The Long Island University in New York on Friday (April 26) awarded the
prestigious David Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2013 to Dr.
Michael J.K. Bokor, Assistant Professor of English.
By winning this 26th
edition of this prestigious award, Dr. Bokor has made Ghana and Africa proud. He
is the first Ghanaian (and African, for that matter) to have won this award
since its establishment in 1988. Moreover, Dr. Bokor is the first and only
Ghanaian (and African, for that matter) to be recruited as full-time faculty
member of the Department of English of the Richard L. Conolly College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences, Brooklyn Campus, since the establishment of the Long Island
University in 1926.
In a letter recognizing Dr. Bokor’s accomplishments,
the President of the Long Island University, Dr. David J. Steinberg praised him
for winning the university’s highest recognition for teaching, an award that is
given “to honor our faculty for their mastery of subject, their contributions to
the intellectual growth of their students, and their dedication to the hallowed
traditions of the academy.”
On his part, Dr. Jeffrey Kane, Vice President
for Academic Affairs, commended Dr. Bokor’s dedication to inspiring the critical
engagement of the university’s students through the quality of his teaching. He
noted that the interaction of teacher and student is the foundation of any
educational experience, adding “and I lend my appreciation for your part in
setting the standard for Long Island University.”
Dr. Bokor teaches
undergraduate and graduate-level courses in composition, technical and
professional writing, general linguistics, and editing, among others. He also
directs graduate students’ theses, mentors undergraduate students and Graduate
Teaching Fellows, and co-advises the African Students Association. He is the
chair of the Conolly College Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.
publication (“Moving International Technical Communication Forward: A World
Englishes Approach,” published in the Journal of Technical Writing and
Communication, 41(2), (2011): 113–138, was nominated for a national award of the
2012 Conference on College Composition and Communication in the category of
“Best Article on Philosophy or Theory of Technical or Scientific
Dr. Bokor is a product of the University of Cape Coast
(Bachelor of Arts) and the Illinois State University in the United States (Ph.D.
in English Studies). He was the first Ghanaian to be enrolled for graduate
studies in the English Department of the Illinois State University since its
establishment in 1859.