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ICA Division IV Mission Statement


Our division members seek to expand our understanding of the processes, prospects, and challenges of communicating and organizing in a global society.  Our scholarship articulates concepts and theories to better understand these processes, develop the tools needed to investigate them, and helps to implement the social practices to improve them.


We examine how communication shapes and is shaped by organizing across a range of contexts, including health care, community cooperatives, government and non-government agencies, global corporations, profit and not-for-profit organizations, and virtual and geographically co-located work.


We study a variety of multi-level phenomena including: discourse and discursive practices, communication of emotions, leader-follower communication, democratic communicative practices, negotiation and bargaining, group processes and decision making, socialization, power and influence, organizational culture, organizational language and symbolism, communication and conflict, identity and identification, adoption and appropriation of communication technologies, emergence of organizational and inter-organizational networks, and new organizational forms.


We explore these processes from a multiplicity of theoretical perspectives including structuration, feminism, interpretation, performance, cultural theory, postmodernism, postpositivism, complexity and self-organizing systems.  We utilize eclectic methods including ethnography, discourse analysis, survey methods, network analysis, computational modeling, experiments, content analysis, rhetorical and feminist methods.


We honor Division members' achievements through a variety of awards designed to recognize achievements such as: top paper, top student paper, dissertation, outstanding member, and best interactive display awards.  We advance scholarship in our division through doctoral consortia, preconferences focused on specific issues, and spotlight panels on scholars.  We advance scholar-practitioner dialogue through panels sponsored by our Academic-Industry Task Force.


Bylaws of the Organizational Communication Division


ARTICLE I: Objectives 


The objectives of Division IV - Organizational Communication are to:

  1. Stimulate theoretical development and research activities in the area of organizational communication as depicted in our mission statement.
  2. Encourage the dissemination of information about organizational communication to professional colleagues in the related fields.
  3. Relate research to current organizational communication problems.
  4. Develop instructional methods and materials for the teaching of organizational communication.
  5. Sponsor programs and endorse activities that bridge the interests of academic and practitioner organizational communication specialists.
  6. Collaborate as appropriate with other professional, community, national, and international organizations.


ARTICLE II: Membership


Section 1.  Any Active Member of the International Communication Association who expresses interest in, and subscribes to, the purposes of the Division is eligible for Active Membership in the Division. ICA fellows are granted full active membership status, if they designate Division IV as professional interest area.


Section 2.  Any Affiliate Member of the International Communication Association who expresses interest in, and subscribes to, the purposes of the Division is eligible for Affiliate Membership. Affiliate members are not eligible to vote OR hold office.


ARTICLE III: Officers, Nominations, Elections


Section 1. Officers of the Division include a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson, and a Secretary. The ViceChairperson and the Secretary shall be elected in alternate years, each for a term of two years. The ViceChairperson shall be elected in odd-numbered years and automatically succeeds the Chairperson for a two-year term. No officers may immediately succeed themselves in office. Nonmembers of Division IV may not hold office.


Section 2. In addition to a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, and Secretary, the Division will elect whatever other officers its membership deems necessary and desirable. 


Section 3. A committee of the Division appointed by the Division Chairperson to prepare a slate of nominees shall solicit nominations for offices from the Active Members of the Division. All division members will be provided an opportunity to submit nominations to the committee. From those submissions as well as committee nominations, the appointed committee shall present the names of at least two nominees who have given their consent to appear on the ballot for each vacant office. 


Section 4. The election of any officer shall be by vote of only the Active Members of the Division.


Section 5. Elections shall be by mail vote on a ballot that is incorporated with the ballot for election of officers of the International Communication Association. Such ballots shall be processed and counted, and the results reported according to the procedures employed for the election of officers of the International Communication Association.


Section 6. Unusual vacancies shall be filled by appointment of an Active Member of the Division by the President of the International Communication Association. If the unexpired term is for a period of more than six months the Division may initiate through its regular channels a special ballot for the election of an Active Member in the Division to fill the unexpired term.


Section 7. Duties of officers. (a) The Chairperson shall preside at all Division business meetings. In addition the chairperson shall create and appoint such temporary committees as deemed necessary; prepare and submit the Division budget to the Executive Committee; represent the Division and provide necessary Division reports at Association Board of Directors Executive Committee, and business meetings; appoint editor(s) for the Division website and other communication forums; in her/his first year as Chairperson, administer the selection of competitive and noncompetitive papers/programs for conventions and notify contributors and the Association of papers/programs that are selected; review and provide recommendations for maintaining the quality of convention programs; and generally perform those duties usually associated with this office. (b) The Vice-Chairperson shall assist the Chairperson in administering Division business meetings; participate with the Chairperson in evaluating the quality of Division convention programs; in her/his second year as Vice-Chairperson, administer the selection of competitive and noncompetitive papers/programs for conventions and notify contributors and the Association of papers/programs that are selected. The Vice-Chairperson shall also assist the Chairperson when requested, and assume the duties of Chairperson in the event the chair is unable to fill that role. (c) The Secretary shall maintain, distribute, and obtain Division approval of minutes for Division business meetings; administer the annual W. Charles Redding Dissertation Award Program and make the award presentation at the annual meeting of the Association; assist the Chairperson in administering business meetings; and participate with the chairperson in evaluating the quality of Division programs.


