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Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Department of Political Science
Integrated Security

The Department of Political Science invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. This position will have a focus on Integrated Security and will begin August 10, 2020. Teaching requirements for this position will be four courses a year (2:2). We are seeking colleagues specifically interested in engaging with research and curricular initiatives in areas such as cybersecurity, data analytics, privacy and ethics, network governance, and multiple forms of global (financial, election, human, infrastructure, network, transportation, and social media) security. The Department of Political Science is the anchor department for the Integrated Security Destination Area's Pathways minor.

Applicants are required to have training in the politics of evolving contemporary systems for hybrid cyber-warfare, cyber-conflict, cyber-institutions, and cyber-defense capability, which bridge the fields of Russian, Eurasian, and global politics.

Preference will be given to those with prior experience with and/or substantive training in network analysis, game theory, data analytics, statistics, conflict modelling, text analysis, and real-time online conflict simulation experiments as well as expertise in great power strategic competition tied to Russian, Eurasian, and Southwest Asian global conflicts.

For further information on the Integrated Security Destination Area, see https://www.provost.vt.edu/destination_areas/areas_of_focus/da_is.html; for further information on the Integrated Security Minor, see https://www.pathways.prov.vt.edu/minors/is.html.

Applicants should be prepared to offer a variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. There will be occasional travel to attend national conferences and meetings. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal background check.

Required qualifications: A Ph.D. in Political Science or a closely related field required by the time of appointment. Candidates must have evidence of an active research agenda and demonstrations of teaching effectiveness to meet the Department’s key teaching needs in its B.A. and M.A. programs.

Interested persons must apply at www.jobs.vt.edu, Job No. 512795, where they will submit a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, recent writing samples, and teaching evaluations, along with contact information for no more than four academic references. Screening of applications will begin March 9, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. All inquiries can be sent to: Dr. Yannis Stivachtis, Chair of the Search Committee, ystivach@vt.edu, or Integrated Security Search Committee, Department of Political Science, 531 Major Williams Hall (0130), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061. Individuals with additional questions or with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should contact the search committee chair. For further information on the department, see www.psci.vt.edu

Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.



Department of Communication
Assistant Director of Forensics

The George Mason University Department of Communication seeks an Assistant Director of Forensics. George Mason University Forensics was established in 1971 and consistently places in the top five nationally. The program has also become an integral part of the mission and vision of George Mason University. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

The successful applicant will be expected to coach, travel, perform administrative duties, and recruit from both the high school and community college forensics circuits. The Assistant Director teaches two Communication courses per year (1-1 teaching load), including our basic communication (public speaking and interpersonal communication) course.

Additional responsibilities include co-directing college forensics tournaments, assisting with planning and supervision of a forensics summer camp, and assisting with the planning and execution of a high school speech and debate tournament. Participating in forensics community committees is also expected.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Communication or a Communication-related field (MA, MS, MFA); or equivalent combination of education and experience;

  • Teaching experience at the college level, with evidence of teaching effectiveness;

  • Significant experience as a competitor in collegiate Forensics;

  • Significant experience as a coach in collegiate Forensics;

  • Strong organizational skills, proficiency in online tabulation programs, and facility with social media and team promotional efforts;

  • Strong commitment to collegiality and university/forensics community service; Valid driver's license and a safe driving record.

Preferred Qualifications:
PhD in Communication or a Communication-related field.

Please apply here: https://jobs.gmu.edu/postings/47828

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

School of Journalism and Communication

Professor / Associate Professor / Assistant Professor

(Ref. 2000005L)

Applicants should have (i) a PhD degree in communication or a related field; and (ii) strong commitment to excellence in teaching and research. For Professorship / Associate Professorship, applicants should have an established record of research and publications in major journals. Applicants with expertise in digital media and the communication industries are preferred.

Appointment will normally be made on contract basis for up to three years initially commencing August 2020, which, subject to mutual agreement, may lead to longer-term appointment or substantiation later.

Applications will be accepted until the post is filled.

Application Procedure

The University only accepts and considers applications submitted online for the post above. For more information and to apply online, please visit http://career.cuhk.edu.hk.


