2018 NCA Award Calls

April 01, 2018

Members are invited to submit nominations for the following awards. Nominations should be submitted per the instructions for each call no later than April 1 (unless other wise indicated in individual call). Award descriptions, nomination criteria, and submission information can be found by clicking on the name of award below. With the exception of the Distinguished Scholar Award and the James L. Golden Outstanding Student Essay in Rhetoric Award, nominees will be informed of the results in August.

Awards for Outstanding Teaching

The award is given to honor an NCA member who exemplifies superlative teaching in higher education. Nominees must hold a master's degree or higher in the speech communication discipline; hold a full-time teaching assignment at an institute of higher education at the time of nomination; and have a superlative teaching record. The award is given for excellence in teaching. Professional achievement as evidenced by research and creative scholarship or service to campus and community shall not be a substitute for this basic requirement. Nominees should be actively involved in other professional activities (e.g., academic advising, forensics, NCA, regional or state offices, community service). The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque and a monetary award supported by the Donald H. Ecroyd Award Fund and will serve on the Award Selection Committee the following year.

Nominations must be sent to the Selection Committee Chairperson by someone well acquainted with the nominee’s qualifications. Self-nominations are encouraged. The nomination must include the following materials (copies will not be returned):

  • A cover letter recommending the person for the award, limited to two pages and providing a detailed rationale for why the person should receive the award
  • The nominee's vitae that includes detailed reference to the nominee's achievements as a teacher, as a member of his/her profession, and as a member of the campus and community. Should the vitae not provide such information, supplementary materials may be appended.
  • Up to three letters supporting the nomination
  • Documentation, including written evaluations, both from students and from faculty, indicating excellence in teaching. This should include:
    • Detailed lists of the nominee's achievements as a teacher, a member of his/her profession, and a member of the campus and community
    • Written statements, both descriptive and evaluative, by present and former students, colleagues in the nominee's academic discipline, campus administrators, and others qualified to comment upon the nominee's teaching and related contributions
    • All evaluations should include a description of the type of evidence used as a basis for judgment. Among those items that may be included are such things as evidence of numbers of students who have pursued further study in communication and ability to remain current with contemporary scholarly literature from the file.

Submission Information 
Nomination materials should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the Committee Chairperson. Please place the title of the award in the subject line of the email and provide your full contact information. Send nominations to Melissa.beall@uni.edu.

Committee Members 
Melissa L. Beall, Chairperson
David Bodary
Betsy Bach


The award recognizes teachers in kindergarten through senior high school level who have exhibited both outstanding teaching and a commitment to the communication profession. The nominee must be considered "an outstanding teacher" by supervisors, colleagues, and students and must be committed to high standards and quality education and utilize innovative and/or exemplary teaching practices. The nominee also is expected to perform community service activities, contribute favorably to the speech communication profession, and have helped make speech communication an integral part of his/her school district. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque and monetary award supported by the Marcella Oberle Memorial Award Fund as well as a one-year NCA membership and will serve on the award Selection Committee the following year. 

Nominations must be sent to the Selection Committee Chairperson by someone well acquainted with the nominee’s qualifications. Self-nominations are encouraged. The nomination must include the following material:

  • A cover letter stating why the person should be recognized by the Association for distinguished teaching in grades K–12
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae
  • Letters of recommendation from three people familiar with the nominee’s qualifications 

Submission Information 
Nomination materials should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the Committee Chairperson. Please place the title of the award in the subject line of the email and provide your full contact information. Send nominations to rstockton@me.com.

Committee Members 
Robert Stockton, Chairperson
Jennifer Walton
Sarah Rosenberg
Deborah Simon


This award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution through teaching at a community college. Nominees must be NCA members who have made outstanding contributions to education at community colleges and who exemplify excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service to the speech communication profession and have a minimum of five years of teaching experience at a community college. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony at the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque and a monetary award supported by the Michael and Suzanne Osborn Award Fund.

