- Lieber Memorial Associate Instructor Award (1982)
CHRIS ANSON teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in language, composition, and literacy at North Carolina State University, and works with faculty in nine different colleges to reform undergraduate education in the areas of writing and speaking. He has achieved various distinctive positions, including University Distinguished Professor, Professor of English, and Director of the Campus Writing and Speaking Program. Before moving to NCSU in 1999, he spent fifteen years at the University of Minnesota, where he directed the Program in Composition from 1988-96 and was Professor of English and Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor.
Dr. Anson received his Ph.D. and second M.A. in English with a specialization in composition studies from Indiana University, and his B.A. and first M.A. in English from Syracuse University. In 1982, during his time at Indiana University, he received the distinctive honor of the Lieber Memorial Teaching Associate Award.
He has received numerous other awards as well, including the State of Minnesota Higher Education Teaching Excellence Award, the Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education, and the Governor's Star Service Award for his service-learning work at Minnesota. He was an NCTE Promising Researcher Award Finalist and has received or participated as a co-principal investigator in over $1 million in grants. He has also published 15 books and over 100 journal articles and book chapters and is on the editorial or reader's boards of ten journals, including CCC, CE, RTE, Across the Disciplines, Assessing Writing, and The Journal of Writing Assessment. Dr. Anson worked on a research project exploring the effect of teachers' oral screen-capture responses on students' understanding and improvement of their writing, and has given over 490 conference papers, keynote addresses, and invited lectures and faculty workshops across the U.S. and in 25 foreign countries.