William and Mary Diederich College of Communication

Search for the Dean

Marquette University, a private, coeducational, Catholic, Jesuit institution in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, seeks an entrepreneurial, collaborative, and visionary leader to serve as the Dean of the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication. The new dean will partner with talented and dedicated faculty, students, staff, alumni, and the broader Marquette and Milwaukee communities to execute an ambitious shared vision for the college and continue to raise its visibility both within the university and throughout the broader community. Candidates should embrace the values of Catholic, Jesuit higher education, and people from all religious backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 

Marquette is one of 27 Catholic, Jesuit universities in the United States and is the largest private university in Wisconsin. Its attractive 98-acre campus on the edge of Milwaukee’s downtown is home to a highly collegial community with more than 2,800 employees and a current enrollment at approximately 11,600 students. Marquette is ranked in the top 100 of national universities by U.S. News & World Report with aspirations to be in the top 75. In 2015, the university reached a new Carnegie research classification as a Doctoral University marked by “high research activity” – the second highest classification Carnegie bestows.

The Diederich College of Communication is dedicated to the advancement of communication research and education through creativity, connectivity, and diversity and to creating collaborative relationships for the greater good. It is organized into four departments: Communication Studies, Digital Media and Performing Arts, Journalism and Media Studies, and Strategic Communication. Over the last few years, the college has focused on the concepts of engagement and innovation as hallmarks of the programs and student experience. The next dean will expand this focus and engage in the creation of new partnerships, both internally and externally, that will help achieve the vision to both create and be thought leaders in communication, media, and performing arts. The dean will be instrumental in advancing Marquette University as a highly ranked destination university, renowned for academic rigor, innovation, and the achievements of its community of scholars, and in further connecting the university with the community of Milwaukee and beyond. 

The dean will join a university that has embarked on a transformation guided by the 24th President, Dr. Michael R. Lovell, who joined Marquette in 2014. Since that time, Dr. Lovell has led the campus community in implementing Marquette’s ambitious strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries. This plan requires extraordinary investment and innovative new partnerships to bolster how Marquette delivers transformational education and student experiences, advances research and scholarship, thrives in the new and dynamic environment of higher education, builds its endowment, and reimagines and reshapes its infrastructure. Marquette recently announced Dr. Kimo Ah Yun as the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. He previously served as the dean of the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication, and he will be a good partner in helping the college achieve its goals. The Diederich College of Communication is a critical player in Marquette University’s accomplishment of its vision, and the next dean will need to address the following key opportunities and challenges:

  • Continue to raise the visibility and brand of the Diederich College both within the university and externally

  • Champion a continued emphasis on student success and career development

  • Participate in Marquette’s efforts to increase research productivity

  • Grow and strengthen Diederich’s diverse and inclusive community

  • Foster opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration

  • Generate new revenue including ambitious fundraising 

Marquette has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process/until the position is filled. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: www.imsearch.com/3797 Electronic submission of materials is required.

Julie Filizetti and Andy Marshall

Isaacson, Miller

1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300

San Francisco, CA  94111

Phone: 415.655.4900

Fax: 415.655.4905

Marquette University affirms its longstanding commitment to the principle of equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, disability, veteran’s status or national origin. Marquette affirms its commitment to the principle of affirmative action and its commitment to abide by state regulations and federal laws pertaining to equal employment opportunity. To learn more, see http://www.marquette.edu/mission/prospective_plan.shtml

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ICA 2020 Conference and Coronavirus provisions

Posted By Administration, Sunday, February 16, 2020

ICA 2020 Conference and Coronavirus provisions

The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was first identified in the Chinese city of Wuhan on 31 December 2019, and there have since been about 50,000 cases identified as of 15 February 2020. The vast majority of cases have been in China, particularly in Hubei province. At the same time, cases have been identified in 24 other countries. There had been 1,381 deaths from the acute respiratory disease as of 15 February, or about 2.7 per cent of those who have contracted the virus.

