CAT Awards

The CAT Division typically gives out two awards at the anual ICA conference: The Herbest S. Dordick Dissertation Award and the Frederick Williams Prize for Contributions to the Study of Communication Technology. 

Student Travel Award

Students can apply for funds from the CAT Division towards their travel to the annual conference. Applications should be submitted by March 1 and applicants will be notified by April 1. The application process for the 2017 San Diego Conference will open in January 2017.

Herbert S. Dordick Dissertation Award 
This award honors the memory of Prof. Herbert S. Dordick (1925-1998), a distinguished telecommunications engineer, public/urban policy researcher and intellectual, teacher and mentor. His career spanned public service (at the New York City Office of Telecommunications), private-sector research (at Burroughs Corporation and RAND), and academic research and teaching (notably at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, and the School of Communications and Theater at Temple University). The Dordick Dissertation Award recognizes the most outstanding doctoral dissertation in the area of communication and technology completed and defended in the preceding year.

Recipients of the Herbert S. Dordick Dissertation Award

2016: Elizabeth Dubois, Oxford Internet Institute 
2015: Sanne Kruikemeier, University of Amsterdam
2014: Benjamin Mako Hill, MIT
2013Robert Shota Tokunaga, University of Arizona
2012: Younei Soe, Indiana University
2011: Alexander van Deursen, University of Twente
2009: David Huffaker, Northwestern University
2007: James D. Ivory, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
2005: Dmitri Williams, University of Michigan
2003: Pablo Boczkowski, Cornell University 

 

Frederick Williams Prize for Contributions to the Study of Communication Technology
Dr. Frederick Williams (1933-2010), former ICA President and founding Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, was one of the first communication scholars to focus research on, and advocate the study of, new communication technology as a distinct field within the communication discipline (an appreciation in the ICA Newsletter online highlights his accomplishments). Fred was a visionary who made a lasting impact on the field of communication, and a colleague, friend and mentor to many who carry his vision forward and who honor his memory with this Prize. The Frederick Williams Prize recognizes outstanding contributions to research and theory concerning the social significance, uses and impacts of new media and communication technologies.
 
Recipients of the Frederick Williams Prize for Contributions to the Study of Communication Technology

2016: Janet Faulk, University of Southern California
2015: Sara Kiesler, Carnegie Mellon University
2014: (no award given)
2013: William H. Dutton, Oxford Internet Institute

 

2017 Call for CAT Award Nominations 

The ICA Communication and Technology Division is seeking nominations for the Frederick Williams Prize for Contribution to the Study of Communication and Technology and the Herbert S. Dordick Dissertation Award.

Please submit the nominations and address any questions to Mike Yao (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Chair of the ICA CAT Awards Committee, at mzyao@illinois.edu.

You can read the entire award calls here:
http://www.icahdq.org/about_ica/awards/sectionawards.asp

 

Frederick Williams Prize for Contributions to the Study of Communication and Technology

Dr. Frederick Williams (1933-2010), former ICA President and founding Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, was a visionary who made significant and lasting impacts on new communication technology research. To honor his memory and outstanding contribution to our field, the Williams Prize is awarded on a year-by-year basis by the Communication and Technology (CAT) Division of the International Communication Association. It recognizes the major contributions and cumulative achievements of senior scholars who have advanced the study and the field of communication and technology.

Eligibility:

Nominations are solicited from CAT members; however, nominees are not required to be CAT or ICA members.

Nomination Process:

Nominations should be electronically submitted to Mike Yao (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Chair of the ICA CAT Awards Committee, at mzyao@illinois.edu no later than 12:00 am GMT on March 1, 2017, with "Williams Prize Nomination" in the subject line.

Nomination letters should include:

•       The nominee's full contact information, including name, surface mail address, email address, and phone number;

•       A 1-2 page discussion of the nominee's major contributions to the study of communication and technology, and suitability for recognition as a recipient of the Prize; and

•       A list of the nominee's selected works, publications, distinctions, accomplishments or other evidence that demonstrate the significance of the nominee's work and its influence on the field of communication and technology.

 

 

Herbert S. Dordick Dissertation Award

This Award honors the memory of Prof. Herbert S. Dordick (1925-1998), a distinguished telecommunications engineer, public/urban policy researcher and intellectual, teacher and mentor. The Dordick Dissertation Award recognizes the most outstanding doctoral dissertation in the area of communication and technology completed and defended in the preceding year, and is presented annually at the business meeting of the Communication and Technology (CAT) Division of the International Communication Association.

Eligibility:

•       Dissertation Eligibility: Any doctoral dissertation in the area of communication and technology, completed and defended between 1 January and 31 December of the year prior to the Award is eligible for consideration.

•       ICA Membership: Dissertation authors need not be members of ICA or the CAT Division for their work to be considered, but Award recipients must be ICA members at the time the Award is given (i.e., the ICA annual conference in the year after completing the dissertation).

•       Nomination Eligibility: Dissertations may be nominated by their authors, by dissertation advisors, or by other academic/professional colleagues familiar with the dissertation project.

Nomination Process:

Completed nominations, including all required materials, must be received via email no later than 12:00 am GMT, 1 March 2017. Nominations should be electronically submitted to Mike Yao (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Chair of the ICA CAT Awards Committee, at mzyao@illinois.edu with with "Dordick Award Nomination" in the subject field. Nomination materials should include:

•       Full contact information for the dissertation author, including name, surface mail address, email address, and phone number;

•       A cover letter or statement (1-2 pages) by the nominator describing the significance of the work and its merit/suitability for the Award;

•       A one-page abstract of the dissertation;

•       A representative chapter or selected sections of the dissertation, OR a paper summarizing the dissertation study, problem/hypothesis and rationale, methods, and findings, of up to 30 pages in length (double-spaced, excluding references and figures; approximately 7,500 words).