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 the dissertation, including all materials, e.g., references, charts, or images.

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.