Celebrating Cognella Authors Honored with 2021 NCA Awards

Cognella Congratulates the Following Authors Who Received Honors at NCA 2021! 

Association Honors

Patrice Buzzanell (University of South Florida, Coauthor of the forthcoming text Organizations, Organizing, and Communication in the Modern World)

Winner of the Samuel L. Becker Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award was first presented in 1971 to recognize a lifetime of outstanding service to the Association and to the profession. The Award is presented to the person judged to have made the greatest contribution to the association and to the profession during her or his career and is generally, but not necessarily, given to a person who has made a number of contributions during her or his career. The contributions may be in research, teaching, or service. In most cases, the individual selected will have made outstanding contributions in all three areas.

Congratulations, Dr. Buzzanell!


Steven R. Wilson (University of South Florida, Coeditor of Reflections on Interpersonal Communication Research)

Winner of the Mark L. Knapp Award in Interpersonal Communication

The Mark L. Knapp Award in Interpersonal Communication recognizes career contributions to the study of interpersonal communication. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant scholarly contributions to the study of interaction and/or relational processes. This recipient will also have contributed to the quality of interpersonal communication through active involvement in the discipline, significant mentoring of students, and/or public service focused on interpersonal communication.

Congratulations, Dr. Wilson!

Division Honors

Elizabeth Dorrance Hall (Michigan State University, Author of Communicate to Connect: Interpersonal Communication for Today’s Relationships and the forthcoming text Communication Research: Learning Qualitative and Qualitative Methods)

Winner of the Leslie A. Baxter Early Career Award

The award is named in honor of Leslie A. Baxter and is given based on productivity and strength of published work in family communication, especially work that addresses issues of diversity, equity, and/or inclusion.

Congratulations, Dr. Dorrance Hall!