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ICA Awards

Seven ICA awards (Outstanding Book Award, ICA Fellows Book Award, Applied Research Award, B. Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award, Outstanding Article Award, Steven H. Chaffee Career Achievement Award and Early Career Scholar Award) are presented when qualified candidates are nominated; no award is presented if the nomination process does not produce qualified candidates with strong credentials. All awards and accompanying cash prizes, when appropriate, are presented to successful candidates during the awards ceremony at the Annual ICA Conference.

There are five ICA awards and two book awards. *Please make note that there are two separate nomination periods for the ICA awards and the ICA book awards. To learn more about the ICA awards, please read below. If you have any questions please email conference@icahdq.org.

ICA Fellows

For information on ICA Fellows (including how to nominate a new fellow) - please visit the ICA Fellows page


Nomination Periods

ICA BOOK AWARDS 3 September - 13 December Nominations OPEN
ICA AWARDS 1 November - 31 January Nominations OPEN


Nomination Procedure

The General Nomination Guidelines outline the criteria necessary to nominate a candidate for any of the ICA Research Awards.


General Nomination Guidelines

Nominations from any country and in any language are encouraged. The Research Awards Committee will use a system of independently selected referees fluent in the language of the nominated publication(s) to assess work in languages other than those represented on the committee. For nominations made in a language other than English, nominators should provide a list of at least three referees with superior content expertise and language proficiency, but the committee will choose referees autonomously.

Only ICA members may make nominations.

For most awards, at least one member of a research team and at least one author of an article or book must be a member of ICA in order for the team/article/book to be eligible for an ICA Award, with the exception of those nominated for the:

  • Steven H. Chaffee Career Productivity Award

The Research Awards Committee prefers nominations from others, including group nominations from ICA divisions, over self-nominations. Members of the ICA Research Awards Committee and its subcommittees may also make nominations, but no ICA member who makes a nomination or who is nominated for an award can serve on the committee judging the nomination.

Supporting materials should be sent to the person making the nomination. All nominators must submit one PDF containing all of the following:

  1. 3-5 Letter(s) of nomination, not to exceed two pages apiece, speaking directly to each of the award criteria from the description
  2. Publication(s) relevant to the award (If the publication is a book, arrangements should be made with the publisher to ship one copy to each of the committee members. Katie Wolfe will arrange this with the publisher.
  3. Additional required material(s) specified for the award
  4. CV(s) of the nominee(s).

All nomination materials should be submitted electronically by 13 December for book awards and 31 January of each conference year, by 16:00 UTC (12:00 PM EST). The link to the submission site will be active on the homepage during the nominations period, and can be found on this page as well.


ICA Book Awards

Outstanding Book Award
Nominations are OPEN

The award honors a book published in the previous two calendar years (between January 1 and December 31), (i.e., if the award is to be presented in 2020, the book must have been available in 2018 or 2019). The selection committee judges each nominated book on several criteria including the importance of the problem it addresses to the fields represented in ICA and to communication studies as a whole, the quality of writing and argument, and the strength of evidence it presents. The committee will consider all the available book reviews, the reputation of the publisher, and any other submitted evidence regarding the book's quality from independent sources, along with nominating letters and their own assessment of the nominated books. Most award-winning books address a scholarly audience, but books aimed at a general readership but satisfying the criteria for the prize are also eligible--edited books are not eligible.

Nomination Procedures

ICA accepts nominations for the Outstanding Book Award from 3 September to 13 December.

Only ICA members may make nominations.

In addition to the General Nomination Guidelines, the following requirements also apply to this award:

  1. At least one author of the book must be a member of ICA in order for the book to be eligible for an ICA Award. Please make sure the membership is up to date before nominating.
  2. Nominating letters must specify why the book should receive the award, assess the importance of the book to the fields represented in ICA, and demonstrate the quality of its writing, argument and evidence.
  3. The nomination packet should include copies of all available evidence of the book's quality from independent sources, such as reviews.
  4. Book awards will need copies sent to the committee members from the publishers. Katie Wolfe will reach out to each publisher and coordinate this.
  5. Include all materials listed in the General Nomination Guidelines, information is located at the top of this page.

