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Release: Oct. 9, 2002
Lloyd-Jones to receive distinguished service award at Oct. 12 English
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
or Bill Broz, email@example.com. A
complete conference schedule is online at http://www.uni.edu/contined/ncp/icte/