Awards & Honors

Departmental Awards

The Charles Richardson Award: Named for the founding chair of the Department of Public Speaking, Uniiversity of Maryland. Presented to the most outstanding Ph.D. student in the department. Nomination for the award is made by the student's advisor and/or any member of the graduate faculty. Self-nominations are welcome and encouraged, but students self-nominating should discuss the nomination with their advisor and secure the necessary letter of support. Nominees must submit a current CV. A letter of support should be received from the student's advisor and/or another member of the graduate faculty. Any Ph.D. student in good standing in the department is eligible for the Richardson Award. Students cannot be nominated for this award and the Raymond Ehrensberger Award during the same award period. Nominations must be submitted electronically to the chair of the Faculty Advisory Committee by the second Friday in April.

  • 2005, Qi Wang
  • 2006, Lisa Corrigan
  • 2007, Belinda Stillion Southard
  • 2008, Bjorn Stillion Southard
  • 2009, Brian G. Smith
  • 2010, Timothy Barney
  • 2011, Lucinda L. Austin
  • 2012, Abbey Blake Levenshus
  • 2013, Rowena Briones
  • 2014, Kelly Madden Daily
  • 2015, Julia Daisy Fraustino & Michael Steudeman
  • 2016, Irina Iles & Stephanie Madden
  • 2017, Megan Fitzmaurice

The Raymond Ehrensberger Award: Named for the second chair of the Department of Speech, University of Maryland. Presented to the most outstanding student in the department currently in the first two years of graduate study beyond the Bachelor's degree. Nomination for the award is made by the student's advisor and/or any member of the graduate faculty. Self-nominations are welcome and encouraged, but students self-nominating should discuss the nomination with their advisor and secure the necessary letter of support. Nominees must submit a current CV. A letter of support should be received from the student's advisor and/or another member of the graduate faculty. A nominee must be in good standing and students cannot be nominated for this award and the Charles Richardson Award during the same award period. Nominations must be submitted electronically to the chair of the Faculty Advisory Committee by the second Friday in April.

  • 2005, Stephanie Materese
  • 2006, Ben Krueger
  • 2007, Timothy Barney
  • 2008, Terri Donofrio
  • 2009, Elizabeth Gardner
  • 2010, Rowena Briones
  • 2011, Jade Olson
  • 2012, Abigail Seiler
  • 2013, No award given
  • 2014, Stephanie Madden
  • 2015, Zexin Ma
  • 2016, Lauren Hunter
  • 2017, JungKyu Lim

Department of Communication Graduate Outstanding Research Paper Award: The Outstanding Research Paper Award is given to the best nominated research paper. Papers nominated for this award should have been presented at a professional conference or symposium or accepted for publication in an academic journal in the calendar year preceding the granting of the award. For all papers nominated, all authors must be graduate students. Self-nominated papers are welcomed and encouraged, but students should discuss the nomination with a faculty member. Applications should include a copy of the paper plus a letter of nomination/support from a graduate faculty member in the department. Any Ph.D. student in good standing in the department is eligible for this award. The recipient of this award shall receive the Department's student membership in the National Communication Association. Nominations must be submitted electronically to the chair of the Faculty Advisory Committee by the second Friday in April.

  • 2005, Belinda Stillion Southard
  • 2006, Tiffany Thompson
  • 2007, Jennifer Vardeman
  • 2008, Timothy Barney
  • 2009, Timothy Barney
  • 2010, Stephen Underhill
  • 2011, Terri Donofrio & Alyssa Samek
  • 2012, Tiffany Lewis
  • 2013, Michael Steudeman
  • 2014, Michael Steudeman
  • 2015, Thomas McCloskey
  • 2016, Michael Steudeman
  • 2017, Bo Yang

Department of Communication Outstanding Teaching Awards: Outstanding Teaching Awards are given for up to five graduate students who are in good standing in the department, up to two professional-track faculty members, and up to two tenure-track faculty members. Nominations for the Outstanding Teaching Awards may be made by faculty, staff, or graduate students. Nominations should be accompanied by a letter of support providing the reasons the nominee should receive the award. A nominee must submit a current CV or résumé and a teaching portfolio. Nominations must be submitted electronically to the chair of the Teaching and Service Awards Committee by the second Friday in April. The Teaching and Service Awards Committee is a five-member committee appointed by the Faculty Advisory Committee. Nominees may not serve on the committee. The chair of the Teaching and Service Awards Committee will be a faculty member. 

