The Excellence Awards - 2001

Excellence in Teaching
Stephen M. North

A homegrown talent, Professor Stephen M. North graduated from the University in 1979 and joined the faculty in 1981. He was promoted to associate professor in 1987 and to professor in 1998. A visiting professor at Shandong University in China in 1988–89, Professor North received a joint appointment as a Fulbright Professor of English at Turku University and Abo Akademi in Turku, Finland during 1996–97.

One of the English Department’s shining lights, Professor North views himself as a “teacher of writing and a teacher of teachers of writing.” His teaching experiences are extremely varied, from one-on-one tutoring in the Writing Center through course work at the graduate level. He has taught 28 separate courses during his University tenure.

Known as a nationally visible scholar in the fields of rhetoric, composition, and literacy studies, Professor North has published two books, seven book chapters and 15 articles in refereed journals. He founded and served as editor of the National Council of Teachers of English’s Refiguring English Studies book series. His first book, The Making of Knowledge in Composition: Portrait of an Emerging Field, was published in 1987 and is required reading in virtually every graduate writing program in the country.

Professor North has directed 15 doctoral dissertations and has served on 15 Ph.D. and 21 D.A. examination committees. Many graduate students refer to Professor North as one of the teacher-scholars who influenced their own teaching and scholarship the most.

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