2016 Call for Award Nominations


You are invited to submit nominations for the following awards. Nominations should be submitted per the instructions for each call no later than April 1. Award descriptions, nomination criteria, and submission information can be found by clicking on the name of awards below. 

Awards for Outstanding Teaching 

Awards for Outstanding Scholarship 

Awards for Outstanding Service 

Distinguished Scholar
 

 


Donald H. Ecroyd Award for Outstanding Teaching in Higher Education   

The award is given to honor an NCA member who exemplifies superlative teaching in higher education. Nominees must hold a master's degree or higher in the speech communication discipline; hold a full-time teaching assignment at an institute of higher education at the time of nomination; and have a superlative teaching record. The award is given for excellence in teaching. Professional achievement as evidenced by research and creative scholarship or service to campus and community shall not be a substitute for this basic requirement. Nominees should be actively involved in other professional activities (e.g., academic advising, forensics, NCA, regional or state offices, community service). The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque and a monetary award supported by the Donald H. Ecroyd Award Fund and will serve on the Award Selection Committee the following year.

Nominations must be sent to the Selection Committee Chairperson by someone well acquainted with the nominee’s qualifications. Self-nominations are encouraged. The nomination must include the following materials (copies will not be returned):

  • A cover letter recommending the person for the award, limited to two pages and providing a detailed rationale for why the person should receive the award
  • The nominee's vita that includes detailed reference to the nominee's achievements as a teacher, as a member of his/her profession, and as a member of the campus and community. Should the vita not provide such information, supplementary materials may be appended.
  • Up to three letters supporting the nomination
  • Documentation, including written evaluations, both from students and from faculty, indicating excellence in teaching. This should include:
    • Detailed lists of the nominee's achievements as a teacher, a member of his/her profession, and a member of the campus and community
    • Written statements, both descriptive and evaluative, by present and former students, colleagues in the nominee's academic discipline, campus administrators, and others qualified to comment upon the nominee's teaching and related contributions
    • All evaluations should include a description of the type of evidence used as a basis for judgment. Among those items that may be included are such things as evidence of numbers of students who have pursued further study in communication and ability to remain current with contemporary scholarly literature from the file.

Submission Information 
Nominations should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the Selection Committee Chairperson via email at macdoniels@hope.edu.

If sending by mail, send three copies of the nomination material to:
National Communication Association 
Attn: Donald H. Ecroyd Award for Outstanding Teaching in Higher Education
1765 N ST, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Committee Members 
Joseph MacDoniels, Chairperson 
Deanna P. Dannels
Katherine Grace Hendrix


Marcella E. Oberle Award for Outstanding Teaching in Grades K–12   

The award recognizes teachers in kindergarten through senior high school level who have exhibited both outstanding teaching and a commitment to the communication profession. The nominee must be considered "an outstanding teacher" by supervisors, colleagues, and students and must be committed to high standards and quality education and utilize innovative and/or exemplary teaching practices. The nominee also is expected to perform community service activities, contribute favorably to the speech communication profession, and have helped make speech communication an integral part of his/her school district. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque and monetary award supported by the Marcella Oberle Memorial Award Fund as well as a one-year NCA membership and will serve on the award Selection Committee the following year. 

Nominations must be sent to the Selection Committee Chairperson by someone well acquainted with the nominee’s qualifications. Self-nominations are encouraged. The nomination must include the following material:

  • A cover letter stating why the person should be recognized by the Association for distinguished teaching in grades K–12
  • The nominee’s curriculum vita
  • Letters of recommendation from three people familiar with the nominee’s qualifications 

Submission Information 
Nominations should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the Selection Committee Chairperson via email at jstreiff@oaklandcatholic.org.

Committee Members 

Jean Ann Streiff, Chairperson
John Heineman
Steve Meadows


Michael and Suzanne Osborn Community College Outstanding Educator Award  

This award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution through teaching at a community college. Nominees must be NCA members who have made outstanding contributions to education at community colleges and who exemplify excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service to the speech communication profession and have a minimum of five years of teaching experience at a community college. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony at the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque and a monetary award supported by the Michael and Suzanne Osborn Award Fund.

