Dr. Karen Kroman Myers received the 2010-2011 Harold J. Plous Award. Currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication, Dr. Myers has achieved a truly remarkable record of research, teaching and service since joining the UCSB faculty. As her nomination letter noted, “Her research makes important theoretical contributions and has been published in the best journals in the field.” She is a popular teacher who has developed four new courses since she arrived at UCSB in 2007. Importantly, she has also spearheaded efforts to bridge the intellectual life of the university with alumni and the community. These efforts include a program for inviting alumni to campus, developing a newsletter that provides summaries of research and key courses, and hosting workshops in which alumni share career opportunities with our students
The Harold J. Plous Award is given annually to an assistant professor from the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences who has shown exceptional achievement in research, teaching, and service to the university. The award is presented by UCSB's College of Letters and Science and was established in 1957 to honor the memory of Harold J. Plous, an assistant professor of economics.