The Choice Scholar Lecture is given annually by one of the most distinguished scholars in the field of communication—an individual who has not only contributed a great deal of scholarly literature, but whose work has greatly impacted society by bridging communication theory and research to practice. The Lambda Pi Eta members select, invite, and host the annual presenter, as well as organize the reception following the Lecture. Lambda Pi Eta is the Department of Communication's Chapter of the National Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society.
The past LPE presenters are
Ellen A. Wartella: "Infants, Toddlers, and Screen Media"
Judee Burgoon: "Lie to Me: What We Really Know about Deception and Its Detection"
Charles Atkin: "Strategic Media Campaigns to Stop College Alcohol Problems"
Scott Poole: "A Contingency Theory of Organizational Response to Paradoxical Requirements"
Michael Roloff: "People Are Annoying, They Are Difficult to Change, and It Does Matter: Why Arguing Is Often Futile"
Steve Wilson: "Complex Family Conversations: How do Family Members Talk with Returning U.S. Military Service Members about Seeking Mental Healthcare?"
Janet Fulk: "Social Media and Collective Expertise in Organizations"
Noshir Contractor: "Leveraging Computational Social Science to Address Grand Societal Challenges"
Stephanie Tong: "Communication and Artificial Intelligence"
Sarah Jackson: "#HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice"
Jeff Hancock: "Can AI Mediate Communication? Understanding AI in Human-to-Human Interaction"
Travis Dixon: "The Centrality of Media Stereotyping: How Media Imagery Impacts the Functioning of our Society"