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ICA President’s Report – July 2019

Posted By Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology), Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The 69th Annual International Communication Association (ICA) conference, held at the Washington Hilton from 25-29 May, had the theme of Communication Beyond Boundaries, and aimed to advance understanding of the role of communication and media in the crossing of social, political and cultural boundaries that characterize contemporary society. Hosted on the traditional lands of the Piscataway people, a core objective of the conference was to encourage work that crossed the boundaries of research domains, particular fields of research interest, ICA Divisions and Internet Groups and of academia and the wider community. 

Working with Conference Theme Chair Hilde van den Bulck (Drexel U), the intention was to hold a conference that had a global dimension, and which recognized the role played by communication in the crossing of boundaries that characterizes societal structures, institutions and cultures. Today’s global digital technologies and networks have been central to the expansion in movements of people, capital, commodities, images, and ideologies across national boundaries. At the same time, at a time of rising global geopolitical tensions, and the rise of populist nationalism, there are new walls and barriers being constructed, and a challenge is how to build scholarly and professional bridges across boundaries in a world that may be increasingly post-global, and centred around inward-looking notions of culture and identity. 

The Opening Plenary sought to address these questions, drawing upon the centrality of the city of Washington, DC to global geopolitics – the city is host to 177 embassies and diplomatic missions – and to both international governmental organizations and international non-government organizations. It also aimed to foreground the important insights that communication scholars are making in areas as diverse as bioethics, AI, robotics, and cryptocurrencies, while posing questions of how to develop more just and equal societies, and the role that academics can play in crossing boundaries as advisers and activists, reaching out to regulators, industries, civil society organisations and activist groups. 

The speakers presented us with a diverse range of perspectives. Steven Livingston (George Washington U) returned to debates about media framing, to propose that more attention needed to be given to both the transnational dimensions of framing and the role played by both non-traditional technologies (e.g. sensors) and knowledge practices (e.g. crowdsourced investigations) in communication scholarship. Yu Hong (Zhejiang U) emphasized the continuing role played by nation-states in global internet governance, and the emergent cyber-sovereignty debates surrounding the uses of data beyond the internet, in fields such as artificial intelligence. Rania Elessawi discussed the relationship between UNICEF and academics in advancing the Communication for Development (C4D) agenda for benchmarking and evaluating UNICEF’s work worldwide. She also noted that she was the first person from a United Nations agency to be invited to be a keynote speaker at an ICA conference. Gina Neff (Oxford Internet Institute) posed the challenges arising from algorithmic decision-making and artificial intelligence increasingly framing how we communicate, and the dangers of structural biases of gender, race, class and nationality being embedded in these technologies in the absence of contributions and interventions by communication scholars.

The 2019 ICA Conference was the largest in the Association’s 69-year history. There were 3,898 registered participants, and 3,043 in-session presentations and 284 poster presentations, across 621 sessions over four days. In addition, there were 38 pre-conferences and 11 post-conferences, of which 20 were held at university campuses and other non-hotel locations around Washington, DC. We thank American U, Georgetown U, George Washington U, George Mason U, Marymount U, the Goethe Institute, Washington Quaker Church, National Press Club, Unitarian Universalist Church, and the Newseum for being such generous hosts for these events. Pre-conferences that generated a particularly strong buzz included Digital Journalism in Latin America, North Korea and Communication, and #Communicationsowhite: Discipline, Scholarship and the Media, and post-conferences including The Rise of Platforms, Creator Governance, and Badass Ladies of Communication. Some events have generated further calls for action on the part of the ICA, most notably the #Communicationsowhite event, and the demand for greater diversity, equity and inclusion in the election of ICA Fellows. A number of actions around diversity were taken at the conference and subsequently, which can be found in the IDEA statement on ICA’s website that also serves as the first article in this newsletter. 

Other events were very notable at the conference. It featured the first ICA Jam Session, held at the Bossa bar in the Adams Morgan District. Big thanks to Nikki Usher and Aram Sinnreich for their role in bringing together such a great event and for serving as Local Host for the conference. We had the pleasure of a plenary presentation by Naomi Klein, the Inaugural Gloria Steinem Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers U. Undertaken in conversation with ICA Past-President Amy Jordan (Rutgers U), the session critically explored many aspects of what Klein termed the “corporate self” in an age of data colonialism and surveillance capitalism. 

The Closing Plenary explored the future of news and journalism. Held in the International Ballroom of the Washington Hilton, the home of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, an expert panel consisting of Huffington Post Editor-in-Chief Lydia Polgreen, PBS Newshour host Judy Woodruff, and Claire Wardle, the founder of First Draft News, debated a range of issues including the rise of ‘news deserts’, structural bias in media, and who pays for journalism, with ICA scholars Hilde van den Bulck, Claes de Vreese (U of Amsterdam), and Barbie Zelizer (U of Pennsylvania). 


In the period since the Washington, DC ICA conference, there has been much discussion about the state of the communication discipline in terms of its responsiveness to questions of diversity, inclusion, and equity. While much of this discussion has arisen around specific debates in other communication associations, concerns have been expressed about the inclusiveness of the ICA, particularly with regards to race and ethnicity. As an international association, with members in 87 countries, we see questions of diversity as bound up with the mission to internationalize the ICA, while recognizing structural barriers and inequalities that both create barriers to participation for some members, and constrain the scope and focus of communications research more generally. In this light, I commend the Statement on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA), prepared by the ICA Executive Committee. We recognize that this is part of what will be an ongoing conversation about shaping an ICA that is global in its reach, diverse in its membership, and committed to social inclusion and the public good in its scholarship. 

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President Elect: ICA 2020 Conference Theme

Posted By Claes H. De Vreese (U of Amsterdam), Tuesday, July 2, 2019

As we start thinking about the ICA 2020 conference it is also time to think creatively about the conference theme ‘Open Communication’. Conference theme chair, Eike Rike (LeedsU ) and I are excited about this theme and aim to make it an open (pun intended) and inclusive discussion about open science and our communication discipline. This column includes the highlights from the conference theme call.

The Open Communication theme aims to facilitate and deepen the conversation about Open Science in the field of communication. The movement towards Open Science touches on many aspects of our research practices, and discussing the implications will enable and contribute to a conversation in the ICA and our field more broadly about Open Science. This is an inclusive conversation from which our entire field can benefit.

Open science is oriented toward advancing scholarship through transparency, wide-ranging collaboration, and a focus on the creation of public goods. It is about sharing knowledge about our research process, being up front about research ideas, transparent and thoughtful about analyzing our materials, and ensuring that, when possible, data and instruments are available for future scholars to learn from and to challenge. 

With the theme of Open Communication, we encourage research and panels that cut across research domains and practices. In particular, we also encourage submissions that focus on digital communication, the lockdown of platforms, and the interesting tensions between data science and open science practices.

With the Open Communication conference theme, we encourage scholars to address key questions that relate to collaboration in and the accessibility of our work, such as:

  • What are good open science practices and how can they be adopted in our discipline?

  • What does open science imply for the norms and values that underlie our research work?

  • How do we develop an inclusive open science culture that is respectful of epistemological differences?

  • How do we square developments towards data science, algorithms, and artificial intelligence with open science principles and practices?

  • How can open science enable the communication field to be inspired by, and inspire, adjacent fields?

  • How do we educate both emerging and established communication scholars about open science?

  • What are the roles and responsibilities of different actors (universities, funders, associations, research groups, journals, individual researchers)?

