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Professor Emeritus Named Distinguished Fellow

October 19, 2021

Dr. Art Young Receives Distinguished Fellow Award

Dr. Young was recognized virtually at the International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference as a distinguished fellow.  This award, which is made by the WAC Clearinghouse and the Association for Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC), recognizes scholars who have made significant contributions through scholarship, service, and/or innovative program administration to the field of WAC over a career that spans at least ten years.

From  his nomination letter:

We are delighted to nominate Art Young for selection as a Distinguished Fellow of the Association for Writing Across the Curriculum. Professor Young is a national and international pioneer of Writing Across the Curriculum, having translated our discipline’s knowledge into programmatic practices that place the teaching of writing at the center of the mission of higher education.

Nearly two decades ago, Art Young was recognized with the CCCC’s Exemplar Award (on which this nomination is partially based). His scholarship in composition and literature and technology and communication helped to form our larger discipline. Had those areas been the sole focus of his intellectual work, Art would still have been a powerful figure to reckon with. But his oeuvre transcends them—and indeed helped create the field we seek to memorialize with his designation as Fellow. In addition to those aforementioned fields, Art has contributed to the literature in our relatively new field by coauthoring or coediting no fewer than eight books or monographs related to writing across the curriculum.

Art’s contributions to the profession and our community are too numerous to summarize. The list of manuscript reviews for most of our journals, conference presentations and keynotes, workshops, series editorships, program evaluations, task forces, committee work for his home institution, dissertation committee oversight, plus his own articles and book chapters is rendered not in dozens of examples, but in dozens of pages. Likewise, the list of honors recognizing his work is noteworthy. Just a few include South Carolina’s Order of the Palmetto, the State’s highest honor for public service; the Department of the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, for his WAC work at the U.S. Military Academy; and a citation in Time Magazine for Clemson’s having been selected as the #1 public college of the year in 2000.

Significant among Art’s accomplishments is his holding simultaneous academic appointments as Professor of English and Professor of Engineering at Clemson University while also holding the Campbell Chair in Technical Communication. Further, he helped found Clemson’s Pearce Center for Professional Communication.

Professor Young’s years-long contributions to the development of WAC and his influence as a leader in the field offer clear evidence to support his selection as a Distinguished Fellow of the Association for Writing Across the Curriculum. Simply put, the inaugural cohort of Distinguished Fellows would not be complete without him.