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Daiker named outstanding educator

Miami professor Don Daiker has been chosen as the 2003 Outstanding College English Educator by the Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts (OCTELA).

The award, OCTELA’s most prestigious, is given each year to a college educator who is "passionate about the teaching of language arts and devoted to promoting the discipline."

Daiker, who has taught in Miami’s English department since 1964, is the founding director of Miami’s Center for the Study of Writing and of its first-in-the nation Portfolio Assessment Writing Program for entering students. He was instrumental in making Miami the home of the national Council of Writing Program Administrators.

He has long been active in Miami’s Ohio Writing Project, one of the nation’s most enduring and successful in-service teacher training programs. In 1994 he used a sabbatical leave to teach full time at Princeton High School in Cincinnati.

He was named a "Distinguished Educator" by Miami’s College of Arts and Science in 1990, won the Outstanding Teacher Award from Miami’s Associated Student Government in 1998 and in 1999 earned an Alumni Enrichment Award. He has been chosen twice by honors students as their commencement speaker.

His publications include 10 books and more than four dozen articles, chapters and reviews. He currently serves on the editorial board of WPA: Writing Program Administration and the Journal of Basic Writing and he has made presentations both nationally and at conferences in Canada, Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden and Finland.

This is the second consecutive year the award has gone to a Miami teacher. Tom Romano, professor of teacher education, was last year’s winner.

Date Published: 02/13/2003
Volume: 22   Number: 25


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