For more specific submission guidelines, please see:


For updates on the 2020 ICA Annual Conference and the Open Communication theme, follow and get in touch with @claesdevreese and @emrinke 

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ICA Board Adopts New Visual Identity

Posted By Stephanie Kelly (North Carolina A&T State U), Tuesday, July 2, 2019

While our association has been around for much longer, 2019 marks 50 years of “ICA” after the organization’s transition to International Communication Association from the National Society for the Study of Communication in 1969. Two years ago, in advance of this anniversary, members of ICA’s leadership team posed to the Board of Directors (BoD) that, given the changes in the membership of ICA and in the field since then, it may be time to investigate whether the then-current ICA visual identity really represented its membership. A task force was appointed with the charge to identify whether ICA members felt it was time for a visual refresh and, if so, to oversee that process. 

You may recall having received an invitation to participate in an online survey about the ICA visual identity in October of 2017 that came from this task force. A total of 1,077 ICA members shared their opinion about the ICA visual identity through the questionnaire. When asked whether it was time for a new visual identity, 66% of respondents indicated that it was certainly time. Only 16% percent responded that the current visual identity should be maintained. Honestly, I was one of those 16% of members.

It’s true. Despite my involvement with the visual identity task force, I was initially against a change. I found the green logo visually appealing and the interlocking letters quite clever. However, after reviewing the explanations for why many of our members thought it was time for a change, I too was convinced. What I hadn’t realized until exploring the qualitative data from the questionnaire, was that unless one’s native language utilizes the modern Latin alphabet, our current logo was somewhat illegible. Multiple respondents commented that while the “i” and the “a” were clear, they appeared to be the only letters (there was no “C” for communication!}, and others responded that the “i” and the “c” were clear, but they didn’t understand the cane shape at the end (cleverly turning the C into a Times New Roman a). For those who were not native English speakers/readers, it was difficult to read. In short, it became clear that we had a logo that was not representative of all of our membership, and it was time for a refresh.

Given this, the task force moved forward with the visual identity rejuvenation. Four requests for proposal (RFPs) were sent out to branding companies and three submitted bids. The task force recommended to the BoD that The Mighty Good be selected for this task based on their portfolio, proposed budget, proposed timeline, and prior experience working with nonprofits. The BoD ratified this motion at the conference in Prague in 2018.

The first step in working with The Mighty Good was to convey that ICA did not need to be “rebranded.” ICA already had an excellent brand, one that members described in the questionnaire as representing scholarship, tradition, prestige, and timelessness. What we needed was a visual identity that represented the good things that ICA already meant to members.

After making the mission clear, the next step was to review the landscape of options. The firm studied visual identities from around the world of universities, journals, and scholarly organizations: it was important to find the visual keys that capture scholarship and timelessness, while ensuring we did not go down a path that was too similar to another design so that ICA would have a visual identity that was uniquely its own. From the review of the visual landscape, The Mighty Good recommended that proposed designs use Serif typefaces, dark colors, and include a shape with the name of the organization. 

Then it became time to consider how to visually represent communication in a way that would appeal to our diverse group of scholars. This became the most difficult task...and in the end was quite impossible. A thorough review of mission statements and descriptions from ICA’s divisions and interest groups made it clear that ICA members actually have a lot of disagreement about what constitutes communication and where the boundaries of communication and other behaviors begin, but that that disagreement was part of our strength. What the divisions and interest groups had in common was the study of meaning and the role of perception in the communication process.

As such, The Mighty Good set forth to create a symbol that played with the idea of meaning and the interpretation of messages. Company designers decided the best way to do this was through an optical illusion—something that, like communication, can be interpreted in many ways. The final design uses 12 lines and four colors. Initially, most people see a pair of interlocked hexagons or 3D cubes (connoting building blocks and intersecting theories/disciplines, with intersecting viewpoints and backgrounds additionally represented by the different colors). In short, the final design captures how people can be presented with the same information and perceive it very differently, which is at the core of what unifies our research landscape. 

The new ICA logo was adopted by the BoD at this year’s conference in Washington D.C. and revealed by Patricia Moy (U of Washington) during the Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony, at which time it was met with “oohs” and “aahs” from the assembled audience. Thus concluded the saga that our witty Executive Director, Lawyer Sawyer, has dubbed, “Extreme Makeover: Association Edition.” Cheers!

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ICA’s Newest Interest Group, Human-Machine Communication

Posted By Andrea Guzman (Northern Illinois U), Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Hello from the scholars of ICA’s newest Interest Group, Human-Machine Communication! 

HMC became an official ICA Interest Group during the 2019 conference. We want to express our gratitude to all of the scholars who have been involved with HMC, the members who signed the petition for the interest group, the divisions and interest groups who have supported our efforts, the ICA staff members who helped us navigate the process, and the board members who saw the value of this interest group for ICA. 

Here is a quick set of FAQs to help members understand who we are and what we do. 

What is the primary objective of the HMC Interest Group?

The Human-Machine Communication Interest Group supports and promotes scholarship regarding communication between people and technologies designed to enact the role of communicator (i.e., AI, robots, digital assistants, automated-writing technologies, smart and IOT devices). 

What are some examples of HMC research?

HMC encompasses research within Human-Computer Interaction, Human-Robot Interaction, and Human-Agent Interaction and related areas of study focused on how people make sense of machines as communicators; the implications of people’s interactions with communicative technology for individuals, organizations, and society; and the philosophical and critical critique of the design of these technologies and their integration into daily life. HMC also includes the study of the discourse surrounding communicative technologies and people’s communication with them.

What methods are used in HMC research?

The HMC Interest Group is inclusive of the different theoretical and methodological approaches to communication research.  

How soon will the interest group have conference presentation sessions?

We will have regular conference slots beginning with ICA 2020. Please look for the HMC call when ICA releases the conference CFP. We also plan to continue our preconference, and more information will be forthcoming. 

How do I become involved in the HMC Interest Group?

You can become a member of the interest group in one of two ways: 1) Join now. E-mail ICA staff directly to add yourself as an HMC member. 2) Join when you renew your ICA membership by checking the box for the HMC Interest Group. 

Again, thank you to everyone for your interest and support. Additional questions and comments should be directed to Andrea Guzman, alguzman@niu.edu

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Large Slate of New Policies and Initiatives Approved at 2019 Board of Directors Meeting

Posted By Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director, Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The Annual Board of Directors Meeting was held during the two days prior to the 2019 annual conference in Washington, DC, taking action on numerous important issues. Several of the decisions have been or will be covered in depth in their own dedicated newsletter articles; however, a synopsis of most decisions is below.

On the recommendation of the Nominating Committee, the board approved the candidates for the 2019 Election. The two Presidential candidates—Mary Beth Oliver (Penn State U) and Hilde van den Bulck (Drexel U)—will be featured, along with their candidate statements, in the September issue of this newsletter. The candidate pairs for Treasurer, student and early career representative, and board member at large were also ratified, and their statements will be imbedded in the ballot. The election will take place in October 2019.

Other major initiatives approved by the Board of Directors at this meeting include: 

  • the approval of the newly revised Code of Ethics for the Association

  • the approval of the revised Mission Statement

  • a name change for the Young Scholar Award to the “Early Career Scholar Award” 

  • a travel-related carbon offset option recommended by the Sustainability Committee which will provide optional carbon offsets for those registering for ICA conferences 

  • changing the five-paper maximum to a maximum of three papers submitted as first author, with an unlimited number of papers in non-first-author roles

  • official acceptance of the gift of the International Journal of Communication (IJoC)

  • approval of the new editor of Communication Theory, Betsi Grabe

  • adoption of a new interest group on Human-Machine Communication

  • the creation of several task forces, including a Task Force on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA), all of which will be populated in the next month

  • adoption of Division/IG student reps and international liaisons as officially elected roles, and

  • the adoption of the new ICA Visual Identity!

