Nichols Award Winners–2017

From the Nichols Selection Committee Chair, Lisa Keränen:

Please join me in congratulating Robert Hariman and John Louis Lucaites, this year’s recipients of the Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Public Address:

The Public Image: Photography and Civic Spectatorship (2016, University of Chicago Press).

The book, which includes 48 arresting color plates, argues for a shift in how we understand photography and public life, revealing how it can “provide resources for democratic communication and thoughtful reflection about contemporary social problems.”

The Nichols Award Committee members, Kristan Poirot and J. David Cisneros, and I agreed with one of the book’s nominators that this volume is “beautifully produced, elegantly written, and intellectually important.” Another noted that “Just as Professor Nichols introduced the field of rhetorical studies to the work of Burke and Richards, effectively revolutionizing the study of public address, so also does The Public Image continue the important work of integrating new rhetorical conceptions of visual culture into contemporary public address studies.”

The Nichols Award recognizes individuals who have made significant scholarly contributions to the study of public address.

Marie Hochmuth Nichols was the 55th President of the Speech Association of America (now the National Communication Association) in 1969, editor of the Quarterly Journal of Speech from 1962 to 1965, and recipient of the Speech Communication Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 1976. Her scholarship concentrated on rhetorical theory, as she introduced the field to Kenneth Burke and I. A. Richards, and the criticism of public address. The criteria used in selecting the award recipient include (1) the importance of the work in extending or altering our understanding of public address and/or rhetorical practice; (2) originality; (3) quality of research; (4) intellectual creativity; and (5) quality of writing.

This year’s submissions are a testament to the bright future and social salience of public address scholarship.

We hope you will be able to join us at the 2017 Public Address Business Meeting in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, November 18 at 2:00 – 3:15, in the Sheraton Dallas Ballroom D3 (on the first floor) to celebrate this and PAD’s other awards.

Congratulations, Drs. Hariman and Lucaites, and thank you for taking the work of rhetoric to broader publics.

2017 PAD Top Paper Award Winners

From PAD Vice-Chair Lisa Flores:

I’m delighted to announce our Top Paper Award recipients.

Robert Gunderson Top Student Paper Award
Daniel DeVinney, University of Illinois, for his essay, “Obama’s Constructed Audiences: A Constitutive Analysis of the 2004 Democratic National Convention Keynote Address and the 2008 Obama Coalition.”

Wrage-Baskerville Top Paper Award
Emily Kofoed, University of South Carolina-Upstate, for her essay, “Crafting Rhetorical Precedent: Citizenship Controversy in the Matter of Toboso—Alfonso.”

We will recognize both Emily and Daniel at our business meeting. Each will receive a plaque and a modest check. I hope many of you will be able to attend the business meeting and celebrate our fine work.

Call for Papers/Proposals, NCA, Dallas 2017!

The Public Address Division (PAD) of the National Communication Association invites submissions for the 103rd Annual Convention to be held in Dallas, TX, November 16-19, 2017.

PAD supports research into multiple forms of political and cultural rhetoric, including verbal, visual, performative, or blended texts, occurring in U.S., international, or transnational contexts, generated by or for minority or majority individuals and groups, and responsive to historical or contemporary concerns. PAD welcomes work on topics and using methods that cross or bridge disciplinary boundaries (e.g. memory, post-colonialism, religion, gender, sexuality). Submitters are not required to be members of PAD. See the PAD web site for more information about the division:

We invite submissions of (1) individual papers (also known as “completed papers”), (2) paper sessions, and (3) panel discussions. An individual should submit no more than one paper to PAD. Papers must not have been presented at another convention, nor can the same submission be made to more than one division at this convention.

nca-logo-2017The 2017 NCA convention theme is “Our Legacy, Our Relevance,” which points to the ways our disciplinary work impacts not only the discipline but also the communities we engage and the world we inhabit. Asking NCA members to reflect backward into our histories and forward down our new paths, the 2017 convention theme centers the everyday relevance of our scholarly and pedagogical projects and gives particular attention to existing legacies—intellectual, institutional, and cultural—to honor and new ones to cultivate. In addition, the convention theme encourages papers and panels that address the relevance of our research, teaching, and service. With attention to the notion of “standing in the gap,” this year’s NCA program planner encourages submissions that prioritize advocacy for and connection to everyday communities.

All submissions must be made through NCA Convention Central. NCA Convention Central will open for 2017 conference submissions on January 16, 2017. Submissions MUST be uploaded to the site by 11:59 pm, Pacific Time, on March 29, 2017. Please begin the submission process well in advance. Submitters who need assistance with the process can access how-to guides, sample submissions, webinars, and other useful resources from the NCA Convention Resource Library web site at


I.  Individual Papers: Individual papers are completed, unpublished research papers. The Vice Chair will organize accepted individual papers into thematic panels and assign a chair and respondent.

Submission Guidelines (all submissions):

  1. Please complete the required electronic submission fields including title, description, author(s), and keywords.
  2. Include a title and a 250-300 word abstractwith the paper upload.
  3. Recall that the maximum length for submitted papers is 25 double-spaced pages, excluding notes and illustrations.
  4. To ensure anonymous review,upload a copy of your paper that has all identifying information removed. To remove identifying data, make sure you:
  5. Remove author(s) identifying information such as the title page or personal references.
  6. Remove author(s) identifying information from the title of the document.
  7. Remove author(s) identifying information from the document properties.
  8. Re-save the file and confirm that the document properties have been updated to remove any author(s) information before uploading.
  9. Before finalizing your submission, preview your submission to make sure all information is correct.
  10. All submitters of papers to PAD are encouraged to consider marking the Scholar-to-Scholar option if their work can be effectively presented in a poster format. Some papers that we otherwise would not have room to place in a session slot will be accepted if this box is checked on the electronic submission form.
  11. All AV requests must be made at the time of submission.

