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Ellison voted International Communication Association Fellow

Friday, 06/07/2019

Nicole Ellison, Karl E Weick Collegiate Professor of Information at the University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI), has been elected as a fellow by the International Communication Association (ICA), an academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication.

Fellow status in ICA is primarily a recognition of distinguished scholarly contributions to the broad field of communication. Consideration for nomination to Fellow status is a documented record of scholarly achievement and a record of significant service to the ICA, business, government or education.

“I'm truly honored to be recognized by my home academic community, Communication, as an ICA Fellow,” says Ellison. “ICA Fellows have typically contributed in a meaningful way to our understanding of how human communication processes unfold within interpersonal, group, or community-level dynamics, in mediated or unmediated channels.”

Ellison is currently serving as Chair of ICA's Communication and Technology division. She is excited about the theoretically meaningful and vibrant scholarship being shared within that division and across the association as a whole.

“Scholarship in the communication field addresses questions of increasingly central importance to a broad range of fields and disciplines, and I am excited to see how our field evolves in the next decade."

Nicole Ellison joined UMSI in 2013, where she has significantly contributed to the understanding of the role of social media and relationship formation and maintenance, specifically looking at the role of Facebook in social capital processes and examining self-presentation strategies among online daters. 

Ellison has published 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings, 19 of which have over 100 citations on Google Scholar, and two which have been cited over 4000 times. To support her work, she has obtained over $1.8 million in grants from various sponsors including the National Science Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

- Jessica Webster, UMSI PR Specialist