ICA Election 2020 Results

THANK YOU FOR VOTING

The International Communication Association annual election has closed. The scope of the election included both association-wide votes (on both officers and bylaws changes) as well as votes specific to any divisions or interest groups.  

CERTIFICATION OF RESULTS

ICA election results were certified by the Tellers Committee comprised of the Executive Director, the President and the Nominating Committee Chair.  The committee reviewed both the list below, prepared by ICA’s Senior Manager of Governance, and checked it against the actual submission system’s tallies to ensure accuracy.  

TERMS

Unless otherwise indicated, candidates elected in the Fall 2020 election serve a two-year term beginning Monday, 31 May 2021 (the last day of the 71st Annual ICA Conference) and ending with the conclusion of the 2023 Annual ICA Conference in Toronto, Canada.  Vice Chairs elected continue to serve two additional years as Chair (beginning with the end of the Toronto conference and ending with the 2025 Annual ICA Conference). 

*ICA wide positions of Board Member at Large and Treasurer each serve a three year term. Preceding the Treasurer's three year term, they will serve one year as Treasurer Elect in which the role is non-voting and observational.     


ICA WIDE RESULTS (24% VOTER TURNOUT)  

  • President: Noshir Contractor, Northwestern U
  • Treasurer*: Elisia Cohen, U of Minnesota
  • Board Member at Large*: Michael Kent, U of New South Wales
  • Board Student & Early Career Representative: Christine Cook, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Bylaws Revision: Passed - "I accept the proposed changes to the bylaws"   

DIVISION & INTEREST GROUP RESULTS

ACTIVISM, COMMUNICATION & SOCIAL JUSTICE (21% VOTER TURNOUT)

  • Vice Chair: Hanan Badr, Cairo U
  • Student & Early Career RepresentativeAntoine Haywood, U of Pennsylvania 

CHILDREN ADOLESCENTS & MEDIA (28% VOTER TURNOUT)

  • Vice Chair: Drew Cingel, U of California, Davis
  • Bylaws RevisionPassed - "I accept the proposed changes to the bylaws"

COMMUNICATION & TECHNOLOGY (n/a VOTER TURNOUT)

  • No ballot items due for the 2020 election

COMMUNICATION HISTORY (23% VOTER TURNOUT)

  • Secretary: Isah Nasidi, U of Nigeria 

COMMUNICATION LAW & POLICY (19% VOTER TURNOUT)

  • Vice Chair: Luzhou (Nina) Li, Monash U

COMMUNICATION SCIENCE & BIOLOGY (24% VOTER TURNOUT)  

  • Secretary: Robert Potter, Indiana U 

COMPUTATIONAL METHODS (30% VOTER TURNOUT)

  • Secretary: Chung-hong Chan, U of Mannheim 
  • Student & Early Career Representative: Felicia Loecherbach, Vrije U Amsterdam 

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATION (20% VOTER TURNOUT)  

  • Secretary: Hang Lu, U of Michigan

ETHNICITY & RACE IN COMMUNICATION (22% VOTER TURNOUT) 

  • Vice Chair: Mohan Dutta, Massey U

FEMINIST SCHOLARSHIP (26% VOTER TURNOUT) 

  • Vice Chair: Esra Ozcan, Tulane U
  • Student & Early Career Representative: Emily Edwards, Bowling Green State U

GAME STUDIES (24% VOTER TURNOUT)

  • Vice Chair: Maxwell Foxman, U of Oregon
  • (Interim) International Liaison* (now through May 2021): Christine Cook, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • International Liaison* (2021-2023): Akiko Shibuya, Soka U
  • A special note regarding the Interim International Liaison Election This Division/Interest Group experienced an unanticipated vacancy of the International Liaison role. Christine Cook agreed to fill the vacancy and is already serving in this role until the last day of the 2021 ICA Annual Conference. Christine was included on the ballot to ratify the appointment. Christine’s successor was determined via the 2020 election to take office, per usual, the last day of the 2021 Annual ICA Conference in Denver.
  • Bylaws RevisionPassed - "I accept the proposed changes to the bylaws"

GLOBAL COMMUNICATION & SOCIAL CHANGE (22% VOTER TURNOUT) 

  • Vice Chair: Saba Bebawi, U of Technology Sydney

HEALTH COMMUNICATION (21% VOTER TURNOUT)   

  • Secretary: Jessica Myrick, The Pennsylvania State U 
  • Student & Early Career Representative: Nikki McClaran, Michigan State U 

HUMAN-MACHINE COMMUNICATION (23% VOTER TURNOUT)   

  • Secretary: Margot van der Goot, U of Amsterdam
  • Student & Early Career Representative: Hannah Mieczkowski, Stanford U
  • International Liaison: Carmina Rodríguez-Hidalgo, U Adolfo Ibáñez 

INFORMATION SYSTEMS (22% VOTER TURNOUT)   

  • Vice Chair: David Jeong, Santa Clara U

INSTRUCTIONAL & DEVELOPMENTAL COMMUNICATION (16% VOTER TURNOUT)  

  • Secretary: Myrene Magabo, U of the Philippines Open University
  • Student & Early Career Representative: Ryan Goke, North Dakota State U
  • Voting Items #1-3: Motions to create three Division Awards:  (all 3) Passed - "Yes"
  • Voting Items #1-3: Creation of three Division Awards: The Instructional and Developmental Communication Division proposed the creation of three Division awards that recognize an outstanding thesis, outstanding dissertation, and outstanding graduate student teacher. These awards were discussed at the 2018 conference in Prague and received unanimous support. They were voted on as individual motions. 

INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION (20% VOTER TURNOUT) 

  • Vice Chair: Sudeshna Roy, Stephen F. Austin State U

INTERGROUP COMMUNICATION (33% VOTER TURNOUT)   

  • Vice Chair: Yan Bing Zhang, U of Kansas
  • Student & Early Career Representative: Stephenson Brooks Whitestone, U of California, Santa Barbara

INTERPERSONAL (21% VOTER TURNOUT) 

  • Vice Chair: Jeffrey Hall, U of Kansas 
  • Student & Early Career Representative: Elizabeth Hintz, U of South Florida 
  • Bylaws RevisionPassed - "I accept the proposed changes to the bylaws"

JOURNALISM STUDIES (29% VOTER TURNOUT)

  • Secretary: Nikki Usher, U of Illinois 
  • Student & Early Career Representative: Margareta Salonen, U of Jyväskylä 

LANGUAGE & SOCIAL INTERACTION (23% VOTER TURNOUT) 

  • Vice Chair: Todd Sandel, U of Macau
  • International Liaison: Shengqin Jin, U at Albany, SUNY

LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER & QUEER STUDIES (33% VOTER TURNOUT)

  • Co-Chair*: Sharif Mowlabocus, Fordham U
  • Secretary**:  Qi Li, King’s College London (The secretary elected in the Fall of 2020 will serve a special three-year term May 2021-May 2024)
  • *Regarding the Co-Chair role: LGBTQ employs a Co-Chair model instead of the standard ICA Chair/Vice Chair model. A new Co-Chair is elected every other year to serve a four year term.

    **Regarding the Secretary role:  ICA bylaws (Articles VI and VII, Section 3) mandate:

    "Each [Division/Interest Group] shall have a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson, a Secretary and a Student and Early Career Representative... The Vice-Chairperson and the Secretary shall be elected in alternate years, each for a term of two years." {note: instead of the traditional Chair/Vice Chair model, LGBTQ employs a Co-Chair model]. This Division/Interest Group has both positions slated for election in the same year. In an effort to correct the election schedule, the secretary elected in the Fall of 2020 will serve a special three-year term.

MASS COMMUNICATION (29% VOTER TURNOUT) 

  • Vice Chair: Dana Mastro, U of California, Santa Barbara

MEDIA INDUSTRY STUDIES (n/a VOTER TURNOUT)

  • No ballot items due for the 2020 election

MOBILE COMMUNICATION (26% VOTER TURNOUT) 

  • Vice Chair: Mariek Vanden Abeele, Tilburg U 
  • Bylaws RevisionPassed - "I accept the proposed changes to the bylaws"

ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION (23% VOTER TURNOUT) 

  • Secretary: Anu Sivunen, U of Jyväskylä 
  • Student & Early Career Representative: Vincent Huang, Hong Kong Baptist U 

PHILOSOPHY THEORY & CRITIQUE (22% VOTER TURNOUT) 

  • Vice Chair: Tanja Dreher, U New South Wales
  • Student & Early Career Representative: Isaac Hoff, U Leicester 

POLITICAL COMMUNICATION (n/a VOTER TURNOUT)

  • No ballot items due for the 2020 election

POPULAR COMMUNICATION (32% VOTER TURNOUT) 

  • Secretary: Amber Day, Bryant U
  • Student & Early Career Representative: Krysten Stein, U of Illinois at Chicago 
  • Vote Result: Option 1 Passed - "I approve the proposed name change option 1: Popular Media & Culture" (contingent upon approval by ICA's Executive Committee)
  • Regarding the proposed name change vote - The Popular Communication Division outlined proposed name change options and rationale.  Option 1 passed (in favor of a change)  by the division's members. It will be subject to final approval by ICA's Executive Committee prior to formally changing.  

PUBLIC DIPLOMACY (19% VOTER TURNOUT)

  • Vice Chair: Steven Pike, Syracuse U 
  • Secretary**:  Phillip Arceneaux, Miami U of Ohio (The secretary elected in the Fall of 2020 will take office immediately upon election and serve for two and half years - Oct 2020 - May 2023)
  • Regarding the Secretary Election- ICA bylaws (Articles VI and VII, Section 3) mandate:

    "Each [Division/Interest Group] shall have a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson, a Secretary and a Student and Early Career Representative... The Vice-Chairperson and the Secretary shall be elected in alternate years, each for a term of two years." This Division/Interest Group has both positions slated for election in the same year due to an unanticipated vacancy. In an effort to correct the election schedule, the secretary elected in the Fall of 2020 will serve a special two and a half year term taking office immediately upon election.

PUBLIC RELATIONS (26% VOTER TURNOUT)  

  • Vice Chair: W. Timothy Coombs, Texas A&M U 
  • Student & Early Career Representative: Alvin Zhou, U of Pennsylvania 
  • Vote: Passed - "I approve the Annual Business Meeting Minutes 2019"

SPORTS COMMUNICATION (24% VOTER TURNOUT)

  • Secretary:  Shaun Anderson, Loyola Marymount U

VISUAL COMMUNICATION STUDIES (25% VOTER TURNOUT)

  • Vice Chair: Saumava Mitra, Dublin City U