Department of Writing and Rhetoric

Write Here, Write Now.


The X. A. Kramer, Jr. Outstanding Teaching Award

Established in 1986 in memory of X. A. Kramer, Jr., the Kramer Outstanding Teaching Award is presented annually to a W&R composition instructor for outstanding teaching. Congratulations to current and past recipients of this award!

Recipients of the X.A. Kramer, Jr. Outstanding Teacher Award

2015: Dave Miller

2014: Andrew Davis

2013: Jane Meek

2012: Mary Brooks Tyler

The Cynthia Krieser Award for Outstanding Freshman Writing

Established in 1990 in memory of Ole Miss student Cynthia Krieser, this award is presented annually to a first-year composition student who exhibits outstanding writing. A panel of W&R instructors reviews and selects the winner from the nominations.

Nomination Form

The 2016 Cynthia Krieser Award for Outstanding Freshman Writing Nomination Instructions:


This annual award is open to all students with freshman status in WRIT 100/101 or WRIT/LIBA 102 courses during the calendar year of 2015. Work should be submitted that was completed during the student’s freshman year, even though they may no longer be a freshman student at the time of the award selection. Nominations may be made by individual students and/or W&R teachers of record for coursework submitted by one of their freshman students in the calendar years 2013 and 2014.**


Nominations should be submitted here via our website. Nominations may be self-nominations from individual students or nominations from instructors.*** Submissions should be in .doc, .docx, .odt, or .pdf formats. Please submit only one piece of writing to be judged (instructors may submit one entry per section taught). Nominated writing will be verified with the student’s instructor to ensure it was completed during a first-year writing course.


Nominations must be received by Friday, December 12, 2014. Awards will be announced by the end of January 2015, and the student will be recognized at the annual University Awards Day in April 2015.*


Recipients of the Cynthia Krieser Award for Outstanding Freshman Writing will have their names added to the award plaque on display at the Department of Writing and Rhetoric; they will also receive a commemorative award and $400.00 (processed through the student’s University bursar account).


Send an email to with the Subject Line “Krieser Award Inquiry,” or call 662-915-2121.

The Cynthia Krieser Award for Outstanding Freshman Writing is presented by the Department of Writing and Rhetoric. The award recipient will be chosen by a committee of W&R instructors and writing center consultants.

* Awarded essays may be published in the annual edition of the W&R Best Practices Guide as exemplars of student writing using Creative Commons licensing; however, no publication will be made without the written consent of the student.
** The W&R Associate Director shall ensure that teachers do not judge their own students’ writing. One submission per section taught maximum.
*** Nominations will be accepted from any teacher who taught a W&R first-year composition course during the 2013 or 2014 calendar years, regardless of whether he or she is teaching a W&R course at the time the nomination is made