Master's Education Section

Interest Group Award

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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Outstanding/Innovative Master’s Degree Program Award

Year Award Winner
2018 Texas State University
2017 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
2015 Villanova University
2014 Colorado State University
2013 Illinois State University
2012 Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis

Outstanding Graduate Mentor in Master’s Education Award

Year Award Winner
2018 Dr. Myria Allen
2017 Gust Yep
2015 Andrew Ledbetter
2014 Karrin Vasby Anderson
2013 Sandra Metts
2012 Laura Prividera

Top Master's Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2015 Marian L. Houser, Peter T. Ingwersen, Michael Burns, and Melinda Villagran, “Assessing the Behavioral Intent of College Students’ Binge Drinking and Risky Sexual Behavior: A Graduate Student Service Learning Project”
2014 Yuan Wang, "How Do Sports Organizations Use Social Media to Build Relationships? A Content Analysis of NBA Clubs’ Twitter Use" 

Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award

Year Award Winner
2018 Rhetorical- Ashley Clayborn
2018 Quantitative- Alice Fernari
2018 Qualitative- Courtney Hook
2017 Quantitative - Joy Cherfan, University of Arkansas
2017 Qualitative - William T. Howe, Texas Christian University
2017 Rhetorical - Ryan Bince, Syracuse University
2014 Quantitative - Maura Cherney, Illinois State University
2014 Rhetorical - Sarah Evans, Syracuse University
2013 Anna Wright and Julie Wight
2012 Vince Santilli “The Effects of Power distance and Gender on the Perceived Use of Nonverbal Immediacy Behaviors in Symmetrical and Asymmetrical Power Conditions: A Cross-Cultural Study”
2012 Jenna Hanchey, “A Postcolonial Analysis of Peace Corps Volunteer Narratives: The Political Construction of the Volunteer, Hew Work and Her Relationship to the ‘Host Country National’”

Top Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2012 Meg Tully, “The Penis Does the Picking’: Courtship on Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker”