Scott and Co-Author Selected for Braddock Award
The Writing Program is pleased to announce that Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies Tony Scott and his co-author, Lil Brannon, have been selected for the 2014 Braddock Award for their article, "Democracy, Struggle, and the Praxis of Assessment," which was published in the December 2013 issue of College Composition and Communication.
The Braddock Award is given annually to the outstanding article in CCC: "The award was created to honor the memory of Richard Braddock, University of Iowa. Richard Braddock was an extraordinary person and teacher who touched the lives of many people in ways that this special award established in his name can only suggest."
Of the award, Scott says, "I am pleased that the article won this year's Braddock award because it brings attention to a very important issue in our field. State legislatures, and now the new postsecondary plan developed by the Obama administration, are fundamentally changing our work—in part through redefining the terms by which college credit is awarded, how degrees are conferred, and who gets to set curricula. Writing assessment mandates are a key component of this shift. Curricula and teacher and student agency can be circumscribed and directed through assessment procedures. Because large-scale assessments are a means of organizing and managing teaching labor, Lil and I argue that any assessment deploys a theory of intellectual labor and should be answerable for that. I hope that the Braddock award will lead more people to notice the article who are in our field but not necessarily interested in assessment."