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 John Slatin Prize for Electronic Media in Education

John Slatin was a professor of English and Rhetoric & Writing who served as the first Director of the Digital Writing and Research Lab. His scholarship and teaching not only examined inventive and accessible media but helped cultivate practices that produced them. This prize hopes to honor and continue that legacy. 

The Slatin Prize recognizes assistant instructors—both lab staffers and graduate students teaching RHE courses in/around DWRL classrooms—who have designed accessible and inventive teaching and learning activities. These activities may include one or more of the following, provided they demonstrate original and accessible integration of pedagogy and technology in the computer classroom and/or online environments: 

  • a course design, 
  • an assignment sequence, 
  • or series of projects.

Instructors or staffers submit their materials as a syllabus, handout, description, URL, podcast, or other electronic form, accompanied by a short (no longer than 300 words) rationale describing their pedagogical goal and how that goal was enabled or enhanced by a particular digital technology.

Submissions are judged by the following criteria: 

  • creative method for fostering rhetorical invention,
  • successful integration of pedagogy and technology, 
  • ethical pedagogical rationale, 
  • and sincere adherence to the DWRL’s commitment to accessibility. 

We encourage submissions by instructors and staffers with all levels of experience working in digital environments. Winners of the Slatin Prize are announced at the Department of Rhetoric and Writing’s annual luncheon, as are the winners of the department’s other prizes: the Maxine Hairston Prize for Excellence in Teaching and the James L. Kinneavy Prize for Scholarship in Rhetoric and Composition. 

Contact Casey Boyle, Slatin Prize Committee Chair, at casey.boyle [ATSIGN] utexas.edu with questions.

past winners include