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Posted By Administration, Monday, October 1, 2018
Updated: Friday, September 28, 2018

School of Communication
Communication: Advocacy & Social Change—Tenure Track Assistant Professor

Loyola University Chicago School of Communication invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor specializing in advocacy and social change, with an emphasis on digital communication, pending final approval of funding, to begin August 12, 2019. Applicants should have significant training and demonstrated expertise in one or more of these; rhetorical theory, public advocacy and argumentation, or critical/qualitative approaches to the study of culture, society, and political discourse, situated within a world where digital technology has become of primary importance.

The prospective candidate who can build upon these foundational qualities with expertise in one or more of the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply: political communication, social movements and new media, digital literacy, issues of privacy, security policy, digital rights, diplomacy, social justice, environmental advocacy, civil society discourse, cybercultural studies, ICTs for development/global advocacy, conflict management & mediation. Successful candidates will have a demonstrable research program relevant to these areas and will be prepared both to teach existing courses in the Advocacy & Social Change track as well as fundamental courses in our Communication Studies area.

Candidates must apply online at http://www.careers.luc.edu/postings/8532 with a letter of application describing their experience and interests, and a current curriculum vitae. Applicants should provide a short list of references, including contact information. Applications will be accepted until October 30, 2018 and will be reviewed until the position is filled.

For further information about Loyola University Chicago and the School of Communication, consult the University Web site: www.luc.edu. LUC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying our faculty. As a Jesuit Catholic institution of higher education, we seek candidates who will contribute to our strategic plan to deliver a Transformative Education in the Jesuit tradition. In order to gain a clearer understanding of LUC’s mission, candidates should consult our website at http://www.luc.edu/mission/. For information about the university’s focus on transformative education, consult our website at http://www.luc.edu/transformativeed.



Medill School
Tenure-Track Position


The Medill School at Northwestern University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) beginning in the 2018–2019 academic year. The position may have the rank of Assistant, Associate or full Professor.


Candidates should have a completed, or nearly completed, Ph.D. in communications, marketing, economics, advertising, business, engineering or the social sciences. The preferred emphasis is on the economics of media and technology, platform economics, media strategy and related fields. It is important that the applicant’s research have important implications for integrated marketing communications. Candidates are expected to conduct and publish high caliber, innovative research, teach both undergraduate and graduate students, and perform professional service commensurate with rank.

Faculty will teach in a demanding but rewarding environment at a premier global university. Medill is a professional school, and thus it is critical that the successful candidate integrate theory and professional practice, and that research be actionable by the professions. The Integrated Marketing Communications department offers a full-time 15-month master’s program, a part-time two-year master’s program, an online version of the part-time program and an undergraduate certificate program.

Northwestern University is a federal contractor that actively participates in affirmative action planning in the areas of recruitment and retention. For each employment and promotional opportunity, Northwestern University actively seeks women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities to maintain a University community that is based on equal opportunity and reflects the diversity of American society. Hiring is contingent on eligibility to work in the United States.


The position will begin September 2019. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received no later than October 15, 2018 but it is expected the position will remain open until filled. Required documents include: CV, copies of research papers, and at least two letters of recommendation to the search committee. Questions should be directed to Robin Young at robin-young@northwestern.edu. The link to application is posted below.

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Assistant Professor

Communication QUANTITATIVE METHODS-TT (Position PS# 00003828).

Ph.D. required; expertise in content analysis and quantitative methods; demonstrated research record; emphasis on social media discourse and its socio-cultural implications. Position description: https://apply.interfolio.com/51689



Department of Communication
Film Theory and/or Media Production (Assistant or Associate Professor)

The Department of Communication at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is seeking to hire a faculty member (assistant professor or associate professor) with a research and teaching emphasis in film theory and/or digital media production, effective September 1st, 2019. Applicants should be able to teach undergraduate & graduate courses in one or more of the following areas: film theory, film criticism, film studies, Chicanx and/or Latinx film, film directors, African American film, women and film, digital media production, and screenwriting.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have a record of scholarly publication. The potential to attract external funding is also desired. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Communication, Film, Media Studies or a related field (with a research concentration in film or media production). Professional experience in film and/or production is desirable, but not required.

ABOUT UTEP & EL PASO: Located in one of the largest binational communities in the world, The University of Texas at El Paso is unique among research institutions. UTEP enrolls more than 25,000 students, a majority of whom are Hispanic and many who are the first in their families to attend college. The Brookings Institution in 2017 ranked UTEP as the No. 1 leader in equal access to higher education, based on a combination of research productivity and student social mobility. The University also was recognized recently by the Carnegie Corporation of New York for its institutional vision and abiding commitment to diversity, high quality, curricular innovation, and investment in our community. The institution is proud to be the first national research university to serve a 21st-century student demographic. The Department of Communication, one of the larger departments on campus, awards baccalaureate and master’s degrees, and includes undergraduate majors in communication studies, digital media production, media advertising, multimedia journalism, and organizational and corporate communication.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Applicants must submit a letter of interest, dissertation/prospectus title and abstract, curriculum vita, and a writing sample (journal article, book chapter, conference paper). Applicants who are invited for phone interviews will be asked to submit three letters of reference, which must be received before the phone interview takes place. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

Questions can be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Stacey Sowards, at ssowards@utep.edu or 915-747-8854.

To apply, please visit http://utep.edu/employment.

