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Release: Oct. 9, 2002

Lloyd-Jones to receive distinguished service award at Oct. 12 English teachers' conference

The national and state organizations for English teachers will honor Richard "Jix" Lloyd-Jones, emeritus professor of English in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, when the Iowa Council of Teachers of English (ICTE) meets Saturday, Oct. 12 in Des Moines.

Lloyd-Jones was supposed to receive the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Distinguished Service Award at the group's annual convention in Atlanta in November. Since he is unable to travel to Atlanta to receive the award, the NCTE is sending a representative to Iowa to present the award Saturday. The ICTE also plans to honor Lloyd-Jones on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Iowa Writing Project, which he helped found in 1977.

The Iowa Writing Project aims to improve the teaching of writing at all levels from kindergarten through college by offering professional growth opportunities for Iowa teachers and advocating exemplary teaching of writing and use of writing for learning in Iowa schools.

The NCTE Distinguished Service Award recognizes individuals who have exhibited valuable professional service to the profession, scholarly or academic distinction, distinctive use of the language, and excellence in teaching. The last UI faculty member to receive the award was G. Robert Carlsen in 1970.

Throughout his career, Lloyd-Jones remained dedicated to teaching writing and to providing teachers with the tools they needed to teach writing effectively. He was an early proponent of including writing in all curricula, not just in English classes, and he used his platform as President of the NCTE to advocate for resources to be dedicated to writing instruction.

"Sports fans know that coaching presumes time for the coach to concentrate on individual players' strengths and weaknesses," he once wrote. "A wide receiver may catch a hundred passes a day at practice, with the coach alert to bad habits. It's the same with writing. Good writers develop out of constant practice and analysis of what they have written."

A native of Mason City, Lloyd-Jones joined the UI faculty in 1952 and was named full professor in 1965. He served as chairman of the English department from 1976-1985 and was co-director of the Iowa/NEH Institute on Writing from 1978-1983. He was active in many professional organizations including the NCTE, the Modern Language Association, the Association of Departments of English and the ICTE, which honored him with its own Distinguished Service Award in 1980. He retired from the faculty in 1996.

For more information about the Iowa Council of Teacher of English Conference agenda and the award ceremony, contact James Davis, or Bill Broz, A complete conference schedule is online at