All nominations shall be made by someone familiar with the nominee's qualifications. Self-nominations are encouraged. Nominees must be current members of NCA. The nomination must include the following material:

  • A cover letter stating why the person should be recognized by NCA for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service to the communication profession. This letter should clearly outline specific strengths and contributions in each of the above areas.
  • The nominee's curriculum vitae
  • Letters of recommendation from up to three people familiar with the nominee's qualifications. Note that additional letters will not be considered.
  • Materials demonstrating evidence of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service to the profession. Such items may include evidence of students who have pursued further study in communication, high standards of student achievement, faculty evaluations, scholarship in communication and related fields, and active participation in state, regional, and/or national communication associations and related organizations.

Submission Information 
Nomination materials should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the Committee Chairperson. Please place the title of the award in the subject line of the email and provide your full contact information. Send nominations to  nwillets@capecod.edu.

Committee Members
Nancy J. Willets, Chairperson
Andy Kai-chun Chuang
Clover Baker-Brown


The award recognizes outstanding teaching at any academic level, including kindergarten through graduate school, by retired NCA members or NCA members not currently engaged in full-time teaching who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to distinguished teaching. Nominees, who must be a member of NCA at the time the nomination, are individuals who have exhibited a lifetime of dedication to distinguished teaching. A lifetime is operationally defined as at least 25 years of documented teaching excellence. Distinguished teaching should be demonstrated by outstanding instruction in the cognitive, motivational, and skill developments of students; the development of the intellectual independence, growth, and development of students; and the ability to impart knowledge about a course of study, with the specific ability to create an understanding and appreciation of the full scope and meaning of the discipline of communication in a teacher's area of specialization. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque supported by the Life Member Fund. The recipient will also serve on the award Selection Committee the following year. 

Nominations must be sent to the Selection Committee Chairperson by someone well acquainted with the nominee’s qualifications. Self-nominations are encouraged. Nominees must be current members of NCA. The nomination must include the following material:

  • A cover letter stating why the person should be recognized by the Association for distinguished teaching
  • The nominee's curriculum vitae or resume
  • Letters of recommendation from three people familiar with the nominee's qualifications

Submission Information 
Nomination materials should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the Committee Chairperson. Please place the title of the award in the subject line of the email and provide your full contact information. Send nominations to p.witt@tcu.edu.

Committee Members
Paul Witt, Chairperson
David McMahan
Angela Hosek
Raymie McKerrow 


Awards for Outstanding Scholarship

The award recognizes NCA members who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship or distinguished service in family communication. Contribution to the area of family communication may include research published in scholarly publications or leadership in instructional areas. Scholarship is broadly defined to include the spectrum of scholarly writing found in articles published in any NCA journal or by NCA members publishing in major research journals sponsored by other associations or organizations, or in book or monograph form. This award can also be given to someone who has made an outstanding contribution over a period of years to family communication through leadership, teaching, or promoting the area of family communication at the local, regional, or national level. The award also can be given to someone who combines both scholarly contributions and instructional leadership. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque and a monetary award from the Bernard J. Brommel Award for Outstanding Scholarship or Distinguished Service in Family Communication award fund.

Nominations must be sent to the Chairperson by someone well acquainted with the scholarship. Self-nominations are encouraged. Nominees must be current members of NCA. The nomination must include the following material:

  • A cover letter specifying the leadership, instructional or scholarly role that the candidate has achieved
  • Documentation of scholarly activities with the publisher or journal name(s), publication dates, and copies or examples of the scholarship (copies will not be returned)
  • Documentation of leadership or instructional achievements using information about the contributions
  • Up to three letters recommending the person for the award, limited to two pages and providing a detailed rationale for why the person should receive the award
  • The nominee's curriculum vitae or resume

Submission Information 
Nomination materials should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the Committee Chairperson. Please place the title of the award in the subject line of the email and provide your full contact information. Send nominations to pamason@uark.edu.

