The Gail E. Hawisher & Cynthia L. Selfe

Caring for the Future Scholarship

Recipients Past & Present


Thanks to your generous donations, we were able to award our first Hawisher Selfe Scholar in 2012 and are looking forward to many more years of support.

2018 Winner
Ana María Cortés Lagos, Syracuse University
C&W HSCF Mentor, Patrick Berry

2018 Winner
Liana Esperanza Clarke, Florida State University
C&W HSCF Mentor, Stephen McElroy


2017 Winner
Candace Chambers, University of Alabama
C&W HSCF Mentor, Amber Buck

candace chambersI am thankful for those who contributed to the Gail E. Hawisher & Cynthia L. Selfe Caring for the Future Award because their selfless contributions allowed me to engage and network with other scholars in the field of computers and writing. As a first time attendee at the Computers and Writing Conference, I was immersed in a family of scholars. The scholarship provided in the sessions gave me confirmation that I was in the right place. I was able to meet those who I had only read about in textbooks, and the experience gave life to the field I am learning more and more about. I look forward to cultivating and strengthening the relationships formed at the Computers and Writing Conference. I hope others are provided with this same opportunity!

After completing her M.A. degree, Chambers accepted a position as a Public Affairs Specialist with the United States Department of Agriculture/ Natural Resources Conservation Service in Mississippi.


2016 Winners (first year your donations supported 2!)
Victor Del Hierro, Michigan State University
C&W HSCF Mentor, Bill Hart-Davidson

victor del hierro"After seeing all my favorite people attend C&W the last couple of years, I finally made sure to apply and attend. Few conferences are rejuvenating experiences but I really left Rochester so recharged and motivated to get to work. Especially as a graduate student, the conference and the GRN really were wonderful spaces of mentorship. I made my way home eager to tell all my friends to apply for next year. I want to pay forward all the blessings because so many folks told me the same while at C&W. Big up to everyone involved with Selfe & Hawisher award. Big Up to former winner Joy Robinson for her mentorship at the GRN. Big up to Cindy and Dickie Selfe, glad to have caught their last C&W before retirement. Big up to Gail Hawisher. As a Chicanx Hip Hop scholar Computers and Composition is such an important space to develop scholarship and build with like-minded generous scholars."

Dr. Del Hierro now serves as an  Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Texas at El Paso.

2016 Winners (first year your donations supported 2!)
Anna Knutson, University of Michigan
C&W HSCF Mentor, Melanie Yergeau

anna knutson"When I won the Hawisher-Selfe Caring for the Future award, I had just achieved candidacy in the Joint Program in English and Education at the University of Michigan. Although I had long been interested in the intersection of technology and literacy, I had not yet had a chance to attend Computers and Writing. As a graduate student, immersing oneself in new scholarly communities can feel daunting at times; however, this award provided me with support and encouragement to attend my first C&W. When I arrived, I found that the intimate, community-oriented feel of C&W was incredibly nurturing and warm, and my experiences attending the conference and participating in the GRN provided me with a great deal of support as I developed my dissertation project. In Rochester, I found mentorship and inspiration in the new connections that I made during the conference, as well as the existing relationships that I was able to reinforce while visiting with colleagues from other universities. I look forward to returning to Computers and Writing for many years to come. Thanks to all who make this award possible!!"


2015 Winner
Joseph Cirio, Florida State University
C&W HSCF Mentor, Moe Folk

joe cirio"I will certainly remember my first experiences at the 2015 Computers and Writing conference as warm and welcoming for many years to come. The University of Wisconsin-Stout campus was an ideal venue for my first C&W because its unassuming intimacy and closeness mirrors that of the conference’s community, attributes in which the conference seems to take pride. The sessions themselves were of course engaging, but for me, it were those moments between sessions, in the backchannels, that are most memorable: having dinner with graduate students from Purdue whom I had never met before but were kind enough to offer seats at their table when the restaurant was full; bumping elbows with personal idols as well as new friends as I hopped around town, post-sessions; receiving helpful feedback and suggested readings from dorm-mates about my presentation and research interests; and the mentorship of Moe Folk who made sure that my time at C&W was comfortable and productive. He ensured that I felt part of something special, and I am grateful for his mentorship and the opportunities made possible by the Hawisher-Selfe Caring for the Future award."

2014 Winner
Janine Butler, East Carolina University
C&W HSCF Mentor, Michelle Eble

janine butlerJanine Butler is a PhD student at East Carolina University. Describing her work, she says "As a deaf woman who communicates through American Sign Language and English, I highly value writers' linguistic identities and our individual perspectives on communicating through multiple modes. ... I intend to further enhance the visibility of deaf rhetorical practices by showing how individuals capitalize on the affordances of new media to make communication accessible."

Dr. Butler now serves as an Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.


2013 Winner
Joy Robinson , Illinois Institute of Technology
C&W HSCF Mentor, Karl Stolley

joy robinsonJoy Robinson is a PhD candidate at the Illinois Institute of Technology where she studies "virtual teams and teaming using a game environment as the crucible for the research." She has this to say about her HSCF experience: "I want to thank all of the kind and caring individuals who populate the Computers and Writing community. Through the opportunity to attend the conference and the Gail E. Hawisher & Cynthia L. Selfe Caring for the Future Award, I have a much better understanding of the issues, concerns, and scholarship that connect, inspire, and energize this community. It was indeed an honor and privilege to meet many of the luminaries that inhabit this space. Being able to put faces to the articles and books I have read and be a part of the conversation was priceless and awe-inspiring. I plan to pay forward the support I received at the conference to the new comers of the future and as a newly minted Ph.D., I look forward to many opportunities to do so."

Dr. Robinson now serves as an Assistant Professor of Technical Writing and New Media at the University of Alabama at Huntsville.


2012 Winner
Laura Gonzales, University of Central Florida
C&W HSCF Mentor, Stacey Pigg

bixlerI wanted to take the time to thank all of the wonderful people who sponsored the Hawisher and Selfe Caring for the Future Award this year. As you know, I am relatively new to computers and writing research in general, and I must admit that I was a little intimidated by the thought of attending a conference in a field that is so new to me. However, I was amazed by the humility and kindness expressed by all the people I encountered during my time in Raleigh. In particular, it was an honor to meet Dr. Hawisher and Dr. Selfe, and to be so warmly received by them. I think that the benefit of this award, among many others, is that it gave me the opportunity to be acknowledged (and encouraged) as a newcomer before even arriving at the conference. It became clear to me, even from the first few minutes of the GRN, that the community of this conference is constantly engaging new students and researchers, and is supporting individuals who have interests in contributing to the field. Being a shy person in general, I would have never been comfortable enough to introduce myself to such esteemed scholars without the support of my mentor and without your own kind introductions. As I continue working and researching, and as I begin progressing toward a PhD program in the field, I only hope to be of such support to a future student in my position. Being honored with an award that represents a welcoming and successful community has really inspired me to continue my academic pursuits.

Dr. Gonzales now serves as an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Writing Studies at the University of Texas-El Paso.