Hiring decisions are subject to final budget approval.

In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, the University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all.

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity in employment or the provision of services.



Department of Advertising
Assistant Professor in Advertising and Technology

The Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a full-time, 9-month tenure-track assistant professor in advertising and technology to further strengthen our scholarship in digital media and help shape our newly launched computer science + advertising major. The position is expected to begin in August 2019.

Qualified applicants should have a Ph.D. (or ABD status) in a relevant field (advertising, communication, marketing, psychology, and information or computer sciences, etc.). We expect successful candidates to be fluent in interdisciplinary discourse and methods relevant to the intersection of technology and advertising. They should be comfortable in working with researchers across disciplines on research and on grants relevant to this intersection. We expect successful candidates to shape the dialogue around technology and advertising with their scholarship.

Candidates should create a candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement (2 pg. max), research statement (3 pg. max), and three letters of reference. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Full consideration will be given to applications received by October 15, 2018. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date.

The U of I is an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu



Edward Murrow College of Communication

The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, Washington State University (http://murrow.wsu.edu)

Description of Position: The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., invites applications for a permanent full-time tenure-track position, either at the Assistant or Associate level to begin August 16, 2019.

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experience.

Requirements for Assistant Professors: Earned Ph.D. in communication or related field before the date of hire or nearing completion of dissertation in communication or related field but with all Ph.D. degree requirements completed before start of employment, evidence of potential for a productive research agenda in one of the preferred areas and evidence of potential for successful teaching.

Requirements for Associate Professor: Earned Ph.D. in communication or a related area before the date of hire, have served at least 6 years as an assistant professor or equivalent, and a record that indicates a nationally recognized research program in communication that meets Murrow College standards for tenure and evidence of successful teaching.

Preferences: We seek candidates who can combine their primary interests in health or science communication with an emphasis in one or more of the following research and teaching areas: underserved populations; social issues; intercultural communication; gender and communication; media, youth and adolescents; digital and media literacy; communication technology; communication, emotion and cognition (psychophysiological research); strategic communication. The Murrow College prefers candidates with a strong background in quantitative methods who can demonstrate success or potential for securing extramural funds.

Duties: Contribute to one or more of the College’s research areas through graduate and undergraduate teaching, scholarship, and grants in health or science communication. Teach courses in one or more of our three Departments of Communication and Society, Journalism and Media Production, or Strategic Communication. In addition, candidates are expected to collaborate with interdisciplinary research groups and centers.

Application Procedure: Applicants must send a cover letter summarizing qualifications, curriculum vitae, a brief research statement, and contact information for three references and apply online at www.wsujobs.comIn their materials, candidates should address which of the research areas mentioned above best fit their interests and how they can contribute to the teaching needs identified above.

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2018. The position will remain open until filled and is subject to available funding. For more information contact Stacey Hust, Chair of Strategic Communication Department, sjhust@wsu.edu.

Washington State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educator. Members of ethnic minorities, women, Vietnam-era or disabled veterans, persons of disability, and/or persons the age of 40 and over are encouraged to apply. WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and has faculty friendly policies.



Assistant Professor of Communications (Tenure-Track)

The Social Science Program at the University of Maine at Augusta is seeking applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Communications beginning in the fall semester of 2019. Applicants with a passion for teaching and experience with in-person and online modes of instruction are preferred.

For more information and to apply, please see: https://uma.hiretouch.com/ (keywords: Professor of Communications).



College of Literature Science and the Arts
Collegiate Fellow

Deadline: October 1, 2018

The College of Literature Science and the Arts (LSA) seeks outstanding scholars in all liberal arts fields whose research/scholarship, teaching/mentoring, and/or service/engagement will contribute to the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) goals of our institution. The two-year fellowship (2019-2021) provides early career natural scientists, humanists, and social scientists with dedicated research time, mentorship, teaching experience, travel funding, and professional development opportunities to prepare them for possible tenure-track appointments in LSA.

Applications are welcome for all LSA academic departments. See website for list of departments, other eligibility descriptions, and application. https://lsa.umich.edu/ncid/fellowships-awards/lsa-collegiate-postdoctoral-fellowship.html.




Department of Communication

Full Professor, Communications

The University of Delaware’s academic leadership has identified the Department of Communication (https://www.communication.udel.edu/) as a priority for academic growth and prominence. The Department invites applications for a position in Communication at the rank of professor (tenured) beginning September 1, 2019. We seek a scholar with exemplary methodological and quantitative analytic skills, a strong record of success with sponsored research and external funding, and a desire to serve as part of the foundation of a new Ph.D. program that will begin in the fall 2019. All candidates must have a scholarly record appropriate for the rank of tenured full professor that includes an international reputation, substantial publications, an active research agenda, and successful teaching experience. The ideal candidate will be a quantitative social scientist with demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following areas: survey methods, content analysis, experiments, longitudinal studies, meta-analysis, statistical programming, social media/web analytics, and/or other social scientific techniques. The position is open with respect to substantive area of communication.

The Department, which is organized in the Social Sciences portfolio of the College of Arts and Sciences, has 16 full-time and jointly-appointed faculty, about 600 undergraduate majors and minors, and 12-15 students in the master’s degree program. It offers two concentrations within the undergraduate major, media communication and interpersonal communication, and is centrally involved in several interdisciplinary minors, including Journalism, Advertising, Interactive Media, and Political Communication. The department faculty, a collegial and highly accomplished group of researchers, teachers, mentors, advisers, and public servants, offer courses on media communication, interpersonal communication, political communication, public relations, and broadcast journalism, including television production. The new Ph.D. program includes concentrations in media communication, interpersonal communication, and political communication.

