Kitty O. Locker Outstanding Researcher Award


The Outstanding Researcher Award encourages excellence in business communication research. The award honors a scholar who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the business communication discipline. The recipient will be announced at the ABC annual international conference and will receive a plaque and a monetary award. The award is sponsored by McGraw-Hill Irwin.

The recipient will present a paper at the following year’s conference plenary session.  As initial preparation, the recipient should submit their paper title and short program description during the annual conference proposal submission period.  In the submission section asking for proposal, type “plenary”.  The recipient is not required to enter additional details of speech on the proposal form.

Selection Criteria

  • Overall contribution of the researcher’s cumulative publications in refereed journals and scholarly books
  • Significance of the research to the field
  • Overall quality of the research
  • Heuristic value of the research

Nomination Procedures

Nominations should consist of

  1. a letter describing the scholar’s research and showing how the research meets the award criteria and
  2. the nominee’s detailed curriculum vitae.  Electronic submissions are preferred.

Send materials by June 6 to:

Sky Marsen, Chair of the Research Committee

Previous Winners