El Paso, TX - Richard Pineda, Ph.D., director of the Sam Donaldson Center for Communication Studies and associate professor of communication at UTEP, has been awarded the 2014 Córdova-Puchot Scholar of the Year Award from the Latina/o Communication Studies Division/La Raza Caucus of The National Communication Association.
The Córdova-Puchot Scholar of the Year Award celebrates a communication faculty member who has achieved a high level of excellence in the areas of research, teaching, service and advocacy.
focuses on politics and media and most recently his
work has examined immigration and representations of immigration in popular culture.
understanding of political communication and strategy has made him a presence in local and regional media for commentary on elections and campaign messaging.
In addition to his research excellence, Pineda is highly regarded by his students as an excellent teacher in the classroom.
One student nomination for the award described Pineda's
teaching as demanding yet engaging, adding that he
"fosters a learning environment that inspires thinking, encourages innovative ideas, and lays the groundwork for a more thorough understanding of the world inside and outside of the university setting."
Pineda holds a Ph.D. in communication from Wayne State University (Detroit, MI), an M.A. in communication from UTEP and a B.A. in political science from Baylor University.
Pineda grew up in El Paso and is a proud graduate of Eastwood High School.
The Córdova-Puchot Scholar of the Year Award will be given to Pineda during the National Communication Association annual meeting in Chicago on Nov. 21.