January 22, 2008
For immediate release
Paul M. Rogers, a doctoral candidate at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School, is one of ten recipients of the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award for 2008. Presented by the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), the Cross Award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education. Paul Rogers will receive this honor at the AAC&U Annual Meeting held January 23-26 in Washington, DC. Rogers is both the only winner from a graduate school of education and from a California university.
The Association of American Colleges & Universities received approximately 150 nominations from universities across the country for this highly competitive selection process, and all of those associated with the Award noted the incredibly impressive credentials of this year’s nominees. AAC&U’s president Carol Geary Schneider says of the winners: “They represent the finest in the new generation of faculty who will teach and lead higher education in the next decades.”
Rogers is a Ph.D. candidate in the Gevirtz School’s Department of Education. His dissertation is entitled “The Development of Writers and Writing Abilities: A Longitudinal Study Across and Beyond the College Span.” He has published several articles and book chapters and presented numerous papers at conferences on rhetoric and teaching writing. From January 2004 to the present he has served as Director of the Central California Council of Teachers of English, Curriculum Study Commission. Rogers will be Conference Chair at Asilomar 58 “Teachers at the Center” in September, 2008.
“I’m honored to receive this award and to represent the GGSE and UCSB in Washington, DC,” Rogers says. “I truly owe this award to the outstanding mentoring I have received from my advisors, especially Charles Bazerman, Sheridan Blau, Susan McLeod, and Karen Lunsford, many of the faculty of the GGSE, as well as our terrific Dean Conoley and the Dean’s Council who have encouraged and supported my work in many tangible ways.”
The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education; who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others; and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning. The awards are sponsored by K. Patricia Cross, David Gardner Professor of Higher Education, Emerita, at the University of California, Berkeley.
[Paul Rogers is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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