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Clarkson Professor’s Collaborative Work Receives 2005 Computers And Composition Distinguished Book Award

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Clarkson University Professor Johndan Johnson-Eilola’s collaborative book, Writing New Media: Theory and Applications for Expanding the Teaching of Composition (Utah State University Press), was selected as the recipient of the 2005 Computers and Composition Distinguished Book Award, an annual recognition of the international Journal of Computers and Composition. Johndan

Johnson-Eilola and the book’s three co-authors, long-time professional colleagues Anne Frances Wysocki, professor of visual and digital communications at Michigan Technological University, Cynthia L. Selfe, professor of composition and communications at Ohio State University and Geoffrey Sirc, professor of composition at the University of Minnesota, were honored in a ceremony held at the annual professional Computers and Writing Conference this summer.

Gaining accolades as “trend-setting” in structure and as a substantial and innovative contribution to the field, Writing New Media looks at the rapid advance of electronic media in the classroom and the workplace as well as resulting impacts and opportunities for teachers of composition. The book has been credited with expanding the discipline by proposing a new vision of composition and uses practical applications taken from the authors’ own classroom assignments to help teachers better prepare students to write effectively with new media beyond the classroom.

“As new media mature, the changes they bring to writing in college are many and suggest implications not only for the tools of writing, but also for the contexts, personae, and conventions of writing,” states the publisher’s introduction. “Examples of considerable changes include the increased use of visual elements such as the manipulation of color, images and even typography,” notes Johnson-Eilola. “The scenes of writing have also changed significantly, “he adds, “incorporating websites, email, online conferencing and coursework, and presentation slides. These venues of new media redefine or expand the long-held concept and field of composition.”

Johnson-Eilola says much of the success of the book is due to the fact that the authors have known each other a long time and share similar research interests in the evolution of the field of new media and composition. The four collaborated extensively via e-mail in the ongoing development of the book. “In addition, co-author Anne Frances Wysocki is a gifted graphic designer and we were able to use her talents to refine the layout and design of the book to ensure the final, published version supported the things we wanted to convey,” he adds.

Johndan Johnson-Eilola is the Director of the Eastman Kodak Center for Excellence in Communication and Professor of Media and Communication. In addition to Writing New Media, he is the author of the book Nostalgic Angels: Rearticulating Hypertext Writing published in 1997 and the newly-released Datacloud: Toward A New Theory of Online Work (New Dimensions in Computers and Composition), published by Hampton Press. He has also authored and co-authored two textbooks: Designing Effective Websites: A Concise Guide and Professional Writing Online and has published dozens of articles and contributed chapters and essays to published collections.  His scholarship has been recognized with numerous awards, including: Best of Kairos, 1996-2000; Computers and Composition Distinguished Article Award (2000); the Ellen Nold Award for the Best Article in Computers and Composition Studies (1997); a Kairos Best Article Award Finalist (1996); and the Nell Ann Picket Award for best article published in Technical Communications Quarterly (1996). He also contributed a chapter to a book that received the National Council of Writing Program Administrators Best Book Award (2000).

Computers and Composition: an International Journal is devoted to exploring the use of computers in writing classes, writing programs, and writing research. It provides a forum for discussing issues connected with writing and computer use. It also offers information about integrating computers into writing programs on the basis of sound theoretical and pedagogical decisions, and empirical evidence.

PHOTO CAPTION: Clarkson Professor of Media & Communication Johndan Johnson-Eilola’s collaborative book, Writing New Media: Theory and applications for expanding the teaching of composition (Utah State University Press), received the 2005 Computers and Composition Distinguished Book Award, an annual recognition of the international Journal of Computers and Composition.  

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