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First Year Writing

Awards

Duncan W. Robinson (1905-1983) was a longtime professor of English at the University of Texas at Arlington and a noted authority on Southwest literature and Mark Twain. Robinson first joined the faculty in 1928 when the university was known as the North Texas Agricultural College. He served as chair of the English department, as a sponsor of the student newspaper, and as chairman of the UTA historical and archives committee. This award for exemplary writing in the First-Year Writing program honors his legacy. A judging committee selected from instructors in the program evaluates synthesis essays from 1301 and Research Position Papers in 1302. The first and second place winners receive a monetary award.

Contest Guidelines:

All UTA students enrolled in ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 during fall 2018 and spring 2019 are eligible to submit work for the contest. We also accept Synthesis and RPP essays from spring 2018. The deadline for submission is April 13, 2019.

  • Essays submitted should reflect the work of an individual student rather than a group.
  • Essays should be typed and double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font with one-inch margins. Use appropriate documentation style to the selected audience.
  • Complete Contest entries should include the following:
    • Essay contest submission form (with all fields completed)
    • Final Essay with UTA Student ID number on each page in the header (no names please)
  • Incomplete Contest Entries will not be forwarded for judging
  • Hardcopies of Contest Entries must be received by Vince Sosko (205 Carlisle Hall, Box 19035, Arlington, TX 76019) no later than April 13th, 2019 by 5:00 pm CST.

Duncan Robinson Winners: Excellence in Freshman Writing

2018

1st Place: KENNETH PASCUA

Student of Larry Huff

2nd Place: RENEE DOLORMENTE

Student of Timothy Ponce

2017

1st Place: ADAM MACKENZIE

Student of Hope McCarthy

2nd Place: SARAH BLAKENEY

Student of Catherine Corder

2016

1st Place: SARA STEARNS

Student of Jason Hogue

2nd Place: LEAH HARRIS

Student of Rachael Mariboho

2015

1st Place: OSVALDO RUIZ REYNA

Student of Stephanie Peebles-Tavera

2nd Place: MARK VALDOV

Student of Rachael Mariboho

Best Practices in Teaching Awards:

2017

Contextualizing Texts: Joul Smith

Use of Active Learning: Michael Hale

Classroom Management: Kaci McCourt

2016

Large Classroom Management: Mimi Rowntree

Class Lesson Plan: Jeffrey Marchand

Use of Active Learning: Hope McCarthy

Positive classroom Environment: Connor Stratman

2015

Classroom Management: Julie McCown

Class Lesson Plan: Alison Torres-Ramos

Use of Active Learning: Adam Knorr

Conducting Writing Workshop: Jason Hogue

Positive Classroom Environment: Hope McCarthy