Last year we gave out our first awards for the best dissertation and best research article of 2012. Full terms of reference for these two awards are pasted at the end of this message.
I’d like to ask for nominations/volunteers to be on the selection committees for the 2013 awards. (The volunteers who did such a noble job last year are invited to re-volunteer if they are so inclined). To break the work up, we will have two separate committees — please indicate which you prefer, or if you are willing to serve on either.
The work required is somewhat different. For the research award, the main job is to drop the names of CASDW members into Google Scholar and see what comes up, and then to read and assess the articles that seem to fit the criteria. For the dissertation award, the job is to solicit nominations from CASDW members, especially those who are associated with Canadian doctoral programs in the field (not a very long list). The harder part, of course, is reading the dissertations that are nominated, but again the list is not likely to be huge.
We hope to be able to announce the award at the 2014 AGM, so that will dictate the timelines.
If you are interested, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks in advance.
Terms of Reference for CASDW Research and Dissertation Awards
April 3, 2013
The minutes of the 2011 AGM record the following decisions:
MOVED, Doug Brent, and SECONDED, Karen Smith, that
- the CASDW dissertation award be awarded to a student in rhetoric, writing studies, or discourse studies, or a Canadian student studying elsewhere, the award to be given in the calendar year January-December
- the CASDW research award be awarded to any published article by a CASDW member in the calendar year January-December.
MOVED, Brock MacDonald, and SECONDED, Andrea Williams, that CASDW award a $100 dissertation and article award and one year free CASDW membership for the following year.
This document sets out how these decisions will be operationalized.
1. Constitution of the committee.
To reduce the workload, two committees of three members each will be struck. Volunteers will be solicited before each AGM and the committees will be ratified at the AGM, with the exception of the committees to award the 2012 awards, which will be appointed by the executive because of time pressures.
For the article award, nominations will be solicited from the entire CASDW membership beginning in January of each year. Committee members will also conduct a database search to identify articles by CASDW members, and may nominate these articles as well.
For the dissertation award, nominations will likewise be solicited from the membership, but the committee will also make an effort to contact faculty members in Canadian programs that offer a doctorate in rhetoric, writing studies, or discourse studies, and ask for nominations. Nominees may be students of any nationality studying in a Canadian program or be Canadian students studying elsewhere.
The criteria for both awards will be similar to the criteria for acceptance of a journal submission:
• General quality of writing and comprehensibility
• Potential significance to the field, including significance of the problem studied and the degree to which important new information is revealed
• Depth of research
For the article award, the reputation of the journal in which it is published will be a minor factor, but the major determinant will be the committee’s evaluation of the merit of the article itself.
A suggested deadline to close nominations is February 28, although late submissions may be considered if the committee deems it appropriate to do so.
The committee should try to reach a decision as soon as it is reasonable to do so, in order to notify winners and give them time to attend the conference to accept the award in person if they desire.
The award will be presented at the CASDW conference, either during the plenary or the AGM as determined by conference organizers.
5. Value of the award
Both awards will be $100 plus a free membership in CASDW for one year.