All nominations shall be made by someone familiar with the nominee's qualifications. Self-nominations are encouraged. Nominees must be current members of NCA. The nomination must include the following material:

  • A cover letter stating why the person should be recognized by NCA for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service to the communication profession. This letter should clearly outline specific strengths and contributions in each of the above areas.
  • The nominee's curriculum vita
  • Letters of recommendation from up to three people familiar with the nominee's qualifications. Note that additional letters will not be considered.
  • Materials demonstrating evidence of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service to the profession. Such items may include evidence of students who have pursued further study in communication, high standards of student achievement, faculty evaluations, scholarship in communication and related fields, and active participation in state, regional, and/or national communication associations and related organizations.

Submission Information 
Nominations should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the Selection Committee Chairperson via email at butland@austincc.edu.

Committee Members
Mark Butland, Chairperson
John Nash
Nancy J. Willets


Wallace A. Bacon Lifetime Teaching Excellence Award  

The award recognizes outstanding teaching by retired NCA members from any grade level from kindergarten through graduate school; NCA members who are not currently engaged in full-time teaching; and/or NCA members who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to teaching. Nominees, who must be a member of NCA at the time the nomination, are individuals who have exhibited a lifetime of dedication to distinguished teaching. A lifetime is operationally defined as at least 25 years of documented teaching excellence. Distinguished teaching should be demonstrated by outstanding instruction in the cognitive, motivational, and skill developments of students; the development of the intellectual independence, growth, and development of students; and the ability to impart knowledge about a course of study, with the specific ability to create an understanding and appreciation of the full scope and meaning of the discipline of communication in a teacher's area of specialization. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque supported by the Life Member Fund. The recipient will also serve on the award Selection Committee the following year. 

Nominations must be sent to the Selection Committee Chairperson by someone well acquainted with the nominee’s qualifications. Self-nominations are encouraged. Nominees must be current members of NCA. The nomination must include the following material:

  • A cover letter stating why the person should be recognized by the Association for distinguished teaching
  • The nominee's curriculum vita (CV) or resume
  • Letters of recommendation from three people familiar with the nominee's qualifications
  • Documentation of teaching excellence (e.g. teaching surveys and evaluations or published materials regarding the nominee's conception of communication education) 

Submission Information 
Nomination materials should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the Selection Committee Chairperson via email at ANN.DARLING@UTAH.EDU.

Committee Members
Ann Darling, Chairperson
Dacia Charlesworth
Paul Witt
James W. Chesebro
William J.Seiler


  Bernard J. Brommel Award for Outstanding Scholarship or Distinguished Service in Family Communication 

The award recognizes NCA members who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship or distinguished service in family communication. Contribution to the area of family communication may include research published in scholarly publications or leadership in instructional areas. Scholarship is broadly defined to include the spectrum of scholarly writing found in articles published in any NCA journal or by NCA members publishing in major research journals sponsored by other associations or organizations, or in book or monograph form. This award can also be given to someone who has made an outstanding contribution over a period of years to family communication through leadership, teaching, or promoting the area of family communication at the local, regional, or national level. The award also can be given to someone who combines both scholarly contributions and instructional leadership. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque and a monetary award from the Bernard J. Brommel Award for Outstanding Scholarship or Distinguished Service in Family Communication award fund.

Nominations must be sent to the Chairperson by someone well acquainted with the scholarship. Self-nominations are encouraged. Nominees must be current members of NCA. The nomination must include the following material:

  • A cover letter specifying the leadership, instructional or scholarly role that the candidate has achieved
  • Documentation of scholarly activities with the publisher or journal name(s), publication dates, and copies or examples of the scholarship (copies will not be returned)
  • Documentation of leadership or instructional achievements using information about the contributions
  • Up to three letters recommending the person for the award, limited to two pages and providing a detailed rationale for why the person should receive the award
  • The nominee's curriculum vita or resume

Submission Information 
Nominations should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the Selection Committee Chairperson via email at eparcell@uwm.edu.

