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Release: April 11, 2000

UI emeritus professor to receive service award named for him

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- John C. Gerber, a University of Iowa emeritus professor of English, will receive one of six awards recognizing exemplary service and leadership to the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), part of the National Council of Teachers of English.

At its annual convention April 13-15 in Minneapolis, the group will honor Gerber and five other college-level educators from all over the United States with the John C. Gerber 20th Century Leadership Award for contributions to the CCCC over the past 50 years. The award is named for Gerber because he was the first chair of the CCCC.

Keith Gilyard, the current CCCC chair and a professor at Pennsylvania State University, said all of the winners have been active in promoting and celebrating writing, have taught admirably, and in addition, have mentored teachers, theorists, researchers, and administrators in writing and composition studies.

Gerber said he was pleased to learn that the group would honor him. "It was 50 years coming," he said. "I started the organization and it is a great honor to be recognized for all of my work."

The NCTE, with more than 77,000 individual and institutional members worldwide, is dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education.