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January 13, 2015


La Royce Batchelor, University of North Dakota, has been awarded the Stone Soup Faculty Service Learning Award.

Thomas R. Dunn, Colorado State University, has been awarded the College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Teaching Award for Untenured  Faculty (i.e., tenure-track).

Kate Magsamen-Conrad, Bowling Green State University, was honored for her teaching in Ohio Magazine’sannual Excellence in Education edition.

Rebecca M. Townsend, Manchester Community College, has been awarded a $365,477 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation through the University Transportation Center for the study “Social Network Effects on Attitudes about Pedestrian Street Crossing Behavior.” Townsend is Co-Principal Investigator with Drs. John Ivan and Nalini Ravishannker.

Rebecca M. Townsend, Manchester Community College, has been awarded the Scholarly Excellence Award by the State of Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education.

Joseph Velasco, Sul Ross State University, has received the Outstanding Teaching Award, awarded by the faculty and student body of Sul Ross State University.

Clay Warren, The George Washington University,  has been awarded the GW Faculty GEM Award (Going the Extra Mile) for distinguished achievements in teaching, research, and administrative service.

Myra Washington, University of New Mexico, has been awarded a two-year, $242,832 grant from the National Science Foundation for a study exploring understanding and engagement with privacy, including tool development for strengthening the understanding and management of privacy in digital media among U.S. teenagers. Read more about the grant here.

In the Media 

Jennifer Bute and Maria Brann, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, were featured on Fox59 News for their study of couple communication and miscarriage. Bute and Brann also published an editorial in theIndianapolis Star about breaking the silence surrounding miscarriage.

Dawn O. Braitwaite, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was featured in an article about family and voluntary kin.

John Christensen, University of Connecticut, and Lynn Miller, University of Southern California, were featured in a Medical Xpress article for their video game aimed at reducing the shame that men who have sex with other men may feel.

Irving Rein, Northwestern University, was featured in a Daily Herald article about hidden identities and superheroes.

Robert Shuter, Arizona State University and Marquette University, published “Pay or Perish” in the Huffington Postan article that explores U.S. and Scandinavian CEO salaries and how they are linked to CEOs’ respective management systems.

Paul Siegel, University of Hartford, was quoted in an article from The Poynter Institute about freedom of the press in light of the hacking of Sony Entertainment.

Brian Spitzberg, San Diego State University, was quoted in a Daily Aztec  article about tracking the flu through Twitter.

Barbara Wilson, University of Illinois, was quoted in a Yahoo Parenting article about violence in kids’ movies.

In Transition 

Shannon Borke VanHorn has been appointed Director of Distance Learning and Faculty Development at Valley City State University.

Marcus J. Coleman has been appointed Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Trine Kvidal has been appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Tourism and Northern Studies at University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway.

Karen Rohrbauck has been named the Bowman Distinguished Professorship in Leadership and is the Director of the Karen W. Morse Institute for Leadership at Western Washington University.

Robert Shuter has been appointed Research Professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University and promoted to Professor Emeritus at Marquette University.

Jim Vickrey has retired from university administration and teaching as a Professor of Speech Communication following a 50-year career in higher education that included a decade of service as President of the University of Montevallo (AL).

New Books 

Lisbeth Lipari, Listening, Thinking, Being: Toward an Ethics of Attunement, The Pennsylvania State University Press, 978-0-271-06332-4.

In Memoriam 

Karen King Lee, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, passed away on December 13, 2014, following a four-year battle with breast cancer.

Dr. Lee was born January 15, 1948. She earned her B.A. in Speech at Illinois State University in 1970, with a secondary teaching certification. She received an M.A. from Baylor University in 1971, and served as Assistant Professor of Speech and Director of Debate at the University of Northern Iowa from 1971 to 1976. Dr. Lee entered the doctoral program at the University of Iowa in 1976 and received her Ph.D. in 1980 under the direction of Bruce Gronbeck.

