The CCCC Committee on Technical Communication presents the Outstanding Dissertation Award in Technical Communication annually during the Awards Session at the CCCC Convention. Dissertations are evaluated according to the following five criteria: originality of research, contribution the research makes to the field, methodological soundness of the approach used, awareness of the existing research in the area studied, and overall quality of the writing. Dissertations eligible for the 2012 Dissertation Award in Technical Communication must have been completed in 2011 or 2010. A dissertation may be nominated only once during its two-year period of eligibility. Applicants must submit the following materials: (1) letter of nomination from a dissertation committee member, preferably the chair, emphasizing the significance of the research for technical communication studies; (2) an extended abstract (approximately 250 words); and (3) an unbound copy of the dissertation. Send materials by October 14, 2011, to CCCC Administrative Liaison, NCTE, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801.
Outstanding Dissertation in Technical Communication Award Winners
Colleen Derkatch, “Rhetorical Boundaries in the 'New Science' of Alternative Medicine”
Rebekka Andersen, "The Diffusion of Content Management Technologies in Technical Communication Work Groups: A Qualitative Study on the Activity of Technology Transfer"
2010 Honorable Mention
Sarah Hallenbeck, "Writing the Bicycle: Women, Rhetoric, and Technology in Late Nineteenth-Century America"
Jonathan Buehl, "Instrument to Evidence to Argument: Visual Mediation of Invisible Phenomena in Scientific Discourse"
Lara Varpio, "Mapping the Genres of Healthcare Information Work: An Interdisciplinary Study of the Interactions Between Oral, Paper, and Electronic Forms of Communication"
2008 Honorable Mention
Huiling Ding, "Rhetoric of a global epidemic: Intercultural and intracultural professional communication about SARS"
Natasha Artemeva, "Becoming an engineering communicator: A study of novices’ trajectories in learning genres of their profession"
Neil Lindemann, “Blurred Boundaries of Science and Advocacy: The Discourse of Scientists at a Conservation Organization"
Huatong Sun, "Expanding the Scope of Localization: A Cultural Usability Perspective on Mobile Text Messaging Use in American and Chinese Contexts"
Donna Kain, "Negotiated Spaces: Constructing Genre and Social Practice in a Cross-Community Writing Project"
Brent Henze, "Scientific Rhetorics in the Emergence of British Ethnology, 1808-1848: Discourses, Disciplines, and Institutions."
2003 Honorable Mention
Sandra Sterling Reynolds, "Collaboration or Subordination: The Role of Rhetoric in the Conception of Primary Healthcare Giver."
David Dayton, "Electronic Editing in Technical Communication: Practices, Attitudes, Impacts."
2002 Honorable Mention
Dave Clark, "A Rhetoric of Boundaries: Living and Working Along a Technical/Non-Technical Split."
Kenneth Baake, "Metaphor and Knowledge: The Rhetorical Challenges at a Post- Modern Science Think Tank."
Clay I. Spinuzzi, "Designing for Life Worlds: Genre and Activity in Information Systems' Design and Evaluation."
Katherine Durack, "Documentation and Domestic Technology: Household Sewing Technologies and Feminine Authority."
1999 Honorable Mention
Brenda Camp Orbell, "Discourse, Power, and Social Ruptures: An Analysis of Tailhook 91."
1999 Honorable Mention
Graham Smart, "An Ethnographic Study of Knowledge-Making in a Central Bank: The Interplay between Writing and Economic Modeling."