In addition, the Board reviewed and approved many standard agenda items, including the 2019-20 committee rosters; publishers' reports and reports from each of ICA’s journals; reports from each of ICA's standing committees and task forces; reports on membership efforts; the 2019 Fellows slate (congratulations, our 21 New Fellows!); the ICA investments report; and the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year (FY20).

This was a highly productive meeting covering a wide range of issues of importance to

all ICA members, attendees, and partners. Many thanks to the 2019 board for taking time out of their extremely tight schedules at conference (particularly surrounding pre-conferences) to engage in a day and half of in-depth discussions for the good of the association! 

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21 New Fellows Inducted at the Annual Conference in Washington, DC

Posted By Francois Cooren, Fellows Chair, Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The Board of Directors, at their annual meeting prior to the annual conference in Washington, DC, approved 21 notable scholars to be Fellows of the International Communication Association. 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. We hope and expect that this momentum will be maintained in the future. The “Class of 2019” ICA Fellows are:

The synopses below are adapted from nomination letters for each candidate. ICA greatly appreciates the care, thoughtfulness, far-ranging commentary, and evidentiary statements that were contained in these letters. 

Tamara Afifi (U of California, Santa Barbara)

Tamara Afifi is among the most eminent scholars of family and interpersonal communication, not only within the field of Communication, but across disciplines.  Her research focuses on two primary domains: (1) how family members communicate when they are stressed and its impact on personal and relational health, and (2) information regulation (privacy, secrets, disclosures, avoidance, stress contagion). In particular, she examines the theoretical properties of family members’ communication patterns (e.g., conflict, social support, avoidance, verbal rumination, communal coping) across a variety of stressful situations, to explain and predict biological stress responses, adaptation, thriving, and personal/relational health. Dr. Afifi has not only been an extremely prolific scholar, but her work is of the highest caliber. Throughout her career, she has received numerous awards for her scholarship, including the highly competitive Young Scholar Award from the International Communication Association (ICA) in 2006. She also received the Brommel Award for a distinguished career of research in family communication from the National Communication Association (NCA) in 2011. In addition, Dr. Afifi has received the Franklin Knower Article Award for the best article in interpersonal communication published within the past five years from NCA three times (2004, 2012, and 2018). She also received the Distinguished Article award in 2013 from the Communication and Social Cognition Division of NCA, the inaugural Distinguished Article Award from the Family Communication Division in 2008 from NCA for the best article published within the past five years, and the Garrison Award for the best applied scholarship from ICA’s Interpersonal Communication Division. 

Sarah Banet-Weiser (The London School of Economics and Political Science)

Sarah Banet-Weiser’s research is internationally renowned in the field of communication. She has led in research, leadership, mentoring and institution-building, with highly valued and widely recognized contributions particularly in cultural, feminist and consumption studies. She has authored four significant books, as well as co-edited two (and has another co-edited volume in press). Her most recent monograph is: Empowered: popular feminism and popular misogyny (Duke University Press). In this, she examines the complex relationship between popular feminism and popular misogyny now unfolding in commercial digital environments, as well as in social media and non-profit campaigns. Dr. Banet-Weiser’s previous book Authentic TM was the winner of the ICA Outstanding Book Award in 2012. She has published a consistent and wide-ranging series of 12 journal articles and 25 book chapters, the former published in the top peer-reviewed journals of our field (International Journal of Communication, Cultural Studies, Television and New Media, Feminist Media Studies, Feminist Theory, Critical Studies in Media Communication, etc.). Further, Sarah also has an exceptional record for citizenship. In addition to her book editorships, since 2016, she has taken on the editorship (with Laurie Ouellette) of ICA’s flagship qualitative journal, Communication, Culture and Critique, which is known for channeling the voice of critical scholarship within ICA and beyond, while meeting the highest standards of rigour and originality. Colleagues have summed up Dr. Banet-Weiser’s contribution and achievements as embodying “all of the qualities that we look for in a fellow”, being “one of the leading scholars of gender, culture and media”, and “a subtle thinker with a stellar reputation who deals with big issues in important way.”

John Caughlin (U of Illinois)

John Caughlin's prolific program of research examines conflict and privacy within personal relationships. One important strand of inquiry has illuminated why people engage in a pattern of communication known as demand/withdraw (i.e., one person approaches a partner for change, and the other person avoids communicating about the issue). Another impressive line of work studies keeping secrets, protecting privacy, and avoiding topics in relationships and when those behaviors are beneficial for partners. Both lines of scholarship, reported in more than 75 journal articles and book chapters, have become required reading for undergraduate and graduate courses in interpersonal communication across the country. His research is especially notable for its theoretical acumen, methodological sophistication, and pragmatic implications. He is equally skilled at crafting new theoretical arguments and challenging existing theoretical frameworks. His manuscripts are marked by carefully-constructed arguments and diverse methods that are well-suited to evaluating the questions at hand. Perhaps most notably, his work demonstrates an uncanny ability to address, promote, and resolve ongoing debates in the study of interpersonal communication within close relationships. Dr. Caughlin's record epitomizes what we all strive for. His research counts. His work is frequently cited by scholars who study interpersonal communication, family psychology, and personal relationships. The service activities that John regularly engages in have helped to shape the careers of young scholars who study interpersonal communication. 

Travis L. Dixon (U of Illinois)

Travis L. Dixon is one of the most prolific, and generous scholars in our field. He represents a stellar combination of qualities that personify the best of our field: a careful approach to methodology, a nuanced understanding of theory, and a motivation to apply his work to issues of social justice. Dr. Dixon is easily one of the most internationally renowned scholars on research pertaining to media, race, stereotyping, and prejudice. His work routinely appears in the top journals in our discipline, including the Journal of Communication, Communication Research, the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, and Communication Monographs, among many others. The quality of his research is further evidenced by the wealth of top-paper awards that he has received over the years and the frequency with which he is invited to deliver guest lectures and presentations. He has further been successful in securing grants for research on topics ranging from media framing of the Black family, to police-community relations, to stereotypical media portrayals, among many others. At a time in our history when stereotyping of and discrimination toward members of oppressed racial and ethnic groups are at all-time highs, it is more important than ever that we applaud members of our discipline who champion and research issues of social justice. 

Susan Douglas (U of Michigan)

Susan Douglas is a path-breaking scholar in the history of radio, in theorizing the role of technology in society, and in integrating the study of public policy, popular culture, feminist theory, and technological change. Her skills as a politician, diplomat, advocate, and scholar are coupled with a brilliant eye for faculty talent. Her work, in historical perspective, is immensely valuable in expanding the academic literature and for teaching both undergraduate and graduate classes. She is one of the leading scholars of media history and culture and can truly be considered a founding mother of feminist media scholarship. Her numerous award-winning books have garnered notable attention outside the academy while at the same time playing a key role in establishing the importance of nuanced, gender-conscious social history in the study of media and culture. Douglas assumed the role of chair at the U of Michigan in 2004. During her term as chair the department expanded dramatically, revisited and revised its programs and she played a key role in shaping a department that adds significantly to the strength of the field. Dr. Douglas has been and continues to be a treasure in communication scholarship and an ambassador for the field to a wider world.

