In 2012 the Health Communication Division created a mentoring award and named it after the late Dale E. Brashers. Dale E. Brashers, the head of the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois, died July 5, 2010 in his campus office. He was 50 years old. A former Chair of the Health Communicaiton Division, Dale mentored many of the young scholars active in the field today.
The Dale E. Brashers Distinguished Mentor Award recognizes significant contributions to the field of health communication through mentorship of and advocacy for the discipline and its members. These contributions can take many forms, such as mentorship at the scholarly (e.g., role-modeling through exceptional scholarship, division leadership, etc.), institutional (e.g., development of health communication within a college or university), departmental (e.g., development of health communication within an academic department), and, perhaps most importantly, individual (e.g., teaching and mentorship of scholars who contribute to the broader discipline) levels.
Nomination packets should include: (a) A rationale and explanation of the significance of nominee contributions to the field of health communication, institutions, departments, and/or individuals through the provision of exceptional mentorship; (b) the scholar’s vita; and (c) optional letters of support of the nomination (maximum of three).
Dale Brashers Distinguished Mentors
2016: Nancy Harrington, University of Kentucky 2015: Roxanne Parrott, Pennsylvania State University 2014: Gary Kreps, George Mason University 2013: K. “Vish” Vishwanath, Harvard University