McHendry, Senda-Cook Win Book Award

Guy McHendry, PhD, assistant professor, and Samantha Senda-Cook, PhD, associate professor (Department of Communication Studies) and their co-editors (Bridie McGreavy, University of Maine; Justine Wells, New Mexico State University) were awarded the 2018 Tarla Rai Peterson Distinguished Book Award from the National Communication Association’s Environmental Communication Division for their book Tracing Rhetoric and Material Life: Ecological Approaches. This award recognizes the most outstanding book in Environmental Communication each year.

Tracing Rhetoric and Material Life brings together three areas of scholarship and practice: rhetoric, material life, and ecology. The book forages new avenues of communication among scholars in environmental communication, communication studies, and rhetoric and composition. In nominating the book, Professor Steve Depoe (University of Cincinnati) argued, the introductory chapter “offers a tour de force literature review and framing of the field that will become required reading for graduate seminars in material rhetoric and environmental composition for years to come… I believe that the book may become the most important edited volume that has been produced in environmental communication in the last decade or more.”

McHendry and Senda-Cook will receive their award at the 2018 meeting of the National Communication Association in Salt Lake City, UT.