Call for Nominations: Benson-Campbell Dissertation Research Award

Call for Nominations

Benson-Campbell Dissertation Research Award, 2016

CampbellThe Public Address Division of NCA solicits nominations for the Benson-Campbell Dissertation Research Award, which honors the scholarly contributions of Thomas Benson and Karlyn Kohrs Campbell by recognizing outstanding promise in doctoral research in Rhetoric and Public Address. A $500 award will be presented at the business meeting of the Public Address Division in Philadelphia, PA.

Competition for the Benson-Campbell Award is open to graduate-student members of the Public Address Division who have successfully defended a Ph.D. dissertation prospectus. A completed nomination packet consists of (1) a 7-10 page summary of the dissertation prospectus, (2) a statement by the nominee about the progress of the dissertation to date, Bensonand (3) a letter of support from the nominee’s dissertation advisor that certifies that the nominee has successfully defended the prospectus and provides a rationale for why the nominee should receive the award. Complete nomination packets must be received electronically by Belinda Stillion Southard at by August 1, 2016 in order for the nominee to be considered for the award.

Criteria for selecting the award winner include originality of the proposal; significance of the potential findings; contribution to the theory, history, or criticism of public address; and appropriateness and/or innovation of the research design and method. Previous recipients of the Award are listed here.

Belinda Stillion Southard (chair), Chuck Morris, and Cara Finnegan comprise the 2016 committee.

Address questions via email to Belinda Stillion Southard at

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