- W. George Pinnell Award for Outstanding Service (2022)
- Bicentennial Medal (2020)
- Fulbright Award (1990)
Carolyn Calloway-Thomas is a professor and chair of the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU. She joined IU’s faculty in 1976. Her teaching and research areas include intercultural communication, African American communication, intersections between empathy and conflict, and pedagogy and civic engagement. Calloway-Thomas earned her B.S. from Grambling State University, her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin, and her Ph.D. from IU Bloomington.
Calloway-Thomas is the immediate past president of the World Communication Association and has also served as president of the IU Bloomington Faculty Council, as member of the Communication National Advisory Board, director of the Interracial Communications Project funded by the C. S. Mott Foundation, and past president of the Central States Communication Association. Calloway-Thomas serves as book review editor of the Howard Journal of Communications and editorial board member of Journal of Intercultural Communication Research. Her national awards include a Ford Postdoctoral fellowship; a Fulbright scholarship in Nigeria, West Africa; a Carnegie scholarship; the National Communication Association's Robert J Kibler award; and the Distinguished Alumni award from Grambling State University. Calloway-Thomas is also a 2012 inductee of the Central States Communication Association’s Hall of Fame.