Committee Members 
Patricia Amason, Chairperson
Katheryn Coveley Maguire
Andrew Ledbetter


The award recognizes a journal article or book chapter whose influence has grown with time, has become a stimulus for new conceptualizations of communication phenomena, and is reflective of the diversity of the discipline and its scholarly pursuits. Thus, the award will be reserved for an article or book chapter that at the time of the award is in its 10th through 15th year in print (i.e., published in 2003–2008 for consideration in 2018) and has not previously received an NCA-sponsored award (though previous winners of interest group-level awards are eligible). Preference will be given to nominations supporting original scholarship in NCA journals or book chapters in communication-based edited volumes. Nominations will be considered for two years, as long as the publication year is within the identified time frame. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque supported by Life Member Fund. A panel about the recipient’s scholarship will also take place at the NCA Annual Convention in the following year.

Nomination packets must be sent to the Selection Committee Chairperson. Self-nominations are encouraged.  The nomination must include the following material submitted electronically via PDFs.

  • A copy of the article or chapter
  • Nomination letters (no more than 3) demonstrating the article or book chapter’s influence on the field over the relevant time period.  In addition, materials supporting excellence of the scholarship (e.g. reviews, other interest group-level awards) may be submitted, but are not required.

Submission Information
Nomination materials should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the Committee Chairperson. Please place the title of the award in the subject line of the email and provide your full contact information. Send nominations to mindy.fenske@gmail.com

Committee Members 
Mindy Fenske, Chairperson
Dustin Goltz
Eric King Watts
Robin M. Boylorn
John P. Caughlin
Norah Dunbar
Tina Harris


The award recognizes the most outstanding scholarly book published during the previous calendar year based on the copyright date of the book. For the 2018 award, books published in 2017 are eligible. In selecting the recipient for this award, “outstanding scholarship” shall include, but not necessarily be restricted to:

  • The generation of research judged to be critical to the discipline of communication
  • Dedication to excellence in the conception and method guiding the analysis
  • The presentation of findings that generate new insights and understandings regarding communication
  • Explicit sensitivity to the potential uses and value of the analysis for others in areas such as research, teaching, and application

The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque and monetary award from the Life Member Fund.

Only current individual members of NCA can nominate books for the award, including self-nominations. Self-nominations are encouraged. Nominees must be active members of NCA at the time of nomination. The nomination must include the following material (copies will not be returned):

  • Six copies of a cover letter stating why the book is deserving of recognition
  • Six copies of the book (copies will not be returned.)
  • Six copies of materials supporting the excellence of the book (e.g., reviews, other awards) may be submitted, but are not required.

Submission Information 
Send all six physical copies of the book and accompanying nomination material to the NCA National Office for distribution to the Selection Committee.

National Communication Association
Attn: Diamond Anniversary Book Award
1765 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Committee Members
Phaedra Pezzullo, Chairperson,  Phaedra.Pezzullo@colorado.edu
Jennifer Bevan
Elizabeth Desnoyers-Colas
Robert Asen
Aisha Durham
Greg Wise


The award recognizes excellence in honoring the top-ranked student-authored paper from any unit that competitively ranks papers for programming at the NCA Annual Convention.  The award is designed to honor Cushman’s mentorship of students, which centered around excellence in scholarship, as well as their socialization as scholars in the communication discipline. The Donald P. Cushman Award Selection Committee collects the top student papers from NCA Interest Groups and then reviews them in competition with each other. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque and monetary award from the Donald P. Cushman Memorial Award Fund.

Submission Information

Nominations are not received from the membership or general public for this specific award. All potential student paper nominations go through the convention review process. Nominations then are submitted by the Program Chairperson/planner of each interest group that competitively ranks student-authored papers.  Planners are encouraged to submit their interest group’s top student paper. Interest groups need not give an interest group-based top student paper award to be eligible to submit a nominee.

Deadline for submissions is May 25.

For questions, please contact the Selection Committee Chairperson via email at smulowitzs2@scranton.edu.

