Greenlee’s Tracy Lucht earns Rising Scholar Award

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This press release was written and submitted by staff in the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication.

The American Journalism Historians Association has selected Iowa State Assistant Professor Tracy Lucht for its 2015 Rising Scholar Award.

The award, which provides research assistance of up to $2,000 for a junior faculty member who has not yet achieved tenure, will be used to advance Lucht’s exploration of women’s methods to exercise agency in the Midwest.

Jinx Coleman Broussard, associate editor of American Journalism, AJHA’s academic journal, noted that Lucht’s current work “has the potential to make a valuable contribution to historical literature and elevate our field while enhancing your continued progress as a scholar and expert.”

“AJHA noted that your proposal was well-conceived and extremely detailed,” Broussard stated, “with solid research questions and a clear methodology. Furthermore, the research plan is consistent with the objectives of AJHA and the Rising Scholar Award, in particular.”

“Interest was high this year, with ten proposals submitted,” she added.

Michael Bugeja, Greenlee School director, noted that Lucht’s scholarship makes a significant contribution in exploring the legacy of women in media and advances the School’s focus on diversity and inclusion. “Dr. Lucht combines brilliant writing with rigorous research, which she shares with Greenlee School students in her classes.”

Lucht will receive her award in October at AJHA’s 34th annual convention in Oklahoma City.

Founded in 1981, the American Journalism Historians Association seeks to advance education and research in mass communication history. Members work to raise historical standards and ensure that all scholars and students recognize the vast importance of media history and apply this knowledge to the advancement of society.