Section 8. Any elected officer may be removed from office by the following procedure: at least onethird of the listed members of the Division must sign a petition to the Executive Secretary of the International Communication Association requesting a special election, and including nominations for the office in question. The Executive Secretary arranges an extraordinary election within 60 days at the expense of Division IV, with the challenged officer(s) on the ballot. The result of the election becomes effective immediately.


ARTICLE IV. Committees


Section 1. The Chairperson is empowered to establish and appoint members of ad hoc committees to assist in the conduct of the affairs of the Division.


Section 2. When requested by the President of the International Communication Association, the Division Chairperson is empowered to recommend members of the Division to serve on designated Association committees.


Section 3. The term of office of any appointed committee member shall not exceed the term of office of the appointing officer, except in the case of standing committees.




Section 1. The Division officers may propose to the members an annual dues charge for the various classes of membership. If approved by the Board of Directors of the Association. This charge shall be adopted upon the affirmative vote of twothirds of the responding Active Members of the Division, voting on a mail ballot. Nonpayment of such Divisional dues shall be a basis for termination of membership in the Division, but shall not affect the individual's status as a member of the Association.


Section 2. In the event the Division is dissolved, the elected officers shall transfer the net assets of the Division to the Board of Directors of the Association to be used for the work of the Association.


ARTICLE VI. Meeting and Reports


Section 1. An Annual Business Meeting of the Division shall be held at the time and place of the annual conference of the Association. A simple majority of the Active members at the business meeting determines approval on motions before the Division.


Section 2. Activity reports of officers and committees of the Division shall be received at the Annual Business Meeting, and action recommendations shall be presented to the Board of Directors for vote.


Section 3. The Secretary shall prepare a written report of the Annual Business Meeting for transmission to the members of the Division.

Section 4. The Division may plan and hold professional meetings at the time of the annual conference, under the general coordination of the President-Elect of the Association.


Section 5. The Division may organize and hold local or regional programs and meetings on its own initiative, upon notification of the Board of Directors of the Association.


Section 6. At Annual Meetings, the passage of resolutions will not require a vote of the membership at large. Motions approved at the Annual Business Meeting involving (a) a change in Bylaws, (b) approval for general expenditures, (c) election of officers, (d) creation of standing or permanent committees, and (e) Division dues adjustments will require an affirmative vote of twothirds of the responding Active Members of the Division, voting via online ballot.


Section 7. The Division shall support the creation and maintenance of online tools to support the division's efforts (e.g., email list and website). Division leadership shall appoint members to manage such tools as needed.


ARTICLE VII. Program Proposals and Convention Papers



Section 1. A paper reviewer nominating committee, chaired by the Secretary, will facilitate the creation of a slate of reviewers. The paper reviewer nominating committee will seek nominations prior to the business meeting at the annual convention and will accept nominations from the floor.


Section 2. The final slate of reviewers will be chosen by vote at the annual business meeting.


Section 3. All competitive papers submitted to Division IV must meet current ICA submission standards. These standards are published routinely in ICA "Call-For-Papers" announcements.


Section 4. All competitive submissions must include full papers, with abstracts, since it is impossible for program reviewers to fairly and objectively weigh the merits of an abstract against the merits of a completed paper. Competitive papers presented for convention consideration must be original works that have not been previously published or presented at any other professional meeting.


Section 5. The Non-competitve paper category includes (a) invited panels where research papers are presented that generally adhere to common research themes, and (b) panels, symposiums, or caucuses where a discernible thread of scholarly continuity is present but without preparation of a formal research paper. The program planner may also try other innovative formats that foster scholarly exchange.


ARTICLE VIII. Amendments and Restrictions


Section 1. Amendments to, or other changes in, these Bylaws may be initiated in the following ways: (a) The Chairperson may appoint a committee to consider revising the Bylaws in general or in particular, and subsequently submit to the membership of the Division the committee report, (b) Twentyfive Active Members of the Division may submit to the Board of Directors a proposed amendment or amendments in writing and signed by the sponsors, and (c) the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, and Secretary may formulate proposals for amendment of these Bylaws and submit them, with any arguments, to the Active Membership for vote. Amendments formulated in this manner must be submitted to the Chairperson prior to the Annual Business Meeting. Amendments or revisions receiving an affirmative vote of at least two-thirds at the annual business meeting shall be considered formally by the Active Members of the Division.


Section 2. Amendments or revisions to this document may be considered formally by the Active Members of the Association as follows: The Executive Secretary of the Association shall send the proposed changes with explanations and arguments, a ballot, and a request for a mail vote to the Active Members. No sooner than 30 days, not later than 45 days after mailing the proposal, the Executive Secretary shall request the Tellers Committee to count the votes. An affirmative vote of at least twothirds of the ballots returned shall be required for acceptance of the amendment(s). The results of the vote shall be reported to the membership within 30 days following the vote.


Section 3. These Division Bylaws may not conflict with the Bylaws of the Association; the latter take precedence, and power for determining conflict rests with the Board of Directors of the Association.


ARTICLE IX. Parliamentary Authority


In the absence of any provision to the contrary in these bylaws, all business meetings of the Division shall be governed by the parliamentary rules and usages contained in the current edition of Roberts Rules of Order, Revised.