- Dr. Greg Dickinson: Presidential Citation for Dedication and Service to NCA for his work as editor of Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies
- Dr. Elizabeth Parks: Presidential Citation for Dedication and Service to NCA
- Kristina Lee: Stephen E. Lucas Debut Publication Award from NCA and the Article of the Year award from the Religious Communication Association
- Kira Marshall-McKelvey: Feminist and Gender Studies Division
- Shelby Crow: African American Communication and Culture Division
- Dr. Elizabeth Parks & Jesus Calderon: International and Intercultural Communication Division
- Brandon Shanks: Communication and the Future Division
- Kristina Lee: Political Communication Division
Graduate student Kristina Lee takes home prestigious award
As noted above, PhD candidate Kristina Lee won the Stephen E. Lucas Debut Publication Award for her article “Theistnormativity and the Negation of American Atheists in Presidential Inaugural Addresses,” published in Rhetoric & Public Affairs in 2020. This prestigious award is in recognition of her article’s contribution to the Communication discipline through the theoretical and analytical use of the term “theistnormativity” within political rhetoric.
In her paper, NCA says, “Lee uses 20th century presidential inaugural addresses to illustrate how political rhetoric positions American atheists and the potential exclusionary impact of this positioning. Using the term ‘theistnormativity,’ Lee’s work provides a strong foundation for future theoretical and analytical perspectives and, in doing so, equips communication scholars to further illuminate the intricacies and implications of rhetoric on religious and/or spiritual identities.”
Lee’s full article can be found online here: https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.14321/rhetpublaffa.23.2.0255?seq=1
Abstract: This paper aims to address the need in rhetorical scholarship to recognize the obstacles that atheists face in the public sphere. I propose that, within the United States, there is a systematic normalization of theism, which I refer to as theistnormativity. While theistnormativity is advanced through various systems within a society, I argue that presidents reinforce theistnormativity through their use of religious political rhetoric. I reason that the theistnormativity that is prominent in presidential inaugural addresses from 1933 to 2017 contributes an ideal space that privileges theists and marginalizes atheists.
Graduate student Cari Whittenburg’s work culminates in presentation
Belated doctoral hooding for Professor Morgan Johnson
Due to the pandemic, Assistant Professor Morgan Johnson was unable to receive the usual doctoral commencement ceremony at Pennsylvania State University.
Thankfully, at CSU’s NCA reception the evening of November 19, we were able to celebrate Professor Johnson. Her Penn State advisor, Dr. Kirt Wilson, joined the festivities and performed the ceremonial hooding.
Professor Johnson now teaches courses on race and communication in the U.S. and the history and theory of rhetoric here at CSU.