Program Awards

Award Background

Each spring, the Expository Writing Committee grants two teaching awards to graduate students teaching in English Department Writing Programs.  All qualified instructors, as specified below, are eligible to apply for these awards. Both awards include a cash prize.

The Richard J. Dunn First-Year Teaching Award honors outstanding teaching by a graduate student in his or her first year of teaching in the Expository Writing Program (EWP). The annual Dunn First-Year Teaching Award was established to honor Dick Dunn’s devotion to scholarship, teaching and service. In 2007, Dunn retired from the University leaving a strong legacy to the English Department as Chair for three terms and Divisional Dean for five years. Influencing both graduate and undergraduate students, Dick Dunn challenged students to engross themselves in their work.

All graduate students who began teaching in the Expository Writing Program during the academic year are eligible to apply for this award.  

The Joan Webber Award for Outstanding Teaching by Graduate Students in English Department Writing Programs honors outstanding teaching by graduate students teaching in the Expository Writing Program (English 109/110, 111, 121, 131, 182, 281, 282, 381, 382) or the Interdisciplinary Writing Program (197, 198, 199, 297, 298, 299).  All graduate students who have taught one of these courses within two years are eligible to apply for this award. The annual Webber Prize for Outstanding Teaching was established in 1980 to honor Joan Malory Webber’s commitment to both scholarship and teaching. Webber, a member of the UW Department of English from 1972 until her death in 1978, was known for her deep devotion to teaching and for inspiring her students. 

Selection of winners will be based on a review of teaching portfolios by a faculty-only subcommittee of the Expository Writing Committee. Announcements and more details are circulated in early spring quarter.

The deadline for the 2019-2020 EWP teaching awards has passed. you can find the full announcement and specific guidelines for applying in the link below when the application process opens again.

Teaching Award Application Guidelines

Questions can be directed to the EWP Director - Candice Rai at crai <at> uw.edu.

Recent Winners

Joan Webber Award

  • 2019: Sumyat Thu - Winner

    • Sarah Ghasedi - Honorable Mention
    • Jessica Holmes - Honorable Mention
  • 2018: Yang Wang - Co-Winner
    • Leah Rubinsky - Co-Winner
  • 2017: Denise Grollmus - Winner
    • Jessica Holmes  - Honorable Mention
    • Olivia Hernandez - Honorable Mention
  • 2016: Jackie Fiscus - Co-Winner
    • Alexandra Smith - Co-Winner
  • 2015: Emily George - Co-Winner
    • Holly Shelton - Co-winner
  • 2014: Sarah Kate Moore - Co-Winner
    • Jennifer Carroll - Co-Winner
  • 2013: Erik Jaccard - Winner
    • Edward Schaumberg - Honorable Mention
  • 2012: Meredith Bauer - Winner
  • 2011: Jennifer Malone Winner
    • David Holmberg - Honorable Mention
    • Ariel Wetzel - Honorable Mention
  • 2010: Cathryn Cabral - Winner

To see the full list of winners, go to the following link

Richard J. Dunn Award

  • 2020: Rasheena Fountain - Co-Winner

    • Francesca Colonnese - Co-Winner
    • Joe Wilson - Honorable Mention
  • 2019: Sumyat Thu - Winner
    • Sarah Ghasedi - Honorable Mention
    • Jessica Holmes - Honorable Mention
  • 2018: Kaelie Giffel - Winner
    • BrittNEY Frantece - Honorable Mention 
  • 2017: drew hereford - Winner
    • Nanya Jhingran  - Honorable Mention
    • Jasmine Khaliq - Honorable Mention
  • 2016: Sara Lovett - Co-Winner
  • 2015: Laura Schlesinger - Co-Winner
  •         Patrick Milian - Co-Winner
  • 2014: Denise Grollmus - Co-Winner
    • Sarah Faulkner - Co-Winner
    • Emily George - Honorable Mention
  • 2013: Ann Shivers-McNair - Winner
    • Jacki Fiscus - Honorable Mention
    • Eric Morel - Honorable Mention
  • 2012: Tesla Schaeffer - Winner
    • Nicole Peters - Honorable Mention
  • 2011: Taylor Boulware - Co-Winner
  •         Mandy Hobmeier - Co-Winner
  •         Ned Schaumberg - Honorable Mention
  •         Kristen Young - Honorable Mention
  • 2010: Jennifer Malone - Co-Winner
  •         Valerie Arvidson - Co-Winner
  •         Talia Shalev - Honorable Mention

To see the full list of winners, go to the following link