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“Communications Research in the Digital Age”: ICA’s 2017 Asia Regional Conference

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 1, 2017

“Communications Research in the Digital Age”
14 to 16 December 2017 Mumbai, INDIA

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Digital technology, particularly the smartphone, is an integral part of the modern everyday life. The World Bank in its 2016 report noted that 40 percent of world population can access Internet and new users get online every day. Even among the poorest 20 percent of households, nearly 7 out of 10 have a mobile phone. The onslaught of digital media in the 21st century poses new challenges and questions for communication scholars. The divides and the disparities of reach and access and their attendant challenges of justice, equity, human dignity and rights for diverse and unequal societies of Asia, though long recognized, needs innovative and creative solutions in a digital environment.

From smoke signals to satellites to information superhighways, communication has changed in physical as well as philosophical context. What makes the “digital age” different from its predecessors is the exclusion of individual media user from the collective context of media ecology. The older forms of media had the character of creating “binding” whereas the newer forms of media help create “escape” from the existing physical realities and create virtual world.

The synchronicity, physicality, continuity, climate, context in the process of communication varies in digital age. Individuals can easily get carried away into the self-generated realities which may not demand validation from “real” life. The interactions are real or virtual, physical or para-social, individual for self or for others are all the questions to be investigated and explored. The “researched” and “researcher” face crisis since the role of technologies precedes the process of research. “Big data” does not demand any procedure or planning. The challenges of communications as well as communications research in digital age demands interrogation and exploration from Asian perspective where culture and communication are interwoven.

The ICA South Asia regional conference is scheduled 14-16 December 2017 at Mumbai. It intends to examine communications research in digital age under four parallel tracks for paper presentation.

A. Individual and Digital Exposure (IDE): 
What is the relationship of individual with the digital media?

B. Gender, Culture Technology (GCT): 
How does community and technology intersect in a given culture?

C. Digital Media Ecology (DME): 
Who are the stakeholders and players of digital media landscape? 

D. Digital Research Methodologies (DRM): 

What are methodological challenges for digital media research? 

We recognize that all the themes are intersecting and can be interwoven, yet we expect that you choose ONE that you think is nearest to your research/panel so that regional interest groups can be formed towards the end of the conference. By submitting abstract you are agreeing to register for the Conference. There will be workshops as well as plenary at the Conference.

The rates for the registration appear in the table at the bottom of page 7.

About ICA
International Communication Association is more than 50-year-old academic association with more than 4,500 members in 80 countries. It is an association for scholars interested in study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication. Since 2003 it has been officially associated with the United Nations as a non-governmental association.

Apart from Annual conferences, since 2006 ICA have been organizing and cosponsoring regional conference in all the parts of the world. In 2016, two regional conferences were organized in Kenya and Malaysia. The proposed 2017 conference in Asia is ICA’s first conference in this part of the world. The objective of this conference is to increase visibility and greater diversity to ICA membership and scholarship.

About SNDT Women’s University
SNDT Women’s University completed 101 years of glorious existence in July 2017. It is synonymous with women’s education and empowerment in India. It is the first women’s university of India and South East Asia. This multi-disciplinary State University has rare privilege of having all India jurisdictions. It comprises of 39 University Departments, 13 Institutions including conducted colleges, four centres, 166 affiliated colleges and an autonomous college. There are six institutions recognized by SNDT WU for Ph. D. Research. SNDT is a home to 1100 teaching and non-teaching staff members and 50,000 students spread across seven states and a union territory. In the academic year 2016-17, the University offered 250 programmes ranging from diploma to Ph.D.

Department of Extension Education was established in 1982 and became part of Department of Post Graduate Studies and Research in Home Science for the large part of its existence. In 1994, the Department started Post Graduate Diploma in Communication and Media and from 2016 it offers Masters programme in Media and Communication. Being university department, it offers postgraduate programmes from Masters to doctoral degree in Home Science. Today it offers programmes in faculty of Communication and Media Studies also.


  1. Please send your submissions by e-mail to 
  2. Mention one of the four subthemes as a SUBJECT LINE with your submission. Please give complete contact details along with your name and affiliation in e-mail text. 
  3. Send your abstract (of not more than 500 words) with ONLY title and text without author details as an attachment to the mail. 


  • Submission of Abstract:        August 31
  • Payment of Registration:      October 31
  • Acceptance of Abstract:       September 15
  • Submission of Full Paper:    November 15

Please NOTE, if not registered as well as submitted full text of your paper, your abstract will not be printed in the conference book of abstracts.

The Venue
The conference is planned on the vast expanse of SNDTWU Juhu campus. The campus houses 19 Departments and institutions of higher learning with wide range of disciplines. It is well connected with rail, road and train stations. Domestic Airport is at a stone throw distance whereas International Airport is about five kilometers from the venue. 

There are numerous hotels on Juhu Tara road which are in the proximity of the conference venue. Considering closeness of the dates to Christmas, you are advised to book in advance to avoid higher hotel rates. 

See you at ICA South Asia Regional Conference at SNDT WU Juhu, Mumbai!!!!

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Member News

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 1, 2017

This column includes new postings with the latest ICA member news, as well as updates on outside conferences and publications. 

