Purpose: The Richard Ohmann Award recognizes an outstanding refereed article in the journal College English that makes the most significant contribution to the field of English studies.
Eligibility: Articles to be considered will be chosen from the College English volume year, September through July in the year prior to selection.
Award Criteria: The award will recognize an outstanding refereed article in the past volume year of College English that makes the most significant contribution to scholarship or research, or theory or pedagogy, in English Studies.
Award Specifics: The Ohmann Award Committee chair presents the award at the College Celebration during the NCTE Annual Convention. The winner receives complimentary registration, a plaque, and $200 honorarium.
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 to 1978. The first award was given for the 2000-2001 issues of the journal.
Judging: The Ohmann Award Committee determines the winner based upon articles meeting the criteria by September 1. The editor(s) of the College English journal are a part of the award selection committee.
2015: Steph Ceraso, “(Re)Educating the Senses: Multimodal Listening, Bodily Learning, and the Composition of Sonic Experiences,” College English, November 2014
2014: Jim Ridolfo, "Delivering Textual Diaspora: Building Digital Cultural Repositories as Rhetoric Research,” College English, November 2013
2013: Bump Halbritter and Julie Lindquist, "Time, Lives, and Videotape: Operationalizing Discovery in Scenes of Literacy Sponsorship," College English, November 2012
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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