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Professor James Dillard named Distinguished Professor by Penn State University

The Department of Communication Arts and Sciences is delighted to announce that Professor James Dillard has been named a Distinguished Professor by Penn State University. Congratulations Jim!

Distinguished Professors are current, full-time, active faculty members who hold the rank of Professor, and they are acknowledged leaders in their fields of research or creative activity. Their national and international leadership is documented by notable contributions to research published in leading journals and/or books and creative accomplishments widely recognized for excellence;  prestigious awards and citations; and a substantial record of invited lectures or performances delivered at prestigious institutions. These individuals also demonstrate significant leadership by raising University standards with respect to teaching, research or creative activity, and service; cultivating excellent teaching skills; and contributing significantly to the education of students who later are recognized for excellence in their fields. Professor Dillard was selected for this honor as a scholar who whose work has shaped and will continue to direct how people think about interpersonal communication, methods of inquiry and analysis, and the role of emotion in persuasion.