Outstanding Dissertation or Thesis Award

The AFA Outstanding Dissertation or Thesis Award recognizes the best dissertation or thesis in the theory and practice of argumentation and forensics completed in the previous calendar year.  The candidate must be a member of AFA.  To nominate a thesis or dissertation, a letter of nomination detailing the significance of the dissertation or thesis (usually from the project advisor), a copy of the table of contents, and a representative chapter of the completed study.  Electronic submissions are preferred

Send nominations and submissions for the 2012 awards to:

Jim Dimock
Minnesota State University, Mankato


Kittie E. Grace - Hastings College - Contesting Sphere Boundaries Online: Private/Technical/Public Discourses in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Discussion Groups
2010 Chad Kuyper - Florida State College at Jacksonville- Inroads to Outrounds: An intercultural study

Crystal Lane Swift, "This House Would Ethically Engage a Critical Examination of Competition and Coach Leadership in NPDA Debate." Advisor: Andrew King


Doyle Srader, "The Nuremberg doctors' trial: Framing collective memory through argument." Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Georgia, 2003. Advisor: Ed Panetta.

2006 No award given

James P. Dimock, "The Place of Parliamentary Debate in a Pedagogy of Argumentation," MFA Thesis, Department of Speech Communication, Minnesota State University-Mankato