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2013 RCA Awards

 
Book of the Year
William D. Romanowski
Calvin College
Reforming Hollywood:  How American Protestants Fought for Freedom at the Movies
Oxford University Press (2012)
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Dissertation of the Year
Christy E. Mesaros-Winckles
Bowling Green State University
"Only God Knows the Opposition we Face:  The Rhetoric of Nineteenth Century Free
Methodist Women's Quest for Ordination"
Ph.D., 2012, Bowling Green State University
Dissertation Committee Chair: Ellen Gorsevski,

Article of the Year
Margaret M. Poloma and Matthew T. Lee
University of Akron
"Prophetic Prayer as Two-Way Communication with the Divine"
Published in Journal of Communication & Religion 35:271-294.

Student Paper of the Year
Jamie Downing
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
"An Ancient Modern Rhetoric:  Calling upon Traditional Rhetorical Practice in the
Fight for Jewish Emancipation"

Scholar of the Year
Robert H. Woods Jr.
Spring Arbor University

2012 RCA Awards

 

Book of the Year

 

Thomas M. Lessl, PhD 

 

University of Georgia 

 

"Rhetorical Darwinism"

 

Baylor University Press 2012

 

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Dissertation of the Year

 

Elizabeth Molina-Markham 

 

University of Massachusetts

 

"Listening Faithfully with Friends: An Ethnography of Quaker Communication Practices"

 

Ph.D., 2012, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 

Dissertation Director: Donal Carbaugh

 

 

 

 

Article of the Year

 

Jon P. Radwan, PhD 

 

Seton Hall University

 

Contact Rhetoric: Bodies and Love in Deus Caritas Est

 

Published in Rhetoric & Public Affairs 15:1, pp. 41-93.

 

 

 

 

Student Paper of the Year

 

Marissa E. Lowe, University of Illinois 

 

"Billy Graham's Cold War Rhetoric: Evangelical and Civil Religious Revival"


 

Scholar of the Year  

Fr. James Martin, S.J.

 


2011 RCA Awards

 

Book of the Year

Kristy Maddux, PhD,

University of Maryland

The Faithful Citizen: Popular Christian Media and Gendered Civic Identities.

Baylor University Press, 2010.

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Dissertation of the Year

Jason R. Moyer

"Luther College Not Just Civil Religion: Theology in the Cases of Woodrow Wilson, John Kennedy, and Barack Obama."

Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2011.

Dissertation Director: Pending

 

Article of the Year

Andre E. Johnson, PhD,

Memphis Theological Seminary

"The Prophetic Persona of James Cone and the Rhetorical Theology of Black Theology"

 

Student Paper Award:

Cathy Rosenholtz University of Missouri, Columbia

"A Pastor, a Rabbi and an Imam walk into a Newscast: A Content Analysis 
of the Use of Religious Experts on the U.S. Evening News"

 

Scholar of the Year

Tina Harris, PhD.

University of Georgia


2010 RCA Awards

 

Book of the Year

Michael P. Graves, Liberty University 
"Preaching the Inward Light: Early Quaker Rhetoric" 
2009, Baylor University Press
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Dissertation of the Year

Walter Thomas Viner
"Logic of the Heart: Alexander Campbell's Rhetoric and Hermeneutics on Christian 
Identity, Slavery, and Church Organization"
Ph.D., University of Memphis 
Dissertation Director: Dr. John A. Campbell

 

Article of the Year

Thomas M. Lessl, University of Georgia
"The Innate Religiosity of Public Life: A Fortiori Argument" 
Journal of Communication and Religion, 32:2 (2009), 319--346
 
Student Paper of the Year
Michael Souders, University of Kansas
"Truthing it in Love: Henry Ward Beecher's Homiletic Theories of 
Truth, Beauty, Love, and the Christian Faith"

 

Scholar of the Year

Dr. Richard J. Mouw
President, Fuller Theological Seminary

2009 RCA Awards

 

Book of the Year

Paul Marshall, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C., Lela Gilbert, Associate Fellow, Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C., and Roberta Green Ahmanson, Journalist.

"Blind Spot: When Journalists Don't Get Religion"

2009, Oxford University Press

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Dissertation of the Year

Brian T. Kaylor

"I'm a Believer: Presidential Campaign Rhetoric in an Age of Confessional Politics"

Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia

Dissertation Director: Mitchell S. McKinney

 

Article of the Year

James M. Farrell, Ph.D.

Department of Communication, University of New Hampshire

"The Rhetoric(s) of St. Augustine's Confessions." Augustinian Studies 39:2 (2008), 265-291.
 

 

Student Paper of the Year

Pavica Sheldon

Louisiana State University

"'Jesus Matters: Gender and Religiosity Impact on Forgiveness Behavior and Conflict Avoidance"

 

Scholar of the Year

Charles Taylor, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor

McGill University


2008 RCA Awards

 

Book of the Year

Terry Lindvall, Ph.D.

Virginia Wesleyan College

Sanctuary Cinema: Origins of the Christian Film Industry

[Get it at Amazon.com]

 

Dissertation of the Year

Craig Maier

"Seizing the Catholic Moment: Kairos and the Rhetoric of Diocesan Administration" 

Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh/Duquesne University

Dissertation Director: Pending

 

Article of the Year

Michael P. Graves, Ph. D.

