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SOC's Top Achievements of 2014...So Far

SOC Achievements

2014 started off strong for American University's School of Communication with its move to the beautifully restored and renovated McKinley Building. SOC's new Media Innovation Lab and the Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater opened in March, and in May we welcomed Katie Couric as commencement speaker. 


As we prepare for fall semester, we celebrate some of the other SOC faculty and program successes from the first half of the year.

• Professor Laura DeNardis won international appointment as the Director of Research for the Global Commission on Internet Governance. Domestically, she was appointed as a member of the U.S. Department of State's Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy (ACICIP).


• Assistant Professor Claudia Myers' film, Fort Bliss, won Best Narrative Feature at the 2014 GI Film Festival, the Audience Award at the 2014 Champs Elysees Film Festival and "Festival Honors" at the 2014 Newport Beach Film Festival.


• Professor Charles Lewis received the American University Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research, Creative Activity, and Other Professional Contributions.


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W. Joseph Campbell received a top alumni award from his alma mater, Ohio Wesleyan University, back in mid-May. The award was given in part because of his scholarly work and teaching at AU. 

Campbell was also honored with CTRL's 2014 Teaching with Research Award.


• Distinguished Film Producer in Residence Chris Palmer received the American University Award Outstanding Teaching in a Term Appointment.


• SOC's Investigative Reporting Workshop's Showtime collaboration The Years of Living Dangerously was nominated for outstanding documentary in the Emmy Awards.


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• PR Week awarded SOC's Public Communication BA program the second-highest honor in its Best PR Education Program of the year category. SOC's MA in Strategic Communication received the same award at the 2013 awards.


• Professor Charles Lewis' latest book, 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and Decline of America's Moral Integrity, was on both the Amazon and Barnes & Noble Top 100 lists within a week of publication.


• Associate Professor Lindsay Grace was named to the Global Game Jam Board of Directors.


• Assistant Professor Carolyn Brown won the 2014 Associated Press / Robert R. Eunson Distinguished Lecturer Award