Ivy Kleinbart Receives
PWI Excellence in Teaching Award
The Writing Program is happy
to announce that Ivy Kleinbart has been selected as the biennial winner of the Professional Writing Instructor Excellence in Teaching Award. The award is given out every other year in honor of a PWI; the award "recognizes exemplary interpretations of the lower or upper division curriculum."
The Award Selection Committee noted, "Ivy Kleinbart is an energetic yet reflective teacher with an enthusiasm and passion for teaching, thinking, and writing. That enthusiasm and passion extends beyond the classroom: She has not only helped develop the Writing Program's creative nonfiction curriculum, but has also taken creative nonfiction outside the classroom—to the Veterans' Writing Group, the Creative Nonfiction Reading Series, and the University Lecture Series. In the classroom, Ivy's teaching materials demonstrate an abiding commitment to fostering creative, critical approaches to research. Her assignments are creative, comprehensive, and student-centered. Her approach to teaching addresses global issues while attending to local details and to individual students' needs. Ivy Kleinbart's students testify to her lasting impact on their lives—and that, at the end of the day, is what every teacher strives for. Ivy succeeds at it."
In response to being notified of the award, Ivy said, "I'm very honored to receive this award and grateful for the daily rewards that come with teaching writing here at S.U. It's a gift to be part of such a thoughtful and creative community of writers who care deeply about the work we do."
Ivy's teaching materials are available below, and her achievements as a teacher also were recognized at the Writing Program's Fall Conference on August 23rd.
The Writing Program also thanks the award selection committee: Rebecca Moore Howard, Benjamin Zender (undergraduate student), Benette Whitmore, Steve Thorley, and Ben Erwin.