We are deeply saddened to announce that Department of Communication Chair and Professor Dr. Charles Kenward Atkin, “Chuck,” passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 12, 2012. Chuck was a dear friend, colleague, mentor and teacher to all of us in the communication department, and the college as a whole. He was with the college for 41 years, as an exceptional department chair for the past 15 years. Chuck was named as an International Communication Association (ICA) Fellow, and received the prestigious University Distinguished Professor honor from MSU. His contribution to the communication discipline places him among the very best in the field’s history. We share our heartfelt condolences with his wife, Professor Sandi Smith and the Atkin family. Chuck will be greatly missed.
Charles Atkin's Awards and Achievements
"Fellow", International Communication Association
"University Distinguished Professor" title designation, Michigan State University
"Teacher-Scholar Award" as outstanding assistant professor at Michigan State University
"Top Paper" Awards from International Communication Association, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, American Association for Public Opinion Research
"Distinguished Service Award", National Commission Against Drunk Driving
"Decade of Behavior Research", consortium of 54 social and behavioral science associations coordinated by American Psychological Association.