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Master’s Program in Communication & Leadership Studies Honored for Innovation

Open to students worldwide, Gonzaga Professor John Caputo developed the Gonzaga Master of Arts Program in Communication and Leadership Studies in 2004. The reviewers for the award applauded the program’s global outreach efforts in Italy, Ireland and a possible component in Slovenia. Photo by Jennifer Raudebaugh.

Open to students worldwide, Gonzaga Professor John Caputo developed the Gonzaga Master of Arts Program in Communication and Leadership Studies in 2004. The reviewers for the award applauded the program’s global outreach efforts in Italy, Ireland and a possible component in Slovenia. Photo by Jennifer Raudebaugh.

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Gonzaga University Master of Arts Program in Communication and Leadership Studies has earned the prestigious Innovative Program Award from the National Communication Association. Assistant Professor Heather Crandall is chair of the program, and Professor John Caputo, who developed the program in 2004, accepted the award on behalf of Gonzaga and the program at the 2010 NCA convention in San Francisco.

“Every major university in the United States and more globally are eligible for receiving this award so it is quite an honor,” Caputo said. “The reviewers noted that our program had a strong focus and that we are doing some great things with teaching and service. They have also commented on our global outreach through our Cagli (Italy) Project and other international initiatives in Ireland and a possible component in Slovenia.”

As the world grows increasingly connected, the program has never been more relevant, Caputo said, adding the program’s enrollment is robust and growing.

Caputo says the program’s significant online curriculum allows professionals to experience Jesuit education no matter where they live, and gain the skills needed to remain competitive in the marketplace.

“Our online education only works to the extent that there is a first-rate, high quality master’s program on campus,” Caputo said. “Peter Drucker wrote that universities as we know them will not exist in 30 years. I still think what we do on the ground and in the classroom makes everything else possible.”

The National Communication Association is the disciplinary home for all communication scholars, and is the largest national organization promoting communication scholarship and education. The nonprofit NCA has more than 8,000 educators, practitioners, and students who work and reside in every state and more than 20 countries. Researchers, educators, and professionals work to understand and improve all forms of human communication. Through publications, resources, conferences, conventions, and services, NCA contributes to the greater good of education and society.

The NCA is based in Washington, D.C., near a mixture of embassies, nonprofits and other educational associations including the National Association of Broadcasters and the Middle East Institute.

For more information, please contact Professor Caputo at (509) 313-6656 or caputo@gonzaga.edu.

Learn more about Gonzaga’s Communication and Leadership Studies Program.

  1. Patricia Strickland
    Posted December 16, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Congratulations Dr. Caputo and Heather. I graduated from this program in 2008 and know the outstanding quality of the program you have developed.

  2. Jennifer Caudle
    Posted December 16, 2010 at 8:34 am

    As a graduate of this program, I understand its enormous impact. The Masters of Arts in Communication and Leadership changed my way of seeing and thinking. I am not the same person since entering this program. I am unbelievably grateful for the opportunity that this program offered me. I studied online, on campus, and in Cagli. Transformational is all I can say. Gonzaga and its staff deserve a this award. Keep up the great work!