Drury, Students Claim Top Paper

by Richard Paige

April 15, 2015

Wabash College professor Sara Drury will receive the Top Paper award in Argumentation and Forensics from the Central States Communication Association (CSCA) at the group’s convention in Madison, WI, on Saturday, April 18.

The award honors the write-up of the research study, “Spheres of Argument in Undergraduate Biology Classroom Climate Change Deliberations,” a collaboration with co-authors and Wabash students Adam Burtner ’17, and Terry Majors ’15.

“Adam and Terry were excellent collaborators for this project, and they were very diligent working during their summer internship,” said Drury, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric. “We worked together from the beginning stages of selecting a method of analysis, performing the analysis, and writing up the findings. I am thankful that Wabash College provides opportunities to work with undergraduate students on research projects.”

The paper is an exploration of how participants in small group public deliberation used personal, technical, and public argumentation. This research helps understand more about structuring and facilitating public deliberation, and particularly about some of the disconnects between personal stakes in deliberation and technical information.

Sara Drury received Top Paper honors from the CSCA.Dr. Drury has published essays in "Journal of Communication & Religion, Voices of Democracy," and in "What Democrats Talk about When They Talk about God." She also teaches several different courses including public speaking, classical rhetoric, and presidential rhetoric.

“This award is a real testament to quality scholarship,” said Jimmie Manning, CSCA Executive Director. “This year we received many high-quality papers, and only the very best could be selected to present at the conference. Being at the top of that pile says a lot!”

Additionally, Burtner and four other Wabash students will present papers at the CSCA’s Undergraduate Honors Research Conference this weekend in Madison. The papers were competitively selected and will be presented in roundtable and poster format.

Wabash papers include “The Stories and Messages of the Library of Congress,” by Kyle Stucker ’17; “Community or Catholicism: Georgetown's Response to the Contraception Controversy,” by Mason Zurek ‘16; “The Election of 1896: Bryan's Whistlestop and McKinley's Front Porch,” by Patrick Bryant ‘16; and “Planning and Analyzing a Public Deliberation Event,” by Burtner and Macallister Norton ’17.

The Central States Communication Association (CSCA) is a professional, academic organization of primary and secondary school teachers, students, college and university professors, and communication professionals. CSCA was founded in 1931 to promote the communication discipline in educational, scholarly, and professional endeavors.


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