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13 Tips for New Division Members Attending This Year’s Conference

Posted By Michelle Fetherston, Monday, April 23, 2018

For many division members, ICA is a fun and familiar conference. But, some of our newest members (including many graduate students) may not know about what we do in this division or how best to take advantage of our offerings at the conference. Several of the current officers have provided these 12 pieces of advice:

  • Come to the division reception--a great networking opportunity and a way to put names to faces. We have a free drink ticket reserved for all new members!
  • Meet new colleagues from across the globe. We have members attending from over 20 countries, yet ICA is still small and navigable—so take advantage of that.
  • Like previous years, we have an excellent set of posters that were selected for the Interactive Poster Session. Don’t miss this chance to directly discuss cutting edge Organizational Communication research with your colleagues.
  • Download the ICA 2018 app for your smart phone. It’s a great way to find organizational communication sessions to attend and keep track of your personal schedule on-the-go.
  • Don’t try to attend every panel—but pick and choose those that are of most interest to you. You can always contact an author later if you weren’t able to attend the session.
  • Get informed and entertained by your colleagues, and discuss their research, in the three B.E.S.T. sessions in which Brief (5 minutes) Entertaining Scholarly Talks are followed by 30 minute group discussions on related sets of papers.
  • Witness how junior researchers are coached by senior members of the division by joining the various discussions in the extended Research Escalator session.
  • We like to celebrate excellence, so be sure and attend the Top 4 Paper panel and cheer on the award winners at our business meeting. Maybe next year you’ll be one of them!
  • Come to the business meeting and see what opportunities we have for you to become involved in the division (as a paper reviewer or in some other role).
  • Although the main goal of the conference is to discuss research with fellow scholars, try to also join as many social events as you can (receptions, lunches, dinners, excursions) – it’s fun and you will get to know your colleagues in a different way.
  • At this year’s conference, we have a special session in which we celebrate the Division’s 50th Anniversary! This is an excellent opportunity to get some more feeling for the rich history of our division, as well as its bright future.
  • Here (and here, and here, and here) are a couple of links to more general conference advice for newbies. And if you still need more advice just go here.
  • Don’t forget that we were all new members at some point—so don’t hesitate to make that introduction or ask that question. Our division members are generally very friendly!

See you all in Prague!

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