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Crossing Boundaries in Visual Communication Research

ICA Young Scholars Preconference

24 May 2019

Visuals are an integral part of everyday interactions, political communication and news coverage. They can evoke strong emotions, frame information or even become powerful icons. Visual communication practices, visual representations and visual rhetorics are thus central components for understanding how boundaries in politics, culture and society are defined, transgressed or shifted.

In recent years, for example the role of visuals for (re)defining boundaries of solidarity (Mortensen & Trenz, 2016) or of in- and outgroups in political protests or far-right transnational publics has been explored (Doerr, Mattoni, & Teune, 2013; Doerr, 2017). Visuals also create new challenges and opportunities to transgress boundaries of what can and what should be expressed. They can be used to articulate critique and to fool and bypass censorship (Mina, 2014). But the vagueness and polysemy of visuals can also be used as a defense strategy political actors employ against reproaches of having transgressed boundaries of acceptable political campaign communication (Brantner & Lobinger, 2014). Allan and Peters (2015) addressed boundaries from a different point of view; they discussed questions of visual truth in citizen reportage and interstices of professional-amateur boundaries.

Given the ubiquity of visuals and visual practices in contemporary societies it is timely to bring together these approaches and to further discuss how interpersonal and social, cultural, national, linguistic, or moral boundaries are established, eliminated, crossed or transgressed with visual communication. This involves various questions such as:

  • boundary crossings with/through visual practices: What do different actors do with visuals (be it photographs, GIFs, memes or video)? What kind of symbolical and material uses of visual media are employed for/in boundary crossings?

  • visual representations: Which visual representations of social, cultural, political boundary crossings do we encounter in different media environments? How can we characterize these visuals? How are they produced and how are they perceived by which audiences?

  • historical perspectives: What can we learn from historical perspectives and the role of visual communication in boundary crossings in the past?

  • the role of visuals in re-defining the boundaries between fact and misinformation, in politics of knowledge: What can visual communication research contribute to the current debates about “alternative facts”, misinformation and disinformation?

Visual communication studies is a field of research interest that by tradition has always crossed the boundaries of research fields and disciplines. Hence, thinking about aspects of boundaries and boundary crossings in the field also relates to questions of

  • crossing methodological, theoretical and conceptual boundaries:  How can visual communication research inform, provide specific expertise and be informed, both theoretically and methodologically, by other disciplines and fields? Where are potentials, where are possible pitfalls for visual communication research?

  • ethical boundaries: Which ethical challenges do occur with new techniques of data collection, analysis, storage and publication? How do we have to (re)define boundaries of good ethical research practice?

Possible topics of submissions can include but are of course not limited to the listed research topics and desiderata.

The preconference brings together young researchers (current Ph.D. students and early career postdoctoral researchers) and senior scholars. It is open to participants from all different sub-fields in media and communication studies, ICA divisions and interest groups who focus on mediated images and visual practices in their completed or ongoing research projects. It aims to be an opportunity especially for young scholars to discuss their work and the role of visuals for defining/crossing boundaries in society and to receive substantial feedback by peers and senior experts. Moreover, it is meant to be a forum to jointly discuss current challenges and future directions regarding methodological, theoretical, and ethical boundary crossings in the interdisciplinary field of visual communication research. In this regard, the preconference also seeks to stimulate exchange on ways of overcoming divisional and disciplinary boundaries and to further provide “visual expertise” to other disciplines, fields and also actors beyond academia.


The preconference will consist of several formats: an opening keynote, a presentation session, workshop groups and a closing plenary.

First, in the opening keynote, Luc Pauwels will address aspects and challenges of crossing boundaries in visual communication research. Second, in a presentation session that combines brief oral and poster presentations, young scholars will present their research projects. Individually assigned senior experts and peer respondents will then give in-depth feedback on the presentations and projects. Moreover, participants will have the possibility to network and to discuss challenges and best-practice options. Third, young scholars and senior experts split into smaller workshop groups. In these parallel sessions, young scholars and senior scholars with thematically and/or methodologically related research projects will be grouped together. The small groups will then further discuss research projects as well as current challenges and future directions for visual communication research. Finally, in a closing plenary with all participants, key insights and findings of the workshops will be summarized. Moreover, we will discuss ideas and plans for future networking, collaboration and research events.


We invite young scholars (current Ph.D. students and early career postdoctoral researchers) from all ICA divisions and interest groups to submit extended abstracts on both completed or ongoing projects which focus on mediated images and visual practices. We welcome submissions on all aspects of the visual communication process and research methods.

Extended abstracts should be limited to a maximum of 1,000 words (double-spaced; illustrations, tables and references excluded). Please submit your abstract as pdf-file and remove all identifying information from the document. A separate title page indicating the name(s) of the author(s), the affiliation(s) of the author(s), the title of the project, and the status of the project (e.g. completed project, work in progress) must be included.

Send your submissions no later than 1 February 2019 via e-mail to rebecca.venema@usi.ch. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out in the 3rd week of February 2019.

Participants will be selected based on the quality of their extended abstracts. In the review process, we will also ensure that a manageable range of topics is included, in order to enable the creation of working groups of participants with thematically and/or methodologically related research projects.
In the run-up of the conference participants will be matched as peer respondents; participants will thus be asked to read a colleague´s extended abstract and prepare feedback.

We are looking forward to your submission!

Organizers & Contact

Please do not hesitate to contact us in case you have any questions regarding the preconference.

primary contact:

Rebecca Venema, Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland, rebecca.venema@usi.ch

Contact for the division:

Catherine Preston, U of Kansas, cpreston@ku.edu

Jelle Mast, Free University of Brussels, jelle.mast@vub.be

Organization & Fee

The preconference will be held on 24 May 2019 from 9 am to 5 pm, with a coffee break and a lunch snack.
There will be a fee for preconference participants to cover room and equipment rental, and catering costs.

Please visit the accompanying website https://www.visualcommunicationstudies.net for any updates and further information on the preconference. Information regarding the conference venue will be published on the website and send out via e-mail.




CFPs – ICA Preconference 2019

North Korea and Communication – ICA Washington DC Preconference CFPs


North Korea and Communication

ICA Pre-Conference at Hilton Washington DC

May 24, 2019

North Korea has been an under-explored area in communication research. Limitations on movement and communication, as well as physical isolation of the country in the global arena, has made it difficult for scholars to produce meaningful research about North Korea. In recent years, however, there have been major developments in the communication infrastructure, with the introduction of cellular phones to the general public, resulting in over 70% of Pyongyang citizens having access. Foreign correspondents from the US, Europe and South Korea have been allowed to set up permanent foreign bureaus. In 2018, the North Korean leader has engaged in fast-paced diplomacy with the US, South Korea and China. Taken together, these changes are leading to a new era in communication about, within and around North Korea.

Considering the historical and geopolitical significance of such developments, it is therefore crucial for scholars to pursue theoretically and methodologically sound research on North Korea. This one-day ICA preconference, supported by the Political Communication and Journalism Studies divisions, aims to bring together leading and emerging scholars around the world to register this shift and examine causes, components and civic consequences of a uniquely isolated – but rapidly changing – country.

The pre-conference also aims to bring scholars together with practitioners including diplomats, journalists, policy makers and those from international organizations, NGOs, and business sectors for constructive dialogue. We encourage submissions from scholars from other disciplines such as political science, international relations, sociology and East Asian studies. Discussions are currently underway to publish presented works in a journal or edited volume.

While we are open-ended about potential topics, we would welcome research in the following areas:

• Works conceptualizing and theorizing changes in the media in and about North Korea in both historical and contemporary contexts

• Works exploring the roles of communication and rhetoric, looking factors related to media (new or traditional), messages (symbolism, keywords), context, or speakers or audiences in a changing North Korea

• Works analyzing emerging norms, practices and routines with regards to the production and consumption of new and traditional media, as well as formal/underground media

• Works looking into Hallyu and popular culture in North Korea

• Works related to intercultural communication and migration

• Works seeking to understand changes in journalism impacting diverse communities — regional, class, gender — within North Korea and its neighbors

Submission Process

We invite scholars to submit abstracts (maximum 500 words) of theoretical and empirical research papers.

The submission should be emailed to the pre-conference organizers at nkpreconference@gmail.com no later than January 30, 2018.

Authors will be informed of acceptance/rejection decisions no later than February 15, 2019.

Accepted abstracts will be posted to the pre-conference website in advance of the event.


All speakers and attendees must register and pay the pre-conference fee. Participation fee (including coffee break and lunch buffet) is $50 for presenters and non-presenters.

To register for this pre-conference, participants need to go to www.icahdq.org and register online as part of their main ICA conference registration, or as a stand-alone registration.


Seungahn Nah (University of Oregon), Soomin Seo (Temple University), Yong-Chan Kim (Yonsei University), Dal Yong Jin (Simon Fraser University). The pre-conference is co-sponsored by the Political Communication and Journalism divisions of the International Communication Association.




ICA Preconference: New Conceptualizations and Research to Inform Message Testing: Perceived Message Effectiveness and Its Alternatives

WHEN:           9 AM to 5 PM; May 24, 2019

WHERE:         Washington Hilton, Washington, D.C.


DESCRIPTION:   Invited and submitted  papers on the topic of  message testing aimed at improving  its conceptualization and empirical underpinnings  while moving forward to next generation measures and procedures.


OBJECTIVE:  Message testing is central to message evaluation and use whether for theory testing or campaign design. Perceived message effectiveness is one type of message  testing measure concerned with target audience perceptions of the impact of messages. Its use has grown rapidly in the field, and yet the existing literature fails to provide clear guidance on best practices for conceptualization and measurement. A recent article in the Journal of Communication (2018, Volume 68(1)) by Dan O’Keefe on the weaknesses of perceived message effectiveness spurred considerable dialogue in the message testing and persuasion sub-disciplines.  A panel at the University of Kentucky health communication conference (April 2018) produced strong audience turnout and involvement eventuating in a series of commentaries in JOC (2018, Volume 68(5), https://doi.org/10.1093/joc/jqy048.)  This pre-conference will allow increased input from interested audiences to describe and evaluate the  conceptual and empirical strengths and weaknesses of perceived message effectiveness, related measures and approaches, and alternatives. The preconference is a one day meeting (with lunch on your own). Participation is open to everyone with an interest in the topic. No single point of view, procedure, scaling method, or methodology will be privileged.


INVITED  PRESENTATIONS: The morning session will consist primarily of invited  papers -- conceptual and empirical -- from researchers who have been deeply involved in message testing. The  pre-conference organizers -- Joseph Cappella (University of Pennsylvania) and Seth Noar (University of North Carolina) – have secured  invited presentations from Daniel O’Keefe (Northwestern), Marco Yzer (University of Minnesota), Lyudmila (Lucy) Popova (Georgia State  University), James Dillard (Penn State University), Xiaoquan Zhao (George Mason), and Melanie Wakefield (Cancer Council of Victoria).


SUBMITTED  PRESENTATIONS:    The organizers are soliciting additional  presentations for the afternoon session. These will consist of papers selected for presentation from contributors as long as the paper focuses on message testing.  Empirical and conceptual approaches are welcome. Innovation, practicality, and rigor will guide the selection of papers submitted for consideration.


HOW TO SUBMIT:  Send an extended abstract of your proposed presentation. The body of the abstract is limited to 600 words (reference list, tables, and figures do NOT count against this total). Tables and figures are strongly encouraged (maximum of one each) especially for empirical work. Send your abstract no later than December 14, 2018 to joseph.cappella@asc.upenn.edu  and noar@unc.edu. Those accepted will be notified on or about January 16, 2019 which is the same date as ICA acceptances.


ATTEND WITHOUT SUBMITTING:  The pre-conference is open to everyone with an interest in the topic. There is a $50 registration fee for the pre-conference but a limited number of “scholarships” for students (that is, waivers of  the fee) are available. Register to attend through the ICA website. Graduate students may apply for a registration waiver through joseph.cappella@asc.upenn.edu and noar@unc.edu.

The pre-conference will employ a lecture-discussion style that is open, frank, stimulating, and civil.




Post-Conference at the 2019 ICA, Washington DC

Co-sponsored by the ICA Political Communication Division & Department of Communication Science of the University of Vienna & Department of Political Science of the University of Amsterdam & Research Group on Political Communication of the University of Vienna & the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research through Daphne van der Pas’ Veni-grant

Politics, Gender and Communication: Theoretical Insights and Empirical Evidence

Loes Aaldering (University of Vienna)

Daphne van der Pas (University of Amsterdam)

Women are almost universally underrepresented in politics. Although the norm of gender equality has been widely supported in Western societies for decades, this has not translated into gender-equal politics: while there has been a wide range of female governors, legislators, (prime) ministers and party leaders, a large majority of the higher offices and governing positions are still filled by men. This post-conference focusses on two possible explanations of the underrepresentation of women in political life:

1) The campaign strategies of candidates. As politicians have to deal with different stereotypes that exist in the electorate, male and female politicians are likely to highlight different issues, character traits, aspects of their background and ambitions for the future in their communication to the public. This post-conference invites papers that study gender differences in political campaign strategies and the controlled communication of the candidate (for instance on social media), and/or the differences in the impact of these political messages for male and female politicians on voters.

2) Coverage of politicians by the media. Not only the behavior of politicians is relevant in current-day political reality: Politicians operate in a strongly mediatized political environment where the media are citizens’ primary source of political information. Thus, a systematic gender bias in the media coverage of politicians is likely to contribute to the underrepresentation of women in politics. This post-conference welcomes papers that study the differences in the portrayal of males and females in political life in the media or online, whether it be the quantity of the media attention or the content of the coverage.

