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University of Utah wins at National Communication Association 2018 Conference

Last weekend, Salt Lake City was host to the National Communication Association’s 104th Annual Convention: Communication at Play. University faculty members and graduate students attended the four-day convention and many presented their research to the Communication community. 

Shannon McGregor was awarded the Lynda Lee Kaid Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Political Communication Division for her dissertation: “Social (Media) Construction of Public Opinion by Political Elites.” Rachel Griffin was appointed as the Diversity Council Chair by the National Communication Association’s Leadership Development Committee. She is also continuing her role in the leadership of the Critical/Cultural Studies Division and will serve as the program planner in 2019.

Kent Alan Ono, second vice president of the National Communication Association, recently received NCA’s 2018 Douglas W. Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award.

The award is given annually to honor scholars who have executed research programs in rhetorical theory, rhetorical criticism and/or public address studies. Ono’s contributions to rhetorics of difference have been powerful, influential and insightful, taking into account a wide array of media and political institutions as they relate to various racial formations and intercultural, localized contexts that span the globe.

Nominators wrote that Ono’s “investigations of the rhetoricity of culture have refigured scholarly understandings of how discourses of race, identity, citizenship and difference are symbolically produced, practiced and challenged.”

“NCA’s annual awards honor communication scholars’ teaching, scholarship and service,” said Trevor Parry-Giles, NCA executive director. “Dr. Ono’s contributions to the communication discipline are noteworthy and NCA is proud to recognize them with this award.”

For more information about NCA’s awards program, visit

About the National Communication Association

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. Dedicated to fostering and promoting free and ethical communication, NCA promotes the widespread appreciation of the importance of communication in public and private life, the application of competent communication to improve the quality of human life and relationships, and the use of knowledge about communication to solve human problems.

NCA supports inclusiveness and diversity among our faculties, within our membership, in the workplace and in the classroom. NCA supports and promotes policies that fairly encourage this diversity and inclusion.


Last Updated: 9/20/21