Dr. James L. Hill, professor of English and chair of the Department of English, Modern Languages and Mass Communication at Albany State University, has been selected to receive the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Advancement of People of Color Leadership Award (APCL) in November 2011. Only the fourth recipient and the second African American to be awarded this prestigious honor, Hill will receive the award at the 100th Annual NCTE Convention, which will be held Nov. 18-21 in Chicago, Ill.
The NCTE Advancement of People of Color Leadership Award is a special award given to an NCTE member of color who has made significant contributions to the National Council of Teachers of English and to the professional community of English teachers. The award is given only when the subcommittee decides that the nominee warrants presentation of the award.
Hill was nominated by Dr. Kathleen Blake Yancey, former NCTE president, editor of “College Composition and Communication,” Kellogg W. Hunt Professor of English at Florida State University and director of the FSU graduate program in rhetoric and composition. Previous recipients of the APCL Award are Dr. Maria Franquiz, professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin; Dr. Arnetha Ball, professor of English at Stanford University; and Dr. Victor Villanueva, professor of English at Washington State University.
As evidenced by his receiving this award, Hill has been an exemplary member of NCTE, and he has a long history of service and accomplishments in the National Council of Teachers of English. He served previously as program chair, assistant chair and chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC); he is a former executive committee member and chair of the College Section of NCTE; he is a former member of the executive committee of NCTE; and he is a previous director of the NCTE Summer Institute on Literature for College Teachers.
Additionally, Hill is one of the co-founders of the NCTE-CCCC Black Caucus, which has significantly increased the organizations’ diversity and enriched the cultural representation of NCTE and CCCC. Also a former finalist for the position of executive director of NCTE, he has served on numerous NCTE and CCCC committees and commissions, including a search committee for the NCTE executive director and a search committee for the editor of CCCC.
Currently, Hill serves as a member of the executive committee of the Georgia Council of Teachers of English (GCTE) and was recently awarded GCTE’s highest honor, the Bolton Newland Lunceford/Louise Newland Capen Lifetime Achievement Award.
“For many years, both NCTE and CCCC have been my professional homes, and it is certainly an honor for me to be recognized by peers in my professional organization,” Hill said. “I am humbled that NCTE selected me as the fourth recipient of this award and pleased to be in the company of the previous recipients.”