Three School of Journalism and Mass Communication faculty members were honored at the May 2017 International Communication Association conference in San Diego.
Professor Emeritus Sharon Dunwoody and Professor Doug McLeod were named ICA Fellows, joining a select group of only 130 other Fellows worldwide. Fellow status in ICA recognizes distinguished scholarly contributions to the field of communication. Dunwoody, who retired from SJMC in 2012, is a leading researcher in science and risk communication. It is no exaggeration to say that Dunwoody helped invent the field of science and risk communication as a field of social science inquiry and her work has influenced researchers around the world. She has also advised and mentored more than 50 MA students and nearly 20 doctoral students.
McLeod, who joined SJMC in 2000 after six years at the University of Delaware, is an expert on media, priming, framing, and social conflicts. McLeod has contributed some of the key theory-building insights within these areas of research. His work on framing, in particular, has been highly influential for a generation of students investigating the effects of media messages on social and political behavior. A dedicated teacher and mentor, McLeod has been on the more than 100 MA and Ph.D. committees at Delaware and Wisconsin. Many of his advisees have gone on to distinguished careers of their own.