed papers covered such topics as issues management, public policy, environmental health risks, constituency building, citizen risk concerns and risk communication generally, PR management of organizational crises, and an analysis of communication infrastructure. Each year, the winner of the Heath Top Paper Award is selected by division reviewers from a short list of outstanding papers.
Two past PR Division chairs, Bonita D. Neff (Indiana U Northwest, USA) and Dean Kruckeberg (U of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA), coordinated the process of establishing the Heath Top Paper Award, after John Madsen (Buena Vista University-Iowa, USA) nominated Heath for the award-naming honor. The first Heath Top Paper Award was made in 2004, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the founding of the PR Division within ICA.
James E. Grunig and Larissa A. Grunig Outstanding Thesis and Dissertation Awards
Sponsored by the Public Relations Division
The public relations division of ICA invites submissions for the 2016 James E. Grunig and Larissa A. Grunig Outstanding Thesis and Dissertation Awards. Eligible entrants for this competition cycle include theses and dissertations successfully defended during the period from 1 January 2014, through 31 December 2015. Theses and dissertations must focus upon phenomena, issues and questions relevant to the study of public relations. Award winners will be recognized at the ICA Conference in Fukuoka, Japan, 9-13 June 2016.
As in the last four competition cycles, award aspirants are asked to condense their theses/ dissertations into a 30- to 40-page manuscript. The advantages of this requirement include helping our newer scholars to prepare their research for publication consideration, reducing the workload on award judges, and facilitating objectivity in the awards process. All manuscripts submitted for the awards will be subject to double-blind review.
To enter the thesis/dissertation competition, please submit the following:
One electronic copy of a 30-40 page manuscript, typed, double-spaced, based on the thesis/dissertation. The page limit is for manuscript text only and excludes references, charts, and figures.
1. The manuscript must be written in English.
2. The manuscript must be carefully edited to conceal the identities of the author, his/her institutional affiliations, and the thesis/dissertation advisor, so as to preserve the objectivity of the judging process.
3. The manuscript may be written especially for the award submission, or it may be a compilation of appropriate sections from the thesis/dissertation.
4. The manuscript must include an introduction, literature review/conceptualization, method, findings, and discussion of the significance of the findings for public relations scholarship.
Technical requirements: The manuscript and all supplemental material must be submitted as an emailed attachment in a single electronic file in MSWord. Please do NOT submit your entries in pdf, as not all non-U.S. reviewers have access to the software for reading these files. The manuscript must be submitted via email. If your file is too large to send via email, then you need to reduce the file size.
An abstract of the thesis/dissertation, not to exceed 150 words. The abstract must be written in English. The abstract must be on the first page of the submission's single file.
An email text to the awards chair indicating (1) current contact information and affiliation of the author, (2) thesis/dissertation manuscript title, (3) date of thesis/dissertation defense, (4) university where thesis/dissertation was defended and degree awarded, and (5) contact information for thesis/dissertation advisor.
The deadline for submitting manuscripts for this competition cycle is 1 March 2016, by 11 p.m. Pacific Time. All materials must be received by this date and time. Award aspirants are requested to not submit full theses and dissertations to the awards chair and to not submit materials without first ensuring that they comply with ALL the submission requirements. Submissions that fail to conform to the requirements will be automatically disqualified.
Please send all materials via email to the awards chair, indicated below. For the subject line, please indicate "Grunig Thesis/Dissertation Awards SUBMISSION". Thank you.
All manuscripts submitted for the awards will be subject to double-blind review by three independent judges. In the event that submission volume requires more than three judges to participate in the evaluation process, the award winners will be determined through standardized scoring.
Chair, Grunig & Grunig Thesis/Dissertation Awards
Bey-Ling Sha, Ph.D., APR
Professor and Interim Director
School of Journalism & Media Studies
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-4561
Abby Prestin Health Communication Dissertation of the Year Award
Sponsored by Health Communication Divisions of the International Communication Association and the National Communication Association
The Abby Prestin Health Communication Dissertation of the Year Award is given jointly each year by the Health Communication Divisions of the International Communication Association and the National Communication Association. Recipients are selected through blind review by a panel of elected officers of the two Associations to recognize excellence in student scholarship at the Doctoral Degree level. Nominees may submit work on any aspect of health communication, representing any methodological approach or theoretical perspective.
