111th Annual ECA Convention

Harboring Innovation

Baltimore, Maryland

Wednesday, April 1 – Sunday, April 5, 2020


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Awards/Nominations

2020 Calls for Nominations and 2019 Award Recipients

An important element of our organization is the recognition of our colleagues for their exceptional work and efforts. Please take a moment to read through the list of recipients from this past year. 

We hope that you will also take a moment to review the criteria for each available award listed below and consider nominating yourself or an ECA colleague for an award. 

2019 ECA AWARD RECIPIENTS

  • Everett Lee Hunt Award: Michele Kennerly (Penn State) for Editorial Bodies: Perfection and Rejection in Ancient Rhetoric and Poetics (2018, University of South Carolina Press)
  • Distinguished Service AwardRonald C. Arnett (Duquesne University)
  • Donald H. Ecroyd & Caroline Drummond Ecroyd Teaching Excellence Award: Nancy Willets (Cape Cod Community College)
  • Article of the Year Award: Ryan Neville-Shepard (University of Arkansas) for “Containment Rhetoric and the Redefinition of Third Parties in the Equal Time Debates of 1959” (2018, Communication Quarterly, 66).
  • Centennial Scholarship: Trevor Kauer, M.A. (Texas State)
  • Research Fellows: Timothy J. Brown (Queens University of Charlotte) and Lance Strate (Fordham University)
  • Teaching Fellows: Timothy J. Brown (Queens University of Charlotte), Thom Gencarelli (Manhattan College), and Richard West (Emerson College)
  • Applied Urban Communication Research Grant: Rebecca Townsend (University of Hartford) and Anna Pryzblyska (University of Warsaw)
  • Richard E. Vatz Agenda-Spin Persuasion Award: D. L. Stephenson (Western Connecticut State University)

2019 ECA STUDENT AWARD RECIPIENTS

Top Undergraduate Papers:

  • Noah Coates (SUNY-Geneseo), "Cultivation Theory: A Lens for Modern Nationalism and Social Disunity"
  • Rachel Susan Ravera (SUNY-New Paltz), Alyssa Rowe (SUNY-New Paltz), Kevin Joseph Burns (SUNY-New Paltz), and Tanima Hasan (SUNY-New Paltz), "Sexting , Eggplants , & Peaches : The Relationship of Sexting Communication Apprehension, Family Communication, and Sexual Narcissism"
  • Jennifer Woolley (Messiah College), "Superhero, Super-Story: A Narrative Perspective on Marvel’s Black Panther"
  • Jillian Calandra (Manhattan College), "Women’s Body Image: The Effect of Thin Body Image in Fashion Advertising"

Lambda Pi Eta Top Paper:

  • Jennifer Woolley (Messiah College), "Superhero, Super-Story: A Narrative Perspective on Marvel’s Black Panther"

Undergraduate Posters:

Session 1

  • Zoena Howland (Ithaca College), "A Rhetorical Analysis of Stigmatizing Language on Twitter"

Session 2

  • Brooke Michelle Farbstein (George Mason University), "Little People, Open Minds: How Does the Portrayal of Dwarfism in the Media Influence the Perception of Physical Disabilities?"
  • Ashley Marie Campbell (High Point University), "The Relationship between Family Communication Patterns and Television Viewing Motives"

Graduate Posters:

  • Ashley Russell (High Point University), "The Role of Music in Narrative Transportation, Interpersonal Attraction, and Personal Involvement"
  • Victoria Reid (University of Connecticut), "Introducing the Public Speaking Emotions Scale: A Measure of Discrete Anticipatory Emotions"


  • DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
  • The Distinguished Service Award honors an individual ECA member for his/her contributions to the field of communication in general and to ECA in particular. A committee appointed by the President, who acts as chair, selects the recipient.
  • Nominations for the Distinguished Service Award must include: (1) a letter of nomination; (2) a copy of the nominee's current curriculum vita and (3) additional support materials as appropriate.
  • All nominations and materials should be sent by February 15, 2020 to ECA President Katherine Thweatt at ecari2019@gmail.com.

