David Seibold, a professor of communication at UC Santa Barbara since 1990, has been selected to be a Distinguished Scholar by the National Communication Association.
Seibold, who just completed a six-year run as chair of UCSB's Department of Communication, will receive the award November 13 at the NCA's annual convention in Chicago.
"This award is presented to a select group of individuals who have been recognized by their peers for a career of outstanding scholarship devoted to improving our understanding of human communication," said NCA executive director Roger Smitter. "Professor Seibold's contributions to the study of communication have been remarkable."
Seibold is an expert in small group and organizational communication and has done extensive research in organizational innovation and change interventions, small group communication and decision-making, interpersonal influence, and evaluation.
"I am deeply appreciative, and humbled, to have been selected for this honor by our foremost scholars, many of whom have inspired my work," Seibold said. "More fundamentally, however, the award is recognition of the contributions of the colleagues and graduate students with whom I have had the pleasure to collaborate during my career."
Founded in 1914, the National Communication Association is a non-profit scholarly society formed to promote study, criticism, research, teaching, and application of the artistic, humanistic, and scientific principles of communication. Its 7,100 members are educators, practitioners, and students living in the United States and 20 foreign countries.