2016 CRDM Distinguished Alumni Award


Dr. Jordan Frith '12

The recipient of our 2016 CRDM Distinguished Alumni Award is Dr. Jordan Frith. 

Dr. Jordan Frith received his PhD in 2012 from the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media program at North Carolina State University. He has an extensive interdisciplinary research agenda that focuses on various forms of emerging media, but his primary focus is on the location-aware capabilities of smartphone technology. Dr. Frith is the author of two books, and his most recent book—Smartphones as Locative Media—was published in 2015 as part of the prestigious Digital Media & Society Series. Beyond book-length works, Dr. Frith has also published 15 peer reviewed journal articles in 13 different journals and 6 book chapters in various disciplines, including technical communication, media studies, communication studies, human geography, and composition. His work has received national and international recognition, and he has appeared on NPR and given invited research talks in England, Australia, Croatia, and at universities in the United States. Finally, Dr. Frith serves as director of UNT’s interdisciplinary digital studies program and is the current graduate director for the Department of Technical Communication.

About the CRDM Distinguished Alumni Award

Sponsored by the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media Program, the CRDM Distinguished Alumni Award is intended to celebrate program alumni who have distinguished themselves in scholarly research and professional life since graduation.

Every year, the CRDM program will select a recipient and offer a $ 500 dollar honorarium for speaking at a CRDM event to an alumnus/a who has demonstrated some or all of the qualities below:

  • excellency 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.

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.

The 2016 recipient has been selected, but the program welcomes nominations for next year. Please send nomination packets to crdm_phd_prog[at]ncsu.edu. 

Questions should be directed to the CRDM Director.