As the nature of transmission of the virus remains uncertain, one consequence of the Coronavirus outbreak has been the implementation of travel restrictions in several countries. In Australia, a travel ban on arrivals from China was implemented on 1 February, and on 15 February this was extended by one week. This has had major ramifications on sectors such as education and travel, and has also meant that few flights are now operating between Australia and China (this is likely to remain the case even after the travel ban is lifted).

The ICA Executive Committee has been monitoring the situation closely, as the 70th Annual ICA Conference will be held on the Gold Coast from 21-25 May. The health and safety of our members and attendees are of the utmost concern: both those coming from mainland China and those coming from other parts of the world. We have been following travel advisories from the Australian Government, as well as updates from the World Health Organization and Australia’s Department of Health. We have also been in consultation with Destination Gold Coast, who are responsible for tourism and events in the Gold Coast region.

While outcomes can never be certain with such a unique global public health issue, transmission rates appear to be stabilizing, and the mortality rate from the virus does not appear to be higher than that for influenza more generally. It is also vitally important to support our ICA members in China and the Asia-Pacific region, and the Gold Coast conference will provide a great opportunity to showcase the great dynamism and scope of scholarly work in the communication field in the Asia-Pacific. 

We therefore encourage all of those intending to come to the Gold Coast for the conference to register as planned (by 27 February in order to get the priority housing link), and to make travel and accommodation plans to be in Australia in May. Were travel bans to remain in place beyond March, we will contact all of those who have registered to look into alternative arrangements for presentation, including possible presentation by video link. Currently, our registration numbers continue to grow and are at the same basic level they usually are at this point in the registration calendar. Attendees from other parts of the world can rest assured that they will not be taking health risks in coming to Australia, as the government is erring on the side of extreme caution.

It must be emphasized that a tele-presentation option, if implemented, would only apply to conference delegates from countries banned from entry by the Australian government due to health concerns. There has been discussion of video presentations operating more generally, particularly in light of the climate impact of air travel. We understand these concerns and there is an ongoing discussion going on within ICA about this; it will be the subject of several sessions at the Gold Coast conference as we think towards the future of conferences in the Academy generally. There are numerous implications of such a shift, including costs, event logistics, the purpose of conferences – which are about listening as much as presenting, and about the opportunity to meet other scholars in person – and network capacity.

Therefore, as with the Muslim ban in the United States during the San Diego conference, the option to present via teleconference—if it becomes necessary—would be an exception only for those who are banned by the Australian government from traveling into Australia. ICA is not in a position to make medical decisions in a vacuum, and our policy will be guided by the practical necessity of what is allowed by the Australian government which is, in turn, advised by the World Health Organization as the situation evolves. 

In this difficult time, we also extend our solidarity to our ICA friends in China. The emergence of Coronavirus has presented an enormous challenge to Chinese people, and we respect your strength and perseverance in the face of adversity. We look forward to the global dialogue we will have as communication scholars at the Gold Coast in May and for many years to come.

Terry Flew
Queensland U of Technology, Australia
ICA President

Claes de Vreese
U of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
ICA President-Elect

Laura Sawyer
Global Headquarters
ICA Executive Director

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Tips and Tricks for Conference Registration

Posted By Kristine Rosa, Manager of Member Services & Marketing, Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Conference registration opened to all active and inactive members of ICA on 15 January, and will close for all on 1 May at 12:00pm Noon ICA Headquarters Time. We highly recommend that attendees register for the conference before online registration closes to prevent long wait times and lines at the onsite conference booth. 

Below are some additional tips and tricks that are helpful during your conference registration process:

Renew Your Membership for a Conference Discount: Members of ICA receive many benefits one being a steep discount for conference. Although inactive members of ICA can still attend the conference, the inactive/nonmember cost for conference is significantly more than the member rate. Renew your membership first before visiting the conference registration website in order to reap this member benefit. Click the link and review the different costs for conference based on member type: https://www.icahdq.org/page/2020ConfPrices

Early, Standard, & Onsite Conference Rates: Similar to last year, ICA extended cost saving benefits for attendees. It used to be that after the early bird rate deadline, the price of conference would jump significantly to the onsite rate; however, since last year attendees can still save if they registered at the “standard rate” for conference. Below are the different start and end dates for these different conference prices:

