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Nominations open for Golden Award for Teaching Excellence
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As the fall semester ends, English department heads, principals, and co-workers throughout the Southeast are invited to add this important item to their to-do list: nominate a high school or college writing instructor to receive the twelfth annual Golden Award for excellence in teaching writing. 
Given annually at the Student Success in Writing Conference, the Golden Award honors the memory of Assistant Professor Emerita Dorothy Golden, who taught composition at Georgia Southern University. 
Fittingly, the Golden Award honors the recipient's dedication to teaching excellence in first-year college composition or to preparing high school students for first-year college composition.
The 13th annual Student Success in Writing Conference will run at the Coastal Georgia Center in Savannah on Feb. 4. Conference presentations have been expanded to a wide range of student writing issues, from composition to creative writing and beyond. The focus will remain on high school and college level teaching, which is also the focus of the Golden Award.
The Golden Award nominee and nominator must attend the conference, where the recipient will be announced. Each year, the University’s Department of Writing and Linguistics presents the Golden Award at the conference's Keynote Luncheon.
Nominations must be made online and will be accepted until Jan. 14 at 5 p.m. Nominators should address both the nominee's quality of instruction and contributions beyond the classroom. 
Nominators are asked to include contact information for the nominee’s supervisor, current school or college, number of years spent teaching in the field (minimum of five years), and subjects and levels taught. 
Refreshments and a meal are included in the day-long conference's registration fee of $75. A $15 late-registration fee will be charged after Jan. 8, and conference registration closes on Jan. 28.
For more information or to submit a Golden Award nomination, visit To register for the conference, call (912) 478-5551 or print and fax the registration form from the Web site.