Outstanding Researcher Award in Memory of Kitty O. Locker

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The Outstanding Researcher Award recognizes and encourages excellence in business communication research. The recipient is an ABC member whose research has made an outstanding contribution to the business communication discipline. The award recipient receives a plaque and a monetary award, contributed by Board-approved sponsor(s). By existing agreement, the Association permits the sponsor(s) to publicize the name of the awardee in advertising. The award is sponsored by McGraw Hill.

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The award will be presented at the ABC annual conference. The recipient will present a paper at the following year’s conference. As initial preparation, the recipient should submit their paper title and short program description during the annual conference proposal submission period. 

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates for this award should demonstrate the following criteria:

  1. Overall contribution of the researcher’s cumulative publications in refereed journals and scholarly books.
  2. Significance of the research to the field.
  3. Overall quality of the research.
  4. Heuristic value of the research.


Nominations should consist of a letter describing the scholar’s research and showing how the research meets the award criteria and the nominee’s detailed curriculum vitae. The ABC Research Committee reviews nominations and selects the recipient of the award. Award recipients are defacto members of the ABC Research Committee for a three-year renewable term.

Complete this submission form by June 16, including photograph, names and email addresses of dean, department chair, or other press release contact.

Milena Nagengast, Research Committee Chair
Clive Muir, Research Committee Vice Chair


The award winner will be notified approximately 90 days before the annual conference.

Previous Winners