The Donald P. Cushman Memorial Award recognizes Dr. Cushman’s mentorship of students, which centered on excellence in scholarship, as well as socialization as scholars in the communication discipline. The award honors the top-ranked student-authored paper from all NCA units that competitively rank papers for programming at the NCA Annual Convention.
Sonia Ivancic, Ohio University, "Biopower and Disciplining Bodies in the Wake of an 'Obesity Epidemic': A Poststructural Feminist Analysis of the Soda Ban"
||Melissa Meade, Temple University, "In the Shadow of the Coal Breaker: Place and Landscape in the Anthracite Coal Mining Region"
||Kathleen M. de Onis, Indiana University, "Toxic Coloniality: Extracting Natural Gas Industry Rhetoric and Resisting its Appeals"
||Hillary Palmer, University of Georgia, "Mexico's Drug War Feminized: The New York Times and Visual Narratives of Dichotomized Women"
||David Askay, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, "Silence in the Crowd: The Spiral of Silence Contributing to the Positive Bias of Opinions in an Online Review System"
||Katie Margavio Striley, Ohio University, "Last One Picked in Gym: Reclaiming Narrative Voice in Gifted Children's Stories of Ostracism"
||Elizabeth Lenaghan, Northwestern University, “Making Material Matter: How Contemporary Collectors Remediate the Medium of the Book”
||Abigail Selzer King, Purdue University, “Drawing Paul Revere as a Klansman: Image, Rhetoric, and Anachronistic Arguments for Legitimacy” & Bryan McCann, Marian University, "Genocide as Representative Anecdote: Crack Cocaine, the CIA, and the Nation of Islam in Gary Webb’s ‘Dark Alliance’”
||Eric S. Jenkins, University of Georgia, “The Towers of Babble and the Passage of the USA PATRIOT Act.”
||Andy J. Merolla, The Ohio State University, “Modeling Relational Continuity in Distance Relationships”