UWP Director Carl Whithaus receives national award
At the May 2012 Computers and Writing Conference, UWP Director Carl Whithaus received the Charles Moran Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field in recognition of his exemplary scholarship and professional service to the field of computers and writing.
The award, given by the journal Computers and Composition, celebrates the first 20 years of the journal (1983-2003). Charles Moran, for whom the award is named, not only contributed over 30 publications--books, articles, chapters--to the profession but also supported the growth of the journal and field in multiple ways as a valued member of the Computers and Composition Editorial Board. Upon presenting the award to Whithaus, the committee praised "Carl's outstanding work as Chair of the National Writing Project’s Multimodal Assessment Committee and his extensive scholarship in assessment, writing in the disciplines, and digital writing research, including his forthcoming collection, Multimodal Literacy and Emerging Genres.” They included in their praise his previous books, Teaching and Evaluating Writing in the Age of Computers and High-Stakes Testing and Writing Across Distances & Disciplines: Research and Pedagogy in Distributed Learning.
The award committee said that “Carl has done more than most to push our field into a better multimodal mindset, and his life work evidences a deep commitment to the field of computers and writing,” and commended him as one of the “hardest working composition researchers and best practitioners.”