The goal of this post-conference is to discuss relevant and interesting research on the intersection of gender, politics and communication, that helps us understand gender differences in media coverage and candidate communication in the political world. We welcome both theoretical and empirical papers and we aspire to bring together qualitative and quantitative researchers, who use experimental designs, interviews, content analysis, survey studies or other relevant methods. Papers that explicitly aim to strengthen our understanding of the causality involved gender differences or communication effects are encouraged. In addition, we are also particularly interested in papers that employ cutting edge research methods to study political communication in an automated fashion. We believe this post-conference is especially relevant for researchers in the Political Communication Division, and we plan to publish selected contributions in a special issue of a ranked journal.

How to apply:

Please submit an extended abstract of a maximum of five pages (including tables, figures and references) to Loes Aaldering (loes.aaldering@univie.ac.at) by January 23, 2019. The extended abstract should include the research question, the theoretical framework, the methodology and the (preliminary) results in case of empirical work. All applicants will be notified by February 16, 2019 the latest whether their contribution is accepted. The post-conference is a full-day conference (9 am to 6 pm), held at the ICA conference hotel in Washington DC on Wednesday May 29, 2019. The cost will be $35 and lunch is included.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Loes Aaldering (loes.aaldering@univie.ac.at) or Daphne van der Pas (d.j.vanderpas@uva.nl).






May 24, 2019


Taming and Nurturing the Wild Child:

Government and Corporate Policies for Social Media


Call for Papers



The impact social media have had on social networking, political information, advertising and corporate communications make it hard to imagine that platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp are less than a decade and a half old. In this short time frame, they have proven their potential time and again both for good and bad: while catalyzing pro-democracy movements worldwide, and promoting activism against sexual harassment, they have also become pre-eminent forums for the dissemination of misinformation and “fake news,” and for racist, xenophobic and misogynistic propaganda. While connecting people through building (and buttressing) social, business and political networks, they have also raised concerns regarding privacy and misuse of personal information.


Due to this explosive growth and the ensuing concerns, societies are struggling to fashion policy responses that will preserve social media’s vibrancy as spaces for unencumbered speech, while minimizing the potential harms from privacy violations, hate speech and the diffusion of misinformation into political discourse. Indeed, in some countries governments and civil society organizations have called for steps to address these abuses, yet in others, social media policy has become a pretext for governments to curb freedom of expression and muzzle critical voices.


We invite papers that examine policy responses to these developments. How can policy be developed, while protecting societal values such as freedom of speech and information? Policy is defined broadly, including government policies, regulations and laws and the policies of corporations including algorithmic screening of content and emergent norms (in the spirit of North/Williamson, who define governance as formal and non-formal rules of the game). We are also interested in analyses that address how the business model of social media (e.g., for profit, not-for-profit) interacts with alternative policy approaches. We particularly encourage international comparisons, including contrasting approaches to social media policy adopted by national governments. For example, what impact do the EU’s GDPR and the Chinese 2016 Cybersecurity Law, both which came into effect in 2018, have on social media? 


Potential papers may address the impact of these policies on issues including but not limited to freedom of speech, democratic discourse, political activism, network security, national security and surveillance, commercial speech, privacy protections and transborder data flows.

This preconference workshop is jointly organized by the Institute for Information Policy (IIP) at Penn State University and the James H. and Mary B. Quello Center at Michigan State University. Papers presented in the workshop will be considered for publication in the IIP’s Journal of Information Policy. The Journal is an open access, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, published by Penn State University Press and archived on JSTOR.

Abstracts of up to 500 words and a short bio of the author(s) should be submitted to pennstateiip@psu.edu by 15 December, 2018. Please write IIP_SOCIALMEDIAPOLICY: YOUR NAME in the subject line. Presenters will be notified by 12 January, 2019 regarding acceptance. Accepted papers will need to be submitted by 1 May, 2019.



CFP: #ICA19 postconference - Essential Scholarship on Technology and

Marginalization: A Discussion

Scholars are invited to submit a position abstract for an #ica19 postconference discussion on technology and marginalization, to be

held 28 May in the morning. Please register by the 1 Feb deadline. Through discussion of theorizing around marginality and technology/social media, the goal of this postconference is to build a

reading list and create networking opportunities for scholars working on similar topics.

Details here:


We thank SAGE Publishers for their sponsorship.



Building Bridges Between Scholarship and Advocacy for Digital Media Policy

Call for policy interventions

Digital communication has produced extraordinary changes around the globe. Whether for our personal communication, the operation of media industries, or countless daily tasks, internet access and the rules by which companies providing internet service and those that that rely on the internet to provide services, structure daily activities for billions of people. This situation has also led to a number of new policy issues and exacerbated old ones. New issues like network neutrality and global internet governance compete for regulatory and popular attention with enduring issues such as ownership concentration and universal service. Lastly, this scenario has introduced new policy actors and stakeholders into the regulatory process and allowed scholars, policymakers, and activists to contemplate multistakeholder governance in ways not possible in an era of analog regulation.

These developments, and many others, have often times stymied national regulators and hampered global policy conversations. Multistakeholderism has been difficult to actualize in communication policy. Regulators have struggled with how to apply regulations made for broadcasting to over the top services like Netflix. Countries around the world have failed to achieve universal broadband; and many of these same countries are grappling with how to apply existing competition policies to the digital behemoths of Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple.  

Taking note of the many outstanding policy issues - both new and old - that come to the fore in the digital age, and the importance of multistakeholderism in digital communication policy making, this preconference focuses on some of the major policy issues surrounding internet communication and brings together experts on these topics from the ranks of both scholars and policy activists.

Rather than the traditional working paper, this open call invites applicants to submit brief policy proposals oriented around particular themes. Accepted proposals will be circulated to attendees in advance of the postconference so that the day can focus on engaged discussion and provide ample opportunity for attendees who are not presenting briefs to also participate in the day’s events.

We invite 3-5 page policy proposals related to one of these three topics

  1. Broadband access/universal service

  2. Antitrust/competition policy for media industries

  3. Audiovisual/broadcast policy in an age of internet-distributed video

Policy proposals should be no more than 5 double spaced pages (approximately 1000-1500 words) and may be directed towards any local, national, regional or transnational jurisdiction. They should explain the policy issue at stake, offer a concrete intervention, and justify this intervention vis-à-vis relevant legislation, regulation, and markets. Please also indicate to which of the three topics above, your proposal is best suited.

Panels will be comprised of selected proposals, an invited established scholar in the field, and an invited member of the advocacy community for a day of discussion and planning. Those selected will be asked to present their policy intervention in a 5 minute talk and expect responses from the invited scholars, advocacy member, and the audience.

Deadline for proposal submissions: 17:00 EST, 18 January 2019.

Submissions should be sent via email to cfa2z@virginia.edu

Please submit your proposal as a PDF-format labeled “Last Name Digital Policy Postcon 2019”

Notifications of acceptance will be sent in early February 2019.

The event will be held at American University on Wednesday, May 29 from 9am to 4:45pm.

A registration fee to cover coffee, lunch, and room fees will be required of presenters and non-presenters.

Confirmed Participants (more to be added)

Eleonora Mazzoli, London School of Economics, formerly European Broadcasting Union

Sally Broughton-Micova, University of East Anglia

Sharon Strover, University of Texas at Austin

Representative from Free Press

ICA Division Endorsers:

Communication Law and Policy

Media Industry Studies

Activism, Communication and Social Justice

Communication and Technology

For questions please contact one of the post-conference organizers:

Christopher Ali, University of Virginia, cfa2z@virginia.edu

Amanda Lotz, Queensland University of Technology, amanda.lotz@qut.edu.au

Philip Napoli, Duke University, philip.napoli@duke.edu




#CommunicationSoWhite: Discipline, Scholarship, and the Media


Friday, May 24, 2019

Washington D.C., USA



As part of an ongoing movement to decenter white masculinity as the normative core of scholarly inquiry, the recent article, “#CommunicationSoWhite” by Chakravartty et al. (2018) in the Journal of Communication examined racial disparities within citational practices to make a broader intervention on ways current Communication scholarship reproduces institutional racism and sexism. The underrepresentation of scholars of color within the field in regards to citations, editorial positions, and publications and ongoing exclusion of nonwhite, feminist, queer, post-colonial, and Indigenous voices is a persistent and systemic problem in the production of disciplinary knowledge. ICA President Paula Gardner echoed similar sentiments in her 2018 presidential address, calling for steps for inclusion and diversity within the International Communication Association as well as the larger field.

This pre-conference aims to highlight, consider, and intervene in these issues. We seek submissions that address areas such as:

  • The marginalization of communication scholarship in which race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and other axes of exclusion are central;

  • Communication scholarship in the context of the global rise of white supremacy and right-wing ethno-nationalism movements;

  • Communication scholarship from postcolonial and decolonial perspectives;

  • Who tends to be hired and who serves as leaders/gatekeepers in the field;

  • The politics of citation and publication;

  • How #CommunicationSoWhite can function as an intervention within communication studies organizations, departments, and scholarship. 

We anticipate many submissions will center on the U.S. and other Western contexts; we also hope the pre-conference will provide a discussion that spans both global North and South, and we encourage participation by submitters from outside North America and the U.K.

Please submit either an EXTENDED ABSTRACT or a PANEL PROPOSAL.  

Extended abstracts should be 1,500-3,000 words, including notes and references.  We encourage different types of submissions including position papers, case studies, and more conventional research papers that tackle any issue relating to the preconference themes.

Panel proposals should include a minimum of four participants.  We will accept panels following a traditional format where presenters each speak for 10-15 minutes before a Q-and-A period.  We also encourage panel proposals that do not follow such a format; e.g. consider high-density panels, which have six or more participants who each speak for 6 minutes or less, or panels where panelists circulate their papers to each other ahead of time to generate a more engaged discussion during the presentation session.  Provide a 400-word rationale describing the panel overall, a 200-word abstract for each participant’s contribution, and a list of participants’ names, affiliations, and contact information.  

Travel grants: Depending on funding availability, we may have the ability to offer one or two modest travel grants (maximum $400).  If you are a graduate student and/or a scholar resident in a non-Tier A country (see https://www.icahdq.org/page/tiers for a list), please note this status in your submission and indicate that you would like to be considered for a travel grant.

Exclusions: Submissions should not consist primarily of previously published or in-press scholarship.  

Deadline: Please submit by Thursday, February 7, 2019, 16:00 UTC, by emailing BOTH Eve Ng at nge@ohio.edu and Khadijah Costley White at klw147@comminfo.rutgers.edu

If you have questions, please contact both of the following pre-conference organizers:

Eve Ng: nge@ohio.edu

Khadijah Costley White: klw147@comminfo.rutgers.edu




The pre-conference will take place on Friday, May 24, 2019, in Washington D.C., USA, at a venue close to the ICA conference hotel.  Exact location will be announced when it is finalized. The pre-conference will end in time for participants to attend the opening plenary in the evening at the Washington Hilton.



Eve Ng, Ohio University, USA

Khadijah Costley White, Rutgers University, USA

Alfred L. Martin, Jr., University of Iowa, USA

Anamik Saha, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK


Organizing Groups

Ethnicity and Race in Communication division

LGBTQ Studies interest group



Activism, Communication and Social Justice interest group

Feminist Scholarship division

Global Communication and Social Change division

Mass Communication division

Popular Communication division




Boundary conditions in mobile communication:
16th annual ICA Mobile Pre-conference 2019
Deadline for workshop proposals: Friday, December 31, 2018 
Date & Time of the pre-conference: May 23, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Tentative venue: The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum.
The theme of borders (national, political, social, personal) and transiting them, has become a central issue in society. Borders as the theme of his year’s ICA conference is a timely issue. The personal nature of mobile communication means that this form of mediation is increasingly central to these transitions. Migrants use mobile phones to orient themselves in transit and after they settle in new countries. Political movements use mobile communication to, in some cases break down and in other cases to develop borders. Mobile communication allows us to reach across social boundaries. Thus, there is an obvious connection between borders and our use of mobile communication to deal with them.  
At the 16th annual ICA Mobile pre-conference, we invite younger scholars (PhDs, postdocs and junior faculty), scholars from the Global South, along with their more established colleagues to consider these issues at the 16th annual Mobile Communication Pre-Conference. 
The pre-conference will be organized around several interactive Blue-Sky workshop sessions where we invite scholars to present ideas that are at various levels of gestation. Research ideas that are just being formed, ideas for mobile pedagogy, and notions of mobile applications used by practitioners in the field are welcome. This forum is designed to cultivate a supportive and integrated community of thinkers.  
Workshop themes can focus on any of the dimensions of mobile communication ranging from mobiles and social cohesion, mobile theory/methods, mobile communication and the news, mobile learning, entertainment, gaming and/or photography. They can look into mobile communication in organizations, mobile communication and development, mobile communication for social good and mobile communication as a means for threats to privacy, cyberbullying and/or robotification. Workshops could look into mobile romance, parenting mobiles, locative gaming, mHealth, and the relationships of mobile technologies to the elderly or children. They could focus on mobile communication in the Global South, mobile communication and migration, mobile journalism, etc. In short, we are open to a wide variety of themes associated with the use of mobile communication and mobile media in society. 
Workshop proposals are particularly welcomed from mobile-oriented scholars in the early stages of their careers. We also welcome established scholars to partner with younger colleagues in the development of proposals. Each workshop will be allocated a time slot of approximately 90 minutes. We are particularly interested to see proposals that include “hands-on” or interactive types of interaction. 
The workshop sessions should focus on the discussion of new ideas, theory and empirical results, but can also be more practical or industry oriented. A workshop will typically be organized around a consortium of four or five main participants who present and discuss their work but will also engage the audience. Pre-conference attendees can attend multiple workshops.
Submissions should include a workshop summary of 500-800 words (excluding title and references). This summary should describe:
1. the topic and its relation to the pre-conference theme,
2. the goal of the workshop
3. the scheduled activity, detailing how participants and audience members will be involved, and
4. the participants and their relationship/contribution to the workshop.
Proposals can be submitted via email tomobilepreconf@gmail.com. The workshop summaries will be published online and in the printed program. Submissions will be reviewed by a committee of scholars. Proposals will be selected based on criteria of relevance, originality, composition of the group, theoretical/practical contribution, the degree of interactivity with the audience, clarity of presentation, as well as fit with the conference theme. The review will be non-blind due to the interactive workshop nature. Notifications of acceptance will be emailed to contributors in January 2019. 





