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About Standing Committees

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The International Communication Association is a self-organizing association, driven by its members. In addition to enjoying exclusive benefits such as discounted conference rates, members derive gratification from contributing to ICA through service on its committees and task forces. Such work, which both necessitates and comes with the benefit of interaction with scholars from all around the world, can be equally challenging and rewarding. Learn more... 

Executive Committee 

The bylaws authorize an Association Executive Committee (EC), which acts as the executive of the BoD and oversees day-to-day governance. The EC is a subcommittee of the Board of Directors consisting of the President, President-Elect, President-Elect-Select*, Immediate Past President, Past President, Past President from the prior year (now acting as General Secretary), Treasurer, and Executive Director. The Executive Director serves as a nonvoting member of the Executive Committee; all others are voting. 

Affiliate Journal Committee

Chair plus four members. Chair leads all activities of the committee.

  • Evaluates the affiliate journals under the 3-year review process

  • Evaluates the affiliate journals program as a whole

Conference Planning Committee

This annual committee includes the President-Elect, Division and Interest Group representatives, and other members appointed by the President-Elect. 

  • Meets at preceding annual ICA conference to begin planning process 
  • Plans the conference scientific program 
  • Oversees the paper selection process 
  • Prepares the conference program, with Executive Director and ICA staff 

Division and Interest Groups Coordination/Mentoring Committee

Chair plus five members. Chair leads all activities of the committee.

  • Works to improve communication and planning within divisions/IGs.

  • Serves as a resource for new interest groups and leadership

  • Coordinates formal review of interest groups

Membership and Internationalization Committee

Chair plus four members.  Chair leads all activities of the committee.

  • Works with ICA Central Office to plan and implement membership recruitment

  • Makes recommendations to President and BoD for increasing member benefits

  • Reports in writing to BoD at the annual ICA conference on membership, internationalization, and recruiting policy and activities

  • Recommends policy regarding the internationalization of ICA, including monitoring the needs of ICA’s international constituencies

  • Recommends and monitors policies and practices that meet the needs of non-US members of ICA

  • Attends the BoD meeting at the annual ICA conference as required by motions submitted (Chair)

Nominating Committee

Chair plus four members: This annual committee and its chair are appointed by President-Elect Select and assume office at the end of the annual ICA conference according to a formula: the committee is Chaired by a past president (the one that has just rotated off the EC as General Secretary), with members comprised of those holding the following roles: the publications committee chair, the membership & internationalization committee chair, one of the two student/early career board members, and one of the three regional board members at large. Members should reflect a balance between new and continuing committee members and represent the diversity of membership and interests of ICA within those constraints. This ensures that the committee considers candidates from a variety of perspectives.

The Chair leads the activities of the Committee and is in communication with the Executive Committee (especially the Executive Director) in the vetting of potential candidates.  

Actively recruits* and recommends to BoD at least two candidates for each of the following positions: 

  • President (who will start his/her term as PES and the President-Elect/planner)

  • Regional Board Members-at-Large as required by vacating members (typically one per year)

  • Student Board Members (two total; one each year with staggered terms)

*A note on recruiting: Whereas candidates were once sourced organically by the committee “reaching out” to possible interest parties, the process became, in 2018, more egalitarian and transparent. The headquarters office produces a Call for Nominations to Office, open for one month and available to anyone who is an active member of the association. One can self-nominate, or submit the name of another scholar. Including contact information, relevant experience, etc. The committee narrows the list of submissions down to a “short list” and uses its own internal process to narrow the candidates to finalists (2 names per role).

Publications Committee

Chair plus four members: Each ICA President appoints one to two members to a three-year term; and determines who serves as chair. Chair leads all activities of the committee. 

  • Oversees ICA journals and editorial policy

  • Monitors and updates the Publications Manual and distributes it to ICA journal Editors (Chair assisted by Associate Executive Director)

  • Actively recruits and recommends Editors to BoD for all ICA journals, beginning the search and screen process at least 18 months before the end of the previous Editor’s term (assisted by Associate Executive Director)

  • Reviews editorial policies across ICA journals and the brief of each journal, ensuring that each journal’s domain is clear and distinct

  • Makes recommendations about the acquisition or start-up of new journals (assisted by EC and others as appropriate)

  • Attends the annual ICA conference and, when necessary due to motions on the table, attends the Board of Directors meeting.

  • Serves as a judicial body in cases of plagiarism and self-plagiarism, enforcing rules and advising editors on punishments for infractions

  • Chair of the Committee:

    • Reports in writing to the BoD on publication policy and activity

    • Chairs a meeting with Editors, AED & entire EC (the publications strategic planning committee meeting) at the conference

    • Chairs the “Meet the Editors” panel at conference

    • Attends BoD meeting as required

    • Maintains regular contact with all journal editors about publication issues

    • Provides regular reports to the President and through President to EC about problems or issues as they arise

    • Gives regular progress reports to President and is assisted by the EC and BoD in the search and screen process

Regional Conferences Committee

This committee serves as an advisory board to those who either consider or have already decided to do a regional conference.

