Instructional Development 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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Top Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2023 Sara LaBelle, Allie White, and Emma Forman, "Graduate Students' Privacy Boundaries in Communicating about Mental Health with their Advisors"
  Pauline C. Alvarez, "Hood Girls Gettin' Hooded: The Impact of Preserved Comments and the Other Half of the Story"
  Mark P. Orbe & Jou-Chen Chen, "Manifesting the Freedom to Teach-Learn: Engaging Through a Pedagogy of the Taboo"
  Zac D. Johnson, "Student-to-Teacher Confirmation: The Development and Validation of a Student-to-Teacher Confirmation Scale"
2021 Xialing Lin, Renee Kaufmann, Stephen Spates, Kenneth A. Lachlan, & Patric R. Spence;"Exploring Students’ Perceptions of Identity and Helper Heuristics in the Online Classroom Discussion Board"
  Melissa Lucas, Lindsey B. Anderson, & Katlin Gray"Micro, Meso, and Macro: A Multi-Level Approach to Civic Engagement in the Communication Classroom"
  Matt Shin, Alan K. Goodboy, & San Bolkan"Profiles of Doctoral Students’ Self-Determination: Motivation, Burnout, and Instructional Dissent in Graduate School"
  Kristen Farris, Marian L. Houser, & Erik Timmerman"Restoring the Teacher-Student Relationship amidst Turbulence"
2019 Cathlin Clark-Gordon & Nicholas David Bowman, "Instructor-Student Out-of-Class Communication: A Media Multiplexity Approach"
  Jessalyn I. Vallade, "Instructor Misbehavior Frequency, Severity, and Impact on Learning: Comparing Student and Teacher Perceptions"
  Hannah E. Jones & Sean M. Horan, "Guns on campus: Campus carry and instructor-student communication"
  Emily Haverkamp, "Predicting Disclosure of Student Mental Health Problems to Instructors: A Communication Privacy Management Perspective"
2018 Kristin Farris, Marian Houser, Logan Carpenter, Trevor Kauer, Hlly Van Eynde, "The Road to Hel(!)copter Teaching: An Emperical Examination of a New Student Communication Construct"
2016 Nicholas T. Tatum, Brandi N. Frisby, Derek Ray Lane, and Elif Bengu, "Learner Empowerment Across Cultures: The Influence of Learner Empowerment on Student Outcomes in U.S. and Turkish University Classrooms"
  San Bolkan, Alan K. Goodboy, and Scott A. Myers, "Conditional Processes Behind Effective Instructor Communication and Student Increases in Cognitive Learning"
  San Bolkan, "Development and Validation of the Clarity Indicators Scale"
  Dana Borzea and Alan K. Goodboy, "When instructors self-disclose but misbehave: Conditional effects on student engagement and interest"
2015 San Bolkan, and Alan K. Goodboy, “Rhetorical Dissent as an Adaptive Response to Classroom Problems: A Test of Protection Motivation Theory”
  Natalie Yrisarry, Lindsay Neuberger, and Ann Neville Miller, “Instructor Response to Uncivil Behaviors in the Classroom: An Application of Politeness Theory”
  Zachary Goldman, Alan K. Goodboy and Keith D. Weber, “Reconsidering Student Motivation: An Application of Self-Determination Theory”
  Scott Titsworth, Joseph Mazer, Alan k. Goodboy, San Bolkan, and Scott Myers, “Two Meta-Analyses Exploring the Relationship between Teacher Clarity and Student Learning”
1991 Philip A. Thompson
1990 Virginia Richmond
1989 Marjorie Nadler & Lawrence Nadler
1988 Eva Rose & Daniel Canary
1987 Patricia Kearney, Timothy Plax, Gail Sorenson, and Vail Smith
1986 Robert Abelman
1985 Joe Ayres & Tim Hauck
1984 James Hughey
1983 Patricia Kearney, Timothy Plax, Virginia Richmond, and James McCroskey
1982 Peter Andersen
1981 Ann Staton-Spicer

Top Panel Award

Year Award Winner
2023 Lionnell "Badu" Smith, Divine Narkotey Aboagye, La Royce Batchelor, Bisadeep Bhattacharyya, DiArron M., & Kelly L. Opdycke, "Let Freedom Teach! Towards an Instructional Communication of Freedom"
2016 Theodore Avtgis, Deanna L. Fassett, Ann B. Frymier, Alan K. Goodboy, Jeff Kerssen-Griep, Jason J. Teven, and Scott Titsworth, "Best Research Ideas from Leading Instructional Scholars"
2015 Carolyn Cunningham, Holly Custard- Pearson, Bahaa Gameel, Andrew Iliadis, and Carolyn Cunningham, “Embracing Opportunities of MOOCs”

Distinguished Article Award

Year Award Winner
2023 Hayeon Song, Jihyun Kim, and Wen Luo, "Teacher-Student Relationship in Online Classes: A Role of Teacher Self-Disclosure" published in Computers in Human Behavior in 2016.
2022 Jeffrey H. Kuznekoff, Stevie Munz, & Scott Titsworth, "Mobile Phones in the Classroom: Examining the Effects of Texting, Twitter, and Message Content on Student Learning," published in Communication Education in 2022. 
2021 No award given
2020 Katherine G. Hendrix & Cicely Wilson, “Virtual Invisibility: Race and Communication Education,” Communication Education, 63:4, 405-428.
2019 Jeffrey H. Kuznekoff & Scott Titsworth, "The Impact of Mobile Phone Usage on Student Learning," Communication Education, 62:3, 233-252.
2018  Frymier, A. & Houser, M. (2000). "The teacher-student relationship as an interpersonal relationship." Communication Education, 49, 207-219. 
2017 Joseph Mazur, Cheri Simonds, & Richard Murphy. "I'll See You on Facebook: The Effects of Computer-Mediated Teacher Self-Disclosure on Student Motivation, Affective Learning, and Classroom Climate." Communication Education, 56(1):1--17.
2014 Paul L. Witt, Lawrence R. Wheeless, and Mike Allen, “A Meta-Analytical Review of the Relationship Between Teacher Immediacy and Student Learning,” Communication Monographs 71 (2004): 184-207.
2013 Patricia Kearney, Timothy G. Plax, Virginia P. Richmond, and James C. McCroskey “Power in the Classroom III: Teacher Communication Techniques and Messages,” Communication Education 34 (1985): 19-28.

Top Student Paper

Year Award Winner
2021 Maria Hannah"Harmful Self-disclosures in Classroom Contexts: Instructor Descriptions of Associated Vulnerability, Fear and Risk"
2018 James Baker, Alan Goodboy, "The Choice is Yours: The effects of atonomy-supportive instruction on students' learning and communication"