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Faculty Awards

Department of Communication Studies Faculty are recipients of numerous awards, including the following:

Analisa ArroyoAnalisa Arroyo

  • Study in a Second Discipline Fellow, Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, 2022
  • Top Paper, National Communication Association - Family Communication Division, 2019
  • Career Center Recognition, Contribution to Undergraduate Career Development, University of Georgia Career Center, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Fall 2020
  • Top Paper, National Communication Association - Health Communication Division, 2018
  • Faculty Excellence Award, Presented by Department of Communication Studies’ Graduate Students, University of Georgia, 2017
  • Top Paper, National Communication Association - Health Communication Division, 2014
  • Top Four Paper, National Communication Association - Family Communication Division, 2011

 

Barbara Biesecker:Barbara Biesecker

  • Senior Teaching Fellow,  Center for Teaching and Learning,  University of Georgia. Fall 2020-Spring 2021. 

  • Spotlight Honoring Dr. Barbara A. Biesecker, Teachers on Teaching. National Communication Association Convention,  November 2019. 

  • Francine Merritt Award, Women's Caucus and Feminist and Women's Studies Division, National Communication Association, 2013
  • Distinguished Scholar Award, The Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division, National Communication Association, 2011
  • John I. Sisco Excellence in Teaching Award, Southern States Communication Association, 2011
  • Douglas Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award, The National Communication Association, 2007
  • Finalist. Outstanding Young Investigator Award, Rhetorical and Communication Theory, National Communication Association, 1997
  • Presidential Citation for Outstanding Service. National Communication Association. 1996
  • Special Spotlight Vice Presidential Panel on "The Scholarship of Barbara Biesecker," The Southern States Communication Association Annual Conference. Norfolk, Virginia. 1994

Celeste Condit:Celeste Condit

  • Faculty Excellence Award, University of Georgia, Graduate Forum, 2021
  • Faculty Excellence Award, University of Georgia, Graduate Forum, 2006
  • Carroll C. Arnold Distinguished Lecturer, National Communication Association, 2004
  • National Communication Association Distinguished Scholar, Elected 2002
  • Douglas Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award, The National Communication Association, 1998

 

 

 

Kelly Happe:Kelly Happe

  • Creative Research Medal for Humanities and Arts, UGA, 2019
  • NCA Diamond Anniversary Book Award, National Communication Association, 2014
  • NCA Golden Anniversary Monograph Award, National Communication Association, 2014
  • Best Dissertation of the Year, Women's Studies Program, University of Pittsburgh, 2003
  • Andrew Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 1999-2000
  • Cultural Studies Fellowship, Cultural Studies Program, University of Pittsburgh, 1998-1999
  • Selected for American Debate Tour of Israel, Committee for International Discussion and Debate, National Communication Association, November 1995

 

Soroya McFarlane:

Soroya McFarlane

  • Presidential Interdisciplinary Seed Grant 2021
  • Diversity Research and Scholarship Grant (DRSG) 2021
  • Owens Institute for Behavioral Research (OIBR Fellow), UGA, 2021-2023
  • Fellow, Georgia Translational Education and Mentoring in Science Initiative, 2021-2022
  • CSCA Federation Research Prize, 2020
  • Lilly Teaching Fellow, Center for Teaching and Learning, UGA, 2020-2022
  • Recognition of Contribution to Student Career Development, Career Center, UGA, 2020
  • National Communication Association Conference (Top Paper Award) 2019

 

 

 

Thomas Lessl:Thomas Lessl

  • Outstanding Faculty Award Nominee, Franklin College, 2015
  • Scholar of the Year Award, Religious Communication Association, 2014
  • Book of the Year, Religious Communication Association, 2012
  • Article Award, Religious Communication Association, 2010
  • Article Award, Religious Communication Association, 2005
  • Excellence in Teaching, University of Georgia Student Government, 2004
  • Karl Wallace Memorial Award, 1989.

 

 

 

 

 

Jiaying Liu:Jiaying Liu

  • Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research, UGA, 2020-Present
  • Fellow, Georgia Translational Education and Mentoring in Science Initiative, 2020-2021
  • K01 Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award in Tobacco Regulatory Research, National Institutes of Health & FDA Center for Tobacco Products, 2020-2025
  • Interdisciplinary Research Pre-Seed Grant: Workgroup on Families, Communities, and Health, Office of Research, UGA, 2020-2021
  • Internal Junior Faculty Seed Grant in STEM, Office of Research, UGA, 2019-2020
  • OIBR-BIRC pilot grant, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research & Bioimaging Research Center, UGA, 2019-2020
  • Faculty Excellence Award, UGA, Graduate Forum, 2018
  • Lilly Teaching Fellow, Center for Teaching and Learning, UGA, 2018-2020
  • Recognition of Contribution to Student Career Development, Career Center, UGA, 2019

Mackensie Minniear: Mackensie Minniear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter O'Connell:Peter O'Connell

  • University of Georgia, Willson Center Berlin Seminar fellowship, 2020

  • Center for Hellenic Studies, Fellowship in Hellenic Studies, 2019-2020

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    University of Georgia, Willson Center Fellowship, 2019-2020

  • University of Georgia, Teacher of the Week, 2017

  • University of Georgia, Lilly Teaching Fellowship, 2015-2017

  • Stanford University, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, 2011-2013

