Friday, January 30, 2015

News, Notes, and Awards from UNL's Communication Studies Department!

Dr. Jody Koenig Kellas, Associate Professor of is one of five of five UNL faculty members in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation’s Academic Leadership Program this year and an Administrative Fellow in the UNL Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.    

Dr. Damien Pfister is one of three UNL faculty who received the grant, “Study of the U.S. Institute on Civic Engagement,” from the U.S. Department of State.  The SUSI grant brought 20 undergraduate leaders from Africa to UNL in January 2015.  Damien is a co-PI with Patrice McMahon of Political Science and Linda Major from the Center for Civic Engagement at UNL. 

Amy Arellano, doctoral candidate, has won several awards, recognizing her as an inspiring teacher and mentor. She is receiving the American Forensics Association’s Young Coach Award based on both her coaching pedagogy and her commitment to the community.  The association placed a special focus on her work of using ballots as rhetorical teaching moments.  As a coach, Amy teaches students to frame their topics as cultural critiques as a method to increase social advocacy.  She also won of two Department of Communication Studies Graduate Student Teaching Awards this year.

Dr. Aaron Duncan received the Omicron Delta Kappa honorary Professor of the Month Award. Founded in 1914, OΔK was the first college honor society of a national scope to give recognition and honor for meritorious leadership and service in extracurricular activities and to encourage development of general campus citizenship and has had 300,000 members nationally.

Dawn O. Braithwaite, Willa Cather Professor and Department Chair, has been named a Master Teacher in the Western States Communication Association. Her contributions as teacher were recognized at the association’s annual meeting in Spokane Washington in February 2015. 

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