Tracylee Clarke Earns National Research Award

CI’s Tracylee Clarke, Assistant Professor of Communication, recently received the 2011 Christine L. Oravec Research Award in Environmental Communication for the article "The Weyekin Principle: Toward an Embodied Critical Rhetoric,” at the National Communication Association (NCA) annual conference in New Orleans.

Tracylee Clarke shared the honor with her co-author Michael Salvador, who is an Associate Professor of Communication at Washington State University. The paper was published in Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture.

The award is given by the Environmental Communication Division of the NCA to distinguish one published article each year that addresses significant scholarly questions about the relationship between communication and the environment; demonstrates intellectual rigor appropriate to its mode of inquiry; is forward-looking in its contributions to the field; has the potential to influence future research in the field; and is clear and compelling to its intended audiences.

The article breaks new ground in the study of environmental communication by linking phenomenological inquiry with Native American cultural perspectives on the relationship between humans and nature. The term "weyekin” comes from the Nez Perce language and expresses a particular connection between human experience and natural surroundings. Tracylee Clarke and her co-author Salvador spent several years studying the Nez Perce management of gray wolf reintroduction in north Idaho.

For additional information contact Tracylee Clarke, Assistant Professor of Communication, at ext. 3305 or

ASI leader receives honor for published article

Genevieve Evans Taylor, CI’s Executive Director of Associated Students Inc. (ASI) and the University Student Union (USU), was recently honored at the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA) Annual Meeting as the recipient of the AFA Award for the Outstanding Article published in Oracle which is the research journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors. The title of Genevieve’s article was: “An Analysis of Leadership Programming Sponsored by Member Organizations of the National Panhellenic Conference.”

Oracle serves as the premier forum for academic discourse and scholarly inquiry regarding the college fraternity and sorority movement. Articles considered for this year’s award must have been published during the previous academic year.

Genevieve’s research explored the leadership programming offered by the 26 member groups of the National Panhellenic Conference. The article compared programming to women’s leadership theories and offered recommendations for headquarters and campus-based professionals.

For additional information on ASI or the USU, contact Christine Thompson at ext. 3272 or

© Wavelength December 15, 2011
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