 

 

 

Chelsea Ratcliff:Chelsea Ratcliff

  • GDP Fellow, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research, UGA, 2021–2023

  • Top Paper, AEJMC ComSHER Division, 2021

  • Meritorious Abstract Award, Society for Behavioral Medicine, 2020

  • Research Award, AEJMC Mass Communication & Society Division, 2019

  • Top Paper, ICA Health Communication Division, 2018

  • Eason Prize for Graduate Student Research, AEJMC ComSHER Division, 2017

  • Overall Conference Top Paper, D.C. Health Communication Conference, 2017

 

 

Jennifer Samp:Jennifer A. Samp

  • Top Paper (Co-Authored), Interpersonal Communication Division, National Communication Association, 2011
  • Top Paper (Co-Authored), Interpersonal Communication Division, Southern States Communication Association, 2010
  • Faculty of the Year Award, Graduate Student Association, Department of Speech Communication, University of Georgia, 2009
  • Top Paper (Co-Authored), Interpersonal Communication Division, National Communication Association, 2006
  • Outstanding Female Faculty Award, Presented by the University of Oklahoma Women’s Outreach Center, 2001

 

 

Roger Stahl:Roger Stahl

  • Willson Center Faculty Research Grant, 2022
  • German Public Television (ZDF) featured interview, 2021
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly featured interview, 2020
  • Willson Center Faculty Research Grant, 2019
  • Top Scholar Paper in Visual Communication, National Communication Association, 2018
  • Welch Visiting Artist and Scholar at Georgia State University, 2016 
  • Visiting Fellow at the University of Queensland School of Political Science and International Studies, 2013
  • National Radio Project featured academic, syndicated on 140 North American radio stations, 2013
  • Willson Center Faculty Research Grant, 2013
  • Keynote Speaker at the 209th anniversary of the founding of the Demosthenian Literary Society, 2012
  • Visiting Scholar, NYU Tisch School of Art, 2011
  • Willson Center Faculty Research Grant, 2009

Belinda Stillion Southard:Belinda Stillion Southard

  • Recipient, Marie Hochmuth Nichols Book Award for How to Belong. National Communication Association, Public Address Division, 2019.
  • Co-Recipient, Top Paper Panel, National Communication Association, Health Communication Division, 2017.
  • Recipient, Faculty Excellence Award, voted for by Department of Communication Studies Graduate Student Body, 2015.
  • Recipient, UGA Provost Summer Teaching Initiative, $7500, 2014. 
  • Recipient, UGA Provost Summer Research Grant, $5000, 2013.
  • Recipient, Marie Hochmuth Nichols Book Award for Militant Citizenship. National Communication Association, Public Address Division, 2012.
  • Recipient, Winifred Bryan Horner Book Award, Honorable Mention, for Militant Citizenship, Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition, 2012.
  • Fellow, Teaching Academy Fellows Program, University of Georgia Teaching Academy, 2011-2012.
  • Indiana University Overseas Conference Fund Award, International Conference on Rhetorical Citizenship, 2008.

Bjørn Stillion Southard:Bjorn Stillion Southard

 

  • Recipient, Marie Hochmuth Nichols Book Award for Peculiar Rhetoric: Slavery, Freedom, and the African Colonization Movement. National Communication Association, Public Address Division, 2020.
  • Affordable Course Materials Grant, University of Georgia, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sachiko Terui:

  • Sachiko TeruiTeaching Self-Care to the Oncology Family Caregiver with Transdisciplinary, Telehealth, Treatment Program. Faculty Research Seed Grant, Sponsored by the College of Communication and Fine Arts, University of Memphis, TN. Role: Co-Principal Investigator. Period: 06/01/2021-06/30/2022. $5,000, 2021.
  • Research Community for Impacting Sustained Housing for Homeless in Memphis. Community of Research Scholars Grant, Sponsored by the Division of Research & Innovation, University of Memphis, TN. Role: Principal Investigator. Period: 12/01/2020-04/30/2021. $2,500, 2020.
  • Dean’s Outstanding Research Award, College of Communication and Fine Arts, University of Memphis, 2020.
  • Distinguished Research Achievement, Division of Research & Innovation, University of Memphis, 2020.
  • Water Safety Research Community. Community of Research Scholars Grant, Sponsored by the Division of Research & Innovation, University of Memphis, TN. Role: Co-investigator. Period: 11/01/2019-12/31/2020. $5,0002019.
  • Top Paper, Training and Development Division, National Communication Association, 2018.
  • Promoting Transformative Community Change for Equitable Health: Peer Training and Intervention for Pre-exposure HIV Prophylaxis. Sponsored by Waterhouse Family Institute. Role: Lead Principal Investigator. Period: 07/01/2018-4/30/2020. $10,000, 2018.
  • Developing a Health Literacy Assessment Tool for HIV Patients without Functional Literacy. Faculty Research Seed Grant, Sponsored by the College of Communication and Fine Arts, University of Memphis, TN. Role: Lead Principal Investigator. Period: 11/01/2018-5/31/2020. $5,0002018.
  • Health Spaces and Technologies Research Community. Community of Research Scholars Grant, Sponsored by the Division of Research & Innovation, University of Memphis, TN. Role: Co-investigator. Period: 11/01/2018-12/31/2019. $2,500, 2018.

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