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Robertson School faculty win top research awards at international conference

May 20, 2020

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Robertson School faculty members Dr. Karen McIntyre (top left), Dr. Baobao Song (top right), Dr. Cheng Hong (bottom left), and Dr. Grace Ji (bottom right) presented at this year's ICA Conference.

Robertson School faculty members Dr. Grace Ji and Dr. Karen McIntyre have been honored with top research awards at the conference of the International Communication Association (ICA). The conference is being held virtually this year because the in-person conference in Australia had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"It's great to see such a strong showing by our researchers at the premier international conference in our field," said Robertson School Director Dr. Marcus Messner. 

Dr. Ji, assistant professor of public relations, won the top research paper award of the Public Relations Division of ICA. She co-authored the study "Cultivating relationships with startup employees: The role of entrepreneurial leadership communication" with Dr. Rita Linjuan Men from the University of Florida and Dr. Zifei Chen from the University of San Francisco. Dr. Ji also presented another study "Theoretical insights of CSR research in communication from 1980 to 2018: A bibliometric network analysis" at the conference. 

Robertson School Graduate Director Dr. Karen McIntyre won the African Journalism Studies Award for Best Paper about Africa at the ICA conference for her research study “In the Press We Trust: Rwandan Citizens Highly Trust State-Run News Media." She co-authored the study with Dr. Meghan Sobel Cohen (Regis University). Dr. McIntyre conducted this research while she was a Fulbright Scholar in Rwanda in 2018-2019. 

Dr. Baobao Song, assistant professor of public relations, and Dr. Cheng Hong, assistant professor of advertising, also had research studies accepted for presentation at the ICA conference. Dr. Song's study is titled "Empowering Publics Through Cause-Related Marketing: The Role of Situational Theory of Publics." Dr. Cheng has two studies at the conference, which are titled "Spiral of Silence or Social Loafing? A Parallel Mechanism to Explain Why People Always Defend Their Stances on Controversial Sociopolitical Issues" and "Bought on a whim: impulsivity in eWOM and its impact on message persuasiveness."