Assistant professor receives NCA award

For Immediate Release:  Oct. 4, 2016

BLOOMSBURG — Kai Kuang, assistant professor of communication studies at Bloomsburg University, has been selected as the National Communication Association’s 2016 recipient of the Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award.

This award is given annually to new scholars who completed dissertations during the previous academic year. Kuang was recognized for her dissertation, “Uncertainty and Information Management: A Meta-Analytic Review of Uncertainty’s Effects on Information Management in Illness Contexts” that she completed at Purdue University. The project focused on illness uncertainty and its impact on communicative behaviors and facilitating uncertainty management.

Kuang will receive the award and present her winning dissertation during the National Communication Association’s annual convention in Philadelphia from Nov. 10 to 13. 

Kuang joined BU’s Department of Communication Studies in August 2015. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Communication University of China and her master’s and recent doctoral degree from Purdue University. With a background in research relating to health and risk communication, Kuang has written or co-written articles featured in numerous publications, including The Guardian, Management Communication Quarterly and the Journal of Risk Research. Her awards include the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Emerging Leaders in Science and Society Fellowship.

The National Communication Association is the largest association in the United States focusing on advancing communication as a discipline. Dedicated to fostering and promoting free and ethical communication, the association serves scholars, teachers and practitioners by enabling and supporting professional research and teaching..

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.