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Dear Friends, Colleagues:

On behalf of the various awards committees, we are pleased to announce the following winners that would have been recognized at the 2020 convention.  Please look for spotlights of these truly distinguished members of our association on social media in the days to come, and join us in congratulating them.  They will be recognized with their awards in Cambridge next March.


Eastern Communication Association
2020 Award Winners 

Everett Lee Hunt Award

Ozum Ucok-Sayrak, Duquesne University
  Aesthetic Ecology of Communication:  Existential Rootedness
(Fairleigh Dickinson Press, 2019) 

Distinguished Service Award 

Trevor Parry Giles, University of Maryland/National Communication Association

Donald H. Ecroyd & Caroline Drummond Ecroyd Teaching Excellence Award 

Mark Hickson, University of Alabama, Birmingham

Past Officers’ Award

Christina Knopf, State University of New York, Cortland
Susan Ward, Delaware County Community College

 Article of the Year Award 

Sara LaBelle & Hannah Ball, Chapman University
“College Student Goals in the Context of Prescription Stimulant Misuse:
An Application of Goals-Plans-Action Theory”
Communication Quarterly 67(1) 

Centennial Scholarship 

None awarded

 Research Fellows

Timothy Barney, University of Richmond
Megan Dillow, West Virginia University
Christina Knopf, State University of New York, Cortland
Thomas Nakayama, Northeastern University

Teaching Fellows

Kerry Byrnes-Loinette, Collin College
Sean Horan, Fairfield University
Steve Granelli, Northeastern University
Corey Liberman, Marymount Manhattan College
Annette Madlock Gatison, Liberty University
Rebecca Townsend, Hillyer College, University of Hartford
Susan Ward, Delaware County Community College

Applied Urban Communication Research Grant 

Rachel Clancy, Ph.D. student, University of Pittsburgh 

Richard E. Vatz Agenda-Spin Persuasion Award

 D.L. Stephenson, Western Connecticut State University 

Student Awards: 

            Top Undergraduate Papers 

Mackenzie Regan, Riley Redd, Alyssa Cole, Margaret McPherson, Kennedy Johnson, & Sydney Shaw (Christopher Newport University):  “We Post Pictures to Prove We Are Best Friends”:  iGen Friendship Characteristics and Maintenance Strategies 

Gabriella Olivia Dignitti (State University of New York, Geneseo):  Female Figure Skating:  A Unique Communicative Arena Against Hegemonic Masculine Sport World 

Jennifer Woolley (Messiah College):  The Political is Personal:  The Rhetoric of Social Intervention in the Women’s March of 2017 

            Lambda Pi Eta Top Paper 

Jennifer Woolley (Messiah College):  The Political is Personal:  The Rhetoric of Social Intervention in the Women’s March of 2017         


We hope that your semesters are going smoothly in their new formats and that this message finds you and your loved ones healthy and happy.  As the nation takes baby steps toward reopening, we know that some of our ECA family are experiencing tremendous challenges.  Know that we are here for you and hope that you will reach out to any member of the executive committee if there is something we might do to be of support during this difficult time.

Jennifer Waldeck, 2020 Planner
Katherine Thweatt, President
Leeanne Bell McManus, Past President
Amanda McKendree, First Vice President
Pamela Lannutti, First Vice President Elect
Cheryl Casey, Executive Director
Stacy Smulowitz, Incoming Executive Director

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March 24-28, 2021

112th Annual ECA Convention

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Cambridge, MA

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