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Professor Dr. Richard West Honored with Bernard J. Brommel Award

Boston, MA (November 12, 2014)—On Saturday, November 22, 2014, Dr. Richard West, professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Emerson College, will receive the 2014 Bernard J. Brommel Award for Outstanding Scholarship or Distinguished Service in Family Communication from the National Communication Association.

Given annually, the award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the area of family communication. This contribution may include research published in scholarly publications or leadership in instructional areas. Scholarship is broadly defined to include the spectrum of scholarly writing found in articles published in any journal or by members publishing in major research journals sponsored by other associations or organizations, or in book or monograph form.

“This award recognizes Rich’s dedication to researching and writing about family communication,” said Emerson College Interim Dean of the School of Communication Phillip Glenn.  “From original research to textbooks and reviews, Rich has helped advance our understanding of interactions in the family context—the primordial site for interpersonal communication and close relationships.”

“The communication discipline has a long tradition of exceptional scholarship,” said Nancy Kidd, NCA’s executive director. “We’re proud to recognize Dr. West’s contributions with this well-deserved award.”

West is the co-author of five books in multiple editions (IPC: Interpersonal Communication, Gender and Communication, Understanding Interpersonal Communication: Making Choices in Changing Times, Perspectives on Family Communication [4th edition], and Introducing Communication Theory: Analysis and Applications [5th edition]. His theory book has been published in six languages. He is also co-editor of The Family Communication Sourcebook, which was awarded as an Outstanding Book by the National Communication Association (Family Communication Division) in 2013.

As an NCA award recipient, West joins an esteemed group of scholars and educators who have been honored for achieving excellence in research, teaching, and service:

About Emerson College

Located in Boston, Massachusetts, opposite the historic Boston Common and in the heart of the city’s Theatre District, Emerson College educates individuals who will solve problems and change the world through engaged leadership in communication and the arts, a mission informed by liberal learning. The College has 3,660 undergraduates and 829 graduate students from across the United States and 50 countries. Supported by state-of-the-art facilities and a renowned faculty, students participate in more than 80 student organizations and performance groups. Emerson is known for its study and internship programs in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, the Netherlands, London, China, and the Czech Republic. The College has an active network of 32,000 alumni who hold leadership positions in communication and the arts. For more information, visit the website.

About the National Communication Association

The National Communication Association (NCA) advances communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific, and aesthetic inquiry. NCA serves the scholars, teachers, and practitioners who are its members by enabling and supporting their professional interests in research and teaching. Dedicated to fostering and promoting free and ethical communication, NCA promotes the widespread appreciation of the importance of communication in public and private life, the application of competent communication to improve the quality of human life and relationships, and the use of knowledge about communication to solve human problems. For more information about NCA’s awards program, visit Follow NCA on Twitter at @natcomm, and find it on Facebook at


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