School of Communication & Journalism

CMJN Faculty Selected Honors, Awards & Elected Positions

The service, teaching and research of our outstanding faculty and staff have been recognized by the university, as well as by regional, national, and international organizations.  Below is a selection of recent honors, awards, and elected positions they have received.

Honors

2013

Susan Waters – Excellence in Teaching in Communication Sciences and Social Sciences. AU College of Liberal Arts.

2012

Jennifer Wood Adams – Engaged Scholar Professorship. AU College of Liberal Arts.

Brigitta R. Brunner – Research Fellow, Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development Program.

Kevin Smith - 2012 Pixie GOLD Award. North American (US and Canada) Selection of winners.  Abutec Manufacturing, Digital Cinematography. American Pixel Academy.

2011

Mary Helen Brown– Daniel F. Breeden Eminent Scholar Chair in the Arts and Humanities. AU College of Liberal Arts.

Brigitta R. Brunner – Research Fellow, Imagining America.

Nan Fairley – 2011 Award for Excellence in Faculty Outreach. Auburn University.

David Sutton – Excellence in Teaching in Communication Sciences and Social Sciences. AU College of Liberal Arts.

2010

Brigitta R. Brunner – Winner, Public Relations Council of Alabama Medallion Award.

Margaret Erin Fitch-Hauser – Colonel Hal Decker Heroes Award for Service in Education.

Robert French – Instructional Excellence Award. AU College of Liberal Arts.

Robert French – 2010 Silver Medal in the Service Industry Advertising Awards (SIAA). Auburn Family Network.

2009

Brigitta R. Brunner – Fellow.  Journalism and Mass Communication Leadership in Diversity. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Nan Fairley – Engaged Scholar Professorship, 2009-2012. AU College of Liberal Arts.

Robert French – PR Week PR Power List.

Ric Smith – Outstanding Faculty Award. AU College of Liberal Arts.

2008

Susan L. Brinson – Shelby Lecturer. Department of Communication. University of Alabama– Birmingham

Michael J. Fuhlhage – Joseph L. Morrison Award for Excellence in Mass Communication History. School of Journalism and Mass Communication. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Michael J. Fuhlhage – William Francis Clingman Jr. Ethics Award. School of Journalism and Mass Communication. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

2008

Susan L. Brinson – AU Alumni Professor. 2008 –  2013.

Brigitta R. Brunner – AU College of Liberal Arts Engaged Scholar (2008 - 2011).

Brigitta R. Brunner – AU PETL Teaching Award for in Communication Sciences and Social Sciences.

Robert French – PR Week's Editors' Choice List.

Competitive Grants & Contracts

2014

Susan Brinson – Professional Improvement Leave, AU College of Liberal Arts.

Mike Milford - Professional Improvement Leave, AU College of Liberal Arts.

2013

Michael Fuhlhage – $1250. Joseph McKerns Research Grant Award. American Journalism Historians Association.

Debra Worthington - Professional Improvement Leave, AU College of Liberal Arts.

2012

Brigitta Brunner – $150,000. Grant for Education in the 21st Century. Civic Professionalism: A New Paradigm for Undergraduate Liberal Arts Education. Teagle Foundation, New York, NY Funding for 2012 until 2014.

John Carvalho – $10,000  Summer Competitive Research Grant. AU College of Liberal Arts

Kevin Smith – Professional Improvement Leave,  AU College of Liberal Arts.

Susan Waters – $3,700. AU Study Abroad Development Grant.

Norman Youngblood – $4,000.  AU Office of Sponsored Research Intramural Grants Program.

2011

Jennifer Wood Adams – $80,000 Joint Learning Agreement. Kettering Foundation.

Jennifer Wood Adams – Professional Improvement Leave. AU College of Liberal Arts.

Jennifer Wood Adams – $5,000. Alabama Press Association Grant.

Jennifer Wood Adams -- $1500. AU College of Liberal Arts. Community & Civic Engagement Summer Academy.

Judith Sheppard – Professional Improvement Leave. AU College of Liberal Arts.

Ric Smith – $5000. Charter Bank Foundation Grant (for Chattahoochee Heritage Project).