Beyond Germany: German Media Theory in a Global Context

Goethe-Institut, Washington, DC 23 May 2019, 10am – 6pm Submission deadline: January 31, 2019


ICA division of Intercultural Communication ICA division of Philosophy, Theory and Critique


Wolfgang Suetzl, School of Media Arts & Studies, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio Andreas Ströhl, Goethe-Institut, Washington, D.C. Bernhard Debatin, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

Thematic background

 ‘German media theory’ has come to signify a specific way of understanding and theorizing the media that draws on a rich heritage of continental literary studies and philosophy. With its roots extending back to writers such as Bertolt Brecht and Walter Benjamin, it has also been defined as the ‘other’ of the classical mass communication approach common in Anglophone scholarship.

The recent rapid growth of Medienwissenschaft in German-speaking Europe has been accompanied by recurring enquiries regarding its specific methodological and philosophical identity, including the question, “what’s German about German media theory?” asked by philosopher Claus Pias in a 2015 essay. Is there a “German Sonderweg,” others asked, a way of studying the media that is particular to German-speaking theorists?

Some of these debates took place in a dialogue with North American scholars of mediated communication, continuing an exchange that may have originated in Horkheimer and Adorno’s criticism of the empirical methods applied to mass communication research. German media theory still stands for a way of pursuing an approach to media studies that continues to engage with literary studies and philosophy, and considers itself distinct from mass communication studies.

But the boundaries around any ‘German-ness’ of such media theories are no longer a simple matter of language or nationality. Many works of theorists writing in German and/or working in Germany are translated into many languages, including Chinese, Portuguese, Korean, English, Japanese, French, Russian, etc. These writings have become easily accessible to scholars beyond the established transatlantic trading route of ideas. Other German-language theorists, for instance Vilém Flusser in the 1980s and currently Byung-Chul Han, have given translational and hybrid meanings to the adjective ‘German.’

Against this background, this conference invites international communication scholars to offer perspectives on the ways in which German-language media theories have communicated beyond the boundaries of the German-speaking part of the world.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to

• Readings, adoptions, translations of German media theory outside of the German- speaking Europe

• ‘German-ness’ of German media theory in translational context

• German media theory in the context of cultural studies and mass communication theory

• Philosophical, cross-cultural and postcolonial readings of German media theory

• Positions of German media theory with regard to current issues in social media, artificial intelligence, etc., and to ethics, policy-making, and the public sphere

• German media theory in diaspora studies and non-German influences on German media theory

• Media ecology, media archeology, and new materialism in German media theory

• German Media theory with regard to media analytics, big data, and privacy

We invite all scholars with an interest in these and related questions to submit their contributions for this one-day pre-conference hosted by the Goethe-Institut, Washington, DC.

Submission process

Please send your submissions and enquiries to suetzl@ohio.edu no later than January 31, 2019. Notifications of acceptance will be emailed by February 15, 2019.

Submission formats

• extended paper abstracts (1000 words)

• panel proposals (including panelists and rationale, 500 words)

• round table proposals (including participants and rationale, 500 words)

• fishbowl proposals (including starting participants and rationale, 500 words)

Full papers are also welcome, but are not required for extended abstract submissions.

Registration Participation is free, and open to everyone with in interest in the conference theme. Please register via the ICA preconferences website.

Venue Goethe-Institut, 990 K St NW (entrance 20th street), Washington, DC 20006


ICA 2019 Preconference

Journalism Studies Graduate Student Colloquium

Washington, DC

24 May 2019, 9am – 4pm

Call for Papers

The Journalism Studies Graduate Student Colloquium brings together PhD candidates working in journalism studies with experienced scholars in the field. The Colloquium is part of the Journalism Studies Division’s commitment to academic mentorship and will be held as a preconference in conjunction with the ICA 2019 Annual Conference in Washington D.C., USA. Its goal is to contribute actively to the professional development of young scholars by giving them an opportunity to present and discuss their research in a constructive and international atmosphere. Participating graduate students will receive project-specific feedback from recognized experts in the field, as well as general career development advice. The Colloquium will thus provide the opportunity to meet experts as well as fellow PhD candidates from different backgrounds working on related topics.

The Colloquium will be based on thesis-related work submitted by the participant PhD candidates. Each participating graduate student will have an experienced scholar responding to her or his paper. In addition, the Colloquium will feature a discussion with senior scholars about one of the topics related to publishing in international journals and career strategies, grant applications and career development.

The Colloquium is open to PhD candidates working on topics concerned with theory, research, and professional education in journalism. The organizers encourage the submission of scholarly work that advances our understanding of how journalism works within individual regions or comparatively across regions. Subject areas include, but are not limited to, the functions of journalism in society, the structural and cultural influences on journalism, the attitudes and characteristics of journalists, features of news content and their effects on consumers. Of interest are the relationships between journalism and power, democratic standards, economic pressures, technological change, and (academic) critique. Conceptual, empirical and theoretical papers are welcome.

Submission guidelines

PhD students should submit an abstract of 500 words (excluding references) that outlines the topic, rationale, theoretical approach and, if applicable, empirical application. Every abstract should include the name, affiliation, and expected graduation date of the PhD candidate.

Deadline for abstract submission: no later than 16:00 UTC, 21 January 2019.

Submissions should be sent via email to Alla Rybina alla.rybina@jmg.gu.se

Format: submit an abstract in PDF-format labelled “Last Name_JS Colloquium 2019

Notifications of acceptance will be sent by the end of February 2019.

If accepted, student participants will need to submit a full paper of up to 8000 words by 16:00 UTC, May 6, 2019. The colloquium will be held on 24 May 2019 from 9 am to 4 pm, with a coffee break and a light snack.

More information about the previous JS Graduate Student Colloquiums and its participants can be found here http://www.ica-phd-colloquium.news/call/







69th Annual ICA Conference

PRECONFRENCE: The Long History of Modern Surveillance

Washington, DC, USA

24 May 2019

Sponsor: ICA Communication History Division

Organizers: Josh Lauer, Nicole Maurantonio

Surveillance is a key feature of modernity and a well-established topic of communication research. Since the 1980s communication scholars have studied a broad range of surveillance-related technologies, from databases and CCTV to biometrics and big data, highlighting their implications for the future of privacy and civil society. This research, however, has focused almost exclusively on “new” media. Such presentism is understandable given the speed and stakes of recent developments, but it has also limited our understanding of larger historical forces and global historical perspectives. In short, the study of surveillance needs a history to understand where we are, how we got here, and where we might be headed.  

This ICA preconference is dedicated to bringing together communication scholars from diverse research traditions and from around the world to illuminate the long history of modern surveillance. Submissions are invited to consider the full breadth of past surveillance techniques and regimes, in any geographic or national context, prior to the current moment. The scope includes empirical research and comparative studies, historically-informed theory, intellectual histories of the field, and methodological reflections. We especially welcome submissions that address histories of surveillance from transnational and/or de-Westernized perspectives.

The full CFP is available at https://communicationhistory.org/preconference/.

Abstracts of 300 words (maximum) should be submitted no later than 30 November 2018. Proposals for full panels are also welcome: these should include a 250-word abstract for each individual presentation, and a 200-word rationale for the panel. Send abstracts to: Josh Lauer at josh.lauer@unh.edu.

Please direct any questions to Josh Lauer (josh.lauer@unh.edu) or Nicole Maurantonio (nmaurant@richmond.edu).


Call for Papers

ICA 2019 Preconference: “Digital Journalism in Latin America”

Organizers: Pablo J. Boczkowski (Northwestern University, USA) & Eugenia Mitchelstein (Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina)

Preconference Date and Time: May 23th, 2019, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Location: School of Media & Public Affairs, George Washington University

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2018

Research on digital journalism has by now a solid tradition that spans more than two decades (Barnhurst, 2012; Boczkowski, 2002; Reich, 2018; Steensen, 2011). For the most part, this scholarship has focused on industrialized nations in North America and Europe (Mitchelstein and Boczkowski, 2009) and has paid comparatively less attention to other regions such as Latin America (for some notable exceptions, see Bachmann & Harlow, 2011; Boczkowski, 2010; González de Bustamante and Relly, 2014; Harlow and Salaverría, 2016; Vimiero, 2017). This relative scarcity contrasts with the prominent role of digital journalism in the news diets of Latin Americans: around 9 out of 10 in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico access news online (Newman, et al, 2017). The growth in online audiences has been paralleled by the expansion of digital news operations, either as the internet operations of print media (Bachmann & Harlow, 2011) or as new online enterprises (Harlow and Salaverria, 2016; Requejo Alemán and Lugo Ocando, 2014).

As both digital news production and consumption have featured increasingly more prominently in the information landscape of Latin America, it is worth inquiring into whether the specificity of Latin America and its culture and institutions might entail differences with digital journalism as it is practiced and appropriated in other parts of the world. For instance, Latin American journalism has been described as less professionalized and less independent than in more stable democracies (de Albuquerque, 2005; Hallin and Papathanassopoulos, 2002; Hughes, 2006). How have these two long-standing features affected the practices of online news production and the self-perception of reporters? Has the development of online journalism allowed for the emergence digital start-ups and fact-checking organizations that compete with traditional news organizations with long-standing links with politicians and corporations? Have online news operations conducted mostly partisan journalism, due to their dependence on government advertising? Moreover, Latin American audiences tend to show high levels of skepticism towards news (Newman, et al, 2017). Has this lower level of credibility been tied to differences in willingness to pay for digital news, information acquisition online, and uptake of alternative media sources, among other activities?

The ICA pre-conference on Digital Journalism in Latin America invites scholars to examine the production, distribution, and consumption of digital journalism in Latin America. Both empirical and theoretical conference presentations; quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches; single-country and comparative research (with a major focus on Latin America); and historical and contemporary inquiries are welcome.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Historical developments.

  • Innovation and technological change in newsrooms.

  • Business models.

  • Modifications in work practices.

  • Relationships with governmental, business, and nonprofit actors in the production and distribution of news.

  • Differences and similarities in the emergence and development of digital journalism across and within Latin American countries.

  • Occupational matters, including appearance of new roles such as engagement coordinator.

  • The role of users in the creation of journalistic content.

  • The influence of content intermediaries such as social media platforms, and the engagement with and by users on those platforms.

  • The dynamics of digital news consumption on websites and apps.

  • The role of gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status in the uptake, reception, and re-circulation of digital news.

  • The relationship between digital journalism and civil society, including indigenous populations, social movements, and human rights organizations.

  • Issues of news credibility, including interpretations and practices related to fake news and misinformation, including partisan news organization and fact-checking operations.

Information about submission:

Authors should submit an extended abstract of no more than 750 words (excluding references). Abstracts should be submitted no later than 16:00 UTC, December 15th, 2018. Please email your submission to the preconference organizers (pjb9@northwestern.edu and emitchelstein@udesa.edu.ar).  Authors will be notified about whether their abstract has been selected on January 15th, 2019. Presenters will be encouraged to submit a full manuscript for the pre-conference. Full manuscripts should be sent to both of the pre-conference organizers via email by May 15th, 2019, for presentation and discussion during the pre-conference. Papers should be between 6,500 and 7,000 words in length. Attendance to the preconference has a USD 25.00 fee. Please contact the organizers (pjb9@northwestern.edu and emitchelstein@udesa.edu.ar) if you have any questions and/or need any additional information.


This pre-conference is possible in part due to the generous support of the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University, and the Center for the Study of Media and Society in Argentina (MESO).



ICA 2019 Post-Conference


DATE:  Wednesday, May 29

TIME: 9am-6pm


Stuart Cunningham, Queensland University of Technology

Patricia Aufderheide, American University

Tarleton Gillespie, Microsoft Research

Colin Maclay, USC Annenberg Innovation Lab

David Craig, USC Annenberg


Members of ICA Divisions and Interest Groups (with particular reference to Media Industries interest group and Communication Law and Policy and Popular Communication divisions) are invited to submit 400 word statements outlining the contribution they could make to this workshop. Acceptance will be based on relevance to the themes of the workshop. If your contribution is accepted, you will be placed in a panel or roundtable and may be expected to make a very short presentation of your contribution, respond in an Q&A style format, and contribute generally across the day. You may also be expected to prepare a longer version of your contribution for subsequent publication.

Submit statements in WORD clearly labelled “Last Name-ICA 2019-Creator Conference”

Email to davidcra@usc.edu

Deadline to submit: 15 Dec 2019

Responses will be send: 15 Jan  2019

Confirm participation: 15 Feb 2019 (to secure placement in conference program)


Variously termed influencers, Youtubers, vloggers, or livestreamers, online creators operate centrally within social media entertainment (SME), a term coined by Cunningham & Craig (2019) to describe an emerging industry that communicates at scale beyond boundaries.  SME creators are native social media entrepreneurs hacking the commercial and network affordances of platforms to aggregate participatory and engaged fan communities for cultural and commercial value. As alternative forms of creative labor, creators disrupt the industrial norms of legacy media.  With varying levels of agency, creators represent diverse forms of expression that offer an alternative to 20th century mass media hegemony while often seeming to hyper-inscribe consumption-based capitalism. Creator culture can comprise nodes within a precarious gig economy fostering new artisanal business often outside of “media capitals” (Curtin 2007) and agglomerative media capitalism.