Using the Interfolio® online system http://apply.interfolio.com/54914 applicants should submit a letter of application, a current curriculum vitae, and the names of five professional references. Additional application materials may be requested by the committee. Inquiries, but not application materials, should be directed to Chair of the search committee, Professor Paul Brewer (prbrewer@udel.edu). Review of applications will begin November 1, 2018, and the position will remain open until filled.

The University of Delaware, a RU/VH: Research University, is a Sea, Space, and Land Grant institution, strategically located on a beautiful campus in Newark, Delaware in the middle of the Northeast corridor.  Nearby Wilmington is approximately halfway—or an hour and a half by train--between New York and Washington, D.C. Philadelphia and Baltimore are each about an hour away. The University of Delaware is a well-endowed public institution with selective admissions, resulting in a student body of about 17,000 undergraduate and 3,500 graduate students. The University has an excellent compensation and benefits package that, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education, makes it a "Great College to Work For."

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Delaware is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and Title IX institution. UD recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds, and this is a primary goal for our department. We provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  For the University’s complete non-discrimination statement, please visit www.udel.edu/aboutus/legalnotices.html. The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members, Women, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be seen at: www.udel.edu/aboutus/legalnotices.html


The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Description of Position:  The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman, WA, seeks an Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. This will be a full-time permanent tenured 9-month position as a Professor or Associate Professor.

Responsibilities include: Working with the Dean and Department Chairs to oversee the graduate and/or undergraduate programs; representing the Murrow College at key meetings and events when necessary; participating in budgetary and personnel actions; attending meetings with university leadership, college leadership and staff as appropriate; advancing the college’s commitment to diversity and multiculturalism in all activities; conducting and publishing scholarly research; teaching one undergraduate/graduate course per semester on topics of communication in one of the programs of the  college; and performing other duties as assigned by the dean.

Appointment begins: Fall 2019

Qualifications include:  A Ph.D. in Communication or a related field; an active research program and a publication record that is commensurate with Murrow College and WSU standards for appointment to the rank of Associate or Full Professor; evidence of successful teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels; and successful administrative record in an academic unit containing relevant undergraduate and graduate programs.

Salary: Will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

About The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication:

Named for its most illustrious alumnus, the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication offers degrees at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels.  In addition to its Pullman location, the College offers programs at the University’s campuses in Vancouver and Everett, as well as online programs through WSU’s Global Campus. The College offers a Bachelor of Arts program in communication and society, journalism and media production, and strategic communication. Master’s and doctoral programs focus on media and health promotion, media, society and politics, and science and environmental communication, along with an online MA in strategic communication and an online MA in Health Communication and Promotion. The College enjoys custom-designed teaching, research and production facilities that have allowed the College to rank among the most productive communication colleges in the country. Additional information about the Murrow College of Communication can be found at murrow.wsu.edu

Application Procedure:  To be considered for this position, applicants must submit a letter of application summarizing qualifications, a curriculum resume or vita, recent teaching evaluations, and contact information for five references, and apply on-line at https://www.wsujobs.com/postings/40608

For questions, email inquiries to Dr. Alex Tan,  alextan@wsu.edu, or Dr. Stacey Hust, sjhust@wsu.edu, who are chairing the searching committee.  Review of complete applications will begin November 19, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (http://www.advance.wsu.edu/).

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-

6388, 509-335-1259(f), or hrs@wsu.edu.


College of Communication and Information

Assistant Professor of Digital Journalism/Media

The School of Journalism and Electronic Media in the University of Tennessee Knoxville’s (UTK) College of Communication and Information (CCI) is now accepting applications for a nine-month, tenure-track, assistant professor position in digital journalism/media. The position will begin in August 2019. A Ph.D. in mass communication, journalism, communications, or a related field is required at the time of appointment. The salary is competitive and based on experience and academic credentials.

The ideal candidate should have a proven publication record with a focused research agenda in the areas of digital media and/or journalism. Also required: ability to teach courses in multi-media storytelling, social journalism, advanced reporting practices and issues and/or other courses related to emerging media. Desired: professional experience in fields related to digital journalism/media. Duties associated with the position include a 2-2 teaching load, mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students, service to the school, college, and university, and a personal/collaborative research agenda.

Individuals interested in applying for the position should send, via email, the following as a single PDF attachment (1) a letter of application, (2) a current curriculum vitae, and (3) a list of at least three references to: jemjobs@utk.edu, with the subject line: JEM Asst. Professor Search. You may direct any questions you might have regarding the search to the search chair, Dr. Julie Andsager (jandsage@utk.edu), or to the director of the School of Journalism & Electronic Media, Dr. Catherine Luther (cluther@utk.edu). Review of applicants will begin October 15, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.


Department of Journalism and Creative Media

Assistant Professor in Sports Media

The University of Alabama Department of Journalism and Creative Media seeks a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor in the area of sports media. The position begins August 16, 2019. The successful candidate will conduct creative or research scholarship and teach courses that explore and increase our understanding of sports media within the communication field. Relevant research and teaching expertise includes: broadcast/electronic sports journalism; data in sports media; live and recorded sports production; sports announcing/performance; multimedia sports reporting (social media, podcast). Candidates should have earned a doctorate in mass communication or a closely related area before the start date. Candidates should demonstrate strong potential for successful undergraduate and graduate teaching and for developing a program of scholarship that is suitable for tenure consideration. Salary is competitive.

