The Kathleen Ethel Welch Outstanding Article Award


The Kathleen Ethel Welch Outstanding Article Award is presented biennially in odd years for work in the field of composition and rhetoric to recognize outstanding scholarship and research in the areas of feminist pedagogy, practice, history, and theory. The award carries a $200.00 honorarium and is presented at the Wednesday evening meeting of the Coalition at the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

Award Recipients

2019—Leah DiNatale Gutenson and Michelle Bachelor Robinson, "Race, Women, Methods, and Access: A Journey through Cyberspace and Back" Published in Peitho (19.1, 2017).

2017—Stacey Waite, "Cultivating the Scavenger: A Queerer Feminist Future for Composition and Rhetoric," published in Peitho (18.1, 2016). 
Honorable mentions go to Jessica Restaino and Susan Lundy Maute, "Surrender as Method: Research, Writing, Rhetoric, Love," published in Peitho (18.1, 2016) and to Katherine Fredlund, "Forget the Master's Tools, We Will Build Our Own House: The Woman's Era as a Rhetorical Forum for the Invention of African American Womanhood," published in Peitho (18.2, 2016).

2015—Amanda Moulder for "By Women You Were Brought Forth into this World: Cherokee Women’s Oratorical Education in the late Eighteenth Century," published in Rhetoric, History, and Women’s Oratorical Education: American Women Learn to Speak edited by David Gold and Catherine L. Hobbs (New York: Routledge, 2013).  
Honorable mention goes to Melanie Yergeau for "Clinically Significant Disturbance: On Theorists Who Theorize Theory of Mind," published in Disability Studies Quarterly (2013).

2013—Jessica Enoch and Jordynn Jack for “Remembering Sappho: New Perspectives on Teaching (and Writing) Women’s Rhetorical History,” published in College English (May 2011).

2011—Tarez Samra Graban and Kathleen J. Ryan for "Theorizing Feminist Pragmatic Rhetoric as a Communicative Art for the Composition Practicum," published in College Composition and Communication (61.1, Sep 2009).


An eligible work must have been published in the two years prior to the year of the award. (For example, a work eligible for the 2019 award will have been published in calendar year 2017 or 2018.) Single or multiple authored articles are eligible. We welcome nominations from authors, editors, publishers, or readers. To be eligible for the award, a nominee must be a member of the Coalition at the time of nomination.

Review Criteria

  • Is the work relevant to and may it be situated within the broadly defined fields of feminist research in Composition and Rhetoric?
  • Does the work demonstrate a fair and balanced research agenda in the form of feminist inquiry: archival, historical, classroom-based, community based, empirical, or theoretical work?
  • Is the need for this research within the field clear and compelling?
  • Is this research problem couched within existing scholarship of the field?
  • Does the scholarship provide a framework by which the field may be advanced by other researchers?
  • Does the work make a substantial contribution to the field?

Nominations and Contact

Nominations must be received by January 1, 2019 and must include three (3) copies of the article (PDFs or photocopies of the printed article) and a brief (500 words) nominating statement. Electronic submissions are accepted. Please send materials to:

Lisa Mastrangelo
Immediate Past President, CFSHRC
Department of English
Centenary University
400 Jefferson Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Contact Lisa Mastrangelo ( for additional information.