Dr. Risa Applegarth receives Junior Research Excellence Award

Posted on April 03, 2019

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Associate Professor Risa Applegarth receives the Junior Research Excellence Award for her scholarship in rhetoric.

In addition to her faculty position in the Department of English, Dr. Applegarth is a cross-appointed faculty member of the Women and Gender Studies program. Her research and teaching interests include rhetorical history and theory, genre theory, women’s rhetoric, and scientific and professional discourse.

She is known for both her scholarly and teaching accomplishments. Her first book, “Rhetoric in American Anthropology: Gender, Genre, and Science,” received the Conference on College Composition and Communication’s Outstanding Book Award in 2016. In the same year, she received UNCG’s Mary Settle Sharp Award for Teaching Excellence and the College of Arts and Sciences Senior Teaching Award.

Other recognitions include the Article of the Year Award from the Association for the Rhetoric of Science and Technology in 2013 and the Marc Friedlaender Faculty Excellence Award in 2012.

Be on the lookout for an interview with our Junior Research Excellence Award winner in the Spring 2020 UNCG Research Magazine. 


The campus-wide Research Excellence recognition program was established in 1988 on the principle that creating and diffusing knowledge is a formal obligation of the University. Work by awardees contributes in an exemplary fashion to this end. Each year, a scholar at the rank of professor receives the Senior Research Excellence Award and a cash honorarium of $7,500, while a scholar at the rank of assistant or associate professor receives the Junior Research Excellence Award and $4,500.

Awardees are selected based on the importance of their contributions to the field, the originality of their work, the execution of their research, the pattern of their research productivity, and the academic reputation of the journals, publishing houses, exhibitions, and professional presentations in which their work has appeared.

Read more about the UNCG Research Excellence Award here.
For a list of prior recipients, click here.

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