Joan Pavelich Award for Best Dissertation

The Joan Pavelich Award for the Best Dissertation in Writing Studies for 2016

The 2016 Joan Pavelich CASDW Annual Award for the Best Dissertation in Writing and Discourse Studies was awarded to Joel Heng Hartse, Lecturer, Faculty of Education, SFU. This award is given annually for a dissertation completed in the previous calendar year. Joel won this award for his dissertation, Acceptability and Authority in Chinese and Non-Chinese English Language Teachers’ Judgments of Language Use in English Writing by Chinese University Students (UBC, Language and Literacy Education, 2015). The committee praised Joel’s work for its clarity, thoroughness, and relevance. In particular, they focused on the value of his shift away from error-based assessment and towards the contextual assessment of acceptability in written language.

Congratulations to Dr. Heng Hartse!

The Joan Pavelich Award for the Best Dissertation in Writing Studies 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 (the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing) awarded its annual prize for the best dissertation published in 2014 to Ashley Rose Kelly for her dissertation Hacking Science: Emerging Parascientific Genres and Public Participation in Scientific Research. The dissertation is available from here.

According to the CASDW dissertation review committee, Hacking Science offers a unique perspective on science communication by studying how professional scientists and citizen scientists, in conjunction with hackers, have altered old genres and created new genres to share their research and to collaborate. This dissertation pushes our understanding of the genre systems, social action and boundaries of para-scientific and hacker communities, and stands to help redefine scientific communication from the ground up and the genre down, as well as across platforms. The dissertation, which we look forward to seeing published, also helps writing studies scholars better understand how we can structure research methodologies in response to emerging genres across disciplines, connecting attention to text and genre to careful consideration of technology, economy, and community.

Congratulations to Dr. Kelly, who will soon be taking up a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo.