Daniel Rohrer Memorial Outstanding Research Award

Among the most important activities of the American Forensic Association is recognizing achievement and quality in commitment to argumentation and public advocacy.

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:


Leah Ceccarelli (University of Washington), “l 2011 Manufactured Scientific Controversy Science Rhetoric and Public Debate Rhetoric Public Affairs”


Dale Hample, Bing Han, David Payne.  “The Aggressiveness of Playful Arguments.” Argumentation 24 (2010), 24: 405-421.


J. David Cisneros (University of Georgia), “Latina/os and Party Politics in the California Campaign Against Bilingual Education: A Case Study in Argument from Transcendence.” Argumentation and Advocacy 4.3 (2009), 115-134.


Chad Kuyper(Minnesota State University-Mankato), MFA-Thesis


Gordon R. Mitchell (University of Pittsburgh), “Team B Intelligence Coups,” Quarterly Journal of Speech, 92 (May 2006): 144-173.




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. “Audience Perceptions of Politeness and Advocacy Skills in the 2000 and 2004 Presidential Debates ,” Argumentation and Advocacy 41 (Spring 2005): 196-210.


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.


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.


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.


Catherine Palczewski. “Contesting Pornography: Terministic Catharsis and Definitional Argument” Argumentation and Advocacy, 38 (Summer 2001): 1-17.


Robert Asen. “Seeking the Counter in Counterpublics,” Communication Theory , 4 (November 2000): 424-46.


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.


Ronald Walter Green. “The Aesthetic Turn and the Rhetorical Perspective on Argumentation.” Argumentation and Advocacy 35(Summer 1998): 19-29.


Randall Lake


C. Thomas Preston


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.


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


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.




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.


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.


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.


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.


Dale Hample. “Logic, Conscious and Unconscious.” Western Journal of Speech Communication 50 (1986): 24-40.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.