Questions may be directed to search committee chair Dr. Michael Bruce at mdbruce@ua.edu.

To apply, visit https://facultyjobs.ua.edu. Attach an application letter, vita/resume and names, addresses and phone numbers of three references.

Screening of applications begins October 1; however, applications will be accepted until the search is completed. UA is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.


Department of Film and Theatre

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor

Announcement of position availability at SJSU in the Department of Film and Theatre for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Sound/Audio Design. Job Opening ID (JOID): 24702.

For full consideration, submit an electronic packet via https://apply.interfolio.com/53604 by October 15, 2018.


School of Communication

Assistant Professor of Advertising and Public Relations (Tenure-Track)

The School of Communications at Grand Valley State University seeks candidates for a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor in Advertising and Public Relations (www.gvsu.edu/soc/apr). Job description and application online:  https://bit.ly/2N1hWqy).


School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Assistant Professor in Mass Communication

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication seeks a full-time assistant professor beginning August 19, 2019. Successful candidate must engage in high-quality research and teaching in mass communication commensurate with experience and an emphasis on data science and computational social science methods. A Ph.D. in communication or related field is required or expected by the start of the appointment. The selected candidate will teach a range of undergraduate and graduate courses, develop and maintain a robust research portfolio and engage in professional service. Full details on the position can be found at the link below. To apply, candidates should visit jobs.wisc.edu, search for position 96032 and click on “Apply Now.”

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ICA Paper Management System is Now Open!

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Updated: Friday, August 31, 2018

ICA invites you to submit your paper or proposal for the 69th ICA Annual Conference to be held in Washington, D.C. 2019. The conference will take place in the Washington Hilton hotel from 24-28 May 2019. Preconference events will be held on Friday, 24 May. The conference theme is "Communication Beyond Boundaries."


Click here (https://www.icahdq.org/page/2019CFP) for the conference Call for Papers.


To access ICA's new ScholarOne paper management system, please click here (https://ica2019.abstractcentral.com/). You do not have to be an ICA member to access and submit, but you do need a profile. This is a new paper management system, so no profiles will be preloaded. Everyone will create a new profile for submissions. Our membership database is no longer linked to the paper submission website. If you have any questions or concerns about your profile, please contact ScholarOne’s Help Desk.


Tips for Online Submission



Have your document ready to upload! You MUST upload a paper or extended abstract in order to complete the submission process. Before submitting your document, remember to remove all author identification from the text, cover page, and the file properties. (In the "File" menu select "Properties," delete any identifying information, click "OK," and save the document.)



Plan ahead! The Session Organizer submits the panel proposal, and enters all of the panel information including the abstract rationale, and listing of all panel participants. When entering a panel participant, please SEARCH THE DATABASE for the participants. ENTER ONLY 2 OR 3 LETTERS OF THE FIRST AND LAST NAMES WHEN SEARCHING. This strategy will minimize the possibility of missing a record because of a 'special' character in the first or last names. Because this is a new database, there will be very few names already in the system. So organizers will most likely have to create a new profile for participants. In the Panel Description field enter the text of your panel proposal including rationale, presentation authors and titles, and abstracts or any other information mentioned in the Call for Papers. You can do this by copying and pasting the text of the panel proposal from your Word document.



If your topic crosses the interests of several divisions or interest groups, and relates to this year’s theme, “Communication Beyond Boundaries”, consider submitting your work or paper as a theme session for the conference, rather to a single specialty division. The ICA 2019 conference theme of “Communication Beyond Boundaries” aims for an understanding of the role of communication and media in the crossing of social, political and cultural boundaries that characterize contemporary society, and encourages research that crosses the boundaries of research domains, of particular fields of research interest, and of academia and the outside world.

If you have any questions about submitting your work for the theme sessions, please get in touch with this year’s theme chair, Hilde van den Bulck (U of Antwerp) hilde.vandenbulck@uantwerpen.be. We welcome your contributions!



ICA Member Associations are guaranteed one panel on the program. The highest ranking elected officer or designated program planner of each Member Association is invited to submit a panel proposal through the online submission system by the 1 November submission deadline. Follow the instructions for submitting a panel session and submit under Sponsored Sessions.


Help is available:

If you need help with online submission, contact the appropriate ICA division or Interest Group program planner. Contact information is listed in the Call for Papers. All divisions and interest groups are accepting only electronic submissions.


When you submit your paper, also consider signing up to be a reviewer! Signing up to review is available after you log into the submission site. You do not have to submit a paper to become a reviewer. Volunteering to serve as a reviewer does not guarantee that you will be selected to review. Be sure to mark your areas of expertise, so that you are appropriate matched to a paper to review.


Important Note:
Messages or emails are regularly sent from ICA or Unit Planners concerning paper submissions or reviewing. Sometimes our emails will filter into spam folders, usually of those who have a university address. So be sure to frequently check your message center in the paper submission system after signing in. The message center stores all sent messages and eliminate the problem of universities blocking emails.


