Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Transnational Studies at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, 2015.
Patricia Flynt C’57 Faculty/Student Summer Research Project Grant. Student: Nicole Heckemeyer. Project: “#BlackLivesMatter: Celebrity Activism, Social Media, and Audience Influence.” Salem College, 2016
Salem College Summer Research Sabbatical, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
Salem College Curriculum Development, 2015
RISE Research Grant. Awarded by USC for research project “Hope for Haiti?: Framing celebrity activism and the Haiti earthquake in U.S. news, 2010-2013” for 2013-2014.
Research Travel Grant. Aiken Partnership Board, fall 2012, spring 2011, fall 2011
Top Student Paper Award. Given by the Commission of the Status of Women at the annual convention of the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2008, for “Perfect Little Feminists? Young Girls Interpret Gender, Violence and Friendship in The Powerpuff Girls.”
Francis G. Wilhoit Paper Award. Given by the Indiana University School of Journalism, 2006, for “A Star is Made: News Coverage of Celebrity Politics in the 2000 and 2004 US Presidential Elections.”
Francis G. Wilhoit Paper Award. Given by the Indiana University School of Journalism, 2004, for “‘Every Parent’s Worst Nightmare’: Myths of Child Abductions in the News.” (Co-authored, by Liu Fu, Beth Moellers, Leigh Moscowitz, and Yue Tan).
Third Place Student Award. Given by the Commission of the Status of Women at the annual convention of the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2003, for “Perfect Little Feminists: Resistance, Femininity and Violence in The Powerpuff Girls.”
Featured Scholar, University of South Carolina system