Gretchen Niva Service Award: Jean Wolph, University of Louisville & Louisville Writing Project
Jean began teaching in 1971 at Fairdale High in Louisville, moving later to Oldham County Middle and then to the University of Louisville as an adjunct where she fell under the spell of Dr. Marjorie Kaiser and was eventually recruited to direct the Louisville Writing Project in 1998 and will soon mark her 22nd year in that position. Jean has served on various National Writing Project leadership teams, currently on the College, Career & Community Writing Program (C3WP), which has received two federal i3 grants (Investing in Innovation) to work across the country to improve the teaching and writing of argument. She currently oversees a 3-year grant to work in 8 Kentucky districts to improve teacher capacity to teach argument writing. She has 3 sons, 5 grandchildren, and a love for gardening and cooking and, of course, writing.