Submission Deadline: Thursday, 1 November 2018; 16:00 UTC

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ICA President-Elect Conference Report

Posted By Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology) , Saturday, September 1, 2018

There are two matters of note concerning the 2019 Annual ICA Conference in Washington, DC. The first is that the crunch on spaces to host preconference events may be in the process of being sorted out. We will advise on this after the deadline for pre and postconferences has passed on 31 August, and we are aware of how many are being proposed.

The second thing is designated paper length for Divisions and Interest Groups. The ScholarOne software allows Division/Interest Group chars to set a “hard” and “soft’ word limit, similar to that used for academic journals (i.e. the paper cannot be lodged if over a particular word length). It also allows for tables, figures, charts and images to be submitted as separate files. For about half of the Divisions and Interest Groups, a word limit was set, most commonly at 8,000 words. But half still used the page limit model, which is confusing for submitters, and redundant with the new paper lodgment system. We would urge that Division and interest Group chairs look closely at this for the future. 

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ICA Online Elections Begin 1 September

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 31, 2018

On 1 September, ICA members will begin voting for association-wide and Division/Interest Group officers.

Like previous years, the vote will take place using an online-only ballot.

Polls will remain open until Monday, 15 October at 16:00 UTC.

To access the ballot from the ICA website, members will need their ICA username and password. Members, please make sure that ICA has your correct email address so that the association can send you an announcement of the election and a link to the ballot. The ICA website allows you to personally verify, correct, and/or update the information.

The association-wide elections include the 1-year term for President-Elect-Select. Candidates for the position are Claes de Vreese (U of Amsterdam) and Karin Wilkins (U of Texas, Austin). This year we will be voting for a new Board Member at Large for a 2-year term: John Erni (Hong Kong Baptist U), and Daniel Raichvarg (U de Bourgogne). Members will also have the chance to elect a Student & Early Career Representative for a 2-year term: Juan Liang (U of Canterbury), and Myrene Agustin Magabo (U of the Philippines - Open U).

The statements for the presidential candidates will appear later in the issue of the Newsletter. Divisional candidates and all other statements will appear on the ICA election page.



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Candidate Statement for ICA Presidential Election: Claes de Vreese

Posted By Claes de Vreese (U of Amsterdam), Friday, August 31, 2018

It is an honor to have been nominated as candidate for the presidency of the International Communication Association (ICA). Our communication field is undergoing tremendous developments: a growing number of students internationally, a new generation of interdisciplinary researchers entering the field, an internationalization of scholarship. The communication ecosystem is changing, and against a backdrop of longstanding qualitative and quantitative approaches, new challenges and opportunities emerge as results of datafication, media hybridity, algorithms, computational methods, and artificial intelligence. And all of this take place in the context of significant societal, economic, cultural, and (geo)political changes. These are truly exciting, and daunting, times to be a communication scholar.

Why did I accept the nomination to run for the ICA leadership? First of all, the ICA has long served as my primary intellectual ‘home’. I presented at an ICA conference in my first year in graduate school and have enthusiastically attended each of the more than 20 conferences since then. It is a great conference, a great community, a great association. Throughout the years, my involvement with ICA has included service to various committees (related to the ICA journals, as chair of the ICA Awards), leadership as a division program planner and chair, and current work as the Editor-in-Chief of Political Communication, a joint journal between the Political Communication divisions of the ICA and the American Political Science Association (APSA). I would be keen to continue working for the ICA community. If elected President of the ICA, I want to contribute to sustaining an organization that will make communication scholars from all corners of the discipline feel welcome and at home.

Second, in an age of information abundance and ongoing discussions about the quality of scholarship, I would like to enable and contribute to a conversation in the ICA about Open Science. This is a broad conversation that I believe we need to have. This in not just about Open Access publishing, but also about sharing instruments, being up front about research ideas, transparent and thoughtful about analyzing our material, and ensuring that, when possible, data and instruments are available for future scholars to learn from and to challenge. We need an open conversation about what the Open Science movement implies for the diverse field of communication research. This conversation should be there to further increase the quality of our research and the transparency of the research process. Quality and transparency will help us to build better communication research with a broader appeal. It is important to stress that I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all answer to this challenge. But how can we develop best practices and share experiences in creating an ‘Open Communication Science’ space for all scholars? These are conversations that we should have as communication scholars, at our home universities, with our funders, and also in the ICA.

Third, I hope to contribute to a stronger institutional voice in ongoing discussions about the role of communication in society. We have an incredibly rich community with expertise on a great variety of topics. ICA’s 32 divisions and interest groups are a testimony to this richness. This expertise should be shared, not just with fellow scholars, but widely. Communication is well poised to play a central role, for example, in current discussions about digitalization, datafication, platforms, and artificial intelligence. Many communication scholars are involved in newly launched initiatives trying to bring for example platforms (like Facebook) and the academic community closer together. Is this an easy task? No. Are the initiatives without problems? No. Should we also pursue other research venues and remain critical about collaboration while being cognizant of our academic role? Absolutely. But do we need to have these conversations and provide a stronger, institutional voice? Yes. And the ICA should be a prominent one.

