WMU News

Ellen Brinkley earns MCTE honor

Jan. 16, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Ellen Brinkley, professor of English at Western Michigan University, has been awarded the Charles Carpenter Fries Award by the Michigan Council of Teachers of English for her leadership and long-standing service to the profession of teaching English.

Brinkley is founder and director of the Third Coast Writing Project, a National Writing Project site that provides summer institutes for teachers, school-based professional development programs and a camp for young writers. Brinkley also helped establish the grassroots organization Michigan for Public Education and served as president of the MCTE in 1994 and 1995. She is an acknowledged expert in school censorship issues, and is known for her 1999 book, "Caught Off Guard: Rethinking Censorship and Controversy."

Former winners of the Fries award from WMU's Department of English include Professor Constance Weaver, Professor Emeritus Kenneth Macrorie and the late Jean Malmstrom.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 269 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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