department's first Redding Fellow
By Lauren D. Perry
The first Charles and Ann Redding Fellowship was
awarded this fall to longtime professor John Greene.
Charles Redding was a noted professor of organizational
communication at Purdue. Upon the death of his wife, Ann Redding,
the department received funding for the fellowship, designed to
supplement a professor's income.
The fellowship must go to a tenured Purdue faculty
member with significant creative endeavors in the past and potential
for the future, with emphasis on productivity and impact in the
last five years, according to the department's Faculty Affairs
Greene, a Purdue alumnus, has a wide spectrum of
research. He has taught at Purdue for 18 years, and was recognized
as being among the most frequently cited authors in communication
by the journal "Human Communication Research" in 1996.
His prolific research record has been recognized nationally with
such prestigious awards as the National Communication Association's
Charles H. Woolbert Research Award, which is presented to the
author of a journal article or book chapter that "has stood
the test of time and become the stimulus for new conceptualizations
of speech communication phenomena," and the Gerald R. Miller
Book Award, which recognizes significant contributions to scholarship
in interpersonal communication.
Greene said he would be hard-pressed to say why
the Faculty Affairs committee chose him, and said the fellowship
could have gone to several other fine researchers. Greene knew
Charles Redding and feels honored to be the first recipient.
"I doubt it was a single achievement but a
record of sustained scholarly achievement," said Greene.
Greene obtained his bachelor's from Purdue and his
master's from Pennsylvania State. He received his doctorate from
the University of Wisconsin. He taught at the University of Southern
California in Los Angeles, but the majority of his career has
been spent at Purdue.
The fellowship is for two years, ending on June
30 of the second year. Funds will be given as a summer salary.
Greene said he will be able to do more research and not teach
the Maymester with the monies given him.
Greene tells his students that he has the best job
in the world. He is still fascinated by his work after 25 years.
"Most people wake up Monday morning and say
'I have to go to work'," said Greene. "When I wake up
on Monday, I say, 'I get to go to work.' "