Committee Members
Joan Conners
Stacy Smulowitz (Chairperson)
Sarah Steimel
Kate Magsamen-Conrad
Kenneth Sibal


The award honors distinguished scholars who have executed research programs in rhetorical theory, rhetorical criticism, or public address studies. The award is given to an NCA member who, through multiple publications and presentations around a rhetorical topic or theme, demonstrates intellectual creativity, perseverance, and impact on academic communities. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque and monetary award supported by the Douglas W. Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award Fund.

Nominations must be sent to the Selection Committee Chairperson by someone well acquainted with the nominee’s qualifications. Self-nominations are encouraged. Nominees must be current members of NCA.

The nomination must include the following material:

  • A cover letter stating why the person should be recognized with the Douglas W. Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae
  • Letters of recommendation from up to three people familiar with the nominee’s qualifications 

Submission Information 
Nomination materials should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the Committee Chairperson. Please place the title of the award in the subject line of the email and provide your full contact information. Send nominations to ccondit@uga.edu

Committee Members
Celeste Condit, Chairperson
Suzanne Enck
Lisa Corrigan 


The award recognizes outstanding published research on freedom of expression in the United States and abroad. The award may be given to authors of scholarship published over the previous three years, as determined by the copyright date. For the 2018 award, nominations must have been published in 2015 through 2017.

The body of scholarship that has appeared in the First Amendment Studies (formerly known as Free Speech Yearbook) broadly defines the spectrum of eligible scholarship. While First Amendment Studies serves as a model for defining the scope of eligible scholarship, the award also may recognize published scholarship in other journals, books, or monographs. Although the award is annual, it may be given to authors of scholarship published over the prior three years. Nominees must be NCA members at the time of nomination.  The content criteria for the award selection procedures shall be as follows:

a. The vitality and importance of the subject

b. The calculated impact of the study upon its audience

c. The quality of composition

d. The enduring value of the scholarship

The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque and a monetary award supported by the Franklyn S. Haiman Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Freedom of Expression award fund.

Nominations must be sent to the Selection Committee Chairperson by someone well acquainted with the monograph. Self-nominations are encouraged. Nominees must be current members of NCA. The nomination must include the following material:

  • A cover letter specifying the publisher or journal name, the publication date, and a detailed rationale for why the article should receive the award
  • Three copies of the book or a .pdf copy of the monograph as an email attachment

Submission Information
Nomination materials should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the Committee Chairperson. Please place the title of the award in the subject line of the email and provide your full contact information. Send nominations to youm@uoregon.edu

If you are planning to submit a book, please send all three physical copies and accompanying nomination materials to the NCA National Office for distribution to the Selection Committee.

National Communication Association
Attn: Franklyn S. Haiman Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Freedom of Expression
1765 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Committee Members 
Kyu Ho Youm, Chairperson
Michael S. Waltman
Donna Pawlowski


The award recognizes NCA members responsible for authoring bodies of published research and creative scholarship in applied communication. The body of scholarship recognized by the award is to be broadly defined to include the spectrum of scholarship expressed by the Journal of Applied Communication Research (JACR). While JACR serves as a model for defining the scope of the award, the body of scholarship recognized may be published in any journals, books, or monographs, or published in media other than print, such as, but not limited to, film, video, audio, or radio. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque and a monetary award supported by the Gerald M. Phillips Award Fund. 

Nominations must be sent to the Selection Committee Chairperson by someone well acquainted with the monograph. Self-nominations are also encouraged. Nominees must be NCA members at the time of nomination. The nomination must include the following material (copies will not be returned):

  • A cover letter stating why the person should be recognized with the Award
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae
  • Letters of recommendation from three people familiar with the nominee’s qualifications
  • Up to five examples of the scholarship

Submission Information
Nomination materials should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the Committee Chairperson. Please place the title of the award in the subject line of the email and provide your full contact information. Send nominations to ckshue@bsu.edu.

