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ASU Communication Prof Honored at State Convention

October 13, 2010

Dr. June Smith, Angelo State University professor of communication, was named an Outstanding Scholar in Rhetoric and Communication Theory during the Texas Speech Communication Association (TSCA) Convention held Oct. 6-9 in Houston.

Smith was chosen for the Outstanding Scholar designation by the TSCA’s Rhetoric and Communication Theory Interest Group which reviews rhetorical papers presented by scholars and studies their curriculum vitae, or résumés. She is the first ASU professor to receive this recognition.

“Dr. Smith has a solid record of scholarship and service to the Texas Speech Communication Association,” said Dr. Shawn Wahl, head of the ASU Communication, Mass Media and Theatre Department (CMMT). “This is clearly an honor and Dr. Smith deserves this recognition. One area to note about Dr. Smith’s record of excellence with TSCA is that she includes students in her work and fosters undergraduate student research. This award is only presented to the top teachers and scholars in Texas.”

In addition to the award, Smith also presented a paper at the convention dealing with rhetoric and the mindset of poverty. Wahl, who is also the association’s journal editor, presented a short course in nonverbal communication. Dr. George Pacheco Jr., assistant professor of communication, represented ASU as the TSCA District 15 chairman. CMMT’s Studio One student group performed for the convention, and three ASU undergraduate students presented scholarly papers.

The TSCA is the largest state professional communication association in the U.S. Membership is open to communication educators, students and consultants, as well as anyone interested in learning about the field of communication.

For more information on the TSCA or the convention, call Wahl or Smith at (325) 942-2031.