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Moscow Prize for Excellence in Teaching Composition

Posted: 1/25/2012 7:32:09 AM

It is a pleasure and a privilege for me to announce the three recipients of this year’s David and Linda Moscow Prize for Excellence in Teaching Composition:


Steve Engel

Joe Horton

Jessica Young


The four of us on the prize selection committee had to make some extraordinarily difficult decisions again this year, given the pool of highly qualified and talented instructors in the English Department Writing Program who were nominated. I would like to take this moment to congratulate all the instructors who were nominated. It is truly inspiring—and humbling—to get to read the letters from all of these instructors’ students and colleagues. And I think that all of us on the committee found ourselves thinking at various points, “I'm going to steal that idea for my own teaching!” as we read about the highly effective, thoughtful, innovative activities and assignments that all of these instructors employ in their classes.  The three instructors who were selected this year are remarkable for the energy, passion, insight, pedagogical skill and creativity, and commitment they bring to the teaching of writing.


Please join me and the rest of the committee in congratulating these accomplished instructors and celebrating their achievements. And I would like to thank David and Linda Moscow for their ongoing generosity to the Writing Program, which makes this wonderful prize possible.


Anne Curzan

Associate Professor & Arthur F. Thurnau Professor

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