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Posted By Student & Early Career Advisory Committee (SECAC), Thursday, September 5, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2019

This is already September, and another wonderful academic year to teach, study, and survive. SECAC wishes all ICA Student Members’ successful career and healthy life! (And we work for this!) Especially we are so glad to inform you that ICA has officially appointed new members who will work with SECAC for next two or three years: Grazia Murtarelli (U IULM in Milan), Muhammad Ittefaq (U of Kansas), and Cecilia Zhou (U of Massachusetts Amherst). Grazia is a junior faculty, and both Muhammad and Cecilia are newly incoming PhD students in Communication. They are working with SECAC while serving their division/interest group as Student & Early Career Representative during the term. We hope you will meet our new members in person through variety of events organized by SECAC, but you may learn about them today a little bit from their greetings in this column. For more information about SECAC and the members, please visit our webpage (bit.ly/2U4dSuZ) and join our Facebook Group (ICA Student & Early Career Scholars Community).

Grazia Murtarelli



Hello there! I am an Assistant Professor of Corporate Communication at U IULM in Milan, where I teach Digital Communication Management and Web Analytics. My research focuses on the analysis of online scenario and, more specifically, on the following issues: social media-based relationship management, online dialogue strategies, digital visual engagement processes and social media measurement and evaluation. I am also a faculty affiliate of the Center of Research for Strategic Communication at U  IULM. I am serving Public Relations division of ICA as Student & Early Career Representative. Feel free to contact me for my division and SECAC!

Muhammad Ittefaq


Hello ICA! I am a 1st year PhD student in William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, U of Kansas (USA). My primary area of research is health communication and new media. My current work is focused on health campaigns, health messages, social media and health information, and health disparities among different social classes of society. I have done my Master’s in Media and Communication Science from Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany. I am also a former Diversity Fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists, USA, and a member of Mass Communication division of ICA.

ICA is a wonderful community for scholars. I am thrilled and honored to be part of this global community. Particularly, SECAC is out there to help you and provide resources for professional development. I am from Global South and graduate student, I feel welcomed and respected among my colleagues in SECAC. We have a group for young scholars from the Global South (Find ‘Global South Student Representative’ on Facebook). Please join us, and feel free to ask any questions you have. I am very much looking forward to welcoming you to our community.

Cecilia Zhou


Hello everyone, my name is Cecilia and I’m starting my PhD in U Massachusetts, Amherst this Fall semester. Previously I finished my Master’s in Syracuse U. Currently I’m serving as the Student and Early Career Representative at Children, Adolescents, and Media (CAM) division. My research interest is in children’s media, especially focusing on adolescence, media effects, media literacy, etc. I think my research interest will expand as I go into my PhD studies. 

I love ICA and my CAM family. The first time I attended ICA was at San Diego in 2017, and I immediately felt at home when I was surrounded by scholars who share similar research interests and goals-to improve the wellbeing of children and families in a world that’s increasingly media and technology saturated. I learned a lot from joining different events at ICA and I’d like to contribute back to the community by helping students to have just as a good experience as I had before, or even better. Thus, I’m very happy to be able to join SECAC. And I hope that our work and effort can bridge the gap of communication between students and ICA. 

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