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Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 1, 2017


ICA-CAM Officer Positions – Submit your Statement Now! 

But FIRST – we have 2 POSITIONS this year that CAM will be electing: CAM Secretary and CAM Student and Early Career Representative.  Both will be voted upon during the October election cycle.  
So, what do we need? YOU!   
If you are interested in serving in either role, please send your name, affiliation, highest degree attained, and 300-word election statement to me ( by next Monday (July 24th). PLEASE NOTE: any statement that exceeds the maximum word count will be cut off at the 300-word mark and pasted incompletely into our election ballot. 
The CAM SECRETARY POSITION is a great way to get a behind-the-scenes look at the ICA-CAM operations, and in our division, this position plays a key role not only in handling the administrative tasks of the division (i.e., website upkeep, business meeting note-taking; by-law upkeep) but also organizes the “CAMmer in the Spotlight” newsletter and assists with many of the new undertakings of the division. The CAM secretary must be a CAM member throughout the two-year term. This position is currently held by Laura Vandenbosch. (Also see our bylaws:
The CAM STUDENT AND EARLY CAREER REPRESENTATIVE is a relatively new position and, as such, the role of this position are continuing to develop.  But, in general, the aim of this position is to help ensure that the unique needs of our students and early career members are being met.  At the CAM business meeting in San Diego, we decided to make this a two-year elected position.  The elected representative must be a CAM member throughout the entire term, and be a regularly enrolled student at the time of the election. This position is currently held by Shina Alade. 
If you are interested in either position, PLEASE run! Again, I need a 300-word statement that can be used for the election ballot by Monday July 24th.  And, if you have any questions, please go ahead and e-mail me at   
Looking forward to continuing to grow our division’s leadership! 
Best wishes, 
Jessica Piotrowski 
ICA-CAM Chair 




Dear ECD members, 

I am happy to announce that the division will hold elections this year to elect both a new Vice Chair and a Secretary. Both positions begin right after the conference in Prague in May 2018. The Vice Chair position requires a two-year commitment, followed by a a two-year term as Chair of the division. The Vice Chair is primarily responsible for the conference planning. The position of Secretary is a two-year term. The Secretary is responsible of documentation and bookkeeping, among other things.   

At this point, I will like to ask you for nominations or self-nomination for these positions. Please contact our Secretary, Julia Metag (, by Friday July 21 if you are interested in serving in a leadership position to continue to grow our division, or if you think one of our colleagues would do a great job in either of these positions. 

Serving in these positions is a great way to have a significant impact on the development of the discipline, and to interact with great colleagues across ICA. Please feel free to contact our Vice Chair Xinghua Li (, our Secretary Julia Metag (, or me ( if you want more information about these positions. 

We look forward to hearing from you. 

Kind regards, 
Bruno Takahashi, Ph.D. 
Chair, Environmental Communication Division 



The Instructional and Developmental Communication Division  invites students to be a part of our Junior Officer Shadowing Program! 
What is the Junior Officer Shadowing Program? 
Many graduate students attend the annual ICA conference and are excited to find ways to get involved in the organization. Many of these graduate students are also working toward becoming active members of academia. With this in mind, the Instructional and Developmental Division would like to give graduate students a chance to learn more about ICA, IDD, and providing service to a professional organization.  
How does it work? 
Graduate students may self-nominate, or be faculty nominated, to be mentored by one of the four officers in our division (i.e., Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary). Throughout the year, the junior officers would be included in all communication about the division and planning for the conference to learn about the behind the scenes work for the division and conference. At the annual conference, the junior officers would have the opportunity to assist in running the business meeting and attend the planners meeting with the officers from all other divisions. 
What are the benefits for the graduate students? 
The chance to be mentored by an international scholar
The chance to understand the inner workings of both ICA and IDD 
A chance to engage in international level service 
Networking opportunities with planners and officers of other divisions 
A conference registration fee waiver if the annual conference is attended 
How do graduate students get selected for the junior officer program? 
To be considered, a copy of the student’s vita and a nomination letter must be submitted to the IDD Chair. Students may self-nominate or be nominated by a faculty member to take part in the program. In the 1 page nomination letter, the student or faculty member should: 

a) list the name, affiliation, and all contact information for the student;

b) identify which office (i.e., chair, vice-chair, secretary) the student would like to shadow; 

c) provide a brief explanation of the student’s interest and current work with instructional or developmental communication activities.  
All nominations for the Junior Officer Program should be submitted to IDD Chair, Stephanie Kelly, at by September 15, 2017.



As we’ve mentioned previously, LGBTQ Studies needs to elect a new Student and Early Career Representative, since our former rep, Lukasz Szulc, is now cochair.  If you’re interested, please take a look at the position description at the end of this e-mail. 
If you’d like to run, we need a candidate statement of no more than 300 words by Friday, July 21.  ICA administration has stressed that they will adhere strictly to this word limit; anything exceeding it will be cut off and not published.  Please e-mail your statement to Eve ( and Lukasz (, as well as general information about you (your name, whether you’re a graduate student or what your academic position is, your institution). 

Student and Early Career Representative position
What does a graduate student/early career scholar representative do? 
… for the graduate student/early career scholar members of the Interest Group
As a graduate student/early career scholar division/group representative (GSECDR) you are the first person grad students/early careers turn to if they have a question concerning travel grants, activities/events dedicated to graduate students/early careers or ways to get involved in the division. On the other hand, it is your job to actively seek out the needs and interests of those you represent. The channels you use to get in touch with them are up to you. You can create a Facebook group, send out e-mails and ask for feedback or organize face-to-face meetings during the main conference. Furthermore, it is your job to inform the graduate student/early career members of your division/group about events dedicated to them, travel grants or activities going on in your division to enable and foster their participation. 
 … for the Division/group chair
Your main task is to communicate needs and interests of your graduate student/early career members to the chair of your division/group. You are their voice! For the division/group chair you are also an important resource because you might help organize summer schools, preconferences, blue sky workshops, or other activities dedicated to graduate student/early career members. Finally, you are his/her way of keeping in touch with the next generation of scholars in his/her field and may be asked to gather input from or disseminate information to graduate student/early career members on behalf of the Division/group chair. 
… for the Student and Early Career Advisory Committee (SECAC)
For the SECAC you serve as an important contact person. Within the committee a maximum of five divisions/groups are represented (only if each of us is in a different division/group). To be able to speak for all divisions/groups it is important to us to keep in touch with you. You are our eyes and ears within the different divisions. Furthermore, we need your support to be able to raise enough funds for the graduate student/early career reception during the annual meetings. We also have access to a broader public within ICA through our monthly newsletter column, which we are happy to share with you in order to give you an opportunity to reach ICA members with information from your division/group (e.g., “best practices” from your division/group).

Thanks, and we will all hear about ICA elections in a few weeks time. 

Eve and Lukasz 
LGBTQ Studies cochairs 


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