Ellen A. Wartella Distinguished Research Award

Ellen Wartella

Formerly the College Faculty Research Award, the Ellen A. Wartella Distinguished Research Award was renamed in 2012 in honor of former Moody College Dean Ellen Wartella.

Inaugurated in 1983, the Wartella Award honors one research article authored by a member of the Moody College faculty. Articles submitted for the competition and are considered according to their contributions in terms of: conceptual innovations; contribution to the literature in this field; and the methodological, pedagogical, or policy-related advances or contributions made.

A committee comprised of faculty from across the College selects the recipients.

Award Recipients

February 2021

Dr. Erica Ciszek
Assistant Professor
School of Advertising and Public Relations
Article: Power, Agency and Resistance in Public Relations: A Queer of Color Critique of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance

February 2020

Dr. Michael Butterworth
Professor
Department of Communication Studies
Article: George W. Bush as the 'Man in the Arena': Baseball, Public Memory, and the Rhetorical Redemption of aPresident

February 2019

Dr. Dhiraj Murthy
Associate Professor
School of Journalism
Article: Visualizing YouTube’s Comment Space: Online Hostility as a Networked Phenomena

February 2018

Dr. Mary Bock
Assistant Professor
School of Journalism
Article: Faith and Reason: An Analysis of the Homologies of Black & Blue Lives Facebook Pages

February 2017

Dr. H. Iris Chyi
Associate Professor
School of Journalism
Article: Reality Check: Multiplatform newspaper readership in the United States, 2007–2015

February 2016

Dr. Stephen D. Reese
ProfessorSchool of Journalism
Article: Globalization of mediated spaces: The case of transnational environmentalism in China

February 2015

Dr. Scott Stroud
Associate Professor
Department of Communication Studies
Article: The Dark Side of the Online Self: A Pragmatist Critique of the Growing Plague of Revenge Porn

February 2014

Dr. Jessica Franco
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Article: Increasing Social InteractionUsing Prelinguistic Milieu Teaching with Nonverbal School-Age Children with Autism

February 2013

Dr. Erin Donovan-Kicken
Assistant Professor
Department of Communication Studies
Article: The nature of communication work during cancer: Advancing the theory of illness trajectories

February 2012

Mr. Anthony Dudo
Assistant Professor
Department of Advertising
Article: Science on Television in the 21st Century: Recent Trends in Portrayals and their Contributions to Public Attitudes toward Science

Jennifer Brundidge

May 2011

Dr. Jennifer Brundidge
Assistant Professor
Department of Radio-TV-Film
Article: Encountering ‘Difference’ in the Contemporary Public Sphere: The Contribution of the Internet to the Heterogeneity of Political Discussion Networks

May 2010

Dr. Iris Chyi
Assistant Professor
School of Journalism
Article: Is Online News an Inferior Good? Examining the Economic Nature of Online News among Users

May 2009

Dr. Ye Sun
Assistant Professor
Department of Advertising
Article: Understanding the Third-person Perception:Evidence from a Meta-analysis

May 2008

Dr. Swathi Kiran
Assistant Professor
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Article: Semantic Complexity in the Treatment of Naming Deficits

June 2007

Dr. Lisa Bedore
Associate Professor
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Article: [with Christine Fiestas, Elizabeth Peña, and Vanessa Nagy]Cross-language Comparisons of Maze use in Spanish and English in Functionally Monolingual and Bilingual Children

July 2006

Dr. Craig A. Champlin
Associate Professor
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Article:[with Jeffrey Marler]Sensory Perception of Backward-Masking Signals in Children with Language-Learning Impairment asAssessed with the Auditory Brainstem Response