Committee Members 
Carolyn Karmon Shue, Chairperson
Stacey L. Connaughton
Stacy Smulowitz


The award recognizes outstanding dissertations of new scholars who recently have completed their dissertation. Only dissertations completed in the field during the previous calendar year are eligible. For the 2018 award, dissertations need to have been completed between January 1 and December 31, 2017. Generally, a completed dissertation is one that the committee has approved (and not based on the official university graduation date).

Up to three awards may be given in any year. Typically, but not necessarily, dissertation awards are given for different areas of study or methods of inquiry. The recipient(s) will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque and a monetary award primarily supported by Stacks Royalty fund and secondarily by the Life Member Fund.

Nominations must be sent to the Selection Committee Chairperson by a faculty member from the department in which the dissertation was completed. The Selection Committee will evaluate the nominated dissertations through a process of anonymized review. In drafting nominating letters, the writer should omit self-references, department references, and the name and affiliation of the dissertation’s author. All material should be submitted in PDF (a single Microsoft Word file is acceptable for the dissertation itself) with all identifying information removed (e.g., title pages, file property information, etc.).

The nomination package must consist of two files.

  • An email to the committee chair that includes complete and current contact information for the nominee and nominator as well as the following two files suitable for anonymized review:
    • A single PDF that contains the following:
      • A nomination letter written by the dissertation advisor or department chair;
      • One copy of a 500-word (maximum) abstract of the dissertation;
      • One copy of an article-length manuscript derived from the dissertation (30 double-spaced pages maximum, not counting tables, references, and appendices) or one selection from the dissertation that the applicant believes to be most representative of the dissertation (30 double-spaced pages maximum, not counting tables, references, and appendices).
  • One complete copy of the dissertation (minus any identifying front-end pages) as either a PDF or MS Word file. If the entire dissertation cannot be transmitted as a single file attachment, please contact the committee chair to make alternate arrangements.

No co-authored materials will be considered, and no bound copies of the dissertation should be submitted because none of the materials will be returned to the nominees.

Submission Information 
Please email the two documents as attachments to the Committee Chairperson. Please place the title of the award in the subject line of the email and provide your full contact information. Send nominations to the Selection Committee Chairperson at slf62000@yahoo.com

Committee Members
Sandra Faulkner, Chairperson
Ambar Basu
Stacey L. Connaughton
Greg Dickinson
Olga Davis
Christina Foust
Tina Harris
Gary Kreps
Jordan Soliz
Michelle Violanti


The award recognizes the most outstanding scholarly monograph published during the previous calendar year based on copyright date. Monographs or articles may be in any of the areas of the communication arts and sciences. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque and monetary prize supported by the Life Member Fund.

Nominations must be sent to the Selection Committee Chairperson by someone well acquainted with the monograph. Self-nominations are encouraged. The nomination should consist of:

  • A cover letter specifying the publisher or journal name, the publication date, and a detailed rationale for why the article should receive the award
  • A copy of the monograph or article

Submission Information 
Nomination materials should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the Committee Chairperson. Please place the title of the award in the subject line of the email and provide your full contact information. Send nominations to qdong@pacific.edu

Committee Members
Qingwen Dong, Chairperson
Valeria Fabj
Jimmie Manning
Donna Elkins
Kelly Happe
Lijiang Shen


The award honors scholarship that has been published by NCA members from April through March of the previous year based on the copyright date. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque and a monetary award supported by the James A. Winans-Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address award fund.

Works are nominated by individuals and by presses. “Edited” books are not considered. Nominees must be NCA members at the time of nomination. Self-nominations are encouraged. The nomination must include the following material (copies will not be returned):

  • Three copies of a cover letter stating why the scholarship is deserving of recognition
  • Three copies of the published scholarship
  • Three copies of the evidence supporting the excellence of the scholarship may be submitted, but are not required.

Submission Information 
Send all three physical copies of the published scholarship and accompanying nomination material to the NCA National Office for distribution to the Selection Committee.

