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Faculty Recognized at WSCA - Aubrey Fisher Outstanding Journal Article

At the recent WSCA convention, Dr. Bergquist and her co-authors were awarded the Aubrey Fisher Outstanding Journal Article Award for her article:

Bergquist, G., Soliz, J., Everhart, K., Braithwaite, D. O., & Kreimer, L. (2019). Investigating layers of identity and identity gaps in refugee resettlement experiences in the Midwestern United States. Western Journal of Communication83(3), 383-402.

This is the most prestigious award given by WSCA for a journal article. The Western Journal of Communication is an extremely competitive journal with a 12% acceptance rate. The award is described below:

Fisher Award Committee Chair: Robin Rowland

Presented each year for the best article(s) appearing in the Western Journal of Communication. Criteria are:

  1. Significance of the article's contribution to the literature of the discipline.
  2. Level of response the article has elicited from other scholars and teachers.
  3. Substantive importance and methodological rigor—significance of the topic and elegance and thoroughness of the study's method.
  4. Substantive and/or methodological innovativeness—the degree to which the article breaks new ground.
  5. Style-clarity, grace, parsimony, evocativeness of expression.

In addition to Dr. Bergquist's outstanding achievement, Dr. Heisterkamp was also recognized for his years of service in leadership positions (First Vice President, President-Elect, President, and Immediate Past-President) to the Western States Communication Association. As President-Elect, Brian was responsible for planning the WSCA 89th Annual Convention, and his convention theme was Mindfulness and Communication.