Roger & Joyce Howe Award for Excellence in Disciplinary Writing Instruction

The Roger & Joyce Howe Award for Excellence in Disciplinary Writing Instruction honors individuals or teams of faculty who have made concerted and continuing efforts to innovate writing instruction in their disciplines. The award additionally recognizes applicant efforts to ensure their students have multiple opportunities to write across their educational experiences.


This award is funded by Roger and Joyce Howe, Miami University alumni from the class of 1957. The Howes have donated over $15 million to support writing at Miami.

Priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate attention to how writing is taught and learned across courses and time in their department/program. However, faculty who have made innovations in a single key course in a department or program will also be considered strong candidates for this award.

Awards will be given to an individual or team. Winners will receive $1,000 in professional development funds, while teams of three or more will receive a total of $3,000 in professional development funds to be split among team members. These funds can be used for travel, books, technology, etc. 

Award recipients will also receive a plaque and be recognized at a major awards reception hosted by the President and Provost in March or April 2020.


Each nominee for this award must:

  • Be a current Miami faculty member in a continuing faculty line (TCPL or tenured/tenure-track).
  • Have taught at Miami for at least two years (four semesters) at the time of nomination.
  • Have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and innovation in the teaching of writing in their courses and programs.


Faculty members may nominate themselves or nominate another faculty member, or nominations may be made by members of the Liberal Education Council (LEC) or Global Miami Plan Writing committees. Students may also nominate faculty or teams of faculty. 

Nominations should include:

  • A letter of nomination outlining why the individual or team meets the award criteria. The letter should briefly describe the ways that the nominee(s) have innovated writing and writing instruction in/across their courses and program, why this approach to teaching writing is a best practice, and what its impact has been. The nomination letter should be no more than 4 single-spaced pages.
  • Documentation to support claims made in the nomination letter regarding excellence and innovation in the teaching of writing. Such documentation may include selections from syllabi, writing assignments, assessment reports, articles describing innovations, student work, student statements, etc. The total body of supporting materials should be no more than 20 single-spaced pages.

Deadline for applications is 2:00pm on January 31, 2020. Notification of award will be sent by March 2020.

Submit a Nomination

Selection Process

All nominations will be reviewed by the members of the Local Advisory Board for the Howe Center for Writing Excellence, which also functions as the GMP Writing Committee for the Liberal Education Council. Recommendations for finalists will be submitted to the President and Provost, who make the final selection.

Notification of the award winners will be sent to the individual, the Dean, and the nomination contact person in March. Notification of nominations that were not selected will be sent to the contact person or an appropriate senior member of the nominating team.


Please direct questions regarding the award or application process to Elizabeth Wardle, Director of the Howe Center for Writing Excellence and Chair of the GMP Committee, at