The ALAN Executive Committee is pleased and proud to announce Christopher Crowe as the 2010 recipient of the Ted Hipple Service Award.
The award is given each year to an individual who has offered significant contributions to the ALAN organization. It is named in honor of Ted Hipple, the first and long-time ALAN Executive Secretary, who passed away on November 25, 2004. Ted shaped ALAN through decades of unwavering service and support. He was a Professor of Education at the University of Tennessee, where he was a former chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Previously, he was a Professor of Education at the University of Florida. He received his doctorate from the University of Illinois and was a high school English teacher at Homewood-Flossmoor High School. Famous for his flamboyant sweaters, neckties, and suspenders, Ted was a brilliant teacher, scholar, and servant to the profession. His work influenced—and continues to influence—generations of teachers and their students.
Chris Crowe is a Professor of English Education at Brigham Young University where he teaches courses in Literature for Adolescents, Methods of Teaching Secondary English, Writing for Children and Teenagers, Creative Writing, and Writing the YA Novel. He attended BYU on a football scholarship before graduating and beginning work as a high school English teacher in Tempe, Arizona. He completed his Ed.D. at Arizona State University.
Members of the selection committee describe Chris as actively involved in the field as a scholar, teacher, and author. He is a gentleman, one who advocates for YA titles, authors, and publishers with wisdom (without pretention) and genuine kindness. Additionally, Chris has also served the organization in many ways over many years—from serving as President and Board Member to serving on multiple committees and sharing his expertise through presentations at the ALAN Workshop. Chris’ support has been as constant as the North Star to “youngsters” in the field—both teacher educators and writers, whom he mentors—and to ALAN as an organization.