Distinguished Faculty Award for Research and Scholarship Presented to Gary Radford

Teaneck, NJ (September 28, 2005)—Fairleigh Dickinson University honored Gary Radford, professor of communication and director of the Master’s program in Corporate and Organizational Communication at FDU, with the Distinguished Faculty Award for Research and Scholarship on September 28, 2005.

“The American writer Zora Neale Hurston once wrote, ‘Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose,’” began Dr. Willard Gingerich, University provost and senior vice president, when presenting the award. “Your ability to poke and pry is only matched by your determined purpose to unveil what is perhaps most fundamental to human relations: the art of communication.”

A native of England, Dr. Radford joined Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1999 after spending nine years working in the Department of Communication at William Paterson University. He teaches courses in Interpersonal Communication, Communication Theory, Communication Philosophy, and Corporate Communication, drawing on his unique background in semiotics, international approaches to communication, and subliminal persuasion. An active and admired professor, he was named Becton College Teacher of the Year and received the Educational Opportunity Fund Outstanding Faculty Award in 2003.

Dr. Radford’s research focuses on philosophical and critical treatments of the communication process, using the work of the French philosopher Michel Focault as a foundation. He has published four major books, written more than 20 articles for prestigious publications, and has made presentations at nearly 100 national and international conferences. He was a founding editor of The New Jersey Journal of Communication in 1993 and has been editor of the journal since 1995.

Trained on classical guitar since the age of 13, Dr. Radford often uses music references as a way to bring academic lessons to life. “Both your teaching and your research are sprinkled with popular references ranging from Pink Floyd to Monty Python’s Flying Circus. How many have connected the theories of John Locke with the lyrics of Led Zeppelin?” Gingerich asked amusedly during Wednesday’s ceremonies.

Radford earned his B.A. at Sheffield City Polytechnic (now Sheffield Hallam University) in Sheffield, England, graduating in the top 5% of his class. He received his M.S. from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and his Ph.D. from Rutgers.

“For academic performances and compositions that string together great meaning, we bestow upon you the Distinguished Faculty Award for Research and Scholarship,” said Gingerich.

Dr. Radford’s formal citation

Gary Radford

Mariellen Brown

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