CRDM Distinguished Alumni Award

Sponsored by the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media Program, the CRDM Annual Distinguished Alumni Award celebrates program alumni who have distinguished themselves in scholarly research and professional life since graduation. The award rewards alumni who have demonstrated some or all of the qualities below:

  • excellence in interdisciplinary work;
  • distinguished scholarly research and/or professional achievement since graduation;
  • sustained engagement in and ongoing commitments to the CRDM program;
  • outstanding service (community, institution, discipline/professional field or organization);
  • exemplary engagement within their discipline and/or professional field.

Every year, at the end of the Fall semester, the CRDM Director will issue a call for nominations. CRDM core, affiliated faculty, and students are invited to make nominations. To nominate an alum for the award, please submit the alumnus/a’s name, contact information, a current CV, and a brief (no more than 2 pages) nomination letter explaining how the alumnus/a meets the criteria outlined above and why he/she should be considered for the award. Recipients will be selected by the CRDM committee and announced during the CRDM Annual Symposium. Awardees are expected to come to the symposium to receive the award.

Questions should be directed to the CRDM Director.


2017 Winners:

Dr. Kelly Martin

​​​​​​​Dr. Martin graduated from the CRDM program in 2011. During her time in the PhD program, she published with a variety of faculty in the Departments of Communication and English as well as in the College of Design, including Dr. Melissa Johnson, Dr. Vicki Gallagher, and Dr. Ken Zagacki. She has also co-published with some of our alumni. Her research is truly interdisciplinary, and stands on the intersection of design, visual communication, visual rhetoric and instructional communication. She has published 14 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters, a book review and 3 peer reviewed conference proceedings since graduating from the CRDM program. In addition, she is an investigator on two NSF grants, totaling $1.8 million. Finally, she serves on one editorial boards, as is a reviewer for additional six journals and presses. She is active in national professional organizations and was recently elected to the position of Vice Chair for NCA’s Visual Communication division.

Dr. Joshua Reeves

Dr. Reeves graduated from the CRDM in 2013, and since then has been hired in two-tenure-track positions. In the true CRDM interdisciplinary spirit, he teaches classes in media studies and rhetoric. The book that evolved from his dissertation, Citizen Spies: The Long Rise of America’s Surveillance Society, is due out with New York University Press this March, and he has another book manuscript (coauthored with Dr. Jeremy Packer, who was one of our faculty) already in a promising stage of review with Duke University Press. A look at his publications reveals how much he’s sustained a commitment to CRDM, having collaborated not just with Dr. Packer, but also with Dr. Chris Ingraham, another CRDM faculty member, as well as with former CRDM students. He is already an Associate Editor of the journal Surveillance and Society and is on the editorial board for the Southern Journal of Communication. He has been a reviewer for ten different journals and five divisions of national and regional conferences.

Previous Winners