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2017 RCA Scholarship Awards

Book of the Year: Craig Maier, Communicating Catholicism: Rhetoric, Ecclesial Leadership, and the Future of the American Roman Catholic Diocese (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2016)
Dissertation of the Year: Joshua Hill, Duquesne University, The Return of Participatory Scriptural Hermeneutics in Evangelicalism: An Augustinian Philosophy of Communication (Director: Janie Harden Fritz)
Article of the Year: Kevin Coe and Christopher Chapp, "Religious Rhetoric Meets the Target Audience: Narrowcasting Faith in Presidential Elections," Communication Monographs, 84, 110-127
Student Paper of the Year: Dorji Wangchuk, University of Macau, "Buddhism and Its Influence on Communication in Bhutan: Search for the Middle Path in the Age of the Social Media"
Scholar of the Year: Heidi Campbell, Texas A & M University


2016 RCA Scholarship Awards

Book of the Year: Terry Lindvall, God Mocks: A History of Religious Satire from the Hebrew Prophets to Stephen Colbert (New York University Press, 2015).
Dissertation of the Year: Mark Paustian, Martin Luther College, The Beauty of the Veil: Validating the Strategies of Kierkegaardian Indirect Communication through a Close Christological Reading of the Hebrew Old Testament.
Article of the Year: Scott Stroud, "Pragmatism and the Pursuit of Social Justice in India: Bhimrao Ambedkar and the Rhetoric of Religious Reorientation," Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 46, 5-27.

Student Paper of the Year: No award given

Scholar of the Year: Tony Campolo, Eastern University


2015 RCA Scholarship Awards
Book of the Year: Michael John DePalma and Jeffrey M. Ringer (Eds.), Mapping Christian Rhetorics: Connecting Conversations, Charting New Territories (Routledge, 2015)
Dissertation of the Year: Sunny Lie, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Beholders of the Truth, Predestined to Be Saved: The Communication of Chinese Indonesian Reformed Evangelical Christian (CIREC) Identity (Director: Donal Carbaugh)

Article of the Year: John B. Hatch, "Incongruity, Irony, and Maturity in Contemporary Worship Music: An Extended Burkean Analysis of A Collision,Journal of Communication and Religion, 37, 68-101.

Student Paper of the Year: No award given
Scholar of the Year: E. James Baesler, Old Dominion University


2014 RCA Scholarship Awards

Book of the Year: Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary, Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks (Eerdmans, 2014)
Dissertation of the Year: Joel Ward, Bethel University, Authority and Personality in M.M. Bakhtin’s "Author and Hero in Aesthetic Activity" (Director: Calvin Troup)
Article of the Year: Mark Ward Sr, University of Houston-Victoria, "Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Evangelical Culture as Radio Ecology," Journal of Radio and Audio Media, 21, 115-133
Student Paper of the Year: Mark Nagle, Indiana University, Visualizing Darwin: Iconic Portraiture and an Evangelical Optic
Scholar of the Year: Thomas Lessl, University of Georgia

2013 RCA Scholarship 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)
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 (Director: 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," Journal of Communication and 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 Scholarship Awards
Book of the Year: Thomas M. Lessl, University of Georgia, Rhetorical Darwinism (Baylor University Press, 2012)
Dissertation of the Year: Elizabeth Molina-Markham, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Listening Faithfully with Friends: An Ethnography of Quaker Communication Practices (Director: Donal Carbaugh)
Article of the Year: Jon P. Radwan, Seton Hall University, "Contact Rhetoric: Bodies and Love in Deus Caritas Est," Rhetoric & Public Affairs 15, 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 Scholarship Awards
Book of the Year:
Kristy Maddux, University of Maryland, The Faithful Citizen: Popular Christian Media and Gendered Civic Identities (Baylor University Press, 2010)
Dissertation of the Year: Jason R. Moyer, University of Iowa, Not Just Civil Religion: Theology in the Cases of Woodrow Wilson, John Kennedy, and Barack Obama
Article of the Year: Andre E. Johnson, Memphis Theological Seminary, "The Prophetic Persona of James Cone and the Rhetorical Theology of Black Theology," Black Theology, 8, 266-285
Student Paper of the Year: 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, University of Georgia

 

2010 RCA Scholarship Awards
Book of the Year:
Michael P. Graves, Liberty University, Preaching the Inward Light: Early Quaker Rhetoric (Baylor University Press, 2009)

