UM Communication Studies Professor Earns National Award

September 14, 2017

MISSOULA – Betsy Wackernagel Bach, a University of Montana professor of communication studies, recently was named the 2017 recipient of the Donald H. Ecroyd Award for Outstanding Teaching in Higher Education.

Presented by the National Communication Association, the award honors an NCA member who exemplifies superlative teaching in higher education. The association said Bach earned the award in recognition of her outstanding career of excellent communication, teaching and learning.

"I am honored to receive this award and to be named along the most distinguished teachers in my discipline,” Bach said. “One of my greatest joys involves teaching and interacting with my students. To be recognized for my efforts is truly gratifying.”

Bach, a past NCA president, will receive her award during the group’s 103rd annual convention in Dallas Nov 16-19. 

NCA is the largest communication association in the United States. The organization serves its scholars, teachers and practitioners by enabling and supporting their professional interests in research and teaching. To learn more visit Go to to learn more about the UM Department of Communication Studies.

Contact: Betsy Wackernagel Bach, UM communication studies professor, 406-243-4293,