All ICA members are encouraged to submit their latest professional news for inclusion in the Newsletter by e-mailing Jennifer Le at

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Division & Interest Group News

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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Available Positions & Job Opportunities

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tenure and Tenure Track 
Professor of Communication in the Area of Communication and Culture

The University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication is seeking to fill one tenured (Associate Professor or Full Professor) and one tenure track (Assistant Professor) faculty position in the area of “communication and culture.” Preference will be given to scholars whose research and teaching include innovative approaches to the study of gender, sexuality, race, and/or ethnicity, as well as those whose work includes a global, transnational, or comparative dimension. Specific areas of focus may include but are not limited to algorithmic culture and platform studies; mobility and migration; technology and identity; and digital culture production. We are searching for candidates who address these or other issues using qualitative methods.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. (in Communication or a related field or discipline) and have a strong record of teaching and research. Responsibilities include conducting a program of research and publication, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels (including supervising doctoral dissertations), and contributing service to the school and university.

The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania is a graduate school of communication theory and research, with 19 full-time faculty and approximately 80 doctoral students representing a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds and interests. The faculty also has primary responsibility for an undergraduate communication major within the School of Arts and Sciences.

Submit letter of interest, curriculum vitae, three names of references, and up to three articles, chapters or other research to Professor Michael X. Delli Carpini, Walter H. Annenberg Dean, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, 3620 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6220 via To receive full consideration, applications should be received by Monday, September 4, 2017.

The University of Pennsylvania is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


Tenured Professor of Latin American Studies

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Global Studies and Languages (GSL) section invites applications for a position in contemporary Latin American Cultural Anthropology at the tenured professor level, to start in Fall 2018 (employment begins July 1, 2018). Applicants must hold a Ph.D. and have five-years’ minimum of academic teaching experience at the college or university level. Preference given to candidates with greater teaching experience and clear evidence of publication and scholarly development.

The teaching load is three courses per year, specifically, mid-tier and upper-level undergraduate courses in GSL (generally, two subjects per year conducted in Spanish, one in English). Native or near-native fluency in Spanish and English is required. Portuguese also desirable.

Applicants should be trained in cultural anthropology with a specialization in contemporary Latin American Studies, and prepared to work in a multidisciplinary environment. Applicants must have significant scholarly work that is already published. MIT expects a highly productive and innovative research program as part of the requirements for tenure.

Please submit letter of application, CV, two writing samples of peer-reviewed scholarship, preferably at least one book in English, but no more than two books. Spanish language publications accepted. Please also provide two syllabi of undergraduate courses (one course taught in upper-level Spanish, one in English) that you would be interested in teaching, to be received no later than October 16, 2017 to:

If books cannot be submitted electronically, hard copies may be sent to: GSL Search, MIT Global Studies and Languages, Room 14N-305, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139, USA. Books will be returned after the search. After the initial review of applications, semi-finalists will be asked to provide three letters of recommendation. Please send questions to

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.


Department of Life Sciences Communication
Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Strategic Communication

UW-Madison’s Department of Life Sciences Communication (LSC), located in the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences (CALS), seeks applications for a tenure track assistant professor in strategic communication in the life sciences.

The successful candidate will conduct research in strategic and/or marketing communication, ideally using as contexts of inquiry one or more of CALS key strategic areas (health, food, bioenergy, climate change, community development, ecosystems; for more information see The candidate will teach LSC undergraduate courses in the area of marketing communication in the life sciences and in the fast-expanding CALS Certificate in Business Management for Agricultural & Life Sciences. The candidate will also advise Masters and Ph.D. students and teach graduate level courses in their area of expertise in LSC’s M.S. programs and in our Ph.D. program (jointly administered with UW’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication), one of the most highly-ranked graduate programs in communication internationally. Ability to work in interdisciplinary settings and willingness to work with units across CALS will make this new colleague a perfect addition to CALS faculty.

The position carries a commitment to the three functions of resident instruction, research, and outreach/service, as well as professional and university service as appropriate to the position and rank.

UW-Madison is an AA/EEO employer, including protected veterans and qualified individuals with a disability.

For more details and to apply, visit


Department of Communication
Assistant Professor, Journalism

The Department of Communication ( invites applications for a full-time, tenure track faculty position at Assistant Professor rank beginning the fall semester 2018. Candidates should possess (1) the Ph.D. in an appropriate field; (2) broadcast experience and academic credentials to teach journalism and multimedia production in a comprehensive communication program geared toward professional communication; (3) potential for outstanding undergraduate teaching in our comprehensive undergraduate program as well as our M.A. program in Emerging Media; (4) an agenda for peer-reviewed research publication in the candidate’s interest area(s) that can lead to tenure. The successful candidate will be expected to teach and advise undergraduate students, serve on departmental and university committees, become involved in professional and academic groups, and support the university’s Catholic/Jesuit mission. To apply, please go to to submit your letter of intent and CV. Application review will begin on Oct 9 and will continue until the position is filled.

The Department offers undergraduate specializations in Journalism, Advertising/Public Relations, and Digital Media. Courses are taught in state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories. The typical teaching load of 3 courses per semester is reduced one course in the first semester of teaching. Loyola offers numerous internal grant programs for research and curricular development, including a guaranteed summer research grant for the summer after the first year of teaching, plus funding for faculty travel, and tenure-track research leaves for fourth year faculty applying for outside research grants.