At this year’s ICA conference, I was honored to receive the David Swanson career achievement award. This award recognizes support and work for our discipline and acknowledges institution-building. In my research I am particularly thrilled with having had the opportunity to develop an international and comparative research program (with grants from science foundations and the European Research Council) while mentoring many young, international scholars. As a former Director of The Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR 2005-2013), journal editor (International Journal of Public Opinion Research 2011-2014, Political Communication 2014-now), active in university leadership, and in science policy-making as Chair of the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences’ Social Science Council, it meant a lot to me to receive the Swanson Award. At the conference in Prague, I encouraged young researchers to get involved in such activities and help build, create, and improve the environments in which we work. I will do my best to help, advise, and coach anyone who is willing to become involved and take on an office, a committee membership or spearhead a new initiative. Serving is fun and rewarding.

Keeping the ICA open and welcoming, starting a broader conversation about Open Science, and strengthening the voice of communication scholarship in societal discussions are key reasons for me to have accepted the nomination. ICA is thriving, the community is strong, and its membership increasingly international. We have a great foundation and team to build on, to launch into some of the new and pertinent challenges outlined above. It would be an honor and privilege to work with and for the ICA community. 

Claes de Vreese l Amsterdam l https://claesdevreese.wordpress.com l  T: @claesdevreese 

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Candidate Statement for ICA Presidential Election: Karin Wilkins

Posted By Karin Wilkins (U of Texas at Austin), Friday, August 31, 2018
Updated: Saturday, September 1, 2018

We have an important opportunity to participate in our International Communication Association (ICA) elections this fall. I appreciate being considered a candidate for ICA President. I share with ICA a sincere commitment to academic excellence, social significance, and global impact. 

ICA, which I have attended regularly since a graduate student, has been the center of my professional community. I have served as chair of the Intercultural and Development Division (2003-05; vice-chair 2001-03), and was instrumental in its reshaping as Global Communication and Social Change. I am aligned with the Ethnicity and Race in Communication, Feminist Scholarship, Public Diplomacy, and Activism, Communication and Social Justice groups. I have worked with the Internationalization Committee (2011-14) and was recently elected ICA Fellow (2017). My approach as Editor of Communication Theory (2016-19) is emblematic of my dedication to excellence in communication scholarship, and to the values of global inclusion. For example, we devote space to book reviews of volumes not published in English, and developed a recent special issue on Latin America, with another planned on the Global South. My engagement with ICA promotes the contemporary relevance of communication scholarship, supports ethical practices, and builds global diversity.

Promoting Contemporary Relevance of Communication Scholarship
Communication continues to establish its distinct identity as an academic field, incorporating diversity in theories, methods, and perspectives. Our field has shifted over the course of my own professional trajectory, evidenced by the change in scholarly foci between the 1983 Journal of Communication’s Ferment in the Field and the recent 2018 special issue on contemporary expertise. We need to leverage our strength as a growing field with an inclusive academic approach that stays relevant to changing social and political practices.

Change in our field is evident in the increasing number of divisions and interest groups within ICA (10 new groups in the last 10 years). Balancing our interest in diversity with our recognition of core foundational approaches can be a difficult tension to navigate, but is nonetheless worth supporting as we continue to build our intellectual depth and public significance. I envision strengthening our conference planning by increasing opportunities for divisions, interest groups, and scholars to propose collaborative events.

We need to work to make our communication scholarship matter beyond the academy, recognizing excellence as well as promoting relevance. Partnerships with groups able to serve as resources for training (such as Op-ed writing) and translation could strengthen our ability as scholars to contribute to multiple venues, magnifying our voices in public discourse.
Supporting Ethical Approaches to Collaboration in our Association

Our association works best when we create supportive professional climates within our community, and in our collaborations with other organizational partners. As scholars, we understand the importance of ethical approaches to our research, teaching, and graduate training, particularly given critical feminist concerns. As members of the ICA community, we need to recognize the important practices proposed through our Ethics Task Force, working to support respectful and compassionate collaborations that benefit scholars and students, as well as connect faculty across topics and territories. 

By considering how best to situate our conference events within the communities that host us, we can further establish practices of sustainability and respect. I support creating more opportunities to engage the people and places, and not just the digital spaces, of our conference experience. Many of us center ourselves in air-conditioned rooms for the conference duration, but we could do more to promote local connections and sustainable practices. As an illustration, I initiated a ritual with our Global Communication and Social Change division, inviting local NGOs to have dinner and discuss their work. Partnering more explicitly with organizations in host communities to learn from their experiences could help us engage beyond the structured walls and digital screens that often characterize our meetings. Conference planning with our local host committee for our 2020 conference in the Gold Coast, Australia, for instance, may enable us to connect with indigenous communities.

Building Global Diversity in our Practice
ICA has been building its international character for many years, and while much has been accomplished, there is more work to be done. Recognizing “global” as more than a passive landscape, we need to articulate clear and respectful ways to pursue strategic global practices. 

Building diversity reinforces the perspective and value of our scholarship, and positioning global as a key dimension strengthens our association. The challenges of particular citizenships and presented identities need to be considered explicitly in site selection as well as planning for ICA events. Respecting the diversity of our membership means anticipating visa challenges as well as discriminatory practices. Planning the schedules of conferences also should take into account competing calendars of scholars in different regions, as well as those in other professional communities.

Our best global connections can be strengthened through fostering alliances with existing regional organizations. Toward this goal, I strongly support ICA contributions toward regional conferences, as well as strategic collaborations with other professional associations, such as IAMCR, AUSACE, CCA, ALAIC, Nordicom, ECREA, AOIR, INTERCOM, LUSOCOM, among others. 