Committee Members
Erin Sahlstein Parcell, Chairperson
Alan Sillars
Patricia Amason

 


Charles H. Woolbert Research Award  

The award recognizes a journal article or book chapter whose influence has grown with time, has become a stimulus for new conceptualizations of communication phenomena, and is reflective of the diversity of the discipline and its scholarly pursuits. Thus, the award will be reserved for an article or book chapter that at the time of the award is in its 10th through 15th year in print (i.e., published in 2001–2006 for consideration in 2016) and has not previously received an NCA-sponsored award (though previous winners of interest group-level awards are eligible). Preference will be given to nominations supporting original scholarship in NCA journals or book chapters in communication-based edited volumes. Nominations will be considered for two years, as long as the publication year is within the identified time frame. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque supported by Life Member Fund. A panel about the recipient’s scholarship will also take place at the NCA Annual Convention in the following year.
Nominations must be sent to the Selection Committee Chairperson. Self-nominations are encouraged.  The nomination must include the following material submitted electronically via PDFs.

  • A copy of the article or chapter
  • Nomination letters (no more than 3) demonstrating the article or book chapter's influence on the field over the relevant time period.
  • In addition, materials supporting the excellence of the scholarship (e.g. reviews, other interest group-level awards) may be submitted, but are not required.

Submission Information
Nominations should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the Selection Committee Chairperson via email at jbonito@email.arizona.edu.

Committee Members 
Joseph Bonito, Chairperson 
Travis Dixon
Ashley Duggan
Michelle Miller-Day
Jennifer Samp
Dustin Goltz
Eric King Watts


  Diamond Anniversary Book Award  

The award recognizes the most outstanding scholarly book published during the previous two calendar years based on the copyright date of the book. For the 2016 awards, books published in 2014 and 2015 are eligible. Please note that starting with the 2017 award, only books published in the preceding year will be eligible for the award. For example, for the 2017 award, only books published in 2016 will be eligible. In selecting the recipient for this award, “outstanding scholarship” shall include, but not necessarily be restricted to:

  • The generation of research judged to be critical to the discipline of communication
  • Dedication to excellence in the conception and method guiding the analysis
  • The presentation of findings that generate new insights and understandings regarding communication
  • Explicit sensitivity to the potential uses and value of the analysis for others in areas such as research, teaching, and application

The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque and monetary award from the Life Member Fund.

New for 2016: Only current individual members of NCA can nominate books for the award, including self-nominations. Self-nominations are encouraged. The nomination must include the following material (copies will not be returned):

  • Three copies of a cover letter stating why the book is deserving of recognition
  • Three copies of the book (copies will not be returned.)
  • Three copies of materials supporting the excellence of the book (e.g., reviews, other awards) may be submitted, but are not required.

Submission Information 
Send all three physical copies of the nomination material to the NCA National Office for distribution to the Selection Committee.

National Communication Association
Attn: Diamond Anniversary Book Award
1765 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Committee Members
Randy Lake, Chairperson, rlake@usc.edu
Vince Waldron
Phaedra Pezzullo


Donald P. Cushman Memorial Award  

The award recognizes excellence in honoring the top-ranked student-authored paper from any unit that competitively ranks papers for programming at the NCA Annual Convention.  The award is designed to honor Cushman’s mentorship of students, which centered around excellence in scholarship, as well as their socialization as scholars in the communication discipline. The Donald P. Cushman Award Selection Committee collects the top student papers from NCA Interest Groups and then reviews them in competition with each other. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque and monetary award from the Donald P. Cushman Memorial Award Fund.

Submission Information 

Nominations are not received from the membership or general public for this specific award. All potential student paper nominations go through the convention review process. Nominations then are submitted by the Program Chairperson/planner of each interest group that competitively ranks student-authored papers.  Planners are encouraged to submit their interest group’s top student paper. Interest groups need not give an interest group-based top student paper award to be eligible to submit a nominee.

