Johanna Hartelius and Jimmie Manning, faculty in the NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, were honored April 13 at the Southern States Communication Association’s (SSCA) 83rd Annual Convention and Awards Banquet in Louisville, Ky.
Hartelius, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication, received the Janice Hocker Rushing Early Career Research Award.
The award honors SSCA members who have demonstrated exceptional scholarly ability through research and publication early in their academic careers. Nominees must be untenured, assistant professors in the field of communication who received their appointment or terminal degree within the past five years.
In nominating Hartelius, department chair Gary Burns noted, “Johanna is one of our most prominent faculty members. She has already produced a large body of work that is highly regarded and widely cited in the communication discipline. Johanna’s book, ‘The Rhetoric of Expertise,’ has received significant attention and was the subject of a colloquy section in the journal Social Epistemology. Her work is fresh, probing, strongly argued, and exhaustively researched.”
Manning, also an assistant professor in the Department of Communication, received the SSCA’s 2013 Outreach Award.
This award honors SSCA members who have made significant contributions to the profession by facilitating the success and access of under-represented populations or the integration of specific groups of students, professionals, or scholars into the communication discipline or professional organizations.
In selecting Manning for the award, the Association noted the innovative ways in which he connects the academy with the public by engaging students in research and community-building projects. In nominating Manning, Lynne Webb, a communication professor at the University of Arkansas, cited his work with communities affected by Hurricane Katrina, his commitment to diversity initiatives in professional organizations, and his involvement in a civic engagement project that explored diverse interaction in the Cincinnati area.
A not-for-profit organization, the SSCA promotes the study, criticism, research, teaching and application of the artistic, humanistic, and scientific principles of communication.