The academic convention, Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), has given US-based Ghanaian professor Godwin Agboka (Ph.D.), three of its valued academic awards.
He was awarded at the organisation’s annual event held in Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL, United States from February 15–18, 2023 under the theme “Doing Hope in Desperate Times.”
The convention has prized its procedures as one of the most esteemed promotion of “intellectual and pedagogical freedom, ethical scholarship and communication,” since starting its operations in 1949.
His CCCC awards
Professor Agboka won a CCCC award in the category of “Best Article on Pedagogy or Curriculum in Technical or Scientific Communication for the publication,” for an academic work which he co-authored with Dr. Isidore Kafui Dorpenyo (Associate Professor of Professional Writing and Rhetoric in the Department of English at George Mason University). The work is titled “Curricular Efforts in Technical Communication After the Social Turn.”
Professor Agboka also won in the category of “Best Original Collection of Essays in Technical or Scientific Communication” with a book he co-edited with Dr. Rebecca Walton (Associate Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences at Utah State University in the US). The book is titled “Equipping Technical Communicators for Social Justice Work: Theories, Methodologies, and Pedagogies.”
His third award was an honorable mention for his academic work that focused on marketing, packaging, and use of herbal medicine in Ghana. The title is “What is on the Traditional Herbal Medicine Label? Technical Communication and Patient Safety in Ghana.”
Promoting social justice
The professor teaches technical communication at the University of Houston-Downtown in Texas and is a well-known expert in social justice.
In a post-event commentary, Dr. Agboka mentioned that “this year’s CCCC awards ceremony was dominated by themes of social justice, and it gives me great hope that the field of technical communication and some allied fields are in a great place.”
In his opinion, the award serves as a powerful reminder of the significance of social justice, especially in the way that its objectives serve to draw attention to those who are oppressed or denied their basic rights. He thanked his colleagues who contributed to the works that were recognised.
“Personally, I am humbled by the CCCC recognition of my work and its impact. I thank the awards review committee, my collaborators (Drs. Rebecca Walton and Isidore Dorpenyo), and all who read and use my work. I am motivated to keep publishing,” said Dr. Agboka.