  • 2005, Tiffany Derville, Erica Lamm, Tiffany Thompson
  • 2006, Timothy Barney, Kelly Carr, Abbe Depretis, & Ric Winston
  • 2007, Terri Donofrio & Xiaoying Xie
  • 2008, Heather Adams, Ioana Cionea, & Sejal Patel
  • 2009, Lucinda Austin, Rowena Briones, & Ben Krueger
  • 2010, Yoav Magid, Katie Place, Alyssa Samek
  • 2011, Steven Cohen, Abbe Depretis, Sejal Patel, & Artesha Taylor
  • 2012, Sean Luechtefeld, Kelly Madden, Jade Olson, & Adam Richards
  • 2013, Melissa Janoske, Michael Steudeman
  • 2014, Jessica Lu, Thomas McCloskey, Annie Laurie Nichols, Yvonne Slosarski, & Michael Steudeman
  • 2015, Jaclyn Bruner, Lauren Harris, Irina Iles, Stephanie Madden, & Devin Scott
  • 2016, Rebecca Alt, Brooke Fowler, Lauren Hunter, Liang Ma, Timothy Penn
  • 2017, Lindsey Anderson (Faculty), Anita Atwell Seate (Faculty), Luke Capizzo (Graduate Student), Chien Hsin-Yi (Graduate Student), Megan Fitzmaurice (Graduate Student), Devin Scott (Graduate Student), Meridith Styer (Graduate Student), Jean Marie VandenBosch (posthumous, PTK), Susan Whyte Simon (PTK)

Department of Communication Outstanding Service Awards: Outstanding Service Awards are given to up to three members of the department who have made substantial contributions to the welfare of the department, College, and/or University through their service activities beyond their regular job responsibilities. Nominations for the Outstanding Service Awards may be made by any faculty, staff, or graduate students. Nominations should be accompanied by a nominating letter outlining the nominee’s contributions to the department. Graduate student nominees must be in good standing. All nominees must submit a current CV or résuméNominations must be submitted electronically to the chair of the Teaching and Service Awards Committee by the second Friday in April. The Teaching and Service Awards Committee is a five-member committee appointed by the Faculty Advisory Committee. Nominees may not serve on the committee. The chair of the Teaching and Service Awards Committee will be a faculty member.

  • 2009, Terri Donofrio
  • 2010, Timothy Barney, Ioana Cionea, Terri Donofrio
  • 2011, Elizabeth Gardner
  • 2012, Sean Luechtefeld
  • 2013, Jade Olson
  • 2014, Melissa Janoske
  • 2015, Irina Iles
  • 2016, Yvonne Slosarski
  • 2017, Rebecca Alt (Graduate Student), Brooke Fisher Liu (Faculty), Lillie Sullivan (Staff)

Arete Award: Given by COMMGrads to an outstanding faculty member.

  • 2014, Shawn J. Parry-Giles
  • 2015, James F. Klumpp
  • 2016, Dale Hample
  • 2017, Kristy Maddux

Toth Outstanding PR Student Award: Named in honor of Richard and Elizaeth Toth. The award is given to the student/s who have demonstrated: 1) Academic Excellence, especially in PR classes; 2) Leadership in PR; 3) Contributions to the PR track; and 4) Professional Excellence. 2017 selection committee: Steve Drake (chair), Natasha Paulmeno, Samara Tu, Pamela Grant, Tyler Page, Lizzy Fletcher and Susan Whyte Simon (non-voting).

  • 2016, Natasha Paulmeno & Samara Tu

The Vincent Tran Diversity Scholarship: Named for Vincent Tran (1994-2016) who was a PRSSA, an InTERPret officer, and former TA. The award will be presented to an undergraduate public relations student who celebrates multi-culturalism and professionalism in public relations. Applications will be available in late March. 2017 selection committee: Patricia Carmona, Susan Whyte Simon, Rowena Briones Winkler, Julio Bermejo, Richard Toth, and Samara Tu.


National, Regional, and University Awards

Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication Awards

  • Baskett Mosse Award for Faculty Development
  • Best Journalism and Mass Communication History Book Award
  • The Dorothy Bowles Award for Outstanding Public Service
  • The Eleanor Blum Distinguished Service to Research Award
  • Covert Award
  • The Paul J. Deutschmann Award for Excellence in Research
    • James Grunig, 2000
  • The AEJMC Equity & Diversity Award
  • AEJMC-Knudson Latin America Prize
  • Krieghbaum Under-40 Award
  • Divisional Awards & Honors

International Communication Association Awards

  • Steven H. Chaffee Career Achievement Award
  • James W. Carey Urban Communication Award
  • Outstanding Book Award
  • Applied Research Award
  • Outstanding Article Award
  • Young Scholar Award
  • B. Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award
  • ICA Fellows Book Award
  • Division & Interest Group Awards
  • ICA Fellows