Loyola University Maryland is a selective liberal arts university in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. The university is committed to intellectual excellence and social justice as it prepares students for a diverse and changing world. Recognized as a leading independent, comprehensive university in the northeastern United States, Loyola has a beautiful historic Evergreen campus in Baltimore and Graduate Centers in Timonium and Columbia. Loyola enrolls over 4,000 students in its undergraduate programs and about 2,000 students in its graduate programs.

Loyola is committed to fostering an inclusive environment and seeks applicants from all backgrounds who can contribute to its educational mission. Loyola is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, and welcomes applications from underrepresented groups. Additional information is available at

Apply Here:


School of Communication
Assistant Professor of Organizational Communication

The School of Communication at San Diego State University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Organizational Communication at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin Fall 2018. The selected candidate primarily will be responsible for teaching courses in Organizational Communication at the undergraduate and graduate level. The ability to teach additional courses within the School of Communication, such as interpersonal communication, performance studies, health communication, or ethnography, is preferred. Applicants from all research methodologies are encouraged to apply. Candidates should embrace the scholar-teacher model by demonstrating a commitment to excellence in teaching and research. Evidence of, or the potential for, external funding is preferred but not required. A Ph.D. by date of hire in Communication is required for appointment at the Assistant Professor level. Salary is competitive and based on experience. Application screening will begin October 1, 2017, and continue until the position is filled. Additional information and full application guidelines are available at

Information about SDSU is available at SDSU is a Title IX equal opportunity employer.


School of Communication
Assistant Professor of Communication

The School of Communication at San Diego State University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Communication, at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin in the Fall of 2018. The selected candidate will be responsible for teaching the senior Capstone course in Communication and other upper-division courses at the graduate and undergraduate level, as well as directing graduate student theses. The required senior Capstone course emphasizes competencies in the primary learning outcomes across both the generalist communication and health communication majors in the School. Preferred candidates will exhibit a strong record of, or the potential for, grants, publication and teaching in their chosen areas of communication. All methodological approaches to research will be considered. A Ph.D. by date of hire is required; a doctorate in communication is preferred (related degrees or areas of study considered). Salary is competitive. Application screening will begin September 4, 2017, and continue until the position is filled. Submission of application materials before September 4 is recommended to assure consideration in the first round of screening applications. Additional information and full application guidelines are available at interfolio link: 

Information about SDSU is available at SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer.


Media School
5 Available Positions

 The Media School at Indiana University Bloomington invites applicants for the following faculty positions, effective August 1, 2018:

Environmental Communication (Assistant Professor, Tenure Track). This position is part of Indiana University’s Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenges--a multi-million-dollar program focused on the environmental ( Duties include teaching, research, and service, as well as participation in the Grand Challenge project. The candidate should have a Ph.D. in a media related-field or be ABD at the time of application. For the full job description and application process, please see Questions should be directed to Dr. Paul Wright (

Advertising (Assistant Professor, Tenure Track). The successful applicant will help develop our advertising and strategic communication curriculum, teach/do research in this area, and engage in service. A Ph.D. in media related-fields or ABD status at the time of application is required. For the full job description and application process, please see Questions should be directed to Dr. Robert Potter (

Advertising (Lecturer, Non-Tenure Track). This is a position for someone with significant experience in the advertising industry. A BA with peer or public recognition of professional achievement are minimum requirements. An advanced degree is preferred. Responsibilities include curriculum development, teaching, service, and supporting the professional development of students. For the full job description and application process, please see Questions should be directed to Dr. Walter Gantz (

Social Scientist (Assistant Professor, Tenure Track). Candidates for this position should have a social science background with a record of publishing innovative media research. We hope to hire a colleague who can build on existing research strengths in areas such as media effects, health communication, media policy, media economics, or political communication. Duties include teaching, research, and service. The candidate should have a Ph. D. in a media related-field or be ABD at the time of application. For the full job description please see Questions should be directed to Dr. Nicole Martins, (

Media Theory, Culture, and Technology (Assistant Professor, Tenure Track). Candidates working in areas such as screen studies, emergent media, sound studies, software studies, media history, technology studies are encouraged to apply. Digital humanities approaches are welcome. The position’s duties include teaching, research, and service. The candidate should have a Ph. D. in Media Studies, Film Studies, or a closely related field or be ABD at the time of application. For the full job description please see Questions should be directed to: Dr. Stephanie DeBoer, (

Applications received by October 20, 2017 will receive full consideration for these positions; however, applications will be considered until the position is filled. Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.


Department of Communication
Tenure Track Assistant 
Professor of Health Communication

The Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks a Health Communication scholar whose research and teaching focus on cultures, discourses, and practices of health with a preferred focus on race, equity, and inclusion. We seek a colleague whose work complements and extends the traditions in the department, which include critical cultural studies; language & social interaction; media, technology, & policy; and rhetoric and performance. For the full position announcement including required qualifications and application instructions, please visit:

The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.

We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.


Department of Clinical Sciences
Assistant or Associate Professor - 
Veterinary Medical Communication

The Department of Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University seeks applications for a non-tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor in Veterinary Communication. We are looking for someone with research and teaching experience in health professions education to transfer these skills to veterinary medicine. The Colorado State University (CSU) communication curriculum is a world renowned model among veterinary colleges and received accolades from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Education. One of our faculty has recently been recognized by the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare (AACH) with a prestigious teaching award. This is a 9-month position with two years of summer salary funding. Future opportunities for securing summer salary are possible through consulting, continuing education, grants and research funding. For further information about the position, please contact or (970) 297-4007.