National Communication Association
Attn: Winans-Wichelns Memorial Award 
1765 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Committee Members
Belinda Stillion Southard, Chairperson, bss@uga.edu
Michael Lee
Maegan Parker Brooks
 


The award honors original essays focusing on the history, theory, or criticism of rhetoric both from undergraduates and graduate students who, at the time of submission, have not been awarded the M.A. degree. Essays will be read by a panel of three judges and will be evaluated for their contribution to the understanding of rhetorical process and outcomes, excellence of conception and grounding, weight of argument, strength of evidence, and eloquence of expression.

The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque and a monetary award supported by the James L. Golden Outstanding Student Essay in Rhetoric Award fund. The recipient will also deliver the paper in a session during the NCA Annual Convention. Submission of the paper will be taken as agreement to attend the convention. Recognition also will be given to a Laureate group of top-rated papers.

Essay length should be no greater than 20 pages of double-spaced text in 12-point font (not including endnotes) with author-identification information detachable. Essays may have been presented orally prior to submission but may not have been previously published. No more than one essay may be submitted as a solely authored or co-authored essay in a given year by a particular individual; in the case of multiple authors, all authors of record must be students; and award recognition shall be given to multiple authors and the prize stipend shall be divided among authors. Essays must be supported by a brief email or letter of nomination from a faculty member that may be sent separately. Self-nominations are encouraged. 

Submission Information 
Nomination materials should be sent not later than May 1st via email as a Microsoft Word file attachment to the Committee Chairperson. Please place the title of the award in the subject line of the email and provide your full contact information, including phone and email address. Remove all author and academic institution identification from the submitted paper. Send nominations to christiansen@macalester.edu.   

Committee Members
Adrienne Christiansen, Chairperson
TBD


The award is given to foster and promote philosophical, historical, or critical scholarship in rhetoric and public discourse. Nominees should be NCA members who have completed the Ph.D. within the past 10 years or who are well advanced in doctoral studies in rhetoric and public address. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque and a grant-in-aid from the Karl R. Wallace Memorial Award Fund.

Nominations must be sent to the Selection Committee Chairperson by someone well acquainted with the nominee’s qualifications. Self-nominations are encouraged. The nomination must include the following material (copies will not be returned):

  • A curriculum vitae of the nominee’s academic record, including publications, convention papers, learned or scholarly conferences in which the nominee participated, and other scholarly activity conducted or in progress
  • An explicit description of the uses to which the applicant proposes to put the grant-in-aid, including a clear definition and sketch of the research project or other scholarly undertaking to be served
  • Endorsements from not more than three people who are well acquainted with the applicant and the relevant field of scholarship, and competent to assess the worth of the undertaking, the applicant’s achievement, and potential in rhetorical scholarship

Submission Information 
Nomination materials should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the Committee Chairperson. Please place the title of the award in the subject line of the email and provide your full contact information. Send nominations to angela.jerome@wku.edu

Committee Members
Angela Jerome, Chairperson
Raymie McKerrow 
Karma Chavez


The Irene Coger Award recognizes outstanding careers in performance. Nominees may be directors, producers, teachers, or performers and must be members of NCA. The award is given for a body of performance or an outstanding career in performance. It may in exceptional cases be given to performers of a single or a smaller body of performance. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque and a monetary award supported by Leslie Irene Coger Award for Distinguished Performance Award Fund.

Nominations should be sent by someone well acquainted with the nominee's work. Self-nominations are encouraged.

The nomination must include the following material (copies will not be returned):

  • A cover letter recommending the person for the award, limited to two pages and providing a detailed rationale for why the person should receive the award
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae
  • Up to three letters supporting the nomination

Submission Information
Nomination materials should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the Committee Chairperson. Please place the title of the award in the subject line of the email and provide your full contact information. Send nominations to shauna.macdonald@villanova.edu.  

