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:

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: 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

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

~ 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

We look forward to seeing your submissions!

News from DC and NCA 2013

The NCA Public Address Division met in DC on Friday, November 22 at the 99th Annual Convention of the National Communication Association.

DC Convention

To read Mary Stuckey’s Chair’s Report, click here.

To read Kari Anderson’s Vice-Chair’s Report, click here.

Election Results:

  • Vice-Chair Elect: Lisa Keränen, University of Colorado-Denver

2014 Nominating Committee:

  • Bjørn Stillion Southard, University of Georgia, chair
  • Paul Achter, University of Richmond
  • Timothy Barney, University of Richmond
  • Jennifer Borda, University of New Hampshire
  • Katie Langford, Texas Tech University

Nichols Award Committee:

  • Robin Jensen, University of Utah
  • John Lynch, University of Cincinnati

Benson-Campbell Dissertation Committee:

  • Belinda Stillion Southard, University of Georgia

NCA Nominating Committee:

  • Leslie Harris, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


2013 NCA PAD Panels & Programs

DC Convention

Friday, November 22, 2:00 pm; Thurgood Marshall Ballroom North; Marriott Wardman Park

Read Proposed Bylaw Revisions here. Business Meeting agenda–click here.

  • Thursday, 11/21

Political Argument as Public Address: Historical, Contemporary, and Mediated

Engaging a Productive Critic: A Tribute to the Work of Robert L. Ivie Part I

The Rhetorical Legacy of President Ronald Reagan

Engaging a Productive Critic: A Tribute to the Work of Robert L. Ivie Part II

Presidential Discourses of War, Crisis, and Deliberation

Blackness and Whiteness in the U.S. Imaginary

Inscribing or Resisting U.S. Foreign Policy: Historical Connections

Public Address and the Press: Journalistic Rhetoric, Image, and Emotion

  • Friday 11/22

An Emerging Perspective in Health Communication: Rhetorical Studies of Health, Science, and Medicine

Grappling with the American Civil War: How Public Figures Shape Public Memories

Race to the Topoi: Deliberative Episodes in Education Policy

The Consummate Bricoleur: Celebrating the Scholarship, Leadership, and Mentorship of Martha Solomon Watson

Exploring the Return of Rhetorical Histories

Abraham Lincoln’s Hollywood Rebirth of Freedom: A Roundtable

Expanding Understandings of Pathos in Public Address: Affect, Passion, Feelings, Drives

Top Papers in Public Address

  • Saturday, 11/23

Selling History, Flight, and Technology: Public Address and Imagination

Education, Inquiry, and Public Address

Urban Spaces and Public Oratory

How to Write, Edit and Publish Books in Rhetoric and Public Address

Honoring James Arnt Aune’s Contributions to Public Address Scholarship

Bodies in Conflict and Protest

First Lady Ethos and Rhetorical Effect

President Barack Obama’s Rhetorical Ingenuity

  • Sunday, 11/24

Engaging Law and Policy through Public Address

Constituting Citizenship and Appealing to Citizens

International Public Address

2013 PAD Award Winners

2013 PAD Award winners are:

Wrage-Baskerville Award

Tiffany LewisTiffany Lewis, (left) Baruch College, for “Earning Rights and Enacting Freedom: Washington Woman Suffragists’ Appropriation of Mountaineering and Wilderness Discourses”

Gunderson Award

Allison PraschAllison M. Prasch, (right) University of Minnesota, for “Reagan at Pointe du Hoc: Deictic Epideictic and the Persuasive Power of ‘Bringing Before the Eyes’”

Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award

Dave TellDave Tell, (left) University of Kansas, for Confessional Crises and Cultural Politics in Twentieth-Century America (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2012).

Benson-Campbell Award

Kelly JakesKelly Jakes, (right) University of Wisconsin

PAD Ballot for 2013

DC Convention

The PAD Nominating Committee has announced the ballot for 2013

Vice Chair-Elect

  • Thomas Dunn
  •  Lisa Keranen

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

  • Paul Achter
  • Bernard Armada
  • Timothy Barney
  • Jennifer Borda
  • Donothan Brown
  • Jeffrey P. Mehltretter Drury
  • Katie Langford
  • Pamela Pietrucci
  • Ryan M. Neville Shephard
  • Bjorn Stillion Southard

Nichols Award Committee (top two vote getters are elected)

  • Jiyeon Kang
  • John Lynch
  • Kathleen Lamp
  • Joseph Valenzano III

Benson Campbell Dissertation Award Committee

  • Johanna Hartelius
  • Belinda A. Stillion Southard

NCA Nominating Committee

  • Thomas Dunn
  • Leslie Harris