Cognella Communication Authors and Publisher Receive Honors at the Central States Communication Association Annual Convention

Cognella Communication Authors and Publisher Receive Honors at the Central States Communication Association Annual Convention

(From left) Communication scholars and Cognella authors Deanna Fassett, Jimmie Manning, and Nicholas Zoffel celebrate Manning’s receipt of the 2019 John T. Warren Mentorship Award.

The organization recognizes outstanding contributions to the communication discipline

San Diego, CA – April 17, 2019 – Recently, during the Central States Communication Association (CSCA) 2019 Annual Convention, Cognella authors were recognized for their extraordinary dedication and service to the communication discipline and CSCA. Additionally, panels on which Cognella authors and Cognella Communication Publisher Todd Armstrong sat received Top Panel designations.

During the convention, Scott A. Myers was bestowed the 2019 CSCA Hall of Fame Award. The honor lauds his contributions to the discipline of communication through meritorious scholarship, teaching and mentoring, participation at conventions, and service to the association. Dr. Myers’ Cognella text, Communication and Relational Maintenance (coauthored with Marianne Dainton), will publish in late summer 2019, and his text on instructional communication is currently in development with Cognella.

“It was an honor to be named this year’s recipient of the Hall of Fame Award,” Myers said. “I joined CSCA in 1991 when I was a graduate student, and I have been an active member since that time. CSCA has always been my go-to association in terms of presenting convention papers and projects.”

Jimmie Manning received the 2019 John T. Warren Mentorship Award. The award memorializes Dr. Warren, who passed away in 2011, by recognizing a mid-career scholar who exhibits some of the virtues Dr. Warren himself epitomized as a mentor, scholar, and engaged member of the discipline. Jimmie Manning is the author of the forthcoming text The Qualitative Coding and Analysis Guide for Communication Research.

“This award means so much, especially because it is named after one of the top scholars and mentors in the discipline,” Manning said after receiving the award. “John Warren was a force in communication studies and beyond.”

This year’s CSCA President’s Party celebrated Amy Aldridge Sanford’s incredible contributions to the discipline and the association. She is the current president of CSCA and the author of the forthcoming text, From Thought to Action: Developing a Social Justice Orientation.

“I’m very proud of my affiliation with CSCA,” Sanford said. “It is because of my colleagues in this organization that I found my passion for social justice and social justice scholarship.”

In addition, the following sessions, featuring Cognella authors and Cognella Publisher Todd Armstrong, who directs the Cognella Communication, Journalism, and Media Studies list, were honored as Top Panels at the CSCA convention.

“Teachers’ Use of Dialogue as Advocacy and Praxis”
Cognella authors – Deanna L. Fassett (coauthor of Communication: A Critical/Cultural Introduction, as well as the forthcoming textbooks Empowering Public Speaking: A Critical/Cultural Introduction and the second edition of Critical Communication Pedagogy) and Nicholas Zoffel (coauthor of the forthcoming textbook Engage and Activate: Navigating College and Beyond)

“‘You’re Eliminating WHAT?!?’”: Dialogue in Strategizing during Re-Prioritization”
Cognella author – Stephen Hunt (coauthor of the forthcoming textbook Engaging Persuasive Communication)

“Administrivia Trifecta: Basic Course Dialogue Perspectives”
Cognella author – Stephen Hunt

“Fantasy Sports as Community, Performance, and Competition: Dialoguing around the Phenomenon of Fantasy Sports League”
Cognella author – Adam W. Tyma (coeditor of the forthcoming textbook Communication Is…: Perspectives on Theory)

“Behind the Curtain: Creating Dialogue in and about the Academic Publishing Process”
Cognella author – Scott Myers
Cognella publisher – Todd Armstrong

“It was inspiring and an absolute pleasure to serve on a panel with the journal editors of regional, national, and international communication associations,” Armstrong said. “The path to publication can seem daunting, and this was a fantastic opportunity to speak to the academic publishing process. A huge thank you to CSCA for offering this informative session and inviting me to be part of it.”

“We’re honored to work with communication professors and scholars who are making a difference in their discipline,” said Cognella CEO Bassim Hamadeh. “Scott Myers, Jimmie Manning, and Amy Aldridge Sanford are incredibly deserving of these honors from CSCA, and we’re thrilled to be their publisher. We know their scholarship will continue to move the discipline forward. The Cognella team is also really proud of our Communication Publisher, Todd Armstrong, for his steadfast dedication to the discipline. We congratulate Todd on his award from CSCA.”

To see pictures from the CSCA convention, visit the CSCA conference recap webpage.

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About the Central States Communication Association
The Central States Communication Association (CSCA) an academic organization of communication professionals including college and university professors, students, and K-12 educators. The associational consists of the 13 Midwestern states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. It has grown to become the largest regional communication association in the United States and the fourth largest academic communication association in the world.

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