Awards

The Coalition confers five awards that were created to honor the scholars after whom they were named. These women have had immeasurable impact on the Coalition and the field of feminist research. In addition, the Coalition has instantiated a dissertation award and a feminist research grant, each made possible through the generosity of founding members and donors.

Description

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).

Eligibility

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 2021 award will have been published in calendar year 2019 or 2020.) 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, 2021 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:

Tarez Samra Graban
Immediate Past President, CFSHRC
Department of English, Mail Code 1580
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1580

Contact Tarez Graban (tarez.graban@gmail.com) for additional information.

Description

The Winifred Bryan Horner Outstanding Book Award is presented biennially in even 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

2020— Jess Enoch for her monograph Domestic occupations: Spatial Rhetorics and Women’s Work (Southern Illinois University Press, 2019).

Honorable mentions go to Cheryl Glenn for Rhetorical Feminism and this Thing Called Hope (Southern Illinois University Press, 2019) and Pamela VanHaitsma for Queering Romantic Engagement in the Postal Age: A Rhetorical Education (University of South Carolina Press, 2019).

2018—Jean Bessette for her monograph Retroactivism in the Lesbian Archives (Southern Illinois University Press, 2017).

Honorable mentions go to Rebecca Lorimer Leonard for her monograph Writing on the Move (Pittsburgh University Press, 2017) and to Eric Darnell Pritchard for his monograph Fashioning Lives (Southern Illinois University Press, 2017).

2016—Cristina Devereaux Ramírez for her monograph Occupying Our Space: The Mestiza Rhetorics of Mexican Women Journalists and Activists, 1875-1942 (University of Arizona Press, 2015).

Honorable mention goes to Carolyn Skinner for her monograph Women Physicians and Professional Ethos in Nineteenth-Century America (Southern Illinois University Press, 2015).

2014—Jacqueline Jones Royster and Gesa E. Kirsch for their co-authored Feminist Rhetorical Practices: New Horizons for Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies (Southern Illinois University Press, 2012).

2012—Susan Delagrange for Technologies of Wonder: Rhetorical Practice in a Digital World (USUP and CCDP, 2011).

2010—Mary P. Sheridan-Rabideau for Girls, Feminism, and Grassroots: Activism in the GirlZone (SUNY Press, 2008).

Eligibility

An eligible work must have been published in the two years previous to the year of the award. (For example, a work eligible for the 2022 award will have been published in calendar year 2020 or 2021.) Single or multiple authored books, as well as edited volumes, are eligible. We welcome nominations from authors, editors, publishers, or readers. To be eligible for the award, a nominee must be a member of 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 December 1, 2021 and must include five (5) copies of the book and a brief (500 words) nominating statement. Electronic submissions are accepted. Alternatively, please send all materials to:

Tarez Samra Graban
Immediate Past President, CFSHRC
Department of English, Mail Code 1580
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1580

Contact Tarez Graban (tarez.graban@gmail.com) for additional information.

Description

The Nan Johnson Outstanding Graduate Student Travel Award is presented biennially in odd years to graduate students working in the field of composition and rhetoric and it recognizes outstanding scholarship and research in the areas of feminist pedagogy, practice, history, and theory. The award is designed to enable students to attend the Feminisms and Rhetorics conference by providing $200.00 travel stipends plus conference registration. The Coalition will confer up to 5 awards for graduate students to attend the  Feminisms and Rhetorics conference.

Award Recipients

FemRhet 2019 — Alex Hanson, Syracuse University
Nancy Henaku, Michigan Tech
Pritisha Shrestha, Syracuse University
Karen Trujillo, New Mexico State University
Elizabeth Tacke, University of Michigan

FemRhet 2017 — Ruth Osorio, University of Maryland
Sweta Baniya, Purdue University
Tamara Bassam Issak, University of Syracuse
Jennifer Enoch, Florida State University
Marion Wolfe, Ohio State University

FemRhet 2015 — April Cobos, Old Dominion University

FemRhet 2013 — Award not given this year

FemRhet 2011 — Tara Wood, University of Oklahoma

Eligibility

  1. Student must be an accepted presenter at the conference
  2. Student must be a Coalition member at the time of nomination
  3. Student must provide a letter attesting to the first two requirements, and describing the ways in which their research is consistent with the conference theme and with the mission of the Coalition
  4. Students should provide a letter from a faculty mentor in their program indicating support for the application and that they do not have other significant financial support for the conference. This letter may be sent separately, directly by the faculty mentor.

Application and Contact

Applications must be received by April 1, 2021. Application materials should be sent electronically in PDF to Tarez Samra Graban (tarez.graban@gmail.com) or sent in hard copy to:

Tarez Samra Graban
Immediate Past President, CFSHRC
Department of English, Mail Code 1580
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1580.

Contact Tarez Graban (tarez.graban@gmail.com) for additional information.

Description

The CFSHRC Lisa Ede Mentoring Award is presented biennially in odd years to an individual or group with a career-record of mentorship, including formal and informal advising of students and colleagues; leadership in campus, professional, and/or local communities; and other activities that align with the overall mission and goals of the Coalition. The award carries an honorarium of $200.00 per person or $500.00 for a group of three or more people and is announced at the biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference.

