Nafziger-White-Salwen Dissertation Award

AEJMC’s Standing Committee on Research seeks nominations for its Nafziger-White-Salwen Dissertation Award.

The award recognizes the best Ph.D. dissertation in the field of mass communication research and includes a monetary prize.  Dissertations are eligible if successfully defended between Sept. 1, 2016, and Aug. 31, 2017. The committee reserves the right not to grant the award in any given year.

How to nominate:

  1. Nominations must be made by the dissertation adviser/director or by a senior administrator (dean, director or chair) of the doctoral-degree granting unit. Students may NOT nominate their own dissertation.
  2. The nomination package includes 4 items: (1) the nominator’s cover letter, (2) an 8-10 page abstract summarizing the dissertation, (3) a PDF of the dissertation, and (4) the nominee’s CV.
  3. The nomination letters, abstracts, dissertations and CVs must be submitted electronically as email attachments on or before 11:59 p.m. (Central), Jan. 19, 2018.

All four (4) items must be delivered electronically by the deadline to qualify for consideration.

  1. Acknowledgements and other information that might identify the author, the adviser or the university must be removed from the dissertation PDF and the abstract. This includes references to the university where the dissertation was written that may appear in the text. Submissions containing identifying information in these files may be disqualified.
  2. The full dissertation must be submitted in ONE single PDF file.
  3. A separate file comprising an extended (blind) 8-10 page abstract summarizing the dissertation must be submitted in ONE file (PDF or DOC). The abstract should be organized as follows with subheadings: (1) Introduction and problem statement; (2) Theoretical framework and key elements of previous research; (3) Method; (4) Findings; (5) Conclusion and discussion; (6) Statement of importance to the field.
    Nominees may wish to refer to the judging criteria when writing their abstracts. Those criteria are listed here:
    http://www.aejmc.org/home/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Criteria-and-Scoring-Form2017.pdf
  4. The nomination letter must include the nominee’s name, dissertation title and university affiliation.
  5. “NWS Dissertation Award [insert nominee’s last name]” must be used as the subject header for any and all correspondence in relation to the award.
  6. Submissions will be acknowledged by email within 24 hours.
  7. The nomination letter should be submitted electronically by the nominator. All other materials should be submitted by the nominee.
  8. Non-electronic methods of submission (facsimile, standard mail, courier) are not available or acceptable.

Send nominations and direct questions to Tim Vos at the University of Missouri, vost@missouri.edu.

The award is named for Ralph O. Nafziger and David Manning White, authors of Introduction to Mass Communication Research, and Michael Salwen, coauthor of An Integrated Approach to Communication Theory and Research.

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