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NCTE English Journal Edwin M. Hopkins Award

2016 Winner:

Robert Rozema, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan, for “Manga and the Autistic Mind," Vol. 105, No. 1, September 2015

Robert RozemaOne in sixty-eight children is considered autistic, and this article argues that many autistic students find Manga particularly appealing. Understanding the connections between teaching English, Manga, and children with Autism leaves the readers of this article poised to bridge the gaps between sometimes mutually exclusive ideas. Written in a personal, approachable, and expert manner, “Manga and the Autistic Mind” moves gracefully back and forth between providing background, connecting to the author’s son and shared experiences, and providing the reader with an impetus and guide to read and include Manga in the curriculum.

Robert Rozema teaches secondary English education at Grand Valley State University. His research examines digital culture, literacy, and teacher preparation. He is currently working on a book examining the literacy practices of adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Honorable Mentions:

Donna L. Miller, Aaniiih Nakoda College, Harlem, Montana, for “Cultivating Creativity," Vol. 104, No. 6, July 2015

Donna MillerIn the face of increased standardization and a culture that champions productivity over originality, this article offers a conceptualization of creativity as an antidote. Miller’s call, “Educators must craft conditions that motivate creativity and design classroom activities that encourage experimentation and accept making mistakes as part of the process,” is for the school environment to resemble a playground more than a school room (p. 26). Synthesizing and grounding the argument for creativity in our classrooms in a unique and original blend of great thinkers establishes a piece that all teachers would be served to print and return to often.

Donna L. Miller has a rich history teaching and mentoring. For 26 years, she taught English, drama, and Advanced Placement English at Chinook High School on the Northern Tier of Montana called the Hi-Line. In 2005, she was named an NCTE High School Teacher of Excellence Award recipient. Although she has also taught in the teacher training programs at both Arizona State University-Tempe and the University of Montana-Missoula, she currently directs the teacher training program, the Nee-tha-hatsa-nak/Wa'Uspe-Wicakiya Preparation Program, at Aaniiih Nakoda College. Her research interests revolve around young adult literature and issues of literacy sponsorship.

Amy Maupin, Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky, for "From the Scroll to the Screen: Why Letters, Then and Now, Matter," Vol 105, No. 4, March 2016

Amy MaupinThe nonfiction letter offers students an opportunity to study a dying art while also gaining insights about people, places, and eras.

Dr. Amy Maupin is an associate professor of Education at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. She teaches courses in young adult literature, adolescent literacy, learning theory, and gender studies in education. A former middle-grade and high school English teacher, Amy is passionate about the arts and humanities and their role in education. She also studies issues of identity, authenticity, and contemplative pedagogy as they relate to liberal education, particularly the professoriate.


Nominations are not accepted for this award.

Purpose:  The award recognizes outstanding English Journal articles written by someone who does not qualify for the English Journal Paul and Kate Farmer Award.

Eligibility:  The award shall cover articles written in issues published between September and July of two consecutive volume years.

Award Criteria:  The award shall be given bi-annually (every even year). Up to two honorable mentions will also be named. The editor of English Journal shall draw up the annual list of eligible authors and shall be the arbiter of eligibility.

English JournalAward Specifics:  The award is announced by the award committee chair and presented by the journal editor at the Secondary Section Luncheon during the NCTE Annual Convention.  The winner receives a plaque, complimentary registration for the NCTE Annual Convention, and a ticket to the Secondary Section Luncheon. Honorable mentions receive a certificate, complimentary registration for the NCTE Annual Convention, and a ticket to the Secondary Section Luncheon.

The English Journal Edwin M. Hopkins Award is named after the author of the lead article in the first issue of the English Journal, a former professor of rhetoric and English language at the University of Kansas, member of the first Board of Directors of NCTE, and co-author of the first NCTE constitution.

Judging:  The Hopkins Award Committee determines the winner based upon articles meeting the criteria by August 15 every other year. The award committee shall consist of a chair nominated by the editor of English Journal and three to five readers nominated by the members of the Secondary Section Steering Committee. The committee shall be nominated for a two-year term.

Past Winners:  List of Past Winners

2016: Robert Rozema, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan, “Manga and the Autistic Mind.” September 2015

Honorable Mentions:
• Donna L. Miller, Aaniiih Nakoda College, Harlem, Montana, “Cultivating Creativity.”
July 2015
• Amy Maupin, Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky, "From the Scroll to the Screen: Why Letters, Then and Now, Matter." March 2016

2014:  Heather E. Bruce, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, "Subversive Acts of Revision: Writing and Justice.” July 2013

Honorable Mentions:
• April Brannon, California State University, Fullerton, "Love That Poem! Using Imitation to Teach Poetry." November 2012
• Gregory Shafer, Mott Community College, Flint, Michigan “Political Language, Democracy, and the Language Arts Classroom.” November 2013


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