For questions, please contact the Selection Committee Chairperson via email at derek.bolen@angelo.edu.  

Committee Members
Derek Bolen, Chairperson
Steve Martin
Heather Carmack
Joan Conners
Stacy Smulowitz


Douglas W. Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award   

The award honors distinguished scholars who have executed research programs in rhetorical theory, rhetorical criticism, or public address studies. The award is given to an NCA member who, through multiple publications and presentations around a rhetorical topic or theme, demonstrates intellectual creativity, perseverance, and impact on academic communities. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque and monetary award supported by the Douglas W. Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award Fund.

Nominations must be sent to the Selection Committee Chairperson by someone well acquainted with the nominee’s qualifications. Self-nominations are encouraged. Nominees must be current members of NCA.

The nomination must include the following material:

  • A cover letter stating why the person should be recognized with the Douglas W. Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award
  • The nominee’s curriculum vita
  • Letters of recommendation from up to three people familiar with the nominee’s qualifications 

Submission Information 
Nominations should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the Selection Committee Chairperson via email at rrowland@ku.edu.  

Committee Members
Robert C. (Robin) Rowland, Chairperson
Angela Ray
Celeste Condit


  Franklyn S. Haiman Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Freedom of Expression  

The award recognizes outstanding published research on freedom of expression. The award may be given to authors of scholarship published over the previous three years, as determined by the copyright date (January 2013–December 2015).

The body of scholarship that has appeared in the First Amendment Studies (formerly known as Free Speech Yearbook) broadly defines the spectrum of eligible scholarship. While First Amendment Studies serves as a model for defining the scope of eligible scholarship, the award also may recognize published scholarship in other journals, books, or monographs. Although the award is annual, it may be given to authors of scholarship published over the prior three years. Nominees must be NCA members at the time of nomination.  The content criteria for the award selection procedures shall be as follows:

  • The vitality and importance of the subject
  • The calculated impact of the study upon its audience
  • The quality of composition
  • The enduring value of the scholarship

The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque and a monetary award supported by the Franklyn S. Haiman Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Freedom of Expression award fund.

Nominations must be sent to the Selection Committee Chairperson by someone well acquainted with the monograph. Self-nominations are encouraged. Nominees must be current members of NCA. The nomination must include the following material: 

  • A cover letter specifying the publisher or journal name, the publication date, and a detailed rationale for why the article should receive the award
  • Three copies of the book or a .pdf copy of the monograph as an email attachment

 Submission Information
Nominations should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the Selection Committee Chairperson via email at dcwill@fau.edu.

Committee Members 
David Cratis Williams, Chairperson 
John W. Haas
Kyu Ho Youm


Gerald M. Phillips Award for Distinguished Applied Communication Scholarship  

The award recognizes NCA members responsible for authoring bodies of published research and creative scholarship in applied communication. The body of scholarship recognized by the award is to be broadly defined to include the spectrum of scholarship expressed by the Journal of Applied Communication Research (JACR). While JACR serves as a model for defining the scope of the award, the body of scholarship recognized may be published in any journals, books, or monographs, or published in media other than print, such as, but not limited to, film, video tape, audio tape, or radio. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque and a monetary award supported by the Gerald M. Phillips Award Fund. 

Nominations must be sent to the Selection Committee Chairperson by someone well acquainted with the monograph. Self-nominations are also encouraged. Nominees must be NCA members at the time of nomination. The nomination must include the following material (copies will not be returned):

  • A cover letter stating why the person should be recognized with the Award
  • The nominee’s curriculum vita
  • Letters of recommendation from three people familiar with the nominee’s qualifications
  • Up to five examples of the scholarship

Submission Information 

Nomination materials must be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the Selection Committee Chairperson via email at Steven.Venette@usm.edu.

