Daniel Rohrer Memorial Outstanding Research Award

Daniel Morgan Rohrer was Director of Forensics at Boston College from 1970 to 1982. His work with Alan J. Lichtman shaped intercollegiate debate in important ways in the 1980s and 1990s. He died an untimely death in June 1982 at the age of 40.

Each year the American Forensic Association recognizes the outstanding monograph in the research concerns of the Association with the Dan Rohrer Memorial Award. Below are the winners of that award:

2011- 

Dale Hample -University of Maryland- The Aggressiveness of Playful Arguments
2010 J. David Cisneros - Northeastern Unviersity - Latino/as Party Politics
2009  
2008  
2007 Gordon R. Mitchell (University of Pittsburgh), "Team B Intelligence Coups," Quarterly Journal of Speech, 92 (May 2006): 144-173.
2006

Angela G. Ray (Northwestern University), The Lyceum and Public Culture in the Nineteenth-Century United States. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2005.

William O. Dailey, Edward A. Hinck, and Shelly S. Hinck (all of Central Michigan University), "Audience Perceptions of Politeness and Advocacy Skills in the 2000 and 2004 Presidential Debates," Argumentation and Advocacy 41 (Spring 2005): 196-210.

2005 William O. Dailey, Edward A. Hinck, and Shelly S. Hinck. "Audience Perceptions of Politeness and Advocacy Skills in the 2000 and 2004 Presidential Debates ," Argumentation and Advocacy 41 (Spring 2005): 196-210.
2004 Kathryn M. Olson and G. Thomas Goodnight. "Ingenium -- Speaking in Community: The Case of the Prince William County Zoning Hearings on Disney's America," in New Approaches to Rhetoric, ed. Patricia A. Sullivan and Steven R. Goldzwig (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2004) 31-59.
2003 William Benoit, Glenn Hansen, and Rebecca Verser. "A Meta-Analysis of the Effects of Viewing the U. S. Presidential Debates." Communication Monographs 70 (December 2003): 335-50.
2002 Shane Miller. "Conspiracy Theories: Public Argument as Coded Social Critiques. A Rhetorical Analysis of the TWA Flight 800 Conspiracy Theories." Argumentation and Advocacy 39 (Summer 2002): 40-56.
2001 Catherine Palczewski. "Contesting Pornography: Terministic Catharsis and Definitional Argument" Argumentation and Advocacy, 38 (Summer 2001): 1-17.
2000 Robert Asen. "Seeking the Counter in Counterpublics," Communication Theory , 4 (November 2000): 424-46.
1999 David M. Cheshier and Cory E. Dauber. "The Place and Power of Civic Space: Reading Globalization and Social Geography Through the Lens of Civilization Conflict," Security Studies, 8.2 (1999): 35-70.
1998 Ronald Walter Green. "The Aesthetic Turn and the Rhetorical Perspective on Argumentation." Argumentation and Advocacy 35(Summer 1998): 19-29.
1997 Randall Lake
1996 C. Thomas Preston
1995 Patricia Riley, James F. Klumpp, and Thomas Hollihan, "Democratizing the Lifeworld of the 21st Century: Evaluating New Democratic Sites for Argument," Argumentation and Values: Proceedings of the Ninth SCA/AFA Conference on Argumentation. Jackson, Sally, ed. (Annandale VA: Speech Communication Association, 1995). 254-60.
1994

Robert James Branham. "Debate and Dissent in Late Tokugawa and Meiji Japan." Argumentation and Advocacy 30 (1994): 131-149.

John M. Murphy. "Presence, Analogy, and Earth in the Balance." Argumentation and Advocacy 31 (1994): 1-16

1993

Star A. Muir. "A Defense of the Ethics of Contemporary Debate." Philosophy and Rhetoric 26 (1993): 277-95.

Frans H. Van Eemeren, Rob Grootendorst, Sally Jackson, and Scott Jacobs. Reconstructing Argumentative Discourse. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1993.

1990

William J. Benoit, and Pamela J. Benoit. "Aggravated and Mitigated Opening Utterances." Argumentation 4 (1990): 171-84.