  • Early Bird: 15 January – 17 April, 2020 (16:00 UTC, or 12:00 PM EST ICA HQ)

  • Standard Rate: 17 April – 1 May, 2020 (16:00 UTC, or 12:00 PM EST ICA HQ)

  • Onsite Rate: 21 – 25 May, 2020

To register for conference click here: https://www.icahdq.org/event/ICAGoldCoast2020

Save the “Thank You” Message: Once you have finalized and secured your seat at the upcoming conference, be sure to read and save the “thank you” message you will see after confirming your purchase. The thank you message contains many useful information from visas, to booking your flights, offsetting your carbon footprint and much more. Save the page to refer to on a later date. 

Thank you in advance for registering for the 70th Annual ICA Conference. We are looking forward to seeing you all soon!  

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Call for Expressions of Interest

Posted By Julie Arnold, ICA Senior Manager of Governance , Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The International Communication Association relies on the expertise and passion of its membership. In addition to enjoying exclusive benefits such as discounted conference rates, ICA members derive gratification from contributing to the association's success through service on committees and task forces. This collaboration with scholars from all around the world is both intellectually challenging and rewarding.


ICA committees have rotating memberships with staggered terms to maximize institutional memory and stability. Each year, a small number of openings become available. If you are interested in getting involved with ICA outside of your specific division or interest group, please complete the form to express your interest! Learn more about the ICA Engagement Opportunities process.

How can serving ICA serve me? Top five reasons you (or a colleague) should get involved:

1.   BOOST YOUR CAREER: Particularly for early-career scholars, association service is an excellent way to elevate your CV. It helps you promote yourself with a positive impression, develop creativity and innovation skill sets, and becomes a forum to apply your strengths. You will contribute to the charge, problem solve as needed, and deal with a mix of personalities with varied career experience levels from diverse areas of academic focus. This all adds up and helps to improve your teamwork, leadership, problem-solving and interpersonal skills, all of which are skills you will use in the university faculty setting as well.

2.   MAKE AN IMPACT: Service to ICA gives you the chance to shape the kind of community with which you wish to be align yourself. It gives you the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than yourself and collaborate with other scholars across the globe. Through service, you make a commitment to ICA. Members of the ICA committees and task forces volunteer time and effort to support ICA and move its work forward. The accomplished growth of ICA is a direct result of the dedication to the association and commitment to excellence made by committee and task force members. Become an integral part of ICA's success!

3.   GIVE BACK TO AN ORGANIZATION YOU BELIEVE IN: Our members are passionate about ICA; service on a committee or task force is the ultimate show of support! 

4.   FORM A CONNECTION: Service to ICA further connects you with other ICA members with whom you might otherwise not cross paths. It gives you the chance to form real relationships that can have a lasting impact on your life. You could connect with a future research collaborator, have a conversation that sparks a substantive change in your research, or even meet your new best friend!

5.   BECOME PART OF THE ICA LEADERSHIP COMMUNITY: Service to a particular committee or task force helps drive that specific piece of a greater strategic plan for the Association. Becoming part of a committee or task force helps get you on the radar of and build connections with ICA Leadership. ICA committee and task force members often advance to other leadership roles within the organization. If you're ambitious to move up within the leadership, volunteering for a committee or task force is the place to start.

The fine print:
ICA accepts Expressions of Interest for a six-month period annually closing at 12:00 Noon ICA Headquarters Time on 28 February  (for service to begin the following June if appointed). Only current members are eligible for appointment to a committee or task force.  Completing an Expression of Interest does not guarantee placement on a committee or task force.


Complete an Expression of Interest

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Call for ICA Officer Nominations: Become a part of the ICA Leadership Community!

Posted By Julie Arnold, ICA Senior Manager of Governance , Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The International Communication Association’s annual call for ICA Officer Nominations is open. Nomination submissions will be forwarded to the Nominating Committee for consideration for inclusion in the September 2020 ICA Elections. Please take this opportunity to help guide ICA’s future by submitting qualified nominees.



