Faculty Win Awards at KCA Conference


The Kentucky Communication Association (KCA) held their annual conference at Buckhorn Lake Resort State Park in Buckhorn, Kentucky, on September 26th and 27th. The WKU Department of Communication faculty did not disappoint.

Because of all of their hard work and effort in the field of communication, Dr. Payne won the Graduate Mentor Award for work done with graduate students and undergraduate and graduate students’ research, and Dr. Thompson won the James Applegate Excellence in Research Award for his extensive work in crisis communication, student communication, and parent-teacher communication. Ms. Patricia Witcher, M.A., an instructor at the Glasgow campus, won the Excellence in Teaching Award.

Dr. Holly Payne and Dr. Blair Thompson attended the conference and presented their research conducted with Dr. Angie Jerome over crisis communication in K-12 schools with a focus on school shootings.

Congratulations to the wonderful Department of Communication faculty for their outstanding work!


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