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Call for Nominations for the 2010 RSA Book Awards

 Call for Nominations for the 2010 RSA Book Awards

Dear RSA Members, 

Please consider nominating a book (your own or a colleague's) for the 2010 RSA Book Award.  Nominations are due by February 28, 2010 for books published in 2009!

The Rhetoric Society of America gives a Book Award for the best work in rhetorical study in a given year. We welcome nominees in any branch of rhetorical studies.

Nominations are reviewed by the Awards Committee of the RSA Board, which recommends winners to the Board for final approval. Submit nominations for the Book Award to the Awards Committee Chair:

Cinthia Gannett
English Department
Fairfield University
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824 
(203) 254-4000 x2800

To be considered for the Book Award, a scholar must be a member of the RSA. The book award subcommittee will consider any book that has a designated author or authors and that meets the eligibility requirements. Generally, edited collections and second editions are not eligible for this award. Translations are eligible.

Book Award nominees will need to supply convincing evidence that the book was published in 2009 (such as an indication on the copyright page or a letter from the publisher stating the month and year of publication).  

Nominations for the 2010 Book Award Deadline -For books published between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009 nominations will be due February 28, 2010.

These awards will be presented at Rhetoric Society of America's

14th Biennial Conference
May 28-31, 2010
The Minneapolis Marriott City Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota 

Guidelines for Assessing Nominated Books
In reviewing nominees for the Book Award, the Awards Committee considers:

  • Originality
  • Strength and persuasiveness of argument
  • Engaging style or readability
  • Potential to promote rhetoric among scholars from other fields and/or
  • Potential to promote the general public's understanding of rhetoric

Conflict of Interest for Book and Dissertation Awards.

A member whose book is nominated for the RSA book award may not serve on the book award sub-committee. A member who has worked as a member of the dissertation committee for any nominee for the dissertation award may not sit on the dissertation sub-committee. Members of the Awards Committee who feel that they are unable to be impartial in judging any nominee will recuse themselves from discussion of that nominee.

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