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Board of Directors Takes Important Steps at Annual Meeting

Posted By Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director, Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The ICA Board of Directors held their Annual Meeting during the day prior to the 2017 annual conference in San Diego, California (USA), taking action on several important issues. Several of the decisions have been or will be covered in depth in their own newsletter articles; however, a synopsis of the decisions is below.

On the recommendation of the Nominating Committee, the Board approved the candidates for the 2017 Election. The Presidential candidates—Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology, AUSTRALIA) and Akira Miyahara (Seinan Gakuin U, JAPAN)—will be featured, along with their candidate statements, in the next issue of the newsletter.

In response to a petition from the requisite number of active members of ICA and its accompanying robust proposal, the Board voted to approve a new Interest Group on “Activism, Communication, and Social Justice.” If you would like to add this interest group to your ICA membership the cost is $3 and this can be done through your membership profile. The new interest group will have a Call for Papers available in the ICA Prague CFP

On the recommendation of the Executive Committee and Amy Jordan (U Penn)’s experiences with the needs of the communication community in Africa, the board approved the creation of a Professional Development Task Force to work on new ideas for workshops and other events to help build the professional development of young scholars and those in under-resourced regions. 

The Board also approved the creation of a Task Force on Fair Use led by Dave Park, gave the go-ahead for a proposal to increase volunteerism for reviewing for ICA conference submissions, and adopted a job description for Regional Board Members-At-Large created collaboratively by those currently filling the three BMAL positions on the board.  

The Board also heard arguments for against the dissolution of the midyear (January) Board Meeting, and in a subsequent vote following the conference chose to discontinue the meeting in favor of reallocating those funds to give an additional US$1000 per year to each division to use as it sees fit. 

The Board also approved a number of bylaws changes. Many of the revisions were simple housekeeping edits to clean up language, ensure consistency within the document, and eliminate ambiguities. Others simply institutionalize decisions made earlier in the year. These changes will be up for review and ratification by the membership during the October 2017 election. 

The Board also reviewed options for upcoming annual conference locations. As you may know, ICA’s conference rotation brings us to North America every other year. On intervening years, ICA alternates between Asia and Europe. We typically book 6 years in advance. Venues for the coming years are:

2018 - Prague (CZECH REPUBLIC)
2019 - Washington, DC (USA)
2020 – Gold Coast (AUSTRALIA)
2021 - Denver, Colorado (USA)
2022 – Paris (FRANCE)
2023 - Toronto, Ontario (CANADA)
2024 – ASIA (TBD)

In addition, the Board reviewed and approved many standard agenda items, including the 2017-18 committee rosters, publishers’ reports and reports from each of our journals, reports from each of ICA’s standing committees and task forces, reports on
communications and membership efforts, the 2017 Fellows slate, the investments report, and the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year.

This was a highly productive meeting covering a wide range of issues of importance to all ICA members. More detailed information on any topic is available from ICA Executive Director Laura Sawyer at


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