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03-30-2007

Clarkson Professor Receives Back-to-Back "Best Book" awards

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It is a "two-peat" for Clarkson's Johndan Johnson-Eilola. The Communications and Media professor has received the Best Book on Technical and Scientific Communication Award from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) for the second consecutive year. johndan2

Johnson-Eilola's book contends that the computer revolution is not a single definitive "event" in modern history, but rather "a dispersed network of subtle but profound changes in patterns of working, living and communicating." Datacloud helps readers understand how society is learning to deal with massive amounts of information and technological shifts.

NCTE is an international organization founded in 1911 to advance teaching, research and student achievement in the English language arts at all scholastic levels. The organization also provides information and links to research features. More than 60,000 English practitioners promote the development of literacy, the use of language to construct personal and public worlds and to achieve full participation in society, through the learning and teaching of English and the related arts.

Johnson-Eilola is the author of Datacloud: Toward a New Theory of Online Work and Nostalgic Angels: Rearticulating Hypertext Writing. He is also a co-author of Writing New Media: Theory and Applications for Expanding the Teaching of Composition and two textbooks. His professional awards include: The NCTE 2005 Award for Best Collection of Essays in Technical or Scientific Communication; Best of Kairos, 1996-2000 (Kairos is a refereed online journal exploring the intersections of rhetoric, technology and pedagogy); Computers and Composition Distinguished Article Award (2000); the Ellen Nold Award for the Best Article in Computers and Composition Studies (1997); a Kairos Best Article Award Finalist (1996); and the Nell Ann Picket Award for best article published in Technical Communications Quarterly (1996). Johnson-Eilola also contributed a chapter to a book that received the National Council of Writing Program Administrators Best Book Award (2000).

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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