Writing and Communication Program Wins NCTE’s Media Literacy Award
Rebecca Burnett, the Director of Writing and Communication at Georgia Tech, and Brittain Fellows Jesse Stommel, Lauren Curtright, Melanie Kohnen, and Roger Whitson applied for the award, which will be presented at the NCTE Annual Convention in Chicago (November 2011). The team will also receive a check for $2000 given on behalf of the Beck Foundation.
The team received the award because the Writing and Communication program has “shown persistent, innovative and imaginative application of media analysis and media composition in English studies.”
The largest professional organization for English/language arts in the US, the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) also includes members from around the globe.
Receiving this award reinforces our program’s national presence as a model of excellence in multimodal communication.
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About Robin Wharton
Robin Wharton is Assistant Director of Writing and Communication. She holds a law degree (1999) and a PhD (2009), both from the University of Georgia. Her current project involves exploring the influence of common law poetics in Middle English writing. Since 2005, she has been a collaborator on the project, and she is interested in how multimodal writing and communication instruction can be improved through the strategic application of digital technology. A former ballet dancer, she has also begun to consider how pedagogical methods drawn from the performing arts might be adapted for productive use in the higher-education classroom. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Wharton clerked for the Hon. Curtis L. Collier in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and then spent a number of years as an associate in the intellectual property group of a prominent Atlanta law firm. She continues to write about law and ethics, especially as they relate to digital humanities work, and to consult in legal matters involving new and traditional media. Profile photo by R.E. Burnett, 2011.