Nicole Ellison (U of Michigan)

Nicole Ellison’s leadership role in the field stems from her pioneering work on the academic study of social networking sites. In 2007, she co-edited a special issue of Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication that helped define and legitimize social media as a research topic. The introduction to this issue (boyd & Ellison, 2007) played an important role in articulating the key definitional properties of this nascent set of communication platforms. This piece has been cited more than 17,000 times, according to Google Scholar. This definition of social network sites has influenced the work by scholars in a wide range of fields, adopted in proposed legislation and included in syllabi across the globe. Aside from setting the agenda for studying social media, she has advanced theoretical propositions about the manner in which affordances of online networking technology help advance the social capital of individuals. An impressive aspect of Prof. Ellison’s scholarship is that it captures the psychological pulse of social media by lucidly articulating theoretical and methodological frameworks grounded in sociology, social psychology, and communication. Dr. Ellison has been leading the way in advancing the field’s collective research agenda on social media. She is uniquely distinguished in that she has continued to be at the cutting edge of research on social technologies while serving our field and association and being an inspiration to a growing cadre of junior scholars.  

Frank Esser (U of Zurich)

Dr.  Esser is an exceptional scholar, a mentor, an institution builder and an outstanding representative for our discipline and community. Moreover, he is a loyal member of ICA and has fulfilled several functions within the Association. Professor Esser holds one of the very few professorships in communication science the denomination of which is explicitly dedicated to comparative research. He has been a driving force in carving out this area of research, building on some pioneering work of individuals but very little institutional structure. Dr. Esser is an excellent mentor for (under)graduate students and young colleagues. He is a successful applicant and manager of multi-million research grants. Finally, he is also an outstanding member of the ICA community. In the past he has chaired the Journalism Studies Division, been a member and subsequent chair of the Publications Committee, and member of Awards committees like the best article and Young Scholar Award committee. The achievement of Frank Esser for the academic community of communication is multifold, as he is an excellent scholar of communication, a diligent research manager and networker, an outstanding ICA community member, a marvelous teacher and wonderful colleague.

Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology)

Dr. Flew’s research record is comprised of eight books, three edited books, over 80 journal articles, and approximately 50 book chapters. This highly prolific record is also impressively coherent: his research demonstrates an abiding concern with global media, particularly as they pertain to the creative industries, and in recent years, his work has focused upon the globalizing of Chinese media. The impact of this work has been felt in multiple registers. Dr. Flew’s research fulfills an important pedagogical function: his work is treated as a go-to resource by students and researchers alike. Universities across the world have adopted his books on new media and creative industries as key resources for postgraduate education and researcher development. He is continuously invited to deliver keynote addresses at universities around the world; in the last three years alone, he has delivered keynotes in China, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Portugal, and the United States. He is one of the rare academics who has been able to get his research on policy noticed by policy makers: in 2011, he was commissioned by the Attorney-General of Australia to become a Commissioner with the Australian Law Reform Commission and chair of the National Classification Scheme Review. Professor Flew has contributed significantly to the study of global media and communication and his key academic strength has been in expanding and deepening global studies of creative industries, their comparative economies and cultural value.

Kory Floyd (U of Arizona)

Kory Floyd is worthy of this honor as a scholar who has served ICA with distinction, and who has been an incomparable international ambassador for our field. He is among the elite researchers in the field of communication. The quantity of his research output is huge – 80 scholarly books, 80+ journal articles, and numerous textbooks and book chapters. Among his many contributions to the communication discipline, Dr. Floyd is best known for his Affection Exchange Theory (AET), which he introduced in 2001, first published in 2006, and updated in 2019. Since the theory’s publication, over 60 empirical tests have been conducted, involving at least 79 other scholars besides Dr. Floyd. Closely related to his influential AET, his most important empirical contributions consist of providing strong evidence for the various health implications of affectionate communication in personal relationships. His work has an impact beyond our field.  Academically, he has close connections to scholars in health and medicine (at the U of Arizona he has a courtesy appointment in the nationally renowned cancer center) and psychology.. In a more “real world” sense, his work resonates with the general public. He is a devoted teacher—someone who conveys his passion about research and our field to his students. And he is a caring and involved colleague—someone who applies his research in his daily life, offering clear and well-thought-out opinions, and being a sounding board for people seeking input or advice.

Maria Elizabeth (Betsi) Grabe (Indiana U)

Consistently throughout her career, Maria Elizabeth (Betsi) Grabe has demonstrated the pioneering analysis, research quality, associational commitment, and international contributions that embody the spirit of ICA Fellow recognition.

She has pioneered and carved out highly innovative and rigorous research streams employing both experimental methods and content analysis in the areas of visual news analysis, visual knowledge, and gender differences in information processing communication; and secondarily for carving out new areas of research for communication scholars to pursue. She has disambiguated and systematized an area of research considered impenetrable (at least social scientifically) or too ethereal by previous generations of media scholars to engage with. By carefully defining and operationalizing important elements of the visual media landscape—the visual frames, representations of knowledge, editing techniques, and dramatic tabloid tactics evident in news programming—her work has made accessible for systematic inquiry an entire category of media (namely, news visuals) that was previously regarded as amorphous, inherently polysemic, and not amenable to large scale analysis. Her reputation and positive influence on the field is, without question, international in scope, representing the ideals and aspirations of the association. Dr. Grabe’s scholarly achievements and depth of commitment to her profession shows remarkable range and creativity. Her research is pathbreaking, foundational, and generative.

Eszter Hargittai (U of Zurich)

Eszter Hargittai is one of the field’s stars in studies of the sociology of the Internet, particularly in the area of social stratification and its implications for Internet use and skills and their implications on inequalities in access to other resources. She is well anchored in sociological theories of stratification, and has applied them in imaginative ways to the study of the Internet and related information and communication technologies. In the area of access and inequalities, she has championed a focus on skills as an under-researched factor shaping the use and impact of the Internet. Her work has taken her focus on inequalities further by focusing on the implications of access to digital resources on life chances. She is as adept in substantive areas on the new media or Internet, as she is in the rigorous application of research methods. She is deeply connected with communication research on the Internet, and able to stay on the leading edge of developments. Her commitment to rigor in measurement, research design and analysis has been vital to the success of research on skills-based digital inequalities and their socio-economic implications. Dr. Hargittai has also been one of our field’s more effective emissaries to the realm of public deliberation, as a contributor to such publications as Inside Higher Education, and as a source of insight and wisdom to the media.

Gary Kreps (George Mason U)

Gary Kreps’ work is innovative and influential, with impressive and sustained publishing and funding records for the past forty years, extraordinary representation of health communication in engagement with many constituencies, and his substantial contribution to promote health communication globally. Dr. Kreps is one of the most prolific scholars in the field of communication. Dr. Kreps’ work and career fully demonstrate the powerful impact of theoretically driven health communication research on success of health communication policies and practices. Among Dr. Kreps’ many achievements, one of the most important one was founding the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in 1999, which, at the time, was one of the few units that were dedicated exclusively to establish health communication research in a federal agency. Dr. Kreps played a critical role in introducing and elevating the stature of health communication, efforts which yield significant impact on current health communication scholarship. The NCI remains one of the very few federal funding agencies with an explicit focus on catalyzing and supporting innovative and impactful health communication research. Dr. Kreps’ contribution to the field of health communication is not confined to the United States. In recent years, he has focused considerable attention and has made significant contributions to enhancing health communication science across the globe.

