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Baruch English Professor Canagarajah Wins 2007 Braddock Award for Outstanding Journal Article

New York, NY - February 13, 2007— A. Suresh Canagarajah, an English professor at Baruch College’s Weissman School of Arts & Sciences, is the winner of the 2007 Conference on College Composition and Communication’s Richard Braddock Award for his article, “The Place of World Englishes in Composition: Pluralization Continued” which appeared in the June 2006 issue of College Composition and Communication (CCC).

Contesting the monolingualist assumptions in composition, Professor Canagarajah’s article identifies textual and pedagogical spaces for “World Englishes” in academic writing. It presents a strategy for merging local varieties with Standard Written English in a move toward gradually pluralizing academic writing and developing a multilingual competence for transnational relationships.

The Braddock Award is presented annually to the author of the outstanding article on writing or the teaching of writing published in CCC, the journal of the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Articles for CCC are responsive to recent research and scholarship in composition studies and relevant to those who teach writing at the college level. This year, the award will be presented at the CCCC Annual Convention in New York, on Friday, March 23, during the Awards/Recognition Reception, to be held in the Trianon Ballroom of the Hilton Hotel.

Canagarajah teaches postcolonial literature, Great Works in Literature, English as a Second Language (ESL), and composition. His research interests span bilingualism, discourse analysis, academic writing, and critical pedagogy, and his research articles have appeared in several professional journals. He is currently editing the flagship journal of the international association for applied linguists, TESOL Quarterly. No stranger to awards, Canagarajah’s recent accolades include the Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Research and Scholarship in 2004 and the 2003 Gary Olson Award by the Association of the Teachers of Advanced Composition for the best book in social and rhetorical theory for his monograph: Geopolitics of Academic Literacy and Knowledge Construction (University of Pittsburgh Press; 2002).

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