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33 Communication Scholars Receive Awards from the National Communication Association

November 25, 2014
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Washington, DC - The National Communication Association (NCA) honored 33 members with awards Saturday night at its 100th Annual Convention in Chicago. The convention celebrated a century of of teaching, research, and service within the Communication discipline.

This year’s award winners represent more than two dozen colleges and universities across the United States and abroad. The awards recognize outstanding work in teaching, scholarship, and service. Some pay tribute to lifetime achievement, while others spotlight specific work. Awards also acknowledge the contributions of new scholars in the discipline.

“The scholarship, teaching, and service of our members  improves understanding of Communication and how it can enhance the human experience in a wide variety of venues,” said Kathleen J. Turner, NCA President and Davidson College Professor. “I’m extremely proud that these award winners are my colleagues. They exemplify the best of the best in a stellar organization.”

2014 NCA Award Winners 

Donald H. Ecroyd Award for Outstanding Teaching in Higher Education
Jonathan M. Bowman, University of San Diego

Marcella E. Oberle Award for Outstanding Teaching in Grades K-12
Natalie Weber, Fremont Union School District, Sunnyvale, California 

Michael and Suzanne Osborn Community College Outstanding Educator Award
Nancy J. Willets, Cape Cod Community College

Wallace A. Bacon Lifetime Teaching Excellence Award
Donn W. Parson, University of Kansas

Bernard J. Brommel Award for Outstanding Scholarship or Distinguished Service in Family Communication
Lynn H. Turner, Marquette University
Richard West, Emerson College

Charles H. Woolbert Research Award
Carolyn Ellis, University of South Florida
Arthur P. Bochner, University of South Florida

Diamond Anniversary Book Award  
Jennifer L. Bevan, Chapman University
Kelly E. Happe, University of Georgia

Donald P. Cushman Memorial Award
Kathleen M. de Onís, Indiana University

Douglas W. Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award
John Louis Lucaites, Indiana University

Franklyn S. Haiman Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Freedom of Expression
Samuel McCormick, San Francisco State University

Gerald M. Phillips Award for Distinguished Applied Communication Scholarship 
Mark Hickson III, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award
Roi Estlein, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and University of Haifa
Adam S. Richards, Texas Christian University
Kimberly Alecia Singletary, University of Illinois at Chicago

Golden Anniversary Monograph Award
Kelly Happe, University of Georgia
Amber Johnson, Prairie View A&M University

James A. Winans and Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address
Kristina Horn Sheeler, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Karrin Vasby Anderson, Colorado State University

James L. Golden Outstanding Student Essay in Rhetoric Award
Donovan Bisbee, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

Karl R. Wallace Memorial Award
Isaac West, University of Iowa

Leslie Irene Coger Award for Distinguished Performance
Tami Spry, St. Cloud State University

Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation  and Performance Studies
D. Soyini Madison, Northwestern University

Mark L. Knapp Award in Interpersonal Communication
Leslie A. Baxter, University of Iowa

Stephen E. Lucas Debut Publication Award
Rohini S. Singh, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Robert J. Kibler Memorial Award
Larry Schnoor, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Samuel L. Becker Distinguished Service Award
Don M. Boileau, George Mason University

Distinguished Scholar Awards 
Noshir S. Contractor, Northwestern University
G. Thomas Goodnight, University of Southern California
Alan G. Gross, University of Minnesota
Anita L. Vangelisti, University of Texas, Austin

Photos of awards winners are available upon request.

About the National Communication Association

The National Communication Association (NCA) advances Communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific, and aesthetic inquiry. NCA serves the scholars, teachers, and practitioners who are its members by enabling and supporting their professional interests in research and teaching. Dedicated to fostering and promoting free and ethical communication, NCA promotes the widespread appreciation of the importance of communication in public and private life, the application of competent communication to improve the quality of human life and relationships, and the use of knowledge about communication to solve human problems. NCA supports inclusiveness and diversity among our faculties, within our membership, in the workplace, and in the classroom; NCA supports and promotes policies that fairly encourage this diversity and inclusion.

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