Committee Members 
Steven Venette, Chairperson
Joann Keyton
Carolyn Karmon Shue


Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Awards   

The award recognizes outstanding dissertations of new scholars who recently have completed their dissertation. Only dissertations completed in the field during the previous calendar year are eligible. For the 2016 award, dissertations need to have been completed between January 1 and December 31, 2015. Generally, a completed dissertation is one that the committee has approved (and not based on the official university graduation date).

Up to three awards may be given in any year. Typically, but not necessarily, dissertation awards are given for different areas of study or methods of inquiry. The recipient(s) will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque and a monetary award primarily supported by Stacks Royalty fund and secondarily by the Life Member Fund.

Nominations must be sent to the Selection Committee Chairperson by a faculty member from the department in which the dissertation was completed. The Selection Committee will evaluate the nominated dissertations through a process of anonymized review. In drafting nominating letters, the writer should omit self-references, department references, and the name and affiliation of the dissertation’s author. All material should be submitted in PDF (a single Microsoft Word file is acceptable for the dissertation itself) with all identifying information removed (e.g., title pages, file property information, etc.).

The nomination package must consist of two files.

  • An email to the committee chair that includes complete and current contact information for the nominee and nominator as well as the following two files suitable for anonymized review:
    • 1.  A single PDF that contains the following:
      • A nomination letter written by the dissertation advisor or department chair;
      • One copy of a 500-word (maximum) abstract of the dissertation;
      • One copy of an article-length manuscript derived from the dissertation (30 double-spaced pages maximum, not counting tables, references, and appendices) or one selection from the dissertation that the applicant believes to be most representative of the dissertation (30 double-spaced pages maximum, not counting tables, references, and appendices).
    • 2. One complete copy of the dissertation (minus any identifying front-end pages) as either a PDF or MS Word file. If the entire dissertation cannot be transmitted as a single file attachment, please contact the committee chair to make alternate arrangements.

No co-authored materials will be considered, and no bound copies of the dissertation should be submitted because none of the materials will be returned to the nominees.

Submission Information 
Please email the two documents as attachments to the Committee Chairperson. Please use "Gerald R. Miller Award" in the subject line of the email and provide your full contact information. Send nominations to the Selection Committee Chairperson at nathan@maine.edu  

Committee Members
Nathan Stormer, Chairperson
Mike R. Allen, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Vanessa B. Beasley, Vanderbilt University
Keith Berry, University of South Florida
Heather E. Canary, University of Utah
Olga I. Davis, Arizona State University
Jeremy Engels, Pennsylvania State University  
Gary L. Kreps, George Mason University
Mary E. Stuckey, Georgia State University
Jessica L. Thompson, Northern Michigan University


Golden Anniversary Monograph Award  

The award recognizes the most outstanding scholarly monograph published during the previous calendar year based on copyright date. Monographs or articles may be in any of the areas of the communication arts and sciences. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque and monetary prize supported by the Life Member Fund.

Nominations must be sent to the Selection Committee Chairperson by someone well acquainted with the monograph. Self-nominations are encouraged. The nomination should consist of:

  • A cover letter specifying the publisher or journal name, the publication date, and a detailed rationale for why the article should receive the award
  • A copy of the monograph or article

Submission Information 
Nominations should be sent as a PDF attachment to the Selection Committee Chairperson via email at sparks@chapman.edu.

Committee Members
Lisa Sparks, Chairperson
Ginny McDermott
Sean Horan
Danielle Endres
R. Lance Holbert
Andrew Ledbetter


James A. Winans-Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address 

The award honors scholarship that has been published by NCA members from April through March of the previous year based on the copyright date. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque and a monetary award supported by the James A. Winans-Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address award fund.

Works are nominated by individuals and by presses. “Edited” books are not considered. Nominees must be NCA members at the time of nomination. Self-nominations are encouraged. The nomination must include the following material (copies will not be returned):

  • Three copies of a cover letter stating why the scholarship is deserving of recognition
  • Three copies of the published scholarship
  • Three copies of the evidence supporting the excellence of the scholarship may be submitted, but are not required.

