The Communication and Technology (CAT) Division focuses on original scientific research about the roles played by information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the processes of human communication. CAT seeks to enhance theory and methodology pertaining to adoption, usage, message content, communication networks, effects, and policy of ICTs. Areas of research include new media, social media, human-computer interaction, computer-mediated communication, mobile communication, “big data,” crowdsourcing, and other technologically mediated social interaction and networking in all contexts (personal, friends, family, groups, organizations, business, healthcare, collective action, politics, government, education, society, culture, intercultural) and at all levels of analyses.
CAT programs papers, panel sessions, and pre- and p0st-conferences that make an innovative and original scientific contribution to our understanding of ICTs, with the primary focus on human communication aspects of particular technological characteristics. Papers in which technology is not a specific object of investigation, instead the context or backdrop for a communication have a potential fit with other ICA Divisions.
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Call for Proposals
The consortium brings together PhD candidates working on Communication and Technology to give them the opportunity to present and discuss their research in a constructive and international atmosphere. The goals of the event are to provide feedback and advice to participating PhD candidates on their in-progress research thesis. Moreover, the doctoral consortium will provide the opportunity to meet experts as well as fellow PhD candidates from different backgrounds working on related topics.
During the consortium, students will be invited to present their work, following which they will receive feedback from their fellow students and faculty participants, all of whom will have read the proposals in advance of the Doctoral Consortium. In addition, at least one faculty participant will be assigned to respond in detail to each proposal. Besides the presentations of proposals, there will also be discussion of other topics such as ethics, research methods, publishing the thesis, and positioning one's work for the job market.
Applicants must be advanced to candidacy, and have their dissertation proposal topic. Ideally, students will be in the early stages of their dissertation, where feedback would be helpful in refining and advancing their work. To apply, students must submit a proposal describing their research.
Submissions must be related to the working area of the Communication and Technology Division of ICA. A description of the division's primary interests can be found in the last section of this call.
Proposals must identify the significant problems in the field of research, briefly outline current knowledge of the problem domain, and clearly formulate a research question.
Proposals must outline the proposed research approach, methods, and results obtained so far.
Submissions must not exceed 6000 words, and must include name and affiliation of the PhD candidate.
Applications should be accompanied by a short letter of recommendation from the advisor stating how the PhD candidate can benefit from participation in the Doctoral Consortium.
The proposal and letter of recommendation must be submitted as one PDF document and sent as an attachment in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submission is . Submitted proposals will be reviewed by the members of the program committee based on significance of research, specificity of research topic and/or questions, clarity of writing, and degree to which student can benefit from expert guidance and feedback. Notification of acceptance will be on .
To help ensure the consortium best meets the needs of its members, limited financial assistance is made possible by the CAT Division. Please note in your application if you would like to be considered for financial support to cover your costs for participation in the CAT Doctoral Consortium (this support would cover only the $75 participation fee and not travel to Seattle).
The Communication and Technology Division within ICA:
The Communication and Technology (CAT) Division is concerned with the role played by Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the process of communication. It is committed to enhancing theory and methodology pertaining to adoption, usage, effects, and policy of ICTs. Areas of research include human-computer interaction, computer-mediated communication, mobile communication, and other technologically mediated social interaction and networking in all contexts (interpersonal, group, organizational, societal/cultural) and at all levels of analyses. CAT invites papers that make an innovative and original contribution to our understanding of ICTs, with the primary focus on communication aspects of particular technological characteristics. Papers in which technology is not a specific object of investigation but is instead the context or backdrop for a communication study should be directed to other ICA Divisions.
As CAT, the Doctoral Consortium welcomes papers that follow any and all disciplinary approaches (psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, and policy studies, among others) and all methodological orientations (quantitative, qualitative, critical, cultural, historical, legal, and institutional, among others).
Once a proposal is accepted students can register through the ICA website. Costs for participation are 75 US$ per person.
Dr. Nosh Contractor, Northwestern U
Dr. Ang Peng Hwa, Nanying Technical U
Dr. Lee Humphreys, Cornell U
Dr. Nicole Krämer, U of Duisburg-Essen
Dr. Leah Lievrouw, U of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Miriam Metzger, U of California, Santa Barbara
Dr. S. Shyam Sundar, Pennsylvania State U
Herbert S. Dordick Dissertation Award
Open to all ICA members, this award recognizes the most outstanding dissertation in communication and technology completed in the preceding year. Dissertation authors need not be members of the Communication and Technology (CAT) division to be considered, but must be ICA members to accept the award. The award will be presented at the Business Meeting of the CAT division during the ICA conference in Seattle in 2014. The following requirements apply to this award.
Any CAT-related dissertation completed (i.e., successfully defended) between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013 is eligible for consideration. Dissertations may be nominated by the author, dissertation advisor or a professional colleague. In either case, full contact information of the author must be provided, including name, phone number, surface mail address, and email address.
Nomination should contain: (a) the authors contact information (b) proof of completion of the dissertation verifying the date (c) a one-page abstract of the dissertation (d) a 1-2 page statement describing the significance of the work and why it is deserving of the award (e) a representative chapter, selected sections of the dissertation, OR a paper distilling it, up to 30 (double-spaced) pages maximum, excluding references, tables, and figures.
The deadline for receipt of nomination materials is midnight of February 15, 2013 (Greenwich Mean Time). Submissions containing all required materials must be made electronically in PDF form to email@example.com. Place "Dordick Award Nomination" in the email subject field.
Address all questions about this award to James Danowski at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “Dordick Award” in the subject field.
Thank you for your nominations.
