A Conway resident who teaches journalism at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock recently won the top faculty paper award from the Scholastic Journalism Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the world’s largest organization for journalism and mass communication educators.

Professor Bruce Plopper, who taught journalism at the University of Central Arkansas before moving to UALR in 1990, was named winner of the Laurence Campbell Research Award for the fourth time in his career. This year’s paper was co-authored by Anne Conaway, a former graduate student in the UALR Journalism Graduate Program who recently accepted a teaching position at Bemidji State University in Minnesota.

The paper, titled "Scholastic Journalism Teacher Use of Digital Devices and Social Networking Tools," will be presented at AEJMC’s 75th anniversary convention in Chicago on Aug. 8. Plopper also won this award in 1997, 2007 and 2009.