Nussbaum named a National Communication Association Distinguished Scholar

June 24, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The National Communication Association (NCA) has named Jon F. Nussbaum, professor of communication arts and sciences and human development and family studies at Penn State, a 2016 Distinguished Scholar.

Given annually, the NCA Distinguished Scholar Award is the association’s highest accolade. It honors a lifetime of scholarly achievement in the study of human communication. Recipients are selected by their peers to showcase the best of the communication discipline.

Nussbaum was recognized for his work in actively advancing scholarship in the areas of communication education, communication and aging, health communication, and organizational communication. His prolific work has brought new insight into the communicative behaviors of individuals as they move through different stages of their lifespans. His contributions to these areas of communication have appeared in 19 books and edited collections, 56 peer reviewed journals and 45 book chapters.

Nussbaum is also a Fulbright Research Scholar and a Fellow in the American Psychological Association’s Division of Adult Development and Aging.

“The communication discipline has a long tradition of exceptional scholarship,” said Nancy Kidd, NCA executive director. “We’re proud to recognize Dr. Nussbaum’s contributions with this well-deserved award.”

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Last Updated June 24, 2016