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Sept. 3, 2013
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National Communication Association honors Baker alumna with outstanding doctoral dissertation award

Kendra Knight, a 2004 Baker University graduate and assistant professor in Christopher Newport University's Department of Communication, has been awarded the 2013 Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award from the National Communication Association (NCA). The Miller Award is presented to most outstanding dissertations completed in the field during the previous academic year. A maximum of three awards are given per year.Kendra-Knight-Headshotforweb

Knight, who majored in speech communication at Baker, completed her Ph.D. at Arizona State University in 2012, where her doctoral research centered on dynamic communication systems in the context of work and family "balance." Her dissertation focused on marital division of household labor, and her research showed that the negotiation of household labor is largely a function of each spouse's response threshold, or the point at which a person is so bothered by a mess that he or she feels compelled to address it. This research helps explain why two spouses who aim for an egalitarian sharing of housework often find that one person comes to "own" some or all of the household chores.

Knight will be presented the Miller Award at the 99th NCA convention in November in Washington, D.C. The NCA advances communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific and aesthetic inquiry. For more information, visit

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