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Richard Ohmann Award

College EnglishThe Richard Ohmann Award for Outstanding Article in College English recognizes the outstanding refereed article in the past volume year of the journal that makes a significant contribution to the field of English studies. Ohmann Award winners offer an innovative, well-researched inquiry regarding an exigent problem, issue, or debate in a manner that is relevant and accessible to a wide range of College English readers. The award is given in the name of Richard Ohmann, landmark editor of College English from 1966-1978. 

Articles to be considered will be chosen from the College English volume year, September through July in the year  prior to selection. The first award was given for the 2000-2001 issues of the journal.

The editor(s) of the College English journal is a part of the award selection committee.


2013 Award Winners

Bump Halbritter and Julie Lindquist for the article

"Time, Lives, and Videotape: Operationalizing Discovery in Scenes of Literacy Sponsorship," College English, November 2012
We present an approach to operationalizing discovery in literacy research by describing a diagnostic, abductive methodology. This methodology treats products of videotaped interviews and participant-authored footage as narrative data produced in scenes of literacy sponsorship. In describing the operations of our diagnostic approach, we foreground our process of discovery via LiteracyCorps Michigan, our ongoing, long-term research project. We offer this methodology as a research practice that can bring new understandings of how literacy sponsorship operates.

The award presentation will take place at the College Celebration on Friday, November 22 during the NCTE Annual Convention in Boston.

Dr. Bump HalbritterBump Halbritter is Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing at Michigan State University (MSU) and author of Mics, Cameras, Symbolic Action: Audio-Visual Rhetoric for Writing Teachers (Parlor Press, 2012). His work on aural rhetoric and audio-visual writing pedagogy has appeared in College English, Kairos, Enculturation, Computers and Com­position, and in his work as Editor of CCC Online.  Bump, along with his MSU colleague, Julie Lindquist, is the co-principal investigator of the research project LiteracyCorps Michigan (LCM), a long-term, multiphase research project that uses digital video to drive the inves­tigation and documentation of the literate lives of students at MSU. Julie and Bump have presented video products generated through this study at the Conference on College Composition and CommunicationWriting Research Across BordersComputers and WritingRhetoric Society of Americathe National Council of Teachers of English, and many invited talks.  

Dr. Julie LindquistJulie Lindquist is Professor of Rhetoric and Writing at MSU, where she teaches courses in rhetoric, writing, and literacy, and directs the First-Year Writing Program. She is author of A Place to Stand: Politics and Persuasion in a Working Class Bar  (Oxford), and (with David Seitz) Elements of Literacy  (Pearson). Her writings on rhetoric, class, literacy, and writing pedagogy have appeared in College Composition and CommunicationCollege English, JAC, and Pedagogy, as well as in several edited collections. With MSU colleague Bump Halbritter, Julie has been at work on LiteracyCorps Michigan (LCM), a research documentary project that inquires into the literacy experiences and of undergraduates at MSU. With Bump, Julie has given several invited talks about LCM, and has shown the video products of this study at national and international conferences. 

Past Recipients

2012 Amy Wan, “In the Name of Citizenship: The Writing Classroom and the Promise of Citizenship,” College English, September 2011

2011 Nancy Welch, "We're Here, and We're Not Going Anywhere: Why Working Class Rhetorical Traditions Still Matter," College English, January 2011

2010 Susan C. Jarratt, "Classics and Counterpublics in Nineteenth-Century Historically Black Colleges," College English, November 2009

2009 Christopher Carter, "Writing with Light: Jacob Riis's Ambivalent Exposures," College English, November 2008 

2008 Mary Queen, “Transnational Feminist Rhetorics in a Digital World,” College English, May 2008

2007 LuMing Mao, “Studying the Chinese Rhetorical Tradition in the Present:
Re-presenting the Native’s Point of View,” College English, January 2007 

2006 Paul Kei Matsuda, “The Myth of Linguistic Homogeneity in U.S. College Composition,” College English, July 2006 

2005 Eli Goldblatt, “Alinsky's Reveille: A Community-Organizing Model for Neighborhood-Based Literacy Projects,” College English, January 2005 

2004 Susan Romano, "Tlaltelolco: The Grammatical Colonial Indios of Colonial Mexico," College English, January 2004

2003 J. Blake Scott, “Extending Rhetorical-Cultural Analysis: Transformations of Home HIV Testing,” College English, March 2003 

2002 Candace Spigelman, "Argument and Evidence in the Case of the Personal," College English, Sept. 2001 

2001 John Alberti, "Returning to Class: Opportunities for Multicultural Reform at
Majority Second Tier Schools," College English, May 2001


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