Presidents Dissertation Awards


In recognition of the close relationship between scholarly excellence and professional leadership, the CFSHRC Presidents Dissertation Award is given to the author(s) of a recently completed doctoral dissertation that makes an outstanding contribution to our understanding of feminist histories, theories, and pedagogies of rhetoric and composition. This annual award is adjudicated every other year, and it is conferred at the biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference.


Any doctoral dissertation that engages feminist histories, theories, and/or pedagogies of rhetoric and composition and is completed within appropriate timeframes (see below) is eligible for this award.

  • For the 2016 Award: Any PhD dissertation completed between 6/1/2015 and 5/31/2016 is eligible.
  • For the 2017 Award: Any PhD dissertation completed between 6/1/2016 and 5/31/2017 is eligible.

Review Criteria

The doctoral dissertations that receive this award will not only rigorously engage extant feminist research and scholarship in rhetoric and composition, reflective of the many cultural and intellectual traditions that comprise our field; they will also enhance our understanding of feminist academic work in rhetoric and composition through the methods and methodologies they employ, the critical praxes they model, and the conclusions they draw along with the invitations they offer for subsequent inquiry and exchange.

Nomination Contact and Procedures

The deadline for nominations, including self-nominations, is June 1, 2017. Send Jenn Fishman, Immediate Past President (, an electronic copy of the completed dissertation in its final form, as it was submitted to the author’s (or authors’) home institution. Please also provide documentation of completion, including date of submission. The 2016 and 2017 award recipients will be invited to attend the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference in Dayton, OH, October 4-7, 2017.