In the wake of the “Techlash” (The Economist 2018), the clarion call for improved platform governance has raised vital concerns around hate speech and fake news, platform surveillance, data breaches and privacy violations.  In response, platform self-regulation has left creator careers in its wake, with demonetization due to the “Adpocalypse” affecting marginalized and civic-minded creators. Scholars have recently identified creators as stakeholders in these concerns, including Gillespie (2018), who calls for platforms to treat content moderation as a “defining service” rather than a “necessary evil”.  Children’s social media policies and activists collapse distinctions between creators, advertisers, and naïve users. FTC rules on disclosure have placed more onerous burdens on creators than their counterparts in legacy media or advertising. There is an Atlantic faultline between European and US media and platform policies that exposes deep differences over principle and practice. The EU’s Amendment 13 would not only have challenged US provisions of Fair Use and the DMCA, but also threatened creator viability.

This ICA post-conference workshop will explore the range of policy, governance, and regulatory concerns that most directly impact creators operating with social media entertainment.  The workshop will convene scholars, creators, activists, bureaucrats, and platform executives. Organizations and individuals to be invited include the FCC and FTC, prominent creators like Hank Green, the Internet Creators Guild, and Freedom of Music Coalition.   The program will feature panels, working lunches, and roundtable debates; curated content will appear in a white paper along with other publication opportunities. The event is hosted by Communication Studies, School of Communication, American University with sponsoring support from USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab and QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre.

This is an invitation-only event.

FEE:    Scholars are to pay US$25 fee to contribute to catering and venue costs.

VENUE: American University/ School of Communication

4400 Massachusetts Ave NW

Washington, DC 20016


Call for Papers

Digital Asia: Social Change, Engagement, and Communication Beyond Boundaries

2019 International Communication Association (ICA) Preconference

May 24, 2019 / Washington D.C., USA


Priority deadline: January 5, 2019


Regular deadline: February 1 , 2019

The role of new communication technologies—such as the internet, social media, and mobile phones—in political and civic engagement has generated significant interest not only from scholars, but also organizations, politicians, and ordinary citizens. While recent events in parts of the world, such as the Umbrella movement in Hong Kong and prominent roles of social media in elections, help recognize the potential of new communication media as an agent contributing to macro-level political changes, these new communication tools are also actively utilized in more traditional political processes, such as electoral campaigns. Also important is everyday use of new communication technologies, which provides individuals with an opportunity to encounter public affairs news and discourse, enhance understanding of issues, and get involved in civic and political opportunities. One of critical elements that we should pay attention to when appreciating the role of new media—perhaps underlying all of these processes and practices—would be values, traditions, and history that define each Asian country and the region.

This preconference aims to showcase innovative scholarly work examining various subjects concerning the role of social media, mobile phones, and other new communication technologies in the formation of democratic citizenship writ large—in Asia. The preference seeks studies that address relevant topics in a particular Asian county, and comparative research on Asian countries or Asian and non-Asian countries is also welcome. In particular, the preconference encourages a theory-driven analysis of the role of new media in real-world, offline civic and political action, including recent elections and civic mobilization for sustainable development in environmental, economic, and social well-being. In addition, scholars whose research concerns the overall ICA conference theme, Communication Beyond Boundaries, in an Asian-context are encouraged to submit a paper.  

Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be submitted via the online submission form (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=digitalasiaica2019) by either the priority or the regular deadline. For each author, please include name, institutional affiliation, and department, title/position, and contact information. For problems with submission or questions, please email DigitalAsiaICA2019@umich.edu.

Modest travel grants will be available by competitive application to participants, particularly graduate students who are from developing/transitional countries that appear in Tiers B and C on the ICA country tier chart (country of residence, not of origin).

Preconference Chairs

Nojin Kwak, Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of Michigan, U.S.A.

Marko Skoric, Associate Professor, Department of Media and Communication, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Terry Flew, Professor, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Natalie Pang, Senior Research Fellow, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Singapore


Baohua Zhou, Professor, Journalism School at Fudan University, China


Tetsuro Kobayashi, Associate Professor, Department of Media and Communication, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Muneo Kaigo, Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan

Scott Campbell, Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of Michigan, U.S.A.

Junho Choi, Professor, Graduate School of Information, Yonsei University, Korea




Are We Moving Towards Convergence? Revisiting communication disciplines, theories, models and concepts.



  • Helle K. Aggerholm, Birte Asmuß, Finn Frandsen, Winni Johansen, Anne E. Nielsen & Christa Thomsen, Aarhus University, Denmark  (contact: wj@mgmt.au.dk; aen@mgmt.au.dk)

  • Cynthia Stohl, University of California Santa Barbara, USA

  • Maureen Taylor, University of Tennesee Knoxville, USA


Within the past two decades, communication scholars have been preoccupied with debating the intellectual boundaries between disciplines, theories, models and concepts, as well as the institutional legitimacy of the field as such. Some researchers have talked about ‘convergence’ (Zorn, 2002). Other researchers have talked about ‘bridging’ (Cornelissen & Christensen, 2011). Others again take an alternative approach promoting a new ‘interdisciplinary paradigm’; see (Nothaft, Werder, Vercic, & Zerfass, 2018). The new thing about this debate is that it seems to take place both inside each discipline and across disciplines.

The purpose of this pre-conference is not only to study this debate, but also to contribute to it. We therefore invite junior and senior scholars representing one or more of the following disciplines - organizational communication, public relations, business communication, corporate communication, and strategic communication – to submit an abstract.

By convergence and bridging, we understand the process whereby we consciously or unconsciously move disciplines, theories, models and concepts towards each other. In his article “Converging within divergence: Overcoming the disciplinary fragmentation in business communication, organizational communication, and public relations” (2002), Ted Zorn warned us against the fragmentation of disciplines. It will turn us into ignorants when it comes to the world outside our own specialties. In their article “Bridging corporate and organizational communication: Review, development, and a look to the future” (2011), Lars T. Christensen and Joep Cornelissen suggest in detail how bridging can take place between two disciplines. It is important to understand that the criteria of success for convergence and bridging is not necessarily integration. It is more the academic quality of the process: the debate as such.

Questions addressed are among others:

  • What boundaries do we see in communication disciplines today?

  • Would it be fruitful to overcome the disciplinary fragmentation?

  • Is it true that “communication research has sacrificed intellectual vitality on the altar of institutional autonomy” (Durham Peters, 1986/2008).

  • How do we understand ‘communication’ within the various perspectives and traditions?

  • Do we overstate the differences between disciplines, theories, models and concepts in our research?

  • Which boundaries or cross-overs do we see in communication disciplines today?

  • What are the advantages or disadvantages of ‘bridging’ for example corporate and organizational communication, or public relations and corporate communication?

  • What can more ‘local’ debates, such as the debate about communication vs action, reputation vs relationship, and publics vs stakeholders, tell us about the development of our field?

  • How does convergence in communication disciplines contribute to shape how contemporary organizations come to see, manage, and evaluate their communication activities?

  • Can convergence help to solve one of the major concerns of modern organizations, i.e. that “without coherence, integration, and consistency, messages can be misunderstood, and their audiences get conflicting or inconsistent meanings which, in the end, may cause confusion and distrust in what the organization offers or stands for” (Christensen & Cornelissen, 2011)?

Topics can be but are not restricted to:

  • Processes and practices of the convergence of communication disciplines

  • Practice approaches across communication disciplines

  • The risk of black-boxing

  • Constitutive approaches across and within communication disciplines

  • Methodological convergence or divergence across and between communication disciplines

  • The impact of social media on the boundaries and cross-overs between communication disciplines

  • The convergence of disciplines and stakeholder relationship management

  • Organizing communication activities in contemporary organizations

  • Convergence of communication disciplines in different contextual settings: cultural, organizational, global

  • Limits and future perspectives of convergence on communication research

Conceptual, empirical and theoretical papers are welcome.

Submission guidelines

Abstract submissions to the pre-conference (500-1000 words, not including tables and references) are invited from across divisions of the communication field, and will be evaluated competitively by anonymous referees. All submissions must be completed online no later than 16:00 UTC, 15 January 2019


Zorn, Ted (2002). Converging within divergence: overcoming disciplinary fragmentation in business communication. Business Communication Quarterly, 65(2), 44-53

Christensen, L.T. & Cornelissen, J. (2011). Bridging orporate and organizational communication: Review, development and a look to the future. Management Communication Quarterly, 25(3), 383-414.

Nothaft, H., Werder, K., Vercic, D. & Zerfass, A. (Eds.) (2018). Future Directions of Strategic Communication. Special Issue, International Journal of Strategic Communication, 12(4).


Call for Extended Abstracts

Engaged Journalism: Bridging Research and Practice

ICA 2019 Pre-conference, May 24, Washington, D.C.

As journalists across the globe continue to face distrustful audiences and uncertain economics, many have begun experimenting with novel forms of news production and community engagement with the hope of solving the news industry’s ails. Although a growing number of scholars research these innovations, few have found ways to make that research impactful outside of the academic community. This half-day pre-conference bridges this divide, by bringing together journalism innovators, funders, and researchers to share new findings and discuss best practices for research collaborations.

During this pre-conference, scholars will have the opportunity to hear from practitioners about organizations practicing or supporting engaged journalism in the U.S. and internationally, such as City Bureau, Free Press, Hearken, Outlier Media, and the News Integrity Initiative. The pre-conference will be structured to include opportunities for small group interaction between researchers and journalists, presentations of new papers, and a plenary panel discussion connecting leading journalism innovators with journalism and communication scholars.

In addition to creating a setting for researchers to hear from practitioners, we also want to expose practitioners to scholarly work. We therefore encourage scholars interested in presenting to submit extended abstracts that focus on engaged approaches to news production. These topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • The changing relationship between journalists and communities/audiences (e.g., audience engagement, trust building initiatives, membership and crowd-sourced revenue models, etc.)

  • Participatory journalism, public-powered journalism, citizen journalism

  • Service journalism and movement journalism

  • Innovations in measuring the impacts of engagement on communities and on news organizations

  • Efforts to increase representation of diverse race, gender, class, and ideological perspectives in news production

We invite those interested in participating to submit extended abstracts with a maximum length of 1500 words, including references. Please delete any identifying information before submitting your proposal as it will be subject to a blinded peer review. In keeping with the theme of the pre-conference, submissions will be blind reviewed by two scholars as well as one news industry stakeholder.

Send your submission in an editable format (e.g., Microsoft Word) to engagedjournalism@gmail.com by January 21, 2019. We will send notifications of acceptance by February 11. All authors of accepted submissions will be expected to submit a full paper with a maximum length of 8,000 words by May 6, 2018.


Call for Proposals for the ICA 2019 Preconference

Crafting Theory. Methods of theory building in communication

Friday, 24 May, 2019, 9 a.m. – 17 p.m. approx.

Washington Hilton, Washington, D.C.

The state of theory building in communication has been the object of lamentation, disappointment, caricature, even ridicule, but also appeals and aspiration throughout the history of our field. Rather than restating deficiencies in our field’s theory building in comparison with our neighboring disciplines or reiterating the reasons for or consequences of these deficits time and again, this preconference aims at collecting and advancing our field’s methodological tools and practices for theory building.

“Theory building” or “theory development” can be characterized as a creative problem solving process of generating novel or modifying existing conceptual structures (statements about concepts and their relations) with the aim of describing and explaining phenomena better than before (Hagen, Frey, & Koch, 2015; Weick 1989). This preconference is interested in a methodological discussion of cognitive operations, individual and social practices, and empirical approaches researchers use in this process of theory building.

In stark contrast to the great importance theory building is attributed by the scientific community in general and in our field, the collection, development and dissemination of methodological knowledge about how to develop both original and well-crafted theory only forms small part of our methodological research and teaching. For example, there is a scarcity of textbooks that cover more than the formal requirements and logical principles of “theory construction” (Blalock, 1969; Dubin, 1969; Freese, 1980) and accommodate the specifics of our field (but see, as one prime exception, Shoemaker, Tankard & Lasorsa, 2004). Also, inspiring and instructive collections of individual experiences with and approaches to theory building have been published, e.g., in psychology (Kruglanski & Higgins, 2004), human resource development (Turnbull, 2002) and management (van de Ven, 1989), but not in communication.

This preconference aims at stimulating the scholarly reflection and discourse about methods and methodology of theory building across all subfields of communication and ICA divisions by inviting participants to share their thoughts, experiences, and insights in an open, interactive and interdisciplinary exchange. We invite proposals for theoretical, empirical or historical contributions including but not limited to:

  • case studies about the practice of theory building in your own work or in the work of other scholars

  • empirical or literature-based overviews of methods used for theory building in communication

  • collections and discussions of heuristics, tools, practices and approaches in every phase of theory development

  • examinations of methodological challenges and potentials specific to theory building the field of communication

  • analyses of social, situational, and individual factors conducive (or detrimental) to creative and well-crafted theory building

  • experiences in teaching theory building.

We are interested in submissions covering one or several of the above aspects or related questions. We encourage submissions with a broad variety of approaches and from diverse perspectives. Scholars at all stages of their careers are welcome to apply.

Submission and selection process

Extended Abstracts (800 to 1,200 words plus references) should be sent as a PDF file to Benjamin Krämer (kraemer@ifkw.lmu.de). Please remove any kind of information that would identify the authors. The deadline for submission is 25 January 2019. Submissions will be peer-reviewed (please volunteer to review!) and decisions will be sent out by mid-February 2019.

Dates, conference fee, registration

This preconference is approved by the ICA 2019 organizing committee and is part of the official ICA 2019 conference program. The preconference will take place on 24 May 2018 (9 a.m. to 17 p.m. approx.) onsite in the conference hotel in Washington, D.C. The registration fee will be $60 for presenters and non-presenters, covering the expenses for facilities, coffee breaks (lunch not included) and administrative overhead. Registration will be open to anyone wishing to attend.


