2016 Dissertation of the Year Award

Dissertation of the Year Award for 2016

Language and Social Interaction Division of NCA


The Language and Social Interaction Division of the National Communication Association (http://www.nca-lsi.org/) will recognize the outstanding doctoral dissertation in the field of Language and Social Interaction. Nominations should reflect the division’s focus on situated language usage and social interaction. Analyses of both institutional and everyday interaction, in face-to-face and mediated contexts, and interaction within and across cultural borderlines are welcome. Previous awards have gone to studies in discourse and conversation analysis, speech act theory, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, ethnomethodology, and ethnography of speaking. To be eligible for the award, a dissertation must have been officially completed (i.e., filed and defended) during 2016.


Nominations should be made by the dissertation advisor or a member of the Language and Social Interaction Division of NCA. Please email nominations with the following materials:


  1.       A nomination letter outlining justification for the award.
  2.       A 500-word (maximum) abstract of the dissertation.
  3.       The table of contents of the dissertation
  4.       One dissertation chapter considered to be representative of

the manuscript.


Send all nomination materials by July 15, 2017 to the Vice Chair Elect, Mardi Kidwell (mkidwell@unh.edu). Please include “NCA LSI Dissertation Award” in the subject line of your email.


The award will be presented at NCA’s Language and Social Interaction Division Business Meeting at the November 2017 convention in Dallas, Texas.  For more information about the conference, please refer to the link: http://www.natcom.org/convention/