Assistant professor receives Outstanding Teaching Award

Headshot of Dr. Philip Gallagher
Dr. Philip Gallagher

MACON — Mercer University Assistant Professor of Technical Communication Dr. Philip B. Gallagher recently received a 2024 CCCC Outstanding Teaching Award at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). CCCC is a constituent organization within the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Gallagher is one of two recipients of this award.

Dr. Philip B. Gallagher receives the 2024 CCCC Outstanding Teaching Award 

“I am honored and grateful for being recognized,” Gallagher said. “Being invited as the keynote speaker and sharing my teaching experience and knowledge with others was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I will never forget. “

The CCCC Outstanding Teaching Award is presented annually to honor the discipline’s practitioners and make visible the best teaching practices of the field. This award intends to honor teaching and CCCC members who do their primary work in the classroom every day. 

The award winners were chosen by committee based on evidence illustrating the following:

  • research-based practices
  • student learning among a diverse group of learners with multiple literacies and language practices
  • pioneering teaching methods, assignments and activities
  • an engaged classroom with thoughtful curriculum delivery
  • meaningful, informed and fair assessment practices
  • inspiration of students and other teachers

The selection committee said, “Philip B. Gallagher describes his pedagogical approach as ‘enriched by concepts such as pedagogical equity, disability justice and access-first design.’ His colleagues, as well as the award selection committee members, were impressed by the ways Dr. Gallagher distinguished himself as an innovative, adaptive teacher in his curriculum design and assessment practices and strives to stay ‘on the cutting edge of current technical communication pedagogy.’”