Susan Waters – $1500. AU College of Liberal Arts. Community & Civic Engagement Summer Academy.

2010

Jennifer Wood Adams – $1500. Alabama Press Association Grant.

Brigitta R. Brunner – Professional Improvement Leave. AU College of Liberal Arts.

Michael J. Fuhlhage – Isaiah Thomas Stipend. American Antiquarian Society.

Debra L. Worthington – $1000. AU College of Liberal Arts. Community & Civic Engagement Summer Academy.

  Norman  Youngblood – $1000.  AU College of Liberal Arts. Community & Civic Engagement Summer Academy.

2009

Hollie Lavenstein – $10,000. Summer Competitive Research Grant. AU College of Liberal Arts.

Hollie Lavenstein – $5000.  Alabama State Arts Council Fellowship

Debra L. Worthington – $10,000. Summer Competitive Research Grant. AU College of Liberal Arts.

2008

Judith Sheppard – Summer Competitive Research Grant. AU College of Liberal Arts.

Susan Waters & Joanna Cemore – $4865. Citizenship and Service-Learning Office. Missouri State University.

2007

Debra L. Worthington – $74,000. Sponsored research contract.  Evert Weathersby, & Houff.

Research & Creative Awards

2013

Michael Fuhlhage – Wally Eberhard Award for the Outstanding Paper on Media and War. American Journalism Historians Association.

 

Susan Waters - Top Paper. Communication Assessment Division. National Communication Association Conference, Washington, D. C. (co-authored with Joanna Cemore-Brigden)

2012

Michael Fuhlhage – Top Faculty Paper Award. Community Journalism Interest Group. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Michael Fuhlhage – Third Place Faculty Paper. History Division. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

Michael Fuhlhage – Second Place Faculty Poster. Social Sciences Division. AU Research Week Forum.

Kevin Smith – Letterpress Poster. ADDY Award. Chattahoochee Valley Advertising Federation. Regional Selection.

Lauren Reichart Smith – Top Paper Award. Political Communication Division. Southern States Communication Association.

Susan Waters – Top Paper Award. Political Communication Interest Group. Central States Communication Association.

Debra Worthington and Margaret Fitch-Hauser – Third Place Faculty Poster. Social Sciences Division. AU Research Week Forum.

2011

Kevin Smith – Pixie Platinum Award. CoachComm Tempo. American Pixel Academy National Selection of winners. (US and Canada)

Kevin Smith – The Vandercook 100: Celebrating 100 artisans + 100 years of letterpress printing on the Vandercook proof press

Kevin Smith – Judge’s Choice Award & Gold Addy Award. Chattahoochee Valley Advertising Federation.

Lauren Reichart Smith – Top Paper. Political Communication Division. Southern States Communication Association.

2010

Jennifer Wood Adams & Melissa Voynich – Top Three Faculty Paper Award. Newspaper Division. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Kevin Smith – Poster Category. Silver Winner, Creativity Print & Packaging Competition, International Selection.

Kevin Smith – Poster Category. Excellence in Design. Annual University & College Designers Association.

Kevin Smith – Poster Series Design. Mohawk Paper Company Sponsorship.

Norman Youngblood – 2nd place. History Division Open Paper competition. Broadcast Education Association Conference.

2009

Brigitta R. Brunner – Winner. PRSA Health Academy & Quinnipiac University Faculty Paper Competition.

Michael Fuhlhage – Second Place Paper. Minorities and Communication Division. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Kevin Smith – Letterpress. Designing for the Greater Good. Peleg Top & Jonathan Cleveland, HarperCollins Publishers.

Kevin Smith – Logo Design. Designing for the Greater Good. Peleg Top & Jonathan Cleveland, HarperCollins Publishers.

Kevin Smith – Silver Award for Logos & Trademarks. Annual Creativity Awards. International Selection of winners.

Kevin Smith – Poster Design. Honorable Mention. Creativity Annual Awards. International Selection.

Hollie Lavenstein – Best of the Fest. Humboldt Film Festival.

Lauren Reichart Smith – Top paper award. Mass Communication Division. Southern States Communication Association.