National Communication Association Awards

Eastern Communication Association Awards

  • Distinguished Service Award
  • ECA Article of the Year Award
  • Everett Lee Hunt Award
    • Shawn J. Parry-Giles, 2003
    • Trevor Parry-Giles, 2003
  • Applied Urban Communication Research Grant
  • ECA Centennial Scholarships
    • Timothy Barney, 2010
    • Theresa Donofrio, 2011
    • Sean Luechtefeld, 2012
    • Michael Steudeman, 2014
    • Stephanie Madden, 2015
  • Ecroyd Teaching Excellence Award
    • Andrew Wolvin, 2016
  • Past Officers' Award
    • Trevor Parry-Giles, 2007
  • ECA Distinguished Research Fellows
    • James F. Klumpp, 2000
    • Kathleen Kendall, 2005
    • Mari Boor Tonn, 2007
    • Trevor Parry-Giles, 2011
  • ECA Distinguished Teaching Fellows
    • Andrew Wolvin, 1998
    • Mari Boor Tonn, 2003
    • Kathleen Kendall, 2005
    • James F. Klumpp, 2007
    • Trevor Parry-Giles, 2016

University of Maryland Awards--Faculty

  • Board of Regents Faculty Award
  • Creative and Performing Arts Award
  • Departmental Award for Excellence and Innovation in Undergraduate Teaching
    • Department of Communication, 2000
  • Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award
    • Edward L. Fink, 1988-1989
    • Kathleen Hall Jamieson, 1981-1982
  • Distinguished University Professor
  • Elkins Professorship
  • Faculty Disability Achievement Award
  • Global Partnerships-Faculty Travel Grants
  • Invention of the Year Awards
  • Joint Research Workshops
  • Kirwan Faculty Research and Scholarship Prize
  • Kirwan Undergraduate Education Award
  • Lilly-CTE Teaching Fellows
    • Sahar Khamis, 2011-2012
    • Meina Liu, 2010-2011
    • Leah Waks, 2003-2004
    • Robert Gaines, 2003-2004
    • Linda Aldoory, 2002-2003
    • Andrew Wolvin, 1998-1999
  • Minority Achievement Awards for Faculty
  • Outstanding Woman of the Year Award
  • The President's Medal
  • The Regents Professorship
  • Research & Scholarship Awards (RASA)
    • Lindsey Anderson, 2015 (Summer)
    • Kristy Maddux, 2014 (Semester)
    • Xiaoli Nan, 2009; 2013 (Semester)
    • Sahar Khamis, 2010 (Summer)
    • Shawn J. Parry-Giles, 2010 (Semester)
    • Trevor Parry-Giles, 2011 (Semester); 2004; 2001
    • Erich Sommerfeldt, 2017 (Summer)
    • Damien Pfister, 2017 (Semester)
  • Graduate Faculty Mentor of the Year Awards
    • Shawn J. Parry-Giles, 2017
  • Outstanding Director of Graduate Studies Award
    • Shawn J. Parry-Giles, 2014

University of Maryland Awards--Graduate Students

  • Flagship Fellowships
    • William Howell, 2014
    • Stephanie Madden, 2014
    • Randall Fowler, 2016
    • Samantha Stanley, 2016
    • Naette Lee, 2017
  • McNair Graduate Fellowships
  • Summer Research Fellowships
    • Xinyan Zhao, 2013
    • Megan Fitzmaurice, 2016
    • Sifan Xu, 2017
  • Kulkarni Summer Research Fellowships
  • International Graduate Research Fellowships
  • Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowships
    • Megan Fitzmaurice, 2017
  • Lee Thornton Dissertation Fellowship
  • Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowships
    • Michael Steudeman, 2015-2016
  • Caramello Distinguished Dissertation Awards
  • All - S.T.A.R. Fellowships
    • Irina Iles, 2016
  • Outstanding Graduate Assistant Awards
    • Irina Iles, 2015
    • Annie-Laurie Nichols, 2016
    • Meridith Styer, 2016
    • Luke Capizzo, 2017
    • Samantha Stanley, 2017
  • CIC-Smithsonian Research Fellowship
  • Three-Minute Thesis Video Award
  • Dr. Mabel S. Spencer Award for Excellence in Graduate Achievement
  • Dr. James W. Longest Award Memorial Award for Social Science Research
  • The Michael J. Pelczar Award for Excellence in Graduate Study
    • Irina Iles, 2017
  • Phi Delta Gamma Graduate Award

College of Arts & Humanities--Graduate Students

  • The Mary Savage Snouffer Dissertation Fellowship
  • University of Maryland Caramello Distinguished Dissertation Award--ARHU Nomination
    • Michael Steudeman, 2017
  • James F. Harris Arts & Humanities Visionary Scholarship
    • Megan Fitzmaurice, 2016