Professor named VP of National Council of Teachers of English

June 22, 2009

Keith Gilvard, a professor of English at Penn State, has been elected by members of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) to serve as the organization’s vice president. His term will begin during the NCTE annual convention in Philadelphia, Pa., to be held Nov. 19-22, 2009.

Gilyard is a professor of English at the Pennsylvania State University and a member of the editorial board for NCTE’s journal, “Research in the Teaching of English.” Previously, he has served as the 2000 chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the associate chair of the NCTE Committee on Resolutions, the chair of the NCTE Committee on Public Doublespeak, and a member of the NCTE executive committee.

“As I ponder the future of an organization that has been my primary professional home for the past 25 years, I plan to honor NCTE’s commitments to social justice and the need to link explicitly literacy learning and teaching with consideration of an informed citizenship,” Gilyard said. “I have always felt that my academic life should involve commitment to educational communities beyond campus, and serving on the presidential team will be an important function for me in that sense.”

Gilyard is the recipient of several distinguished awards. He was named Presidential Scholar at the University of Oklahoma, he won the Penn State Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts and Humanities, and the Thomas R. Watson Visiting Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric and Composition award at the University of Louisville. He is also an inductee into the International Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent. He is the author, editor, and co-editor of numerous chapters, books, articles, and poetry volumes.

Gilyard will succeed Yvonne Siu-Runyan, professor emerita from the University of Northern Colorado, and will serve as vice president for one year. He will then serve as president-elect from 2010 to 2011, and he will assume the presidency during the 2011 annual convention in Chicago, Ill. as the NCTE celebrates its 100th anniversary.

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