 Submission Information 
Send all three physical copies of the nomination material to the NCA National Office for distribution to the Selection Committee.

National Communication Association
Attn: Winans-Wichelns Memorial Award 
1765 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Committee Members
Jeff Bennett, Chairperson, Jeffrey.a.bennett@vanderbilt.edu
Robin Jensen
Belinda Stillion Southard


James L. Golden Outstanding Student Essay in Rhetoric Award   

The award honors original essays focusing on the history, theory, or criticism of rhetoric both from undergraduates and graduate students who, at the time of submission, have not been awarded the M.A. degree. Essays will be read by a panel of three judges and will be evaluated for their contribution to the understanding of rhetorical process and outcomes, excellence of conception and grounding, weight of argument, strength of evidence, and eloquence of expression.

The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque and a monetary award supported by the James L. Golden Outstanding Student Essay in Rhetoric Award fund. The recipient will also deliver the paper in a session during the NCA Annual Convention. Submission of the paper will be taken as agreement to attend the convention. Recognition also will be given to a Laureate group of top-rated papers.

Essay length should be no greater than 20 pages of double-spaced text in 12-point font (not including endnotes) with author-identification information detachable. Essays may have been presented orally prior to submission but may not have been previously published. No more than one essay may be submitted as a solely authored or co-authored essay in a given year by a particular individual; in the case of multiple authors, all authors of record must be students; and award recognition shall be given to multiple authors and the prize stipend shall be divided among authors. Essays must be supported by a letter of nomination from a faculty member that may be sent separately. Self-nominations are encouraged. 

Submission Information 
Nominations should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the Selection Committee Chairperson at christiansen@macalester.edu.  

Committee Members
Adrienne Christiansen, Chairperson
Three additional members to be determined.


Karl R. Wallace Memorial Award  

The award is given to foster and promote philosophical, historical, or critical scholarship in rhetoric and public discourse. Nominees should be NCA members who have completed the Ph.D. within the past 10 years or who are well advanced in doctoral studies in rhetoric and public address. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque and a grant-in-aid from the Karl R. Wallace Memorial Award Fund.

Nominations must be sent to the Selection Committee Chairperson by someone well acquainted with the nominee’s qualifications. Self-nominations are encouraged. The nomination must include the following material (copies will not be returned):

  • A curriculum vitae of the nominee’s academic record, including publications, convention papers, learned or scholarly conferences in which the nominee participated, and other scholarly activity conducted or in progress
  • An explicit description of the uses to which the applicant proposes to put the grant-in-aid, including a clear definition and sketch of the research project or other scholarly undertaking to be served
  • Endorsements from not more than three people who are well acquainted with the applicant and the relevant field of scholarship, and competent to assess the worth of the undertaking, the applicant’s achievement, and potential in rhetorical scholarship

Submission Information 
Nominations should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the Selection Committee Chairperson via email at jason.black@ua.edu.

Committee Members
Jason Black, Chairperson 
Kristy Sheeler
Angela Jerome


Leslie Irene Coger Award for Distinguished Performance  

The Irene Coger Award recognizes outstanding careers in performance. Nominees may be directors, producers, teachers, or performers and must be members of NCA. The award is given for a body of performance or an outstanding career in performance. It may in exceptional cases be given to performers of a single or a smaller body of performance. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque and a monetary award supported by Leslie Irene Coger Award for Distinguished Performance Award Fund.

Nominations should be sent by someone well acquainted with the nominee's work. Self-nominations are encouraged.

The nomination must include the following material (copies will not be returned):

  • A cover letter recommending the person for the award, limited to two pages and providing a detailed rationale for why the person should receive the award
  • The nominee’s curriculum vita
  • Up to three letters supporting the nomination

 Submission Information
Nominations should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the Selection Committee Chairperson via email at Dustin.Goltz@gmail.com.

Committee Members
Dustin Goltz, Chairperson 
Ron Shields
Shauna MacDonald


Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance Studies  

The award recognizes NCA members who have published research and creative scholarship in interpretation and performance studies. The scholarship recognized by the award is to be broadly defined to include the spectrum of scholarship expressed by Text and Performance Quarterly (TPQ). While TPQ is to serve as a model for defining the scope of the award, the scholarship recognized by the award may be published in any NCA journal; a major research or literary journal of another association or organization; book or monograph form; or media other than a print, such as, but not limited to, live performance, film, videotape, photography, audiotape, and radio. The award is given to authors of scholarship published during the previous three-year period. The date of copyright of the published material will serve as the date of publication. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive and a monetary award from the Lilla A. Heston Award Fund.   

Nominations must be sent to the Selection Committee Chairperson by someone well acquainted with the scholarship. Nominees must be NCA members. Self-nominations are encouraged. The nomination must include the following material (copies will not be returned):

  • A cover letter specifying the scholarship (e.g., publisher or journal name, publication date)
  • A detailed rationale for why the scholarship should receive the award
  • Three copies or examples of the scholarship (when possible)

Submission Information 

Nominations should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the Selection Committee Chairperson via email at john_anderson@emerson.edu.

Committee Members
John Anderson, Chairperson 
Bruce Henderson
Dave Wendt


Mark L. Knapp Award in Interpersonal Communication  

The award honors career contributions to the study of interpersonal communication and recognizes individuals who have made significant scholarly contributions to the study of interaction and/or relational processes. This recipient also will have contributed to the quality of interpersonal communication through active involvement in the discipline, significant mentoring of students, and/or public service focused on interpersonal communication.

The criteria used in selection of the recipient include (1) overall contribution to scholarship in interpersonal communication, (2) importance of that work in extending/altering our understanding of interpersonal communication processes and outcomes, (3) the quality of the work he or she has contributed, (4) the time span of the contributions, and (5) the ways in which the person has worked to practice effective interpersonal communication through mentoring, teaching, public work, and/or service.

The recipient is selected a year in advance to allow a special convention panel to be scheduled during the following year’s NCA Annual Convention. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque supported by the Life Member Fund and a monetary award supported by Pearson Allyn & Bacon. Starting in 2018, the plaque and monetary award will be supported by the Mark L. Knapp Individual Endowment Award Fund.

The nomination must include the following material (copies will not be returned):

  • A detailed letter arguing for why the nominee ought to be recognized for the award
  • The nominee’s curriculum vita (CV)

Submission Information
Nominations should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the Selection Committee Chairperson via email at andy.merolla@gmail.com

Committee Members
Andy Merolla, Chairperson
Ascan Koerner
Linda Manning
Loretta Pecchioni


Stephen E. Lucas Debut Publication Award  

The award seeks to encourage and reward new scholars in the communication discipline. It aims to identify and hold up for praise a contribution to the discipline by an author or authors publishing their first scholarly book or essay. Scholars who have not previously received publication credit as an author or co-author of a refereed book, book chapter, or journal article (including articles in electronic-only journals) may submit their work. Book reviews, encyclopedia entries, and essays published in conference proceedings are not counted as publications with regard to eligibility for this award. To be eligible, a work must have been published during the previous calendar year. Authors who meet the eligibility criteria can be at any level of professional development, from undergraduate students to full professors. All authors of the submitted work must meet the eligibility criteria. Winning works will be selected based upon the highest standards of academic rigor. Submissions may address any area of communication research and may employ any methodology. They will be judged on their ability to open new fields of research for the discipline, for their potential to influence research in a particular area of the discipline, and/or for their potential to become standard reading for scholars in the discipline. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque and monetary award supported by the Stephen Lucas Debut Publication Award Fund.

Self-nominations are encouraged. The nomination must include the following material:

  • A cover letter stating why the nominated work is deserving of the award
  • A copy of the nominated work
  • A statement from the author(s) attesting that the author(s) has not received publication credit for any previous books, book chapters, or journal articles, including articles in journals outside the communication discipline
  • Complete curriculum vita of all nominees

Submission Information
Nominations should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the Selection Committee Chairperson via email to harden@duq.edu.