Liberty University

"Travelers Here in this Vale of Tears: William Penn Preaches a Funeral Sermon," Quaker Studies, 12 (1), pp. 7-25

 

Student Paper of the Year

Andrew Swenson

Concordia University

"Uncovering Hidden Tensions in University Discourse: A Case Study Using an Unconventional Reading of McGee's Ideograph"


2007 RCA Awards

 

Book of the Year

Mark Allan Steiner, Ph.D.

Christopher Newport University

The Rhetoric of Operation Rescue: Projecting the Christian Pro-Life Message

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Dissertation of the Year

Christine Gardner

"Choosing to Wait: Rhetorical Agency as Persuasion in the Evangelical Sexual Abstinence Movement in the United States and Africa."

Ph.D., Wheaton College

Dissertation Director: Pending

 

Article of the Year

Richard Hardin, Ph.D.

University of Kansas

Apocalypse Then: Tamburlaine and the Pleasures of Religious Fear. Baylor Journal of Theatre and Performance, v3.2, 31-42 (2006). [Full Text.pdf]

 

Student Paper of the Year

Ms. Katie Rush

University of Georgia

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its Quest For Unity

 

Scholar of the Year

Michael Casey, Ph.D.

Pepperdine University


2006 RCA Awards

Book of the Year

Peter A. Verkruyse, Ph.D.

Illinois College

Prophet, Pastor, and Patriarch: The Rhetorical Leadership of Alexander Campbell

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Dissertation of the Year

Jin Kyu Park

"Media, Religion, and Culture in Contemporary Korea: Production and Reception of Religious Symbolism in a Daily TV Serial"

Ph.D., University of Colorado-Boulder

Dissertation Director: Pending

 

Article of the Year

Ned O'Gorman, Ph.D.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne

Telling the Truth: Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Rhetorical Discourse Ethic. Journal of Communication and Religion, 28.2, 224-248 (2005). [Full Text.pdf]

 

Student Paper of the Year

Ms. Penelope Helen Sheets

University of Washington

"Presidential Religious Speech: An historical and legal context for the use of religious language in State of the Union addresses" 

 

Scholar of the Year

Martin J. Medhurst, Ph.D.

Baylor University


2005 RCA Awards

Book of the Year

Stephen Webb. The Divine Voice: Christian Proclamation and the Theology of Sound. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2004.

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Article of the Year: Thomas Lessl. The Mythological Conditioning of Scientific naturalism. Journal of Communication and Religion, Vol 28, 2005. [Full Text.pdf]

Dissertation of the Year:

Kristin Emery Saldine

"Preaching God Visible: Geo-Rhetoric and the Theological appropriation of Landscape Imagery in the Sermons of Jonathan Edwards."

Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary

Dissertation Director: Pending

 

Student Paper Award: (Tie)

  • Monika Alston, University of Maryland, "Exploring the Rhetorical Form of "Testifyin" in the Rhetoric of Maria W. Stewart."
  • Benjamin Kruger, Pennsylvania State University, "Strategic Prophecy and the Rhetoric of Arab Pan-Nationalism: The Case of Saddam Hussein's September 5, 1990 Call for Jihad.

Scholar of the Year

Ronald C. Arnett, Ph.D.

Duquesne University


2004 RCA Awards

Book of the Year:  Quentin Schultze, Christianity and the Mass Media in America: Towards a Democratic Accommodation. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2003.

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Article of the Year: David A. Frank. The Jewish countermodel: Talmudic argumentation, the new rhetorical project, and the classical tradition of rhetoric. Journal of Communication and Religion, Vol 26 (2003), pp. 163‑194.  Dfrank@uoregon.edu [Full Text.pdf]

 

Dissertation of the Year:

Thomas J. Carmody.

"Arise and Stand Forth": A Fantasy Theme Analysis of American Clergy and Their Calls for Social Action in the Nineteenth Century Anti‑dueling Movement, 1804‑1856."

Ph.D., Regent University

Dissertation Director: Pending

 

Student Paper of the Year:

Samuel McCormick, University of Iowa, "On Awakening the Numinous in Others."

 

Scholar of the Year

Quentin Schultze, Ph.D.

Calvin College


2003 RCA Awards

Book of the Year: Robin Riley of the University of Cincinnati, Faith, Film, and Cultural Conflict: The Case of Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ (Praeger Publications, 2003).

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Article of the Year: Nancy Eckstein (Wheaton College) and Paul Turman (University of Northern Iowa), "Children Are To Be Seen And Not Heard: Silencing Students Religious Voices In the University Classroom," The Journal of Communication and Religion 25 (2003), 166-192. [Full Text.pdf]

 

Dissertation of the Year:

Kevin D. Miller

"Religious Identity and Discourse of the Other: A Narrative Analysis of the Subordinate Role of the Jew in the Apocalyptic Texts of Two Christian Groups"

Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Dissertation Director: Pending

 

Lifetime Achievement Award: In recognition of his many scholarly and pedagogical contributions to the study of religious communication and to the field of communication more broadly, RCA's scholarship award was given to Em Griffin of Wheaton College.