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Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 13, 2016


Greetings CAM Members -

Your officers are busy at work planning another fantastic ICA-CAM, and look forward to seeing many of you in San Diego. In the meanwhile, here are just a few updates we would like to share:

  1. Congratulations! Warm congratulations to Nancy Jennings! Nancy has been elected as the next Vice-Chair of the CAM division of ICA. She will begin her new role at the close of the meeting of ICA in San Diego. Nancy brings with her a wealth of experience studying the impact of media on the lives of children and their families as well as public policies and practices involved with children's media. We are all very excited to welcome Nancy aboard and look forward to working with her in the coming years.
  2. Preconference! Yes - CAM has been selected to offer a preconference this year (Thursday, May 25th). Titled Invention & Intervention: Blending Research with Practice to Develop Effective Media for Youth, this preconference will bring together media producers, industry researchers, and children's media scholars from around the world in order to: (1) provide guidance and information to academic researchers on the sorts of research currently conducted within the children's media industry, (2) identify how academic researchers might be influential in conducting research that will drive more impactful media productions, and (3) brainstorm ways to facilitate improved communication between researchers and (media) practitioners. More details about this exciting preconference are forthcoming. In the meanwhile, if you know of speakers that you believe are particularly relevant for this event, please email their names to Jessica Piotrowski at This preconference is organized jointly by the Center for research on Children, Adolescents, and the Media at the University of Amsterdam, the Center on Media & Human Development at Northwestern University, and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center.
  3. Website! As a reminder to our members, please do check the ICA-CAM website regularly. We try to limit our email to our members to division-specific business only. However, there are often relevant CfPs and other relevant initiatives that might be of interest to you. When we are notified of these opportunities, we update our website as well as our (un)official Facebook page. In this way, we are able to keep the emails to a minimum and ensure all members have access to this information.
  4. Thank you! Finally, a sincere thank you to all of our members that assisted with the review process. Your support is critical to making each conference a success.

Should you have any questions about the information included here or in general, please feel free to reach out to any of your CAM officers.


The ICA Communication and Technology Division (CAT) is seeking nominations for the Frederick Williams Prize for Contribution to the Study of Communication and Technology and the Herbert S. Dordick Dissertation Award. The submission deadline for both awards is 11:59pm GMT, 1 March 2017. Self-nominations are welcome.

For more information, please visit

Frederick Williams Prize for Contributions to the Study of Communication and Technology
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.

Nomination Process:

Nominations should be electronically submitted to Mike Yao (U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Chair of the ICA CAT Awards Committee, no later than 11:59pm GMT, 1 March 2017, 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.
  • Herbert S. Dordick Dissertation Award

    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.
  • Nomination Process:

    Completed nominations, including all required materials, must be received via email no later than 11:59pm GMT, 1 March 2017. Nominations should be electronically submitted to Mike Yao (U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Chair of the ICA CAT Awards Committee, 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).


    Check out their announcements weekly here:


    FSD Ally Award: Call for nominees

    The FSD Ally Award is given annually to an ICA member, who is not a member of the Feminist Scholarship Division yet. The award recognizes a person who directly or indirectly supports the mission of FSD through scholarship, advocacy, mentoring, or other related activities.

    The ideal recipient would meet one or more of the following criteria:

      (a) has promoted feminist causes within ICA and other academic organizations;
      (b) has conducted feminist research;
      (c) has actively supported women academics in their paths toward promotion, tenure, and leadership; and/or
      (d) has spoken in support of FSD's mission at ICA leadership events or other Division events (i.e., board meetings or business meetings).

    FSD will accept nominations and self-nominations by February 1. The nomination will include a (1) a brief narrative, up to 400 words, explaining how the nominee meets one or more of the above criteria, (2) current CV of the nominee, and (3) Division affiliations within ICA at the moment of nomination. The nominations should be emailed to the current Division Chair Natalia Rybas (

    The winner will be recognized at the business meeting and receive a certificate.

    FSD Teresa Award: Call for Nominations and Committee Members

    The Teresa Award recognizes work from established feminist scholars who have made significant contributions to the development, reach and influence of feminist scholarship in communication and/or media studies. The Feminist Scholarship Division seeks: (1) nominees for the Teresa Award for the Advancement of Feminist Scholarship; and (2) volunteers willing to serve on the Teresa Awards Committee to help choose among the nominees. Those wishing to serve on the committee should hold a doctoral degree and have a depth of familiarity with feminist communication scholarship. Those interested in nominating a feminist scholar for the award should inform co-chairs of the Teresa Award Committee, Marian Meyers ( and Carolyn Byerly ( nominating materials should be submitted to the co-chairs no later than 15 February 2017More information about the award and the nomination process can be found here..


    Reviewers are still needed. Please sign-up to review for San Diego 2017! It's not too late to sign-up, with only one week left to submit your reviews --- that's enough for one paper! :

    Sign-up to review here: And, don't forget to complete your already assigned reviews.


    LGBTQ Studies Interest Group welcomes newly elected Co-Chair, ?ukasz Szulc. Szulc is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and incoming Marie-Curie fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (United Kingdom).


    Thank you again to those who volunteered to review for the 2017 Conference. We had an excellent number of submissions--nearly 50% more than last year, so the group continues to grow quickly.

    We are co-sponsoring the Distribution Matters preconference. Though the call is now closed, follow news about the program at

    As we await the new ICA web client, we are maintaining news on our Linked In Group site--please join if you haven't already:

    We would like to do a better job promoting the work and new publications of our members since we tend to publish in a lot of different outlets--please forward such announcements to Amanda ( or Sora ( so that we can add them to our site or newsletter.

    Recent publications:

    Erin Hill, Never Done: A History of Women's Work in Media Production (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2016)


    The ICA Public Diplomacy Interest Group will hold its first conference sessions at ICA 2017 in San Diego and host a full-day post conference, "Bridging practice and disciplinary perspectives on the formation and effects of country image, reputation, brand, and identity," on 30 May 2017. Deadline for abstracts for the post conference is 30 Jan 2017. The post conference will bring together scholars and practitioners to discuss current challenges in public diplomacy and country image, with a focus on how to advance theory and research and how to contribute to the current practice of public diplomacy. You can find details of the call here -

    Chair of the Public Diplomacy Interest Group, Diana Ingenhoff (Fribourg U), and vice-chair Alina Dolea (Bucharest U), along with James Pamment (Lund U) will edit a special issue of the Journal of Communication Management on "Organizational responses and communication strategies to the European refugee crisis." Deadline for submission of manuscripts is 28 Feb. 2017. For more information, please contact the editors. Information about the special issue can be found here -


    Early Career Research Award

    This award is given annually to a scholar who has not yet earned tenure at his/her institution but has exhibited exemplary scholarship related to sport and communication. The award is open to all epistemological viewpoints and all communicative sub-disciplines relating to sport scholarship. The recipient should be a regular member and attendee of the conference of the International Communication Association. Self-nominations are welcome. Nomination materials should be submitted to Mike Devlin (, Chair of the Awards Committee, no later than 15 January 2016. Materials should include: (a) nominee's curriculum vitae (CV), (b) up to three samples of scholarly writing applying to sports communication research, and (c) three letters of recommendation. Candidates will be notified of the winner no later than March 1 and the winner should be present at the annual group meeting to receive the award.

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