Melissa Beall, professor Emeritus in the communication studies department, was awarded the Samuel L. Becker Distinguished Service Award by the National Communication Association.
Beall, known as “The Legend of Listening,” is a world-renowned figure in the field of communication. Beall has served the communication discipline across levels (from K-12 through graduate education) and areas (communication education, basic course, listening, intercultural, argument, and debate). Beall has dedicated thousands of hours to the communication discipline, from president of the Central States Communication Association, to North American vice president of World Communication Association, to president of the International Listening Association, to Basic Course textbook author, to conference planner, to graduate student director, to K-12 forensics coach. Beall’s life work truly demonstrates a commitment to professional service and advancement of the communication discipline.