Spiritual Communication Division

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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Top Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2017 Adam Smidi and Lara Lengel, "The Relevance of Interfaith Community-Building and Khutab to Counter Islamophobia"
2016 Becky L. DeGreeff, "Can I Actually be an Enlightened Catholic Spiritualist? Tensions Surrounding My Religious and Spiritual Identity Evolution"
2015 Lara Lengel, Heather Holdsworth, and Sandra Tebbe, “Embracing opportunities for partnetship building between faith-based nonprofit community organization professionals and communication scholars: Enacting social change along the Secular-Religious Identity Spectrum”
2014 David Walton, “(Re)Embracing the spirit: Exploring the multivocalic relationship between Christian education and spiritual formation”
2014 Liz Barr, “Spiritual Narratives and the Icarus Project: Disidentification and Rhetoric of Liberation”
2014 John Hochheimer and Benjamin Lyons, “Spirituality Studies: A Status Report from the Field”
2014 Mary Grace Antony, “’It’s Not Religious, but it’s Spiritual’: Appropriation and the Universal Spirituality of Yoga”
2013 Ryan Chesnut, “Christian Fathers’ Perceptions of Their Role in Childcare Decisions”
2013 Abhik Roy, “Connecting Christian Manliness with Hindu Spiritualism: Swami Vivekananda’s Rhetoric of Hindnu Nationalism”
2013 Emily M. Cramer, Kelly E. Tenzek, Mike Allen, “Recognizing Success in the Chaplain Profession: Connecting Perceptions to Practice”
2013 Sara Mourad, “The Execution of Saddam Hussein"

Top Student Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2017 Gregory Davis, Matthew Albright, and Jacob Detelich, "Sowing the Seeds' of Parasocial Persuasion: A content Analysis of Televangelism and the Prosperity Gospel"
2016 Lindy Grief Davidson, "Do You Believe in Miracles? Spiritual Conversations in Pediatric Palliative Care" 
2015 Nicole Sikora Heschong, “Bearing witness: Pet obituaries as spiritual communication”