From a press release issued by Albany State University: On Nov. 18, 2011 at the Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Dr. James L. Hill, professor of English and chair of the Department of English, Modern Languages and Mass Communication at Albany State University, was awarded NCTE TMs prestigious Advancement of People of Color Leadership Award (APCL). NCTE President Yvonne Siu-Runyan presented the award to Hill, only the fourth recipient and the second African American to receive this honor, at the Second General Session of the NCTE TMs 100th Anniversary Convention in Chicago, Ill., where the organization was founded.
The NCTE Advancement of People of Color Leadership Award is a special award given to an NCTE member of color who has made significant contributions to the National Council of Teachers of English and to the professional community of English teachers. Hill was nominated by Dr. Kathleen Blake Yancey, former NCTE president, editor of College Composition and Communication, Kellogg W. Hunt Professor of English at Florida State University and director of the FSU graduate program in Rhetoric and Composition. Previous recipients of the APCL Award are Dr. Maria Franquiz, professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin; Dr. Arnetha Ball, professor of English at Stanford University and Dr. Victor Villanueva, professor of English at Washington State University.
Hill, an exemplary member of NCTE, has a long history of service and accomplishments in that organization. He served previously as program chair, assistant chair and chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC); he is a former NCTE Executive Committee member and chair of the College Section of NCTE; and he is a previous director of the NCTE Summer Institute on Literature for College Teachers. Additionally, Hill is one of the co-founders of the NCTE-CCCC Black Caucus, which has increased the organizations TM diversity and enriched the cultural representation of NCTE and CCCC. Also a former finalist for the position of executive director of NCTE, he has served on numerous NCTE and CCCC committees and commissions, including a search committee for the NCTE executive director and a search committee for the editor of CCCC.