Moody College Awards

Distinguished Service & Alumni Awards


The Robert C. Jeffrey College Benefactor Awards

Robert C. Jeffrey

In 2006, Roderick P. Hart, dean of the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin, established the Robert C. Jeffrey Benefactor Awards to honor both Bob Jeffrey, the third dean of the college, and individuals who have given generously to the college with their time or resources.

Dr. Jeffrey served as dean of the Moody College of Communication from 1979 to 1993. During his tenure, he hired many of the college's best and brightest faculty members and helped build the college's endowment. He is remembered by many as a person of extraordinary warmth and commitment, and a person of irresistible charm. He is best known, however, as one of the finest ambassadors the Moody College has ever had. He died in April 2000.


DeWitt Carter Reddick Award


DeWitt Carter Reddick was the first dean of the College of Communication. He also was director of the School of Journalism from 1959 to 1965, teaching thousands of journalism students, including Walter Cronkite, Lady Bird Johnson, Ben Sargent and Karen Elliott House, from 1927 until his retirement in 1975.

Established in 1974, the DeWitt Carter Reddick Award recognizes excellence in the field of communication. Past Reddick Award recipients include Walter Cronkite, Molly Ivins, Nicholas Lemann, Bill Moyers, William S. Paley, William J. Raspberry, Helen Thomas, Ted Turner and Bill Wittliff, among others.
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Outstanding Alumni Award

The Moody College Outstanding Alumni Award is given annually to Moody College graduates who have distinguished themselves in professional and private life. Previous recipients include storied Texas journalist Wayne Sellers, former U.S. First Lady Lady Bird Johnson and journalist and political consultant Liz Carpenter


Distinguished Alumnus Award (Texas Exes)

Created in 1958, Distinguished Alumnus Awards are granted annually to alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally and through service to the University of Texas. The awards are given on a Friday evening before a home football game. The Texas Exes recognizes as many as six recipients each year.


Scholarship Awards

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.


Roderick P. Hart Student Achievement Awards

Dean Roderick Hart

In August 2014, Hart announced his plans to step down as dean in the summer of 2015 and return to what he loves—teaching students and conducting scholarship. In addition to returning to his position as professor in the Communications Studies Department, he will spearhead an endeavor to lead students to success through the Roderick P. Hart Student Achievement Awards. The Hart Awards seek to create a $1 million permanent endowment to honor the two things Hart prizes most—our students and their intellectual accomplishments. The Hart Awards will serve as a much-needed addition and round out the college's ability to honor graduates, benefactors, and now students. Learn more


Endowed Lectures

Wayne A. Danielson Award

Wayne A. Danielson

Recognizing scholars who have made a significant contribution to the understanding of communication, the Wayne A. Danielson Award was created in 1991. It honors Professor and Dean Emeritus Wayne Danielson for his contributions to the Moody College of Communication, The University of Texas at Austin and the field of communication.

Danielson joined The University of Texas at Austin faculty in 1969 and served as dean of the College of Communication (formerly School of Communication). Previously, he taught at Stanford University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds a Ph.D. in mass communications from Stanford University.

His research has led to the development of more than 30 operating programs for tools such as readability indexes, automatic news indexes and stylistic advice to authors.

He also served as founding editor of Journalism Abstracts (now Journalism & Mass Communications Abstracts), a publication of the Association for Education and Journalism and Mass Communication.View all recipients 


William Randolph Hearst Fellows Award

The William Randolph Hearst Fellows Award honors individuals whose distinguished careers in communication make them outstanding role models for students. The Hearst Fellows Award is one component of Moody College's William Randolph Hearst Visiting Professionals program, which was endowed by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation in 1990.


The McGarr Symposium on Sports and Society

The McGarr Symposium on Sports and Society is the Texas Program in Sports and Media’s signature event, created to bring to life a robust and interactive conversation about the role of sports and media and their collective impacts on American culture. The conference brings academics and working professionals to the UT-Austin campus to discuss sports-related public policy issues, cultural challenges and societal imperatives of sport consumption behavior. The event was named in the honor of Cappy McGarr (B.J. 1975, M.B.A. 1977), founding co-chair of TPSM's advisory board.