Debra L. Worthington & Margaret Fitch-Hauser – Top Paper Award. Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction. European Communication Research and Education Association.

Debra L. Worthington – Top Paper Award. Legal Communication & Ethics Division. Eastern Communication Association.

Debra L. Worthington – Top Paper Award. Applied Communication. Division. Eastern Communication Association.

2008

Margaret E. Fitch-Hauser – International Listening Association Research Award.

Michael J. Fuhlhage – Honorable Mention. Robert Lance Memorial Award. American Journalism Historians Association.

Susan Waters – Top paper Award. Experiential Education Division. National Communication Association.

Debra L. Worthington – Top Paper Award. Applied Communication Division. Southern States Communication Association.

Debra L. Worthington – Top Paper Award. Division on Communication and Law. National Communication Association.

Teaching Awards

2013

Michael Fuhlhage – Board Member, National Board of Directors. American Journalism Historians Association.

2012

Jennifer Wood Adams – Engaged Scholar Professorship. AU College of Liberal Arts.

2011

David Sutton – Excellence in Teaching in Communication Sciences and Social Sciences. AU College of Liberal Arts.

2010

Margaret Erin Fitch-Hauser – Colonel Hal Decker Heroes Award for service in Education.

Robert French – Instructional Excellence Award. AU College of Liberal Arts.

2009

Nan Fairley – CLA Engaged Scholar, 2009-2012. AU College of Liberal Arts. 

Susan L. Brinson – Shelby Lecturer. Department of Communication. University of Alabama– Birmingham.

Ric Smith – Outstanding Faculty Award.  AU College of Liberal Arts.

2008

Susan L. Brinson – AU Alumni Professor. 2008–2013.

Brigitta R. Brunner – Engaged Scholar Professorship. AU College of Liberal Arts. (2008 - 2011).

Brigitta R. Brunner – AU PETL Teaching Award for in Communication Sciences and Social Sciences.

Appointed & Elected Positions

2012

Michael Fuhlhage - Panels Selection Chair, Research Committee, American Journalism  Historians Association.

2011

Lauren R. Smith – Chair, Roundtable and Panel Selection Committee, International Communication Association.  (2011-2012).

Lauren R. Smith – Chair, Membership Committee, Sports Interest Group, AEJMC

Dave Sutton – Chair, Communication Theory Division, Southern States Communication Association (2010-2011).

Debra L. Worthington – 1st Vice President. International Listening Association.

2010

Lauren R. Smith – Chair, By-law Revision Committee, Political Communication Division, Southern States Communication Association. (2010-2011).

Lauren R. Smith – 2010: Vice-chair elect, Mass Communication Division, SSCA (2010 – 2014)

Susan Waters – Chair. Public Relations Division. National Communication Association.

Debra L. Worthington – Chair. Research Committee.  International Listening Association.

2009

Brigitta R. Brunner – Vice President for Students, Public Relations Council of Alabama. East Alabama Chapter, Board of Directors (2009 - 2012).

Brigitta R. Brunner – Co-Chair, Susanne A. Roschwalb Award, Public Relations Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Brigitta R. Brunner – Member-At-Large, Public Relations Council of Alabama East Alabama Chapter, Board of  Directors.

Norman Youngblood – Web Editor. History Division. Broadcast Education Association (2009-2012).

Norman Youngblood – Co-Chair, Student Interactive multimedia Competition. Broadcast Education Association.

2008

Jennifer Wood Adams – Chair. Professional Freedom and Responsibility. Community Journalism Interest Group. AEJMC. (2008-2009).

Jennifer Wood Adams – Chair. Media Management and Economics Division. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. (2008-2009).

Brigitta R. Brunner – Four-year College/University Representative to NCA.  Southern States Communication Association. (2007-2010).

Norman Youngblood – Chair. History Division. Broadcast Education Association. (2007-2009).

Norman Youngblood – Newsletter Editor. Visual Communication Division. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Norman Youngblood – Web Editor. Visual Communication Division. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

2007

Robert French – Founding Fellow. Society for New Communication Research.

Last Updated: August 11, 2016