DEADLINE FOR NOMINEE SUBMISSIONS: 12:00 Noon ICA Headquarters Time on 28 February 

ELIGIBILITY: Any ICA member may nominate themselves or any other ICA member for office. Only Active Members shall be eligible for nomination, election, or appointment to office in the Association.

ICA OFFICER POSITIONS: Members may nominate candidates to be reviewed by the Nominating Committee for president, board member-at-large, board student and early career representative and treasurer.

·       PRESIDENT: The member selected as president makes a 5 1/2-year commitment to the Executive Committee (six months as president-elect select; one year as president-elect and conference program chair; one year as ICA President; three years as past president). The final year on the Executive Committee, the past president serves as both the General Secretary of the Board of Directors and as the chair of the Regional Conferences Committee.  The President-Elect Select selected in the 2020 election will begin service on the Executive Committee immediately upon announcement of the results.

·       BOARD MEMBER-AT-LARGE: Board Members-at-Large serve one three-year term; there are three BMAL at any given time. The purpose of member-at-large positions is to grow the Board of Directors representation from underrepresented regions. Board member-at-large positions are no longer tied to specific area openings, and anyone can be considered, but the nominating committee will typically identify one region for the two candidates selected. View the Board Member-at-Large job description. The BMAL selected in the 2020 election will begin service at the end of the 2021 Annual ICA Conference in Denver, CO USA.

·       BOARD STUDENT AND EARLY CAREER REPRESENTATIVE: Board Student & Early Career Representatives serve in pairs, with one nominated each year for overlapping two-year terms. View the Board Student & Early Career Representative description. The Board Student & Early Career Representative in the 2020 election will begin service at the end of the 2021 Annual ICA Conference in Denver, CO USA.

·       TREASURER: The ICA Treasurer works closely with the Executive Director to oversee the budget, investments, endowments, reserves, and cash flow of the association. The Treasurer participates in a quarterly call to review investments, will attend monthly Executive Committee calls, and is a voting member of the Executive Committee for three years, preceded by an initial “Treasurer Elect” year in which the role is non-voting and observational. The Treasurer reviews monthly bank statements and approves the fiscal year budget as prepared by the Executive Director. As ICA’s accounts, investments, and financial procedures are conducted according to GAAP in the United States, the Treasurer should have a strong understanding of US tax rules and best practices. The ideal Treasurer will have past experience controlling a large budget and have had significant fiscal responsibility in university settings, federal granting agencies, large private foundations, private sector firms, or on large funded research grants and contracts, etc. The Treasurer elected in the 2020 election will begin service at the end of the 2021 Annual ICA Conference in Denver, CO USA. That person will serve one year (2021-2022) as Treasurer Elect, followed by three years (2022-2025) as Treasurer. 

NOMINATION PROCESS: Members wishing to submit nominations for office to stand in ICA's September elections must do so by 12:00 Noon ICA Headquarters Time on 28 February, the deadline for receipt of all nominations.  Names are then forwarded to the Nominating Committee, who will review all materials and qualifications and determine a short list of two candidates for each position. Nominations must be submitted through the form on the ICA Officer Nomination page linked to below; all fields are required including details about the candidate's qualifications, record of service to ICA, and the attachment of the candidate’s Curriculum Vitae.

ELECTIONS: Online balloting for ICA  elections is open annually from 1 September through 15 October. Results are typically announced on ICA social media channels and published in the November newsletter. 


QUESTIONS: Questions on the nominating process may be directed to Julie Arnold, ICA Senior Manager of Governance or to Amy Jordan, 2020 Nominating Committee Chair.



1.     Log into your ICA account; 

2.     Go to the ICA Officer Nomination page;

Complete the form at the bottom of the page; all fields are required.

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Travel Grant Applications for Accepted Paper Submitters Due 2 March

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, February 11, 2020

We have recently expanded eligibility for travel grants to include ethnic/demographic and fiscal qualifications in addition to geography and student status. Please see the grants page for full details. The total amount of funding available for 2020 is US $75,000. 

Potential applicants should also contact their Division or Interest Group Chair for possible funding; each Division and Interest Group may award travel grants to students selected for top paper or other honors. Conference Program Chair Claes de Vreese (U of Amsterdam) and Executive Director Laura Sawyer (ICA) will review the applications provided through the online application form. Applicants will be notified by 1 April.

