Dissertation Award

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 slogan@umd.edu.

Deadline for nominations: February 14, 2015.

Dissertations are eligible if they were defended between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014. To be considered for the Dissertation Award, the scholar must be a member of RSA.

Recipients