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Recent Professional Awards and Recognitions

Dr. Melanie Loewing, 2019

Recipient of the National Communication Associations Diamond Anniversary Book Award for, Homeless Advocacy and the Rhetorical Construction of the Civic Home (Rhetoric and Democratic Deliberation Series, Penn State University Press)

Dr. Tyler Page, 2019

NCA Public Relations Division Top Paper Award, Open Competition

Dr. Terry Likes 2019

Award of Excellence. World Journalism Education Congress. “Fake News Blues: A Credibility Crisis for Journalism.” The impact of fake news allegations on media organizations and audience trust. Radio Documentary.

Professor Amy Fountain 2019

Received the MSU Arts and Sciences Teaching Award in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Dr. Holli Seitz 2019

Received grant from APS Innovative Teaching Awards Program, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities

Dr. Philip Poe 2019

Selected as Vice President Elect of the Mississippi Communication Association for the 19-20 school year.

Dr. Terri Hernandez 2019

Center for Engaged Learning, Fellow

Professor Cody Stockstill 2019

KCACTF Certificate of Merit for Scenic Design, The Tempest
KCACTF Certificate of Merit for Lighting Design, The Tempest

Professor Josh Foreman 2019

Official Panelist at the Mississippi Book Festival
Published second narrative history book (wit Ryan Starrett) for the History Press in June 2019.

Dr. Melanie Loehwing 2018

Research Fellow, Social Science Research Center, Mississippi State University, inducted 2018.
Community-Engaged Learning Fellow, Center for Community-Engaged Learning, Mississippi State University.
Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, Shackouls Honors College, Mississippi State University.
Recipient of Shackouls Honors College Faculty Medallion, Shackouls Honors College, Mississippi State University.

Dr. Holli Seitz 2018

Received grant from Ottilie Schillig Special Teaching Projects Grant Program, Center for Teaching and Learning, Mississippi State University
Named a member of the Cancer Control, Epidemiology and Cancer Disparities Research Program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center
Competitively selected to participate in the inaugural class of the Community-Engaged Learning Fellows program, Mississippi State University

Professor Frances McDavid 2018

The Robert E. Woverton Legacy Award from the College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Larry Strout 2018

Fellow: Television Academy Foundation Faculty Seminar, Los Angeles, CA.

Professor Cody Stockstill 2018

KCACTF Certificate of Merit for Scenic Design, Crimes of the Heart
KCACTF Certificate of Merit for Lighting Design, Crimes of the Heart
KCACTF Certificate of Merit for Direction, Dracula
KCACTF Certificate of merit for Scenic Design, Dracula
KCACTF Certificate of Merit for Lighting Design, Dracula
KCACTF Certificate of Merit for Sound Design, Dracula
KCACTF Certificate of Merit for Faculty Technologist, Dracula

Professor Josh Foreman 2018

Official Panelist at the Mississippi Book Festival
Featured speaker at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History "History is Lunch" series in 2018

Professor Cody Stockstill 2017

KCACTF Certificate of Merit for Direction, Boeing Boeing
KCACTF Certificate of Merit for Scenic Design, The Little Mermaid
KCACTF Certificate of Merit for Direction, A Christmas Carol:  A Ghost Story of Christmas
KCACTF Certificate of Merit for Scenic Design, A Christmas Carol:  A Ghost Story of Christmas
KCACTF Certificate of Merit for Lighting Design, A Christmas Carol:  A Ghost Story of Christmas
KCACTF Certificate of Merit for Sound Design, A Christmas Carol:  A Ghost Story of Christmas
KCACTF Certificate of Merit for Faculty Technologist, A Christmas Carol:  A Ghost Story of Christmas

Dr. Holli Seitz 2017

Competitively selected to participate in Maroon Institute for Writing Excellence, a program of the Maroon and Write Quality Enhancement Plan, Mississippi State University

Professor Josh Foreman 2016

Nominated for a Pushcart Prize for an essay called "Age of Swine," which appeared in the Southern Review

Dr. Larry Strout 2016

Grant: Scripps Howard Foundation Visiting Professor in Social Media, Cincinnati, OH

Professor Cody Stockstill 2016

KCACTF Certificate of Merit for Design, OKLAHOMA!
KCACTF Certificate of Merit for Design, The Importance of Being Earnest

Dr. Holli Seitz 2016

Named a Research Fellow of the Social Science Research Center, Mississippi State UniversityCompetitively selected to attend Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections Research Coaching Clinic, Denver, Colorado,

Professor Frances McDavid 2016

NACADA’s Global Excellence in Advising/Faculty Advising Award

Professor Cody Stockstill 2015

KCACTF Certificate of Merit for Design, The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Dr. Melanie Loehwing 2014

MIWE Faculty, Maroon Institute for Writing Excellence, Mississippi State University, inducted 2014.

Professor Cody Stockstill 2014

KCACTF Certificate of Merit for Direction, The Never-Ending Story

Dr. John Forde, APR 2011

Public Relations Association of Mississippi Educator of the Year

MSU StatePride Winners 2011

Kelli Anthony, Karyn Brown, Emily Cain, Cheryl Chambers, Amy Knight, Dr. John Nicholson, Dr. Pete Smith, Dr. Kevin Williams, and Dr. Laura Walton, APR

Dr. Hank Flick 2010

Lambda Pi Eta Communication Department Faculty Member of the Year

Dr. John Forde, APR 2010

Relations Society of America College of Fellows (one of only 14 inducted in the country that year, only one in Mississippi)

MSU StatePride Winners 2010

Karyn Brown, Khristi Edmonds, Dr. Megan Foley, Amy Fountain, Teresa Gawrych, Frances McDavid, Dr. Pete Smith, Dr. Lawrence Strout, Kevin Williams

Wayne Durst 2009

MSU Summer Scholars On Stage Hall of Fame

Dr. John Forde, APR 2009

University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism Hall of Fame (inducted with first group of 12 to be honored in fields of public relations and advertising)

Dr. Laura Walton, APR 2009

Southern Public Relations Federation Senior Practitioner

Dr. Kevin Williams 2009

Promising Professors Award, Second Place, Mass Communication and Society Teaching Award for Assistant Professors, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

Dr. Hank Flick 2008

Lambda Pi Eta Communication Department Faculty Member of the Year

Dr. Laura Walton, APR 2008

Public Relations Association of Mississippi Educator of the Year

Dr. Laura Walton, APR 2008

Southern Public Relations Federation Educator of the Year

Dr. John E. Forde, APR 2007

Mississippi State University Order of Omega Honor Society and Colvard Student Union Outstanding Faculty/Staff of the Year Award (Nominated by Phi Mu Sorority)

Dr. Kevin Williams 2007

Lambda Pi Eta Communication Department Faculty Member of the Year

Dr. Hank Flick 2006

Lambda Pi Eta Communication Department Faculty Member of the Year

Dr. Pete Smith 2006

Recipient of the Honors Medallion for Academic Contributions to the Mississippi State Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College