The NCA Caucus on LGBTQ Concerns and the GLBTQ Communication Studies Division

The NCA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Communication Studies Division and Caucus on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Concerns are pleased to announce annual awards for scholarship pertaining to the study of GLBTQ communication.

We are interested in recognizing scholarship that: 1) advances our field’s understanding of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer communication studies; 2) makes a significant contribution to contemporary scholarship on GLBTQ populations and/or identities; and 3) demonstrates intellectual rigor and mastery of the work’s chosen literature field and methodology. Each award will be evaluated by a panel of three GLBTQ scholars, comprised of the current chairs of the Division and the Caucus and one former winner of the award, appointed by the executive committee of the GLBTQ Division. Guidelines for nomination and submission for each award are outlined below.

Book of the Year Award
The Book of the Year Award recognizes one outstanding scholarly book advancing GLBTQ communication studies. To qualify for the award, the book must have been published in the last two calendar years (2014-2016). Nominations by NCA members as well as self-nominations will be accepted. To apply for this award, please send a packet with the following items to the awards committee chair:
1) A letter of nomination detailing the merit of the book to be considered for the award. This should also provide publication information including the date of release and publishing press.
2) Three copies of the book for consideration. Hard copies and electronic copies/submissions will be accepted
3) One letter of support from a scholar in the field of communication speaking on the intellectual and academic merit of the book as it relates to GLBTQ communication scholarship.

Monograph of the Year Award
The Monograph of the Year Award recognizes up to three outstanding monographs/scholarly articles advancing GLBTQ communication scholarship. To qualify for the award, the essay must have been published in the last two calendar years (2014-2016). Nominations by NCA members as well as self-nominations will be accepted.
To apply for this award, please send a packet with the following items to the awards committee chair:
1) A letter of nomination detailing the merit of the essay to be considered for the award. This should also provide publication information including the date of release and publishing press.
2) A single copy of the work as a PDF.
3) One letter of support from a scholar in the field of communication speaking on the intellectual and academic merit of the book as it relates to GLBTQ communication scholarship.

Dissertation of the Year Award
The Dissertation of the Year Award recognizes one outstanding dissertation advancing GLBTQ communication scholarship. To qualify for the award, the dissertation must have been approved and filed within the last two calendar years (2014-2016). Only self-nominations will be accepted.
To apply for this award, please send a packet with the following items to the awards committee chair:
1) A letter of nomination detailing the merit of the dissertation to be considered for the award. This should also provide publication information including the defense and filing dates.
2) One full copy of the dissertation, as well as three copies of the chapter most representative of the claims outlined in the letter of nomination as a PDF.
3) One letter of support from a scholar in the field of communication speaking on the intellectual and academic merit of the dissertation as it relates to GLBTQ communication scholarship.

Application materials for all awards should be compiled into one PDF, or sent as PDF attachments in one email, and submitted electronically to hobsonkd@jmu.edu, except for submissions of hard copy books, which should be submitted to Kathryn Hobson, School of Communication Studies, James Madison University MSC 2106, 54 Bluestone Drive, Harrison Hall 1257, Harrisonburg, VA 22807, by Friday, July 8th. Please indicate the name of the award in the subject line of the email. Please email Kathryn if you have questions.

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