If you have any questions and/or would like to volunteer as a reviewer, please feel free to approach the organizers Felix Frey (ffrey@uni-leipzig.de) and Benjamin Krämer (kraemer@ifkw.lmu.de).

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ICA Election Results: Claes de Vreese President-Elect Select

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 2, 2018

The International Communication Association annual election has closed. The scope of the election included both association-wide votes (on both officers and bylaws changes) as well as votes specific to any divisions or interest groups.  

CERTIFICATION OF RESULTS: ICA's election results were certified by the Tellers Committee comprised of the Executive Director, the President and the Nominating Committee Chair.  The committee reviewed both the list below, prepared by ICA’s Senior Manager of Governance, and checked it against the actual submission system’s tallies to ensure accuracy.


TERMS: Unless otherwise indicated, the officers elected in the Fall of 2018 serve a two-year term beginning Monday, 27 May 2019 (the last day of the 69th Annual Conference in Washington, DC USA) and ending with the conclusion of the 2021 conference in Denver, Colorado, USA.  Vice Chairs elected continue to serve two additional years as Chair (2021-2023).

*ICA wide positions of Board Member at Large and Treasurer each serve a three year term.   

**A special note regarding the Secretary Election: ICA bylaws (Articles VI and VII, Section 3) mandate: "Each [Division/Interest Group] shall have a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson, a Secretary and a Student and Early Career Representative, who must be a student at the time he/she comes into office...The Vice-Chairperson and the Secretary shall be elected in alternate years, each for a term of two years." Some Division/Interest Groups had both positions slated for election in the same year. In effort to correct the election schedule, the secretary elected in the Fall of 2018 will serve a special three-year term, they are indicated with a double asterisks.



President Elect:  Claes De Vreese, U of Amsterdam

Board Member at Large*:  John Erni, Hong Kong Baptist U

Student Board Member:  Myrene Magabo, U of the Philippines Open U

Treasurer*:  Peter Monge, U of Southern California





Current Officer Ratification: Vote passed:  "I ratify the election of ACSJ's inaugural officers: Guobin Yang, Chair, Anne Kaun, Vice Chair and Todd Wolfson, Secretary "

Vice Chair:  Todd Wolfson, Rutgers U

Secretary**:    Rosemary Clark-Parsons, U of Pennsylvania

Student & Early Career Representative:  Liisa Sömersalu, Södertörn U



Vice Chair: Nicole Martins, U of Illinois, Champaign



Dues Increase:  Vote passed*: "I approve of the proposed dues increase."

*Please note, dues increases passed in the 2018 election do not go into effect until the following membership term (2019-2020).



Secretary:  Travers Scott, Clemson U



Student & Early Career Representative:  Josephine Lukito, U of Wisconsin, Madison



Vice Chair:   Jason Vincent A. Cabanes, U of Leeds



Vice Chair:   Andrea Press, U of Virginia

Secretary**: Jaime Loke, Texas Christian U

Student & Early Career Representative: Palashi Vaghela, Cornell U



Vice Chair:   Vivian Chen, Nanyang Technological U



Vice Chair:  Chris Paterson, U of Leeds



Secretary:  Kai Kuang, Bloomsburg U of Pennsylvania



Vice Chair: Rachel Bailey, Washington State U



Secretary: Michelle E. Garland, U of Tennessee



Vice Chair: Amanda Alencar, Erasmus U, Rotterdam



Vice Chair: Marko Dragojevic, U of Kentucky

Secretary**: Rachyl Pines, U of California, Santa Barbara

Student & Early Career Representative:   Rachel Damiani, U of Florida  

Bylaws Revision: Vote Passes: " I accept the proposed changes to the bylaws"



Vice Chair: Stephen Yoshimura, U of Montana

Secretary**:   Elizabeth Dorrance Hall, Michigan State U

Student & Early Career Representative: Rachel Lloyd, U of Texas, Austin



Secretary:  Edson C. Tandoc Jr., Nanyang Technological U

Student & Early Career Representative:  Joy Kibarabara, Stockholm U  



Vice Chair:  Gonen Dori-Hacohen, U of Massachusetts, Amherst



Co-Chair:  Shinsuke Eguchi, U of New Mexico

Secretary: Paromita Pain, U of Reno

Bylaws Revision (Re: secretary): Vote Passes: " I accept the proposed bylaws amendments"

Bylaws Revision (Re: student) Vote Passes: " I accept the proposed bylaws amendments"



Vice Chair:  Heather LaMarre, Temple U  



Secretary: Roger Cooper, Ohio U

Bylaws Revision: Vote Passes: " I accept the proposed changes to the bylaws"



Vice Chair: Keri Stephens, U of Texas, Austin



Secretary:   Joelle M. Cruz, U of Colorado, Boulder

Student & Early Career Representative:   Emilly K. Martinez, Purdue U



Vice Chair:  Kaarina Nikunen, U of Tampere  

Secretary**:  Sandra Ristovska, U of Colorado, Boulder

Student & Early Career Representative: Andy Fitzgerald, Stanford U



Secretary:   Sriram Mohan, U of Michigan  

Student & Early Career Representative:   Evanthe Psarras, U of Illinois, Chicago



Vice Chair:  Ansgar Zerfass , U of Leipzig

Student & Early Career Representative: Grazia Murtarelli, IULM U of Milan  



Secretary: Danielle Sarver Coombs, Kent State U  



Vice Chair: Mary Angela Bock, U of Texas, Austin  








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President’s Column: Engagement in its Many Forms

Posted By Patricia Moy (U of Washington), Friday, November 2, 2018

Engagement remains a longstanding concept for the communication discipline. As researchers, we might be interested in how individuals engage in myriad types of social interactions, how groups engage in and champion specific sociocultural or political causes, or how people express their opinions in markedly different contexts. From #MeToo to populist movements around the globe that have impacted citizens, government, and social, economic, and democratic life, there is no shortage of grist for our intellectual mill.

But as members of ICA, how do we engage with the organization and the discipline? For the vast majority of members, engagement comes in the context of its annual conference – writing papers for submission, reviewing papers, serving as a chair or discussant, and/or attending the meeting. A sizable number each year also will have engaged with ICA journals, as readers, authors, or anonymous reviewers (those unsung heros!).

Engagement is crucial to the short- and long-term health of any organization and fortunately, ICA members have regular, if not continuous, opportunities to engage with the association.

Consider, for instance, the ICA elections that ended mid-October. In figures that have remained somewhat stable in recent years, turnout stood at 17% for this year’s association-wide races and ranged from 8 to 26% (averaging 16%) for the 27 divisions and interest groups that held elections. While turnout can always be higher, it is always exciting to consider how the leadership of a division or interest group might spearhead new initiatives or advance current ones, whether they relate to student mentorship, conference travel, or research support. As well, that divisions and interest groups do not seem to lack for candidates is heartening; it signals the desire for members to engage with their intellectual community and support it institutionally.

Engagement also takes place behind the scenes. In a response to an open call for suggestions and concerns, Catrin Johannson (Mid Sweden U) wrote to share many positive aspects of ICA: the hospitality and collegiality of the Organizational Communication Division; her growing ties to other divisions – Public Relations, Language and Social Interaction, and more recently, Environmental Communication; and the great opportunities afforded by the annual conference to meet with and learn from other scholars through collaborative efforts.

Catrin’s reaching out, however, was motivated by Naomi Klein’s (2014) This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. In fact, Catrin was so inspired by that book that she led a grassroots movement at Mid Sweden U dealing with sustainable development. Her focus on sustainability prompted her to express her bifurcated feelings about submitting to next year’s conference: “One part of me wants to write as many papers as possible and go and see all my colleagues and friends in May next year, while the other part does not want to fly to Washington at all because of the negative impact that would have on the climate. Global warming is continuously accelerating. So: Where do I go, and where does ICA go from here?”

Catrin proceeded to offer a series of suggestions that she hopes ICA might consider trying out on a limited basis. She and ICA Executive Director Laura Sawyer engaged in a set of communications about the organization’s current efforts and policies related to sustainability. ICA’s Sustainability Committee, which works each year to keep the organization green, will be reaching out to Catrin to further discuss some of her creative ideas.

As we gear up for next year’s conference, many members are undertaking efforts to engage the discipline in pressing issues. Paula Chakravartty and Charlton McIlwain, both of New York U, have secured from President-Elect and conference chair Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology) an ICA-sponsored session dealing with race and representation in our field. A follow-up to “#CommunicationSoWhite,” a 2018 article in Journal of Communication, the panel will address a host of issues including: how to center racial inequality; racial analytics in publishing; mobility across borders; and professional socialization.

Engagement comes in many guises, and regardless of where you are in your career or which corner(s) of the discipline you inhabit, it’s always worthwhile to consider what it means to you.

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ICA President-Elect Conference Report

Posted By Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology), Friday, November 2, 2018

There will be a record 45 pre and post conferences held at the 2019 ICA Conference in Washington, DC. There will be 37 preconferences, held both on-site at the Washington Hilton and off-site at universities and other locations. There are an exciting range of topics that have an international focus and, importantly, span disciplinary and Divisional boundaries. There are also eight post-conferences taking place. Details of these will be announced shortly, so keep an eye out for topics that are potentially of interest to you.

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ICA Wide Award Nominations Due 31 January, 2019

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 2, 2018

CA has revised its deadline for book-related awards to allow the committees more time to read and evaluate the submissions. While in the past, all awards shared a universal deadline of 31 January, now that deadline only applies to these six awards: Steven H. Chaffee Career Achievement Award, James W. Carey Urban Communication Grant, Applied Research Award, Outstanding Article Award, Young Scholar Award, and the B. Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award. These six awards have kept the traditional nomination period of 1 November – 31 January at 16:00 UTC. To nominate for one of the six ICA Awards, please go here: http://www.icahdq.org/?page=AwardNomination

The two ICA Book Awards (Outstanding Book Award and Fellows Book Award) have a separate nomination period and deadline: 1 September – 15 December at 16:00 UTC. Don’t forget to mail your book copies to Katie Wolfe at ICA headquarters in Washington D.C. by 15 December, 2018.  To nominate for one of the two ICA Book Awards, please go here: http://www.icahdq.org/?page=BookAwardsNoms

All Fellows nominations should be submitted online by 31 January here: http://www.icahdq.org/?page=FellowsNomination. Submitters are asked to submit all materials in a single PDF file. To learn more about ICA Fellows visit this link: http://www.icahdq.org/page/Fellows.

For more information on all ICA Awards, please visit: http://www.icahdq.org/page/Awards.

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Change is in the Air: Financial Transparency

Posted By Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director, Friday, November 2, 2018

Whether this time of year means moving from cold weather to warm, as in the southern hemisphere, or the start of a new school year, or the leaves falling from the trees--for many of us, change is in the air. And as many of you may have noticed, the past three years at ICA have brought with them numerous changes: a new Executive Director, for one, followed by a new CRM system, new website, new phone system, new publisher for our academic journals, a couple of new staff and, most recently, a new conference submission portal.

One big change, however, might not be so apparent to the casual observer. In the past three years, we have transitioned from an unusual system in which the Executive Director and Treasurer were the same person, reporting to a “Finance Committee,” to a more typical nonprofit structure in which the Treasurer is a distinct role filled by a volunteer (an unpaid member of the organization), working in concert with the Executive Director to manage the finances of the organization, and reporting to the Board of Directors. Peter Monge (U of Southern California) has filled this role for the past two-plus years as “Acting” Treasurer of the organization, as we worked out the kinks and phased out the “finance chair” role. (Instead of serving as finance chair, a past president’s last year on the Executive Committee is now spent as “General Secretary” and Chair of the Regional Conference Committee.) Our current model is the standard for most nonprofit associations and the model I am used to working with personally, so the transition has gone very smoothly, and I am pleased to announce that Peter was approved as the official ICA Treasurer for a three-year term in the 2018 annual election.

As Peter and I have been working together over the past three years or so, we have discussed the importance of transparency and want to convey to you three changes that are designed to improve our fiscal transparency.

We believe that a transparent association is a healthy organization and that members have a right to know how the association’s resources are used to advance the mission. If you’re not familiar with the way U.S. tax law works, I promise not to bore you with too much detail, but in a nutshell: there are a number of classifications for nonprofits that govern how their income is categorized, what kind of taxes they pay, and how they may behave in the public sphere. ICA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit association, and as such, is exempt from most federal taxes. The income ICA derives from its activities—membership fees, conference registrations, subscriptions to our academic journals—does not inure to the benefit of any one person or group, as it would in a privately held for-profit organization. Simply put, when income exceeds expenses and we have a surplus—like we do when a conference has record attendance, for example—we take the surplus and invest it back into the organization.

In the past, we have used surpluses to buy our headquarters building, pay off the mortgage, or invest in an experimental new conference format like San Diego’s Makers’ Hall. Other times a surplus, when we know we can sustain it, goes towards increasing our annual budget for an important item, like moving our headquarters from Texas to Washington, DC years ago, increasing stipends for the editors of our journals, adding money to support a regional conference in a geographic area that really needs more collaboration, ensuring subsidized ICA childcare at our conference to increase access for scholars with children, or finally taking the plunge and upgrading our submission system to ScholarOne Abstracts. Many, many nonprofits don’t have a surplus—some merely break even and others fairly consistently fall short—so while we are fortunate to have the resources to accomplish great things, at the same time, we have to financially prepare for years when things may be a little tighter as well. For example, as pressure is put on the publishing industry to move to Open Access, that transition could negatively impact our journal revenue. To that end, we use surpluses and the revenue from Life Memberships to also put money aside in reserves.

