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Villanova Communication Professor and Chair Honored by National Communication Association with Distinguished Performance Award

Villanova Communication Professor and Chair Dr. Heidi Rose Honored by National Communication Association with Distinguished Performance Award

VILLANOVA, Pa. — Heidi M. Rose, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Communication in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has received the 2018 Leslie Irene Coger Award for Distinguished Performance from the National Communication Association.

Given annually, the award honors individuals who have contributed an outstanding body of live performances. Dr. Rose has amassed many accomplishments in a 20-plus year career as a performance studies scholar, consistently crafting performances aimed at illuminating how power impacts bodies, cultures, families and theatre itself.

As both a professor and a solo performer, Dr. Rose studies performance from the interrelated perspectives of communication, culture and identity. She has performed her trilogy of solo one-acts, Words and Music: Mirror Image, Good Enough and Twin, as a guest artist at universities across the country, including Northwestern University, Vanderbilt University, Arizona State University, Monmouth University and Emerson College.

In 2017 she received the Creative Expression Award from the NCA for the Study of Communication for her solo performance of Twin. In 2015 she was honored with the Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance Studies.

“The recognition Dr. Rose continues to receive for her work is well-deserved and truly inspiring,” said Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD, Dean, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “She is both an outstanding scholar and an acclaimed performance artist.”

In addition to her solo performances, Dr. Rose’s research on Deaf culture and the poetics of American Sign Language 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 study of Jamaican “Roots” theatre and its contribution to postcolonial Jamaican identity recently appeared in Theatre Annual.

“NCA’s annual awards honor communication scholars’ teaching, scholarship and service,” NCA Executive Director Trevor Parry-Giles said. “Dr. Rose’s contributions to the communication discipline are noteworthy, and NCA is proud to recognize them with this award.”

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 serves the scholars, teachers and practitioners who are its members by enabling and supporting their professional interests in research and teaching. Dr. Rose’s award will be presented on Nov. 10 at the NCA 104th Annual Convention in Salt Lake City.

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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