88th Annual Convention

April 4-8, 2018

Sheraton Downtown

Nashville, TN

89th Annual Convention

April 3-7, 2019

Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa 

Montgomery, AL

 90th Annual Convention

April 1-5, 2020

Embassy Suites

Frisco, TX

The Dwight L. Freshley Award

SSCA Call For Nominations for the Dwight L. Freshley Outstanding New Teacher Award
The Dwight L. Freshley Outstanding New Teacher Award honors Southern States Communication Association members who have demonstrated teaching excellence early in their careers. 
Nominations, including self-nominations are invited. Nominees must teach courses in communication and have taught full- time for at least two and not more than five years. 
All nominees must be SSCA members in good standing.
  1. A single letter of nomination is required.  Although this letter may be written by the nominee, most nomination letters are written by colleagues who know the nominee and can comment specifically upon the nominee’s qualifications. 
  2. Each letter of nomination must be accompanied by the nominee’s current CV
  3. A maximum of three (3) supporting letters may be submitted as well as no more than five (5) additional pages of supporting documentation. 
  4. Finally, each nominee must submit a statement of not more than 500 words concerning her or his “Philosophy and Practice of Teaching.”
  5. Nominations, CVs, supporting letters, statement of “Philosophy and Practice of Teaching,” and any additional pages of supporting documentation should be submitted to Courtney Wright, Chair, Freshley Award Committee, no later than December 3, 2016.  Materials  shall be submitted electronically to cwright@utk.edu.

If your materials cannot be submitted electronically, please submit to each of the members of the committee such that the materials arrive for each member no later than December 3, 2016.

Courtney Wright 
School of Communication Studies
University of Tennessee
293 Communications Building 
1345 Circle Park 
Knoxville, TN 37996 


Linda Jurczak, Ph.D.
Communication Arts Department
1500 N. Patterson Street
Valdosta, GA 31698 


Margaret D'Silva, Ph.D.
Department of Communication
310 Strickler Hall
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292


The person selected to receive the Freshley Outstanding New Teacher Award will be honored with a plaque and complimentary tickets to the Association Award Luncheon, where the award will be presented.

2016 - Ryan McGeough

2015 - Mary Beth Asbury

2014 - Siobhan Smith, University of Louisville

2013 - David Terry, San Jose State University

2012 - Casey Malone Maugh, University of Southern Mississippi - Gulf Coast

2011 - Minsun Shim, University of Georgia

2010 - Lora B. Helvie-Mason, Southern University at New Orleans

2009 - Deborah Cunningham Walker, Coastal Carolina University

2008 - Monica Pombo, Appalachian State University

2007 - Billy Wooten, Berea College

2006 - Marcyrose Chvasta, University of South Florida

2005 - Daryl W. Wiesman, Clemson University

2004 - Kandi L. Walker, University of Louisville

2003 - None given

2002 - Frances Brandau-Brown, Sam Houston State University

2001 - Melanie Morgan, University of Louisville

2000 - Vanessa Beasley, Texas A & M University

1999 - Karla K. Jensen, Texas Tech University

1998 - Charla Markhum Shaw, University of Texas, Arlington

1997 - None given

1996 - Carl M. Cates, Valdosta State University

1995 - Enrique D. Rigsby, Texas A & M University

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