A new assistant professor in the College of Charleston’s communications school has won top honors for her Doctoral dissertation on gay rights activism.

Leigh Moscowitz, who joined the school’s faculty last year, won an award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication for her work, “For Better or For Worse: News Discourse, Gay Rights Activism, and the Same-Sex Marriage Debate.”

From the release:

“We congratulate Leigh Moscowitz on this prestigious award,” said Brian McGee, chair of the Department of Communication. “Winning the highest honor given for dissertation research in this field is very difficult.”

Moscowitz has quickly made an impact at the College of Charleston. The students of the Department of Communication voted her the department’s best undergraduate teacher for 2008-2009, an award normally given to members of the faculty with many years of service.