Full Job Posting
Deadline: September 1st 2017


Department of Communication and Journalism
Assistant Professor of Public Relations and Strategic Communication

The Department of Communication and Journalism at Oakland University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in our new public relations and strategic communication major. The appointment begins August 15, 2018.

The position is designed to cultivate the new major. Successful candidates will teach undergraduate courses in the areas of public relations and strategic communication, maintain an active research agenda, and provide leadership and service within the department, college, and university.

Teaching responsibilities would include teaching quantitative methods and basic courses in public relations and strategic communication. Professional experience in the PR field is desirable. The ideal candidate will strengthen our existing curriculum by developing new courses in one or more of the following areas: social media, health communication, media technologies and strategic communication.

Required qualifications include: a Ph.D. in public relations, strategic communication, or related field at time of appointment; experience teaching undergraduate courses in public relations and strategic communication and demonstrated activity in scholarly arenas, such as conference presentations, publications, or similar, with an articulated research agenda.

Interested applicants must submit 1) a CV, 2) a cover letter, 3) a teaching philosophy, (4) a research statement, 5) unofficial transcripts; and 6) three references to the following website:

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received by September 15, 2017 will receive the highest priority. Inquiries can be directed to Holly Shreve Gilbert (

Oakland University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.


Department of Communication and Journalism
Tenure Track Position

The Noah Mozes Department of Communication and Journalism at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem invites outstanding candidates to apply for a tenure-track position starting July, 2018. 

For more information about our faculty and research please visit:

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree at the time of hire, and demonstrate an active research program, indicating the potential for outstanding scholarship. Ability to teach in Hebrew is required.

Deadline for applications: September 26, 2017. 

Please see this link for additional information on the application process:


Assistant Professor of Communication 
Quantitative Methods

Assistant Professor of 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:


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Calls for Papers

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 1, 2017


* Miscellaneous Issue 10.1 (Spring 2018) CALL OPEN – Deadline 1 Oct 2017 

* Special Issue 10.2 (Fall 2018) CALL OPEN – Deadline: 15 January 2018
For more information, please check our website: 



Articles should be between 6,000-8,000 words (including references). They must be based on original research or offer well grounded theoretical contributions, they must be written in a clear and concise style in English and they must not be under consideration by any other publication. In the first instance the author(s) must sent one anonymous copy of the article containing an abstract (max. 150 words) and keywords (max. 6) and attach a separate sheet with the title of the article, name of the author(s), institutional affiliation, abstract, keywords, references of the article, biographical note and institutional address and e-mail. Authors must avoid any information within the article which make it possible to infer their identity (acknowledgements must be avoided at this stage and references to their own work must be done in the third person). All articles are submitted to a blind peer reviewing process. Manuscripts will be evaluated on the basis of their originality, the soundness of their theory and methodology, the coherence of their analysis and their ability to communicate to readers (including nonspecialist readers). 

All submissions and proposals must be sent to and must follow Intellect’s House Style Guide. Please read the Notes for contributors suggested by CJCS before submitting. 

This section will include research notes, short commentaries, reflections on current affairs, cultural and media events, short interviews, etc. Experts, leading scholars, experienced professionals and senior researchers are invited to submit their proposals, which will be selected also in accordance with academic criteria and depending on the availability of space. Contributions for this section should not exceed 3000 words in length and are submitted to review by the Editors. 
The Editors of CJCS will select an article from those previously published by Catalan academic journals for publication in this section. Gateway will give international coverage to the best articles written and published originally in Catalan. The Editors will select the work using the abovementioned criteria and the authors must seek permission for translation and publication in CJCS. We encourage researchers to suggest articles for this section along with an argument for their suitability. 
CJCS also publishes short book reviews, in English and commissioned by the Editors, about leading editorial projects in Catalan/Spanish or English in keeping with the aims and scope of the journal. 


CALL FOR GRANT APPLICATIONS: Urban Communication Foundation White Paper Program 

THEME: Free Speech in the City 

The Urban Communication Foundation (UCF) believes that an important measure of the health of a city is how well the city fosters and protects environments and rights supporting healthy, open, and robust communication. Such is the basis for democratic participatory societies, and that is fundamental to our values as a foundation. But open and robust communications sometimes pose challenges to other interests in cities and to the governments overseeing those cities. And governments may try to limit communication in response to such challenges. Some will do so more successfully than others, and some will focus on enhancing rather than controlling communication.  
As the world appears to be increasingly contentious, the UCF is dedicating this year’s White Paper Program to an examination of urban communication freedom, regulation, and relevant government intervention and policy. We are particularly interested in soliciting proposals that will lead to the development of a white paper that discusses ways in which government regulation or policy, especially that made at the local city-level,  can protect and enhance an open and robust marketplace of ideas that is characterized by democratic values of inclusion, reason, and courage. The locus of our concern is, of course, cities. 
The following are but a few examples of research questions and topics that applicants might pursue. This list is not at all exhaustive, and novel and interesting research questions are encouraged. 

  • What regulatory mechanisms have been used to limit communication in urban contexts, and what can we learn from them that might strengthen efforts to limit the limits?

  • Do cities have communication issues that lend themselves to particular regulatory attention?

  • What are the best examples of how cities, perhaps in partnership with NGOs, have enhanced communication freedoms? 

