Call for nominations: Joan Pavelich CASDW/ACR Best Dissertation Award 2020, 2021, & 2022

Calling all dissertation survivors! The deadline for the CASDW/ACR Awards for Best Dissertations is Monday, April 17, 2023. This year, we will be awarding the Best Dissertations for 2020, 2021, and 2022.

The Joan Pavelich CASDW/ACR Annual Award for the Best Dissertation in Writing and Discourse Studies recognizes an outstanding PhD dissertation in Writing Studies, Discourse Studies, Rhetoric, or a cognate field. The awards will be given to students in a Canadian university or to a Canadian student studying outside Canada.

To be eligible, dissertations must have been defended between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2022. Each year’s dissertations (2020, 2021, and 2022) will be judged and awarded separately. An announcement of the winning dissertations will be made at the CASDW/ACR Annual Conference, with an eye toward additional exciting ways to honour winners and disseminate their work. Nominees do not need to be CASDW/ACR members, and self-nominations are accepted.

The award includes a prize of $100 and a one-year free CASDW membership for the following year.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, April 17, 2023. The assessment criteria for the award are as follows:

  • (1) Builds on or extends previous scholarship relevant to discourse and writing studies work, and/or addresses a notable gap in the scholarship, and/or re-conceives discourse and writing students work through divergent thinking and/or diverse experiences;
  • (2) the significance of the question(s) addressed in the research;
  • (3) the importance of the new knowledge presented in the thesis; and
  • (4) meaningful and relevant methodology and/or innovation.

Applicants/nominators should send the following items to each member of the selection committee listed below:

  • a PDF file containing the dissertation (or a link to an online repository),
  • a CV, and
  • a cover sheet with the applicant’s full name, citizenship, institution and degree program, and contact information for their primary supervisor.

Sara Humphreys (

Diana Wegner (

Britt Amell (

Dana Landry (