Andrew S. Rancer, Ph.D and professor in the School of Communication at The University of Akron, was named an Eastern Communication Association (ECA) Distinguished Teaching Fellow at the 108th annual ECA conference in Boston, Massachusetts on April 2. The award recognizes excellence in teaching throughout one's career in higher education.

"Dr. Rancer has been helping students, as well as faculty colleagues, better understand communication, argumentation, and conflict transformation for more than 25 years," says Bill Lyons, Associate Dean of The Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences. "The School of Communication and the University of Akron have been very fortunate to have such an internationally recognized, yet incredibly humble, scholar in our classrooms and as a leader in our campus community. We join together today to congratulate our colleague and friend on this well-deserved and distinguished honor."

Rancer is an internationally recognized scholar and author of seven books on Communication including the recent release with his co-authors of the second edition of Contemporary Communication Theory, a text used nationwide in teaching graduate and undergraduate communication courses.

His areas of scholarship, where he has extensively published and presented, include Interpersonal Communication, Conflict and Aggression in Communication, and Communication Theory.

Recently earning a 25-year service award from The University of Akron, Rancer has taught at UA and resided in Stow since 1991.

He earned his Ph.D. from Kent State University in 1979, and his bachelor's (1974) and master's (1976) degrees from Queens College of the City University of New York.