Chin-Chuan Lee (National Chengchi U)

Chin-Chuan Lee has been newly appointed as Yu Shan Chair Professor of Communication, which is the highest honor that Taiwan’s Ministry of Education can confer on a scholar. Dr. Lee is considered a leading scholar in the field of international communication, known particularly for his work in media imperialism, political economy of the media, media history, as well as media’s role and narratives in the midst of societal transformation and regime change. He is one of the very rare breed whose publication in Chinese is as prolific and profound as that in English. His intellectual trajectories and contributions have traversed across (and between) both the English-speaking and Chinese-speaking worlds over the past four decades “helping to analyse and explain each to the other, with erudition, insight, eloquence and careful scholarship.” He has made relentless efforts to help “internationalize” international communication, yet with a cosmopolitan ethos that opposes academic hegemony and cultural parochialism. He is a scholar of central importance in bringing Chinese media studies out of the marginal, narrow, and often theoretical cocoon of area studies, partly a product of the Cold War, into legitimate and fruitful domains of inquiries in comparative and international communication. The influence of his own work has been enormous. CC Lee is a leading authority on news media in east Asia, an original analyst of international news, and a seminal figure in the promotion of east-west scholarship.

Eun-Ju Lee (Seoul National U)

Dr. Lee’s research centers on social cognition and social influence in computer-based communication, including human-computer interaction and computer-mediated communication (CMC). She belongs to the small group of communication scholars who has successfully attempted to cross the arbitrary boundary between mass and interpersonal communication. Dr. Lee’s contributions to ICA and the discipline of communication are just as significant as her contributions to communication research. She has very high standards and personally strives for excellence, while remaining a warm and caring mentor and colleague. Her work also consistently shows impressive methodological sophistication, and her experimental designs are creative and exacting, operationalizations are very well considered, and analyses are rigorous and clear. Dr. Lee has an unusually keen eye for theoretical inconsistencies and empirical contradictions which arise by looking across others’ works, which she articulates and tests. One sees in her work how she is able to pinpoint the logical and theoretical gaps in previous studies, and how she seizes specific issues and arguments to test, in order to help resolve incomplete or conflicting conclusions. Dr. Lee has found new ways to conceptualize and operationalize factors in previously existing theories that the theorists themselves had not considered. As one study resolves certain questions, the results raise more subtle questions, which she then pursues in further research. As a result, her research provides precise explanations, reaching further with subsequent studies into deeper theoretical nuances. She has been the Editor-in-Chief of ICA’s journal, Human Communication Research, since 2017.

Kwan Min Lee (Nanyang Techological U)

Kwan Min Lee is an award-winning and influential scholar in the area of technology research in our field, with over 60 scholarly publications, including top-tier ICA journals such as Human Communication Research, Journal of Communication, Journal of Computer-Mediated-Communication and Communication Theory, and prestigious interdisciplinary venues in human-computer interaction. As a lifetime member of ICA, Dr. Lee has served the association as Chair of Communication & Technology Division, an editorial board member of Human Communication Research, Journal of Communication and Journal of Computer-Mediated-Communication, a frequent contributor of ICA’s International Encyclopedias of Communication Series, and a founding member of ICA Interest Group in Game Studies. Dr. Lee holds six patents, with eight more pending, for a variety of interactive communication tools. He has won several industry awards for design. He has served as Vice President of Samsung Electronics, and mentored dozens of researchers in academy as well as industry. Dr. Lee’s best known scholarly contribution is related to conceptualization. His explication of the concept of presence has become a mini-classic in the literature, both in terms of illustrating the meaning-analysis approach to explication and in championing the cause of an experiential variable for the social psychological study of media effects. Dr. Lee has distinguished himself as a leading scholar in the subfield of communication technology, with proven excellence in his scholarly work and track record of industry collaboration and government outreach at the highest levels.

Paolo Mancini (U di Perugia)

Paolo Mancini has been among the leading scholars in the fields of political communication and journalism studies for many decades, and played a key role in the growth of comparative research in communication over the past two decades or so. He is among a very small number of scholars from Southern Europe who have played really central roles in communication scholarship, and he has played a particularly important role in broadening our theoretical perspectives on media systems to encompass a wider range of patterns than those that prevail in North America and Northern Europe. He has been a highly active member of ICA and a key participant in many of the scholarly institutions of the communication field in general, including many of its key journals. He works extensively with both senior and junior scholars from many parts of the world, and has been an enthusiastic and generous contributor to the development of a global community of scholars, particularly in comparative media systems research. Mancini's work has covered a wide range of topics, including the political role of Italian journalism, the mediatization of politics, the transformation of political parties and the political process in Italy and in Europe more broadly, and methodology in comparative analysis. He has played a particularly important role in theorizing the logic of the Italian media system and the role of journalism in that system. Paolo Mancini is a globally-respected scholar who has played a central role in the growth of comparative communication research worldwide and has contributed enormously to the growth of ICA itself as an increasingly broad global scholarly institution.

Jochen Peter (U of Amsterdam)

Jochen Peter is an incisive, influential, and prolific scholar, a rigorous and dedicated mentor, and a spirited servant to his institution and the field. He is among the most influential scholars of his generation, shaping three broad areas of research: political communication, youth sexual socialization, and human-computer interaction. Across these topics, he has drawn upon a common core of theories regarding media effects, social psychology, and human development. He is an extremely versatile and well-rounded scholar. He often opts for multi-method designs, while applying the most sophisticated analytical techniques. In his political communication research, he linked content analysis and survey data from 14 countries to investigate media effects from a cross-national comparative, multi-level perspective. His research on the social consequences of the Internet employed three-wave longitudinal designs, putting him at the forefront of the field in efforts to analyze complex moderated mediation patterns with structural equation modeling. In his work on youth sexual socialization, he found sensitive ways to study adolescents’ use of sexually explicit Internet content and its relationship to socio-sexual changes. This is communication research of the highest order — careful, thoughtful, and consequential.

Jonathan Potter (Rutgers U)

Dr. Potter is a Distinguished Professor Rutgers U. His  scholarly record is exceptional in terms of both quantity and quality. He is a prolific scholar, having published seven books, four edited volumes, 92 articles, 57 book chapters, and 16 encyclopedia entries. His seven books include a groundbreaking contribution titled “Discourse and Social Psychology: Beyond Attitudes and Behaviour,” which he co-authored with Margaret Wetherell. This book revolutionized the field of discourse analysis and social psychology and has been cited more than 10,000 times since its publication in 1987. Dr. Potter’s work represents communication scholarship at its best, whatever the topic he is addressing and studying: it is always theoretically sound and empirically substantiated, but also practically and politically oriented. Dr. Potter is best known for his work in discursive psychology (DP), which seeks to articulate the ways in which psychological phenomena are realized in and through communicative processes. Like conversation analysts, he is disposed towards the study of naturally occurring talk (what we might term little “d” discourse); however, unlike conversation analysts, he integrates a Foucauldian view of discourse (or big “D” Discourse) into DP by focusing on the interpretative repertoires that such a view of Discourse affords. 

Jack Linchuan Qiu (Chinese U – Hong Kong)

Jack Linchaun Qiu has become an internationally known, influential and well-cited scholar, especially in the study of the social impact of information and communication technologies. He is best known for his two single-authored books on labor conditions in the digital age. His books, in conjunction with numerous articles, represent critical and innovative responses to the challenges and opportunities of macro-social changes such as industrialization, urbanization, and globalization. Qiu is a scholar of global influence. According to Google Scholar, his publications have received more than 5,380 citations throughout the years, with a h-index of 26 for all time and 22 since 2014. He is ranked as the world's top 5 most-cited scholars conducting research on "information and communication technology (lCT)", "ICTD (lCT and development)", "social class", and "digital labor." Another indicator of his global influence is the fact that his English and Chinese-language publications have been translated into seven foreign languages, including German, French, and Japanese. He has delivered 26 keynote/plenary speeches in high-level conferences held in 12 countries, including communication conventions and events in disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, geography, urban studies, area studies, and global studies. Dr. Qiu is more than an internationally known scholar, his work crosses into other sister disciplines, which by itself is a sign of excellence and wide applicability of his research. Global in outlook, he is a builder and connector in the communication community.