Sponsorship Guidelines

Chair plus five members. Chair leads all activities of the committee.

  • Reviews all sponsorship opportunities

  • Ensures that any sponsorships over the amount of $2000 are in line with ICA’s mission  

Student and Early-Career Advisory Committee

The two current Student Members of BoD, normally serving as Co-Chairs, and up to five student and non-student members. Members serve two-year staggered terms. 

  • Serves the needs and interests of student members and assists in crafting and disseminating the student and early-career agenda

  • Recommends and promotes policy and activities to enhance student involvement in ICA

  • Reports in writing to the BoD on student policy and activity

  • Both Student and Early-Career board members attend the BoD meeting at the annual ICA conference

Sustainability Committee

Chair plus four members.  Chair leads all activities of the committee.

Makes recommendations to the Board of Directors and staff regarding green/sustainable/environmentally friendly practices (Food and beverage, venue selection, socially responsible investing) and works to educate the membership on how to be more green as attendees of the ICA conference.


Tellers Committee

ICA's election results are certified by the Tellers Committee comprised of the Executive Director, the President and the Nominating Committee Chair.  The committee reviews the ballot results prepared by ICA’s Senior Manager of Governance and checks it against the actual submission system’s tallies to ensure accuracy.


Urban Issues Planning Committee

The committee’s role is to highlight  urban  issues  in a given year’s conference venue that would speak to, and be informed by, the work of ICA members. The urban-issues session each year differs depending on the speakers and the venue. 


About Awards Committees

Three separate nominating bodies evaluate the ICA awards:

  1. The B. Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award Committee is comprised of a chair, normally an ICA Board Member-at-Large, and up to four members appointed by the incumbent ICA President. The President makes an effort to include a recent mentorship award winner. Committee members serve staggered two-year terms. ICA's Executive Director compiles the information on each nominee, distributes the information to the committee for deliberation, and receives a report from the committee chair. The report names the successful candidate, if any. The Executive Director forwards the report to the ICA Board of Directors for final approval.
  2. A committee of ICA Fellows selects the ICA Fellows Book Award. The Fellows select one of its members to chair the book selection process and a committee of Fellows to review nominated books. The committee chair submits a report to the ICA Executive Director for inclusion in materials to be presented to the ICA Board of Directors for final approval.
  3. The Research Awards Committee, comprised of a chair and the chairs of six awards committees, gives the remaining six awards:  the Steven H. Chaffee Career Productivity Award, the Outstanding Book Award, the Applied Research Program Award, the Outstanding Article Award, and the Young Scholar Award.
  4. The James W. Carey Urban Communication Grant, with a committee comprising three members of ICA and three members of the Urban Studies Association. The operation of this committee is yet to be finalized.

The incumbent ICA President appoints all committee members in consultation with the chair of the Research Awards Committee. Recommendations for committee service are sought from ICA Fellows, division and special interest group officers, and the Executive Committee. Members of the awards committees are chosen to reflect the diversity of the ICA membership, varying particularly across divisional/interest group membership but also across other types of diversity, such as nationality, regional identification, gender, and ethnicity. Each of the six awards committees includes one individual nominated by the ICA Fellows, a chair, and three general members. One of the general members will be the previous year's winner. Two members of each subcommittee are held over from the previous year's committee to ensure continuity. Service on the committee is for a two-year term. The various committees submit their recommendations to the Research Awards Committee Chair, who submits a final report to the ICA Executive Director, who then forwards it to the ICA Board of Directors for final approval. 

The awards committees are tasked as follows:  Organize and oversee the evaluation of nominees for ICA's research awards, solicit nominees, create evaluation committees (according to by-laws), evaluate nominees and recommend award winners. The committee organizes and oversees evaluation of nominees. The Chair produces a Call for Nominations, including deadline dates and selection criteria for each award, in the July-August ICA Newsletter and web site (assisted by the Executive Director; deadline is 15 June). The Chair and Committee produce a written report to the Board of Directors recommending award winners or the reasons for not recommending winners (deadline is 1 May). Committees actively search for nominees during the call process (assisted by division and interest group chairs, who recommend nominees according to the published selection criteria and recommend recipients (or give reasons for not recommending a recipient) to the Chair.

The awards committees may solicit nominations through procedures they may determine, but at a minimum they will include timely announcement in the ICA Newsletter and in all appropriate and related media. Self-nominations are welcome, as are nominations by members of the awards committees. However, no ICA member who makes a nomination or who is nominated for an award can serve on the committee judging the nomination.

About Task Forces

Association Membership Review
Ethical Considerations 

Professional Development 

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