Annual Research Award

CASDW-ACR Annual Research Award for 2016

The 2016 CASDW Research Award for best journal article or book chapter published in 2015 by a member of CASDW goes to Janet Giltrow for her book chapter, “Form alone: The Supreme Court of Canada reading historical treaties,” published in Genre studies around the globe: Beyond the three traditions, edited by Natasha Artemeva and Aviva Freedman (Inkshed Publications, available here).

Colleen Derkatch and Philippa Spoel have been awarded an Honourable Mention for their journal article, “Public health promotion of ‘local food’: Constituting the self-governing citizen-consumer,” Health (London), 1-17. doi: 10.1177/1363459315590247, available here.

Congratulations to Janet, Colleen, and Philippa!

CASDW Annual Research Award for 2015

In conjunction with its annual conference as part of the Congress of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences in Ottawa in June 2015, CASDW awarded its annual prize for the best research article published in 2014 to Doreen Starke-Meyering, Anthony Paré, King Yan Sun, and Nazih El-Bezre for their (2014) article “Probing normalized institutional discourses about writing: The case of the doctoral thesis,” published in the Journal of Academic Language and Learning, 8(2), A13-A27. Criteria for the award focus on the article’s potential significance to the field, originality, and depth of research, as well as on the general quality of the writing. The abstract and article are available at

An abridged version of the abstract reads as follows:
Over the past decade, much government and institutional interest internationally has focused on the expansion and improvement of doctoral education, with degree completion rates and times topping government and university agendas. Since degree completion is intimately linked to the thesis, doctoral writing has surfaced as a new problem space for institutional attention and intervention. . . . Drawing on rhetorical theories of discourse and writing, this article examines institutional discourse for how it conceives of the doctoral thesis, how it regulates the writing of the thesis, how it positions the process and product of thesis writing within the knowledge-making activities of the university, and what implications this discourse has for how institutional interventions in support of doctoral writing are conceptualized. Using the example of discourse about doctoral thesis writing offered by graduate schools at research-intensive universities in Canada, the article works from a systemic perspective that invites all those involved in facilitating research education to examine, reflect on, and contemplate institutional discourses about writing as inherited and normalized patterns of social practice. Finally, the article argues that these practices have significant consequences for doctoral scholars, supervisors, and the ability of institutions to develop new visions for curricular innovation in research education.

Three articles received Honourable Mentions for the 2014 best article award:

Kelly, P. A. (2014). Textual Standardization and the DSM-5 “Common Language.” Journal of Medical Humanities, 35,171–189.

Spoel, P., Roma, H., & Henwood, F. (2014). Rhetorics of health citizenship: Exploring vernacular critiques of government’s role in supporting healthy living. Journal of Medical Humanities 35 (2), 131-147.

Spoel, P., & Den Hoed, R.C. (2014). Places and people: Rhetorical constructions of ‘community’ in a Canadian environmental risk assessment. Environmental Communication 8(3), 267-285.