2011-8-30-New-English-Department-faculty-member-wins-book-award

English faculty member wins book award

Neal Lerner, associate professor of English, named winner of the NCTE 2011 David H. Russell Award
August 30th, 2011

Neal Lerner, who recently joined the North­eastern fac­ulty as an asso­ciate pro­fessor of Eng­lish, has been named the winner of the National Council of Teachers of Eng­lish (NCTE) 2011 David H. Rus­sell Award for Dis­tin­guished Research in the Teaching of English.

The NCTE, cel­e­brating its 100th year, recently announced that Lerner’s book, “The Idea of a Writing Lab­o­ra­tory,” was the recip­ient of this year’s esteemed award. In his book, Lerner — the new director of the Writing Center in the Col­lege of Social Sci­ences and Human­i­ties — exam­ines the his­tory and intel­lec­tual foun­da­tions of the writing lab­o­ra­tory in Amer­ican higher education.

In “The Idea of a Writing Lab­o­ra­tory,” Lerner traces the his­tory and devel­op­ment of con­tem­po­rary writing cen­ters and their inter­sec­tion with efforts to teach stu­dents in sci­en­tific lab­o­ra­to­ries. Ulti­mately, Lerner offers exper­i­men­ta­tion essen­tial to “lab­o­ra­tory approaches” as a way to improve cur­rent prac­tices and struc­tures of writing cen­ters, as well as writing instruc­tion more broadly.

Each year, the David H. Rus­sell Award rec­og­nizes a single Eng­lish scholar from the myriad nom­i­na­tions of model instances of genre, research, and acces­sibly reported mate­rial — all of which must reflect a project that stands the test of time.

Lerner will travel to Chicago in November to receive the award and speak at the 2011 NCTE Annual Convention.

He comes to North­eastern from the Mass­a­chu­setts Insti­tute of Tech­nology, and his research inter­ests include writing across the cur­riculum and com­po­si­tion and rhetoric.

- by Samantha Fodrowski


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