  • How do the intersections of communication and infrastructure lend themselves to regulation?  How might government policies encourage freer communication?

  • How might the legitimate concerns of governments be addressed while best protecting democratic expression?

  • What policies most effectively protect and enhance robust urban communication? What strategies enhance the likelihood of such policies being adopted?

  • How can public/private partnerships enhance open democratic expression?

  • What threats to privacy impact free expression and what government policies can address those threats?

  • In what ways has the change in the channels/locus of urban communication - from town square to the Internet - changed the regulatory environment and the freedom of expression?

  • What corporate policies and infrastructures impact freedom of expression and the governments’ ability to regulate it? 

  • How does zoning, broadly defined, impact communication freedom? 

  • What sorts of noncommunication-focused regulations and policies have secondary impacts on communication freedom (for example, regulations pertaining to traffic, street furniture, public safety, etc.) 

  • What municipal policies can enhance participatory government and access to municipal information? 


Information about the Urban Communication Foundation’s White Paper Program 
The UCF has been a leader in promoting scholarship in the general area of urban communication. The Foundation has funded dozens of research projects and acknowledged dozens of scholars that have advanced the field of study. Through this White Paper series, we extend this influence by focusing in on particular issues or areas of research and look to support the development of public research reports on issues that have a direct bearing on public policy and/or the everyday life for people within cities.  
The final report should likely be between 8,000-12,000 words in length and present original research on the topic. The end product should aim to have some influence on policy makers, community leaders or researcher within an urban context and speak to basic research and practical solution. The author(s) of the top rated proposal will receive a grant of $10,000. 

Guidelines for Submitting Proposals/Applications 

  •  Proposals should not exceed 1,000 words (excluding references). Please include a cover page with the name, position, institution, and contact information for all authors. Proposals should identify the research focus and its potential for positively impacting freedom of expression in cities. 

  • Applications should include a short itemized budget and a concise statement providing a rationale for the expenses listed in the budget. Funds may be expended in a variety of ways (e.g., to hire a research assistant or for a course by-out), provided that it is clear how doing so will enable the researcher(s) to complete the proposed work. Funds may not be used to purchase computer hardware. Funds awarded by the UCF may be utilized to offset fringe costs (such as those often involved in hiring a research assistant), but the Foundation will not cover overhead expenses (i.e., indirect costs). In any case, the total amount of the award will not exceed $10,000, which will include costs associated with presentation of the research at a UCF session. Funding may be dispersed in phases over the course of the project. 

  • Applicants should include one letter of recommendation. The referee should be able to assess the significance and viability of the project described in the proposal, as well as the qualifications of the applicant as they pertain to the proposed work.  

  • Proposals should be submitted to Harvey Jassem, at, or Matthew Matsaganis, at, no later than November 1, 2017. Funding decisions will be made by December 31, 2017. The final report must be completed and submitted to the UCF no later than November 1, 2018.  

  • The UCF reserves the right to publish and disseminate the completed White Paper. 

  • The primary author will be required to present his/her findings at a UCF panel. 

  • Upon selection as the UCF White Paper competition winner, the author(s) will be recognized as Urban Communication Foundation Fellow/s.  

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Highlights From San Diego

Posted By Paula Gardner, ICA President, McMaster U, Monday, July 3, 2017
ICA San Diego is just past us and I find myself reflecting upon the countless interventions that impressed me—more than I can mention here.  Many members have commented to me that the quality of academic papers and dialogues was particularly strong this year and left them feeling newly invigorated by ICA’s cutting edge scholarship that is crucial in this global moment. I’ll offer just a few highlights that struck me, knowing that I can’t do justice to the rich work offered over those five days.    
Participants from the ICA Africa regional conference attended (in person and via Skype!) from Nairobi. This rich array of research covered topics that are deeply underrepresented in ICA. Lando, Kombo and Bowen discussed sexual predatory practices against refugees working as intermittent home cleaners (termed “Kuvua” in Swahili). Jarop and Kendago discussed how a well-intentioned national programme to fund girls’ feminine hygiene products in fact falls short, resulting in greater insecurity and illness for girls. Njoya reminded us of key African scholars of communication who are not often referenced by young Africa scholars.  We look forward to more engagements with this important scholarship at our Uganda publishing and research workshop in October of 2017. 
Our sponsored panel on global populist movements provided us with crucial insights into regional histories and dynamics that complicate any universal theory of how populism arises and plays out around the world. Wasserman called for readings beyond “media centric” analyses, noting that populism in South Africa can only be understood with careful attention to local histories and realities- he notes. Rao concurred, noting that Indian populism can only be understood via globalisation, corporatism, and specific regional economic crises.  It was generally agreed that ‘there is no neat narrative.’  This is only a snapshot from the conference of the numerous papers citing “populism”- which was clearly one of the top key words this year.  
We had a rigorous debate regarding ICA’s policy on political statements which was adopted years back, but has never been used for various reasons. The policy notes that the board can choose to issue political statements in support of ICA’s mission – e.g. to protect the free flow of academic discourse in the field of communication. Some panelists were concerned that the entire ICA community might not be in favour of any such political statement, others suggested statements were not enough and that actions were often in order.  Some worried that political statements could potentially imperil local academics in the noted region.  We heard about IAMCR’s process for developing political statements that is handled by a special internal clearing house. A few key suggestions to augment our policy were offered; these included working with human rights lawyers on the ground to ensure that we have a keen and informed reading of the region and/or allowing ICA members to add their name individually to any statement.  There will be more to come on this issue that I will report in future columns.