Jan Van den Bulck (U of Michigan)

Dr. Van den Bulck has several important research programs including studying the relationship between media use and sleep, children and media, and media psychology. He is the leading scholar in the discipline on the interaction between media use and sleep. While much of Dr. Van den Bulck’s work has focused on important negative effects of media use on sleep and health, he has also studied media as a sleep aid for both adults and adolescents as well as the effects of media content on dreams.  He has done considerable work within the media psychology domain and published significant work focused on extending cultivation theory. The special issue that he edited for Communications, the European Journal of Communication Research in the early 2000s re-invigorated the study of cultivation research. His own work in this area has involved ingenious studies on cross-cultural cultivation effects as well as several methodological pieces that have aided the advancement of cultivation research. He has been a prolific scholar with over 120 referred articles (in English and Dutch). His work has important practical implications, but more importantly, his work has advanced media theory and sought to improve our research methodologies.

Michael Xenos (U of Wisconsin-Madison)

Dr. Xenos serves as a Senior Research Fellow at the Weizenbaum Institut für die vernetzte Gesellschaft (Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society) at the Freie U, Berlin (Germany) and has collaborated with communication scholars, sociologists, and psychologists in Europe, Asia, and Australia. He has provided leadership to the discipline as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Information Technology and Politics (2012-2017) and currently the International Journal of Public Opinion Research, the flagship journal of the World Association for Public Opinion Research. Dr. Xenos is a globally recognized international expert in the area of political communication, and the quantity and quality of his scholarship are truly impressive. Over the past two decades, he has been one of the leading voices guiding the transition of our discipline’s empirical tools and theoretical models from legacy media to new online communication modalities. His research program is cross-cultural in nature, including extramurally-funded comparative studies on how the internet and social media may help individuals learn about political issues and participate in politics with colleagues in the UK, Germany, and Australia. 

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2019 ICA Awards

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The 69th Annual ICA Conference in Washington D.C. provided the Association and its members with an opportunity to celebrate excellence in the field by granting various awards. Congratulations to all the 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 2019 ICA Fellows Book Award was awarded to Power without responsibility: Press, broadcasting and the internet in Britain (8th ed.). Routledge, by James Curran and Jean Seaton. The 2019 recipient, Power Without Responsibility by James Curran and Jean Seaton, was first published in 1981 (nearly 40 years ago), and has become the gold standard for serious historic and rigorous analyses of the relationship between journalism and society in the evolution of media studies. In its 8th edition, it has sold over 90,000 copies, has been translated into 6 languages, and remains replete with important analytical insights from its early work on the British press to current critical analyses of digital and social media. As a book that has stood the test of time, it is widely interdisciplinary, international in reach, and has shaped the landscape of both scholarship and public deliberations.

(Committee: Chair: Linda Putnam, Members: Jan Radway, John Hartley, Sharon Dunwoody, Liz Bird)

The 2019 Outstanding Book Award went to Ralina L. Joseph, U of Washington for her book Postracial resistance: Black women, media, and the uses of strategic ambiguity, published by NYU Press.  From the committee: “This is a brilliant analysis of postracial performativity in terms of strategic ambiguity. Through impeccable theorization and innovative methods, Joseph traces how Black women perform and negotiate race. Interviews with media writers, producers, and executives; audience ethnographies of young women viewers; and deep textual readings inform Joseph’s account, as she traces and presents the black perspective towards how people negotiate their identities in the process of watching. Ralina Joseph eloquently captures both a political sensibility and a mood that defines the contemporary moment. We have not seen such a deep analysis of Black women’s multiple relationships with media texts since Jacqueline Bobo’s seminal work on Black Women as Cultural Readers, and we consider this book worthy of similar forms of recognition and impact. The book’s relevance reaches beyond our field into neighboring disciplines and renders an invaluable contribution to our understanding of media

representations of class, gender, and race. Ralina Joseph has gifted our discipline with a work that will define, advance, and reinvent how we examine the question of race at this critical juncture.

(Committee: Chair: Zizi Papacharissi,  Members: Lilie Chouliaraki, John Erni, Vicky Mayer)

The 2019 Applied/Public Policy Research Award was given to May O. Lwin, Nanyang Technological U. As the committee reports, “Dr. Lwin led a team addressing dengue prevention in Sri Lanka. She successfully mobilized the use of social media to combat this disease, in the process getting the attention of local and global media. This in turn led to the Skoll Global Threats Fund – of social entrepreneurship fame – to invite her to continue and deepen the research. Her team developed the “Mo-Buzz” prototype tool to surveille and provide evidence of the disease vector, building on mobile phone and social media use in the country. The app’s data-gathering ability helped public health authorities to make faster, more accurate decisions about where to focus their attention.” 

(Committee: Chair: Sharon Strover,  Members: Idit Manosevitch, Aaron Shaw, Jonathan Corpus Ong, Melanie Wakefield)


The Outstanding Article Award of 2019 was awarded to: Joelle M. Cruz, U of Colorado-Boulder, for the article Invisibility and visibility in alternative organizing: A communicative and cultural model. Published in Management Communication Quarterly, 31, 614-639.

From the committee: “Dr. Cruz conducted an ethnographic study of a grassroots organization of market women in post-conflict Liberia, Africa. This grounded theory project draws on months of fieldwork for which Cruz even had to learn a new dialect. Using culture as the central anchor, she traces actual organizing practices that illustrate how organizing happens along shifting modalities of visibility and invisibility. Her results successfully challenge Western assumptions about communication practices in organizations, especially the often unquestioned preference for transparency. The article promises to be influential in the long term because of its fundamental extension of the notion of organizations as communication processes and products. Along the way, the study demonstrates impressively what "deWesternization" of communication research as a whole can look like.” 

(Committee: Chair: Elfriede Fursich, Members:Eike Rinke, Harsh Taneja, Leslie Steeves, Angharad Valdivia)

The 2019 Young Scholar Award was awarded to: Leticia Bode, Georgetown U.

The committee was impressed with the depth and breadth reflected in the scholarship of Associate Professor Leticia Bode. An award-winning researcher, Bode explores an area of communication, digital media, and political participation, that has significant theoretical and societal impact. Having been

recognized with a stellar collection of awards, including the Walter Lippman Best Published Article in Political Communication Award (2016) and the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Fellowship from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (2015), Bode’s scholarship is at the forefront of theorizing the role of new communication technologies in politics and society. In the words of her nominator, Natalie Stroud, “The work is even more impressive because it changed practices. I have been to several internal meetings at Facebook where they directly cite this research as informing the platform’s change to using related articles to correct misinformation. To be at this stage in Dr. Bode’s career and have published research that not only is theoretically important, but that also influenced one of the most important social media platforms in the world, is impressive.” The committee agreed.

