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ICA Annual Conference Events

This division sponsors a number of activities at the conference that make it special.  Here are just a few highlights of division events one would expect to find at the annual conference.

Preconferences (View current calls on our Opportunities page)
Our division sponsors roughly two kinds of preconferences.  We host a highly successful doctoral preconference in which we discuss theory building, practical dissertation accomplishment ideas, and the role transitions that happen as our student members enter their tenure-track (or other post-Ph.D.) positions.  Over the years, attendees have remarked about how beneficial this preconference has been.  Not only have they learned from others’ successes and mistakes but they also have meet people who sometimes become friends and co-authors. Besides the doctoral preconference, we also host thematic preconferences.  These day-long presentations and discussions focus on various topics. Being part of a relatively small group of scholars discussing issues about which they feel passionately has been an amazing experience for members who have participated in these sessions.

Division Reception
When Kathy Miller was editor of Management Communication Quarterly, she began the tradition of funding our division receptions.  These receptions are programmed after our late afternoon business meetings so that conversations begun during business meetings can continue.  Members often remark that our reception is a pleasant way to end a very busy day in our conference program.

We believe in honoring different kinds of scholarship.  We offer dissertation, outstanding member, top paper, and top student paper awards.  One of the most prestigious is the W. Charles Redding Dissertation Award, originally presented in 1979 on the occasion of Charles Redding’s “first” retirement from Purdue University. This award recognizes the most outstanding dissertation(s) in our area for a given year.  The dissertation award winners (and advisors) receive certificates as well as monetary awards in honor of their achievements.  These funds are generated through an endowment begun by Fred Jablin, as one of his projects during the time he was division chair.  Besides the W. Charles Redding Dissertation Award, the Fredric M. Jablin Outstanding Member Award typically is also presented annually.  A committee composed of four division members and chaired by the immediate past chair of the division reviews our membership and selects a person(s) who deserves recognition for having served our division and field in an exemplary manner. The Early Career Scholar Award recognizes the contributions of an early-career scholar to organizational communication research. Specifically, the ICA Organizational Communication Division Early Career Scholar Award honors a scholar no more than six years past receipt of the doctoral degree for a body of work that has made a significant contribution to the field of organizational communication and shows promise for continued development. Other awards are given for top papers, and top student papers.  The top 3-4 papers are presented on a special panel highlighting this outstanding scholarship.

Research Escalator
The research escalator was the brainchild of Ted Zorn. This double session matches up less experienced scholars with more seasoned ones to provide extensive feedback on a research paper and to discuss strategies for publishing organizational communication research. Others are also encouraged to join the breakout groups to share ideas about publishing and writing.Innovative Presentations Formats
Craig Scott began panelling a new presentation format for the division in 2014. B.E.S.T. sessions are "Brief Entertaining Scholarly Talks". In this format, each participant gives a 5 minute, high-energy, technology-enhanced presentation designed to excite the audience about the research. For the final 30 minutes of the session, presenters and audience members meet in 2 or 3 small breakout groups to discuss ideas stimulated by that set of papers. We also regularly have Interactive Display (poster) panels that allow presenters to share more visual material and to interact with interested audience members one-on-one.


(Originally adapted from content in the April 2001 newsletter; author unknown. Last updated April 2016.)