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2019 Distinguished Scholar Award

Wednesday, March 20, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Christina Yoshimura
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Wendy Hines, Committee Chair

When selecting this year’s distinguished scholar, the committee was charged to consider the following criteria: a sustained research program that is theoretical grounded, analytically sound, and advances the discipline. I would like to thank the committee members for the Distinguished Scholar Award: Bernadette Calafell, Amira de la Garza, Jose Maldonado and Brian Ott for assisting in this process. 

This year’s Distinguished Scholar has a prodigious amount of publications, including 21 books, 41 book chapters, 85 journal articles, and 97 conference papers.  If there was any doubt about the quality of this impressive volume of work, this person has received the Bernard J. Brommel Award, the Charles H. Woolbert Award, the B. Aubrey Fisher Award, the Gerald R. Miller Book Award, and 28 top convention papers awards.  This begs the question of whether this person ever gets any sleep, but of course quality of sleep is just another variable this person has explored.

This scholar urges us to make sense of the complexity of communication, and focus on having something useful to say.  This author’s work can be applied widely to communication between family members, romantic partners, friends, and health care providers and patients.  A colleague stated that this mentor, "not only can inspire scholarly excellence but also is able to do so in a way that builds others up and creates long-lasting relationships"

This theorist challenged scholars to consider the boundaries of interpersonal communication.  He made the use of physiological techniques, in studies of human communication, seem conventional.

As a self-described empiricist, it is no accident that his childhood experiences in a very affectionate family shaped his research interests.  He considers the expression of affection “as one of the most important communicative processes in the development and maintenance of personal relationships” (Guerrero & Floyd, 2006, p.84).  His affection exchange theory has become a theoretical foundation, for his own work, for scholars in the communication discipline, and beyond.

 It is my great pleasure to present the Distinguished Scholar Award to Dr. Kory Floyd. 


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