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ICA Journals Move to Online Only

Posted By John Paul Gutierrez, ICA Associate Executive Director, Monday, July 3, 2017

In 2013 the Board of Directors approved a series of recommendations that an ad-hoc committee had made regarding alternate formats for ICA journals. One of these eight recommendations was to move our journals to online-only by 2018 to coincide with our sustainability goals and the changing landscape of journal publishing. 

We are on target to meet this goal and the physical mailing of journals will be phased out in 2018 with our move to Oxford University Press (OUP). The last mailed copies of ICA journals will come in October for Human Communication Research, November for Communication Theory, and December for Journal of Communication and Communication, Culture & Critique.  
In December of 2017, five ICA journals will be migrated to a new online platform with a more streamlined approach and design for journal access. Access to content for members will remain the same – all current journal issues + access back to Volume 1, Issue 1 of each journal.  
In order to keep abreast of all new ICA journal content, we highly advise members to sign up for New Issue Alerts on OUP’s platform by November 2017. ICA will also send content alerts for new issues.  

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Une Petite Mise à Jour: Upcoming ICA Annual Conferences

Posted By Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director, Monday, July 3, 2017
By now I hope everyone has recovered from ICA’s biggest Annual Conference to date! The San Diego waterfront was a wonderful backdrop for our 3,354 attendees to partake in educational sessions, business meetings, receptions, and special plenaries; to peruse the Making & Doing Exhibition and the Propaganda Exhibit; to partake in the numerous sights and sounds (and wildlife) of the Gaslamp District (never a dull moment!); for parents to peek in on the kids as they enjoyed the activities in our childcare room; or to take in some morning yoga on the terrace. Next year we will switch from palm trees and ocean breezes to castles and history, as we look forward to seeing you all again next year for Prague 2018! You will start to hear more from our President-Elect, Patricia Moy (U of Washington), about the conference planning in upcoming newsletters.  
Before you all start to relax into your well-earned summer breaks, just a quick update to let you know a bit of “breaking news”: I have signed the contract for 2022, which has long been marked “TBD” in our list (and still is, until after this article hits the web). I am delighted to announce that in May 2022 we will be welcoming you to…Paris, France! We will be in the heart of the city, and easy walking distance from the Champs-Elysées and more shops and patisseries and restaurants than you could possibly visit in one trip. I have secured a large block with a competitive room rate, with several hotels to choose from (including the availability of rooms with Eiffel Tower views). More detailed information on that much later, but for now, just draw a little Eiffel Tower on your calendar in May 2022.  
To recap, we are now set through 2023:  
2018 Prague (CZECH REPUBLIC) 
2019 Washington, DC (USA) 
2020 Gold Coast (AUSTRALIA) 
2021 Denver (USA) 
2022 Paris (FRANCE) 
2023 Toronto (CANADA) 
2024 Asia TBD 
For more information on how ICA chooses conference locations, the criteria we use to select possible venues, and past and future locations, please read my prior article, “Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going…A Primer on ICA’s Annual Conference.”

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18 ICA Fellows Named in San Diego

Posted By Larry Gross, ICA 2016-17 Fellows Chair, U of Southern California, Monday, July 3, 2017
For the past few years the ICA Fellows have made significant progress in achieving a body of members that looks more like ICA: more international and more diverse. This year’s record number of 25 nominations and 18 successful recommendations that were approved by the ICA Board represents a notable success. This accomplishment is due in large part to the engagement of Divisions and Interest Groups that nominated deserving scholars from among their members, and to the assistance of several Fellows and ICA staff, who put together “sample nomination packets” that were useful in guiding nominators. We hope and expect that this momentum will be maintained in the future. The “Class of 2017” ICA Fellows are: 
Dominique Brossard, U of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Brossard is a pioneer in the evolving field of science communication who has won top faculty paper awards from all three scholarly communication associations and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  

Nick Couldry, London School of Economics and Political Science. One of the leading theorists of media, culture and communication in the world today, in 2015 he was elected a member of the Academia Europaea. He served as Chair of ICA’s Philosophy, Theory and Critique Division.  
Sharon Dunwoody, U of Wisconsin-Madison. A leading theorist of science and risk communication. A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, she has received the Hilldale Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Wayne A. Danielson Award from the University of Texas at Austin. 

Daniel Hallin, U of California - San Diego. Hallin and Paolo Mancini’s 2004 Comparing Media Systems was an “instant classic” that has been translated into ten languages and won major book awards, including ICA’s Book Award. 

Francois Heinderyckx, U libre de Bruxelles. Author of nearly 70 publications that traverse many aspects of our field, from journalism to political communication to the media landscape. Founding president of ECREA, and one of the key architects of ICA’s move towards a truly international association, he served as ICA president in 2013-14. 

David Hesmondhalgh, U of Leeds. Founder of the University of Leeds’ Media Industries Research Centre. His work straddles cultural studies, political economy, aesthetics and media sociology. Author, coauthor, editor or coeditor of 11 books, and 85 publications, including journal articles, book chapters, reports and public columns. 

