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English Department’s Annie S. Mendenhall to receive 2024 Outstanding Book Award

In April, Georgia Southern University Associate Professor of English Annie S. Mendenhall, Ph.D., will be honored with the 2024 Outstanding Book Award in the Monograph category at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC).

The CCCC is a constituent organization within the National Council of Teachers of English that honors books within the field of composition and rhetoric. Single and multiple-authored books, as well as edited volumes, are evaluated for scholarship and research in the areas of pedagogy, practice, history and theory that have informed the work of past award recipients.

The nod is a distinct honor for Mendenhall, whose work, “Desegregation State: College Writing Programs after the Civil Rights Movement,” was eight years in the making before being published in 2022.

“CCCC is the oldest and largest professional organization in my field, and I have been a member of the organization for my entire professional career,” Mendenhall said. “It is a major career achievement and a huge honor to be recognized by the CCCC with this award and to have my work included with so many other outstanding scholars who have won this award in the past.”

Mendenhall is also the director of the First-Year Writing Program at Georgia Southern. She received a Ph.D. in writing, rhetoric and literacy at The Ohio State University in 2013. Mendenhall has published on the history of writing and rhetoric and writing program administration in College English, the Journal of Basic Writing, WPA: Writing Program Administration, and edited collections in the field. In addition, she has served on the CCCC Executive Committee and the editorial board for Young Scholars in Writing. 

Mendenhall will be announced as a recipient of a CCCC Outstanding Book Award during the CCCC Awards Presentation on April 5 during the 2024 CCCC Annual Convention in Spokane, Washington.

For more information about the CCCC Outstanding Book Award, including past winners, see

The Conference on College Composition and Communication, with more than 4,000 members and subscribers, supports and promotes the teaching and study of composition, rhetoric, and communication skills at the college level, both in undergraduate and graduate programs. For more information, visit

The National Council of Teachers of English, with more than 25,000 individual and institutional members worldwide, is dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education.  For more information, visit


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