Norman K. Denzin Qualitative Research Award 2019

The Carl Couch Center issues an annual call for papers to be considered for Norman K. Denzin Qualitative Research Award. The Couch Center welcomes papers that (1) interpret or address Denzin’s theoretical or interpretive approaches, (2) demonstrate creative narrative ethnographies/autoethnographies as advocated by Denzin, (3) apply Denzinian concepts to a communication event, be it social or mediated, etc., (4) synthesize Denzinian ideas with other lines of scholarship, or (5) develop aspects of Dezinian scholarship in new directions, to be considered for Denzin Award.  Papers will be evaluated based on the quality of (1) mastery of Denzinian approaches and concepts, (2) originality, (3) organization, (4) presentation, and (5) advancement of knowledge.

Poetic, narrative, critical, cultural, autoethnographic, and performative texts are welcomed. Both single and co-authored works are accepted.  Works that are published or accepted for publication are not eligible for award consideration. 

Award review committee members are:

  • Dr. Bryant Alexander, Loyola Marymount University
  • Dr. Bob Rinehart, The University of Waikato, New Zealand
  • Dr. Stacy Holman Jones, California State University, Northridge
  • Dr. Marcelo Diversi, Washington State University, Vancouver

Those interested should send a copy of their paper with a 100-word abstract, electronically to Shing-Ling S. Chen at
Paper length is limited to 30 pages plus references. Application deadline is May 1, 2019. Notification of award will be sent out by November 1, 2019. 

Questions and comments about Denzin Award application, please contact:

Shing-Ling S. Chen
Dept. of Communication Studies
Univ. of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614
Tel: (319) 273-6021
E-mail: sarina.chen [at]