ABC's Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award - Call for Nominations

We invite invitations for the ABC Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation on Business Communication. This Award is conferred annually to the writer of an outstanding doctoral dissertation in the area of business communication. 

The winning researcher will receive a plaque and a monetary award at the ABC annual conference. In addition, the award winner will be encouraged to submit an article based on the dissertation to one of the Association’s journals – the International Journal of Business Communication or the Business and Professional Communication Quarterly. The winner will also receive a one-year membership in ABC.

The following criteria must be met for eligibility for the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award:

  1. Significant contribution to scholarship, research, and/or pedagogy of business communication.
  2. Originality of thought and careful investigation.
  3. The use of an accepted research technique for business communication research.
  4. Successful defense of the dissertation within the two years preceding the annual conference at which the award is presented. (For example, dissertations eligible for the 2019 award are those defended successfully in 2017, 2018, or up to June 15 of 2019.)

Entries may be nominated by the candidate or by a nominator. Nominations must include:

  1. A letter of nomination from a faculty member on the doctoral dissertation committee or from the degree granting institution showing how the publication meets the award criteria.
  2. An electronic copy of a synopsis of the doctoral dissertation (15-20 pages in length).
  3. A complete copy of the dissertation.

Please send these materials electronically by June 20 to:

Sky Marsen, Research Committee Chair

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