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.


Gretchen Case

The Duke University Medical Center (DUMC) and its associated clinics boast a rich and fascinating history, some of which is well documented and plenty of which is not. In my Fall 2009 Writing 101 (20) course, “Oral History and the Stories of Medicine,” my students uncovered and circulated some of... read more »

Amidst one of the most engaging election campaigns in recent history, I offered a Writing 101 (20) course called “Writing About Religion and Politics.” At the outset I told students that my goal was not to help them draft a compelling brief for their favorite candidates. Instead, I asked them to... read more »

Márcia Rego

The Writing 101 (20) classroom at Duke University is a unique and privileged setting for first-year students to become initiated into the life of the mind. It offers them an intimate environment, fostered by the small class size, and a disciplinary framework in which they can pursue intellectual... read more »

Christine Beaule

Scientific research and publication, and academic writing more generally, are part of conversations that are sometimes contentious, sometimes conducted over our colleagues’ heads, and sometimes brilliant, but always conversations with others. This principle, central to my Writing 101 (20) courses,... read more »

Erik Harms

In Mules and Men, Zora Neale Hurston celebrates a special way of seeing she calls the “spy-glass of anthropology,” a seemingly magical device that allows anthropologists to gaze at social life through both wide-angled lenses and microscopes at once. This magic spy-glass is honed through... read more »

Jason Mahn

According to William Perry’s developmental model, students typically pass through three interpretations of truth claims. At the “dualist” stage, students uncritically adopt knowledge conferred upon them. Truth is truth; all conflicting interpretations are false. At the “relativist” stage, students... read more »

Michele Strano

My approach to teaching academic writing emphasizes the role that scholarly work plays in the production of knowledge. In all of my courses, a main focus is to provide students opportunities to make connections between their modern lives and academic theory. Hence, students may read a complicated... read more »

Parag Budhecha

Composition theory explains that our writing comes from many places at once and is acted upon by a myriad of complex and conflicting influences; a course about academic writing should give students ways to interpret and manage these influences. Central to my pedagogy is the belief that academic... read more »

Derek Malone-France

My approach to teaching academic writing has been significantly influenced by my background in philosophy, a discipline that puts particular emphasis on critical inquiry and sound argumentation. The keystone concept bridging my disciplinary concerns and the transdisciplinary mandate of my Writing... read more »

Cary Moskovitz

To help students develop as both careful readers and thoughtful, deliberate writers, I try to capitalize on the interest in science that they bring to my classes. An underlying goal and driving principle of my writing classes is to have students engage scientific concerns in their writing. Rather... read more »