You can find more information as well as the actual travel grant here, http://www.icahdq.org/page/TravelGrant.

If you have any questions or concerns about travel grants, please email conference@icahdq.org.

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President-Elect Column

Posted By Claes de Vreese (U of Amsterdam), Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Our conference is coming closer. Notifications about acceptance (or not) have gone out, many are making travel plans, and still looking at the exciting pre-post conference program options (https://www.icahdq.org/page/2020PrePostconf). 

I will meet with ICA headquarters very soon to finesse the final details of the program. You can find the important dates on how the program and planning process moves along here: https://www.icahdq.org/page/ICA2020

The conference received almost 4,000 submissions, putting it largely on par with our conferences in e.g. San Juan and Fukuoka. The overall acceptance rate was 44%. I want to express a great thank you to the local Australian community for engaging so enthusiastically with ICA coming to Australia. Obviously our local expert, ICA President Terry Flew, has been a tremendous help and go-to person for all things big and small.

Our conference theme Open Communication attracted a lot of submissions and our theme chair Eike Rinke has put together a great program. Watch special announcements and social media to be directed to these events.  We will also devote the Opening Plenary to the topic of open communication, science, and scholarship. I am delighted that Fiona Fidler, U of Melbourne, will provide a plenary keynote, followed by a panel discussion with ICA members Neil Lewis, Eike Rinke, Mike Wagner and Barbie Zelizer.

Watch this column in the upcoming months for more program highlights.

Claes de Vreese


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President’s Column: The Australian Bushfires and the 2020 ICA Conference

Posted By Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology), Tuesday, February 11, 2020

As most ICA members will be aware, December 2019 and January 2020 saw a major bushfire crisis in Australia. Many parts of the country have been affected, particularly New South Wales and Victoria,  but also south-east Queensland and parts of South Australia and Western Australia. It is estimated that about 5 billion hectares of land were bushfire affected, and 24 people have lost their lives to the fires, as well as up to one billion animals. Some of the regions affected have never experienced bushfires, and the fires came after a prolonged period of drought and above-average temperatures during 2019. 

ICA members are no doubt wondering what they can do to assist, and may be reconsidering their attendance at the 70th Annual ICA Conference on the Gold Coast from 21-25 May. In terms of attending, it is very important to be aware that summer in Australia (now) is traditionally bushfire season. Climate change may lead to longer bushfire seasons and has led to an impact in places that do not typically experience bushfires. It has also generated some haze in cities such as Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne, which have on some days been among the most polluted cities in the world. For the first time, summer sporting events such as the Australian Open tennis have been affected by adverse air quality. 

We do not expect such problems in May, which is late autumn leading into winter. We have already had some rain since the last time ICA sent out an update about this. It is also important to note that South-East Queensland, of which the Gold Coast region hosting the conference is a part, has only been slightly impacted by bushfires. 

If you wish to support bushfire relief, there are a number of ways to do so. You can donate to the Australian Red Cross at https://www.redcross.org.au/campaigns/disaster-relief-and-recovery-donate. If you are particularly concerned about the impact on wildlife, one of many groups that can be supported is WIRES https://www.wires.org.au/

At the same time, I am aware that Australia is a relatively affluent country, where governments can support disaster relief, and have done so. There has also been a great deal of activity and support from artists, musicians, sports people, non-government organizations and many others. Crowdfunding initiatives have been very important, ranging from comedian Celeste Barber’s GoFundMe initiative that raised over $50 million in donations to the #AuthorsForFireys and #ArtistsForFireys campaigns, which had raised over $250,000 by mid-January. 

One way of assisting when in Australia would be to visit bushfire affected regions to help local economies through tourism. Domestic tourism has taken a major hit over the summer, which is traditionally when Australians who live in major cities “go bush” with their families and friends. While most bushfire-affected are not close to the major coastal cities, you may want to visit regions close to the Gold Coast that experienced fire damage in late 2019. These include Lamington National Park, Tambourine Mountain, and the Noosa Shire region. They will require a car in order to be accessible.