(Committee: Chair: Mohan Dutta, Members: Amy Nathanson, Frank Esser, Craig Scott, Isabel Molina- Guzman)

The 2019 ICA Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award is awarded to: Barbie Zelizer, U of Pennsylvania.  From the committee: “The influence of Barbie’s mentorship can be seen in all aspects of the discipline and has reach throughout the world. Her former students and mentees consistently go on to do great things and are recognized for their work, including in many, many awards for their papers and their books, and in their roles in leadership positions throughout the field. She sets high standards, yet she simultaneously guides her students and encourages them to cultivate their own voice and pursue

their passions. Her mentorship includes not only her students; we feel her influence throughout the entire discipline, as she has served in a multitude of leadership positions herself, including as former president

of ICA. Her nomination letters characterize her as thorough, responsive, inspiring, supportive, and exceptional. Her students characterize themselves as grateful, as privileged to have worked with her, and, indeed, as blessed to have been the recipient of her guidance. As one of her letters stated, "…there is such a thing as a Zelizer student, in the same way that there was a Schramm student or a Carey student or a Katz student. Like these others, a Zelizer student is not so much characterized by the imitation of one's mentor as by a unique voice participating in a shared conversation." We celebrate

Barbie’s role in enriching the lives of her students and of the discipline.” 

(Committee: Chair: Mary Beth Oliver, Members: Oliver Quiring, Jessica Taylor Piotrowski, Jennifer Bartlett, Dietram Scheufele)

The 2019 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 Michael D. Slater, The Ohio State U. 


From the committee: “Michael D. Slater is the ideal candidate for the Steven H. Chaffee Career Achievement Award. He has produced truly exceptional scholarship, both in quantitative and qualitative terms, much of which is considered ground-breaking and paradigm-shifting. His work has advanced the field in terms of theoretical development, most notably through the extended elaboration likelihood model, reinforcing spiral  model, and the concept of narrative persuasion. In addition, he has spearheaded methodological advancement in the discipline among others but not limited to the area of advanced methods of longitudinal data analysis. Dr. Slater’s scholarship has significantly influenced core areas of the field (such as persuasion, media psychology, mass communication, health communication), and it has influenced communication scholarship across sub-disciplinary boundaries. Overall, he has made a sustained contribution to communication scholarship over almost 30 years, and his work has been a source of inspiration for multiple generations of scholars. 

(Committee: Chair: Thomas Hanitzsch, Members: Natalie Stroud, Sonia Livingstone, Radha Hegde, Sebastian Valenzuela)  

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Student Column: A Recap of the BlueSky Workshop in DC and a Farewell to Outgoing Members

Posted By Myrene Magabo (UP Open University) & Sarah Cho (UMass Amherst), Tuesday, July 2, 2019

In DC, the SECAC organized the Blue Sky Workshop titled “Can There Be a Life Beyond Academia? - Achieving Work-Life Balance as Young Scholars.” A very productive conversation followed after the highly motivating talks from the three resource speakers: (from left of the photo) Camella Rising (National Cancer Institute, SECAC 2017-2019), Tanja Bosch (Cape Town U.), and Mari Castañeda (U of Massachusetts, Amherst).



The Blue Sky Workshop hosted by SECAC provided an opportunity for graduate students and early career scholars to listen to the panelists and share their own work-life balance experiences, or the lack thereof, and discuss the challenges they face and the strategies they use to overcome these challenges. Some techniques that were highlighted in the discussion include:


 1.        Keep in mind that progress is not perfection (perfection leads to procrastination, which       leads to paralysis). 

2.        Seek out and connect with support networks. 

3.        Do not to hesitate to seek help from others. Talk to someone you trust. 

4.        If, necessary, get help from a therapist or psychologist. 

5.        Take time off for self-reflection and relaxation. 

6.        Practice mindfulness. 

7.        Take power naps and nature walks.

8.        Exercise, eat well, and strive to get enough sleep. 

9.        Place boundaries on checking emails. 

10.      Learn to say, “No.” 

11.      Use the institutional conditions to your benefit, and be strategic.

12.      When possible, push back against structural expectations. 

13.      Consider other non-academic jobs, which can be just as fulfilling. 

14.      Do what brings joy and fulfillment. Don’t force yourself to do what you don’t want to do. 

15.      Check out David Martin’s book, Dare to be Average.

Most importantly, in addition to outlining some strategies for achieving work-life balance, the workshop concluded with the unanimous idea from the panelists and attendees to have a continuing larger conversation on the topic, both virtually and in another face-to-face session.  Another major output from the discussion was the need to address institutional, systemic, and cultural factors that add pressure to the challenges of graduate students and early career scholars. 


The panelists were all beaming after sharing personal stories of how they coped with the challenges and the strategies they have used to achieve the much-needed life balance. We have received many positive responses regarding the topic and the content of the workshop, and SECAC is planning to continue the discussion about work-life balance of graduate students through its Facebook group page as well as a virtual workshop with Student & Early Career Representatives of divisions/interest groups in January 2020.


After the conference in DC, four SECAC members retired after serving two years in ICA. We appreciate the time and effort they have devoted to the ICA student and early career community, and we will try to adhere to and develop their perspective focusing on the “engagement and motivation” within young scholar networks. Thank you very much, Julie, Ido, Cam, and Sophia! Our outgoing members offer the following warm farewell to ICA:

It has been a great privilege to serve in SECAC and getting to see a little bit of the great work done “behind the scenes” by ICA officers and leadership. We are thankful for this opportunity and experience. We congratulate the new SECAC team, and we wish them the best of luck in continuing this important work of representing the student and early career members of ICA. We would like to encourage all early career scholars to get involved in our thriving community and participate in future SECAC activities. This is an excellent opportunity to meet new colleagues driven by similar interests and make new friends across the globe.

If you are interested in SECAC or want to learn more about what the committee does, please feel free to contact: Sarah Cho (Chair of SECAC) sarahcho@umass.edu, Myrene Magabo (Vice-chair of SECAC) mmagabo07@live.com.

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Member News

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 2, 2019


Matt Guardino (Providence College) has published a new book, entitled Framing Inequality: News Media, Public Opinion, and the Neoliberal Turn in U.S. Public Policy (Oxford University Press). Framing Inequality focuses on how corporate news media have shaped public attitudes during pivotal policy debates across the neoliberal period. Drawing on a wide range of empirical evidence from the early Reagan era into the Trump administration, the book explains how profit pressures and commercial imperatives have distorted public policy coverage, with important implications for public opinion on issues related to rising economic inequality. In connecting this analysis to theoretical and historical insights from political communication and political economy, Framing Inequality highlights how the political-economic structure of popular news media can elevate some political messages over others. The book sheds light on how neoliberalism succeeded as a political project, as well as how Americans might begin to build a more democratic and egalitarian media system. 

To learn more about the book or to purchase a copy, please see: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/framing-inequality-9780190888190?lang=en&cc=us#





CORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 30, 2019) – Karin Gwinn Wilkins, a leading scholar on global media who focuses on global communication and political engagement, as well as media and social change, has been named the new dean at the University of Miami School of Communication.


Currently associate dean for faculty advancement and strategic initiatives at the Moody College of Communication and professor of media studies at the University of Texas at Austin, Wilkins has held the John T. Jones Jr. Centennial Professorship in Communication at UT Austin since 2018. She also serves as editor-in-chief of Communication Theory.


She will begin her new role Sept. 1, 2019 as the fourth dean of the School of Communication, succeeding Dean Gregory J. Shepherd, who will continue to work on special projects for the University. Wilkins’ appointment was announced by Jeffrey Duerk, UM’s executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.


“Dr. Wilkins is an accomplished scholar, and an expert on the dynamic landscape of global media who will lead the School of Communication during these challenging and exciting times on how the world communicates,” said Duerk. “We are thrilled to have her join the University of Miami.”


