Awards and Honors

During my time as a faculty member, I have been honored to receive several awards, honors, and selected to serve in capacities to represent my department and university. I firmly believe that these achievements represent the results of collaboration with excellent colleagues and committed students. For that, I am very proud.

  • In 2017, I received the Dr. Sherwood and Elizabeth Berg Young Award, an annual award given to one faculty member at South Dakota State University for achievements in research and teaching. The award comes with an endowment and is competitive, as one nominee is selected in each college at the university and decided by a university committee. I was honored to be the 2017 recipient.


  • From 20140-present, I was asked to be Graduate Commencement Reader and Speaker. This is a particularly large honor, and one that makes me proud to serve my department and college as a whole. Being selected to represent my college for the past three years in this capacity has allowed me to celebrate the achievements of graduate students and likewise, has been a wonderful honor.
  • With Mr. Englebert, a Lawyer and CollaboratorI have been honored to receive several Top Paper awards at conferences including the National Communication Association, Broadcast Education Association, and Central States Communication Association. Papers that have been honored reflect my research in health communication and emerging media, and highlight the work I have done with interdisciplinary scholars. I am grateful to these associations.

  • In 2016, I was honored by my alma mater, Saint Joseph Academy, for ’embodying the character of a Saint Joseph Academy graduate in their personal and professional achievements’. I received the academy’s ‘25 Under 35 Award‘ for young professionals, which is competitively awarded from an independent committee of Cleveland’s professional leaders.


  • As part of my graduate training at Purdue University, I was honored to receive several awards for my research and teaching: the Alan H. Monroe Graduate Scholar Award, the CETA Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Bruce Kendall Excellence in Teaching Award. I remain grateful to my mentors at Purdue University who believed in me and encouraged me to pursue research and teaching, and to connect that work to meaningful service.


  • I likewise feel it is important to recognize the achievements of my students. Students in my classes have received awards for their work in my courses, such as competitive poster awards at the Experiential Learning Expo at South Dakota State University (for their work in community service in my classes), as well as receiving competitive paper acceptances at conferences including the National Communication Association. I am also proud of students I have worked with, whether serving as a graduate faculty representative on doctoral committees, a thesis committee member, or in an advising capacity. Pictured here is me with my first MA advisee, Scott Chappuis, ABD, now at Bowling Green State University.