There is considerable interest in indigenous land management techniques and the use of fire to manage country. If you want to educate yourself about these techniques, this resource provides a good place to start: https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/land/aboriginal-fire-management. The extent of the bushfire damage has been particularly traumatic for First Nations people, who have connections to country in many affected places that date back over thousands of years. A fundraising site dedicated to supporting Australian First Nations communities can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/f/fire-relief-fund-for-first-nations-communities?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet.

The Australian bushfires have of course raised the issue of the relationship of adverse weather effects to human-induced climate change, as well as the inadequacy of responses of governments such as the Australian Federal Government to a looming global climate emergency. The impact of the bushfires on public opinion towards action on climate change has been significant. The Australian Academy of Science released a statement on Australia’s bushfires observing:

The scientific evidence base shows that as the world warms due to human induced climate change, we experience an increase in the frequency and severity of extreme weather events.

As a nation, we must deal with extreme weather events more effectively than we currently do. As such events become more frequent and severe, we must adapt Australia and Australians accordingly, as well as strengthen mitigation efforts.

Bushfires, along with other weather and climate challenges, pose complex and wide-ranging problems. Population growth, climate change, temperature extremes, droughts, storms, wind and floods are intersecting in ways that are difficult to untangle and address.

The good news is that there is already abundant evidence available to help us understand the environment we live in and to design and build the future we want for Australia. There has never been a more important time to draw on that scientific evidence base to help guide Australia’s short- and long-term responses to the devastating bushfires ravaging our nation and that are causing uncertainty about our future.

An important way in which ICA scholars can assist is through their own research into the role of communication with regards to climate change and environmental issues. The Australian Academy of the Humanities has made the point that:

Humanities, arts and cultural research, with its deep understanding of human experience and knowledge and its detailed attention to locality, ecology and history, can make a significant contribution to the way in which communities not only rebuild in the wake of disaster but also in equipping Australians with the skills, knowledge and confidence they will need to deal with future crises, which are inevitable given the new challenges created by climate change.

There is also growing debate about the impact of air travel, including that associated with academic conferences, on the global environment. The ICA has recently approved a carbon offset program to be employed for all future conferences. After registering for the 2020 ICA Conference, you will have the option of clicking a link to pay a carbon offset fee directly to an organization working on climate change and various environmental projects around the world. When you complete your registration, you will receive a confirmation that details this and other information. 

In addition, there are numerous sessions addressing communication around climate change, including the sponsored session ICA Special Roundtable: Greening the Academy in Times of Crisis. The panel, organized by Benedetta Brevini (U of Sydney) and including ICA President-Elect Claes de Vreese (U of Amsterdam) and Current Chair of the Future of ICA Conferences Task Force Jeff Niederdeppe (Cornell U), among others, asks: What are the major challenges we face in greening the academy? What efforts have past and present conference organisers, committees and communities at conferences made to ensure our conference legacy aligns with positive environmental futures? How can we support global movements of activities? How can we ensure and push universities to divest? Come join the conversation. 

Terry Flew

ICA President

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Posted By Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director, Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Reviewing for a conference is not an easy task. You sign up when your schedule seems fairly open—it seems like a great idea at the time, doesn’t it?—but the actual work inevitably shows up in your inbox at precisely the worst, busiest time. You feel yourself pulled between needing to get reviews DONE and off your desk, and the responsibility of providing substantive and useful feedback to your colleagues. Perhaps you curse your months-ago self for having agreed to do such a thing.


We recognize this struggle, and understand why so many reviewers (at so many associations, not just ICA) often succumb to submitting only numerical ratings and leave off the qualitative commentary, just to cross the task off their lists. That qualitative commentary, though, is crucial to the improvement not only of papers who ultimately are rejected, but also to those who are accepted, so that they may come to conference months later with the best version of their work.


Beginning in 2017, in an effort to put an emphasis on qualitative reviewing for our conference in San Diego, ICA instituted a process whereby each division and interest group may nominate one “rock star reviewer,” defined as someone who may have taken on a high number of last-minute qualitative reviews when others failed to fulfil their obligations, and/or who has provided especially helpful, detailed, or astute commentary to submitters to help them truly improve their work. The Rock Star Reviewer is nominated by the planner from each division, and then all “rock stars” are entered into a randomized drawing to receive a complimentary conference registration.