Dissertation of the Year: Walter Thomas Viner, University of Memphis, Logic of the Heart: Alexander Campbell's Rhetoric and Hermeneutics on Christian Identity, Slavery, and Church Organization (Director: 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, 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: Richard J. Mouw, Fuller Theological Seminary


2009 RCA Scholarship Awards
Book of the Year:
Paul Marshall, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute; Lela Gilbert, Hudson Institute; and Roberta Green Ahmanson, Journalist, Blind Spot: When Journalists Don't Get Religion (Oxford University Press, 2009)
Dissertation of the Year: Brian T. Kaylor, University of Missouri-Columbia, I'm a Believer: Presidential Campaign Rhetoric in an Age of Confessional Politics (Director: Mitchell S. McKinney)
Article of the Year: James M. Farrell, University of New Hampshire, "The Rhetoric(s) of St. Augustine's Confessions," Augustinian Studies, 39, 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, McGill University


2008 RCA Scholarship Awards
Book of the Year:
Terry Lindvall, Virginia Wesleyan College, Sanctuary Cinema: Origins of the Christian Film Industry (New York University Press, 2007)
Dissertation of the Year: Craig Maier, Duquesne University, Seizing the Catholic Moment: Kairos and the Rhetoric of Diocesan Administration
Article of the Year: Michael P. Graves, Liberty University, "Travelers Here in this Vale of Tears: William Penn Preaches a Funeral Sermon," Quaker Studies, 12, 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

Scholar of the Year: No award given


2007 RCA Scholarship Awards
Book of the Year:
Mark Allan Steiner, Christopher Newport University, The Rhetoric of Operation Rescue: Projecting the Christian Pro-Life Message (Blooomsbury Academic, 2006)
Dissertation of the Year: Christine Gardner, Wheaton College, Choosing to Wait: Rhetorical Agency as Persuasion in the Evangelical Sexual Abstinence Movement in the United States and Africa
Article of the Year: Richard Hardin, University of Kansas, "Apocalypse Then: Tamburlaine and the Pleasures of Religious Fear," Baylor Journal of Theatre and Performance, 3, 31-42.
Student Paper of the Year: Katie Rush, University of Georgia, The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its Quest For Unity
Scholar of the Year: Michael Casey, Pepperdine University


2006 RCA Scholarship Awards
Book of the Year:
Peter A. Verkruyse, Illinois College, Prophet, Pastor, and Patriarch: The Rhetorical Leadership of Alexander Campbell (University of Alabama Press, 2005)
Dissertation of the Year: Jin Kyu Park, University of Colorado-Boulder, Media, Religion, and Culture in Contemporary Korea: Production and Reception of Religious Symbolism in a Daily TV Serial
Article of the Year: Ned O'Gorman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, "Telling the Truth: Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Rhetorical Discourse Ethic," Journal of Communication and Religion, 28, 224-248

Student Paper of the Year: 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, Baylor University


2005 RCA Scholarship Awards
Book of the Year:
Stephen Webb, Wabash College, The Divine Voice: Christian Proclamation and the Theology of Sound (Brazos Press, 2004)
Article of the Year: Thomas Lessl, "The Mythological Conditioning of Scientific Naturalism," Journal of Communication and Religion, 28, 23-46

Dissertation of the Year: Kristin Emery Saldine, Princeton Theological Seminary, Preaching God Visible: Geo-Rhetoric and the Theological appropriation of Landscape Imagery in the Sermons of Jonathan Edwards
Student Paper of the Year (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, Duquesne University


2004 RCA Scholarship Awards
Book of the Year:
Quentin Schultze, Calvin College, Christianity and the Mass Media in America: Towards a Democratic Accommodation (Michigan State University Press, 2003)
Article of the Year: David A. Frank, University of Oregon, "The Jewish Countermodel: Talmudic Argumentation, the New Rhetorical Project, and the Classical Tradition of Rhetoric," Journal of Communication and Religion, 26, 163‑194

Dissertation of the Year: Thomas J. Carmody, Regent University, "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
Student Paper of the Year: Samuel McCormick, University of Iowa, On Awakening the Numinous in Others  
Scholar of the Year: Quentin Schultze, Calvin College


2003 RCA Awards
Book of the Year:
Robin Riley, University of Cincinnati, Faith, Film, and Cultural Conflict: The Case of Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ (Praeger, 2003)
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," Journal of Communication and Religion, 25,
166-192
Dissertation of the Year: Kevin D. Miller, University of Kentucky, 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
Lifetime Achievement Award: Em Griffin, Wheaton College