Past Winners

The CASDW Annual Award for the Best Article or Chapter in Writing and Discourse Studies


The 2017 Annual Award for Best Article or Chapter published in 2016 by a member of CASDW goes to Janna Fox, John Haggerty, and Natasha Artemeva, for a book chapter entitled, “Mitigating Risk: The Impact of a Diagnostic Assessment Procedure on the First-Year Experience in Engineering.”

Honourable mention was awarded to Sibo Chen for an excellent article on “Selling the environment: Green marketing discourse in China’s automobile advertising”.


The 2016 Annual Award for Best Article or Chapter published in 2015 by a member of CASDW goes to Janet Giltrow for her book chapter, “Form alone: The Supreme Court of Canada reading historical treaties,” published in Genre studies around the globe: Beyond the three traditions, edited by Natasha Artemeva and Aviva Freedman (Inkshed Publications.

Colleen Derkatch and Philippa Spoel have been awarded an Honourable Mention for their journal article, “Public health promotion of ‘local food’: Constituting the self-governing citizen-consumer,” Health (London), 1-17.


The 2015 Annual Award for Best Article or Chapter published in 2014 by a member of CASDW goes to Doreen Starke-Meyering, Anthony Paré, King Yan Sun, and Nazih El-Bezre for their article “Probing normalized institutional discourses about writing: The case of the doctoral thesis,” published in the Journal of Academic Language and Learning, 8(2), A13-A27. Criteria for the award focus on the article’s potential significance to the field, originality, and depth of research, as well as on the general quality of the writing.

Three articles received Honourable Mentions for the 2014 best article award:

Kelly, P. A. (2014). Textual Standardization and the DSM-5 “Common Language.” Journal of Medical Humanities, 35,171–189.

Spoel, P., Roma, H., & Henwood, F. (2014). Rhetorics of health citizenship: Exploring vernacular critiques of government’s role in supporting healthy living. Journal of Medical Humanities 35 (2), 131-147.

Spoel, P., & Den Hoed, R.C. (2014). Places and people: Rhetorical constructions of ‘community’ in a Canadian environmental risk assessment. Environmental Communication 8(3), 267-285.