Denise Solomon named International Communication Association Fellow

Denise Solomon, liberal arts research professor and head of the Penn State Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, has been named a Fellow by the International Communication Association (ICA). Solomon and the newest class of Fellows were inducted during the ICA’s 67th annual conference, which took place May 25-29 in San Diego, California.

ICA is the world’s premier academic association of scholars engaged in the study, teaching, and application of human and mediated communication. Started as a small organization of U.S.-based researchers nearly seven decades ago, ICA today boasts more than 4,300 members from nearly 80 countries and recognition by the United Nations as a non-governmental organization.

Fellowship designation is bestowed upon those who have made the most distinguished scholarly contributions to the broad field of communication. To date, fewer than 150 former or current ICA members have earned that distinction.

Solomon’s research focuses on communication experiences in personal relationships, such as support and conflict, that enhance or erode well-being. She developed the relational turbulence theory, which describes how transitions in romantic relationships promote relationship qualities that polarize cognitive, emotional and communicative reactions to both ordinary and extraordinary experiences. She is the author of numerous publications related to her research, including the textbook “Interpersonal Communication: Putting Theory into Practice,” which she co-authored with Jennifer Theiss.

Solomon's previous accolades include the Outstanding Mentor Award from the International Association for Relationship Research, as well as the Raymond Lombra Award for Distinction in the Social or Life Sciences and the Service to the College Award, both from the Penn State College of the Liberal Arts.