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Dec. 20, 2004

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National Communication Association Presents UI's Duck Its Kibler Award

Steven W. Duck, Daniel and Amy Starch Distinguished Research Chair in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a professor in the college's Communication Studies Department, is this year's recipient of the National Communication Association's Robert Kibler Award.

The award recognizes "a dedication to excellence, commitment to the profession, concern for others, vision for what could be, acceptance of diversity, and forthrightness beyond reproach."

Duck was honored for his founding of the International Network on Personal Relationships and of the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, for his devotion to helping younger scholars (the International Association for Relationship Research names a Steve Duck Young Scholar Award every two years) and for his scholarly writing.

A native of Keynsham, Somerset, England, Duck holds a B.A. with honors and a master's from Pembroke College, in Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in social and personality psychology from the University of Sheffield.

He joined the UI in 1986 and served as chair of the Department of Communication Studies from 1994 to 1998. He is also an adjunct professor in the UI Department of Psychology. In 2001, the UI Graduate College awarded Duck its first Outstanding Mentor Award.

In addition to founding the International Network on Personal Relationships in 1987, he served as its president from 1995-97. He also founded and edited the "Handbook of Personal Relationships" (first edition 1988, second edition 1997) and has published 35 books on issues such as personal relationship growth and breakdown, TV production techniques, the development of social psychology and social support.

His research interests are to enhance interdisciplinary scholarship, to promote mostly in the study of relationship processes, but his career goals have also been to enhance interdisciplinary scholarship and to promote and develop the careers of junior scholars and graduate students. Recently he has been investigating the way in which relationship processes underlie and support everyday activity, especially persuasion, and has been exploring their effects in such matters as health (especially alcohol and tobacco decisions) and legal decision making.

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