Maureen Keeley honored with NCA's Bernard J. Brommel Award

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Jayme Blaschke | October 5, 2021

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Maureen P. Keeley, a professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Texas State University, has received the 2021 Bernard J. Brommel Award for Outstanding Scholarship or Distinguished Service in Family Communication from the National Communication Association (NCA).

The Brommel Award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the area of family communication. Keeley’s research, particularly her work on end-of-life communication and “final conversations,” has made a significant contribution to the field of family communication. Based primarily on extensive interviews with both adults and children, Keeley’s research illuminates the importance of communication with and between the dying and their loved ones.

“NCA’s annual awards honor communication scholars’ teaching, scholarship, and service,” NCA Interim Executive Director Linda Taliaferro, CAE, said. “NCA is proud to recognize Dr. Keeley’s significant contributions to the Communication discipline with this award.”

Keeley’s award will be presented Nov. 20 at the NCA 107th Annual Convention in Seattle, WA. For more information about NCA’s awards program, visit

For more information, contact University Communications:

Jayme Blaschke, 512-245-2555

Sandy Pantlik, 512-245-2922