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Department of Communication PhD students and faculty traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana to attend the 108th National Communication Association‘s 2022 convention “Honoring PLACE: People, Liberation, Advocacy, Community, and Environment”, held from November 17th to November 20th. The department’s Director of Graduate Admissions and Associate Professor, Dr. E. Sarah Dempsey, along with four PhD students returned to Chapel Hill with awards celebrating their work and contributions.

Mentoring Award

Dr. Dempsey is the recipient of the 2022 Mentoring Award from the Organizational Communication Division of the National Communication Association.

Per the NCA, her nomination for this competitive award reflects a collaborative effort by ten former and current colleagues, advisees, and students.

This Award recognizes Dr. Dempsey’s efforts as a mentor who “advocates for equitable student development, creates a culture of inclusion, fosters opportunities, and helps students access resources and connections required for their long-term personal and professional success.”

Top Paper Student Awards

Dafna Kaufman received Top Paper Award in the Communication and Sport Division at NCA for her paper, “Intolerable fairness: The biotrope of fair play.”

Emilio Lopez Horner received Top Student Paper Award in the Political Communication Division at NCA for his paper, “Tom Watson, race, and populist rhetoric in the 1890s.”

Dahlia Boyles received Top Student Paper Award in the International & Intercultural Communication Division at NCA for her paper, “‘Ramifications that you, quite simply, will never understand’: The colorblind white savior in HBO’s Gossip Girl.”

Kelly Lin Errera received Top Student Paper Award in the Urban Communication Division at NCA for her paper, “Rap and hip-hop as urban communication.”


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