Applied Communication Division

Interest Group Awards

Listed here are awards given by the Interest Group to its members. Interests Groups are smaller communities within NCA's large membership that provide a range of resources including networking opportunities, Annual Convention programming, leadership opportunities, awards, and specialized information dissemination channels, among others.

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The Bill Eadie Distinguished Scholarly Article Award

Year Award Winner
2023 Elizabeth A. Hintz and Janelle Applequist, "E-Sisters and the Essure Coil: Power, Representation and Voice in Women’s Public Docket Accounts to the FDA of Medical Device Adverse Events," published in Journal of Applied Communication Research.
2022 Amy K. Way, "Cruel Optimism as Organizing Strategy in USA Gymnastics: The Threat of High-Stakes Organizations in Precarious Times," published in Human Relations in 2021.
2021 Jaiwei Sophia Fu, Michelle Shumate, & Noshir Contractor, for "Organizational and Individual Innovation Decisions in an Interorganizational System: Social Influence and Decision-Making Authority," published in Journal of Communication in 2020.
2020 Joshua B. Barbour, Jeffrey W. Treem, and Brad Kolar, for "Analytics and Expert Collaboration: How Individuals Navigate Relationships when Working with Organizational Data," published in Human Relations in 2016.
2019 Catalina de Onis, for "Fueling and Delink from Energy Coloniality in Puerto Rico." Journal of Applied Communication Research 46.5 (2015) 535-60.   
2018 Joshua B. Barbour, Marissa J. Doshi, and Leandra H. Hernandez, "Telling Global Health Stories: Narrative Message Design for Issues Management" Communication Research 43.6 (2016) 810-843. 
2017 Joshua B. Barbour and Eric P. James. "Collaboration for Compliance: Identity Tensions in the Interorganizational and Interdisciplinary Regulation of a Toxic Waste Storage Facility" Journal of Applied Communication Research (2015)
2016 Natalie J. Stroud, Joshua M. Scacco, Ashley Muddiman, and Alexander L. Curry, "Changing Deliberative Norms on News Organizations' Facebook Sites" Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 20 (2015): 188-203
2015 Erin E. Donovan, Brittani Crook, Laura E. Brown, Angie E. Pastorek, Camille A. Hall, Michael S. Mackert, and Keri K. Stephens, “An Experimental Test of Medical Disclosure and Consent Documentation: Assessing Patient Comprehension, Self- Efficacy, and Uncertainty” Communication Monographs 81 (2014): 239-260
2014 Suzy D’Enbeau and Adrianne Kunkel, “(Mis)managed Empowerment: Exploring Paradoxes of Practice in Domestic Violence Prevention” Journal of Applied Communication Research 41 (2013): 141-159
2014 Daena J. Goldsmith, Jennifer J. Bute & Kristin A. Lindholm, “Patient and partner strategies for talking about lifestyle change following a cardiac event” Journal of Applied Communication Research 40 (2012): 65-86
2012 Sarah Jane Tracy and Kendra Dyanne Rivera “Endorsing equity and applauding stay-at-home moms: How males on work-life reveal aversive sexism and flickers of transformation” Management Communication Quarterly 24 (2010): 3-43

The Sue DeWine Distinguished Scholarly Book Award

Year Award Winner
2023 Leland Spencer, for Rape, Agency, and Carceral Solutions: From Criminal Justice to Social Justice
2022 Yael Warshel, for "Experiencing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Children, Peace Communication and Socialization" published by Cambridge University Press in 2021.
2021 Hamilton Bean, for Mobile Technology and the Transformation of Public Alert and Warning
2021 Kurt Braddock, for Weaponized Words: The Strategic Role of Persuasion in Violent Radicalization and Counter-Radicalization (Cambridge University Press)
2020 Gregory A. Cranmer, for Athletic Coaching: A Communication Perspective
2019 Sarah Jane Blithe, Anna Wiederhold Wolfe, and Breanna Mohr, for "Sex and Stigma: Stories of Everyday Life in Nevada's Legal Brothels."
2018 Brent D. Ruben, Richard De Lisi, and Ralph A. Gigliotta, "A Guide for LEaders in Higher Education: Core Concepts, Competencies, and Tools" (Stylus Publishing)
2017 Mohamed Zayani, "Networked Publics and Digital Contention: The Politics of Everyday Life in Tunisia" (Oxford University Press, 2015)
2017 Sarah Bishop, "U.S. Media and Migration: Refugee Oral Histories" (Routledge, 2016)
2016 Kirsten Foot, "Collaborating Against Human Trafficking: Cross-Sector Challenges and Practices" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015)
2015 Esther Yook, “Culture Shock for Asians in U.S. Academia: Breaking the Model Minority Myth” (2013)
2014 Craig Scott “Anonymous Agencies, Backstreet Business, and Covert Collectives: Rethinking Organizations in the 21st Century” (Stanford University Press, 2013)
2013 Spoma Jovanovic “Democracy dialogue and community action: Truth and reconciliation in Greensboro” (Fayettville, AR: University of Arkansas Press, 2012)
2012 Elaine Wittenberg-Lyles, Joy Goldsmith, Sandra L. Ragan, and Sandra Sanchez-Reilly “Dying with Comfort: Family Illness Narratives and Early Palliative Care” (Hampton Press, 2010)

