McCornack Wins NCA Outstanding Teaching in Higher Education Award

A huge round of applause goes out to Department of Communication Associate Professor Steve McCornack, who just learned that he won the National Communication Association's 2013 Donald H. Ecroyd Award for Outstanding Teaching in Higher Education. The Ecroyd Award is NCA's highest annual award given to a single, active faculty member "who exemplifies superlative teaching." 

New Communication Chair James Dearing was elated for McCornack, noting that he "has been lucky to know Steve for 23 years." Dearing said he does not know of a finer teacher. "His students truly get turned on to communication research and practice though his engaging style, his content focus, and his presence and seriousness of mission." This is the first time a faculty member from MSU has won this prestigious award since NCA initiated the Ecroyd Award in 1988.

McCornack will be formally recognized at the award ceremony during the NCA 99th Annual Convention in Washington, DC on Saturday, November 23. 

In a personal letter sent to McCornack yesterday, NCA President Steven Beele states that, "The Association is pleased to recognize your distinguished achievement, an honor that clearly advances the status and reputation of our discipline. As an NCA award recipient, you join a venerable group of scholars and educators who have been honored for achieving excellence in research, teaching and service.

Joining the CAS Communication department in 1988, McCornack currently serves as coordinator for the undergraduate program, honors advisor, and faculty advisor to the Undergraduate Communication Association. His research interests are interpersonal and relational communication, verbal communication and deception. 

He is the author of the McCornack-Parks model of deception detection, Information Manipulation Theory, and the interpersonal communication textbook, Reflect & Relate. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on interpersonal communication, relational communication and language/discourse.Since he began at MSU, he has received several awards for undergraduate teaching excellence, including the Amoco Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award, a Lilly Endowment Teaching Fellowship, the MSU Teacher/Scholar Award and the MSU Alumni Association Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. Dr. McCornack was MSU's 1999 and 2010 nominee for the Carnegie Foundation United States Professor of the Year.

He holds a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington.

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