About me
At the U of Texas at Austin, I serve as Associate Dean of Faculty Advancement and Strategic Initiatives for the Moody College of Communication, with a home base in Media Studies. Previously I have been Director of our Communication and Leadership degree, Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and Chair of the Global Studies Bridging Disciplines Program. Between my doctorate (1991, ASC, University of Pennsylvania) and U of Texas at Austin, I worked at the Chinese U of Hong Kong and the Pew Charitable Trusts. I also have professional and research experience in East Asia and Northern Europe.
My scholarship focuses on global and development communication, with attention to media studies and the Middle East. Critical inquiry, through political economy and feminist perspectives, informs my research. I see my research trajectory as engaging a critical and collaborative project that contributes to global social justice. 

I look forward to applying my expertise toward promoting ICA’s contemporary relevance, continued ethical practices, and enhanced global diversity as your next President. I hope I am given the chance to do so.
For more information, please refer to: http://rtf.utexas.edu/faculty/karin-wilkins

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Revue Française des Sciences de l’Information et de la Communication joins Studies in Communication and Media and Communication and Society as ICA’s third affiliate journal

Posted By Cynthia Stohl (U of California, Santa Barbara), Friday, August 31, 2018

Our ICA Affiliate journal panel in Prague was exceptional.  Not only did attendees listen to exciting news about our two prestigious affiliate journals, Studies in Communication and Media published by NOMOS and Communication and Society published by The Chinese University Press, we heard outstanding  presentations from Zhou Shuhua (U of Alabama), Benjamin Krämer (LMU Munich) ,and  Philipp Müller (Johannes Gutenberg U - Mainz), the authors of the selected best article published in each of these journals. We also welcomed (with wonderful French bubbly) our newest affiliate journal Revue Française des Sciences de l’Information et de la Communication.

Our affiliate journal program has grown since 2014 when the board established a new journal category "Affiliate Journal." Affiliate journals serve several of ICA’s internationalization goals. The program is designed to build bridges throughout the international communication community, connect our membership with communication research published in non- English high quality journals, help publicize the finest communication research done throughout the world, and give our members access to new and diverse audiences. An affiliate journal is published independently of ICA in a language other than English and includes extended English abstracts and at least one English language article. The journal meets or exceeds the general standards of an ICA journal and the specific standards developed for affiliate journals.  An affiliate journal carries the ICA imprimatur and is available to ICA members online for free or at a substantial discount (go to our website https://www.icahdq.org/page/Affiliatejournals for access to these journals, the criteria for selection, and the application form). Besides providing detailed annual reports to the ICA Board of Directors, each editor makes a presentation at the affiliate journal panel at the ICA annual meeting.

This year, the editor-in-chief of Communication and Society, Ven-hwei Lo (The Chinese U of Hong Kong) gave an inspired talk, accompanied by an entertaining video, describing the publication process for the 24 research articles that were published in 2017 by authors from China, Taiwa, USA, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He noted that the journal received 91 extended abstract submissions for a special issue on “The Impact of Digital Technologies on Journalism (five full papers were accepted for publication). He also presented data from a recent survey conducted by the Center for Chinese Media and Comparative Communication Research at the Chinese U of Hong Kong. The Center selected 11 Chinese language journals in journalism and communication and indexed by CSSCI or TSSCI for inclusion in the study. The results indicate that Communication and Society was ranked as the top Chinese language communication journal in terms of most frequently read, highest quality, and greatest influence. Communication and Society has both a print and an online version. After registering as a member on the Journal website www.cschinese.com, ICA members can view and download all the journal's content. Currently, the journal has 8,200 registered users.

The editorial team of Studies in Communication and Media comprised of Andreas Scheu (U of Muenster), Anne Bartsch (U of Leipzig), Matthias Hastall (TU Dortmund), Christoph Neuberger (U of Munich), and Juliana Raupp (Free U - Berlin) also provided an extensive and lively report on their journal. In 2017, 44 original manuscripts were submitted to the journal by colleagues located in Austria, Canada, China, Germany, Nigeria, Spain, and USA. In 2017 the journal also published a special issue “Audience participation via user comments: Towards a comprehensive understanding of a multidisciplinary and cross-cultural phenomenon.” One of the year’s highlights for the journal was that Felix Frey’s SCM article, “Factors influencing the media use of the lower classes during the German Empire (1871–1918)” was awarded second prize as best article published in 2016 in a German speaking journal by the German Communication Association (DGPuK). The journal and its publisher NOMOS are also making some changes that will benefit ICA authors. They are implementing “Advance Publication” for accepted manuscripts in order to shorten the time space between acceptance and publication and plan on extending the international composition of their editorial board in 2018.

Our newest affiliate journal Revue Française des Sciences de l’Information et de la Communication was introduced by Daniel Raichvarg, Président de la Société Française des Sciences de l'Information et de la Communication and editor of the journal. Daniel spoke eloquently about the respectful consensus that developed as the journal and the ICA Affiliate Journal Selection Committee (comprised of Daniel Robichaud, CA. Winni Johansen. DK, François Heinderyckx, BEL, JP Gutierrez, ICA, and Cynthia Stohl, USA) worked together during the application period.  In the near future RFSIC will be adapting their website into English, include more members of ICA onto their reading committee, and work to increase the number of submissions. Mélanie Bourdaa presented an example of an important role the  Revue tries to play in our research communities.  She is in charge of La vie des labosResearch Centers News. The aim of this section is to offer the opportunity and a space for research teams to discuss their research, their international partnerships, and the relations between the team and the economic environment. Professor Raichvarg stressed that the journal “welcomes papers from international research teams in order to valorize researches outside of France, highlight the specificities in these teams, and nourish the thoughts of the French teams.”