Our goal is to always be transparent about the decisions the ICA leadership have made and the ways in which your membership dollars are put to work to strengthen the communication field and provide more opportunities for collaboration. Everything we do is meant to be the best possible balance of money and mission—doing what is best for the members while at the same time making sure that the organization is financially healthy so that it can continue to exist…so it can keep serving the members and strengthening the communication field.

To further increase our transparency, there are three resources you should know to check if you have questions about ICA’s finances specifically:  

  • All members can now view the approved annual budget for the current Fiscal Year (FY2019), which goes from 1 October 2018 to 30 September 2019, on the reports page of the ICA website. You must be logged in as a member to view the PDF.

  • If you are the Trustee of an endowment or the chair of a division or interest group that “owns” an endowment or fund (e.g., your division is the one that gives out the award funded by that account), you will now begin to receive an annual report on the balance in your account, any transactions that took place in the past year, and the market performance on the account. As our fiscal year ended 30 September, these reports should be available soon. You will receive an email from me with your report when it is ready.

  • As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization ICA’s tax returns are a matter of public record. I have plans to add our past 990s to the ICA website, but in the meantime, you can view any of the tax returns (for ICA or any other nonprofit organization in the US) for past years at Guidestar.org. ICA is listed as “International Communication Assn.” Click the button marked “SHOW FORMS 990” and choose the year you would like to view.

In addition to those three resources, if you have questions, please feel free to contact both Peter and Laura. We are always happy to hear from the members of the ICA community, and we’ll do our best to get you an answer.

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ICA Participates in STEMM Society Meeting on Sexual Harassment

Posted By Administrator , Thursday, November 1, 2018
Updated: Friday, November 2, 2018


ICA Executive Director Laura Sawyer joined leaders from some 70 professional societies in Washington, D.C., on 1 October to discuss the issue of harassment in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medical (STEMM) fields. The meeting was hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Geophysical Union (AGU), and EducationCounsel (EC). These societies came together to share concerns and needs, discuss policies and frameworks, and make plans to continue the discussion by developing a consortium of societies for professional conduct to prevent and address sexual harassment in STEMM. In the coming months, the consortium will work collectively to develop customizable model frameworks for systems, policies, and practices to combat sexual harassment and a toolkit of practical resource materials for use by societies and institutions.  The consortium can – and will – collectively respond to address sexual harassment, as recommended in the National Academies’ June 2018 consensus report.


Concurrent with the above actions, ICA's Ethics Task Force is working to refine ICA's ethics and other statements, as well as to strengthen policies and education for ICA members related to sexual and gender-based harassment in the communication field.

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Student Column

Posted By Julie Escurignan and Sarah Cho, Thursday, November 1, 2018

Student Column


The ICA Student and Early Career Advisory Committee (SECAC) has been working on several projects these past few months. We would like to introduce you to one of these projects, one which has particular importance to the development of our Student and Early Career Community: the creation of a Global South Student and Early Career Representative position within the SECAC.

According to the American University Center for the Global South, Global South is a term used to describe “the nations of Africa, Central and Latin America, and most of Asia.” Overall, ICA lacks representation of Global South scholars, and what is true for the whole of ICA is even truer for its Student and Early Career Community (see Bridging the North-South Gap for the Next Generation of Scholars). While Student and Early Career scholars from the Global South are present at ICA Regional Conferences, they are underrepresented at ICA Annual Conferences and within the Student and Early Career Leadership. In 2018, in a globalized world and in an international association, this is an unacceptable situation.

We have therefore decided to create a position dedicated to Student and Early Career scholars from the Global South specifically.

Are you a young scholar currently working in the Global South? If so, this position might be of great interest to you!

The aim of this position is to:

  • Better represent Global South Students and Early Career Scholars

  • Facilitate communication between Global South Student and Early Career Communities and SECAC Leadership to be inclusive of Global South Student and Early Career Scholar needs in the annual SECAC strategic plan

  • Foster the presence of Global South Student and Early Career scholars at ICA Regional and Annual Conferences

To this end, the Global South Representative will be expected to:

  • Have a wide network within his/her region and be willing to expand this network to reach Global South Student and Early Career scholars worldwide

  • Communicate with Global South Student and Early Career Communities, including answering enquiries about ICA and conveying news and information to increase the presence of Global South Student and Early Career Scholars at ICA Conferences

  • Eventually attend the ICA Regional Conference as ICA SECAC Representative [conditions to be determined]

The SECAC will propose an official installment of this position during the ICA Washington, D.C. Board Meeting so that the Global South Student and Early Career Representative can be elected during the 2019 ICA-wide elections.

In the meantime, the SECAC would like to call upon Global South Student and Early Career volunteers to work on the creation of this position and start building more links between the ICA Student and Early Career Community and the Global South Student and Early Career Communities. The SECAC will be appointing Global South Student and Early Career Representatives until the election process for the position is set up.

The conditions are as follows:

  • Be a Student or Early Career Scholar

  • Be from the Global South and/or studying in the Global South

If you would like to become the first Global South Student and Early Career Representative for a term going from January 2019 to May 2020, please send a CV and cover letter highlighting your motivation to fulfill this role to: julie.escurignan@roehampton.ac.uk and sarahcho@umass.edu by 1 January, 2019. Your CV and cover letter will be reviewed by the Student and Early Career Advisory Committee.

We hope you are as excited as we are at the prospect of a more diverse and more representative Student and Early Career Community within ICA!

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Membership Survey

Posted By Kristine Rosa, Thursday, November 1, 2018

You're Invited to share your feedback with ICA!


WHO: ICA Members

WHAT: Your feedback is important to us! Please take our brief survey (seriously, it shouldn't take you more than 4-6 minutes). We’d like to thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts and experience with us, and we hope to work with you and continue to be your number one professional asset.

WHEN: The survey will be available until 31 December, 2018.

WHY: First, because sharing your thoughts will help us serve your needs better! Second, by completing our survey you'll earn the chance to win a free conference registration; and one grand prize winner will receive a luggage set by AWAY: (https://www.awaytravel.com/). Three free conference registrations will be selected (one from each tier) and one grand prize winner will be selected among the three. You will be able to collect the luggage prize at the 69th Annual ICA Conference in Washington, DC, USA.

HOW: Check your email! The ICA Membership Survey was emailed to active members on 24 October, 2018. Click on the link in the email to take the survey. You may also contact membership@icahdq.org for the link.

You have the option to remain anonymous by leaving the contact field blank; but by remaining anonymous you will not be entered in the raffle.

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Available Positions and Job Opportunities

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 1, 2018

School of Liberal Arts
Full-Time Tenure Track Position in Digital Media Production

Location Moraga
Open Date Sep 17, 2018
Deadline Oct 15, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Saint Mary’s College of California invites applications for a full-time tenure track Assistant Professor position in Digital Media Production, with an emphasis on web/code-based video and/or audio production, in the Communication Department.

Institutional Description/Background:
Saint Mary’s College of California is a private, Catholic, comprehensive and co-educational university that engages students in rigorous critical thinking, promotes social justice, and educates for human fulfillment consistent with its liberal arts, Catholic and Lasallian traditions. The de La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff who value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction bring Saint Mary’s heritage to life. Located on a stunning 420-acre campus in the Moraga Hills outside of San Francisco, Saint Mary’s is known for its rigorous liberal arts education and its high quality graduate programs, including business, education, counseling, leadership, and the arts. Saint Mary's has a diverse student body of approximately 4,000 students, and the College’s practices and policies reflect a commitment to inclusive excellence and a community in which all are valued, respected and supported.

For more information about Saint Mary's mission and history, see: http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/about-smc/our-mission.

Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in Communication or related field (for example MFA in media production) with evidenced teaching experience and scholarship are required. The Department is particularly interested in makers and scholars with expertise in current practices in digital media and production (examples include Non-fiction and Documentary, Video Game Production and Studies, Social Media, and Digital Storytelling). While the candidate must have knowledge and experience in teaching technology within the context of a digital-media production curriculum, a strong understanding and commitment to the broader components of the field of Communication and ability to teach across the curriculum is strongly preferred. Candidates should be able to guide students through a coherent understanding of content creation for multiple methods of digital media production--for example thematic development, storyboarding and scripting, prototyping and wire-framing, web design, etc.--and across media platforms.

The College has been designated a Minority and Hispanic-Serving Institution; many Saint Mary’s students are first-generation-to-college. Successful candidates must be able to engage and support students of color, women, and other underrepresented groups, and will be interested in participating in initiatives that aim to increase inclusivity.

Faculty Responsibilities:
Primarily responsible for instruction in, and continued development of, digital media production courses, including video production, audio production, and other advanced media production courses. Production courses within the department include a balance of history, theory, and criticism along with production practices. In addition to teaching courses within the specific area listed above, all faculty in the department share responsibility for the Communication Major curriculum, and are expected to teach a wide variety of lower division and upper division courses required in the major.

Saint Mary’s faculty are expected to maintain an active scholarly agenda and demonstrate intellectual growth and significant achievement appropriate to their field. Faculty also contribute to the mission and serve the College and community in many ways, including academic advising, student and community outreach, participation in departmental and College-wide committees, and the development and assessment of the College’s Core Curriculum. Faculty are also encouraged to teach in the College’s Core Curriculum, January Term, and Collegiate Seminar programs.

Application Instructions
Include: A cover letter, CV, portfolio of creative work, a teaching philosophy, and contact information for three references. The cover letter should specifically address 1) candidate qualifications, 2) preparation to support the mission of the College, 3) a demonstrated commitment to and success working in diverse, multicultural communities, preferably in higher education settings, 4) specifically, an explanation of how your scholarship and teaching are attentive to socially and economically marginalized communities and contribute to social justice--in line with our College Mission, 5) your view of current practices in digital media and production, and 6) specific expertise you bring to the department in this area.

Candidates who make it to the first round of interviews may be asked to provide samples of student work, scholarly work, course evaluations, and sample syllabi.

Please apply online at http://apptrkr.com/1308415

Questions should be directed to the search chair, Scott M. Schönfeldt-Aultman, atsschonfe@stmarys-ca.edu.

Deadline: Consideration and review of applications will begin immediately. Applications submitted after October 15, 2018 cannot be assured full consideration.

Department of Media and Communication
Chair Professor/Professor/Associate Professor/Assistant Professor

Worldwide Search for Talent

City University of Hong Kong is a dynamic, fast-growing university that is pursuing excellence in research and professional education. As a publicly-funded institution, the University is committed to nurturing and developing students’ talents and creating applicable knowledge to support social and economic advancement. The University has eight Colleges/Schools. As part of its pursuit of excellence, the University aims to recruit outstanding scholars from all over the world in various disciplines, including business, creative media, data science, energy and environment, science and engineering, humanities and social sciences, law, veterinary medicine and life sciences.

The Department of Media and Communication invites applications and nominations for faculty appointments beginning in Fall 2019. Specialization sought is open, with preferred areas including Mass Communication, Digital Journalism, Digital and Social Media, and Graphic/Visual Communication.

Chair Professor/Professor/Associate Professor/Assistant Professor
Department of Media and Communication [Ref. B224]

Duties : The appointees will work in one of the areas described above; and are expected to conduct quality research, teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses, develop curriculum, supervise students, and undertake administrative and service-related activities.

Requirements : A PhD in Communication or a closely related field from a globally accredited institution. Candidates for Chair Professor/Professor should command a superb record of scholarly achievements and exert leadership in the field of media and communication. Candidates for Associate Professor should have an outstanding record of scholarly achievements in both teaching and research, a strong record in research grant coordination and/or academic management expertise. Candidates for Assistant Professor should have a solid record of, or evidence of high promise for, scholarly achievements in both teaching and research. Preference will be given those who are willing to teach skills-oriented courses; and possess teaching or practical experience/expertise in Multimedia/Data Journalism, Visual/Video Production, Graphic Design, Digital Media Planning, Social Media Management, Mobile Communication or Game Studies.

Salary and Conditions of Service
Remuneration package will be driven by market competitiveness and individual performance. Excellent fringe benefits include gratuity, leave, medical and dental schemes, and relocation assistance (where applicable). Initial appointment will be made on a fixed-term contract.

Information and Application
Further information on the posts and the University is available at http://www.cityu.edu.hk, or from the Department of Media and Communication, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong (email: com@cityu.edu.h).

To apply, please submit an online application at http://jobs.cityu.edu.hk , and include a current curriculum vitae. Nominations can be sent directly to the Department (email: com@cityu.edu.hk).

Your curriculum vitae should include the following:

  • Academic and Professional Qualifications

  • Chronological Employment History

  • Teaching Record

  • Research/Applied Work Achievements

  • Publication List

  • Community and Professional Service

The Department accepts applications and nominations on a continuing basis until the positions are filled. The University will give full consideration to all applications and nominations. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted; and those shortlisted for the post of Assistant Professor will be requested to arrange for at least 3 reference reports sent directly by the referees to the Department [Email : com@cityu.edu.hk], specifying the position applied for. The University's privacy policy is available on the homepage.

City University of Hong Kong is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to the principle of diversity. Personal data provided by applicants will be used for recruitment and other employment-related purposes.

Worldwide recognition ranking 55th, and 5th among top 50 universities under age 50 (QS survey 2019); 1st in Engineering/Technology/Computer Sciences in Hong Kong (ARWU survey 2016); and 2nd Business School in Asia-Pacific region (UT Dallas survey 2017).

Department of Communication

The Department of Communication in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University invites applications for the position of Chairperson. The MSU Department of Communication is one of the discipline’s storied programs with six decades of students and faculty making foundational contributions to theory and methods in communication.

