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NCA 2020

Professor Patricia Suchy Wins Prestigious Leslie Irene Coger Award for Distinguished Performance from the National Communication Association

Patricia Suchy, Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Director of the Screen Arts Program at Louisiana State University, recently received the 2020 Leslie Irene Coger Award for Distinguished Performance from the National Communication Association (NCA).

Given annually, the award honors a body of performance or an outstanding career in performance. Dr. Suchy has been instrumental over the last three decades, almost beyond compare, in furthering the practice and study of live performance. Reviewers of Dr. Suchy’s work have described it as: “pioneering, generative, magnificent, boundary-expanding, exemplary, and without peer.” This work takes a variety of forms, from a chamber theatre adaptation of Marilynne Robinson’s novel Housekeeping, to a multi-media performance Persistence of Vision: Antarctica, a large installation project, which juxtaposes historic photographs with contemporary video portraits of life in Antarctica. Few scholars in the history of our discipline can match the sheer abundance, interdisciplinary originality, and wide-ranging impact of Dr. Suchy’s achievements in live performance.

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

Dr. Suchy’s award will be presented virtually on November 21 at the NCA 106th Annual Convention. For more information about NCA’s awards program, visit the NCA website.



May 2020

An Announcement from the Chair:

The Department of Communication Studies at Louisiana State University acknowledges that the traumatic events surrounding the death of George Floyd and the nationwide protests stem from institutionalized and systemic racism and that our students and colleagues of color face racially-motivated injustice on a daily basis. We stand united with them and our larger community to build a more equitable, tolerant, and just world. We reaffirm our commitment to create learning environments that value difference, encourage critical and compassionate communication, and model anti-racism.

Tracy Stephenson Shaffer, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor
Department of Communication Studies


NCA 2019

Dr. Tracy Stephenson Shaffer and doctoral candidate Laura Oliver are honored at the National Communication Association
Performance Studies Division business meeting. Read more on the LSU Department of Communication Studies Facebook page.