Committee Members
Janie Harden Fritz, Chairperson
Wendy Atkins-Sayre
Ann Darling


Robert J. Kibler Memorial Award   

The award recognizes NCA members who have demonstrated dedication to excellence, commitment to the profession, concern for others, vision of what could be, acceptance of diversity, and forthrightness. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque supported by the Robert J. Kibler Memorial Fund.

Nominations must be sent to the Professional Service Award Committee Chairperson by someone well acquainted with the nominee’s qualifications. Self-nominations are encouraged. 

The nomination must include the following material:

  • A cover letter stating why the person should be recognized with the Kibler Award
  • The nominee’s curriculum vita
  • Letters of recommendation from up to three people familiar with the nominee’s qualifications   

Submission Information
Nominations should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the Selection Committee Chairperson via email at moorenj@appstate.edu.

Committee Members
Nina-Jo Moore, Chairperson
Melbourne Cummings
Gustav Friedrich


Samuel L. Becker Distinguished Service Award  

The award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to both NCA and the profession. The award will be presented to the person judged to have made the greatest contribution to the Association and to the profession during her or his career. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque supported by the Life Member Fund.

Nominations must be sent to the Chairperson of the Professional Service Awards Committee by someone well acquainted with the nominee’s qualifications. Self-nominations are encouraged. The nomination must include the following material:

  • A cover letter stating why the person should be recognized by the Association for distinguished service to NCA and to the profession
  • The nominee’s curriculum vita (CV)
  • Letters of recommendation from three people familiar with the nominee’s qualifications

Submission Information
Nominations should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the Selection Committee Chairperson via email at moorenj@appstate.edu.

Committee Members
Nina-Jo Moore, Chairperson
Melbourne Cummings
Gustav Friedrich


Distinguished Scholar 

The NCA Distinguished Scholar Award was created in 1991 to recognize NCA members for a lifetime of scholarly achievement in the study of human communication. Recipients are selected to showcase the communication profession.

The awards are for a distinguished “career,” operationally defined as a person who has at least 20 complete years of scholarly contributions since his or her Ph.D. was awarded. This keeps the membership limited to scholars showing a long-term commitment, but does not limit the awardees to those of a particular age. These awards should, however, be considered "select"—only the people who we would present to others to showcase our profession. There are many active scholars in our profession, but the recipients of this award should be considered the "cream of the crop." Breadth in the selection process should be considered, but it should not in any way override the quality considerations. One award each year may be posthumous.

Nominations can be made by any current NCA member. Self-nominations will not be considered. Nominations of living scholars must include the following:

  1. A cover letter indicating who is making the nomination.
  2. C.V. of the person being nominated.
  3. Separate from the cover letter, a brief statement, not to exceed one page, in which the nominator contextualizes the nominee’s record as presented in the C.V. The brief statement should be unsigned and should not reveal the identity of the nominator. The purpose is to provide guidance to the voting Distinguished Scholars whose specialty areas may be removed from the nominee’s and who may wish assistance in understanding the C.V. The statements will be distributed to the voting Distinguished Scholars along with the nominee’s C.V. If the same person is nominated by multiple Distinguished Scholars, only one statement will be distributed to the voting Distinguished Scholars. In such a case, the Executive Director will select the statement to be distributed. Statements that exceed one page will be returned for editing. 

A persuasive letter of nomination can be substituted for a CV in cases of posthumous nominations.

No letters of reference or third party endorsements of nominations will be accepted.

The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque supported by the Mark L. Knapp Distinguished Scholar Fund.

Submission Information
Nominations should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the National Office via email at to nomination@natcom.org.

After nominations have been submitted, the statements and vitas of nominees will be sent to all voting Distinguished Scholars with a ballot asking each active member to rank order nominees. For a list of Distinguished Scholars, please visit www.natcom.org/DistinguishedScholars