WSU’s Erica Austin to be Honored by Journalism Education Association

PULLMAN, Wash. — Erica Austin, a professor in the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University, will be honored by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Aug. 7 in Washington D.C., during the association’s business meeting.

Austin will receive the 2001 Krieghbaum Under-40 Award to recognize her outstanding contributions in teaching, research and public service. It includes a $1,000 cash prize. The award was created in the 1980s by the late Hillier Krieghbaum of New York University to annually honor a journalism/mass communication faculty member.

At WSU since 1989, Austin teaches courses on communication research, communication campaigns, media and children, public relations, political socialization and health communication. Her research interests are in communication, decision-making and socialization processes.

Austin has been honored by the Governor’s Office and state Social and Health Services for the impact of her research on state health promotion efforts geared to alcohol abuse prevention. Austin and Bruce Pinkleton of the Murrow School faculty are assisting the state with its tobacco use prevention campaign.

A George Washington University graduate, Austin earned communication master’s and doctoral degrees from Stanford University.