NCA Accolades for Faculty, Graduate Students, Alumni

UM Department of Communication faculty members, graduate students, and alumni were the recipients of several awards and recognitions at the 98th annual convention of the National Communication Association, November 15-18, 2012 in Orlando, Florida. Award recipients are pictured below.

Ph.D. students Adam Richards and Ioana Cionea were featured on the "Top Five Students Papers in Interpersonal Communication" panel. Richards authored: "Survival of the Persuasible: An Evolutionary Approach to Interpersonal Influence Based on Nonverbal Source Characteristics" and co-authored with Cionea "To Argue or Not Argue: Predictors of the Decision to Engage in Interpersonal Arguments." 

Professor & chair Elizabeth Toth, along with Ph.D. alumna Lucinda Austin (Ph.D., 2011) received the 2012 PRIDE Award for outstanding contribution to public relations education as contributing  authors to the 2011 Special Issue on Pedagogy in the Public Relations Review at the NCA conference.

Ph.D. alumna Belinda Stillion Southard (Ph.D., 2008) received the prestigious Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award from the Public Address Division for her book Militant Citizenship: Rhetorical Strategies of the National Woman's Party, 1913-1920 (Texas A&M University Press). Dr. Stillion Southard teaches in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Georgia.

Ph.D. alumnus Timothy Barney (Ph.D., 2011) received three outstanding dissertation awards for his project (Re)Placing America: Cold War Mapping and the Mediation of International Space. Barney received awards from the Critical & Cultural Studies Division, the Political Communication Division, and the American Society for the History of Rhetoric. Dr. Barney teaches in the Department of Rhetoric and Communication Studies at the University of Richmond.


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