Past Award Recipients


ICA Fellows Book Award
Nominations are OPEN

Open to all ICA members, this award recognizes those books that have made a substantial contribution to the scholarship of the communication field as well as the broader rubric of the social sciences and have stood some test of time.

Nomination Procedures

ICA accepts nominations for the ICA Fellows Book Award from 3 September to 13 December.

Only ICA members may make nominations.

In addition to the General Nomination Guidelines, the following requirements also apply to this award:

  1. At least one author of the book must be a member of ICA in order for the book to be eligible for an ICA Award. Please make sure the membership is up to date before nominating.
  2. Any book nominated must have been available for at least the immediate past five years prior to the conference at which the award is presented (i.e., if the award is to be presented in 2008, the book must have been available from 2003 or earlier).
  3. The letter of nomination must demonstrate that the book has had a substantial influence on the communication field, that it integrates multiple interests, and that the author(s) is recognizably a communication scholar.
  4. A copy of the author's curriculum vitae, book publication information, an abstract of the content, and the table of contents must accompany the nomination letter.
  5. The nomination material also may include letters of support and any other appropriate information.
  6. Include all materials listed in the General Nomination Guidelines, information is located at the top of this page.
  7. Book awards will need copies sent to the committee members from the publishers. Katie Wolfe will reach out to each publisher and coordinate this.

There may be one, none, or several awards in a given year. A Word About ICA Fellows.


Past Award Recipients


ICA Awards

Applied Research Award

Nominations are OPEN

The Applied Research Award honors a scholar or group of scholars who has or have produced a systematic and outstanding body of research that addresses a significant communication problem of relevance to a public representing one or more groups of stakeholders relevant to a division(s) or interest group(s) of ICA. Individual or collaborative applied research programs which include community engagement, group and organizational interventions, or advocacy and/or political policy work at the local, national, international and/or global levels are all appropriate candidates for this award.

The nomination should provide evidence of how communication research is applied not only from conventional publications but also from such materials as technical reports, news media coverage, and testimonials from those making use of the research or those it has affected. The researcher(s) may have implemented the studies or collaborative interdisciplinary work (which may combine the efforts of researchers and/or practitioners) in association with or independent from a government or established institution, possibly to refine or to criticize current policy or communication practice.

Nomination Procedures

ICA accepts nominations for this award from 1 November - 31 January.

Only ICA members may make nominations.

In addition to the General Nomination Guidelines, the following requirements also apply to this award:

  1. At least one member of a research team and at least one author of an article or book must be a member of ICA in order for the team/article/book to be eligible for an ICA Award.
  2. Nominating letters must specify the applied communication problem the research program addresses, indicate how it has contributed to public discourse on the topic, and make an argument for the over-all quality of the research.
  3. The submission must include copies of five publications and /or technical reports, along with copies of evidence of the program's effectiveness.
  4. Include all materials listed in the General Nomination Guidelines, information is located at the top of this page.

Accompanying materials can be sent to:
Katie Wolfe, kwolfe@icahdq.org
International Communication Association
1500 21st Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036

Award Recipients


B. Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award

 

Nominations are OPEN

Initiated in 1988 following the death of its namesake, this award honors outstanding scholars, teachers, and advisors who serve as role models in those capacities and who have had a major impact on the field of communication. Most importantly, recipients of this award have influenced the discipline through their former students, who themselves are important figures in the communication discipline.

Nomination Procedures

ICA accepts nominations for this award from 1 November - 31 January.

Only ICA members may make nominations.

In addition to the General Nomination Guidelines, the following requirements also apply to this award:

  1. At least one member of a research team and at least one author of an article or book must be a member of ICA in order for the team/article/book to be eligible for an ICA Award.
  2. Material in support of nominees for this award must include a comprehensive academic vita that highlights the results of the nominee's mentorship. The highlights should show how who they have mentored have made an impact in their own right.
  3. Letters from a nominee's former students are a welcome component of the nominating materials for this award.
  4. Include all materials listed in the General Nomination Guidelines, information is located at the top of this page.