Distinguished Edited Book Award

Year Award Winner
2022 Sarah J. Blithe & Janell C. Bower, for "Badass Feminist Politics: Exploring Radical Edges of Feminist Theory, Communication, and Activism." published by Rutgers University Press in 2021.
2021 Peter M. Kellett, Stacey L. Connaughton, & George Cheney, for Transforming Conflict and Building Peace: Community Engagement Strategies for Communication Scholarship and Practice
2020 Christina S. Beck and Richard West, for The Routledge Handbook of Communication and Bullying
2019 Peter M. Kellett, for"Narrating Patienthood: Engaging Diverse Voices on Health, Communication, and the Patient Experience."
2017 Michael W. Kramer, Laurie K. Lewis, and Loril M. Gossett, "Volunteering and Communication Volume II: Studies in Intercultural and International Contexts" (Peter Lang, 2015)
2016 Leland G. Spencer and Jamie C. Capuzza, "Transgender Communication Studies: Histories, Trends, and Trajectories" (Lexington Books, 2015)
2015 Lawrence Frey and David Palmer, “Teaching Communication Activism: Communication Education for Social Justice” (Hampton, 2014)
2014 Michael Kramer, Laurie Lewis, and Loril Gossett “Volunteering and Communication: Studies from Multiple Contexts” (Peter Lang Publishing, 2013)
2013 Benjamin Bates & Rukhsana Ahmed (2012), “Medical communication in clinical contexts” (Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt)
2012 Lynn M. Harter, Jane Hamel-Lambert, and Judith L. Millesen, “Participatory Partnerships for Social Action and Research” (Kendal Hunt Publishing Co., 2011)
2011 John Allen Hendricks and Robert E. Denton, Jr., "Communicator-in-Chief: How Barack Obama Used New Media Technology to Win the White House" (Lexington Books, 2010)

Distinguished Journal Special Issue Award

Year Award Winner
2020 Brian J. Houston and Patrice M. Buzzanell for, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Volume 48, Issue 1, "Communication and Resilience: Advances in Theory and Application"
2017 Joy Goldsmith and Elaine Wittenberg (Eds.) "Family and Health Communication" Southern Communication Journal (2015)
2016 Craig R. Scott (Ed.), "Bringing Hidden Organizations out of the Shadows" Management Communication Quarterly 29 (2015): 503-511
2015 Sally Jackson and Mark Aakhus (Eds.), “Communication and Design” Journal of Applied Communication Research (2014)
2014 Anthony J. Roberto (Ed.), “The Extended Parallel Process Model: Two Decades Later” Health Communication (2013)
2012 Laura Stafford and Prabu David “Special issue on Religion & Spirituality” Journal of Applied Communication Research 39 (2011): 331-333

Top Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2021 Tess M. Buckley, Rikishi T. Rey, Olivia Lounsbury, Madeline Claire Guzaitis, Olivia Vance, Keith D. Weber, & Jennifer H. Waldeck, "Combating the Water Crisis Through Transformative Messaging: An Application of Psychological Reactance Theory and Gain and Loss Framing"
2021 J. Kevin Barge, "Engaging Intervention in Communication Research"
2021 Seungyoon Lee, Laura Siebeneck, Bailey C. Benedict, Takahiro Yabe, Caitlyn M. Jarvis, & Satish Ukkusuri, "Patterns of Social Support and Trajectories of Household Recovery After Superstorm Sandy"
2021 Deborah D. Sellnow-Richmond, Scott A. Sellnow-Richmond, Marta Natalia Lukacovic, & Lynzee Kraushaar, "What Message Should I Follow? Examining Leadership Communication during the COVID-19 Pandemic in the U.S."
2018 Fanny Ramirez, "Communication Privacy Management and Digital Evidence in a Domestic Violence Felony Case"
2017 Deborah D. Sellnow-Richmond, Julie M. Novak, and Matthew W. Seeger, "The Communicative Relationship between the Nonprofit Organization and Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Stakeholders in a Reproductive Healthcare Setting"
2017 Timothy L. Sellnow, Deanna Sellnow, Robert S. Littlefield, Morgan C. Getchell, and Emily Helsel, "Risk and Crisis Messages from an Industry on the Front Line: Lessons Learned from the PEDv Outbreak in the United States"
2017 Leslie Ramos Salazar, "The Effect of Patient Self-Advocacy on Patient Satisfaction: Exploring Self-Compassion as a Mediator"


