Congratulations to the 2012 Winner of the LLRC Master's Research Award

Congratulations to Melanie Pothier, the recipient of the 2012 LLRC Master’s Thesis Award. Melanie’s study entitled, LINCing literacies: Literacy practices among Somali refugee women in the LINC program, was supervised by Alister Cumming. The topic of her thesis was inspired by her work with literacy learners in the LINC program over the previous years. Many of these learners were from the Somali community and Melanie hoped that an exploration of their literacy practices would shed light on the nature of literacy and inform practice and policy directed at this population. Melanie’s Master’s Degree in Second Language Education was conferred at OISE-University of Toronto.

Since completing her thesis, Melanie has been involved in the LINC for Youth Photography and Video project at Mohawk College in addition to teaching TESL courses at McMaster University. Melanie embarked on her PhD studies at York in the fall of 2012 where she hopes to focus on multiliteracies among newcomer youth.

Congratulations as well to Jacqueline Filipek (University of Alberta), Sonya Milly (University of Ottawa), and Leah K. Moreau (University of Victoria) who were also shortlisted for the award for the following submissions:

Filipek, J.(2010).An Ethnographic Case Study of the Literacy Events and Literacy Practices of One Family with a Child with a Learning Disability

Milly, S.(2010). The eLiterate revolution: From Orality to New Media – Literacy as Communication Technology
Moreau, L.(2011). Who’s Really Struggling?: Middle School Teachers’ Perceptions of Struggling Readers

A very special thank you goes to the 2012 adjudication panel: Dr. Lynne Wiltse; Dr. Lyndsay Moffatt; and Dr. Monica Waterhouse for their expertise in reviewing the manuscripts.  Their support of new researchers in the area of Language and Literacy is appreciated.

LLRC Master's Research Award

Application Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2013


LLRC Master’s Award

The recipient of the award will receive a maximum of $500 to be used towards their attendance at the 2013 CSSE Conference in Victoria, British Columbia. An announcement of the Award Winner and the two finalists will appear in the CACS/ACEC Newsletter.

Submission Requirements

The award is offered for a thesis or scholarly project completed and accepted in the two calendar years prior to the date of submission (2011). Submissions should be made electronically. Individuals are asked to submit the following:

  • a covering letter with name, university and department or faculty, supervisor, date of defense or completion;
  • an attached summary of 1000 - 1500 words. This summary must be ready to be sent out for blind review (e.g., it must have all identifying information about the author, university, and supervisor removed from the document). The summary should state the title and discuss the problem(s) /question(s) addressed in the study, a brief review of the major literature, the design methodology, the major conclusions, and a statement of significance. A submission may be disqualified if an abstract exceeds the 1500 word maximum.


Language and literacy education includes: literacy for all ages; issues related to censorship; language arts teaching and learning; language/ reading / writing across the curriculum; listening; literacy curriculum; literacy education; literacy foundations; literature selection; literature teaching; oracy practices; oracy processes; reader response; reading; reading practices; reading processes; response processes; second language teaching and learning; writing; writing practices; writing processes; literacy and cultural studies; multi-media literacy; multimodal literacy; literacy and technology.

Selection Process and Criteria

Three finalists will be invited to submit an electronic copy of their theses/projects for review. Finalists are responsible for forwarding the copy to the Awards Chair within 7 business days of receipt of notice. Submission should be sent electronically. The major criteria are excellence in research, creative and thoughtful representation of data and significance of the work for language and literacy education. All modes of inquiry and research are invited as are all modes of reporting. The submission will be examined for significance, substance, and distinctiveness by a panel of three experienced and active researchers in language education who are members of LLRC/CCAL.


Applicants will be notified well in advance of the CSSE conference at which the award will be presented.

The Co-ordinators of a committee of faculty adjudicators of this award are Wendy Crocker (UWO) and Xiaoxiao Du (Western).

Please direct applications and/or inquiries to Co-Chairs of the 2013 Award:

Dr. Lynne Wiltsie
Associate Professor, Faculty of Education
University of Alberta

Wendy A. Crocker
PhD Candidate, Faculty of Education
Western University