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Awards for Composition and TESOL

Awards at the Three Chapter Stage

Award 1: Promising Future Research in Composition Award

Award 2: Promising Future Research in TESOL Award

Award 3: Promising Future Interdisciplinary Research in Literacy Award

These awards are given to students who have successfully completed the Three Chapter stage of their doctoral work. One award in each category is given to one student each academic year. Once a student has successfully completed the Three Chapter defense, he or she may apply to one of the three categories. A student may submit an abstract for only one award. The category of the award is selected by the student when applying and not the evaluating committee. A committee of three C&T faculty members will consider the proposal in each category and provide a ranking of the abstracts. The abstract with the highest collective ranking in each category will receive the award. The awarded abstracts with student names will be publicly displayed in Leonard Hall and on the web.

To apply:

Doctoral students may apply for this award by submitting a two- to three-page abstract (context, research aims and questions, method, and significance) of the research project to the C&T director; include a cover sheet containing the name of the award category, full contact information, and dissertation committee members. Applications must be received by the C&T director by April 1.

Awards at the Dissertation Completion Stage

Award 4: The Ninacs Innovative Researcher in Composition Award ($250)

Award 5: Innovative Researcher in TESOL Award

Award 6: Exemplary Interdisciplinary Research in Literacy Award

These awards are given to students once they have successfully defended their dissertation. One award in each category is given to one student each academic year. Once a student has successfully completed the defense of their dissertation, he or she may apply to one of the three categories. A student may submit the abstract for only one award. The category of the award is selected by the student when applying and not by the evaluating committee. A committee of three C&T faculty members will consider the proposal in each category and provide a ranking of the abstracts. The abstract with the highest collective ranking in each category will receive the award. Acceptance of the award may involve the presentation of a professional lecture of at a special ceremony that recognizes the achievement of the student researcher and is open to the entire campus.

To apply:

Doctoral students may apply for this award by submitting a three-page abstract of the dissertation research (context, research aims and questions, method, findings, and significance) to the C&T director. Include a cover sheet containing the title of the award category, full contact information, and dissertation committee members. Applications must be received by the C&T director by April 1.

Awards for Exemplary Teaching of Literacy and Language

Award 7a: Exemplary Teaching of Literacy and Language Award

Award 7b: Exemplary Teaching of Literacy and Language Award

Two literacy and language teaching awards recognize quality teaching in the area of literacy and language teaching. The award is intended for students who are actively teaching in the Composition and TESOL Program as teaching associates and who have been evaluated by mentors in the C&T mentoring program. Teaching associate mentors will nominate students and, in conjunction with the awards committee, select two winners. The awards will then be announced publicly. There is no application. Faculty will make this award in the Spring or Summer. The nominated C&T teaching associate will have:

  • well-developed and pedagogically sound materials that appeal to students' interests
  • a teaching style that appeals to multiple learning styles
  • teaching practices generate multiple types of participation
  • engaging presentation and response styles
  • students who were actively engaged throughout the class sessions

Considerations for the award may also be based on improvements seen in these areas during the teaching year.

To Apply:

The Exemplary Teaching awards are by nomination only. Teaching Associate Mentors nominate TAs for these awards based on the quality of the TA's teaching work.

Award for Professional Development

Award 8: Professional Accomplishments in Research Award

The award is intended for students who are actively publishing research in professional journals and presenting research at national and international conferences. A committee of three faculty members will rank the quality of the students’ published work. The student with the highest ranking will receive the award. Acceptance of the award may involve making a presentation at an awards ceremony. A sample of the student’s work will be publicly displayed in Leonard Hall.

To apply:

Master’s and doctoral students may apply for this award by presenting a vita and a copy of the publication(s) for which they wish to be recognized. Include a cover sheet containing the title of the award category and full contact information. Applications must be received by the C&T director by April 1.

Awards for Outstanding Students

Award 9: Gebhard Family M.A. TESOL Program Award for Creative Excellence ($500)

This award, established by Dr. Jerry Gebhard, is given to a current M.A. in TESOL student who consistentlys show creative excellence. During the Spring semester, the C&T faculty will nominate and a committee will select the recipient.

Award 10: Patrick M. Hartwell Memorial Scholarship ($500)

This award, established in memory of Dr. Hartwell, is given to a doctoral student specializing in Composition Studies who demonstrates academic success and potential for research in Composition Studies. The criteria are as follows:

  • Must be a graduate student majoring in Composition Studies in the TESOL/Composition Program, Department of English at IUP
  • Must be in good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrate a promise for continued academic success
  • Must demonstrate interest in and potential for research in Composition Studies

To Apply:

The Exemplary Teaching awards are by nomination only. Teaching Associate Mentors nominate TAs for these awards based on the quality of the TA's teaching work.

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