  • ECA ARTICLE OF THE YEAR AWARD 
  • The ECA Article of the Year Award is presented annually to the most outstanding journal article published during the previous calendar year in Communication Quarterly, Communication Research Reports, or Qualitative Research Reports in Communication.
  • Nominations for the 2020 ECA Article of the Year Award must include: (1) a letter of nomination and (2) a copy of the article.
  • All nominations and materials should be sent by February 15, 2020 to ECA President Katherine Thweatt at ecari2019@gmail.com.

  • EVERETT LEE HUNT AWARD
  • The Everett Lee Hunt Award is presented annually at the discretion of the ECA Committee of Scholars. The Hunt Award reflects the philosophic commitment and scholarly contributions of Everett Lee Hunt, one of the founders of the discipline of communication and the eighth president of ECA (1927-1929).
  • The nominee should have provided a major contribution to the understanding of rhetoric and communication as a human function in the contemporary world; a means of explaining and realizing public responsibilities beyond the discipline of communication; and/or an intellectual and humane instrument for merging diverse fields of knowledge in a way that infuses them with moral purpose and public significance.
  • The guidelines for the Hunt Award include: (1) the nominee must be a member of ECA at the time of nomination; (2) the nominee's published work (e.g., an article, book, position paper or monograph) must be dated in the previous calendar year; (3) nominations must be for scholarly (including creative) work.
  • Nominations for the 2020 Everett Lee Hunt Award should include: (1) a letter of nomination and (2) additional materials as appropriate.
  • All nominations and materials should be sent by February 15, 2020 to ECA Past President Leeanne Bell McManus at lbell@stevenson.edu.

  • APPLIED URBAN COMMUNICATION RESEARCH GRANT
  • The Applied Urban Communication Research Grant is funded annually by the Urban Communication Foundation and given to foster and promote significant inter-disciplinary communication research contributions that extend the boundaries of "applied research" by investigating real-life communication phenomena affecting urban communities. The prize is to be awarded to fund the development of original research that meaningfully centralizes the concerns of everyday citizens and their struggle to define, identify with, and/or construct "spaces" for discourse and/or engagement within cities. 
  • The recipient of the prize will receive a $2,500 grant-in-aid to be awarded to fund communication research related to urban communication. Nominees must be members of ECA. Nominees will be evaluated based on the potential impact of their work as well as the quality and rigor of their contribution. The award will be presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Communication Association. 
  • Nominations for the Applied Urban Communication Research Grant should include: (1) a cover letter explaining why the nominee is deserving of the award; (2) a 500-word description of the work the nominee plans to do, outlining the anticipated outcomes, intended mode of dissemination of the research as well as how the research will translate in such a way that it addresses urban community needs and/or concerns; (3) anticipated budget and timetable for completion of the project; (4) a copy of the nominee's CV; and (5) at least one supporting letter from someone well-acquainted with the nominee.
  • Self-nominations are encouraged. Nominees shall submit the nomination packet and send the materials by February 15, 2020 to Past President Leeanne Bell McManus at lbell@stevenson.edu.

  • ECA CENTENNIAL SCHOLARSHIPS
  • Two ECA Centennial Scholarships may be awarded each year to one deserving Ph.D. student and one deserving M.A./M.S. student. The specific criteria for these awards include: (1) current ECA membership and (2) enrollment in a Ph.D. or Master’s program in Communication.
  • A committee consisting of the immediate past ECA president, the three ECA journal editors, and the current ECA president will work to select the recipients of the ECA Centennial Scholarships.
  • Nominations for the 2020 Centennial Scholarships must include: (1) a letter of nomination from the thesis/dissertation advisor attesting to the nominee’s student status and ability to conduct original research and (2) a 4-page/1500-word project summary from the nominee.
  • All nominations and materials must be sent by March 15, 2020 to ECA Past President Leeanne Bell McManus at lbell@stevenson.edu.

  • DONALD H. ECROYD & CAROLINE DRUMMOND ECROYD TEACHING EXCELLENCE AWARD
  • The Ecroyd Teaching Excellence Award is presented annually to recognize excellence in teaching. The specific criteria include: (1) ECA membership for five continuous years; (2) a full-time teaching position at any level of education at the time of nomination and (3) a demonstrated record of employing communication principles as the foundation for constructing pedagogical principles applied in teaching practices.
  • Nominations for the 2020 Ecroyd Award must include the following information: (1) a letter of nomination; (2) five letters of support; (3) a complete, current curriculum vita; (4) evidence of teaching competency and effectiveness for the last three years or more and (5) additional materials as appropriate.
  • The Ecroyd Award selection committee is composed of the past three winners of this award. All nominations and materials must be sent electronically by February 15, 2020 to past recipient and committee chair, Andy Wolvin, at awolvin@umd.edu.

