The School of Communication Studies at Kent State University announced a scholarship in honor of Professor Emeritus Dr. Dominic A. Infante, this year's Centennial Award recipient. The surprise announcement was made during KSU's Homecoming Awards Celebration.
The Dominic A. Infante Scholarship was a collaborative donation between Infante's family, friends, students and fellow faculty members. It will be awarded to a student for the second year of the Master of Arts program in the School of Communication Studies who is judged by the graduate faculty as being on schedule for completing the master's degree and who appears to be a good prospect for matriculating into the doctorate program.
Longtime Deerfield resident Infante is a widely published and internationally renowned scholar and researcher on argumentativeness, verbal aggressiveness, personality and communication, interpersonal communication, family violence, spousal abuse and myriad other topics.
He earned a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University and his master's and doctorate from KSU.
He began teaching as an associate professor at KSU in 1976, teaching public speaking, communication theory, persuasion, research methods, statistics and several other courses until his retirement in 1995. Infante has published books, book chapters and more than 60 journal articles, and has directed 15 dissertations and nine theses.
Professor of Communication at the University of Akron Andrew Rancer, one of his advisees and professional colleague of Infante's for 36 years, counts Infante as one of the biggest influences on his professional career and personal life.
"Infante is one of the top 10 most prolific scholars in our field, even after being retired for 17 years," Rancer said. Infante stood in front of the crowd at the event and delivered an eloquent speech to share his gratitude. Several alumni and friends spoke on his behalf, including Rancer.
The Centennial Award, which Infante received the same night, was established in conjunction with the University's 2010 Centennial and is the highest honor given by the School of Communication Studies. It recognizes those associated with the School who are nationally and/or internationally recognized for their preeminent contributions to their profession or life's work as they relate to the field of communication.