LSU’s James Honeycutt Honored with Outstanding Scholar in Communication Theory Award

04/16/2013 09:17 AM

BATON ROUGE – James Honeycutt, LSU Distinguished Professor in the Department of Communication Studies, was recently honored at the Southern States Communication Association annual convention, held April 10-14 in Louisville, Ky. Honeycutt received the Outstanding Scholar in Communication Theory award for his contributions to the knowledge and understanding of communication theory.

Honeycutt has authored, co-authored and edited more than 100 publications in the area of communication theory, including six books and more than 35 book chapters and encyclopedia entries. His accomplishments span three decades, and he continues to receive accolades nationally and internationally for his scholarship. For example, in 2011, he was recipient of the LSU Senior Scholar Rainmaker Award in the Humanities & Social Sciences and the LSU Distinguished Faculty Award in the Humanities & Social Sciences for scholarly research. His Imagined Interactions Theory has generated countless publications and dissertations.

Honeycutt is internationally known for his work in intrapersonal communication, cognition and mental imagery known as imagined interaction, in which individuals rehearse and replay encounters in their mind.

Honeycutt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in interpersonal communication and social psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree in interpersonal communication from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in family and relational communication from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the co-editor of Imagination, Cognition, and Personality.

Established in 1928, the LSU Department of Communication Studies is one of the oldest communication departments in the nation, granting the first communication Ph.D. in the South. Today, the department continues the rich tradition of humanistic inquiry by drawing from the insights of art, social science and philosophy to study the practice of communication. To study communication at LSU is to explore how people form, maintain and transform the symbolic environments they inhabit through rhetoric, performance and communicative interactions. The department is committed to using scholarship to inform and thereby improve practices of communication so as to enable the advancement of culture. For more information, visit

The LSU Department of Communication Studies is part of the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences. For more on the college, visit

Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Tuesday, April 16, 2013