Award Recipients


Outstanding Article Award

 

Nominations are OPEN

The award honors an article published in print in a refereed journal during the previous two calendar years (between 1 January and 31 December). Theoretical articles and empirical articles are eligible, as are review articles that effectively redefine a problem. Selection criteria include coherence of argument, quality of conceptual development, and effective use of evidence. The selection committee prefers articles that promise to be influential over time, within a particular field of communication and also across fields.

Nomination Procedures

ICA accepts nominations for this award from 1 November - 31 January.

Only ICA members may make nominations.

In addition to the General Nomination Guidelines, the following requirements also apply to this award:

  1. At least one author of an article must be a member of ICA in order for the article to be eligible for an ICA Award.
  2. Nominating letters must indicate why the article promises to be influential within a particular field of communication and across fields.
  3. The copies of the article must indicate the details of publication, including the name of the refereed journal, the date, and page numbers. The packet should include information about the circulation and impact of the journal, if available.
  4. Include all materials listed in the General Nomination Guidelines, information is located at the top of this page.

Award Recipients


Steven H. Chaffee Career Achievement Award

 

Nominations are OPEN

The award honors a scholar (or small group of collaborating scholars) for a sustained contribution to theoretical development or empirical research related to communication studies over an extended period. The selection committee favors research that is innovative, asks conceptually rich questions, and elaborates new theoretical possibilities and/or compelling directions for empirical investigation. The body of work should comprise multiple publications and should have inspired second-generation work among a large number of other scholars. Rather than recognizing publication productivity or direct involvement in ICA, the award is designed to acknowledge the long term significance for communication studies of the recipient's scholarship. Most nominees are members of the discipline and belong to ICA, but other scholars are eligible, regardless of current membership or department affiliation. The winner has the option to present their research at the following year's ICA conference.

Nomination Procedures

ICA accepts nominations for this award from 1 November - 31 January.

Only ICA members may make nominations.

In addition to the General Nomination Guidelines, the following requirements also apply to this award:

  1. The nominating letter(s) must specify the relevant body of work, the communication research problem it addresses, its conceptual and empirical contributions, its development over time and record of publication, and its influence on second-generation work by other scholars; and
  2. The copies of the publications must include five representative examples from the body of work.

Award Recipients


Early Career Scholar Award

 

Nominations are OPEN

The award honors a scholar no more than seven years past receipt of the Ph.D. (for example, if the award is to be presented in 2020, the nominee should have received their Ph.D. degree no earlier than 2013) for a body of work that has contributed to knowledge of the field of communication and shows promise for continued development. The selection committee judges the contribution and promise of young scholars based on the strength of published work, including its conceptual foundation and argumentative clarity, on the scholar's productivity at a given career stage, on the rigor of the research produced so far, and on the promise of existing work serving as a springboard for continuing scholarship.

Nomination Procedures

ICA accepts nominations for this award from 1 November - 31 January.

Only ICA members may make nominations.

In addition to the General Nomination Guidelines, the following requirements also apply to this award:

  1. At least one member of a research team and at least one author of an article or book must be a member of ICA in order for the team/article/book to be eligible for an ICA Award.
  2. Nominating letters must indicate how the scholar has contributed to the field within communication, including the strength of conceptual foundations, argumentative clarity, rigor of research, and promise of continuing scholarship. Only one nomination letter is required. A nomination letter from one person must be no longer than 2 pages. The nomination packet that may include more than one nomination letter of course can be more than 2 pages total.
  3. Nominations must include the nominee's vita.
  4. Nominations must include links to five representative examples from the nominee's body of work.
  5. Include all materials listed in the General Nomination Guidelines, information is located at the top of this page.

Award Recipients



Deadlines

The deadline for book nominations is 16:00 UTC on 13 December. The deadline for all other nominations is 16:00 UTC on 31 January. Complete submissions, including letters and required supporting materials, must reach the ICA offices by the deadline. No extensions are allowed, and incomplete nomination packets will not receive consideration for any award.


Award Committees


ICA Division & Interest Groups

Many ICA Divisions and Interest Groups have separate awards that they award based on other criteria and application processes. Learn more about awards given by divisions and interest groups including nomination guidelines by clicking here.