Council honors Duncan

Oct. 3, 2012

The Arkansas Council for Teachers of English Language Arts (ACTELA) has selected Dr. Randy Duncan, professor of communication and theater arts at Henderson State University, as the 2012 Teacher of the Year in the College/University category.

ACTELA is a nonprofit organization that aims to improve the teaching and learning of English and language arts in Arkansas. ACTELA helps conduct the Arkansas Curriculum Conference, recognizes outstanding language arts teachers throughout the state, and produces the annual Arkansas Anthology.

“We all work hard every day to do the best we can for our students, and that can be exhausting,” Duncan said. But to have those efforts acknowledged by your colleagues is quite invigorating. It gives a second wind.”

Duncan will receive the award during a luncheon at the Arkansas Curriculum Conference in Little Rock on Nov. 8.

Earlier this year, Duncan was presented the Inkpot Award for Achievement in Comic Arts during the Pioneers of Comics Scholarship panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Duncan and Dr. Peter Coogan are co-founders of the Comics Arts Conference. Coogan also received the award.

The Inkpot Award is given by Comic-Con International, the largest popular culture convention in the U.S., for contributions to the popular arts. The award is normally given to producers of the popular arts, such as Stan Lee, Art Spiegelman, Francis Ford Coppola or Steven Speilberg, according to Duncan.

“Peter Coogan and I were recognized for our body of work, but a major part of that is founding and continuing to organize the Comics Arts Conference, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this summer,” Duncan said. “I believe we are the first academics to receive the Inkpot Award for scholarly contributions to the popular arts.”

Duncan has also co-authored several publications, including: The Power of Comics: History, Form and Culture; Critical Approaches to Comics and Graphic Novels: Theories and Methods; and Icons of the American Comic Book.


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