Deadline. All materials for the 2011 competition must be submitted electroncially by
2011 ACSUS Distinguished Dissertation Award
Award. The ACSUS Distinguished Dissertation Award consists of an honorarium of $500, a certificate of citation, complimentary membership in ACSUS for two years, and reasonable travel expenses for the recipient to attend the biennial ACSUS conference at which the award will be conferred. The awardee will be expected to make a twenty-minute presentation on his or her work at the conference.
Nominations. Faculty serving on dissertation committees at universities in the
Supporting Materials. Each nomination should be accompanied by a copy of the dissertation, a dissertation abstract not to exceed 500 words (typed double-spaced), and a one-page resume of the nominee. Appendices containing charts, tables, and bibliographies should also be included. These materials should be submitted electronically email@example.com by
Award Committee. The President of ACSUS will name a Dissertation Award Committee to include one ACSUS officer, one ACSUS councilor, and two additional ACSUS members, one from the humanities or fine arts and one from the social sciences or business. At the committee's discretion, additional consultation may be sought.
Criteria. The successful nominee's dissertation should represent original work that makes a significant contribution to the nominee's discipline and to the study of
Kate Dunsmore, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University, is the recipient of the 2009 ACSUS Distinguished Dissertation Award in Canadian Studies for "Mediating Alliance: The Role of the Press in Sustaining Reciprocity in the US-Canada Relationship."
In Dunsmore’s study of how major news organizations help sustain Canada-US relations and frame the bilateral 'narrative', she presents an insightful review of how central decision makers on both sides of the border come to share common expectations. One committee member stated that Dunsmore’s research "pushed me further along in thinking about some of the theoretical issues in discourse analysis and media."
The Distinguished Dissertation Award recognizes outstanding doctoral research on
Contactinfo@acsus.org for full list of previous recipients