Tyler R. Harrison, Fan Yang, Susan E. Morgan, David Anderson, Jessica Wendorf Muhamad, and Ed Talavera, "The invisible danger of bunker gear transfer: A theory-base intervention to increase post-fire decontamination to reduce cancer risk in firefighters"
2016 Deanna Sellnow, Joel O. Iverson, and Timothy Sellnow, "The Evolution of the Operational Earthquake Forecasting (OEF) Community of Practice (CoP): The L'Aquila Communication Crisis as a Triggering Event for Organizational Renewal"
2015 Emily Haas, Dana Willmer (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Andrea Cecala “Embracing Formative Research and Partnership Opportunities to Develop Tailored Health Communication Interventions for the Mining Industry”
2015 Jeanette M. Dillon & Kate Magsamen Conrad, “Embracing Participation: Applying Community Based Participatory Research in the Health Communication Classroom”
2015 Sarah Francis, Cecilia Lopez, Kelly McEvoy, Kelly Robinson, Guolan Yang, and James D. Ivory, “Organizations on Instagram: How Post Content and Characteristics Predict User Responses”
2014 Lacy G. McNamee and Brittany L Peterson, “Committing Time and Self: Examining ‘High-Stakes’ Volunteers”
2014 Lynsey K. Romo, Christine Davis, and Alyssa Fea, “You Never Know What’s Gonna Happen”: An Examination of Communication Strategies Used by Collegiate Athletes to Manage Uncertainty”
2014 Heather J. Carmack, C. Leigh Nelson, Tatjana M. Magdalena Hocke-Mirzashvili, and Eric Fife, “The Impact of College Students’ Communication Adaptability on Perceptions of Mental Health Attitudes and Stigma”
2014 Kathryn E. Anthony and Timothy L. Sellnow, “The Role of the Message Convergence Framework in Obstetricians’ Clinical and Communicative Practices”
2013 Christina Jones, Rosaline Obeng-Ofori, Agaptus Anaele , Stacey L. Connaughton, Kelly S. Vibber, Dorothy M. Snyder, Kai Kuang, and Shavonne Shorte, “Connecting with local communities to prevent political violence in West Africa: Making a difference through engaged communication scholarship”
2013 Bobby L. Rozzell and Ryan S. Bisel, “The Apparent Contradiction of Framing in Authentic Leadership: Moral Leaders’ Image Risk Taking”
2013 Jennifer J. Cornacchione, Sandi W. Smit, Merry Morash, Miriam Northcutt Bohmert, Jennifer Cobbina, Deborah Kashy, “Topic of, and Reactions to, Female Offenders’ Memorable Messages from Probation and Parole Officers”
2013 Patric R. Spence, Kenneth A. Lachlan, Autumn P. Edwards, Chad Edwards, “Tweeting Fast Matters, but Only if I Think About It: The Mediating Role of Cognitive Elaboration on Source Credibility and Information Seeking”

Top Student Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2018 Fanny Ramirez, "Communication Privacy Management and Digital Evidence in a Domestic Violence Felony Case"
2017 Michelle A. Fetherston, "Applying the Comprehensive Model of Information Seeking to College Student Career Information Seeking on the Internet"
2017 Alexandra N. Sousa, "Fit for Diversity? Faculty Mentoring Experiences of Female Faculty of Color"
2017 Michael Major, "Resume Research Questions through the Seven Philosophical Foundations of Communication"
2017 Xiaodi Yan, "Communication of Stigma on Migrant Workers in China: The Effect of In-group Communication and Intergroup Contact"
2016 Daniel Socha, "Civilizing the uncivilized: A Postcolonial analysis of refugee resettlement" 
2015 Danielle Catona, “Idea generation and message planning: Older adult cognitive and attitudinal responses to fall prevention interventions”
2014 Jessica L Ford, Seth S. Frei, and Jacob Ford, “A Network Under Stress: A Theoretical Examination of Embeddedness and Uncertainty Reduction in Campus Emergencies”
2014 Robert Carroll and Preeti Mudliar, “How Cancer Affects Others: An Analysis of Student Narratives About Cancer”
2014 Jonathan Friesem, “Re-connecting foster youth through media literacy intervention: Results from a two-year research”
2014 Claire Chase, “A Case for Applied Rhetorical Methodology.”
2013 John Nicholson, James Codling, Joon Su Lim, Bonnie Oppenheimer, Thomas Robinson, Shane Warren, Ben Wax, Mark A. Goodman, “Applying and Revising Message Design Logic to Address the Lack of Participation of Women in STEM Fields”
2013 Laura L. Burton, “Discursive Structuration Theory: The Structuration of PTSD Illness Concept Cells”
2013 Kristina M. Scharp, Christina G. Paxman, Lindsey Thomas, “Homesickness Experiences and Social Support Seeking Practices”
2013 Stephanie L. Dailey, “Making (and Breaking) Sense of Membership: Organizational Identification through Anticipatory Socialization”