Heidi Campbell (92) received the 2017 Scholar of the Year award from the Religious Communication Association. As part of this recognition, Dr. Campbell gave the keynote address at their award banquet in Dallas, TX, November 15. Dr. Campbell says her presentation, “Reading religion in a mean meme world,” was influenced by a conference last summer at her undergraduate alma mater, Spring Arbor University. In June 2017, Forum 4:15, a gathering of 60 Christian communication scholars, focused on civility in the public sphere.
Campbell teaches media studies at Texas A & M, directs the Network for New Media, Religion and Digital Culture Studies, co-edits the Routledge’s Studies in Religion and Digital Culture book series and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Computer-mediated Communication, New Media & Society, the Journal of Media, Religion & Digital Culture and Ecclesiology & Ethnography. She has authored over 70 articles and books including Exploring Religious Community Online (Peter Lang 2005) and When Religion Meets New Media (Routledge 2010).
Forum 4:15 is a bi-annual conference that focuses on the intersection of faith and communication. It is sponsored by the graduate program in Strategic Communication and Leadership at Spring Arbor university. Program director Dr. Wally Metts, who was also Dr. Campbell’s undergraduate advisor, was at the presentation in Dallas: “Dr. Campbell is doing important, original work, work that forces us to be thoughtful about faith as it is both experienced and communicated online. I expect her work will be central to our planning Forum 4:15 in 2019, and we are grateful for the opportunity our students will have to consider her work, both at our conference and in our classes.”