Overall, the joyous celebration of all our affiliate journal’s accomplishments, the addition of  a French language journal, the quality of papers presented, and the innovative and dynamic editorial work that was highlighted made for a terrific panel and a sense of great optimism for our affiliate journal program. For more information about how to access or submit to these journals, please contact the editors or go to https://www.icahdq.org/page/Affiliatejournals.

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Renew Your ICA Membership Early

Posted By Julie Randolph (ICA) & Kristine Rosa (ICA), Friday, August 31, 2018

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Student Column

Posted By Sophia Charlotte Volk (Leipzig U), Friday, August 31, 2018

Having joined the SECAC board this past month as the Student and Early Career Representative of the PR division, I’d like to say hello to all young scholars at ICA and briefly introduce myself.

Born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, I joined the Department of Strategic Communication at Leipzig U in 2015 and have been fully enjoying my academic journey since then. I am specialized in the fields of corporate communications and public relations or, broadly speaking, strategic communication employed by all types of organizations. Within this area, I have been intrigued by the fundamental question why organizations need communication – and along that line, why they invest money and resources in communication functions, how they measure communication effects, and how they evaluate the organizational value created through communication. Most of my research in this domain is based on qualitative case studies in organizations and located at the intersection of communication research, organization science and management research.

Being a travel enthusiast and having lived in Canada, USA, and Switzerland, I have always been fascinated with other countries and cultures. The second question that has awakened my curiosity lies in the field of comparative communication research – precisely: the method of comparison – and guides my doctoral thesis: How can we refine the comparative approach? My first experience with cross-national research goes back to my time as a student research assistant, when I was involved in two cross-national surveys exploring the occupational field of strategic communication. I remember being surprised to find so little published guidance on how to design an excellent comparative study. Nowadays, in my doctoral thesis, I am attempting to develop a set of research standards for conceptualizing and conducting comparative research.

Joining the ICA community has been a great motivation for me to continue my journey in academia. Personally, I have benefited enormously from presenting my own research, soaking up new knowledge, and having informal discussions with scholars from across the world over coffee breaks. As a SECAC member, I want to encourage all young scholars to engage in our thriving community, participate in the upcoming SECAC events in Washington D.C., and use the opportunity to meet new colleagues and make new friends.

Looking ahead, I’d like to see much more collaborative and comparative research projects – beyond Western-centric research collaborations and throughout the entire communication discipline – being conducted. On this occasion, ICA is probably the best place to meet scholars driven by similar interests and to establish future research cooperations across the globe, but we need more efforts to include researchers e.g. from South America, Africa, and Asia. I’d be interested in hearing about your opinion and ideas for the future of our community at sophia-charlotte.volk@uni-leipzig.de

But for now, enjoy some relaxing days and have productive months ahead until next year’s ICA in Washington D.C.!

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Member News

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 31, 2018


New Book Announcement, Coming Home Your Way: Understanding University Student Intercultural Reentry by Rick Malleus and Marina Micari published July 2018 by Routledge.

Link: https://www.routledge.com/Coming-Home-Your-Way-Understanding-University-Student-Intercultural-Reentry/Malleus-Micari/p/book/9781138081765



Book Announcement: Intercultural Public Relations: Theories for Managing Relationships and Conflicts with Strategic Publics


Colleagues, I’m happy to announce the publication of Intercultural Public Relations: Theories for Managing Relationships and Conflicts with Strategic Publics, authored by Lan Ni, Qi Wang, and Bey-Ling Sha. The book develops a coherent theoretical framework to unify the theories of public relations and intercultural communication, and within the framework, examines empirical studies of intercultural interactions.

This book follows an intercultural approach, which considers how individuals and entities with dissimilar cultural identities interact and negotiate to solve problems and reach mutually satisfying outcomes. This work provides a theory-driven, empirically supported framework to inform and guide the research and practices of intercultural public relations. Furthermore, it provides numerous levels of analysis and incorporates the use and challenges of social media.

The book examines theories and issues in three integrated processes:

- Identification of publics

- Relationship management

- Conflict resolution

These areas represent the most critical functions that public relations contributes to organizational effectiveness: scanning the environment, identifying strategic publics, and building long-term, quality relationships with these publics to reduce costs, gain support, and empower the publics themselves. In doing so, the book adopts simultaneously public-centered and organization-centered perspectives. This unique work will serve as an essential reference for students, practitioners, and scholars in today’s global public relations environment.

Chapter 1. Introduction

Part I: Theoretical Foundations

Chapter 2: Foundational Theories in Public Relations Management

Chapter 3: History and Foundational Theories in Intercultural Communication

Chapter 4: Conflict Management and Negotiation

Part II: Intercultural Public Relations at Various Levels

Chapter 5: Interpersonal Level: Competencies and Practices

Chapter 6: Intra-organizational Level: Identifying and Communicating with Publics

Chapter 7: Intra-organizational Level: Relationship Management

Chapter 8: Intra-Organizational Level: Conflict Management and Negotiation

Chapter 9: Organizational Level: Organizational Identities

Chapter 10: Social Media

Chapter 11: Conclusions

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