Call for Nominations for 2014 NCA Environmental Communication Division Awards

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Type of Call: 
September 15, 2014

Friends of the NCA Environmental Communication Division (ECD),


I am pleased to announce the call for this year's Environmental Communication Division Awards. Recipients will be announced at the Division's Business Meeting at the NCA Convention in Chicago. 


The ECD has three awards:


Christine L. Oravec Research Award in Environmental Communication (book category)


Christine L. Oravec Research Award in Environmental Communication (journal manuscript and book chapter category)


J. Robert Cox Award in Environmental Communication and Civic Engagement



Nominations must be sent to Ross Singer, (, no later than 5:00 PM, Pacific Time, Monday, September 15.


The Oravec Research Awards Committee will assess nominations (self or peer) based on the following criteria:


-At least one author is a member of the Division.


-Publication of the manuscript occurred during the prior two years: between September 1 two years prior to the award year andAugust 31 of the award year (i.e., between September 01, 2012 and August, 31, 2014)


-The nomination addresses significant scholarly questions about the relationship between communication and the environment.


-The nomination demonstrates intellectual rigor appropriate to its mode of inquiry. 


-The nomination is forward-looking in its contribution the field. 


-The nomination has the potential to influence future research in the field.  


The Cox Award is a means of recognizing the substantial environmental achievements of members of the NCA Environmental Communication Division that are performed in tandem with their work in the academy. Such achievements include working with various publics on environmental concerns such as leading environmental non-profits, developing communication materials, performing creative arts and related activities.


Criteria used by the Cox Award Committee include:


-Commitment to environmental issues through organizational leadership, service and/or activism


-Engagement over several years, and


-At a regional, national, or international scale


Nomination Submission Notes:


-Both self- and peer-nominations are encouraged for all three award categories.


-Nominations for both awards must be accompanied by a letter document (Word or PDF format) not to exceed 1-page explaining how the nominated article, book chapter, book or person meets the criteria for that award. Nominations for the Cox Civic Engagement Award should mention in the letter how the nominator is defining "civic engagement" and how the candidate's work meets that definition. 


-Nominations for the Oravec Awards must submit an electronic copy of the manuscript, and this includes books. Book nominators should arrange for an electronic copy of the manuscript to be sent to the committee head (Ross Singer)


-For the Oravec Research awards, the manuscripts should have been published between September 01, 2012 and August, 31, 2014.


Please circulate this call broadly and feel free to contact me ( with any questions or concerns.