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Writing and Cultural Studies Professor Vyshali Manivannan, PhD, Earns Multiple Scholarly Accolades

Amanda Delfino
September 5, 2023
Pace University's Writing and Cultural Studies Professor Vyshali Manivannan

Clinical Assistant Professor of Writing and Cultural Studies Vyshali Manivannan, PhD, has earned several impressive accolades in recent months.

First, Manivannan was recognized with the Distinguished Scholarly Achievement Award, regarded as the School of Graduate Studies at Rutgers’s most prestigious honor, awarded to the student who “demonstrates the highest possible level of academic excellence and achievement” in scholarship and research. Manivannan received the award in May 2023 after graduating with a PhD in communication, information, and media.

This summer, Manivannan received three awards, which were announced at the 2023 Computers and Writing Conference. She was named an honorable mention for the 2023 Kairos Best Webtext Award for "Hollow Me, Hollow Me, Until Only You Remain," published in Spark: A 4C4Equality Journal. The work is a choice-based interactive nonfiction game allowing the user to navigate the experience of a chronically ill queer woman receiving emergency medical care.

Manivannan was also honored with the 2022-2023 Computers and Composition Michelle Kendrick Award for Outstanding Digital Production/Scholarship for her co-edited special issue on "Carework and Writing During COVID," Part I and Part II, published in the Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics.

In addition, Manivannan also received the 2023 Technology Innovator Award, given by the Conference on College Composition and Communication Committee on Computers in Composition and Communication (7Cs), which recognizes long-term, innovative contributions to the computers and writing community that push the field regarding excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service, and call our assumptions into question.