FIU Professor Webb Named Outstanding Communication Theory Scholar


At the recent meeting of the Southern States Communication Association, in New Orleans, LA, Lynne M. Webb, PhD, Professor in Communication Arts, received the Outstanding Scholar in Communication Theory Award. The award is given annually to an outstanding scholar, as selected by the officers of the Communication Theory Division. The award is based on the scholar’s research record, the impact of that record on communication research, and the scholar’s mentoring. Webb is the author of over 75 published essays, including three original theories. Past winners across the last five years have included communication professors from Duquesne University, LSU, the University of Michigan, University of North Dakota, University of Southern Mississippi, and Texas Christian University.

This is Webb’s second time winning the award; she was similarly honored in 2000 and is the only scholar to receive the award twice. On April 5, 2014, a panel was held in her honor at the annual meeting of the Southern Communication Association. At the panel, she was interviewed about her research and asked to explain how she writes theory, manages multiple methods studies, and supervises large collaborative teams of researchers.

Webb joined the FIU faculty in August 2013. She previously held tenured appointments at the Universities of Florida, Memphis, and Arkansas, as well as visiting appointments at the University of Hawaii and Hong Kong Baptist University. In 2012, she was named a Fulbright Master Researcher. She completed her PhD in Communication at the University of Oregon. She teaches courses at FIU that include Interpersonal Communication, Conflict Management, and Communication in Social Media.

SSCA’s purpose is to “promote the study, criticism, research, teaching, and application of communication.” Communication scholars from 15 southeastern states consider SSCA their primary regional association. At age 85, SSCA is among the oldest professional associations of communication scholars in the US and publisher of the highly ranked Southern Communication Journal.

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