Christine L. Oravec Research Award in Environmental Communication

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Call for nominations
September 30, 2011

Dear Members of the Environmental Communication Community:
The Environmental Communication Division of the National Communication Association invites nominations for its annual Christine L. Oravec Research Award in Environmental Communication. The award is named in recognition of Professor Oravec's outstanding scholarship and passionate commitment to understanding the relationship between communication and the environment. Her essay on John Muir and the Hetch Hetchy controversy, published in 1984 in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, marks for many the beginning of the environmental communication field.
Eligibility: Both books and monographs are eligible for the award.  Monographs include peer-reviewed articles in scholarly journals and chapters in edited books that have undergone peer-review. At least one author must be a member of the NCA Environmental Communication Division. Publications appearing between September 1, 2009 and August 31, 2011 are eligible.
Nomination Process:
To nominate an article or book chapter, send a PDF of the monograph, statement of nomination, and author(s) CV electronically to William Kinsella at
To nominate a book, send a statement of nomination and author(s) CV via email to William Kinsella at; in consultation with the selection committee chair, ask the book's publisher to mail three copies of the book as quickly as possible to:
William J. Kinsella
Chair, Oravec Research Award Committee 2011
Department of Communication, Campus Box 8104
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27965-8104
Questions may also be directed to William Kinsella at the above email address.  Self-nominations are welcome. Nominations must be emailed or postmarked by September 30, 2011.
Selection Process: No more than one book and one monograph may be selected for the award each year. An award may be given in one or both of those categories at the discretion of the committee. The Award will be announced formally during the Division's annual business meeting at the NCA Convention in November. Recipients must agree to attend the business meeting to receive their award in person. Nominations will be evaluated on the following criteria:
1. The nomination addresses significant scholarly questions about the relationship between communication and the environment.
2. The nomination demonstrates intellectual rigor appropriate to its mode of inquiry.
3. The nomination is forward-looking in its contributions to the field.
4. The nomination has the potential to influence future research in the field.
5. The nomination is clear and compelling to its intended audiences.