2015 PAD Ballot

NCA 2015 Convention

The PAD Nominating Committee announces the following slate for the 2015 PAD elections. Please attend the PAD business meeting, Friday, 11/20 at 2:00 pm in Brasilia 3, Rio Conference Center. Winners noted in bold/italics.

Vice Chair Elect
Lisa Flores (University of Colorado, Boulder)
John Lynch (University of Cincinnati)

Maegan Parker Brooks (Willamette University)
Leslie Harris (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Michelle Yang (University of Maryland)

Benson-Campbell Committee
Cara Finnegan (University of Illinois)
Johanna Hartelius (University of Pittsburgh)
Sara Vanderhaagen (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Nichols Award Committee (vote for two)
James Darsey (Georgia State University)
Davis W. Houck (Florida State University)
Belinda A. Stillion Southard (University of Georgia)
Dave Tell (University of Kansas)

PAD Nominating Committee (vote for five)
Bryan Amsden (Clayton State University)
Jeff Bennett (University of Iowa), Chair
Adina Cheree Carlson (Arizona State University)
Emily Crosby (University of Pittsburgh)
Amanda Edgar (University of Memphis)
Stephen Heidt (Florida Atlantic University)
Kevin E. Johnson (Cal State Long Beach)
Jaclyn Nolan (University of Georgia)
Carly S. Woods (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
Nathan Atkinson (Georgia State University)

NCA Nominating Committee
Kelly Jakes (Wayne State University)
Tiffany Lewis (CUNY Baruch College)

PAD Announces 2015 Award Winners

2015 PAD Award Winners are:

W-B Winner 2015Wrage-Baskerville Award (top contributed paper)
Maegan Parker Brooks
, Willamette University, “Embracing the Interruptive Voice: Rhetoric, Race, and Public School Deliberation.”

Robert Gunderson Award (top contributed student paper)
RG Winner 2015Paul McKean
, University of Illinois, “Constituting an Economy of Heroes: The Rehabilitation of an Economic Idiom in Ronald Reagan’s 1981 Economic Recovery Campaign.”

Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award

MHN Winner 2015Shawn J. Parry-Giles, University of Maryland, for Hillary Clinton in the News: Gender and Authenticity in American Politics (University of Illinois Press).

B-C Winner 2015Benson-Campbell Dissertation Research Award

Michael J. Steudeman, University of Maryland



Top Paper Panelists 2015

Top Paper Panelists, with Vice-Chair Lisa Keränen

What We Study?

From vice-chair Lisa Keränen: a keyword density analysis of the 198 PAD survey responders’ top self-reported keyword terms describing their areas of expertise. “Rhetoric” and “rhetorical” are not included. Click on the image to see the results.


PAD Election Ballot, 2014

2014 Convention Webpage Banner

The PAD Nominating Committee has announced the ballot for 2014

Vice Chair-Elect

  • Jay Childers
  • Jennifer Mercieca

Nominating Committee (five will be elected, and the top vote getter becomes the chair)

  • Nathan Atkinson
  • Kundai Chirindo
  • Lisa Corrigan
  • E. Johanna Hartelius
  • Tracey Quigley Holden
  • Brandon Inabinet
  • Alyssa Samek
  • Don Waisanen
  • Carly Woods
  • Michelle Murray Yang

Nichols Award Committee (top two vote getters are elected)

  • Tasha Dubriwny
  • Jason Edwards
  • Danielle Endres
  • Brad Vivian

Benson Campbell Dissertation Award Committee

  • Jason Edward Black
  • Charles E. Morris III

NCA Nominating Committee

  • Nathan Crick
  • Greg Dickinson

Winans-Wichelns Award Committee

  • Robin E. Jensen
  • Thomas Lessl

PAD Announces 2014 Award Winners

2014 PAD Award winners are:

Wrage-Baskerville Award (top contributed paper)

PAD W-B WinnersBrian Ott, Hamilton Bean, and Kellie Marin, University of Colorado-Denver, “Securitization in the Era of Control Society: Modulating Mood and Message at The CELL.”

Robert Gunderson Award (top contributed student paper)

PAD RG WinnerCourtney Travers, University of Illinois, “The Presence of Aesthetic Pasts: The Rhetorical Invention of Jacqueline Kennedy in Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue.

Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award

PAD MHN WinnerLeah Ceccarelli, On the Frontier of Science: An American Rhetoric of Exploration and Exploitation (Michigan State University Press).

Benson-Campbell Award

PAD B-C WinnerElizabeth Gardner, University of Maryland

Call for Nominations–Nichols Award

The Public Address Division of NCA solicits nominations for the Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award honoring outstanding published scholarship in public address.  The award will be presented at the business meeting of the Public Address Division in Chicago, in November 2014. Scholarship published in 2013 is eligible for consideration.  The Award recognizes individuals who have made significant scholarly contributions to the study of public address.

55  Marie Hochmuth Nichols (3)Marie Hochmuth Nichols (right) 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.

To be considered for the award, nominated authors must be members of the Public Address Division.  Single and co-authored, peer-reviewed scholarly books, originally written in English or translated into English from other languages, are eligible for this award.

Nominations must include: (1) a letter of nomination that identifies the scholarly work, specifies the publisher and the publication date, and provides a detailed rationale for why the work should receive the award and (2) three copies of the work being nominated.  These materials cannot be returned.

The criteria to be used in selecting the 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.

Members of the Awards Committee who feel that they are unable to be impartial in judging any nominee will recuse themselves from discussion of that nominee.

Deadline for receipt of materials is March 1, 2014.

Send nomination materials to:

Mary E. Stuckey
Professor, Communication & Political Science
Department of Communication
25 Park Place, Suite 1134
PO Box 5060
Atlanta, GA 30302-5060

For UPS and other delivery services:

25 Park Place, Suite 1134
Atlanta, GA 30303

Call for Papers, 2014 NCA Convention

2014 Convention BannerThe Public Address Division (PAD) of the National Communication Association invites submissions for the 100th Annual Convention to be held in Chicago, IL, November 20-23, 2014. 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: ncapad.com.

We invite submissions of (1) completed papers (also known as “individual 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 conference, nor can the same submission be made to more than one division at this conference.

The 2014 NCA convention theme is “The Presence of Our Past(s): NCA at 100.” The NCA First Vice-President has created a special “NCA Centennial!” series for individual papers, paper sessions, or panel discussions related to the convention theme. A planning group headed by two public address scholars is organizing those sessions, so PAD members whose work is relevant to this theme are encouraged to submit directly to this series in NCA Submission Central.

All submissions must be made through the NCA Submission Central online system, available via the NCA Convention web site: www.natcom.org/convention. Submissions MUST be uploaded to the site by 11:59 pm, Pacific Time, on March 26, 2014. 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 www.natcom.org/conventionresources.

Additional details about submissions follow:


1. Individual Papers

Please complete the required electronic submission fields including title, description, author(s), and keywords.

~ If you are a student, 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.

~ 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.

Upload a copy of your paper.

~ To ensure blind review, please remove all indications of authorship from the paper before uploading to NCA Submission Central. Include a title and a 250-300 word abstract with the paper upload.

~ The maximum length for submitted papers is 25 double-spaced pages, excluding notes and illustrations.

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.

The time limit for presentation for most papers accepted for presentation is 12 minutes, so participants should prepare accordingly.

2. Paper Sessions

A paper session involves a group of presenters with titled papers centering on a common theme. Submissions should include:

~ a title and description for the session of no more than 75 words,

~ a chair and respondent,

~ titles, descriptions, and author information for each paper,

~ a rationale. This statement should provide an overall justification for the significance of the paper session.

~ 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.

For a paper session to be considered for inclusion in the convention program, participants should come from more than one institution.

3. 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.

Submissions should include:

~ a title and description for the panel of no more than 75 words,

~ a chair and all presenters,

~ a rationale. This statement should provide an overall justification for the significance of the panel discussion.

~ 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.


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 ncapad.com/about?

~ 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 Submission Central prior to the convention.

Please feel free to send questions to the Public Address Division’s Vice Chair for 2014: Leah Ceccarelli cecc@uw.edu

We look forward to seeing your submissions!