I am posting to a couple of lists plus the 2012 CASDW membership list, so some of you may see this two or three times — apologies.
In 2011, we voted to offer a small award for the best dissertation by a student in a Canadian program and the best article by a CASDW member, in the field of rhetoric, writing studies, or discourse studies. We are now trying to put this into operation, at something of the last minute.
The terms of reference are pasted below. Basically we need two committees of three people each to choose the recipients. It would require not only reading the materials but also doing a bit of bushes-beating to try to identify eligible articles and students. We would love to be able to present the awards at the upcoming conference, so there will be a bit of a scramble. However, given the still nascent state of writing studies in Canada, I suspect that the corpus may be rather small. The executive is willing to pitch in an help with the bushes-beating part, although we want the committee to feel completely autonomous in their selection.
So right now I am asking for two things:
1. If you are a CASDW member or are prepared to become one, would you consider being on one or other of the committees? You could volunteer for one or the other, or just say that you will be on whichever one is short a member.
2. Whether you are a CASDW member or not, if you know of good articles by Canadian writing studies folks, or good dissertations (or any dissertations — the committee can make the final call) by either students from anywhere in Canadian programs or Canadian students studying anywhere, can you let us know asap?
If you know of a good article by a Canadian and you are not sure if they are a member of CASDW, please let us know anyway and we’ll figure it out. We are not too proud to suggest to someone that they become a member in order to have a shot at the award. Also, don’t be too proud to bring your own article or star student to our attention.
Thanks in advance for your support. This is a good opportunity to help promote our field and help aspiring students and researchers (aspiring or seasoned) make more of a mark in that field.
Please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terms of Reference:
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.