Donal Carbaugh is Professor of Communication, Chair of the International Studies Council (2004-present), and Director of Graduate Studies in Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is currently the Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship Award at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the university’s premier campus-wide award for outstanding research and scholarship. He has also been a finalist for the university’s outstanding teaching award. In 2007-2008, he was Fulbright’s Distinguished Professor and Bicentennial Chair of North American Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland. From 2005-2010, he was a member of the Research Advisory Group for the Security Needs Assessment Project of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research in Geneva. He has been elected Chair of the International Communication Association’s and the National Communication Association’s (NCA’s) Language and Social Interaction Division, and NCA’s International and Intercultural Communication Division. He has served NCA on its Doctoral Education Committee and its Research Board.
Carbaugh’s general interests focus upon cultural philosophies of communication, the environment, and the ways culturally distinctive practices get woven into international and intercultural interactions. His studies focus upon Native American, popular American, Russian, and Finnish communication practices, with special attention to the relationship between language use, culture, spirit, and nature. In 1992, he was elected Visiting Senior Member at Linacre College, Oxford University, England, which is a lifetime position. He has held academic appointments at the Universities of Colorado, Montana, Pittsburgh, the University of Helsinki, the University of Tampere, the Turku School of Economics in Finland, and at other universities in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He currently serves on about twenty editorial boards of national and international journals. His published research has appeared in many major academic journals, in several countries including Finland, Germany, Italy, and Russia, in several languages.
His most recent authored book, Cultures in Conversation, was designated the Outstanding Book of the Year by the International and Intercultural Communication Division of the National Communication Association. His first book, Talking American: Cultural Discourses on DONAHUE, was identified as “a favorite book of the past 25 years” in Contemporary Sociology by former president of the American Sociological Association, William Gamson. His edited volume, Cultural Communication and Intercultural Contact, received the National Communication Association’s Award for Distinguished Scholarship in International and Intercultural Communication. His most recent edited book is Distinctive Qualities of Communication Research (with Patrice Buzzanell). His other books include Narrative and Identity: Studies in Autobiography, Self and Culture (edited with Jens Brockmeier), and Situating Selves: The Communication of Social Identity in American Scenes. He is on the roster of Senior Fulbright Specialists, and in 2005 was elected into the Communication Hall of Fame at the University of Washington. In 2010 he was selected one of ten scholars in Communication to serve the National Academies in Washington DC. In 1999, he was selected one of two “Great Teachers” by Wake Forest University for its program in Globalization and Diversity. In 1995, he was one of five scholars in communication to speak at the Smithsonian Institution’s Campus on the Mall program. In 1990, he was one of two communication scholars in the United States to be named “Outstanding Professor” by the National Speakers Association, an award recognizing excellence in teaching and research. Recipient of a Hewlett Fellowship for Teaching, Fulbright Fellowships, an Advanced Institute of the Humanities Fellowship, several grants, and a consultant for the United States Congress, he has enjoyed lecturing at the United Nations (in New York and Geneva), at various embassies and other places across the United States, Europe, and Asia.
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