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Grace Hagood Downs Award

Celebrating Excellence in the Digital

In April 2013, FYENGL lost a dear friend and colleague, Grace Hagood Downs. Grace was a Ph.D. student in composition and rhetoric, focusing on digital pedagogy, and a dedicated and beloved teacher. The 2012 winner of the Elliot Award for excellence in teaching in FYENGL, she also represented USC at the 2012 Digital Media and Composition Institute (DMAC) at Ohio State University, taught introductory and upper-level courses focusing on multi-modal composition, and worked with colleagues at USC to develop educational videogames.  In honor of Grace’s commitment to multi-modal composition, we are pleased to announce the creation of the Grace Hagood Downs Award for Digital Composition. Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, this award will recognize excellence in undergraduate student work in the creation of virtual texts. Submissions can include websites, films, videogames, or other multimedia projects created for English 101 or 102.