Award Recipients

2019Adela Licona, Professor Emeritus / University of Arizona

2017 — Kristine Blair, Dean of College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences / Youngstown State University

2015 — Cheryl Glenn, Distinguished Professor of English and Women’s Studies / Penn State University

Eligibility

This award is open to all colleagues in rhetoric and composition or related fields with a minimum of 10 years’ post-graduate professional experience, including current and retired faculty, staff, and administrators; independent scholars; and other academic professionals.

Review Criteria

Nominations should include a minimum of three letters from individuals or co-writers with direct knowledge of the nominee(s). Overall, letters should be descriptive, offering concrete examples of the nominee’s or nominees’ mentoring activities and their impact. Letters should also illuminate the nominee’s or nominees’ contribution to rhetoric and composition (and related fields), feminist academic work (including teaching, research and scholarship, service, and civic engagement), and the CFSHRC and its members (as applicable).

Recipients of this award will have a career record of feminist mentorship in both formal and informal educational settings, including (but not limited to) academic departments and programs, writing and community centers, and professional and community organizations. Recipients of this award will not only embody the spirit of the Coalition’s commitment to the care and collaboration involved in mentoring; they will also enrich and even expand that definition through their examples.

Nomination Contact and Procedures

The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2021, whether in electronic or hard copy. The recipient will be invited to receive the award at the 2021 Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference. Nomination materials should be sent electronically as a single PDF e-mail attachment to Tarez Samra Graban (tarez.graban@gmail.com) or sent in hard copy to:

Tarez Samra Graban
Immediate Past President, CFSHRC
Department of English, Mail Code 1580
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1580

The purpose of the Shirley Wilson Logan Diversity Scholarship award is to encourage feminist scholarship (particularly historical in nature) by graduate scholars from diverse and historically un or underrepresented groups.  The award will be given to first-time presenters at the Feminisms and Rhetorics conference. The award includes both a monetary award ($500 each for up to 6 awardees) and participation in a specially designated session at the Feminisms and Rhetorics conference.  Applicants should have an already-accepted presentation for the conference.

The goal of the award is diversity and inclusion of underrepresented scholars vs. topics (as long as the work itself falls within the broader category of feminist rhetorical studies).  Please keep this in mind as you submit your materials.  As an organization, we are defining un/underrepresented groups as:

  • Scholars of diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds
  • International scholars
  • Scholars who identify as LGBTQIA
  • Scholars with disabilities
  • Graduate scholars who were first-generation undergraduates

Eligibility

Scholars must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be a first-time presenter at the Feminisms and Rhetorics conference
  2. Have an already accepted presentation for the conference
  3. Have firm plans to attend the conference (scholars who do not attend will forfeit the financial compensation for the award)

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a completed application and a current cv. Applications and vitae are due by April 1, 2021 to Tarez Samra Graban, Immediate Past President (tarez.graban@gmail.com). Questions should be directed to this address as well.

[Download research grant application] — coming soon!

Description

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 (Ohio State University), 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.

Eligibility

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

  • For the 2020 Award: Any PhD dissertation completed between 6/1/2019 and 5/31/2020 is eligible.
  • For the 2021 Award: Any PhD dissertation completed between 6/1/2020 and 5/31/2021 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 for the 2020 Award, including self-nomination, is June 15, 2020. Send Tarez Samra Graban, Immediate Past President (tarez.graban@gmail.com), 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.

Nominations for the 2021 award may also be submitted over the summer, as candidates complete their degrees, but a separate call will circulate with a new deadline in early 2021.

The 2020 and 2021 award recipients would typically be invited to receive their awards at the 2021 Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference; in lieu of the 2021 conference, we will make alternative arrangements.

Description

The Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition offers a biennial research grant of up to $700 for researchers to pursue or continue feminist projects that require funding to conduct such activities. These include but should not be limited to archival research, translation, interview transcription, and digital archivization and/or digital project development.

Award Recipients

2020

Tobi Jacobi, PhD (Colorado State University). Jacobi’s research will explore the literacy opportunities and rhetorical practices available for girls at the New York State Training School for Girls from 1904 to 1935.

2018
Christine Garcia, PhD (Eastern Connecticut State University) for “Researching the Huerta Papers at Wayne State University”

Krystin Gollihue (NC State University) for “Makerspaces, Craft Communities, and Non-Institutional Spaces of Making”

Nancy Henaku (Michigan Technological University) for “Researching the Rhetoric of Nana Konadu Agyeman”

Eligibility

  1. Applicants must show evidence of a solid project/proposed project that relates to the mission of the Coalition (see below) and necessitates this additional research support activity.
  2. Preference will be given to scholars with no other documented source of funding
  3. Applicants may be at any stage of a research project that necessitates the supporting activity the grant would propose.
  4. Applicants must be members of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition.

How to Apply

Applicants should complete an application and a letter of interest, and should request the submission of two confidential letters of recommendation. Applications and letters must be submitted by December 15, 2021 to Tarez Samra Graban, Immediate Past President (tarez.graban@gmail.com). Questions should be directed to this address as well.

[Download research grant application]

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