Call for Nominations–2019 Benson-Campbell Dissertation Research Award

Benson-Campbell Dissertation Research Award, 2019 Call for Nominations

The 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 Baltimore.

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, and (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 submitted electronically to Kristen McCauliff ( no later than September 16, 2019 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.

Kristen McCauliff (chair), Carly Woods, and Robin Jensen comprise the 2019 committee.

Address questions to Kristen McCauliff