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December 6, 2016


Katherine Castle, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been awarded the Pearson Award for Innovation in Teaching with Technology from the Association for Business Communication (ABC).

Sandra L. Faulkner, Bowling Green State University, has been awarded the 2016 Norman K. Denzin Qualitative Research Award for her article, “Bulls-Eye.”

Raka Shome has been awarded a $10,000 research grant from the Waterhouse Family Institute at Villanova

In Transition 

Sandra Faulkner has been promoted to Professor at Bowling Green State University.

Jody Koenig Kellas has been promoted to Professor at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

New Books 

Calvin M. Logue, "Teaching African American Discourse: Lessons of a Recovering Segregationist," in Performing Antiracist Pedagogy in Rhetoric, Writing, and Communication, edited by Frankie Condon and Vershawn Ashanti Young, WAC Clearinghouse & Colorado State University Press.

Jenny Grant RankinFirst Aid for Teacher Burnout: How You Can Find Peace and Success, Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

In the Media 

Vanessa Diaz, California State University, Fullerton, was quoted in an article from The Atlantic about celebrity nicknaming.

R. Kelly Garrett, The Ohio State University, wrote an article in The Conversation about fake news on Facebook.

Kathleen Kendall, University of Maryland, was quoted in a  article about the history of town hall debates.

Allan Louden, Wake Forest University, was quoted in a Yahoo article about Michelle Obama and the role of first ladies in campaigns.

Steven McCornack, University of Alabama, was quoted in a CNNMoney article about why politicians lie.

Mitchell McKinney, University of Missouri, was quoted in a USA Today article about the vice presidential debate.

Martin Medhurst, Baylor University, was quoted in a article about how scholars will study the 2016 presidential election.

Regent University’s School of Communication and Arts debuted its first co-produced Hollywood-feature Film September 6.

Mary Stuckey, Georgia State University, was quoted in a Pioneer Press  article about the possibility of concession speeches from Trump or Clinton.

Joseph Turow, University of Pennsylvania, was featured in an article from The Atlantic about customer surveillance in retail stores.

Anita Vangelisti, University of Texas, was quoted in an article from The Atlantic about argumentation.

Benjamin Warner, University of Missouri, was quote in a Huffington Post article about the impact of presidential debates.

David Zarefsky, Northwestern University, was quoted in a Chicago Business article about the first 2016 presidential debate.

Melissa Zimdars, Merrimack College, was featured in a Boston Globe  article about fake news on social media.

Of Interest 

Raka Shome was a keynote speaker at the University of Melbourne in the symposium, “Gender, Mobilities, and Social Transformation in Asia,” where she delivered a speech based on her ongoing research on spectacular nationalism in contemporary India.

In Memoriam 

Lloyd Frank Bitzer died October 13, 2016, at the family home at age 85. From 1961 to 1994, he was a professor at the University of Wisconsin, specializing in the history and theory of rhetoric.

Dr. Bitzer was born January 2, 1931, in Wapakoneta, Ohio. He was an undergraduate at Southern Illinois University from 1950 to 1952, then served two years in the U.S. Navy, after which he completed his B.S. and M.A. degrees. He earned his Ph.D. in rhetorical studies from the University of Iowa, and joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an assistant professor in 1961.

In 1976, Dr. Bitzer served as President of the National Communication Association. He also won the NCA Distinguished Scholar Award in 1997, the James A. Winans-Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award in 1968, and the Golden Anniversary Monograph Award in 1979. As a professor in the humanities, in which scientific method, evidence and precision are never decisive, he wrote essays and books that came as close to truth as he could manage. As a teacher, he supplied students with original writings by the best authors.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jo Ann (Eblen) Bitzer; daughter Jo Claire and her husband Herman Tucker; son Evan; two grandchildren, Danny (Kimberly) and Jolene Bitzer, and their mother Kim; great-grandson Lincoln Eric Bitzer (son of Danny and Kimberly); and brother James Mark Bitzer. Two sons predeceased him: Eric T. Bitzer (father of Danny and Jolene), and Jeffrey C. Bitzer. Of his siblings, those deceased are Clarence William Bitzer and Helen (Bitzer) Sheets. 


Bill Henderson, Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Northern Iowa, died on October 2, 2016, at the age of 83.

Dr. Henderson was an outstanding teacher and coach of debate and individual events at both the high school and college levels.  He was a successful competitor himself, reaching the finals at the National Forensic League National Tournament in 1950 (representing John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City) and the semifinals at the 1954 National Debate Tournament at West Point (representing Central State College of Oklahoma).

Following two years' service in Germany with the U.S. Army Signal Corps, Dr. Henderson began a 14-year high-school teaching and coaching career.  In the fall of 1956, he accepted a position at Sand Springs High School in suburban Tulsa.  Early in 1958 he moved to Houston to become Debate Coach at the newly opened Jesse H. Jones High School, and in the fall of 1962 he moved to the coaching position at Bellaire High School. During his eight years at Bellaire he coached national champions in debate, extemporaneous speaking, and original oratory. 

In the fall of 1970, Dr. Henderson left high-school coaching to complete his Master's degree at the University of Houston.  The next year he moved to Minneapolis to pursue a Doctoral degree at the University of Minnesota.

His dissertation, directed by Professor Ernest Bormann, was completed in 1975.  While at the University of Minnesota, he served as Assistant Debate Coach at Macalester College, under the direction of the late Professor Scott Nobles.  In 1973 he returned to the University of Houston as Director of Debate.  His students there enjoyed competitive success, regularly reaching the elimination rounds at major national tournaments.  In 1978 he accepted a teaching and coaching position at the University of Northern Iowa, where he served as Director of Forensics until 1995 and taught until his retirement in 2001. He hosted annual college and high-school debate tournaments as well as clinics and workshops for high school students.  He served as a Senator on the University of Northern Iowa Faculty Senate, Chairperson of the Senate for the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and on the Graduate Academic Appeals Panel.

Dr. Henderson had numerous publications related to practical issues in forensics, which appeared in Argumentation and Advocacy, among other forensics-related journals, and he presented conference papers on these themes at both national and regional conventions.  He was active in the American Forensic Association, serving two terms as its Treasurer in the early 1980s.  He also was a member of the National Debate Tournament Board of Trustees and he hosted the National Debate Tournament at UNI in 1993.  He was a member of national, regional, and state communication and forensics organizations, and was Vice President of the Texas Forensic Association in 1974-75.   Dr. Henderson served on the editorial boards of Argumentation and AdvocacyNational Forensic Association Journal, and Iowa Journal of Speech Communication.  He was a consultant for the Association of Surgical Technologists from 1978 to 1984, served on the Advisory Board of the American Hospital Association in 1983-1984, and was a consultant for the National Commission on Health Certifying Agencies from 1981 to 1985.  In addition, he had several publications on issues in the certification of health professionals.

In 1983, Dr. Henderson was inducted into the National Forensic League Hall of Fame, and in 1995 he received the National Individual Events Tournament's Distinguished Service Award.  He also received Outstanding Coach Awards from Emory University and the University of Utah.