Committee Members
Shauna MacDonald, Chairperson
W. Benjamin Myers
Matthew Spangler


The award recognizes NCA members who have published research and creative scholarship in interpretation and performance studies. The scholarship recognized by the award is to be broadly defined to include the spectrum of scholarship expressed by Text and Performance Quarterly (TPQ). While TPQ is to serve as a model for defining the scope of the award, the scholarship recognized by the award may be published in any NCA journal; a major research or literary journal of another association or organization; book or monograph form; or media other than a print, such as, but not limited to, live performance, film, videotape, photography, audiotape, and radio. The award is given to authors of scholarship published during the previous three-year period. The date of copyright of the published material will serve as the date of publication. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive and a monetary award from the Lilla A. Heston Award Fund.   

Nominations must be sent to the Selection Committee Chairperson by someone well acquainted with the scholarship. Nominees must be NCA members. Self-nominations are encouraged. The nomination must include the following material (copies will not be returned):

  • A cover letter specifying the scholarship (e.g., publisher or journal name, publication date)
  • A detailed rationale for why the scholarship should receive the award
  • Three copies or examples of the scholarship (when possible)

Submission Information

Nomination materials should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the Committee Chairperson. Please place the title of the award in the subject line of the email and provide your full contact information. Send nominations to dave.wendt@keokukschools.org

Committee Members
Dave Wendt, Chairperson
Julie-Ann Scott-Pollock 
Alison Fisher Bodkin


The award honors career contributions to the study of interpersonal communication and recognizes individuals who have made significant scholarly contributions to the study of interaction and/or relational processes. This recipient also will have contributed to the quality of interpersonal communication through active involvement in the discipline, significant mentoring of students, and/or public service focused on interpersonal communication.

The recipient is selected a year in advance, so in 2018 the selection committee will be selecting the 2019 recipient.

The criteria used in selection of the recipient include (1) overall contribution to scholarship in interpersonal communication, (2) importance of that work in extending/altering our understanding of interpersonal communication processes and outcomes, (3) the quality of the work he or she has contributed, (4) the time span of the contributions, and (5) the ways in which the person has worked to practice effective interpersonal communication through mentoring, teaching, public work, and/or service.

The recipient is selected a year in advance to allow a special convention panel to be scheduled during the following year’s NCA Annual Convention. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque supported by the Life Member Fund and a monetary award supported by Pearson Allyn & Bacon. Starting in 2018, the plaque and monetary award will be supported by the Mark L. Knapp Individual Endowment Award Fund.

The nomination must include the following material (copies will not be returned):

  • A detailed letter arguing for why the nominee ought to be recognized for the award
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae

Submission Information

Nomination materials should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the Committee Chairperson. Please place the title of the award in the subject line of the email and provide your full contact information. Send nominations to alan.sillars@mso.umt.edu.

Committee Members
Alan Sillars, Chairperson
Amanda Holmstrom
Carol Bishop Mills
Amy Johnson


The award seeks to encourage and reward new scholars in the communication discipline. It aims to identify and hold up for praise a contribution to the discipline by an author or authors publishing their first scholarly book or essay. Scholars who have not previously received publication credit as an author or co-author of a refereed book, book chapter, or journal article (including articles in electronic-only journals) may submit their work. Book reviews, encyclopedia entries, and essays published in conference proceedings are not counted as publications with regard to eligibility for this award. To be eligible, a work must have been published during the previous calendar year. Authors who meet the eligibility criteria can be at any level of professional development, from undergraduate students to full professors. All authors of the submitted work must meet the eligibility criteria. Winning works will be selected based upon the highest standards of academic rigor. Submissions may address any area of communication research and may employ any methodology. They will be judged on their ability to open new fields of research for the discipline, for their potential to influence research in a particular area of the discipline, and/or for their potential to become standard reading for scholars in the discipline. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque and monetary award supported by the Stephen Lucas Debut Publication Award Fund.

Self-nominations are encouraged. The nomination must include the following material:

  • A cover letter stating why the nominated work is deserving of the award
  • A copy of the nominated work
  • A statement from the author(s) attesting that the author(s) has not received publication credit for any previous books, book chapters, or journal articles, including articles in journals outside the communication discipline
  • Complete curriculum vitae of all nominees

Submission Information
Nomination materials should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the Committee Chairperson. Please place the title of the award in the subject line of the email and provide your full contact information. Send nominations to C.Noland@neu.edu.