  • PAST OFFICERS' AWARD
  • The Past Officers' Award is presented annually by the past officers of ECA to an outstanding ECA member who has not been a past ECA officer. To be considered for the award, the nominee must: (1) be a current member of ECA; (2) be 10 to 15 years beyond the doctorate; (3) have contributed a significant body of research to the communication discipline, and (4) possess a significant record of continuing service to ECA.
  • All members of the Past Officers' Club as well as members of the Association at large are encouraged to submit nominations. Nominations for the 2020 Past Officers' Award must include: (1) a letter of nomination; (2) a copy of the nominee's current vita; and (3) additional supporting materials (e.g., books, reprints of articles, additional letters of endorsement, or other appropriate information). (ECA past officers are ineligible for the award.)
  • All nominations and materials must be sent by February 15, 2020 to committee chair and Past President, Ben Bates at batesb@ohio.edu.

  • ECA RESEARCH FELLOWS
  • Research Fellow status may be awarded annually in recognition of distinguished research. The specific criteria include: (1) recognition of distinguished research in the field of communication; (2) the nominee must be a living member of ECA at the time of nomination who has been an ECA member for a minimum of ten consecutive years prior to the nomination and (3) a record of active and continuous service to ECA as manifested by such activities as an association officer, chairing an interest group, editing an ECA journal, etc. No more than 1% of the membership can be given this award in any given year.
  • Nominations for the 2020 Research Fellows must include the following information and materials: (1) a letter of nomination; (2) a complete and current curriculum vita and (3) additional supporting documentation of an outstanding record of research as appropriate.

    All previous research fellows serve as the selection committee with nominations. Please send nomination materials directly to the chair, Pamela Lannutti (lannutti95@lasalle.edu) by February 15, 2020.

  • ECA TEACHING FELLOWS
  • The Eastern Communication Association (ECA) is now soliciting nominations for "Distinguished Teaching Fellows" recognition. The teaching fellows program recognizes a distinguished career of teaching excellence in the field of communication and is limited to colleagues who have active and ongoing service to ECA. Potential candidates must be a living member of ECA at the time of nomination and have a minimum of ten years of consecutive ECA membership.No more than 1% of the membership can be given this award in any given year. There are no self-nominations for the "Distinguished Teaching Fellows" program.
  • Nominations for the 2020 Teaching Fellows must include the following information and materials: (1) a letter of nomination, current vitae, (2) up to five letters of recommendation, and (3) representative supporting materials that suggest at least ten years of excellent teaching activity (e.g., student evaluations, peer reviews, citations).
  • All previous teaching fellows serve as the selection committee with nominations. Please send nomination materials directly to the chair, Sara Chudnovsky Weintraub (sara.weintraub@regiscollege.edu) by February 15, 2020.

  • RICHARD E. VATZ AGENDA-SPIN PERSUASION AWARD
  • The Eastern Communication Association is now accepting nominations and self-nominations for the "Richard E. Vatz Agenda-Spin Persuasion Award," which will be granted to a current member of ECA who indicates by their writing and/or media work a dedication to persuasion or political persuasion consistent with  the rhetorical perspective argued in Dr. Vatz's “The Myth of the Rhetorical Situation” and The Only Authentic Book of Persuasion: The Agenda-Spin Model (McGraw-Hill, 2017).
  • The member’s work must make an effort to make rhetorical study more relevant and not just an appendage of political study. 
  • Applications for the award must include the following: (1) The work focusing on rhetor-as-creative-agent, the work focusing on rhetor-as-creative-agent and the rhetor’s responsibility in a persuasion model; (2) a one-page rationale explaining how the work embodies the award criteria; and (3) curriculum vitae.
  • An award of $2,000 will be granted yearly by the award committee. All materials should be sent directly to Dr. Richard E. Vatz by February 15, 2020, at rvatz@towson.edu.
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