Amy Jordan, U of Pennsylvania. A scholar of children and media, well-known for advancing policy debates and developing family education programs. Coeditor of the Journal of Children and Media, she was Chair of the Children, Adolescents and Media Division, winner of ICA’s Most Important Applied/ Public Policy Research Program Award, and 2015-16 President of the ICA. 
Tamar Katriel, U of Haifa. Her publications include 5 single-authored scholarly books and more than 80 refereed articles and chapters. Her interdisciplinary scholarship has contributed to anthropology, education, sociology, sociolinguistics, Israeli and Jewish studies, and museum and heritage studies, as well as rhetoric, ethnography, media studies, and communication theory. 
Douglas McLeod, U of Wisconsin–Madison. He has authored a book, edited two volumes, published close to 90 papers in leading communication and public opinion journals, book chapters, reports, and articles. A prolific contributor to the sociology of communication, social conflict, social protests and mediated public opinion.

Robin Nabi, U of California - Santa Barbara. A prolific author, with more than 70 sole and co-authored articles and book chapters, a co-edited Handbook and influential special journal issues. Served as chair of ICA’s Mass Communication Division and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Communication.

Zizi Papacharissi, U of Illinois - Chicago. Author of two books, editor of six books, author or co-author of many journal articles and chapters, she is editor of two scholarly journals. A leading scholar in Internet studies, pioneering theorizing about the consequences of networked publics for political participation. 

Barbara Pfetsch, Freie U Berlin. Author, coauthor, or coeditor of ten books, dozens of journal articles, chapters, book reviews, and research reports. She has made significant contributions to the study of media and journalism, comparative political communication cultures, the European public sphere, and online social mobilization. 

Karen Ross, Newcastle U. Author of eight books, editor of 13 books, and author of dozens of articles and book chapters. Founding editor of ICA’s Communication, Culture & Critique, and the forthcoming Wiley/ICA International Encyclopedia of Gender, Media and Communication. Served as ICA Board Member-at-Large, and won the Feminist Scholarship Division Teresa Award in 2013.
Denise Solomon, Pennsylvania State U. Coauthor of one book and Associate Editor of the International Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Communication, she has published 65 articles and 26 chapters, focused primarily on the role that interpersonal communication plays in the development and maintenance of relationships. 

Shyam Sundar, Pennsylvania State U. Identified as the most published author of Internet-related research in the field during the medium’s first decade, he is editor of the Handbook on the Psychology of Communication Technology and editor of ICA’s Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. He was chair of ICA’s Communication & Technology division. 

Liesbet Van Zoonen, Erasmus U, Rotterdam. A member of the Academia Europaea, author or coeditor of ten books, and eight special issues, author and coauthor of over 80 articles, plus many book chapters. Her book Feminist Media Studies (1994) helped define the field, providing legitimacy and inspiration for many feminist researchers. 

Claes de Vreese, U of Amsterdam. He has published more than 100 articles, co-authored and co-edited four books. Elected a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences. He chaired ICA’s Political Communication Division and several committees, won numerous ICA Top Paper awards, and won ICA’s Young Scholar Award in 2007. 

Karin Wilkins, U of Texas - Austin. Author or editor of 12 books, 33 peer-reviewed articles, 16 book chapters, and numerous research reports. A leading expert on global media, development communication, Middle East studies, and social justice and social change. She served as Chair of ICA’s Intercultural and Development Division and is currently editor of Communication Theory.

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Awards Given at the 2017 ICA Conference

Posted By Hilde van den Bulck, ICA 2016-17 Awards Chair, U of Antwerp, Monday, July 3, 2017
The 67th ICA conference in San Diego provided the association and its members with an opportunity to celebrate excellence in the field by granting various awards. Congratulations to all winners and sincere gratitude to all the members of the various ICA awards committees, who do tremendous work to select each of these recipients.  
The 2017 Steven H. Chaffee Career Achievement Award*, which honors a scholar for a sustained contribution to theoretical development or empirical research related to communication studies over an extended period, was granted to Albert C. Gunther (U of Wisconsin-Madison). Professor Gunther has produced programmatic research on audience biases and the psychology of media effects, in numerous seminal publications spanning over 25 years. His important, influential, and popular theoretical architecture, the Influence of Presumed Media Influence, subsumed previous work on the Third Person Effect and the Hostile Media Effect. The theory illustrates how many effects of media on society take place because people perceive that (biased) media influence other people to a greater extent than themselves, which activates them to action. Professor Gunther’s sustained efforts and close attention to research designs and to the mechanics, explanations, boundaries, connections with other theories, as well as many contextual applications, have led this line of inquiry to be one of the most productive in our discipline. His students and many other scholars have extended and applied these tenets, and universities and scholarly societies have focused international workshops on their theoretical and empirical study, reflecting the deep and lasting impact of Professor Gunther’s sustained research. 
 (*committee: Chair: Joseph B. Walther; members: Sonia Livingstone, Zrinjka Perusko, Barbie Zelizer, and Nurit Guttman) 
The 2017 Outstanding Book Award** went to Marwan Kraidy (U of Pennsylvania) for The Naked Blogger of Cairo. While many accounts have highlighted the role of the internet in fostering the 2010-2012 uprisings across the Arab world, Prof. Kraidy brilliantly and skillfully situates the human body as the central agent of change and locus of what he calls creative insurgency. The book offers sophisticated theorizing with the conceptualization of the human body as ‘tool, medium, symbol, and metaphor’. It is a remarkable scholarly as well as literary achievement, using glimpses and a technique resembling ‘scrolling’ through the internet and news archive to advance its startlingly powerful thesis. Prof. Kraidy has not only ordered and analyzed some of the most celebrated and disturbing images of contemporary global conflict, but also produced an ‘art history’ of these times that is unlikely to be surpassed, and a political history that offers compelling lessons well beyond the frame of the Middle East.  
(**committee: Chair: Richard Rogers; members: Bruce Hardy, Zizi Papacharissi, John Hartley, John Erni) 
The 2017 Applied/Public Policy Research Award*** was given to Elaine Wittenberg (City of Hope National Medical Center) and Joy Goldsmith (U of Memphis). The committee praises their collaborative work that represents applied research in health communication. They have successfully developed a training tool for more effective communication between professionals and patients. The approach appears to be very comprehensive, even engaging with the sensitivities of communication at the end-of-life stage. The submission fulfils the award criteria of introducing organizational interventions. It also tries to foreground communication as a central aspect of care work, which resonates with general ICA vision. 
(***committee: Chair: Sun Sun Lim; members: Peter Busse, Sharon Strover, Jonathan Corpus Ong and Melanie Wakefield) 