Committee Members
Carey Noland, Chairperson
Laura O’Hara
Jeff Hall


Awards for Outstanding Service

The award recognizes NCA members who have demonstrated dedication to excellence, commitment to the profession, concern for others, vision of what could be, acceptance of diversity, and forthrightness. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque supported by the Robert J. Kibler Memorial Fund.

Nominations must be sent to the Professional Service Award Committee Chairperson by someone well acquainted with the nominee’s qualifications. Self-nominations are encouraged. 

The nomination must include the following material:

  • A cover letter stating why the person should be recognized with the Kibler Award
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae
  • Letters of recommendation from up to three people familiar with the nominee’s qualifications   

Submission Information

Nomination materials should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the Committee Chairperson. Please place the title of the award in the subject line of the email and provide your full contact information. Send nominations to sara.weintraub@regiscollege.edu.

 Committee Members
Sara Weintraub, Chairperson
Sarah Tracy
Timothy Sellnow


The award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to both NCA and the profession. The award will be presented to the person judged to have made the greatest contribution to the Association and to the profession during her or his career. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque supported by the Life Member Fund.

Nominations must be sent to the Chairperson of the Professional Service Awards Committee by someone well acquainted with the nominee’s qualifications. Self-nominations are encouraged. The nomination must include the following material:

  • A cover letter stating why the person should be recognized by the Association for distinguished service to NCA and to the profession
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae
  • Letters of recommendation from three people familiar with the nominee’s qualifications

Submission Information
Nomination materials should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the Committee Chairperson. Please place the title of the award in the subject line of the email and provide your full contact information. Send nominations to sara.weintraub@regiscollege.edu.

Committee Members
Sara Weintraub, Chairperson
Sarah Tracy
Timothy Sellnow


The NCA Distinguished Scholar Award was created in 1991 to recognize NCA members for a lifetime of scholarly achievement in the study of human communication. Recipients are selected to showcase the communication profession.

The awards are for a distinguished “career,” operationally defined as a person who has at least 20 complete years of scholarly contributions since his or her Ph.D. was awarded. This keeps the membership limited to scholars showing a long-term commitment, but does not limit the awardees to those of a particular age. These awards should, however, be considered "select"—only the people who we would present to others to showcase our profession. There are many active scholars in our profession, but the recipients of this award should be considered the "cream of the crop." Breadth in the selection process should be considered, but it should not in any way override the quality considerations. One award each year may be posthumous.

Nominations can be made by any current NCA member. Self-nominations will not be considered. Nominations of living scholars must include the following:

  1. A cover letter indicating who is making the nomination.
  2. C.V. of the person being nominated.
  3. Separate from the cover letter, a brief statement, not to exceed one page, in which the nominator contextualizes the nominee’s record as presented in the C.V. The brief statement should be unsigned and should not reveal the identity of the nominator. The purpose is to provide guidance to the voting Distinguished Scholars whose specialty areas may be removed from the nominee’s and who may wish assistance in understanding the C.V. The statements will be distributed to the voting Distinguished Scholars along with the nominee’s C.V. If the same person is nominated by multiple members, only one statement will be distributed to the voting Distinguished Scholars. In such a case, the Executive Director will select the statement to be distributed. Statements that exceed one page will be returned for editing.

A persuasive letter of nomination can be substituted for a CV in cases of posthumous nominations.

No letters of reference or third party endorsements of nominations will be accepted.

The recipient(s) will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque supported by the Mark L. Knapp Distinguished Scholar Fund.

Submission Information
Nomination materials should be sent as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the National Office. Please place the title of the award in the subject line of the email and provide your full contact information. Send nominations to nomination@natcom.org.

After nominations have been submitted, the statements and vitas of nominees will be sent to all voting Distinguished Scholars with a ballot asking each active member to rank order nominees. For a list of Distinguished Scholars, please visit www.natcom.org/DistinguishedScholars