Award for Excellence in Teaching Writing

The Duke University Award for Excellence in Teaching Writing recognizes exceptionally strong teachers of academic writing. The award is made possible by the generosity of the Karen Blumenthal and Scott McCartney Endowment.


Haleema Welji

For most of my Duke students, hard work and effort are integral parts of how they talk about their achievements. In fact, the ideology of meritocracy is so ingrained, I saw it motivating not only what my students expected from the class, but in how they thought about students who were not like them... read more »

Marion Quirici

Is there any such thing as a “normal” brain? Isn’t the intense individuality of each brain what makes it such a fascinating organ? The concept of neurodiversity celebrates the elegant complexity of human minds in all their differences, rejecting the pathologizing notion that there are “right” and “... read more »

Image of Emily L Parks

The emerging field of neurolaw explores how discoveries in brain science affect our justice system. Can brain scans detect a lying defendant, or even further, a “criminal mind?” Do we have free will, or can we blame the brain for our moral shortcomings? Questions like these - at the intersection of... read more »

Miranda Welsh

In our sections of Writing 101: The Ecology of Disease, we work collaboratively to understand and address a contemporary threat to global health: emerging infectious diseases (EIDs). EIDs are diseases that are new to a population or have recently become more common, relative to historic levels.... read more »

Matthew Whitt

My Writing 101 course, “Land of the Free,” introduces students to academic writing and reflective civic engagement by asking them to examine the values that infuse public discourse (such as liberty, equality, and human dignity) in relation to the punitive practices of the U.S. criminal justice... read more »

Jennifer Ansley

Queer Theory is a field of study that questions the meanings and values that we attach to different sexual and gender categories. Queer theorists are also interested in how queer subjects—those who are non-heterosexual, trans*, and/or gender non-conforming—make “space” for different ways of living... read more »

James Berkey

Coming of age in a country that has been involved in several military conflicts during much of their lifetimes, our students live in wartime, but often experience war at a distance and through a rapidly changing media environment. I designed my Writing 101 class, “Writing War: What Is It Good For... read more »

Lindsey Smith

The central questions that guided our inquiry in Monkey Mindreading: Exploring Primate Psychology were: What kinds of cognitive abilities do primates have? How can scientists assess them?, and What do differences or similarities in cognition across various animals mean evolutionarily? To lay the... read more »

Ami V Shah

As someone whose work consists of traveling abroad, conducting interviews, and observing different types of social practices and interactions, I wanted to design a course which allowed students to engage in international issues and conduct their own research, but without having to leave campus. I... read more »

My fall 2010 course, entitled “Sounds of the Field: Writing About Sound and Sport” is an experiment in working together with students on a new area of research—the sounds of mass sport in North America—that constitutes a critique of my discipline, ethnomusicology, and its focus on the exotic and... read more »