This year’s rock star reviewer WINNER, chosen at random from all nominees to receive the complimentary main conference registration, is Christian Baden (Hebrew U of Jerusalem), nominated by the Political Communication Division. Christian will receive complimentary main conference registration for the 70th Annual ICA Conference in Gold Coast, Australia. Thank you, Christian!


Although they don’t all receive free registration, we also extend our gratitude to all of the other top reviewers submitted by each* division/interest group, as follows (in alpha order by Division/Interest Group name):


Drew Cingel (Children, Adolescents & the Media), Hai Liang (Communication and Technology), D. Travers Scott (Communication History), Tim Schatto-Ekrodt (Computational Methids), Melissa Click (Feminist Scholarship), Yu Hao Lee (Game Studies), Meghan Sobel Cohen (Global Communication & Social Change), Alica Binder (Health Communication), Sharon Ringel (Human-Machine Communication), Kevin Wise (Information Systems), Lisa Hurwitz (Instructional & Developmental), Blake Allen Hendrickson (Intercultural Communication), Liz Jones (Intergroup Communication), Jeff Hall (Interpersonal Communication), Jan Lauren Boyles (Journalism Studies), Emily Hofstetter (Language and Social Interaction), Jessica Rauchberg (LGBTQ Studies), Karen Patel (Media Industry Studies), Anja Stevic (Mobile Communication Studies), Shaun Anderson (Organizational Communication), Sahana Udupa (Philosophy, Theory & Critique), Christian Baden (Political Communication), Say Wah Lee (Popular Communication), Krishna Arunima (Public Relations), Andrew Billings (Sports Communication), and Kyser Lough (Visual Communication Studies). The theme rock star reviewer is German Neubaum.


*not all divisions and interest groups submit a name every year


Thank you to ALL of you who review each year for ICA. If you haven’t reviewed before, please consider reviewing next year for the conference in Denver, Colorado, USA. The success and quality of the ICA conference—and of individual submitters’ work—depends on rigorous review and guidance from colleagues and mentors.


We look forward to seeing you all in the beautiful Gold Coast!   


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ICA Phasing Out Large Print Program

Posted By Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director, Tuesday, February 11, 2020

For years, ICA has produced both a smaller, “schedule at a glance” version of our print program and a much larger, heavier, phone-book-sized print program that includes descriptions for all sessions. ICA has been charging extra for this larger version of the program for some time now in an effort to cut back on the number of people who request it and thus cut back on the paper used for such an undertaking, and as of the DC conference those who buy the larger print program constitute only about 10% of the overall attendance of the conference. Approximately 90% of attendees opt to use the conference app in conjunction with the smaller schedule-at-a-glance version to navigate their options.


In acknowledgment of the carbon footprint both of printing such a bulky program and of shipping multiple pallets of large programs to the conference location each year, ICA’s Executive Committee has voted unanimously to discontinue the production of the larger version of the program. Anyone who has already purchased the program will be refunded immediately, and the option has now been removed from the registration website. The smaller version of the program will be retained, and it will absorb a few advertising and informational pages from the discontinued version.


For those who still wish to refer to the larger program for in-depth information on individual sessions and papers, you will have two choices:

The conference website will, once it goes live, have all of that information in a searchable format, online.

The ICA headquarters staff will continue to produce the content of the large printed program and make it available as a downloadable PDF on the conference website, as before.


There are numerous challenges associated with global climate change that affect the way academic conferences conduct themselves; in the past we have eliminated bottled water, plastic souvenir “freebies” at registration, tote bags, and numerous other items that simply get tossed out after the conference is over by the majority of participants. We give preference in contracting to LEED-certified (and equivalent) venues, we work with our venue partners to donate unused food and flowers, and we have just implemented a carbon offset option for attendees with an environmental nonprofit provider. While there is more to be done, we hope that eliminating this one substantial element will begin to make a difference in the carbon footprint of the ICA conference. Thank you for your support!



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