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Nominations are now being accepted for the Francis Hoffman Award for Excellence in Writing.


Nominations are due every year by the middle of April.


Faculty and/or students may nominate any paper written by any Health and Human Development undergraduate student in the prior semesters (Summer, Fall or Spring) for the award. Papers can include any paper written for a class, a chapter of a thesis, article submitted for publication, or other forms of professional writing. Self-nominations are accepted. 



Each department will have $475 to award, departments may nominate 1 to 3 papers to forward to the College for recognition. Departments may have their awardees selected by their scholarship or awards committee, their undergraduate program committee, or by separate committee for the Hoffman award. Departments should notify Heather Zimmerman of their award decisions the end April.


Individuals submitting a nomination should attach a copy of the cover sheet to the paper to be submitted. Nominations should be submitted to the individuals indicated below for each department. 

  • Department of Biobehavioral Health, Marc Dingman (, ATTN: Hoffman Writing Award
  • Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Navin Viswanathan (, ATTN: Hoffman Writing Award
  • Department of Health Policy and Administration, Tom Knarr (, ATTN: Hoffman Writing Award
  • The School of Hospitality Management, Amit Sharma (,  ATTN: Hoffman Writing Award
  • Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Shannon Corkery (,  ATTN: Hoffman Writing Award
  • Department of Kinesiology, Melissa Bopp (,  ATTN: Hoffman Writing Award
  • Department of Nutritional Sciences,  Mary Dean Coleman Kelly ( ATTN: Hoffman Writing Award
  • Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, Burch Wilkes (,  ATTN: Hoffman Writing Award


Questions can be directed to Heather Zimmerman ( or Amy Joyce (