Applied Urban Communication Research Grant

Applied Urban Communication Research Grant

The Applied Urban Communication Research Grant is an annually endowed prize given to foster and promote significant inter-disciplinary communication research contributions that extend the boundaries of “applied research” by investigating real-life communication phenomena affecting urban communities. The prize is to be awarded to fund the development of original research that meaningfully centralizes the concerns of everyday citizens and their struggle to define, identify with, and/or construct “spaces” for discourse and/or engagement within cities.

The recipient of the prize will receive a medal and a $2,500 grant-in-aid to be awarded to fund communication research related to urban communication. Nominees will be evaluated based on the potential impact of their work as well as the quality and rigor of their contribution. Nominees must be members of ECA. The award will be presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Communication Association.

For information on applying for this grant see the Eastern Communciation Association website:

http://www.ecasite.org/aws/ECA/pt/sp/p_convention_awards#UrbanCommResearch

Previous Recipients of the Applied Urban Communication Research Grant

Rebecca Townsend

Rebecca Townsend

2016

Rebecca Townsend, Manchester Community College

Rebecca Townsend is the recipient of the 2016 UCF Eastern Communication Association Applied Urban Communication Research Grant for her proposed study of Social Networks and Pedestrian Safety. Professor Townsend is a Professor at Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT.

This interdisciplinary work seeks to explore what people say they will do when they engage in a common practice in cities across the globe: cross the street. There is no communication scholarship that explores pedestrian safety messages, nor pedestrian activity, nor how social networks or expert messages about safety affect pedestrian behavior.

Susan Carr & Hannah Cherico Karolak

Susan Carr & Hannah Cherico Karolak

2015

Susan Carr Mancino and Hannah Cherico Karolak,
Duquesne University, Memorials as Ironic Sites: Urban Communication Ethics in Local, National, and International Communities

Kristin Scott

Kristin Scott

2014

Kristin Scott, New Century College at George Mason University, The “Digital City”: A Critical Examination of the Discursive Practices of Urban Digitality

Allison Burr-Miller

Allison Burr-Miller

2013

Allison Burr-Miller, Christopher Newport University in Tidewater Virginia (CNU), Investigation of the Space and Community Impact of Four Major League Baseball (MLB) Ballparks Located in the Urban Downtown of their Respective Cities

Douglas J. Marshall & Mary Kahl

Douglas J. Marshall & Mary Kahl

2012

Douglas J. Marshall, Duquesne University, The Communicative Importance of Public Ritual: The New Orleans Jazz Funeral

Mary L. Kahl, Indiana State University, Above the Fray, The Design and Discourses of Elevated Urban Parks

Erik Garrett & Alfred G. Mueller II

Erik Garrett & Alfred G. Mueller II

2011

Erik Garrett, Duquesne University, The Rhetorical Importance of Public Space in Low-Income Urban Communities

2010

Alfred G. Mueller II, Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, Penn State Mont Alto, Eisenhower’s Rhetoric of the Road

Lewis Freeman

Lewis Freeman

2008

Lewis Freeman, Dept. of Communication and Media Studies, Fordham University, Communicating ‘Urban’ in an Environmental Magnet Elementary School