Dr. Damion Waymer to Receive President’s Faculty Research Award

Apr 18, 2023

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Dr. Damion Waymer, Senior Associate Dean of the Department of Journalism and Creative Media, has been awarded the 2023 President’s Faculty Research Award for Senior Scholars. He will receive the award on April 19 during a ceremony at the Bryant Conference Center. 

Dr. Waymer is the first senior award recipient from the College of Communication & Information Sciences since 2018. His work explores culture, social class and race across a variety of fields, including public relations, crisis communication and strategic communications. 

“This award means the world to me, as I’ve spent nearly two decades conducting research,” said Dr. Waymer. “This recognition is external validation that my work is valuable and respected both within my discipline and beyond its boundaries.” 

Dr. Waymer said that the award has inspired him to push his work further with graduate students and junior faculty. “Legacy endures through others, and I’d like to see those that I have worked with and mentored receive this very award in 10-15 years.” 

Sponsored by the offices of the President and Vice President for Research and Economic Development, the President’s Faculty Research Awards are among the highest honors bestowed to active faculty at The University of Alabama (UA). Nominations are sourced internally by faculty, departments and colleges, and one award is given, per level, within the areas of Physical and Biological Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Arts and Humanities. 

“The faculty at UA do incredible things and make highly valuable contributions to better society and to advance the flagship. We are so grateful to them and the work they do,” said Dr. Russell J. Mumper, Vice President for Research & Economic Development. 

The awards ceremony is the cornerstone of UA’s Faculty Research Day, a showcase that celebrates excellence in research, creativity and scholarship; recognizes leaders at the University and inspires the next generation of faculty researchers.