Presidents Dissertation Award


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 year and carries a $200.00 honorarium, but it is presented in odd years at the biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference.

Award Recipients

2019 - Sherita Roundtree (University of Ohio), Pedagogies of Noise: Black Women’s Teaching Efficacy and Pedagogical Approaches in Composition Classrooms.

2018 - Liane Malinowski (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Civic Domesticity: Rhetoric, Women, and Space at Hull House, 1889-1910.

2017— Jessica Ouellette (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Enduring Affective Rhetorics: Transnational Feminist Action in Digital Spaces.

2016—Gracemarie Mike Fillanwerth (Purdue University), Rhetoric and Feminism in the Americanization Era: The YWCA's Rhetorical Education Program for Immigrant Women.



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 2018 Award: Any PhD dissertation completed between 6/1/2017 and 5/31/2018 is eligible.
  • For the 2019 Award: Any PhD dissertation completed between 6/1/2018 and 5/31/2019 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, 2019. Send Lisa Mastrangelo, 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 2018 and 2019 award recipients will be invited to receive their awards the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference at James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Virginia), in November 2019.