We are looking for a visionary leader and social scientist with an understanding of the rich heritage of the past but with an eye on the future. Recently, the department has made hires and invested in labs in virtual reality, computational communication and neurocognitive communication. Candidates for Chairperson should have a broad vision of communication science that encompasses these new and emerging areas with the traditional strengths of the department in social influence and interpersonal, organizational, mediated, political, and health communication.

Qualified applicants will have a record of scholarship and reputation to justify appointment at the rank of tenured Full Professor. Qualified applicants should have administrative experience, a social scientific focus, a background in quantitative research methods, and experience in teaching. In addition, a strong history of securing and providing leadership in the acquisition of extramural funding will be looked upon favorably. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Communication or a related field.

To apply, please refer to Posting #536081 and complete an electronic submission at the Michigan State University Employment Opportunities website https://jobs.msu.edu. Applicants should submit electronically (1) a cover letter summarizing qualifications for the position, (2) a vita, and (3) the names and contact information of three references. Please direct inquiries to one of the co-chairs of the search committee, Vernon Miller (vmiller@msu.edu) or Sandi Smith (smiths@msu.edu).The search committee will begin its evaluation of applicants November 1, 2018.

Michigan State University is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university, the college, and the department actively encourage applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

Assistant Professor of Communication, Strategic Communication

Marist College invites applications for a full-time tenure-track assistant professor in Communication, specializing in strategic communication to begin in the fall of 2018. Candidates will teach courses that align with his/her expertise, selected from a range of courses including introductory courses in public relations and/or advertising, media strategy, research methods, data insights and analytics.

At the undergraduate level, there are more than 750 communication majors across five concentrations, making it one of the largest and most dynamic departments on campus. In addition, there are about 150 students in our online graduate programs in 1) integrated marketing communication, and 2) in communication with a focus on organizational communication and leadership.

Ph.D. in communication or relevant field with professional experience in public relations, advertising, or related field desired. Ideal candidates will have college teaching experience, with graduate and/or online teaching experience a plus.

About Marist
Located on the river in the historic Hudson River Valley and at its Florence, Italy branch campus, Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Its mission is to “help students develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.” Marist is consistently recognized for excellence by The Princeton Review (Colleges That Create Futures & The Best 380 Colleges), U.S. News & World Report (9th Best Regional University/North), Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (“Best College Values”), and others. Though now independent, Marist remains committed to the ideals handed down from its founders, the Marist Brothers: excellence in education, a sense of community, and a commitment to service. Marist educates approximately 4,900 traditional-age undergraduate students and 1,400 adult and graduate students in 47 undergraduate majors and 14 graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees.

To learn more or to apply, please visit http://appl.ink/129646AEJMC. Only online applications are accepted.

Marist College is strongly committed to the principle of diversity and is especially interested in receiving applications from members of ethnic and racial minority groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and persons from other under-represented groups. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER.

School of Journalism
Assistant Professor

Requisition Number: FTFR001150
Division/College: College of Arts, Media and Design
Location: Boston Main Campus
Full-time/Part-time: Full Time

The School of Journalism at Northeastern University invites applicants to apply for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Digital Public Relations and Media Advocacy.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for creating and studying social change and effective messaging as well as knowledge of the digital tools needed to create such change.

We seek candidates who can work across disciplines and are interested in joining a vibrant urban campus in one of the world's premier academic and media hubs. The individual filling this position should be open to creating and leading interdisciplinary courses. This position reflects our school's commitment to understanding and enhancing the effectiveness of Digital Public Relations and Media Advocacy as it relates to public policy, politics, civil society, the business world, and nonprofit organizations. The digital tools and platforms that are disrupting and remaking journalism are also transforming messaging, public relations, and advocacy: digital storytelling, social media, data visualization, data mining, and data analytics.

Our school's classes in Digital Public Relations and our program in Media Advocacy, administered in cooperation with the School of Law, aim to train the next generation of business and nonprofit communications leaders and advocates to tell their stories more effectively, build dynamic civic networks of citizen and professional advocates, expand common ground, and encourage fact-based debate. The successful candidate will teach graduate and undergraduate courses and be open to creating and leading interdisciplinary courses.

Northeastern's commitment to experiential learning gives students opportunities to apply their classroom learning in professional settings and then use what they learn during their placements to deepen and enrich their classroom experience. Synergy with our graduate programs in Media Innovation and Media Advocacy opens up opportunities for extended learning, research, and partnerships with industry, media newsrooms, and nonprofits.

To apply, please visit: http://apptrkr.com/1301082

Successful candidates will have a terminal degree for journalism by the appointment date. This is defined for this position as a master’s degree relevant to the track record of professional experience, most commonly in media, journalism, communications, law, or business or in a related field. In addition, the ideal applicant will have a distinguished record and/or thought-leadership in media, communications, and advocacy that marks them as innovators and pacesetters. Persons with more advanced standing in their field are also encouraged to apply.

Additional Information:
To apply, visit the College of Arts, Media and Design website: https://camd.northeastern.edu/about/careers/. If viewing this from a Northeastern website, click on “Apply to this Position” above. Applicants should submit a letter of application describing teaching, research, and any relevant professional experience, along with a CV, two representative publications, and evidence of excellence in teaching. Applicants should also identify three or more references that can be contacted to provide letters of recommendation. Applications received on or before November 15, 2018 will be guaranteed full review and consideration. Inquires may be directed to Dan Kennedy, Search Committee Chair, dan.kennedy@northeastern.edu.

Department of Communication
Assistant Professor, Public Relations

The Department of Communication Studies at Bridgewater State University is seeking a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Public Relations to begin fall 2019.

The successful candidate will join an expanding Public Relations concentration that serves both Communication majors and university-wide minors with a commitment to providing rich opportunities for students through internships, undergraduate research, and student engagement in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. Possible teaching assignments will include a combination of courses in the public relations curriculum such as principles of public relations, public relations writing, case studies in public relations, social media for public relations, communication research, and additional courses in the applicant’s area of expertise.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Communication or a related discipline by September 1, 2019.

  • Demonstrated commitment to public higher education and working with a diverse student body.

  • Relevant college teaching experience.

  • Record of scholarly productivity and/or professional impact in a relevant area of professional practice.

Please visit BSU’s job site at http://apptrkr.com/1304417 for full job details and to submit an application.

Department of Communication Studies
Assistant Professor, Digital Media Production

The Department of Communication Studies at Bridgewater State University is seeking a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Digital Media Production. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in a diverse, interdisciplinary department. We seek candidates whose teaching focuses on digital media creation, with emphasis on social media, documentary, journalism, and digital publishing. In addition, they will have an interest in curricular development, particularly the integration of global perspectives into the curriculum. The successful candidate will be an excellent teacher and possess a well-developed scholarly and/or creative agenda. They will also be an active mentor to students and engage in service to the department, the university, and the wider community. The standard teaching load is four courses per semester.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in Communication, Media Studies, or a related discipline by September 1, 2019

  • Relevant college teaching experience

  • Demonstrated commitment to public higher education and working with a diverse student body

Please visit BSU’s job site at http://apptrkr.com/1304424 for full job details and to submit an application.

School of Communication
Assistant Professor Positions

The School of Communications at Webster University invites applications for assistant professor positions, in Animation, Audio Production, and two positions in Media Communications and Media Studies.

See full descriptions and application instructions here: http://www.webster.edu/communications/about/job-opportunities.html And

The School of Communications at Webster University prepares students to excel as skilled professionals in the global field of communications. We provide theory and practice in media courses framed within a liberal arts curriculum, augmented by personalized mentorship, and professional development opportunities. Sixteen distinct majors are available at the undergraduate level and master’s degrees in five diverse fields of communications. We offer BA and MA programs on the Webster campuses in Geneva, Vienna, Leiden, Thailand, Athens, and Accra, Ghana, as well as in Saint Louis and online. For more information about the school see http://www.webster.edu/communications/.

School of Communication
Assistant Professor-Organizational Communication

The School of Communication at the University of Nebraska at Omaha seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Organizational Communication.

The ideal candidate will have a research program, teaching experience and expertise in Organizational Communication, Leadership and Managerial Communication. Teaching options include: Organizational Communication; Communication, Leadership, & Power; Small Group Communication; Interviewing; Business and Professional Speaking; Graduate Seminars in Communication Studies Theory or Mass Communication Theory and the opportunity to develop other areas.

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in Communication or related field; Record of teaching excellence in one or more of the following areas: Organizational Communication, Leadership, Managerial Communication along with evidence of a strong research program. ABD candidates will be considered, however, they will need to complete their Ph.D. before August 2019.

APPLICANTS MUST APPLY ONLINE ONLY AT UNIVERSITY WEBSITEhttp://www.unomaha.edu/human-resources/employment/index.php Applicants should upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae and a statement describing teaching interests as well as contact information for three references. Review of materials will begin November 2018 and continue until the position is filled, with an anticipated start date of August 19, 2019.

The School of Communication is in the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CFAM) and offers a dynamic curriculum with opportunities for research, creative activity, community service experiences in mass media outlets. Our mission is to provide a student-centered, dynamic environment designed to elevate, empower and engage students to become skilled, ethical citizens and professionals who can excel in diverse local and global communities (www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/communication/index.php). As both a Metropolitan University of distinction and a Carnegie Doctoral Research institution, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) transforms and improves the quality of life locally, nationally, and globally (https://www.unomaha.edu/about-uno/mission.php).

The University and School of Communication have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups and strongly encourage women and persons of color to apply for this position.

The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. UNO is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an E-Verify employer.

School of Communication
Assistant Professor Rhetoric/Critical Theory-Civic Discourse & Engagement

The School of Communication at the University of Nebraska at Omaha seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Rhetoric/Critical Theory-Civic Discourse & Engagement.

The School of Communication is in the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CFAM) and offers a dynamic curriculum with opportunities for research, creative activity, community service experiences in mass media outlets. Our mission is to provide a student-centered, dynamic environment designed to elevate, empower and engage students to become skilled, ethical citizens and professionals who can excel in diverse local and global communities (www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/communication/index.php). As both a Metropolitan University of distinction and a Carnegie Doctoral Research institution, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) transforms and improves the quality of life locally, nationally, and globally (https://www.unomaha.edu/about-uno/mission.php).

The ideal candidate will be grounded in Rhetorical and/or Critical approaches to undergraduate and graduate courses concerned with issues of citizenship, civic participation and civic life in national and international contexts. Potential courses include: Rhetorical Theory and Criticism; Critical/Cultural Theory; Perspectives in Communication Studies; Political Rhetoric; Communication and Social Protest; Media and Politics; Argumentation and Debate; Graduate Seminars in Communication Studies, Journalism & Media Communication. Curriculum open for development include Civic Discourse and Engagement; Environmental Communication, among others. Applicants should have expertise in one or more of the following areas: Public Argument, Political Rhetoric, Rhetorical Theory and Criticism, Civic Engagement, Social Advocacy and Change, Media and Politics or Civic Discourse and Engagement.

Required qualifications: Ph.D. in Communication or related field; record of teaching excellence in one or more of the following areas: Public Argument, Rhetorical/Critical Theory; Political Rhetoric, Civic Engagement, Social Advocacy and Change. Evidence of strong research program. ABD candidates will be considered, however, they will need to complete their Ph.D. before August 2019.

APPLICANTS MUST APPLY ONLINE ONLY AT UNIVERSITY WEBSITEhttp://www.unomaha.edu/human-resources/employment/index.php Applicants should upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae and a statement describing interests as well as contact information for three references. Review of materials will begin November 2018 and will continue until the position is filled, with an anticipated start date of August 19, 2019.

The University and School of Communication have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups and strongly encourage women and persons of color to apply for this position.

The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. UNO is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an E-Verify employer.

School of Communication
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Multi-Platform Communication

The School of Communication at the University of Nebraska at Omaha seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Multi-Platform Communication.

The School of Communication is in the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CFAM) and offers a dynamic curriculum with opportunities for research, creative activity, community service experiences in mass media outlets. Our mission is to provide a student-centered, dynamic environment designed to elevate, empower and engage students to become skilled, ethical citizens and professionals who can excel in diverse local and global communities (www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/communication/index.php). As both a Metropolitan University of distinction and a Carnegie Doctoral Research institution, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) transforms and improves the quality of life locally, nationally, and globally (https://www.unomaha.edu/about-uno/mission.php).

Required Qualifications
Ph.D. in Communication or a related field; professional experience in public relations/advertising related field; record of teaching excellence in relevant areas and evidence of a strong research or creative activity program. ABD candidates will be considered, however, they will need to complete their Ph.D. before August 2019.

Essential Functions
This position will advance the school’s commitment to preparing students for the diverse and multi-platform media environment. This position will teach courses in Media Storytelling and Social Media Metrics as well as classes related to the person’s area of interest. Additional curriculum content involving multi-platform communication also needs to be developed. Other development opportunities include entrepreneurial media, interactive infographics, analytics, sports communications and emergent media.

Applicants must submit an online application to the University website. Please go to www.unomaha.edu, click on employment, then current job openings (in red) and follow directions. Applicants should upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae and a statement describing interests as well as contact information for three references. Review of materials will begin November 2018 and will continue until the position is filled, with an anticipated start date of August 19, 2019.

The University and School of Communication have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups and strongly encourage women and persons of color to apply for this position. APPLICANTS MUST APPLY ONLINE ONLY AT UNIVERSITY WEBSITE: http://www.unomaha.edu/human-resources/employment/index.php

The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. UNO is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an E-Verify employer.

School of Communication
Assistant Professor –Public Relations and Advertising Tenure-track

The School of Communication at the University of Nebraska at Omaha seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Public Relations and Advertising. The School of Communication is in the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CFAM) and offers a dynamic curriculum with opportunities for research, creative activity, community service experiences in mass media outlets. Our mission is to provide a student-centered, dynamic environment designed to elevate, empower and engage students to become skilled, ethical citizens and professionals who can excel in diverse local and global communities (www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/communication/index.php). As both a Metropolitan University of distinction and a Carnegie Doctoral Research institution, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) transforms and improves the quality of life locally, nationally, and globally (https://www.unomaha.edu/about-uno/mission.php).

