The RSA Dissertation Award is presented yearly for the best dissertation in the field of Rhetorical Studies completed by a student member of the Society.
Submit nominations to the Awards Committee Chair:
Professor Shirley Logan
Department of English
2119 Tawes Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Guidelines for Assessing Nominated Dissertations:
- Originality: By this we mean the adoption of a fresh perspective or a new way of looking at/answering an ongoing question or perhaps, a new line of inquiry or considering new primary sources.
- Engagement with primary and secondary texts: Here, we were thinking about demonstrating depth and breadth of knowledge of text and context.
- Clear and engaging prose and style
- Strong prospect for publication as a book: This has to do with a project's readiness to contribute to the field.
Materials to submit:
A complete nomination package should include the following:
- An abstract of the dissertation no longer than one double-spaced page.
- The complete dissertation as a pdf file
- A letter of recommendation from the supervising professor certifying that the dissertation was defended within the eligibility period;
- A 35- page, double-spaced extract from a chapter of the dissertation, including all materials, e.g., references, charts, or images. Please do not include extracts from multiple chapters. The committee would like to read the extract that best illustrates how the dissertation meets the assessment guidelines outlined above. The extract should be 12 point font, Times or Times New Roman.
Submit all nomination materials electronically.
Send nomination and any email queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for nominations: February 14, 2016.
Dissertations are eligible if they were defended between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. To be considered for the Dissertation Award, the scholar must be a member of RSA.
Minding “Our Cicero”: Nineteenth-Century African American Women’s Rhetoric And The Classical Tradition
University of California, Santa Cruz, Chair, Kirsten Silva Gruesz
"Composing Historical Activism: Anecdotes, Archives, and Multimodality in Rhetorics of Lesbian History"
University of Pittsburgh, co-chairs Jessica Enoch and Jean Ferguson Carr
“Women in the English Language Dictionary”
University of Washington, co-chairs Anis Bawarshi and Colette Moore
"Praising Girls: The Epideictic Rhetoric of Young Women, 1895-1930."
University of Missouri-Kansas City with advisor Jane Greer.
Constitutive Visions: Indigeneity, Visual Culture, and the Rhetorics of Ecuadorian National Identity
University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign under the direction of Debra Hawhee and Ralph Cintron, English
2011 Award (Honorable Mention)
Walk Me Home: How Bodies Move and are Moved in the Breast Cancer Walk
University of Washington under the direction of Leah Ceccarrelli, Communication.
Writing the Bicycle: Women, Rhetoric, And Technology In Late Nineteenth-Century America.
Duke University, under the direction of Jane Danielewicz & Jordynn Jack
Mapping Rhetorical Frontiers: Women's Spatial Rhetorics in the Nineteenth-Century American West.
Penn State University under the direction of Cheryl Glenn.
2009 Award (Honorable Mention)
Human Genome Project Discoveries: Dialectics and Rhetoric in the Science of Genetics.
Catholic University of America under the direction of Jean Dietz Moss.
2009 Award (Honorable Mention)
‘More children from the fit, less from the unfit': Discourses of Hereditary ‘Fitness and Reproductive Rhetorics, post Darwin to the 21st Century.
Miami University under the direction of Cindy Lewiecki-Wilson.
Unlikely Rhetoric Allies
University of Maryland; directed by Jeanne Fahnestock
Politics of Public Confession: Expressivism and American Democracy
Dissertation completed at Penn State University
"Rhetorics of Consumption: Identity, Confrontation, and Corporatization in the American Vegetarian Movement"
Department of English, University of Arizona
"Unsettled Cities: Rhetoric and Race in the Early Republic."
Dissertation completed at Miami University.
Never Mind What Harvard Thinks: Alternative Sites of Rhetorical Instruction in American Colleges, 1873-1947
Written at the University of Texas at Austin under the direction of Linda Ferreira-Buckley