Dale Hample and Judith M. Dallinger. "Arguers as Editors." Argumentation 4 (1990): 153-70.

Bill Hill, and Richard W. Leeman. "On Not Using Intrinsic Justification in Debate." Argumentation and Advocacy 26 (1990): 133-44.

Murphy, Thomas L. "Assessing the Jurisdictional Model of Topicality." Argumentation and Advocacy 26 (1990): 145-150.

1989

Charles Arthur Willard. A Theory of Argumentation. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1989.

Dominic A. Infante, Teresa A. Chandler,, and Jill E.Rudd. "Test of an Argumentative Skill Deficiency Model of Interspousal Violence." Communication Monographs 56 (1989): 163-77.

1988

Alan G. Gross, "On the Shoulders of Giants: Seventeenth-Century Optics as an Argument Field." Quarterly Journal of Speech 74 (1988): 1-17.

Frans H. van Eemeren and Rob Grootendorst, "Rationale for a Pragma-Dialectical Perspective," Argumentation 2 (1988): 271-91.

1987

Thomas A. Hollihan, Kevin Baaske, and Patricia Riley, "Debaters as Storytellers: The Narrative Perspective in Academic Debate," Journal of the American Forensic Association 23 (1987): 184-93.

Robert C. Rowland, "On Defining Argument," Philosophy and Rhetoric 20 (1987): 140-59.

1986 DaleHample. "Logic, Conscious and Unconscious." Western Journal of Speech Communication 50 (1986): 24-40.
1985

Wayne Brockriede. "Constructs, Experience, and Argument." Quarterly Journal of Speech 71 (1985): 151-63.

Kneupper, Charles W. "Rhetoric, Public Knowledge and Ideological Argumentation." Journal of the American Forensic Association 21 (1985): 183-195.

1984 Walter R.Fisher. "Narration as a Human Communication Paradigm: The Case of Public Moral Argument." Communication Monographs 51 (1984): 1-22.
1983

V. William Balthrop. "The Debate Judge as 'Critic of Argument': Toward a Transcendent Perspective." Journal of the American Forensic Association 20 (1983): 1-15.

John R. Lyne. "Ways of Going Public: The Projection of Expertise in the Sociobiology Controversy." Argument in Transition: Proceedings of the Third SCA/AFA Conference on Argumentation.

David Zarefsky, Malcolm O. Sillars, and Jack Rhodes, eds. Annandale VA: SCA, 1983. 400-15.

1980

V. William Balthrop, "Argument as Linguistic Opportunity: A Search for Form and Function," Proceedings of the Summer Conference on Argumentation, 1979. Rhodes, Jack, and Sara Newell, eds. n.p.: n.p., 1980. 184-213.

Raymie McKerrow, "Argument Communities: A Quest for Distinction," Proceedings of the Summer Conference on Argumentation, 1979. Rhodes, Jack, and Sara Newell, eds. n.p.: n.p., 1980. 214-27.

1977 Daniel J. O’Keefe, "Two Concepts of Argument." Journal of the American Forensic Association 13 (Winter 1977): 121-128.
1974

Wayne Brockriede. "Rhetorical Criticism as Argument." Quarterly Journal of Speech 60 (April 1974): 165-74.

Tom Goodnight, Bill Balthrop, and Donn W. Parson. "The Problem of Inherency: Strategy and Substance." Journal of the American Forensic Association 10 (Spring 1974): 229-40.

1973

Haig Bosmajian. "Freedom of Speech and the Heckler." Western Speech 36 (1972): 218-32.

Herbert W.Simons. "Persuasion in Social Conflicts: A Critique of Prevailing Conceptions and a Framework for Future Research." Speech Monographs 39 (1972): 227-47.

1971

James R. Andrews. "Sacrifice and Identity: The Australian Conscription Debate, 1916." Central States Speech Journal 22 (Summer 1971): 110-17.

Hugh G. Petrie. "Practical Reasoning: Some Examples." Philosophy and Rhetoric 4 (Winter 1971): 29-41.