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Robin E. Jensen Wins Prestigious Golden Anniversary Monograph Award from the National Communication Association

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Robin E. Jensen, professor of communication at the University of Utah, recently received the 2023 Golden Anniversary Monograph Award from the National Communication Association for the article, “Re-envisioning Fertility Science: From J. Marion Sims’s Invasive Gynecology to Sophia Kleegman’s ‘Conservative Surgery’ Hermeneutic,” published in Quarterly Journal of Speech in 2022.

Jensen’s essay offers a critical-comparative analysis of Dr. J. Marion Sims’s mid-to-late-nineteenth-century medical publications and Dr. Sophia Kleegman’s mid-twentieth-century medical publications to highlight the differing pedagogies within the history of U.S. gynecology. This essay explores the discursive means by which ingrained trajectories of medical knowledge and practice have been re-envisioned and recalibrated in U.S. history.

“Dr. Jensen continues to find ways to bring significant health issues to the forefront of scholarly and public dialogues,” said Avery Holton, chair of the Department of Communication. “By taking complex histories and topics and expertly demystifying them in ways that make them more accessible to the public, she is providing deeply impactful and lasting work.”

The Golden Anniversary Monograph Award recognizes the most outstanding scholarly monograph published during the previous calendar year based on copyright date. Monographs or articles may be in any of the areas of the communication arts and sciences. The award is intended for articles and book chapters. Any full-length books should be submitted to the Diamond Anniversary Book Award.

“NCA’s annual awards honor communication scholars’ teaching, scholarship and service,” said Justin Danowski, NCA interim executive director. “NCA is proud to recognize Dr. Robin E. Jensen’s significant contributions to the communication discipline with this award.”

Dr. Robin E. Jensen’s award was presented Nov. 19 at the NCA 109th Annual Convention in National Harbor, MD. For more information about NCA’s awards program, visit

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The National Communication Association (NCA) advances Communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific, and aesthetic inquiry. NCA serves the scholars, teachers, and practitioners who are its members by enabling and supporting their professional interests in research and teaching. Dedicated to fostering and promoting free and ethical communication, NCA promotes the widespread appreciation of the importance of communication in public and private life, the application of competent communication to improve the quality of human life and relationships, and the use of knowledge about communication to solve human problems. NCA supports inclusiveness and diversity among our faculties, within our membership, in the workplace, and in the classroom; NCA supports and promotes policies that fairly encourage this diversity and inclusion.

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Jana Cunningham, University of Utah College of Humanities | 801-213-0866

Published February 8, 2024




Last Updated: 2/8/24