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UI professor receives award for teaching from national group Aug. 26

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Michael Calvin McGee, professor of communication studies at the University of Iowa, will receive the 1997 Outstanding Professor Award from the National Speakers Association during a brief ceremony at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26 on the UI campus.

McGee, who joined the UI faculty in 1979, is one of two professors in the United States to receive the award this year. The award, which carries a $2,000 stipend, recognizes McGee for "displaying an unusual commitment to teaching the spoken word and showing a special dedication as an encourager of students."

Carole Van Brocklin, president of Winners Circle Speaker Bureau of Waterloo, will represent the national organization during the ceremony in Room 101 of the Samuel L. Becker Communications Studies Building.

McGee earned his doctorate from the UI in 1974 and taught at the University of Alabama, Memphis State University, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison before joining the UI faculty. He was named full professor in 1985.

An expert on the relationship between rhetorical and cultural theory, McGee's research has looked at the assumptions underlying public speech by leaders, the role of rhetoric in a culturally fragmented society, and other issues.

The National Speakers Association, founded in 1974, represents more than 4,000 professional speakers and students of professional speaking world-wide.