The Outstanding Article Award**** of 2017 was awarded to Nurit Tal-Or (U of Haifa) and Yariv Tsfati (U of Haifa) for their 2016 article ‘When Arabs and Jews Watch TV Together: The Joint Effect of the Content and Context of Communication on Reducing Prejudice’, Journal of Communication, 66, 646–668. The article describes a study that demonstrates how media exposure can affect inter-group attitudes in one of the most intractable conflicts of our time, the Arab-Israeli conflict. In an experiment, Israeli Jews watched a movie about the conflict that was edited to be either pro-Palestinian or pro-Israeli in the company of either a Jew or an Arab confederate co-viewer. Results showed that both the version of the film viewed and co-viewing with an Arab increase empathy and reduced stereotypes toward the co-viewer. The committee feels that this article represents the very best of communication and media scholarship. The study stands out in its conception and design, in its analytic techniques and findings and – most particularly – in its contribution to theory. It expands the scope of existing research by also considering differential message effects related to the identity of the person with whom someone is watching. 
(****committee: Chair: Thomas Hanitzsch; members Rich Ling, Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt, Leslie Steeves and Chul-joo Lee)  
The 2017 Young Scholar Award***** was given to Emily Falk, Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania. Professor Falk received her PhD in 2010 from UCLA. She already has $4,000,000 in grant funding as PI, has 23 refereed articles, often as first author, 22 book chapters and essays, with 20 underway in high-impact journals like Communication Monographs, Communication Methods and Measures, PLoS One, Health Psychology, Journal of Neuroscience, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. Prof. Falk is highly cited and is helping define the field of “communication neuroscience” using methods such as fMRI. She examines how successful ideas spread, how persuasive messages can create behavior change, and how counter-arguments are activated/deactivated in smoking cessation interventions and other health communication research. Prof. Falk helped found ICA’s Communication and Biology group; she mentors students and post-docs; has given over 50 invited lectures at places like Princeton and Chicago; and headlined her own TED talk. She received DARPA’s ‘Young Faculty’ award ($500,000) and NIH’s ‘New Innovator’ award ($1,500,000). For her role in creating ICA’s exciting future, the committee unanimously chose this stunning young researcher as ICA’s 2017 Young Scholar Award winner. 
(*****committee: Chair: Patti Riley; members: Bas van den Putte, Frank Esser, Mary Beth Oliver and Mohan J. Dutta).  
The 2017 Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award****** to Mary Beth Oliver, Penn State U. In a strong field of inspiring mentors Professor Oliver stands out for her unprecedented levels of support to students on a professional and personal level. The passionate letters of those she inspired emphasize her dedication, especially to those going through tough times. She is an ethical scholar; equality and diversity are key to her philosophy which translates into successful mentoring of students, such as women of colour, who still face structural obstacles to academic success. Her dedication expresses itself not just in terms of the time and undivided attention she gives to students but also in her global reach. Individuals who are not her mentees from around the world seek her advice and she reaches out to teach them where they are. She has published and taught in innovative ways that allow others to use her work for learning, teaching and mentoring. In summary, Professor Oliver mentorship consists of long lasting professional and personal bonds that inspire those she comes across to be thriving, dedicated, ethical and personable scholars.  
(******committee: Chair: Ellen Helsper; members: Clarissa David, Jennifer Bartlett and Benqian Li)
Finally, the 2017 James W. Carey Urban Communication Grant******* was awarded to Germaine Halegoua (U of Kansas) and Jessa Lingel (U of Pennsylvania) for the project: Invisibility and hypervisibility: Failures of imagination in urban broadband networks. The project addresses very important issues for society and was written in a concrete language that offers confidence in their ability to reach their goals. It was superior in methodology and the presentation of its implications for urban communication. This project is also more developed and innovative. The letter of support was excellent, especially for helping articulate clearly the broad significance of the project. While the research is certainly challenging in scope, these authors have a solid track record of publications in this arena that provide confidence in their ability to continue and complete their proposed project in a timely manner.  
(******* committee chair: Federico Subervi; members: Gary Kreps, Cees Hamelink, Yong-Chan Kim and Matthew Matsaganis). 

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