National Communication Association Gives Duquesne Chair its Highest Honor

Arnett's Most Recent Book Also Garnered Two NCA Awards

Dr. Ronald C. Arnett, professor and chair of the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University, was recently presented with the 2017 Distinguished Scholar award by the National Communication Association (NCA).

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. Arnett received his award during the NCA's 103rd annual convention in Dallas, Texas. 

"This award constitutes well-deserved recognition of Dr. Arnett's outstanding scholarly record and brings honor to the entire Duquesne University community," said Duquesne President Ken Gormley.  "We are very grateful for Dr. Arnett's academic leadership on this campus and are extremely proud to witness this professional tribute to his work by his peers in the National Communication Association."

During the association's convention, Arnett also received both the NCA Communication Ethics Division 2017 Top Book Award and the NCA Philosophy of Communication Division 2017 Distinguished Book Award for Levinas's Rhetorical Demand: The Unending Obligation of Communication Ethics.

Arnett holds the inaugural Patricia Doherty Yoder and Ronald Wolfe Endowed Chair in Communication Ethics in Duquesne's McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts. He was previously the inaugural Rev. Henry Koren, C.S.Sp., Endowed Chair for Scholarly Excellence at the University.

His scholarly work has been foundational to philosophy of communication, communication ethics, and communication and religion-three areas of communication scholarship for which Arnett is widely recognized as a leading voice.

In addition to Levinas's Rhetorical Demand, Arnett is the author/co-author of 10 books and co‚Äźeditor of four books. During his career, Arnett's books have garnered six awards, including the 2013 Top Book Award for Communication Ethics in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt's Rhetoric of Warning and Hope from the NCA's Communication Ethics Division; and both the 2013 Everett Lee Hunt Award for Outstanding Scholarship and the 2013 Top Book Award from the NCA's Philosophy of Communication Division for An Overture to Philosophy of Communication: The Carrier of Meaning.

At Duquesne University, Arnett was recognized in 2013 with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship. In 2005, he received the Scholar of the Year Award from the Religious Communication Association. Arnett was named both Centennial Scholar of Communication and Centennial Scholar of Philosophy of Communication by the Eastern Communication Association in 2009. He is currently serving his third editorship for the Journal of Communication and Religion and is a former editor of the Review of Communication.

"The Communication discipline has a long tradition of exceptional scholarship," NCA Executive Director Paaige Turner said. "We're proud to recognize Dr. Arnett's contributions with this well-deserved award."

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