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Villanova Communication Professor Honored by National Communication Association

Heid Rose

Villanova, Pa. – Heidi Rose, PhD, associate professor of Communication and director of Graduate Studies in Communication in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was recently honored by the National Communication Association (NCA) with the Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance Studies. She will be recognized formally at the award ceremony at the NCA 101th Annual Convention in Las Vegas in November.

The NCA Lilla A. Heston Award recognizes outstanding published research and creative scholarship in interpretation and performance studies that serve to advance the status and reputation of the field. The award is given to authors published during the previous three-year period. 

As both a professor and a solo performer, Dr. Rose studies performance from the interrelated perspectives of communication, culture and identity. Her trilogy of solo one-acts, Words and Music: Mirror Image, Good Enough, & Twin, has been performed at festivals and universities across the United States.

In addition to her solo performances, Dr. Rose’s research on Deaf culture and the poetics of American Sign Language (ASL) has been groundbreaking in its contribution both to knowledge of Deaf culture and ASL. Her studies of ASL literature have been published in Text and Performance Quarterly, Language in Society, and The Journal of Applied Communication Research. Dr. Rose co-edited and contributed to the first-ever bilingual-bicultural book/DVD on ASL literary theory and criticism, Signing the Body Poetic: Essays in American Sign Language Literature, published by the University of California Press. Her current projects include a study of Jamaican “Roots” theatre and its contribution to postcolonial Jamaican identity.

The National Communication Association advances Communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific, and aesthetic inquiry. NCA is dedicated to serving the scholars, teachers, and practitioners who are its members by enabling and supporting their professional interests in research and teaching.

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About Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences:  Since its founding in 1842, Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has cultivated knowledge, understanding and intellectual courage for a purposeful life in a challenged and changing world.  With 39 majors across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, it is the oldest and largest of Villanova’s colleges, serving more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The College is committed to a teacher-scholar model, offering outstanding undergraduate and graduate research opportunities and a rigorous core curriculum that prepares students to become critical thinkers, strong communicators and ethical leaders with a truly global perspective.

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