School of Communication alumni, scholars take top NCA prizes

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November 19, 2014

School of Communication faculty members D. Soyini Madison (GC89) and Noshir Contractor and recent alumna Kimberly Singletary (GC13) accept prestigious awards in the field of communication this week at the annual National Communication Association conference, this year held in Chicago.

Madison, professor of performance studies, receives the 2014 NCA Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance Studies. The award is given annually for outstanding published research and creative scholarship in interpretation and performance studies during the previous three-year period. Madison was recognized for her lasting contributions to the discipline that lie not only in her published work, but also in the multitude of students in the classroom enacting ethnographic and performance approaches to studying issues that matter. Madison received her PhD in performance studies from Northwestern University.

Contractor, professor of communication studies and the Jane S. and William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, received a 2014 NCA Distinguished Scholar Award. The award is given annually to recognize and reward NCA members for a lifetime of scholarly achievement in the study of human communication. Recipients are selected to showcase the communication profession. The award is supported by the Mark L. Knapp Distinguished Scholar Fund. Since 1992, those recognized as NCA Distinguished Scholars nominate and elect members to join this select group.

Singletary, now a lecturer in the School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, was also celebrated at the conference. She was selected as one of the recipients of the 2014 NCA Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award. Singletary was recognized for her dissertation “Blackness Personified: Images of U.S. Blackness in Contemporary German Public Culture.” Singletary recently received her PhD in rhetoric and public culture from Northwestern University.

The National Communication Association advances communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific and aesthetic inquiry. NCA serves the scholars, teachers, and practitioners who are its members by enabling and supporting their professional interests in research and teaching.