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in Communication or related field; professional experience in public relations/advertising related field; record of teaching excellence and evidence of a strong research or creative activity program. ABD candidates will be considered, however, they will need to complete their Ph.D. before August 2019.

Essential Functions
This position will teach a variety of courses that focus on public relations and advertising, including subsequent capstone classes. Curriculum open for further development include: integration of social media; mobile and online advertising; digital/integrated marketing communication; media planning; digital storytelling; campaign development, media sales and strategic and corporate communication.

Applicants must submit an online application to the University website. Please go to https://www.unomaha.edu/, click on employment, then current job openings (in red) and follow directions. Applicants should upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae and a statement describing teaching interests as well as contact information for three references. Review of materials will begin November 2018 and continue until the position is filled, with an anticipated start date of August 19, 2019.

The University and School of Communication have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups and strongly encourage women and persons of color to apply for this position.

APPLICANTS MUST APPLY ONLINE ONLY AT UNIVERSITY WEBSITEhttp://www.unomaha.edu/human-resources/employment/index.php

The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. UNO is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an E-Verify employer.


School of Journalism and Communication

Professor/ Associate Professor/ Assistant Professor


Applications are invited for:

School of Journalism and Communication

Professor/ Associate Professor/ Assistant Professor

(Ref. 1800022V)

Applicants should have (i) a PhD degree in communication or a related field (by the time reporting for duty); (ii) strong commitment to excellence in teaching and research; and (iii) a track record of research and publication. Applicants with expertise in the areas of media industries and convergence and/or digital journalism are preferred.

Appointment will normally be made on contract basis for up to three years initially commencing August 2019, 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.


School of Journalism and Communication

Professor/ Associate Professor/ Assistant Professor

Applications are invited for:

School of Journalism and Communication

Professor/ Associate Professor/ Assistant Professor

(Ref. 1800022T)

Applicants should have (i) a PhD degree in communication or a related field (by the time reporting for duty); (ii) strong commitment to excellence in teaching and research; and (iii) a track record of research and publication. Applicants with expertise in global digital media, comparative communication research, and/or transnational communication are preferred.

Appointment will normally be made on contract basis for up to three years initially commencing August 2019, 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.


Assistant/Associate Professor, Cybersecurity

Georgia State University anticipates hiring a tenure-track hire at the assistant/associate rank in cyber security to begin Fall 2019, pending budgetary approval.  Ph.D. required. Recognizing that non-state and state sponsored actors now seek to destroy, incapacitate, or exploit infrastructures to threaten national security, we are seeking a faculty member with an active research program in the means and methodologies of how such groups expand their power and influence through attacks in and through the online environment. The targeted hire should bring expertise in discerning patterns in malevolent hacker behavior, identifying sources of online propaganda, and/or detecting and developing profiles for insider threat. Competitive candidates should ideally be able to demonstrate evidence of effort in attracting grant, contract or other extramural funding.

The hire will join an interdisciplinary team of Georgia State scholars working on Transcultural Conflict and Violent Extremism (TCVE), with their home department negotiable.  TCVE brings together scholars from Anthropology, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Global Studies, Political Science, Psychology, and Religious Studies, and a dozen, competitively selected, Presidential Ph.D. Fellows to better understand the causes and solutions regarding conflict and violent extremism happening around the globe. Our team has received support for its research program from DOJ, DHS, the British Foreign Council, NSF, NIJ, and the Department of Defense, among others.

To apply, candidates should send a letter of interest, curriculum vita, and three letters of reference to Carol Winkler, Chair of the Cyber Security Search Committee, Department of Communication, P.O. Box 5060, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 30302-5060.  Materials sent to cwinkler@gsu.edu will also be accepted.  Candidate review will begin November 15, 2018 and remain open until position is filled. Georgia State University, a Title III and Title V institution located in downtown Atlanta, GA, is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.


Department of Communication

Tenure-track Faculty Position, Political Communication



Job # CMST19A

The Department of Communication invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position

in the area of political communication at the level of Assistant Professor. Candidates

should have a Ph.D. in communication or a related field by the time of appointment. The

appointment is expected to begin July 1, 2019. Candidates should have a strong social

science background with a record of publishing innovative, empirical research.

The department is interested in candidates who examine political communication from

local, international, and/or global perspectives. Areas of study might include such topics

as electoral campaigns, news and public opinion, collective action and advocacy,

political socialization, and digital media and politics as well as empirical analyses of global

socio-political issues, such as communication and democracy; issues regarding

race/ethnicity; comparative/cross-national political communication; and other problems

at the intersection of our department’s core areas in media, organizational, and

interpersonal communication.

UCSB is ranked in the top 5 public universities in the U.S. and places great value on

interdisciplinary research collaboration across campus. The University also offers several

programs to support the transition of incoming faculty, including housing assistance

(http://www.housing.ucsb.edu/faculty-housing) and various grant support mechanisms.

Applicants should submit a cover letter highlighting qualifications, a curriculum vitae,

evidence of teaching effectiveness, three samples of published or completed research,

and the names and contact information for three references (a link will be automatically

sent to them to upload their letters to our recruiting system) to the appropriate sections of

the job search website: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01352. Questions should be

directed to the Search Committee Co-Chairs, Dr. Miriam Metzger (metzger@ucsb.edu)

and Dr. Robin Nabi (nabi@ucsb.edu) or (805) 893-4517. This position will remain open until

filled. For primary consideration, all application materials must be received by November

12, 2018. Reference letter submissions will be encouraged by this date.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity

and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as

appropriate for the position.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All

qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race,

color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status,

protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Brian Lamb School of Communication

Assistant Professor in Interpersonal Communication and Social Media

The Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Interpersonal Communication. We seek a scholar/teacher whose research and teaching are located at the intersection of interpersonal communication and social media. Relevant areas of research are not limited, but candidates must demonstrate expertise and continued commitment to the study of interpersonal communication processes in mediated contexts. Examples might include how individuals participate in online communities or the impact of social media on personal, family, or professional relationships.

The successful candidate will conduct research, advise graduate students, teach undergraduate and graduate level courses, and perform service. Such a candidate will have a PhD in Communication (or related field) and an innovative program of research in interpersonal mediated communication. We seek a colleague who will develop and teach new and existing undergraduate and graduate courses in her/his areas of expertise and who is able to teach courses that are part of the College’s Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts first-year curriculum (College of Liberal Arts' Integrated Cornerstone). The potential for securing extramural funding is also desirable.

Screening of applications will begin on October 29 and will continue until the position is filled. A background check will be required for employment in this position. A complete application includes a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and names and contact information for three references. Purdue University’s Brian Lamb School of Communication is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion. Send application materials electronically to Allison Loy (IPSocialMedia@purdue.edu). Questions regarding the position or application process can also be directed to Dr. Felicia Roberts, Search Committee Chair (IPSocialMedia@purdue.edu; 765-494-3323).

Purdue’s main campus is located in West Lafayette, Indiana, a welcoming and diverse community with  a wide variety of cultural activities and events and industries. All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability or status as a veteran.

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

For position details and application process, visit http://jobs.plattsburgh.edu and select “View Current Openings”

SUNY College at Plattsburgh is a fully compliant employer committed to excellence through diversity.


Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Communications

CSU Dominguez Hills invites applications for the position of tenure-track assistant professor of Communications with expertise in Strategic Communication, to begin August 2019.

The Position

The Assistant Professor of Advertising/Publications with expertise in Strategic Communication teaches courses in public relations and advertising, focused on writing, strategy and research. Student advising, scholarly research productivity and service at the department, college, and university levels are expected. 


Minimum Qualifications

The position requires:

  • a Ph.D. in communication or a related field prior to the beginning of the Fall semester (August 1, 2019).

  • Experience in teaching undergraduates.

  • a promising research agenda.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Professional industry experience in public relations and/or advertising is preferred but not required.

  • Experience in teaching undergraduates from diverse age, socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds.

  • Record of scholarship in strategic communication or a closely related area.

  • Familiarity with and/or experience in accreditation processes.

How to Apply

A review of applications will begin Nov. 30 and will continue until the position is filled. For more information or to apply, visit https://www.csudh.edu/hr/job-opportunities and click on “view job opportunities.”


Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Journalism

The Communications Department at CSUDH invites applicants for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor of journalism to begin August 2019.

The Position

The successful candidate will possess the teaching and professional experience needed to teach three to four courses per semester. An ongoing commitment to remain current in the field is expected. Additional duties may include advising the student newspaper and other journalism products and significant service at the department, college, and university levels.


Minimum Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree in Journalism, Mass Communication or a closely related field by the time of appointment.

  • A record of at least three years’ professional practice in convergent journalism, broadcast journalism, or media management utilizing modern multimedia reporting tools.

  • English- and Spanish-language proficiency.

  • Experience teaching undergraduates from diverse age, socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in Mass Communications or closely related field is preferred but not required.

  • At least three years of professional Spanish-language journalism experience utilizing modern multimedia reporting tools is strongly desired.

How to Apply

A review of applications will begin Nov. 30 and will continue until the position is filled. For more information or to apply, visit https://www.csudh.edu/hr/job-opportunities and click on “view job opportunities.”



Open Rank Tenure-Line Positions (up to 2)

Assistant/Associate Professor


The College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University is looking for up to two active communication scholars to join our growing faculty at the rank of advanced assistant or associate professor. Successful candidates will be high-profile scholars with quantitative research expertise in media, technology, and society and potential to mentor PhD students and junior faculty in the college. Possible areas of research include but are not limited to human-computer interaction, gaming studies, big data and analytics, media and health, and environmental and science communication. This is a full-time tenure-track or tenured position at the rank of advanced assistant or associate professor status. Anticipated start date is September 1, 2019 with faculty on-duty August 22, 2019.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in a communication-related field

  • Extensive record of publications in the candidate’s area of methodological and subject-matter expertise

  • Candidates must have a very strong record of scholarship supported by extramural funding or have proven capacity or clear potential to bring externally sponsored research to Texas Tech University.

  • Previous success in establishing and sustaining interdisciplinary research collaborations

  • Experience as a successful mentor of Ph.D. and master’s students

  • Candidates must be eligible to work as a tenure-track assistant or associate professor in the United States at the time of appointment

  • Experience working with diverse student populations and first-generation students is highly desirable.


Candidates must be able to teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses related to their research expertise. Successful candidates will advise and mentor highly motivated master’s and doctoral students, engage in governance, and perform service at the department, college, university, and professional levels. Service duties include program-building, as well as commitment to extra-curricular activities. Service to the department, college, and university is expected. The standard teaching load is four courses per academic year, typically a 2-2 load.


The College of Media & Communication (http://www.depts.ttu.edu/comc/) at Texas Tech University offers bachelor’s degrees in Advertising, Communication Studies, Journalism, Creative Media Industries, Public Relations, Digital Media & Professional Communication, and Media Strategies. It offers master’s degrees in Mass Communication, Communication Studies, and Strategic Communication (online), and a Ph.D. in Media and Communication. The college has more than 2,000 undergraduate majors, about 270 MA students in three programs, and 40 Ph.D. students. Recent graduates of the doctoral program have begun their careers at universities in the Big 10, Big 12, ACC, and SEC, as well as applied research positions with media companies such as the MediaScience Research Lab. As of 2018 CoMC is rated 34th in the world for communication research by the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities.

CoMC is home to the Center for Communication Research (CCR) (https://www.depts.ttu.edu/comc/research/ccr/), one of the world’s premier, state-of-the art research facilities in media and communication research. It features labs useful for audience testing, content analysis, surveys, eye-tracking, focus group, psychophysiology, and gaming research. These research facilities provide a great environment for further advancing an exciting and productive research agenda. The college also hosts the Outpost Social Media Lab, a major center for the study of new and emerging media (https://www.depts.ttu.edu/comc/research/outpost), and the Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication, a center of teaching, research, and community outreach in Hispanic and International Communication (https://www.depts.ttu.edu/comc/research/hihic). Additionally, the CoMC and TTU recently launched the Communication Training Center (http://www.depts.ttu.edu/ctc/), a facility focused on training university faculty and graduate students how to enhance oral and visual communication skills.


Texas Tech University is a public research university with an enrollment of more than 35,000. It offers more than 100 undergraduate majors and 100 masters and 50 doctoral degree programs. Texas Tech is the largest comprehensive higher education institution in the western two-thirds of Texas and is the state’s only campus with an adjoining research university, law school, and medical school. Texas Tech students come from almost every county in Texas, all 50 states and more than 100 different countries. Texas Tech University recently surpassed the Hispanic student population threshold necessary for designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), and Texas Tech’s current Quality Enhancement Plan is "Bear Our Banners Far and Wide: Communication in a Global Society" (www.depts.ttu.edu/globalcommunications). Texas Tech University is recognized as a Carnegie Tier 1 Research University and is a member of the Big 12 Athletic Conference. The university is located in Lubbock, Texas, a vibrant city of more than 250,000.


Review of applications will begin on November 1 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should apply on line at www.texastech.edu/careers, referencing the Requisition Number 15669BR. Candidates will be asked to provide a letter of application describing their research interests, teaching experience, professional experiences, a current curriculum vita, graduate transcripts, and a list of three references with names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers. The search committee chair is Dr. Glenn Cummins. Questions may be addressed to him at glenn.cummins@ttu.edu.


As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university does not discriminate on the basis of an applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or status as a protected veteran. Texas Tech welcomes consideration of dual career and professional couple accommodations.

Please visit the college’s website for more information: www.depts.ttu.edu/comc





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