This award is given in honor of the late Abby Prestin, an exemplary health communication scholar and person, who tragically passed away on 3 September 2014 at the age of 34 after a year-long battle with lymphoma. She earned her MA and PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where her work in health communication was inspired by her mother's untimely passing from colon cancer. Her MA thesis (Examining subcomponents of efficacy judgments as factors in health promotion message design; Robin Nabi, Advisor) won the 2009 ICA/NCA Health Communication Thesis of the Year Award. Her dissertation (Exploring the therapeutic effects of entertainment media: Toward the "prescription" of media-based positive psychology interventions; Robin Nabi, advisor) won the 2013 ICA Kyoon Hur Dissertation Award. After earning her doctoral degree, she joined the National Cancer Institute as a post-doctoral fellow, where she was a prolific scientist in the areas of social media, cancer communication, and obesity prevention. From 2013 until her death, she served as a social scientist at the Center for Tobacco Products at the Food and Drug Administration.
In all of her roles, Abby touched many lives with her good humor, kindness, generosity, and determination. She further demonstrated tremendous courage and grace throughout her illness, doing her best to protect those she loved from her suffering. Her last request to her Facebook friends just a few days before she passed was for them to perform Random Acts of Kindness. In her words: "Just do something sweet or kind for a stranger or loved one and post about it…. I would really love that."
Her many friends and family seek to endow the ICA/NCA Health Communication Dissertation Award to honor her memory and inspire future generations of health communication scholars to embody the same passion for and commitment to health communication that Abby demonstrated in her life.
Mass Communication Innovation Award for Method
Sponsored by Mass Communication Division
The Mass Communication Division membership approved the creation of a new award, the ICA MCD Innovation Award, at the 2016 ICA annual meeting in Fukuoka, Japan. This award will honor mass communication theory innovations in even numbered years and method innovations in odd numbered years. Innovation in theory development can manifest itself in many ways - the presentation of a new theory, the articulation of weaknesses of an existing theory and how a research effort addresses those weaknesses, approaching a mass communication phenomenon from a new explanatory principle that undergirds theory, or arguing for a paradigm shift. Innovation in method could reflect the creation of new analytical tools and/or procedures, the offering of an improved design to address a long-standing mass communication phenomenon, the creation of novel stimuli to address a mass communication question, the presentation of an advancement in comparative research methodology, or the use of mixed methods in a novel, but productive manner. An innovation is often defined as something "new", but we all know that our theory and method advancements build on the work of others. Nevertheless, there are those instances when a particular work signals not just a step, but a leap forward that is worthy of being defined as an "innovation". It is those works that represent a unique advancement that the division is seeking to identify for this award.
Call for Nominations
All nominations will focus on a single work of innovation, whether it be a peer-reviewed journal article, invited journal article, book chapter, or book. Both self-nominations and nominations by others are welcome. Only those individuals who are current members of the International Communication Association (ICA) can put forward a nomination or offer a letter of support. A nominated work can be by one or more author(s) and published anytime within fifteen years prior to the nomination deadline. For the 2017 award (and its January 2017 nomination deadline), this would include works published from January 2002 to the present. A nomination packet will include the following: (1) a primary nomination letter arguing why this piece of research represents a true methodological innovation and a summary of the scope and impact of the innovation on mass communication research; (2) a copy of the peer-reviewed journal article, invited journal article, book chapter, or up to two chapters of the book being nominated; (3) the Curriculum Vitae of the sole- or lead-author of the work being considered for the award; and, (4) as many as two additional letters of support for the nomination may be included in the packet, but are not necessary for award consideration.
Directions for Nomination Submission. All nomination materials should be included in a single Adobe Acrobat PDF attachment sent to ICAMCDInnovation@gmail.com by 23:59 GMT, 31 January 2017. Any questions concerning the ICA MCD Innovation Award for Method should be directed to R. Lance Holbert, Ph.D., ICA Mass Communication Division Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Innovation Award Committee: R. Lance Holbert (Temple U), Dana Mastro (U of California-Santa Barbara), Seungahn Nah (U of Kentucky), Christian Schemer (Johannes Gutenberg U), Brian Weeks (U of Michigan)