Students: please indicate on the submission form that your submission is a student paper so that it can be considered for the division’s Robert Gunderson Award for Top Student Paper in Public Address.

Awards: The Public Address Division offers two awards for top submitted papers. In addition to the Gunderson Award for Top Student Paper, the Wrage-Baskerville Award honors the Top Paper in Public Address. Awards are presented at the Division’s business meeting at the convention, and top papers are presented in a special session immediately following the business meeting.

II.  Paper Sessions: A paper session involves a group of presenters with titled papers centering on a common theme. Paper sessions that include participants of varied career stages across different universities and geographical regions and those that include diversity of gender, race/ethnicity, and other identity positions are strongly encouraged. Proposals must include:

  1. A title and description for the session of no more than 75 words;
  2. The names of a chair and a respondent;
  3. Titles, descriptions, and author information for each paper.
  4. A rationale. This statement should provide an overall justification for the significance of the paper session.
  5. If the session is a good candidate for co-sponsorship with another division, caucus, or affiliate organization, please identify the potential co-sponsor on the special requests tab.
  6. All AV requests must be made at the time of submission.

III. Panel Discussions: A panel discussion involves a group of panelists discussing a specific topic. Panelists in a discussion session do not title their individual presentations or present papers. Interactive panel sessions that include participants of varied career stages across different universities and geographical regions and those that include diversity of gender, race/ethnicity, and other identity positions are strongly encouraged.

Proposals must include:

  1. A title and description for the panel of no more than 75 words;
  2. A chair and all presenters;
  3. A rationale. This statement should provide an overall justification for the significance of the panel discussion.
  4. If the panel is a good candidate for co-sponsorship with another division, caucus, or affiliate organization, please identify the potential co-sponsor on the special requests tab.
  5. All AV requests must be made at the time of submission.


In preparing your submission, please consider these criteria, which will guide the review process:

  • Relevance to the Public Address Division. How relevant is the submission to the aims and goals articulated in the conference call and expressed in the “About PAD” statement on the division’s web site at
  • Quality of scholarship. Will the submission make an important contribution to knowledge in public address? This criterion involves engagement with appropriate primary and secondary source material; originality and significance of argument; and coherence, rigor, and soundness of argument.
  • Quality of writing and/or coherence of session design. How well is the submission presented? This criterion focuses on clarity of expression, developmental flow, and stylistic artistry, and, for paper sessions and panel discussions, the conception and articulation of the session plan.


Completed papers that are accepted for presentation at the convention and then uploaded by the submitter will be available to respondents via NCA Convention Central prior to the convention.

Please feel free to send questions to the Public Address Division’s Vice Chair for 2017: Lisa A. Flores,

We look forward to receiving your submissions!



Come One, Come All to the NCA PAD Business Meeting

Friday, November 11, 2016 at 12:30 pm, Marriott Grand Salon I, Level 5

2016 Public Address Division Business Meeting National Communication Association Annual Convention Philadelphia, PA | November 11, 2016 | Marriott Grand Salon I | Level 5

Presiding Officer: Lisa Keränen, PAD Chair
Minutes by Maegan Parker Brooks, PAD Secretary

I. Call to Order
II. Approval of the Agenda
III. Approval of the 2015 PAD Meeting Minutes
IV. Report from the PAD Nominating Committee, Jeffrey Bennett, Committee Chair Distribution and Collection of Ballots. The slate of candidates was also made available online prior to the business meeting, at
V. Report from PAD Chair, Lisa Keränen
VI. NCA Legislative Assembly Report, Lisa Keränen
VII. Report from PAD Vice-Chair, Jennifer Mercieca
A. Presentation of Robert Gunderson Award to Lauren Harris, University of Maryland.
B. Presentation of Wrage-Baskerville Award to Kelly Jakes, Wayne State University.
VIII. Presentation of Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award by Leah Ceccarelli, Immediate Past Chair. The award recipient is Robert E Terrill, Indiana University, for Double Consciousness and the Rhetoric of Barack Obama: The Price and Promise of Citizenship (University of South Carolina Press, 2015).
IX. Presentation of Benson-Campbell Dissertation Research Award by Belinda A. Stillion Southard to Katie Irwin, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
X. NCA Governance Reports
A. NCA Nominating Committee, Kelly Jakes
B. Other NCA Governance Matters
XI. Report from the Vice Chair-Elect, Lisa Flores
XII. Announcements
A. Public Address Conference and Looking Forward to Boulder
B. Announcements from the Floor
XIII. New Business (by motion, as time permits)
XIV. Report of PAD Election Results, Jeffrey Bennett, Committee Chair
XV. Adjournment

Benson-Campbell Award Winner

irwinCongratulations to Katie Irwin from the University of Illinois. She is the recipient of the 2016 Benson-Campbell Dissertation Research Award from the NCA Public Address Division.

Ms. Irwin received the award in support of her dissertation project entitled “‘Freeing Our Latent Power: Rural Woman and Emergent Rhetorical Agency, 1920-1929.”