Vice Chair, Program Planner: 2014 & 2015
Communication and Technology Division
International Communication Association
Communication and Technology Division
Program Planner: James Danowski
University of Illinois at Chicago
1144 Elizabeth Ave.
Naperville, IL 60540
The Communication and Technology (CAT) Division focuses on original scientific research about the roles played by information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the processes of human communication. CAT works to enhance theory and methodology pertaining to adoption, usage, message content, communication networks, effects, and policy of ICTs. Areas of research include new media, social media, human-computer interaction, computer-mediated communication, mobile communication, “big data,” crowdsourcing, and other technologically mediated social interaction and networking in all contexts (personal, friends, family, groups, organizations, business, healthcare, collective action, politics, government, education, society, culture, intercultural) and at all levels of analyses.
CAT invites papers and panel session proposals that make an innovative and original contribution to our understanding of ICTs, with the primary focus on human communication aspects of particular technological characteristics. Papers in which technology is not a specific object of investigation, instead the context or backdrop for a communication study should be directed to other ICA Divisions.
CAT only accepts two types of submissions: Full papers and panel session proposals. Full papers should have no more than 25 pages of double-spaced text in 12-point font, plus references, tables, figures, and appendices. Use APA 6th Edition format. CAT recognizes three Top Division Papers and three Top Student Papers submitted each year. For a submission to be identified as a Student Paper, all authors of the paper must be students and indicated in the process of submission. In addition to the full papers, CAT welcomes panel session proposals. These should have a 400-word rationale for the panel and a 250-400 word abstract from each panel participant. Aside from appropriate substantive focus, acceptable panels have a clear discussion orientation, and topics proposed should not only lend themselves to a debate among panelists but also generate discussion among session attendees.
During the submission process, you will be asked to enter keywords representing your manuscript. It is VERY important for you to choose the right keywords for your submission because we use them to select reviewers for your submission. There is a wide range of keywords in the submission website. Please take a moment to select keywords that capture the gist of your work. You may find it useful to review a semantic network analysis of the 2013 London ICA conference CAT paper and session titles and abstracts. We extracted noun/modifier terms using the scientometric VOSviewer software to identify clusters. Different colors distinguish clusters, with size of terms indicating their frequencies. See graphs for term frequencies 5+ at http://bit.ly/14FMQet, 7+ at http://bit.ly/14FMQet, and 10+ at http://bit.ly/145rzrk. These reveal different granularities. Zoom your browser’s view to aid your navigation and contemplation.
ICA sends a letter to the submitter stating acceptance or rejection of the paper or panel session. It does not, however, include reasons for the decision. CAT members have asked to receive more feedback. Reviewers are required to enter comments that justify their ratings. CAT intends to send submitters these ratings from reviewers. This will arrive in an email separately from the ICA acceptance/rejection notification.
Volunteer for Reviewer
As CAT routinely receives a large number of submissions, we need a large number of volunteer reviewers. Typically three reviewers rate each paper. We encourage all faculty members and Ph.Ds. to volunteer to review submissions. In addition to your service, you will gain early access to the latest findings in the field. Doctoral students who have submissions to our division are welcome to volunteer too. Once we qualify you as a reviewer, we assign you papers based on your research areas. If you want to be a reviewer for the CAT division, please register yourself in the ICA submission site at the time of submission. Be sure to review and update your ICA member profile’s 200-word description of your research interests. We make reviewer assignments based on searches of this content using keywords from the paper submissions.
If you have any questions about the ICA2014 CAT submission process, or have other questions or suggestions, please send an email to CAT program planner James Danowski at email@example.com.
The ICA Conference submission site opened today for you to volunteer to be a CAT reviewer (or to submit a paper or panel proposal if you have that ready).
One way to jump start your coming year’s ICA work is to volunteer now to be a reviewer. It is easy to do. Log in to the ICA site, click on “Conferences,” then on the drop-down menu select, “Paper Submission System.” You will be asked to update your email address and your work information if necessary. Then, click the button to proceed to the next page where you can click, “Volunteer to be a Reviewer.” There you can describe your qualifications as well as select five keywords that best fit your interests.
There is one catch, however. The members at the London CAT business meeting asked that reviewers enter some comments on why they rated the paper as they did and also on how to improve it. If a paper is accepted these comments will help in revising the paper before the final version can be uploaded to the ICA website and made available. Even if the paper ends up not accepted, you provide valuable suggestions for improving the paper for another venue.
So, please volunteer if you are willing to do three things: read the papers, check some ratings scales, and write some comments to help the author understand your scale ratings and to also see paths to improving their work. The online rating system does allow you to enter open-ended comments. All reviewers pledge to enter comments for the handful of papers they are assigned.
If you want to increase your pleasure from a good fit of the papers to your personal interests, then also go to the main ICA home page and click on “MyICA," then “Change My Keywords” and update those. There are approximately 185 keywords that you can select. You are not limited as to how many you can check.
To further enhance your enjoyment, next click “Update My Profile” and scroll down to “Research Interests,” where you can enter up to 200 words describing them.
When we match reviewers with papers we will search all three of your personal interest specifications: five top keywords, your picks among the 185 keywords, and the full text of your Research Interests statement. That way you will get papers that maximize your enjoyment of reading, rating, and commenting.
Soon after the paper and panel proposal submission deadline on , we will inform you on papers selected for you, as well as provide you with some new reviewer guidelines reflecting suggestions members made at the 2013 business meeting.
Today, pass through the portal to volunteer as a reviewer, and if selected, to experience the personal rewards that come from serving your CAT researcher community.
Thank you and Best Regards.
Program Planner: Seattle 2014
Communication and Technology Division