Dr. D. Ray Heisey Graduate Student Scholarship
Association for Chinese Communication Studies

Dr. D. Ray Heisey (1932-2011) was Director (1983-1996) and Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies at Kent State University. He was a renowned intercultural communication scholar who served as Advisor on many Chinese students¡¯ dissertation committees. He facilitated research collaborations between scholars and students in the US and from the Far East, Middle East, Europe, and North America. He loved traveling and experiencing other cultures, having lived in or visited over 40 countries. Dr. Heisey taught in Chinese universities and published a great number of research works on Chinese communication studies with Chinese students and scholars. Dr. Heisey was a long term member of the Association for Chinese Communication Studies (ACCS). His enthusiasm, dedication to education, and personal and scholarly integrity continue to impact ACCS scholars. In honor of Dr. D. Ray Heisey¡¯s contribution to Chinese Communication Studies, the ACCS has established a Dr. D. Ray Heisey Scholarship since 2012. With the sponsorship by one of Dr. Heisey's former students, on behalf of Mrs. Susuane Heisey, the ACCS plans to award three $500 Dr. Ray Heisey Scholarships to graduate students who do research on Chinese communication.


  • You must be a current ACCS member
  • You must be a second-year, or above, graduate student majoring in the area related to Chinese Communication Studies, enrolled full-time at a university.
  • You must complete an application form and submit all required materials* to the Committee of Dr. D. Ray Heisey Scholarship.

*Required materials: personal statement, two letters of recommendation, current transcript, curriculum vita, and a writing sample.


  • The scholarship is awarded to a graduate student who has enrolled in the major in second year or above for the semester in which the scholarship is received.
  • A 3.2 GPA or above verifiable by current school transcript.
  • An expressed desire to enter the field of Chinese Communication Studies in a 1-3 page typewritten statement of application.
  • Leadership skills and research records, and active involvement in ACCS activities.

Three scholarships will be awarded for the 2016-2017 academic year. The deadline for accepting applications is Monday, October 31, 2016. The online application form is at http://www.uni.edu/commstudies/accs/scholarship/application_form.htm

The Scholarship Committee Members (2016-2017):
Zhuojun Joyce Chen, Chair, University of Northern Iowa
Guo-ming Chen, University of Rhode Island
Hairong Feng, University of Minnesota - Duluth
Mei Zhang, Missouri Western State University
Mei Zhong, San Diego State University


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