Writing and Communication Program Award for Multimodal Innovation

Brittain Fellows are eligible to receive awards for excellence related to multimodal innovation in teaching English 1101 and 1102 and/or LMC 3403. Effective WOVEN projects integrate several aspects of written, oral, visual, electronic, and nonverbal communication. This award recognizes multimodal innovation, which might include any or all or the following areas: innovative use of new media to aid student learning, creative multimodal activities and assignments, approaches that inspire students to take intellectual risks, and exploration in multimodal communication leading to scholarly presentation and/or publication.


All Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellows are eligible.

Previous awardees for multimodal innovation include the following faculty (and their cohort at the time of the award):

  • 2018-2019: Leah Misemer and Patrick Ellis (2nd year BFs)
  • 2017-2018: Kate Holterhoff (2nd year BF)
  • 2016-2017: Caroline Young (3rd year BF)
  • 2015-2016: Lauren Neefe (2nd year BF)
  • 2014-2015: Kristin Allukian (1st year BF)
  • 2013-2014: Chris Ritter (lecturer) and Christine Hoffmann (3rd year BF)
  • 2012-2013: Diane Jakacki (3rd year BF)


Brittain Fellows can be nominated in several ways: by self-nomination (strongly encouraged) or by a student, administrator, or colleague. Each application must include these components:

  1. A completed nomination form.
  2. A letter from the nominator addressing the award criteria.
  3. The nominee`s teaching portfolio (which might include a philosophy of teaching, syllabi, sample assignments, assessment criteria, representative student work, reflections about teaching, and student evaluations.
  4. Recommended (but not required): a letter of support from a colleague who has observed the Brittain Fellow`s teaching and/or worked with the Brittain Fellow on a project, especially one involving multimodal pedagogy.



The Selection Committee includes the Director of Writing and Communication, the Associate Director of Writing and Communication, and the Assistant Director of Writing and Communication. The Selection Committee reserves the right not to make the Brittain Fellow Multimodal Innovation Award during any given year.


This award recognizes overall excellence in creating, developing, teaching, and evaluating an innovative WOVEN (written | oral | visual | electronic | nonverbal) approach to teaching English 1101, English 1102, and/or LMC 3403. The award winner will meet several, though not necessarily all, of these criteria:

  • Innovative multimodal course and assignment design.
  • Research-based teaching about multimodality (research-based reasons for decisions and actions rather than lore).
  • Promotion of creativity and excellence in students` multimodal performances.
  • Engagement with and positive response from students, both individually and collaboratively.
  • Encouragement of intellectual risk in student work.
  • Formative assessment and summative evaluation that emphasize multimodal integration.
  • Professional presentations/publications related to multimodal communication.
  • Passion about multimodal teaching and learning.





This award is given once a year for work from any semester during that year. The award will be presented at the LMC James Dean Young Memorial Awards Dinner in April.


All nominations and winning projects are eligible to be archived with SMARTech and on the Writing and Communication Program website at Georgia Tech.


Submit completed applications by 5 PM on May 11th to the Director of the Writing and Communication Program, Dr. Andy Frazee.