Philosophy of 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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Top Student Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2023 Jack Lassiter, "Bewilderment, Inscription, and Freedom in the Rhetoric of Racial Capitalism"
2021 Cassidy Ellis,"Seeing is Be[liev]ing: A Feminist Theorizing of the Human through Communication, Technologies of Being, and Evidentiary Futility"
2020 Carrie Jones, "Facebook Groups, Governmentality, and the Shaping of the Surveilled Soul"
2016 Hannah Karolak, "The Precariat and Public Assembly: Performing Creative Dialogue in Assembly"
2015 Susan Mancino, “Philosophy of Communication and the Infinity of Lists: The Interplay of the Poetic and Pragmatic”
2014 Michael Lechuga, “The Nodal Nomad, Lines of Migration, and Landscapes of Citizenship”
2013 Jessica Sturgess

Top Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2023 Corey Reutlinger & Robter Razzante, "Theorizing a Communicative Ecology of Microaggressive Interactions"
2022 Kory Riemensperger, "Voice as Abjection/The Abject Voice: On Hearing (One’s) Self"
2021 Nathan Bedsole,"Unbearable Silence: Gun Violence and Lacan’s Discourse of the Analyst"
2020 Maryl McGinley, "Civility in Social Spaces: A Pedagogical Reflection"
2016 Garnet Butchart, "On the Impossiblity of Non-Communication"
2015 Brenton Malin, “Communicating with Objects: Ontology, Object-Orientations, and the Politics of Communication”
2014 Isaac Catt, “The Two Sciences of Communication in Philosophical Contexts”
2013 Heather Curry, “Precarity, Community and Panhandling in Tampa Bay: Seeking a Theoretical Framework at the Local Scale”
2012 Pat Arneson, “A Creative Turning: Communicative Participation in Tymieniecka’s Logos of Life”

Distinguished Book Award

Year Award Winner
2023 Marcin Lewiński and Mark Aakhus, Argumentation in Complex Communication: Managing Disagreement in a Polylogue, published by Cambridge University Press in 2023.
2022 Nathan R. Johnson, University of South Florida, Architects of Memory: Information and Rhetoric in a Networked Archival Age, published by University Alabama Press in 2020.
2021 Deborah Eicher-Catt, Recovering the Voice in Our Techno-Social World: On the Phone (Lexington Books, 2020)
2020 Garnet C Butchart, Embodiment, Relation, Community: A Continental Philosophy of Communication (Penn State University Press, 2019)
2018 Isaac E. Catt, Embodiment in the Semiotic Matrix: Communicology in Peirce, Dewey, Bateson, and Bourdieu (Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2017)
2016 Lisbeth Lipari
2015 Frank Macke, The Experience of Human Communication: Body, Flesh, and Relationship (Farleigh Dickinson University Press. 2014)
2014 Pat Arneson, Communicative Engagement and Social Liberation: Justice Will Be Made (Farleigh Dickinson University Press. 2014)
2013 Ronald C. Arnett and Anette M. Holba, An Overture to Philosophy of Communication (Peter Lang 2012)
2012 Igor Klyukanov, A Communication Universe: Manifestations of Meaning, Stagings of Significance (Lanham, MA : Lexington Books, 2010)

Distinguished Book Chapter Award

Year Award Winner
2022 Lisa M. Corrigan, University of Arkansas, "The Gun as (Race/Gender) Technê," published in Rhetoric and Guns in 2022.  
2021 Wolfgang Suetzl, "Who and What of Sharing: A Phenomenological View" in Handbook of the Sharing Economy, edited by Russell W. Belk, Giana M. Eckhardt and Fleura Bardhi
2020 Jenny Korn, "‘Genderless’ Online Discourse in the 1970s: Muted Group Theory in Early Social Computing,” in Ada’s Legacy, edited by Robin Hammerman and Andrew L. Russell
2018 Meredith A. Johnson and Nathan R. Johnson, "Can Objects be Moral Agents? Psthuman Praxis in Public Transportation" in Kristin R. Moore and Daniel P. Richards, eds., Posthuman Praxis in Technical Communication (New York: Routledge, 2017), 121-140;4
2016 Ramsey Eric Ramsey
2015 Richard L. Lanigan, “Information Theories” in Paul Cobley and Peter Schulz (eds.) Theories and Models of Communication, Vol. 1 (Handbooks of Communication Science, 22 vols., 2012-2019)
2014 Isaac Catt, “Korzybski and Charles Sanders Peirce” in Corey Anton and Lance Strate (eds.) Korzybski And…
2013 Frank Macke, “Intrapersonal Communicology: Reflection, Reflexivity, and Relational Consciousness in Embodied Subjectivity” in Communicology: The New Science of Embodied Discourse. Deborah Eicher-Catt and Isaac E. Catt [Eds.] (Madison Teaneck, NJ: Farleigh Dickinson University Press)

Distinguished Journal Article Award

Year Award Winner
2023 Meredith Neville-Shepard, “'Better Never Means Better for Everyone': White Feminist Necropolitics and Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale," published in Quarterly Journal of Speech in 2023
2022 Deborah Eicher-Catt, The Pennsylvania State University, "The Aesthetics of Communication: Poetic Iconicity, the Voice of Enunciation, and the Art of Conversation," published in Language and Semiotic Studies in 2021
2021 No award given
2020 Thomas A. Discenna, “Rhetoric’s Ghost at Davos: Reading Cassirer in the Rhetorical Tradition,” Rhetorica 23, no. 3 (2014): 245–66.
2018 John Dowd, "Moments that Matter: Educational Entanglements and Ecologies of Action," Review of Communication 17 (2017) 3-17.
2016 Jason Hannan
2015 Garnet C. Butchart, “The Uncertainty of Communication as Revealed by Psychoanalysis,” Review of Communication 13 (2013): 66-84.
2014 Jason Hannon, “Alasdair MacIntyre’s Contribution to Communication Theory,” Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication 4 (2012): 183–198.
2013 Garnet Butchart, “Camera as Sign: On the Ethics of Unconcealment in Documentary Film and Video,” Social Semiotics 23 (2012): 675-690
2012 Isaac E. Catt, “The Signifying Worls between Ineffability and Intelligibility: Body as Sign in Communicolog0y,” Review of Communication 11 (2011): 122-144.

Top Edited Book Award

Year Award Winner
2022 Peter Zhang, Grand Valley State University, “Interality”
2021 No award given
2020 No award given
2019  No award given
2018 Andrew R. Smith, Isaac E, Catt, and Igo E. Klyukanov, eds., Communicology for he Human Sciences: Lanigan and the Philosophy of Communication (New York: Peter Lang, 2018)
2016 Briankle G. Chang and Garnet C. Butchart