Communication professor Leah Ceccarelli to Receive NCA’s 2016 Douglas W. Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award

ceccarelliLeah Ceccarelli is a rhetorical critic, theorist, and professor in the Department of Communication. She is also the 2016 recipient of the National Communication Association’s Douglas W. Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award.

Ceccarelli stated that this national award is meant to recognize her career study of the rhetoric of science. “I study the persuasive strategies used in arguments about science — by scientists seeking to convince their colleagues that a study is worthwhile, or by scientists addressing broader publics, or even by politicians wrangling over public policies that involve technoscientific matter,” she explained in a recent interview with Peter Kelley.

Currently, Ceccarelli is conducting research on the ethos of science and how the character of scientists is presented in the public sphere, both in politics and pop culture. She hopes that this work will encourage everyone to “think more about the responsibilities of the scientist as citizen.”

Ceccarelli and other 2016 honorees will receive their awards during the association’s 102nd annual convention, Nov. 10-13, in Philadelphia.

To read more about Ceccarelli’s insights on the rhetoric of science, read the full UWTODAY article here.