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Announcing the Society for Disability Studies 2020 Senior Scholar Award

Dr. Brenda Jo Brueggemann is the SDS 2020 Senior Scholar!

The Society for Disability Studies (SDS) recognizes Dr. Brenda Jo Brueggemann as the 2020 SDS Senior Scholar Award recipient. Dr. Brueggemann’s scholarship has positively influenced the field of Disability Studies through intersections with the fields of Rhetoric and Composition and Deaf Studies. Through such significant interconnected contributions to the field, Brueggemann’s work has added to the interdisciplinary nature, reason, and rigor of Disability Studies. Brueggemann’s inspiring publication record reflects this interdisciplinary, groundbreaking impact on the field.

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Through such published work as Lend Me Your Ear: Rhetorical Constructions of Deafness, Brueggemann’s scholarship invites rhetoricians to challenge and resist the normative rhetorical tradition of the “good man speaking well” by modeling theoretical considerations for many scholars in the field, such as Jay Dolmage and Remi Yergeau. In addition, Brueggemann’s interview-driven research has shaped the field and has been used by Disability Studies scholars such as Margaret Price, Amy Vidali, and Stephanie Kershbaum. Brueggemann’s co-edited book Disability Studies: Enabling the Humanities, with Rosemarie Garland-Thomson and Sharon Snyder, foregrounds her wide-ranging leadership in the field. She has also edited significant publications within the field, including her service for two terms (and ongoing) as the the co-editor of Disability Studies Quarterly. Brueggemann’s scholarship includes the following titles:

  • Deaf Subjects: Between Identities and Places. New York UP, 2009.
  • Disability and/in Prose. Co-editor with Marian E. Lupo. Routledge, 2008.
  • Rhetorical Visions: Reading and Writing in a Visual Culture. Co-authored with Wendy Hesford. Prentice-Hall, 2007.
  • Women and Deafness: Double Visions. Co-editor and contributor with Susan Burch. Gallaudet UP, 2006.
  • Literacy and Deaf People: Cultural and Contextual Perspectives. Editor and contributor. Gallaudet UP, 2004.
  • Disability Studies: Enabling the Humanities. Co-editor and contributor with Rosemarie Garland Thomson and Sharon Snyder. MLA Press, 2002.

Dr. Brueggemann’s work has not only been genuinely transformative and groundbreaking at the scholarly nexus of Disability Studies, Deaf Studies, and Rhetoric/Composition, but in the teaching of writing and mentorship of Disability Studies scholars as well. Brueggemann’s teaching and mentorship legacy has brought new scholars into Disability Studies and nurtured emerging rhetoricians and thinkers through individualized and transformative mentorship and teachings inside and outside the classroom. Her students and mentees attest to her positive impact on their personal and professional development through her accessibility as a scholar in the field, writing of letters of recommendations, attention to creating a safe and supportive environment, generosity of time and expertise, and a genuinely kind pedagogical and mentorship approach.

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With the strong interrelationship between the pillars of academic activity—research, teaching, and service—we believe Brueggemann is an excellent recipient of the 2020 Senior Scholar Award. The Society for Disability Studies Board of Directors is extremely excited and happy to make this announcement, and we look forward to featuring Dr. Brueggemann as our 2020 Senior Scholar throughout 2021.

In Solidarity,

Vandana Chaudhry & David I. Hernández-Saca

SDS Awards and Nominations Committee Co-Chairs

 


About the Society for Disability Studies Senior Scholar Award

The Society for Disability Studies Senior Scholar Award honors colleagues who have shaped the field of disability studies. Past awardees include Susan Burch (2019), Joan Ablon (2018), Nirmala Erevelles (2017), Katherine Ott (2016), David Gerber (2015), Devva Kasnitz (2014), Richard K. Scotch (2013), Carol Gill (2012), Tobin Siebers (2011), Rosemarie Garland-Thomson (2010), Elizabeth Depoy and Stephen Gilson (2009), and Steve Taylor (2008). Awards are presented at the SDS conference in the spring following the year of review.

ELIGIBILITY

The SDS Senior Scholar Award is given to an individual with a final degree in the nominee’s relevant field (PhD, EdD, MFA, DOT, DPT, etc.). There are no restrictions on a nominee’s discipline, area of study or geographic location.

Scholars should have a minimum of a decade of experience in the field. Such experience can include published scholarship, creative/artistic production, significant grants/applied research, or other equivalent activities. Films, performances, on-line publications, traditional academic books and articles are all viewed as equally acceptable and deserving of recognition.

Nominees’ scholarship should have made a significant contribution to and/or impact on the field of disability studies.

Nominees must also have demonstrated excellence in and commitment to teaching, mentoring, or other kinds of leadership.

Individuals who are not members of SDS are eligible for the Senior Scholar Award. However, Members of the SDS Board are ineligible for the award during their tenure on the board.

AWARD

The SDS Senior Scholar will receive:

  • An invitation to present to the Society for Disability Studies Membership.
  • Recognition on SDS’s website and at an SDS conference.
  • A certificate of recognition.

TO NOMINATE

Complete nomination packets must submitted in fall following the call from the Awards committee. The following must be submitted for an individual to be considered for the award:

  • A brief letter of nomination. We encourage self-nominations, as well as nominations of other individuals. If you wish to nominate someone other than yourself, please consult with that individual. We will ask that individual to confirm that they are willing to be considered.
  • A minimum of two letters of support from individuals other than the nominee.
  • A copy of the nominee’s full and recent CV.
    Contact information for the nominee.
  • Additional material may be requested (e.g. if the Awards Committee is unable to locate and/or retrieve the nominee’s materials through databases and libraries).

Past awardees include:

    • Susan Burch (2019)
    • Joan Ablon (2018)
    • Nirmala Erevelles (2017)
    • Katherine Ott (2016)
    • David Gerber (2015)
    • Devva Kasnitz (2014)
    • Richard K. Scotch (2013)
    • Carol Gill (2012)
    • Tobin Siebers (2011)
    • Rosemarie Garland-Thomson (2010)
    • Elizabeth Depoy and Stephen Gilson (2009)
    • Steve Taylor (2008)

A special thank you to all the applicants who applied (or nominated someone) for the competition. In addition, to our reviewers who contributed to the nomination process. The SDS Awards would not be possible without your generous feedback. Your support is vital to our success and future.