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The Provost's Office has appointed Cathleen Erwin, director of Auburn University’s Health Services Administration Program and associate professor in the Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts, as the fourth Ralph “Shug” Jordan Professor of Writing. The announcement was made April 30 at the sixth annual ePortfolio Awards Luncheon held at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

“The candidate pool for this award was extremely competitive this year,” said Margaret Marshall, director of University Writing. “The selection committee was unanimous in their decision to appoint Dr. Erwin to this professorship due to her strong leadership in promoting attention to communication skills in her program and department, repeated participation in local and national events, publication of research connected to the impact of the writing initiative at Auburn, service on the University Writing Committee and strong endorsements from colleagues and students.”

Erwin will serve a three-year term as the Ralph “Shug” Jordan Professor of Writing. During her appointment, she will continue her contributions to Auburn’s Writing Initiative by providing leadership at the university level. Her duties will include serving as the co-chair of the University Writing Committee, attending appropriate conferences, participating in Office of University Writing events and projects, promoting writing in her home college, serving as a resource to faculty in other colleges as requested, serving on the selection committee for the next professorship and working closely with the director of University Writing to contribute to Auburn’s reputation for excellence in writing in the disciplines.

The Provost Office's Ralph “Shug” Jordan Professor of Writing award is an endowed professorship provided by Auburn Athletics. The purpose of the award is to honor teaching excellence by an Auburn University faculty member who has demonstrated a commitment to student success through effective and innovative writing assignments and writing instruction integrated into the course content.

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Cathleen Erwin, right, is pictured with with Norman Godwin, assistant provost for academic effectiveness, who presented the award on behalf of Provost Bill Hardgrave.