The 2022 Benson-Campbell Dissertation (Prospectus) Research Award

Hi all,

I’m posting this awards call for the Public Address Division (PAD) of the National Communication Association (NCA) to ensure that it has a semi-permanent web-presence that folks might be able to redirect to beyond list-servs and social media. As a member of the Benson-Campbell committee, I’d like to ensure that folks see the call for nominations below! Share as widely or as frequently as you’d like! The due date for this award is Friday, September 16, 2022. Please send a packet with your materials to Advisor letters may be sent separately as needed.

Call for Nominations: Benson/Campbell Dissertation Award

The Public Address Division of the National Communication Association welcomes nominations for the 2022 Benson-Campbell Dissertation Research Award, which honors the scholarly contributions of Thomas Benson and Karlyn Kohrs Campbell by recognizing outstanding promise in doctoral research in rhetoric and public address.

We recognize that the study of public address has often privileged the study of hegemonic figures, groups, methods, and rhetorics. Therefore, we encourage scholars whose position and/or scholarship expands beyond these historical limitations to submit their work for consideration. With these values in mind, we will assess proposals based on the following criteria: 

  1. The originality of the proposal
  2. Significance of the potential findings
  3. Contribution to (and beyond) the theory, history, or criticism of public address; 
  4. Appropriateness and/or innovation of the research design and method. 

A $500 award will be presented at the business meeting of the Public Address Division at the 2022 NCA convention. Competition for the Benson-Campbell Award is open to graduate student members of the Public Address Division who have successfully defended a Ph.D. dissertation prospectus. A completed nomination packet consists of:

  1. A 7-10 page summary of the dissertation prospectus
  2. A statement by the nominee about the progress of the dissertation to date
  3. A letter of support from the nominee’s dissertation advisor that certifies that the nominee has completed their dissertation prospectus meeting and/or has successfully defended the prospectus. The dissertation advisor’s letter should also provide a rationale for why the nominee should receive the award. 

Andre E. Johnson (Committee Chair, University of Memphis), Atilla Hallsby (University of Minnesota TC) and Matthew Houdek (Rochester Institute of Technology) comprise the 2022 selection committee for this award.

Complete nomination packets must be submitted electronically to Andre Johnson at by no later than Friday, September 16, 2022, in order for the nominee to be considered for the award.
Please direct questions to Andre E. Johnson at (

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