Dr. Lee served as Director of Forensics at Indiana University-Bloomington from 1979 to 1992, and was promoted to Associate Professor there in 1986.

In 1992, she moved to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), where she served on the faculty for 22 years. While at UNL, Dr. Lee was a Professor of Practice and served as the department’s Chief Undergraduate Advisor.  She served as the Department of Communication Studies’ Director of Undergraduate Studies from 1998 to 2010, a member of the Undergraduate Committee, member of the Executive Committee, representative to the Faculty Senate, advisor for the Lambda Pi Eta Chapter, member of the Awards Committee, and faculty advisor for UNL’s chapter of the American Cancer Society since 2013. She was also Interim Director of Forensics in 1999-2000, and served as an Assistant Coach of Lincoln Pius X High School’s Speech and Debate Team from 2003 to 2010.

Dr. Lee taught 14 different undergraduate courses and five graduate courses over the course of her career. Along with her husband, Ron, she published many articles, centered in argument and focused on issues surrounding racism, religious discourse, poverty, and adoption. She and Ron co-authored the book, Arguing Persuasively,which was published by Longman Press in 1998.

Dr. Lee was active in the community, especially St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lincoln, NE.  She had a passion for serving the poor through the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization. She was Secretary of St. Joseph’s Parish Conference of St. Vincent de Paul since 2004, and was a member of the Transition Committee for the organization’s new outreach center. Her daughter, Amanda, described her mother as “A woman with a heart the size of the universe, she never stopped thinking of others.”

Dr. Lee is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Ronald, and her daughter, Amanda, of Boulder, CO. 

Loren D. Reid, the 43rd president of the National Communication Association (1957), passed away on December 25, 2014, at the age of 109. Born in 1905 and a native of Gilman City, Missouri, Dr. Reid was a graduate of Grinnell College and received his Ph.D. in 1932 from the University of Iowa, (one of the first doctoral degrees in Speech awarded in the United States). His doctoral advisor was A. Craig Baird, NCA’s 24th president. Dr. Reid joined the Department of Speech and Dramatic Art (now the Department of Communication) at the University of Missouri in 1944, just four years after the department was founded. He remained a member of the Missouri faculty until his retirement in 1975, which ended a remarkable 31-year career as a teacher-scholar.

A significant and successful rhetorical scholar, Dr. Reid authored the influential essay “The Perils of Rhetorical Criticism” in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, 1944, edited the important 1961 collection American Public Address: Studies in Honor of Albert Craig Baird, and authored Charles James Fox: A Man of the People in 1969, a book published by the University of Missouri Press that received NCA’s Golden Anniversary Book Award and the association’s Winans-Wichelns Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address.  Rare among Communication scholars, Dr. Reid’s research earned him an appointment as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

As a teacher and mentor for generations of students at Missouri and those from colleges and universities across the nation, Dr. Reid personified the ideal “speech teacher.” Former NCA President Steven Beebe noted of his former teacher and mentor, “He was an inspiration to me and countless others during his legendary career as an educator, scholar, and academic leader…Thank you, Professor Reid, for illuminating my life and the light of so many others.”

Dr. Reid’s long-time service to NCA and to the Communication discipline has no parallel. His leadership included service as both President and Executive Secretary of the National Communication Association (NCA) and Executive Secretary of the Central States Communication Association (CSCA). In 1981, Dr. Reid received the NCA Distinguished Service Award, in 2002 he received an NCA Mentor Award, and in 2005 he was inducted into the CSCA Hall of Fame. Dr. Reid was also a founder of both the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri and the New York State Speech Communication Association. A true champion of the discipline, Dr. Reid optimistically dedicated his time and considerable energy to the betterment of his students, the universities he called home, and the discipline he worked so hard to establish and maintain. He truly personified NCA founder and first President James O’Neill’s charge in 1915: “Those who take part in all the work that is before us can with better grace and better appetite enjoy whatever benefits this work produces.”