Wilkins previously held the John P. McGovern Regents Professorship in Health and Medical Science Communication, was director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and chair of the Global Studies Bridging Disciplines Program from 2010-2015. Prior to her tenure at UT Austin, Wilkins was a lecturer in the Department of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


“I’m delighted to join the University of Miami team. I am very much looking forward to working with my colleagues at the School of Communication, and continuing our mission of preparing students for success and active engagement in our global society,” Wilkins said. “It will be exciting to continue to build on the strong foundation created by Dean Shepherd.”


Wilkins received both her master’s degree and Ph.D. in communication from the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School for Communication. She received her bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, including a year’s study at the University of Edinburgh and a subsequent year with the American University in Cairo. 


The author of 13 books and nearly 25 book chapters, Wilkins is also co-editor of two book series and has published more than 30 journal articles. She is the recipient of more than $1 million in grant funding from various institutions, including the U.S. Department of Education.


Wilkins is an International Communication Association fellow, a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, and serves on the advisory boards for the Arab-U.S. Association for Communication Educators, and Global Media and Communication. She also serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Popular Communication, the International Journal of Media and Mass Communication,the Journal of Communication, and the International Communication Gazette, of which she is also associate editor.

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Calls for Papers

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 2, 2019

CFP: "Composing Climate Change: Atmosphere, Affect, Attention"

Departures in Critical Qualitative Research

Special Issue Call for Papers: Composing Climate Change: Atmosphere, Affect, Attention

Guest Editor: Joshua Trey Barnett (barnettj@d.umn.edu)

How to write of that which escapes linguistic capture? How to form into words and images precisely what slips the shackles of representational thought? How to describe what cannot, strictly speaking, be perceived? How to change climates in and through the activity of composition? How to compose climate change?

In some significant sense, such questions have become perennial. Of climate change, writers routinely ask and are asked, What can we do? Will it be enough? 

Such inquiries are all too often launched in the shadow of an unannounced instrumentalism aimed at somehow overcoming the challenges of composing climate change—its quality as both actual and virtual; the speculative and incomplete understandings of the phenomenon offered by modern science; the massive temporal and spatial scales on which climatic changes play out; and the feelings of guilt, indifference, and apathy that often infuse any mention of the anthropogenic causes of climate change and their parallel proposals for a technological “fix.” It is presumed that the task of writing is not simply to tell us of climate change, but to do so in ways that move us—to feel and think differently, perhaps, but primarily to act otherwise.

This special issue of Departures in Critical Qualitative Research seeks to hit the pause button to create a delay within which we might dwell on the ways that writing as both practice and product engenders heterogenous modes of feeling and thinking with and in and of and through climate change. How might halting the jump to evaluation, judgement, and representation help us to focus on atmospheres, affects, and modes of attention? How might experimental, aesthetic, creative, innovative, situated, grounded, poetic, formally rigorous, and reflexive writing generate and shift atmospheres and their attendant moods; stoke and stimulate affective sensibilities; and hone habits of attention that enable us to apprehend changes in and to the climate?

When we hit the pause button, when we refuse to reduce writing to its instrumentality, interesting projects pull into focus. Contributions to this special issue might, for instance:

- Describe rigorously the affective and atmospheric “feel” of climate change in high-definition prose that attends to the acute

- Grapple with the representational and writerly challenges of composing climate change

- Explore modes of writing as so many ways of cultivating forms of attention and awareness (in)appropriate to the Anthropocene 

- Evoke and consider the feelings of indifference, carelessness, pleasure, and apathy that are pervasive in everyday lived experience, but are all too frequently deleted or derided in scholarly accounts of climate change 

- Investigate how shifts in climate, often registered as shifts in the weather, portend shifts in attention 

- Articulate the interrelationships among weather, atmosphere, and mood through close and careful consideration of diverse bodily experiences of climatic shifts 

- Reflect on the limits of conventional climate change discourse while contemplating the risks and promises of other ways of composing climate change 

- Speak to and from the margins, from positions of induced precarity, to bring into focus the dangerously unequal distribution of the impacts of climate change and a warming planet

These are just a few ideas, though they suggest the general thrust of this special issue.

Part of what is at stake in the assembling of this issue is the open question of which genres, which modes and styles of scholarly discourse, might pull climate change and its attendant atmospheres, affects, and attentions into focus in novel, innovative, interesting, thought- and feeling-provoking, formally rigorous and reflexive ways. Thus, following the journal’s aims and scope, “performative writing, performance texts, fictocriticism, creative nonfiction, photo essays, short stories, poetry, personal narrative, autoethnography, and other arts-based critical research” are welcomed.

Submission Deadline and Guidelines

Deadline: 15 November 2019

Manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the ScholarOne Manuscripts site for Departures in Critical Qualitative Research: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ucpress-departures

In the Cover Letter section, please indicate that the submission is intended for this special issue. 

Manuscripts should be prepared in Microsoft Word using a 12-point common font, double-spaced, and between 4,000 to 5,000 words (including endnotes). 

If you wish to submit a manuscript that is significantly shorter or longer, please contact the Guest Editor in advance. 

Please refer to and follow the journal’s manuscript preparations instruction for authors: http://dcqr.ucpress.edu/content/submit

Review Process

In keeping with the journal’s current practice, submissions will undergo rigorous peer review, including screening by the guest editor and review by at least two anonymous referees.

Please direct inquiries about this special issue to:

Joshua Trey Barnett, PhD 

Department of Communication

University of Minnesota Duluth




Call for Papers | Women & Language

Editor: Leland G. Spencer, PhD | Miami University

Women & Language, an international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal publishes original scholarly articles and creative work covering all aspects of communication, language, and gender. Contributions to

Women & Language may be empirical, rhetorical-critical, interpretive, theoretical, or artistic. All appropriate research methodologies are welcome.

Affiliated with the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender, the journal espouses an explicitly feminist positionality, though articles need not necessarily engage or advance feminist theory to be appropriate fits for the journal, and articles that critically examine feminisms are welcome. Other potential topics include but are not limited to studies of human communication in dyads, families, groups, organizations, and social movements; analyses of public address, media texts, literature, activism, and other cultural phenomena; the role of gender in verbal and nonverbal communication, intercultural exchanges, listening, relationship building, and public advocacy; linguistic analysis; and many others. The journal operates from a nuanced and expansive understanding of gender, so contributions about sexuality, gender identity, and the complexity and limitations of gender as a concept are especially appropriate. Contributions that center intersectional perspectives are particularly encouraged, as are those that explore gender and language from non-Western or global perspectives. Articles published in Women

 & Language need not come from a communication perspective, but should reflect thoughtful engagement with language and/or communication processes or theory.

Submissions are welcome from scholars, students, activists, and practitioners at any stage of their careers. All submissions undergo rigorous peer review in a mentorship-centered process committed to developing excellent scholarship.

To submit, email Leland G. Spencer at


All submissions to Women & Language should be electronically submitted in a Word file. 

Articles should be prepared in standard American written English.

Preferred length for scholarly research and theory manuscripts is 6,000-10,000 words including endnotes and references; a 150-word abstract and 4-5 keywords should accompany submissions. Creative submissions may be shorter.

Preferred font is Times New Roman; following these guidelines will help in the retention of formatting.

Any accompanying graphic needs to be at least 500kb file size with a resolution of at least 150 pixels per inch. Authors are responsible for securing permission to reprint images, lengthy quotations, and other copyrighted material.

Prepare materials with no author identification on the manuscript itself, including in the Word metadata; otherwise, submissions should adhere to the sixth edition of the American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Manual. Please note that APA style requires DOI numbers for all digital references.

Articles for general issues are accepted on a rolling basis, with initial decisions typically issued in about 3 months.

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