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Nilanjana Bardhan Receives 2019 University Women of Distinction Award

Dr. BardhanDr. Bardhan, Professor of Communication Studies, was named the 2019 recipient of the University Women of Distinction Award. This prestigious award can only be earned once and requires a minimum of 10 years of consecutive service to the university.

The purpose of the award is to recognize employees who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to women and/or issues of diversity through demonstrated leadership, vision, or actions in a profession, in an area of expertise, or in service to the University community. The recipient must also demonstrate an active commitment to creating a more equitable campus environment.

For the past 20 years, Dr. Bardhan has built an impressive research record and record of mentorship.

Dr. Bardhan’s research is situated at the intersections of diversity, intercultural communication, and public relations.  Dr. Bardhan has 29 academic journal publication, 3 authored or co-edited books (one winning the “Best Authored Book Award” from the National Communication Association’s International and Intercultural Communication), and 26 conference presentations. She is recognized as a thought leader in diversity, which is why she was asked to serve as a board member for The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations where she helped launch a national Diversity and Inclusion Summit.

Dr. Bardhan’s mentorship is best captured by select outtakes from the letters we received in support of the application.

  • "I love working with Nilanjana because she has a confident, can-do personality, and her encouragement for those facing challenges is highly motivating." – Keith Burton, Chair and fellow trustee of The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations
  • "Besides being a very good teacher, Dr. Bardhan is an outstanding mentor for both graduate students and recent PhD graduates."Dr. Mimi Hodis, Senior Lecturer, Massey University, New Zealand
  • "Nilanjana is beloved by her students at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Her courses are usually full and well regarded, and I often hear our graduate teaching assistants buzzing about some interesting topic they were discussing in Nil’s class." – Dr. Rebecca Walker, Associate Professor, SIU Communication Studies

The Department of Communication Studies nominated Dr. Bardhan for her unwavering support of colleagues, her commitment to her students, and her overall demonstration of excellence.