The AFA Outstanding Dissertation or Thesis Award recognizes the best dissertation or thesis in the theory and practice of argumentation and forensics completed in the previous calendar year. The candidate must be a member of AFA. To nominate a thesis or dissertation, a letter of nomination detailing the significance of the dissertation or thesis (usually from the project advisor), a copy of the table of contents, and a representative chapter of the completed study. Electronic submissions are preferred.
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2013 Brett Bricker, University of Kansas. Doctoral dissertation: “Rhetorical Investigation of Public Disbelief in Climate Science.” Advisors: Drs. Donn Parson and Scott Harris.
2012 Ryan McGeough, Louisiana State University. Dissertation: “The American Counter-monumental Tradition Renegotiating Public Memory and the Evolution of American Sacred Space.” Advisor: Dr. Andrew King.
2009 Crystal Lane Swift, “This House Would Ethically Engage a Critical Examination of Competition and Coach Leadership in NPDA Debate.” Advisor: Andrew King.
2007 James P. Dimock, “The Place of Parliamentary Debate in a Pedagogy of Argumentation,” MFA Thesis, Department of Speech Communication, Minnesota State University-Mankato. Advisor: Leah White.
2004 Doyle Srader, “The Nuremberg doctors’ trial: Framing collective memory through argument.” Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Georgia, 2003. Advisor: Ed Panetta.