Annenberg Professor Barbie Zelizer Named President of International Communication Association

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Barbie Zelizer, Ph.D., the Raymond Williams Professor of Communication with the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named President-Elect-Select of the International Communication Association (ICA), the academic association dedicated to all aspects of studying, teaching, and application of human communication.

Professor Zelizer’s term will begin after the 2008 ICA annual conference. ICA leadership works on a five-year rotation cycle, whereby members of the ICA board move from “President-Elect-Select,” to “President-Elect,” then to “President,” then to “Immediate Past President,” then finally “Past President.” This rotation ensures consistent and stable leadership for the organization.

Professor Zelizer becomes the third member of the Annenberg faculty to be elected to the Board of ICA. Both Joseph N. Cappella, Ph.D., the Gerald R. Miller Professor of Communication, and Klaus Krippendorff, Ph.D., the Gregory Bateson Professor of Communication, have served as President of ICA.

“We are delighted for Dr. Zelizer on her accomplishment,” said Michael X. Delli Carpini, Ph.D., the Walter H. Annenberg Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication. “This is a terrific accomplishment, and a resounding testimony to the quality and reputation of our faculty.”

Noting that Annenberg is fortunate to have substantial resources for academic research, Professor Zelizer said the strong presence of Annenberg faculty with ICA is a way for the school to continue helping the academic profession of communication studies grow. “It is one way that Annenberg can ‘pay it forward’ to the profession,” she said.

In addition to her teaching responsibilities at Annenberg, Professor Zelizer also runs the Annenberg Scholars Program in Culture and Communication. A former journalist, Professor Zelizer spent many years covering news in the Middle East for Reuters, before obtaining her Ph.D. from Annenberg in 1990.