Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

For Overall Excellence

  • Presidential Impact Fellow, Texas A&M University, 2019

    • This prestigious recognition is awarded to select faculty who through their scholarship, personal commitment and results demonstrate they are rising to meet the challenges of their field and demonstrating impact towards creating a better world;  Annual stipend of $25,000 for three years and lifetime title of Presidential Impact Fellow

  • Cornerstone Faculty Fellowship, College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M U, 2018-2022

    • Awarded for outstanding professional record, scholarly impact, outstanding teaching, and significant service; $7500 bursary for each year from 2018-2022

 

For Research

  • Outstanding Media Literacy Researcher Award (one award given every two years to recognize contributions toward advancing the field of media literacy), National Association for Media Literacy Education, 2017

  • Top Paper Award, National Communication Assn. (Activism & Social Justice), 2018

  • TEDx speaker, Lee College-Huntsville (first TEDx series at a Texas prison), 2017

  • Top Paper Award, National Communication Assn. (Intl./Intercultural Comm.), 2017

  • Diversity Scholars’ Network Member, National Center for Institutional Diversity, University of Michigan, 2017 to present

  • Research Associate, Media & Diversity Center, Univ. of Missouri, 2016 to present

  • Faculty Leader, NCA Institute for Faculty Development (Hope Conference; invited as expert on inclusive communication to co-lead an intensive week-long residential program for faculty in Communication), 2015

  • Top Paper Award, National Communication Assn. (Intergroup Comm.), 2012

  • Big 12 Faculty Fellowship, Texas A&M University, 2010

  • Top Paper Award, National Communication Assn. (Mass Comm.), 2010

  • Distinguished Dissertation Award Nominee, Council of Graduate Schools, 2006

  • Top Paper Award Winner, International Comm. Assn. (Info Systems Division), 2004

  • Distinguished Dissertation Award, Penn State Alumni Association, 2004

  • Top Paper Award Winner, NCA Doctoral Honors Seminar, 2003

  • Deans’ Excellence Award for Graduate Student Research, Penn State Univ., 2001

  • First Place, Annual Graduate Research Exhibition, Penn State University, 2001

  • Sidney and Helen Friedman Endowed Scholarship for Excellence, Penn State, 2001

  • Rev. Fr. Inchackal Scholarship for Excellence in Visual Comm., U of Madras, 1996

 

For Teaching/Mentoring

  • Faculty Mentorship Award (for outstanding mentoring and commitment to graduate student teaching, research, and personal development), Communication Grad Students Association, Texas A&M University, 2019

  • Faculty Fellow, Center for Teaching Excellence (to serve as a consultant for other instructors to enhance their courses and to design a university-wide faculty workshop series on inclusive pedagogy), Texas A&M, 2017; $3,000 bursary

  • Service Learning Faculty Fellow (to serve as a campus leader on service learning pedagogy and community engagement), Texas A&M University, 2017; $2,500 bursary

  • Faculty Mentorship Award (for outstanding mentoring and commitment to graduate student teaching, research, and personal development), Communication Grad Students Association, Texas A&M University, 2017

  • Faculty Appreciation Award, Comm. Grad Students Association, Texas A&M, 2015

  • Faculty Appreciation Award, Comm. Grad Students Association, Texas A&M, 2012

  • Faculty Advisor for Sarah Kornfield, Winner of AFS M.A. Research Award, 2009

  • Nominee, Advisor of the Year Award (campus-wide, one award per year), Texas A&M University, 2008

 

For Service/Leadership/Community Engagement

  • Achievements in Climate & Inclusion (ACI) Award (for extraordinary and superlative dedication to climate and inclusion), College of Liberal Arts, 2019; $4750 bursary award ($2750 for faculty + $2000 for our department)

  • Nominee, ACE Faculty Diversity Award (campus-wide; one award per year), Texas A&M Univ., 2019

  • Outstanding Service Award, Mass Comm. Division, National Communication Assn., 2017 (for exemplary service to the profession, community, and college/university)

  • ACE (Accountability, Climate & Equity) Award Winner -Women’s Progress – Administrator (for enhancing climate for women through policy formation, goal-setting, programs etc. and positively promoting women’s issues), Texas A&M University, 2017; $250 and commemorative plaque

  • Nominee, ACE Faculty Diversity Award (campus-wide; one award per year), Texas A&M Univ., 2017

  • Fellow, Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy, 2016

  • Recipient, Diversity Service Team Award, Texas A&M University, 2010

Intellectually-Curious Scholar/Researcher.

Generously-Inclusive Mentor/Educator.

Creatively-Engaged Writer/Artist.

Advocacy-Anchored Leader/Changemaker.

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